I don't know what to say other than come join us at the market! The weather is beautiful. The produce is abundant. The baked goods are delicious. And the company is the best in Kansas!
This Saturday is the deadline for enrolling in the Food Preservation Course, brought to you by K-State Research and Extension - Lyon County. Details are at this link, as well as below in this newsletter. I was able to take this class last year and it was very worthwhile. Even if you have some experience with canning (I grew up helping my mother and my aunt preserve the harvest) you will enjoy this class. Up-to-date information and hands-on practice. Plus, it's fun because you get to do it with a group. The extension office needs you to register by Saturday. Call 341-3220.
I am also looking forward to our 10th Annual Homegrown Celebration, brought to you by ESB Financial. Bring the kids for some Watermelon Games and bring you own entry for our second watermelon carving contest! There will be prizes!
See you at the market!
Thanks to the market's lead sponsor
Become a Friend of the Emporia Farmers Market
July 6: Market hosted by St. Francis Community Services
Saturday's market, opening at 8:00AM, will be hosted by St. Francis Community Services, a community-based service provider that has been a voice of hope for children and families since 1945. Services focus on adoption, child welfare, foster care parenting and more. Market shoppers are invited to visit with Missy Floyd at the market kiosk on Saturday, to learn more about St. Francis services in our community.
For more information about Saint Francis, visit www.st-francis.org or call 1-800-423-1342.
July 10: Market hosted by Friendly Visitors
From Marilyn Thomas, Friendly Visitors
I want to share with you a new program here in Lyon County. The Friendly Visitors program is one of several services offered by Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. The office is located at 702 Commercial here in Emporia, KS. The program consists of volunteers reaching out one-on-one to senior citizens who live alone and need caring, friendly people to visit, call or otherwise lend a helping hand.
The program consists of three components:
- Ring-a-Day, in which a volunteer calls a participant every morning, Monday through Friday between the hours of 7 and 9, to make sure the participant is doing well and also to remind them to take their medicines. It starts the participant's day knowing someone has checked in on them.
- Social Caller, in which volunteers call the participants they have been matched up with, usually once a week, to discuss whatever they want to talk about. The calls usually take place in the afternoon or evening at a time that both the participant and the volunteer have previously agreed upon.
- Social Visitor, with a goal of combating isolation and loneliness, involves having the volunteer go into the participant's home at a mutually agreed upon time to engage in activities like working a puzzle, playing cards, gardening, reading the mail, writing letters, baking cookies or just talking.
All volunteers are trained regarding our policies, procedures and expectations for their position. We screen them and do background checks.
To be eligible for Friendly Visitors services, one need only live in Lyon County or another service area and be age 60 or older. Prospective participants or family members can call this toll free number at 1-888-737-1137 and ask for Marilyn Thomas.
To volunteer, please call same number. There is a one-on-one training for every volunteer, as well as other in-service training during the year.
This program allows seniors to remain in their home longer independently, and there are no fees attached. However, we do accept donations.
Friendly Visitors can provide peace of mind for adult children who don't live in the same city as their parents. It also offers a measure of safety for the participants.
I will be at the Emporia Farmers Market on July 11th from 4-7pm, please to visit the Friendly Visitors booth for additional information. Thank You.
10th Annual Homegrown Celebration,
brought to you by ESB Financial
Come celebrate with us! It will be a fun morning for kids of all ages (that includes you!)
Registration starts at 8AM. All who enter get a Kasasa cape.
Kids ages 5 and under will get to roll watermelons.
Watermelon eating contest for kids 6-9 (no worries -- it's just one slice!)
Seed Spitting for distance for kids ages 10-13.
Watermelon Carving Contest
All ages are invited to enter. Bring your competed watermelon to the market kiosk by 7:45AM to enter. Prizes will include a People's Choice award!
The Emporia Arts Center will be on hand with watermelon crafts for the kids to complete.
