Emporia Farmers Market Celebrating 30 Years

The Veggie Gazette
Fresh & Local 

September 2012


Volume 6, No. 9



Am I the only one having trouble believing that fall is really here? I was feeling doubtful, in spite of what the calendar pages were telling me, until Delmer Hinrichs gave me a note sharing what he expects to bring to market from his fall garden.


Lettuce Mix

Green Beans




Swiss Chard

Corn Stalks

Winter Squash

Acorn Squash

Butternut Squash

Hubbard Squash

Cushaw Squash


Apple harvest is well underway. Watermelon and cantaloupe continue to show up in abundance. Eggplant, potatoes, okra, peppers and onions are just a sampling of things that made it home from market in my bag this past week.


If that list doesn't make you want to pull out your cookbook and get cozy in the kitchen, I don't know what will.


Markets started big and crops came early this year. We starting seeing tomatoes at the second market in May and there were still tomatoes at the first market in September! Even with the dry weather, this is one of the most extended seasons I have seen and the produce certainly qualifies as better than ever.


Two full months remain of twice weekly farmers markets. We look forward to some more great entertainment by local musicians, including the farmers market debut of Carlos Pringle. Come visit with your neighbors at the Emporia Farmers Market and fill your bags full of local produce and home baked goods.


See you at the market!


Tracy Simmons
Market Manager     


Thanks to the market's lead sponsor


ESB Financial


In This Issue
September Market Schedule
Vendor Introductions
Also in Emporia This Week
Great Local Food News!

 EFM vendors made the Twin Rivers, Our Local Food Blog!



ESU International Students at the Market


ESU International Students at the Market 

We had a fun market on August 11 when approximately 130 International Students from ESU joined us for pancakes at the market. This is the second year the market and HALO (Hispanic American Leadership Organization) have hosted ESU students during orientation week. We look forward to continuing this new tradition!


For more pictures of the day, see our Facebook page

September Market Schedule


      Markets every Wednesday starting at 5:00 PM and every Saturday starting at 8:00 AM in the parking lot at 7th & Merchant.
Live Music at the Market:
September 15 ~ Savanna Chestnut
Savanna Chestnut 
September 22 ~ Carlos Pringle
Carlos Pringle
courtesy of Cheryl Unruh
September 29 ~ Bill Ihling
Bill Ihling  
Spinners at the Market
for World Wide Spin in Public Day
September 15
World Wide Spin in Public Day  
Got a spinning wheel? Come join the fun!
A complete calendar of upcoming events can be found online at www.emporiafarmersmarket.org
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!)


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.


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.

Euler's Gardens - Pete Euler

Year began selling with EFM: 2012

Products Offered: Peaches 


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


Theresa Evins

Year began selling with EFM: 2012

Products Offered: Cucumbers and Hot Peppers. 



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: 2003

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

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!

Thank You to our Farmhands


The Market could not run without you!


August Market Volunteers:

Janet Brassart

S.C. Dixon

Ellen Hansen

Janice Jaggard

Max McCoy

Ruthann Resch

Mark Sherman

Evie Simmons

Maddie Simmons

Rand Simmons

Ashley Storrer

Becky Smith

Cheryl Unruh


August Veggie Valets:

Elizabeth Hunter
Kermit Hunter
Kaman Simmons
Maddie Simmons
Lindsay Storrer
Dayne Witherspoon
Deryk Witherspoon

Market Musicians:

Jane McCoy and Bill Ihling

Jane McCoy & Bill Ihling play at the market.  


Joe Foster


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 & Naomi Brenzikofer
Ele Browning
Betty Campbell
Tyler Curtis
Margaret Davidson
Carla Davis
S.C. Dixon
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
Max McCoy
Wanda Myers
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
Pam Thuma
Cheryl Unruh
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