Emporia Farmers Market Celebrating 30 Years

The Veggie Gazette
Fresh & Local 

August 2012


Volume 6, No. 8



What a toasty and quick month of July we have had! I hope you've had a chance to take home extras from the market in this season of great abundance to store for winter. I had a chance to take the full-day preservation course offered by K-State Research and Extension - Lyon County, and it well worth it. You can read more about it by clicking here.


Lucky for us, there are continued options for learning about harvest preservation in Emporia. The next class at Community Connections (an evening introductory class) will take place on September 10. Sign up by clicking here!  I should also mention that this class is very affordable (only $5) because it is being supported by a gift from the Emil Babinger Charitable fund.


We have more fun coming up at the market in August, including our final breakfast burrito fundraiser of the year. Meet and visit with area writers -- Cheryl Unruh, Max McCoy, and S.C. Dixon -- who will be serving our burritos on Saturday. 


Also, HALO will host a pancake feed welcoming new ESU International students on Saturday, August 11. I hope you are able to join us!


See you at the market!


Tracy Simmons
Market Manager 
P.S. The deadline for ordering your Friend of the Market t-shirt is quickly approaching. Place your order by Monday, August 6, 5:00 PM to ensure you get one. You can place your order at the market kiosk or pay online by clicking this link. T-shirt order only option is $15!




Thanks to the market's lead sponsor


ESB Financial


In This Issue
August Market Schedule
Winner of the Murphy's Menu Pinwheel Cook-Off
Vendor Introductions
Also in Emporia This Week
August Market Schedule


 Wednesday, August 1

Murphy's Menu Salsa Competition

Hot and Not!

One entry per person, per category.

Entries to arrive at the market kiosk by 4:45pm.




Saturday, August 4

Area Artists and Writers

-- Cheryl Unruh, Max McCoy, S.C. Dixon --

invite you to join them for breakfast at the market

EFM Burrito Fundraiser

starting at 8:00 AM


Burritos made from all-local ingredients

$4.00 vegetarian/ $4.50 sausage or bacon



Wednesday, August 8

 market starts at 5:00 PM




Saturday, August 11

Help us welcome 2012 ESU International Students to Emporia. 

Join us for breakfast; pancakes by Chris Cakes, a fundraiser for market hosts, Hispanic American Leadership Organization.

HALO pancake fundraiser. 


Bill Ihling and Jane McCoy 


Live Music by Bill and Jane!


market starts at 8:00 AM 





Wednesday, August 15

Market starts at 5:00 PM 



Saturday, August 18

 Market starts at 8:00 AM


Music by Joe Foster!

Joe Foster - Market Musician 




Wednesday, August 22




Saturday, August 25

Flute Trio: Sara Coltrane, Sue Claridge and Anne Strobel  

Live music at the Market

Kindred Spirits Flute Trio

Anne Strobel, Sue Claridge and Sara Coltrane




Wednesday, August 29



A complete calendar of upcoming events can be found online at www.emporiafarmersmarket.org
Congratulations to the winner of the Murphy's Menu Pinwheel Contest

 Click here for the Emporia Gazette article by Regina Murphy, plus the recipe for Margie's entry.

Congratulations Margie Combes


And special thanks to Regina Murphy and the Emporia Gazette for participating in and supporting our market. 


The next Murphy's Menu Cook-Off will be held on Wednesday, August 1, and the theme is Salsa: Hot and Not! Bring your favorite salsa to enter in the competition, or stop to test and vote on our entries!


Bring your entry to the market kiosk by 4:45 PM on Wednesday, July 11. This is your chance to win fame and prizes for the best Salsa in Emporia. It's easy and fun. Please join us!

Become a Friend of the Emporia Farmers Market

Becoming a Friend is your pledge to make local food, and supporting local farmers and gardeners, a priority. It can be as easy as wearing your Friend of the Emporia Farmers Market t-shirt and telling everyone you meet what you love about the market or making a donation (which could result in money back that you can spend at the market!)


