Here we are, the lovely month of May. Or should we call it May-cember? Regardless, May in Emporia means the return of the Emporia Farmers Market to the parking lot at 7th & Merchant. Our first market on May 4 will feature a Breakfast Burrito fundraiser by Friends of the Emporia Farmers Market. We'll have hot coffee, too! We look forward to seeing you every Saturday in May, starting at 8:00 AM.
After you've perused the news this note has to offer, please take a moment to scroll all the way to the bottom and update your email settings. I hate to think of anyone getting more or less email from the market than they would like. We offer monthly newsletters and weekly reminders. As well, we have a
|Buy your tomato cages at the market in May, a product of Tallgrass Custom Wood Products.|
special farmhand list for those who wish to get more involved by volunteering at the market or at special events and fundraisers. Select the "Update Profile/Email Address" link at the bottom of this newsletter and you can select or deselect the options to suit your preferences. If that doesn't work, and you would like me to make updates to your preferences, just reply to this newsletter and let me know. I am happy to make changes for you at any time.
See you at the market!
Thanks to the market's lead sponsor
May 4: Burritos for Breakfast
The May 4 market will feature burritos for breakfast by Friends of the Emporia Farmers Market.
Bacon or sausage $4.50
Come meet, mingle and have breakfast at the market with the 2013 Farmers Market Board Members.
May 18: ECKAN at the market for Community Action Awareness
May is the month of Community Action Awareness. As a Community Action agency to help the fight on poverty, ECKAN is taking action to get out in the community and promote this awareness. ECKAN has many programs that also contribute to the fight on poverty and as a community partner, we would like to inform others of our goal and mission on these issues.
Come visit with representatives from ECKAN and learn about the programs they offer at the market on Saturday, May 18.
| Visit to the Country Flower Shed
: Harold and Naomi Brenzikofer
I recently had the opportunity to visit the farm of Harold and Naomi Brenzikofer. The Brenzikofers have been selling produce at the Emporia Farmers Market since about 1987 and were some of the first vendors I got to know by name as a shopper when I first moved to Emporia.
Harold's experience with local food goes back to his boyhood when his parents grew and sold strawberries to area residents and he and Naomi tell stories of picking tomatoes to supply the stores in Emporia from sunup till sundown.
Today the Brenzikofers have a high tunnel and two greenhouses on their farm. They have been able to sell fresh produce at the market all winter long with a variety of Romaine lettuces, spinach, carrots, radishes, and other greens. They sell a wide variety of fresh produce through the summer months, as well as fresh farm eggs, jams and jellies.
A peek at the operations side of the Country Flower Shed:
|Naomi in the high tunnel which is currently housing strawberries and tomatoes.|
|Harold stays surrounded by green, even when it's cold!|
For more photos from the Country Garden Shed tour, click here
|The Country Flower Shed is a well-known at the Emporia Farmers Market. The Brenzikofers can be found at nearly every Saturday or Wednesday market, as well as throughout the indoor season at our winter markets.|
Urban Farm Tour: Ben Stallings
Ben and Jessie Stallings began selling with the Emporia Farmers Market in 2009. A tour of their Urban Farm here in Emporia is available online, as well as a piece about my visit there last year.
Music for Veggies
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 summer market slots. He'd 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!
| The Emporia Farmers Market Series of Classes at Community Connections
Enroll online, at the front office or call 341-1392 today!
Trash to Treasure: Tire Recycling
Instructor: John Crisp
Schedule: Tuesday, May 16, 6:00-8:00 PM
Location: Shepherd's Valley Farm, 2408 S. 100 Rd., Americus, KS 66835
Turning those cast-off tires into useful, practical items is the focus of this course. You'll be learning some hands-on tricks of the trade for turning tires inside out, and you'll see several projects for turning tires into garden planters, raised beds, lawn edging, decorative fountains, composters, livestock feeders, berms, steps, horse swings and much more! Recycling tires helps clean up the environment and make something valuable, functional, and beautiful at the same time. John Crisp has been recycling used tires into beautiful creations for several years. Class sponsored in part by the Emil Babinger Charitable Trust.
