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The Veggie Gazette
Fresh & Local 

January 2013


Volume 7, No. 1

Expected at the Market this Saturday


More of that gorgeous Romaine Lettuce and Spinach from the Brenzikofers. They expect to have some radishes and farm fresh eggs, as well.


Buffalo Hollow Farm will be there with an assortment of homegrown, home-preserved goodies: Apple Butter, "Ginger Peachy" Peach butter, Jalapeno jelly, Apple-Jalapeno jelly, Peach jam, and Apple jelly.
Also, the best Kettle Corn in Kansas (according to many of their customers)  Thrills Kettle Corn is popped fresh, either the night before, or the morning of market. 
Updates will be posted to our Facebook Page as vendors check in with me throughout the week.



Happy New Year!


There is so much good news that it's hard to decide where to start. While numbers are still being finalized and double-checked, it is definitely good news that the market has completed yet another record breaking sales year. We owe you, our loyal shoppers, many thanks for your support.


As we make our way through a third season of Indoor Winter Markets, we have also received the wonderful news that a fourth season is already on the calendar. Many thanks to Emil Babinger Charitable Trust for their continued support of our year-round efforts. As well, you may look forward to more educational programming for both market growers and consumers thanks to Babinger's generous gift.


Keep an eye on the market calendar as we are working on plans and scheduling for 2013, and now is the time to contact me if you would like to be involved. We have opportunities for new vendors and musicians. We welcome hot food fundraisers from community groups. We would also like to talk with you about educational opportunities and partnerships with organizations and businesses who are also looking to improve health and wellness in Emporia. If you have ideas for the market, please take a moment to share them with me or one of our market board members.


See you at the market!


Tracy Simmons
Market Manager     
In This Issue
Farmers Market Series of Classes through Community Connections
Soup-A-Palooza Summary
Soup Recipes
EFM Board Member Elections
Also in Emporia This Week
Farmers Market 101: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Selling at the Farmers Market


The Emporia Farmers Market has wrapped up our 30th season with another record-breaking sales year! Have you considered becoming a part of our growing market? The Emporia Farmers Market accepts new vendors year round and is looking forward to planning our 2013 season.

Market manager, Tracy Simmons, will cover the ins and outs of selling at a farmers market on January 29, 2013, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. This class, offered through the FHTC Community Connections course catalog, will provide information on state and local regulations for selling at market, creating a niche as a market vendor and tips and strategies for successful vending. As well, you will learn a bit about Emporia Farmers Market history, operations and guidelines for selling. Open to anyone interested in vending at a farmers market; only the later portion of the class will deal with Emporia Farmers Market specifics.

If you think you might like to sell at the farmers market, sign up for this presentation. It will be good for those who already know their product, as well as those just imagining the possibilities. The class is sponsored in part by the Emil Babinger Charitable Trust. Participants will have the option of applying the cost of attendance ($5) to the 2013 market EFM vendor fee.
Other Courses Coming up at Community Connections:
  Thanks for coming out for our Soup-A-Palooza Fundraiser


The Friends of the Emporia Farmers Market earned almost $600 at our Soup-A-Palooza annual fundraiser held in December. Thanks to all of you who joined us.
Please join me in saying thank you to our soup chefs, dessert bakers and servers!
Janet Brassart
Naomi Brenzikofer
Ellen Hansen
Fannie Harrell
Ruthann Resch
Gretchen Russell
Evie Simmons
Maddie Simmons
Becky Smith
An extra special round of thanks goes to:
Reta Jackson of the Miracle Cafe in Reading
for donation of our soup crackers
Subways of Emporia
for donating fresh bread rolls
K-State Research and Extension - Lyon County
for use of their wonderful space
Favorite Soup Recipes