Individual/Family Membership Options:


"Friend of the Market" Membership: $30

Receives ONE $5 market token to shop at the Emporia Farmers Market. Receives ONE (1) "double your market money" coupon (value up to $10). This coupon allows one time use of our debit machine to purchase $5 market tokens with no additional fee. We will match your purchase up to two (2) $5 market tokens. (In short, you can spend $10 and get $20 to shop at the market!) Finally, becoming a Friend includes you on our list of "Friends" in monthly e-newsletters and weekly reminders. Becoming a Friend also entitles you to one vote at the EFM Annual Meeting held in March each year.


"Friend of the Market" Membership with T-Shirt: $40

Includes the above, plus a one-of-a-kind, tie-dye t-shirt. T-shirts will be delivered no later than the end of August.


T-Shirt Order Only: $15


Listed Friend: $10

Your name listed on our "Friends" list in monthly e-newsletters and weekly reminders.


Business/Other Membership Options:


"Helpful Harvesters" - $100 +

For a minimum donation of $100, individuals, community groups and businesses may become "Helpful Harvesters"

  • Receive 1/2 the value of your contribution in Market Coupons, including an invite from you to your customers to join you in shopping at the Emporia Farmers Market. (You donate $100/receive $50 in coupons to distribute to your clients and customers)
  • Your business name and a link to your website appear in monthly market e-newsletters, as well as weekly email reminders (seasonal).
  • Your business and a link to your website is featured on the EFM website (www.emporiafarmersmarket.org)
  • You or representatives from your organization or business will have the option of "hosting" a market each season. As market host, you will be featured in press releases and online (EFM website, newsletters, and social media) as inviting shoppers to the market. You will have the option of checking in vendors and setting up the market for that day, as well as greeting customers and making your own marketing materials available to customers.
  • Your business will receive top priority for partnering with the market to bring educational opportunities (fitting alongside the market's mission) to our shoppers. If you have expertise or a service that you would like to highlight as a program for a Saturday or Wednesday market, please talk with the market manager for options and scheduling. 


The Emporia Farmers Market is operated by The Learning Connection of the Flint Hills, a non profit corporation in the State of Kansas that has been designated as a federal 501(c)(3) organization by the IRS.

Veggie Valets at Saturday Markets


Logan Avenue 4-H Club members are back this season with Veggie Valet services. Look for the kids in the bright blue t-shirts. They will help you carry your corn, your melons, and more!


Veggie Valets are a community service project of the club. No fees, no tipping! Please invite a Valet to carry your produce while you shop the market.

Veggie Valets 

If you know a group that would be interested in a service project as Veggie Valets at our Wednesday markets, please contact market Manager, Tracy Simmons, [email protected] or 620-343-6555.

Euler's Gardens - Pete Euler

Year began selling with EFM: 2012

Products Offered: Peaches  

Introduction to 2012 Vendors

As vendors sign up for the 2012 season, I will post a bit about them and their product here. Information about our vendors will also become available on our website.  





Year began selling with EFM: 2011

Products Offered: Vegetables and Baked Goods.


European Bake Shop

Year began selling with EFM: 2009

Products Offered: Blueberry Lemon Scones, Breakfast Pastries, Cinnamon Rolls, Baguettes, Honey Wheat Bread and Oatmeal Bread


Kristen's Baked Goods - Kristen McWhorter

Year began selling with EFM: 2012

Products Offered: A variety of different baked goods and desserts. Zucchini and banana bread,other quick breads, brownies, scones, etc. Also, custom order cakes.


Tanner Bowen

Year began selling with EFM: 2012

Products Offered: Tomatoes; Better Boy & Jet Star.


Jason Vogts

Year began selling with EFM: 2010

Products Offered: Tomatoes, Green Peppers, Onions. 


Heritage Hill Farm - Jim Wallace

Year began selling with EFM:

Products Offered: Local Meat; beef, buffalo, pork & chicken.



If you are a vendor who has news you would like to share, please email Tracy at [email protected] or leave a message on the market office machine at 620-343-6555. Newsletter deadline is the Wednesday prior to the first of each month.


Also, feel free to send me your website address or links to pages on Local Harvest or other local foods directories. 