Live Music by Americus singer and songwriter, Savanna Chestnut.
|Entries from the 2012 Watermelon Carving Contest. Use your imagination. The sky is the limit!|
| The Emporia Farmers Market Series of Classes at Community Connections
Check out the website for a full listing of classes: http://flinthills.augusoft.net or
Enroll online, at the front office or call 341-1392 today!
Food Preservation Workshop
July 18th, 2013
July 19th, 2013
9am - 4pm
Learn the proper food preservation techniques for pressure and water bath canning, as well as tips for dehydrating foods. In this class you will get hands-on experience making salsa, jelly and canning the vegetable of the day.
This is a hands-on workshop. The class will be taught by Karen Blakeslee, Food Scientist from KSU. The fee is $25.00. Reservations are required, a minimum of 10 people, maximum of 20, RSVP due by July 6 to K-State Research and Extension Lyon County Office at 341-3220. Class must be paid for when reservation is made. July 19th will only be offered if the July 18th class fills. Class will be held at the Flint Hills Technical College, 3301 W. 18th Ave. in Emporia.
Lunch will be provided.
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
Emporia Area Local Food Network (EALFN) Farm Tour:
EALFN hosted a farm tour on Saturday, June 29. We were able to visit four area farms and three of them are regular vendors at the Emporia Farmers Market.
The tour started at Interdependent Web Urban Farm.
|Ben Stallings owns Interdependent Web Urban Farm. As a permaculturist, Ben experiments with low maintenance gardening methods and planting in complementary guilds.|
|This structure serves as a support for plants such as beans and squash in the summer, and is covered as a greenhouse in the winter months.|
Stop two was Harold and Naomi Brenzikofer's place, The Country Flower Shed.
|The high tunnel at Brenzikofer's farm has been in use for three years now. This year it is filled with strawberries (which are done for the season) and tomatoes (which are just getting started.)|
|Loads of tomatoes are just starting to ripen in the high tunnel.|
Stop three was Gary Janssen's place Gary has been involved in providing local produce to area schools and raises produce for an area CSA.
|Two new high tunnels that are going up at Janssen's farm. These are Zimmerman Hoop Houses built in Missouri.|
|Marybeth Janssen gave us a tour of the farm.|
|Strawberries grow in these repurposed salt and mineral buckets allow gardening without the backache from stooping and crawling on the ground. The sit on pallets that can easily be moved from high tunnel to outside as weather permits.|
Stop four was Maters and Tators, the garden of Wanda Myers. Wanda gardens with her son, Mike Myers, and her grandkids.
|Wanda Myers has been gardening since she was just a kid. As Brenzikofer's daughter, she couldn't help but inherit a green thumb. She gardens here with her son, Mike. The grandkids are regular garden helpers, as well.|
|Myers is growing nine varieties of tomatoes this year. Three of them are heirloom. She also has 200 sweet potato plants!|
If you would like to be notified when another farm tour is planned, please email Tracy at emporiaFM@gmail.com
and I will get you on the special invite list.
Master Gardener Program
K-State Research and Extension -Lyon County, is now taking applications for the Fall 2013 Master Gardener Training Course which will take place September through November.
Contact Travis Carmichael, Horticultural and Community Development Extension Agent for more details. (620) 341-3220 or email@example.com
The Master Gardener Program is more than a horticulture class or gardening club. It is a volunteer program that enables participants to serve their communities through horticulture education.
The Kansas Master Gardener Program enjoys a diverse collection of participants. This organization effectively attracts people with a wide variety of skills who share a common interest in gardening. In addition to their horticultural abilities, Master Gardener Volunteers also contribute to the program through their respective experience as educators, technical specialists and professionals.
Introducing 2013 Market Vendors
Engle Farm: Ed & Chris Engle
Selling with EFM since 2012
Products Offered: Cucumbers (Burpless varieties, Straight 8, Marketmore and picklers). Squash (Black Beauty, Golden Zucchini, Yellow Crookneck, White Scallop, Spaghetti).Tomatoes (13 varieties of regular tomatoes, 2 Roma types, and Large Red Cherry). Green Beans. Peppers (Bell, Sweet Banana, Jalapeno, Habanero, Anaheim, Poblano). Okra (Crimpson Spineless & Star of David). Jams & Jellies.
