Emporia Farmers Market Celebrating 30 Years

The Veggie Gazette
Fresh & Local 

October 2012


Volume 6, No. 10



It's hard to believe we are already looking at the final month of twice weekly markets in the parking lot. Our third season of Indoor Winter Markets will be here before you know it and the produce already looks promising.


I hope you have heard something about Food Day, by now. If not, it's not too late to jump on board. In fact, we are collecting pledges for Food Day and I would like to invite you to make a pledge and share it with me right now. 


Not ready to commit just yet? Here's what Food Day in Emporia is about: Get Active Every Day, Eat Real, and Encourage Families and Children to Develop Healthy Lifestyles.   


The pledge is the easy part. All you have to do is come up with a goal related to creating a healthy lifestyle. Your goal can be for the month of October, the week of October 21-27, or for Food Day only on October 24. Whether going for big changes or small, everyone is invited to celebrate.


Some examples:

  1. I will eat fresh fruit or vegetables instead of junk food for snacks through the month of October.
  2. I will start each day in the month of October with a walk around the block and eliminate sugary drinks.
  3. I will invite my friends to a "Local Only Feast" to celebrate Food Day on October 24.
  4. I will shop the farmers market twice each week through the month of October and try a vegetable that is new to me every week.
  5. I will challenge my co-workers to eliminate junk food from the break room.
  6. No labels on the table! This week I will eliminate meals prepared from a box. 

 Below in this newsletter you will find links to share your pledges, if you are so inclined. As well, the Emporia Farmers Market has issued a Food Day Challenge. You can begin participating this week by simply coming to the market kiosk during market hours and letting a volunteer know that you'd like to accept our challenge.


Each time you attend a market between now and October 24, put your name on the list and it will increase your chances of winning a prize at our drawing on Food Day, October 24.


Feel free to email me or call if you have any questions. 


See you at the market!


Tracy Simmons
Market Manager     
In This Issue
A Food Day Challenge for You
October Market Schedule
Products at the Market
Indoor Winter Markets
Also in Emporia This Week
Spinners at the Market


The Emporia Farmers Market Food Day Challenge

Shop the market every Wednesday and Saturday in October and serve a direct market-to-table meal at least twice each week through the month of October. 

Can you serve a meal using only products found at the Emporia Farmers Market? Send us photos and recipes! We'd love to share news of your results.

BONUS: From now until October 24, enter your name at the market kiosk each time you shop the Emporia Farmers Market. All you have to do is tell a kiosk volunteer that you are taking the Emporia Farmers Market Food Day Challenge. Add your name to the list each time you come to market for more chances to win. Prizes will include market t-shirts, market money, and more! Drawing will take place on October 24, 5:30 PM at the Market. Need not be present to win, but we'd sure love to see you there! 


See area challenges.

See what your friends are pledging.



October 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.


Wednesday, October 24
Food Day Celebration
at the Emporia Farmers Market
5 PM - 7th & Merchant
Bring the kids to PLAY WITH THEIR FOOD
There will be food related games and prizes.



Wednesday, October 31
It's a Spooktacular
Emporia Farmers Market
All ages are invited to wear a costume to market!
Murphy's Menu
Halloween Treats Cook-Off
We're getting spooky on All Hallows Eve, and you might get your own bag of tricks if you bring the winning treat to The Farmer's Market on Saturday, October 31. Prepare your best bite-sized Halloween treat and bring it along with the recipe to the market kiosk between 4:30 and 4:55. When the market opens at 5, all the ghoulies and ghosties will taste and VOTE for their favorite concoction. Then you will be the star of the Emporia Gazette Food Page, and receive a special culinary gift bag. Questions? Call Regina Murphy at 342-4800 or email [email protected]. One entry per person, please.
A complete calendar of upcoming events can be found online at www.emporiafarmersmarket.org
Products at the Market


Have you checked out the new soaps from Sleepy Hollow Soapary? Try out their Chocolate Almond, Evergreen, Green Clay and Sea Salt, Seawood, Pumpkin Spice, Deep Sea and Coconut Milk
New Scents from Sleepy Hollow. 
The Sweet Potatoes are here! Mr. Betty brought a load of beautiful sweet potatoes last Saturday. Expect to see more of these in the coming weeks.
Norm Betty's Sweet Potatoes 
Apples in Abundance. Bob Karr has many varieties of apples at the market, as well as honey and apple products such as apple butter and cider.
Karr Orchard Table 
Linda Simmons has been bringing gluten free desserts and sugar free cookies to market. Check out her selection of baked goods.  
Baked Goods by Linda Simmons 
Mums are coming. Roy Stanton has had a trailer load of herbs, but he tells us the mums are coming. Look for these beautiful fall flowers at markets in October.
Stanton Herbs 
Indoor Winter Markets


Watch for the announcement of our third season of Indoor Winter Markets!
Winter Farmers Market Logo 
The first is scheduled to take place
Saturday, November 3
starting at 10 AM
~location to be announced~
A complete calendar of upcoming events can be found online at www.emporiafarmersmarket.org
 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

Spinners at the Market


Area spinners celebrated World Wide Spin in Public Day at the market in September.


Spinners at the Market in September
photo courtesy of Ben Stallings

If you have an event or demonstration that you would like to host at the market, please contact market manager, Tracy Simmons, at [email protected]


 Thank YOU for Shopping Emporia Farmers Market.


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


Thanks to the market's lead sponsor


ESB Financial 


Saturday Markets

  open 8 am


October 27


Wednesday Markets

open 5 pm


October 31



Shop early for the best selection!



Parking Lot

7th & Merchant


Emporia, KS 


We Accept Vision Cards and Debit Cards

The Emporia Farmers Market accepts Vision Cards and Debit cards year-round!
Seniors: SFMNP Reminder

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Vouchers expire 10/15/2012.

Thank You to our Farmhands


The Market could not run without you!


September Market Volunteers:

Janet Brassart

Janice Jaggard

Ruthann Resch

Rand Simmons

Becky Smith

Ben Stallings


September Veggie Valets:

Elizabeth Hunter
Kermit Hunter
Veggie Valet Wrangler:
Katie Hunter

Market Musicians:

Savanna Chestnut

Savanna Chestnut 


Carlos Pringle

Carlos Pringle at the Emporia Farmers Market   


Bill Ihling

Musician, Bil Ihling entertains at a September market. 

Thanks to those who came to celebrate Worldwide Spin in Public Day at the Market!


Deb Gerish

Ellen Hansen

Barb Say

Sue Siebert

Evie Simmons



Thanks to the League of Women Voters for signing up voters at the Market!


Rod Sobieski

Jerry Fair


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
Regina Murphy
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
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Our new location will be at:
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Suite 203
Emporia, KS

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