Wild Edibles/Wildcrafting Adventures
Instructor: John Crisp
Schedule: May 18, 8:30AM - NOON
Location: Shepherd's Valley Farm, 2408 S. 100 Rd., Americus, KS 66835
Stories, local history, plant identification, recipes, and more are all a part of our fascinating adventures along the trail. We will cover 2+ miles of trail. You'll learn more than you ever thought possible and get a new perspective on the practical uses of edible and medicinal plants. Fishing plants, fire-starting plants, Kansas bananas, Vitamin C drinks, sweet water from a grape vine, pine needle tea, medicines, poisons, life-saving information, and a visit to an Indian earth lodge are part of the May trek. So put together a group of family and friends, and let's take a hike! Sponsored in part by the Emil Babinger Charitable Trust.
Check out all the courses offered through Community Connections by visiting their website at http://flinthills.augusoft.net or look for a course catalog at the market or any area business
|Introducing 2013 Market Vendors|
Selling sweets and pet treats at Saturday markets and a regular vendor at indoor winter markets. Debra is also an EFM Board Member.
Selling with EFM since 2006
John is one of our high tunnel vendors. He is a regular attendee at Saturday markets with a wide variety of produce available throughout the summer season.
Sweet Haven Fields: Tim Nicklin
Selling with EFM since 2012
Sweet Haven Fields utilizes raised beds, compost, mulch (no till or chemicals), sodded garden aisles, and narrow growing beds.
Detailed Product Listing: Peas, purple passion asparagus, strawberries, black raspberries, radishes, kale, lettuce, spinach, rose orach (colorful spinach substitute), burgundy okra, sweet peppers, jalapenos, snacking and slicing tomatoes, herbs: spearmint, applemint, parsley, cilantro, thyme, rosemary, oregano, sage, savory, dill.
Jams and Jellies: Flaming Strawberry Jelly (summer), strawberry jam, strawberry/mulberry syrup.
Tallgrass Custom Wood Products, LLC: Kevin Church
Selling with EFM since 2013
Tallgrass Custom Wood Products emphasizes and fosters the wise-use of more than 20 local native tree species and reclaimed lumber. www.tallgrasswood.com
A complete directory (in progress) of Market Vendors will be available at
| Thank YOU for Shopping Emporia Farmers Market.|
|photo by Evie Simmons |
Saturdays 8 AM
till approximately 10 AM, depending on weather and produce available -- shop early for the best selection!
Burritos for Breakfast
Meet and Mingle w/ 2013 Market Board Members
Market host: ECKAN
Parking Lot at 7th & Merchant
The Emporia Farmers Market Accepts Vision Cards
The market is currently offering $2 in market tokens for every $1 a customer spends on a state of Kansas Vision Card. Please see a volunteer at the market kiosk/desk for details. Offer good while supplies last.
This gift made possible by the Emil Babinger Charitable Trust.
Thank You to our Farmhands
The Market could not run without you!
April Market Volunteers:
Special Thanks to Girl Scout Troop #30050
for sharing their Recycling Badge work at the market
Winter Market & Vision Card Enhancement Sponsor:
The Emil Babinger Chartiable Trust
The City of Emporia
Lyon County K-State Research & Extension
Elbert Liquor Store
Mark II Lumber
The Emporia Gazette
The Flint Hills Shopper
Community Partner & Event Sponsors:
Country Mart North
Emporia Community Foundation
Emporia Main Street
Flint Hills Community Health Center
Emporia Area Local Food Network
RJ's Cake & Candy
Become a Friend of the Emporia Farmers Market
Many Thanks to the Friends of the Emporia Farmers Market & Farmhands
Heath & Kim Botkin
Harold & Naomi Brenzikofer
Betty Campbell & Margaret
Emporia Gardeners of America
Flint Hills Music
Joe & Allison Foster
Dr. Stephen Haught
Beth Henrikson & Charles
June Hubert - New!
Bill & Dianne Ihling
Logan Ave. 4-H Club
Lyon County Master Gardeners
Dr. DenaSue Potestio
Mark Sherman - Farmhand to Friend!
Dr. Michael Shonrock
Jesse & Beth Wilson
and Market Musicians
The Neighborly Brothers
Ben Stallings - New!
Anton Zouplna, Sr.
Anton Zouplna, III
EFM Market Office
Please note that our business office has moved!
Our new location is at:
P.O. Box 1911
Emporia, KS 66801