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                The Veggie Gazette
News from the Emporia Farmers Market

January/February 2014

Volume 8, Number 1

Congratulations to Andrea Pletcher, winner of the Farmers Market Wood Spirit, by Millard Harrell.


Before 2014 gets too far ahead of us, I want to take a moment to thank you for shopping the Emporia Farmers Market in 2013. We are very pleased to announce that total sales for market vendors passed $100,000 for the 2nd year in a row. We keep growing because you desire fresh and local produce. Thanks to each and every one of you who has made shopping at the market a priority.
Already in 2014 we have increased our ranks by an additional two vendors. We are very happy to introduce you to the folks at Oatie Beef and Graze the Prairie, who will both be bringing a variety of beef products to the market. There is more about them in the newsletter below, and I invite you to take a look at their websites and learn more about the products they will be bringing to market. Join me in giving them a great big welcome. We hope they grow to feel at home at our markets!
As well, I've conducted a little Q & A with a couple of our seasoned market vendors. Debra Arb has shared a bit about her homemade soap business, and Linda Simmons talks about baking for the market. If you have questions about other market vendors throughout the year, refer to our directory of vendors on our website. Or just visit the market! Our vendors are a friendly group who are always happy to talk about their products.


I hope you can join us this Saturday. Bill Ihling will be joined by a few friends to provide our music for the day. It should be a memorable event. Come at 10 and stay to enjoy the show.


Friends of the market will be serving biscuits & gravy on February 15. 


See you at the market!




First and Third Saturdays
Indoor Winter Markets will take place at the Emporia Humanitarian Center, 215 W. 6th Ave.,  on the first and third Saturday of every month through April 2014. Market hours are 10am till noon.




Bill Ihling   

NEXT MARKET: The next Indoor Winter Market takes place on Saturday, February 1, and will feature a farewell performance from singing farmer, Bill Ihling, who is leaving Kansas to return to his home state of New Jersey. Bill has been a market vendor since 2008 and joined the board in 2010. He has been recruiting and coordinating musical performers for the market since mid-2010. Everyone is invited to take a moment and thank Bill for his time and commitment to the Emporia Farmers Market. 






The Second Market in February will take place on Saturday, February 15. Lee C. Muller will provide the musical entertainment for the day and Friends of the market will be serving Biscuits and Gravy for breakfast. The proceeds from this fundraiser will go to support the programs of the Emporia Farmers Market.

Biscuits & Gravy Fundraiser
$4 for 2 biscuits; $3 for 1 biscuit


 2014 Annual Meeting of the Emporia Farmers Market
The annual meeting of the Emporia Farmers Market will take place on Saturday, March 15, after the Indoor Winter Market closes at noon. All vendors, volunteers and friends of the market are encouraged to attend. Please mark your calendar and watch for details.  

New Vendor at the Market in 2014

Please join us in welcoming: 


Graze the Prairie

"Graze The Prairie's Goal is to work with nature to provide the best quality grass-fed beef to our customers. We do not use chemical fertilizer, our cattle are never given any growth hormones and given antibiotics for therapeutic reasons only. Animals that receive medication for any reason are removed and never sold through Graze The Prairie. Our cattle are never fed grain or concentrates. Our cattle are on pasture year around. Mineral Supplement, clean water, and high-quality stored forages for feeding during winter months, as well as cattle with the right genetics are all essential factors for high-quality grass-fed beef. Our cattle are moved into new paddocks daily in the growing season, and at least twice weekly in the dormant. This mimics the movement of the animals that historically lived on the prairie and is in concert with how the prairie evolved. This provides our cattle with the best life possible and helps preserve the remaining tallgrass prairie."


Graze the Prairie Website 

New Vendor at the Market in 2014

Please join us in welcoming:


Oatie Beef

"From Our Farm to Your Plate

It's important to know what you're eating. And it's even more important to know what you aren't eating. We want you to know that all of our products are hormone free. We strive to make sure that you and your family can sleep easier knowing that our cattle are not given antibiotics or GMO feed."