The following recipes have been favorites of the Emporia Farmers Market Soup-a-Palooza for longer than I've been around. We've shared them before and we are sharing them again. Now it's really soup weather out there!
Naomi's Chunks of Tomato Soup
3 1/2 cups peeled whole tomatoes & juice
1/4 cup dried onions
2 Tblspn. chopped parsley
2 tspn. sugar
1 tspn. cumin
1/2 tspn. sea salt
1/4 tspn. pepper
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 cups undiluted evaporated milk
1 cup water
Cut up the tomatoes and combine with juices, onion, parsley, sugar, cumin, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Melt butter in a large saucepan. Stir in flour until well blended. Gradually stir in evaporated milk and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture just comes to a boil. Stir in tomatoe mixture and heat to serving temperature. Makes 6 cups.
Amy's Hearty Potato Soup
1 lb. sausage, cooked & drained (can use hot & spicy)
2 lbs. hash browns (sliver sliced)
1 chopped onion
3/4 cup thinly sliced carrots
3/4 cup thinly sliced celery
3 cans chicken broth
1 can cream of chicken soup
8 oz. cream cheese
Mix together in crock pot. Cook on low, 6 hours. Thin with milk if needed. Can substitute 1/2 lb. bacon, fried crisp and crumbled for the sausage.
EFM Board Member Elections Coming in March


The Emporia Farmers Market, a project of The Learning Connection of the Flint Hills, is guided by a volunteer board of directors. This board is responsible for the overall policy and direction of the market, and delegates responsibility for day-to-day operations to the Market Manager and committees.
Commitment for a board position includes monthly meetings (approximately 1 to 1.5 hours) and occasional help with fundraisers and other market educational activities and social events. If you are interested in a position on the 2013-14 market board, please contact Tracy Simmons or a current market board member.
Please take a moment to thank our current Directors:
Debra Blackwell
Janet Brassart
Harold Brenzikofer
Judy Conway
Joe Foster - Treasurer
Ellen Hansen - Secretary
Bill Ihling - Market Music Coordinator
Fannie Harrell
Ruthann Resch - President
Becky Smith - Vice President  
 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


Indoor Winter Markets brought to you by a generous gift from the Emil Babinger Charitable Trust




1st & 3rd Saturdays

10 AM - 12:30 PM


January 5

Musician: Eric Martin




January 29

Musician: Joe Foster


Emporia Humanitarian Center

215 W. 6th Avenue


We Accept Vision Cards and Debit Cards
Announcment for all Vision Cardholders!
Our 2-for-1 Promotion is back. Starting January 5, we will be matching every $1 spent when you use your Vision card to purchase market tokens. Please see the market manager at the entrance for details.
The Emporia Farmers Market accepts Vision Cards and Debit cards year-round!
Thanks to the Emil Babinger Charitable Trust for making our 2-for-1 promotion possible!


Thanks to the market's lead sponsor


ESB Financial 


Thank You to our Farmhands


The Market could not run without you!


November and December Market Volunteers:

Harold Brenzikofer

Ruthann Resch

Mark Sherman

Evie Simmons

Kaman Simmons

Maddie Simmons

Rand Simmons

Becky Smith


Special Thanks to Santa's Farmer & Reindeer Herder for dropping in from the North Pole.


Market Musicians:

Savanna Chestnut

Anne Crawford

Sara Coltrane

Bill Ihling

Eric Martin

Jane McCoy


Soup-A-Palooza Volunteers:

Janet Brassart

Naomi Brenzikofer

Ellen Hansen

Fannie Harrell

Bill Ihling

Ruthann Resch

Gretchen Russell

Evie Simmons

Maddie Simmons

Becky Smith

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
Emporia Gardeners of America
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. DenaSue Potestio
Ruthann Resch
Charles Rothenberg
Gretchen Russell
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
Please note that our business office has moved!
Our new location is at:
701 Commercial
Suite 202
Emporia, KS
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1911
Emporia, KS 66801

Office Hours:

by appointment 




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Print this coupon for $1.00 toward any purchase at the
January 5, 2013 Emporia Farmers Market. One coupon per shopper.
Thank you for shopping local!
Emporia Farmers' Market 
Coupon good at January 5, 2013 Market.