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The Veggie Gazette
Fresh & Local 

July 2013


Volume 7, No. 7



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!


Tracy Simmons
Market Manager     


Thanks to the market's lead sponsor


ESB Financial  


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In This Issue
St. Francis Community Services
Friendly Visitors
10th Annual Homegrown Celebration
Food Preservation Course
EALFN Farm Tour
Master Gardener Program
Introducing 2013 Vendors
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.


July 13:
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!)  Homegrown Celebration - July 2011


Watermelon Games

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!)

watermelon eaters


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! 


Watermelon Crafts 

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.


2012 Watermelon Carving Entries
Entries from the 2012 Watermelon Carving Contest. Use your imagination. The sky is the limit!


Emporia Farmers' Market 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
Register Now!!
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.
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.
Interdependent Web Urban Farm
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.
Brenzikofer - 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.)
Brenzikofer - Country Flower Shed
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.
Gary Janssen Farm
Two new high tunnels that are going up at Janssen's farm. These are Zimmerman Hoop Houses built in Missouri.
Gary Janssen Farm
Marybeth Janssen gave us a tour of the farm.
Gary Janssen 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.
Maters and Tators
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.
Maters and Tators
Myers is growing nine varieties of tomatoes this year. Three of them are heirloom. She also has 200 sweet potato plants!
See more photos of the farm tour here. (Thanks to Mark Schondelmaier for the great images!)
If you would like to be notified when another farm tour is planned, please email Tracy at [email protected] 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 protected].
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.




Jimmy Mounkes

Selling with EFM since 1982 

Products Offered: Vegetables, including beets, potatoes, squash, onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, green beans, peppers and corn.




Ed Moyer

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.


Ed Moyer  


Nurnberg Tomatoes

Selling with EFM since 1996


Products Offered: Tomatoes (grown in soil in a greenhouse).


  Nurnberg Tomatoes  


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 Caf´┐Ż: 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.


 Costa Cafe


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Thank You for shopping the 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 games

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




Located in 

Downtown Emporia


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:

Ali Alingh

Brianna Dougherty

John Dougherty

Aubrey Jenkins

Ruthann Resch

Kaman Simmons

Maddie Simmons

Rand Simmons

Becky Smith


Veteran City Rollers at the Emporia Farmers Market

Veteran City Rollers

   Disco Apocalypse








Veggie Valets:

Tyler Proehl

Zac Proehl

Lindsey Storrer



Market Musicians:

Bill Ihling

Bill Ihling

Lee Muller

Lee Muller 


The Neighborly Brothers  

The Neighborly Brothers



Zx3 - Anton Zouplna, III

Tony Zouplna

Anton Zouplna


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:




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


Thurston's Plus 







James & Theresa Muckenthaler 


Simmons Law Office 


Don & Ruth Wise

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

Tom & Rachel Andrews new!
Heath & Kim Botkin
Riley Botkin
Taylor Botkin
Janet Brassart
Harold & Naomi Brenzikofer
Ele Browning
Jessica Bucholtz new!
Betty Campbell & Margaret
Judy Conway
Tyler Curtis
Carla Davis
S.C. Dixon
Briana Dougherty new!
John Dougherty new!
Paul DuToit
Emporia Gardeners of America
Flint Hills Music
Joe & Allison Foster
Colby Fuller new!
Courtney Gagan
Erica Grayson
Becky Hadicke
Joyce Hanlin (Arizings) new!
Ellen Hansen
Christina Hardin
Fannie Harrell
Dr. Stephen Haught
Roger Heineken
Beth Henrikson & Charles
Jessica Hopkins new!
June Hubert
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
Becky Smith
Karen Sommers
Ben Stallings
Ashley Storrer
Anna Tall
Pam Thuma
Cheryl Unruh
Jesse & Beth Wilson
Ruth Wise
Casey & Erin* Woods
Jennifer Youngblood
Barbara Younger
and Market Musicians
Sara Coltrane
Savanna Chestnut
Sue Claridge
Lance Fahy
Joe Foster
Bill Ihling
Eric Martin
Jane McCoy
Lee Muller
The Neighborly Brothers
Carlos Pringle
Ben Stallings
P.J. Stephenson
Anne Strobel
Charlie Wilks
Anton Zouplna
Anton Zouplna, Sr.
Anton Zouplna, III
Contact EFM

EFM Market Office
701 Commercial
Suite 202
Emporia, KS
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1911
Emporia, KS 66801

Office Hours:

by appointment 




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