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The Veggie Gazette
Fresh & Local 

February 2013


Volume 7, No. 2

Join us for Biscuits & Gravy on Saturday


Biscuits & Gravy Fundraiser by the Friends of the Emporia Farmers Market. Full Serving (2 biscuits) $3.00 and Half Serving (1 biscuit) $2.00. All proceeds go to support the operation of the Emporia Farmers Market.
From our vendors...
Jams, Jellies & Fruit Butters from Buffalo Hollow Farm
Gourmet Cookies from How Sweet it is, Linda Simmons
Spinach, Romaine Lettuce, Radishes, Fresh Farm Eggs from the Country Flower Shed
Turnips, Winter Squash, Yard Ornaments by Delmer Hinrichs
Cut and Live Herbs from Stanton's Gardens
Apples, Cider, Honey from The Orchard
Crawford's Baked Goods
Sweet Potatoes (3 varieties) and home baked breads from Mators and Tators
Heirloom Seeds
Fresh popped Kettle Corn
Soaps and Lotions from Sleepy Hollow
Handcrafted Jewelry, Scarves and Bags
and more!
Updates will be posted to our Facebook Page as vendors check in with me throughout the week.



I hope you plan to join us for our biscuits & gravy fundraiser this Saturday at the market. We'll have a few tables and chairs so you can sit and enjoy breakfast while you listen to Jane and Bill sing and play.


We are hard at work on the market calendar for 2013. If you have ideas for how your group or organization can partner with the market, please be in touch. Watch the calendar on our website, or news page, or our Facebook page for updates.


Please continue reading below. We are looking for musicians for the market and have set our date for the 2013 Emporia Farmers Market Annual Meeting. If you have ever thought about being a vendor at the market, tonight's class would be a good place to start.


See you at the market!


Tracy Simmons
Market Manager     
In This Issue
Market Musicians Wanted
Farmers Market 101
EFM Annual Meeting and Board Member Elections
Also in Emporia
Introducing 2013 Vendors
Musicians Wanted


Market Music Coordinator, Bill Ihling is looking for musicians willing to share your musical talents with the shoppers and vendors down at our Saturday morning markets. Right now, we're in "winter mode", which means we're operating indoors at the Emporia Humanitarian Center on 1st and 3rd Saturdays. We're booked thru March, but could use some entertainment for April 6th & 20th. An hour or so would be great...10am until 11:15.


He'd also love to hear from anybody who'd like to play the market any Saturday this Spring and Summer (May 4 thru Sept. 28) Once we move outdoors, (the parking lot on Merchant St., between 7th and 8th Sts.) the Saturday market starts at 8am.


We can't pay much, but we do offer anyone who performs $10 worth of "market money" (good for fresh veggies, baked goods, craft items, etc). In addition to that, it's a low pressure gig and the audiences are always very appreciative. You're also welcome to put out a tip bucket and sell CD's, T-shirts, bumperstickers, etc.


If you'd like to know more, please contact Bill Ihling at or call 620-699-3352. If you've played the market before, please check your calendars, pick a date that'll work for you, and get in touch!

January 29 TONIGHT! Farmers Market 101: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Selling at the Farmers Market


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:
Save the Date: March 10, 12:30PM
EFM Annual Meeting & Potluck
Emporia Presbyterian Church - West Campus
1702 West  15th Avenue
Vendors, Friends and Supporters of EFM are encouraged to attend.


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 (2012-13)
Janet Brassart (2012-13)
Harold Brenzikofer (2012-13)
Judy Conway (2011-12)
Joe Foster - Treasurer (2011-12)
Ellen Hansen - Secretary (2011-12)
Bill Ihling - Market Music Coordinator (2012-13)
Fannie Harrell (2011-12)
Ruthann Resch - President (2012-13)
Becky Smith - Vice President (2011-12)
Ben Stallings (appointed 2012)
 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

Introducing 2013 Market Vendors

Rudy Bradburn

Selling with EFM since December 2012

Rudy makes those handy-dandy lid assistant removers that you install beneath your kitchen cabinets. Rudy joined us for our Holiday Bazaar in December and plans to sell at select and special markets throughout 2013. 


Mark Lee, Mixed Media Sculptor

Selling with EFM since December 2012

Mark Lee is a mixed media sculptor inspired by Mother Nature. Mark joined us for our Holiday Bazaar in December and plans to sell at select and special markets throughout 2013.

Mark Lee, Mixed Media Sculptor 



Darren Shaw, Native American Indian Arts & Crafts

Selling with EFM since 2009

Handmade Jewelry

 Shaw Jewelry 


Country Flower Shed, Harold & Naomi Brenzikofer

Selling with EFM since ~ 1987

Products Offered: A variety of fresh produce, farm eggs, jams and jellies. Winter Market produce includes Romaine lettuce, spinach, and radishes.

Country Flower Shed Romaine Lettuce  



Mators & Tators, Wanda Myers

Selling with EFM since ~ 2011

Products Offered: Winter market products include sweet potatoes and baked breads and rolls. Spring and summer markets, expect to see both heirloom and hybrid tomatoes, green beans, summer squash, okra, beets, onions, sweet peppers and hot peppers. Mators & Tators uses natural fertilizer and no pesticides in their garden. Baked goods are made with local eggs and honey and their own homegrown ingredients such as zucchini and sweet potatoes.

Mators and Tators Sweet Potatoes  


 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


February 2

Musicians: Jane McCoy & Bill Ihling




February 16

Musician: Savanna Chestnut


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!


January Market Volunteers:

Harold Brenzikofer

Mark Sherman

Rand Simmons

Ben Stallings


Market Musicians:

Joe Foster

Eric Martin

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
and 2012 Market Musicians
Sara Coltrane
Savanna Chestnut
Sue Claridge
Lance Fahy
Joe Foster
Bill Ihling
Eric Martin
Jane McCoy
The Neighborly Brothers
Carlos Pringle
P.J. Stephenson
Anne Strobel
Charlie Wilks
Anton Zouplna
Anton Zouplna, Sr.
Anton Zouplna, III
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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