Winter Farmers Market Logo

The Veggie Gazette
Fresh & Local 

March 2013

 

Volume 7, No. 3

Greetings!   

 

I'm sitting here feeling thankful for the moisture --in whatever form it comes-- and trying not to be impatient for spring. I enjoyed the break between snow storms by spending some time at the Spring Expo, where the Emporia Farmers Market had one of four booths selected "Best in Show."  

 

To give credit where credit is due, I want to share a bit of the story behind this beautifully restored 1948 truck. I met Paul DuToit, of PrairieLand Partners, shortly after I began my job as manager for the market. Paul is a big believer in local food. He has a vision of Emporia as a place where young people can dream about and succeed in making a living on the family farm. He believes in a community where individuals, businesses and schools start local when putting food on the table.

 

Paul had this idea of a mascot of sorts for Emporia's local food movement. He got his hands on this old truck, and then attracted the attention of Jesse Wilson of Thurston's Plus. What they have created is a thing of beauty, sure to attract attention. The Emporia Farmers Market is honored to have our logo on this truck. I see it as just one symbol of the kind of community we live in and the kind of community I believe Emporia is growing to be. This truck exists because of people who believe in investing their passion and money and talent into something they believe in.

 

I had the opportunity to chat with many community members at the Expo this weekend, from regular market shoppers, to summertime shoppers who have not yet made it to a winter market, to people who still aren't all that familiar with what the market has to offer. One young man commented that he loved the farmers market, but the winter market just didn't have much to offer and so he didn't usually make the time to go.

 

It's true, our Indoor Winter Markets aren't as big and grand and bountiful as what you might find in July and August in the parking lot, but the fact is that we have a winter market (in its 3rd season) and we are growing and continually working to become what our customers desire. The best way to make sure your vision is accounted for is to come to the market and be a member of our community. Come for the produce and the delicious baked goods, but also come to visit with your neighbors and be entertained by our talented local musicians who give their time to enhance the market experience.

 

We'll be serving biscuits & gravy starting at 10AM again this Saturday and we'll have music by the lovely Jane McCoy. I hope that you join us. 

  

See you at the market!

Tracy 

Tracy Simmons
Market Manager     
If you missed it in February, you get a second chance for Biscuits & Gravy at the Emporia Farmers Market

 

Saturday, March 2

Indoor Winter Market

starting at 10AM

Biscuits & Gravy Fundraiser  

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 operations of the Emporia Farmers Market.
  
In This Issue
Second Chance for Biscuits & Gravy
Thanks to Elbert Liquor and Mark II Lumber
Music for Veggies
EFM Annual Meeting and Board Member Elections
Also in Emporia
A Special Round of Thanks to Mark II Lumber and Elbert Liquor Store
 Please join us in thanking Jesse Solis and Elbert Liquor Store and Tom and the guys at Mark II Lumber. Our market storage shed needed a new home and Elbert Liquor Store graciously agreed to give us a spot on their lot. Our friends at Mark II relocated our handy little building. The next time you have an opportunity, be sure and let these local businesses know how much you appreciate their support of the Emporia Farmers Market.
Music for Veggies

 

Savanna Chestnut playing at first winter market of 2010.    Bill & Jane December Market Musicians  

We don't pay much, but we do offer $10 in "market money" (good for any product for sale a the market) to local talent willing to give an hour or so of your time to provide the mood music for our Saturday morning markets. As well, you are welcome to put out a tip bucket and sell your own CD's or T-shirts and share your promotional materials. It's a fun way to gain exposure and to be involved in our community.
 
Market Music Coordinator, Bill Ihling is currently looking to fill winter market slots on April 6th and April 20th, approximately 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.

 

If you'd like to know more, please contact Bill Ihling at [email protected] 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!

 
You are Invited
EFM Annual Meeting & Potluck
March 10, 12:30PM
Emporia Presbyterian Church - West Campus
1702 West  15th Avenue 

 

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 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
Amy Jordan/Ben Stallings
Courtney Gagan/Colby Fuller
  
 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. 

Rudy Bradburn   

   

Janet Brassart & Ruth Wise

 

   

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.

   

 

 

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.

   

 

 
 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

 

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1st & 3rd Saturdays

10 AM - 12:30 PM

 

March 2

Musician: Jane McCoy 

 

and

 

March 16

Musician: Anton Zouplna

 

Emporia Humanitarian Center

215 W. 6th Avenue

 


 

Thanks to the market's lead sponsor

 

ESB Financial 

 


Thank You to our Farmhands

 

The Market could not run without you!

 

February Market Volunteers:

Janet Brassart

Ellen Hansen

Bill Ihling

Mark Sherman

Evie Simmons

Rand Simmons

 

Market Musicians:

Savanna Chestnut

Jane McCoy

Bill Ihling

 

Spring Expo Farmhands

Janet Brassart

Harold & Naomi Brenzikover

Rod & Nancy Crawford

Ellen Hansen

Ruthann Resch

Ben Stallings

 

 

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

 

 Elbert Liquor Store

 

Mark II Lumber

 

Media Sponsors:

 

KVOE

 

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

 

Thurston's Plus 

 

BeefFest   

  

Helpful Harvesters:

 

James & Theresa Muckenthaler 

 

Simmons Law Office 

 

Don & Ruth Wise

 

Many Thanks to the Friends of the Emporia Farmers Market & Farmhands

 
Heath & Kim Botkin
Riley Botkin
Taylor Botkin
Janet Brassart
Harold & Naomi Brenzikofer
Ele Browning
Betty Campbell & Margaret
   Davidson
Tyler Curtis
Carla Davis
S.C. Dixon
Paul DuToit
Emporia Gardeners of America
Flint Hills Music
Joe & Allison Foster
Courtney Gagan
Erica Grayson
Becky Hadicke
Ellen Hansen
Christina Hardin
Fannie Harrell
Dr. Stephen Haught
Roger Heineken
Beth Henrikson & Charles
   Rothenberg
Bill & 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
Gretchen Russell
David Scheller
Mike Scheller
Carol Schoeck
Mark Schondelmaier
Mark Sherman
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
Jesse & Beth Wilson
Casey Woods
Jennifer Youngblood
Barbara Younger
  
and 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 


620-343-6555



  

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