Klaus Farms: Theresa & Caleb Klaus
Selling with EFM since 2013
Products Offered: Green onions, green beans, tomatoes, cabbage. Handmade beaded jewelry and ornaments. Jacob Sheep Fleece.
Selling with EFM since 1982
Products Offered: Vegetables, including beets, potatoes, squash, onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, green beans, peppers and corn.
Selling with EFM since 1982
Tomatoes, Potatoes, Onions, Jams/Jellies, Okra, Rhubarb, Blackberries, Cucumbers, Radish, Lettuce, Squash, Pecans & Black Walnuts, Cut Flowers. Some vegetable and blackberry plants. Organic where allowable; minimum use of spray chemicals.
Selling with EFM since 1996
Products Offered: Tomatoes (grown in soil in a greenhouse).
Interdependent Web Urban Farm: Ben Stallings
Selling with EFM since 2009
Products Offered: Salad green, cooking greens, vegetables an fruits, herbs, cut flowers, live plants, dried herbs, teas, shaved ice, jewelry, arts & crafts, baked goods - cookies & muffins.
We use no pesticides or chemical fertilizers; we also do no till and rarely use city water for irrigation, relying instead on ecological intercropping, integrated pest management, heavy mulch, and rainwater catchment. Most of our crafts feature recycled components and our baked goods use whole grains and unrefined sugars.
Costa Café: Walter Williams
Selling with EFM since 2013
Selling Costa Rican Coffee by the cup or by the pound. Roasted (in Emporia!) and unroasted. Ground or whole bean.
My farm is near Palmores, Costa Rica. Coffee growers in my vicinity belong to a co-op. We take our beans there and then have a choice; take cash or take coffee! I do both.
A complete directory (in progress) of Market Vendors will be available at
| Thank YOU for Shopping Emporia Farmers Market.|
|photo by Evie Simmons |
Wednesdays 5 PM
till approximately 6:15 PM, depending on weather and produce available -- shop early for the best selection!
Saturdays 8 AM
till approximately 10:30 AM, depending on weather and produce available -- shop early for the best selection!
July 3, 5PM
July 6, 8AM
market hosted by St. Francis Community Services
focusing on adoption, child welfare, foster care parenting and more. Come visit and learn more!
July 10, 5PM
market hosted by the Friendly Visitors Program matching volunteers with seniors with the goal of enabling seniors to continue living independently. Come visit and learn more!
July 13, 8AM Homegrown Celebration
by ESB Financial
watermelon carving contest
watermelon arts & crafts
music by Savanna Chestnut
July 17, 5PM
July 20, 8AM
music by The Neighborly Brothers
July 24, 5PM
July 27, 8AM
July 31, 5PM
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!
June Market Volunteers:
Veteran City Rollers
The Neighborly Brothers
Zx3 - Anton Zouplna, III
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
Many Thanks to the Friends of the Emporia Farmers Market & Farmhands
Tom & Rachel Andrews new!
Heath & Kim Botkin
Harold & Naomi Brenzikofer
Jessica Bucholtz new!
Betty Campbell & Margaret
Briana Dougherty new!
John Dougherty new!
Emporia Gardeners of America
Flint Hills Music
Joe & Allison Foster
Colby Fuller new!
Joyce Hanlin (Arizings) new!
Dr. Stephen Haught
Beth Henrikson & Charles
Jessica Hopkins new!
Bill & Dianne Ihling
Logan Ave. 4-H Club
Lyon County Master Gardeners
Dr. DenaSue Potestio
Dr. Michael Shonrock
Jesse & Beth Wilson
Casey & Erin* Woods
and Market Musicians
The Neighborly Brothers
Anton Zouplna, Sr.
Anton Zouplna, III
EFM Market Office
P.O. Box 1911
Emporia, KS 66801