 Also in Emporia


Have you checked out the courses being offered at Community Connections this season? What a great resource for Emporia. Be sure to check out their many offerings. 


Emporia Area Local Food Network Calendar


Emporia Chamber Calendar


Emporia Gazette Calendar

 Thank YOU for Shopping Emporia Farmers Market.


Thank You for shopping the Emporia Farmers Market
photo by Evie Simmons

Saturday Markets

  open 8 am


Wednesday Markets

open 5 pm



Shop early for the best selection!



Parking Lot

7th & Merchant


Emporia, KS 


We Accept Vision Cards and Debit Cards

2-for-1 is back!
The market is again matching funds for state of Kansas Vision Cardholders.
Many thanks to the Emil Babinger Charitable Trust for $2,200 matched in 2012
The Emporia Farmers Market accepts Vision Cards and Debit cards year-round!




Photos from our Homegrown Celebration 

click here.


Thank You to our Farmhands


The Market could not run without you!


July Market Volunteers:

Eleanor Browning

Becky Hadicke

Ellen Hansen

Janice Jaggard

Ruthann Resch

Mark Sherman

Evie Simmons

Rand Simmons

Becky Smith


July Veggie Valets:

Ali Alingh
Ashlyn Alingh
Jarrett Botkin
Maura Halleran
Thomas Halleran
Elizabeth Hunter
Kermit Hunter
Bradley Scheller
David Scheller
Kaman Simmons

Market Musicians:

Lance Fahy

Lance Fahy   

Savanna Chestnut

 Savanna Chestnut


2012 Market Sponsors

Emporia Realty Group 

PraireLand Partners
Winter Market & Vision Card Enhancement Sponsor:


The Emil Babinger Chartiable Trust


Facilities Sponsors:


The City of Emporia


Lyon County K-State Research & Extension


Flint Hills Music


Media Sponsors:




The Emporia Gazette


The Flint Hills Shopper


Community Partner & Event Sponsors:


Country Mart North


Emporia Community Foundation


Emporia Main Street 


Emporia Subways


Flint Hills Community Health Center


 Emporia Area Local Food Network 


Murphy's Menu


Chelsea Gerleman

Pampered Chef


RJ's Cake & Candy


Vanessa Apodaca
Tastefully Simple


The Verona Grill and Pizzeria

The Verona Grill - Emporia, KS 


Helpful Harvesters:


James & Theresa Muckenthaler 


Simmons Law Office 


Don & Ruth Wise


Many Thanks to our

2012 Friends of the Emporia Farmers Market & Farmhands

Heath & Kim Botkin
Riley Botkin
Taylor Botkin
Janet Brassart
Harold Brenzikofer
Ele Browning
Betty Campbell
Tyler Curtis
Margaret Davidson
Carla Davis
Courtney Gagan
Erica Grayson
Becky Hadicke
Ellen Hansen
Christina Hardin
Fannie Harrell
Dr. Stephen Haught
Roger Heineken
Beth Henrikson
Bill Ihling
Dianne Ihling
Janice Jaggard
Amy Jordan
Patricia Kahn
Rachael LeClear
Logan Ave. 4-H Club
Lyon County Master Gardeners
Bobbi Mylnar
Dr. DenaSuePotestio
Ruthann Resch
Charles Rothenberg
David Scheller
Mike Scheller
Carol Schoeck
Mark Schondelmaier
Dr. Michael Shonrock
Evie Simmons
Kaman Simmons
Maddie Simmons
Rand Simmons
Mark Sherman
Becky Smith
Ben Stallings
Ashley Storrer
Anna Tall
Casey Woods
Jennifer Youngblood
Barbara Younger
Contact EFM

EFM Market Office
702 Commercial, B3
Emporia, KS

Office Hours:


8:00 AM -2:00 PM


most Fridays 

8:00 AM -11:00 AM


and by appointment 




Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce




Emporia Main Street





Our Local Food - Twin Rivers


OLF: Twin Rivers



Kansas Farmers Markets




Farmers Market Coalition