Oatie Beef Website 

Q&A with Debra Arb, of Waite & Allenby Soap Company


Q:   How did you get started making soap? Waite & Allanby

A:   My sister bought a book and loaned it to me. That was in 2003. I was intrigued with the beautiful soap pictures and started collecting ingredients and tools at once. My first soaps were made from beef tallow and were definitely not the quality they are now!


Q:   How did you get started at the Emporia Farmer's Market?

A:   In 2010, my husband and I went to a beekeeper's fun day in Lawrence, KS and they had soap, lotion and lip balm classes as well as classes for beekeepers. I picked up some more tips about soap making that helped me improve my skills, as well as gave me ideas about marketing my soaps. When I suggested selling them, my husband was skeptical, but he paid the fee and built an awesome vendor stand for me.


Q:   What makes your soap different from what we can buy at the grocery store?

A:   We use natural base oils like extra virgin olive, coconut, sustainable palm and castor oil and then we add different botanicals, clays, essential oils, skin-safe phthalate-free fragrance oils and other natural ingredients to make a really gentle bar of soap. We don't add artificial colorants, preservatives, hardeners, latherers, or petro-chemicals. Most commercial soap manufacturers remove the glycerin that is produced during the saponification process. Glycerin is a highly profitable substance sold to other companies for use in lotions and moisturizers. Then these companies add synthetic lathering agents and harsh chemicals so that the resulting bar is now a detergent bar that can be purchased cheaply; it is bad for your skin and bad for the planet. If you have noticed, the vast majority of bars on store shelves say "beauty bar," "moisturizing bar," or "body bar" because they cannot legally be called "soap".


Q:   How long does it take to make a bar of soap?

A:   The process of making soap can take me anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes depending on the type being made; that's not counting the time it takes to get the molds and ingredients ready. Then, when the soap loaf is unmolded the next day, it has to be cut and set to cure at least 4 weeks.


Q:   In the three years that you've been selling at the market, your selection has grown quite a bit. How many soaps do you now make?

A:   Well, I currently make 30 different kinds of soap. A few of those are seasonal and a few I haven't marketed yet. The different types of soap I now have are: body soap (of course), bug repellent soap, seaweed soap, sea salt soap, gritty soap for deep dirt, shampoo bars and dog shampoo bars.


Q:   What do your customers say? What makes them repeat customers?

A.   I get a lot of positive feedback from customers on the soaps. They comment on the scent, the beauty of each bar and the way it makes their skin or hair feel. We have had people come back and buy after receiving a free sample or some became customers after receiving our soaps as a gift. I think there is just something fascinating about a bar of handmade soap that makes people want to use it.


Q:   How has your participation at the market enhanced or helped grow your business?

A:   Selling at Emporia Farmers Market has given me confidence in my product through the one-on-one conversations with the customer. I get customer-input directly regarding my product as well as my service. I have seen my business evolve over the last 3 years due to customer opinion and, as a result, I now have my product in Studio 11 and Nature's Paradise.




Featured Vendor: Linda Simmons, How Sweet it Is


Linda Simmons began selling with the Emporia Farmers Market in 2010. She is well known for her gourmet cookies and sweets. She sells cinnamon rolls, pies and breads. She also often has sugar free baked goods for sale.

  Baked Goods by Linda Simmons

Q: What's your first kitchen or baking related memory?

A: My first baking memories were from my pre-teen, 4-H years. Next was after Wayne and I married and left Denver following the flood of June 1965. We moved to a farm in Nebraska and I spent a lot of time alone while Wayne was working in the fields, so I read cookbooks to entertain myself. One cookbook showed how to knead bread, so I tried it. From there, I moved on to other baked goods. Five years later I became interested in decorating cakes. I enjoyed that for many years, and making cinnamon rolls.


Q: Some say baking is simply science, but your cookies are often as beautiful as they are delicious. Would you describe yourself as more scientist or artist in the kitchen?

A: Art was my favorite class in high school and in the years I attended college, so I guess I'd consider myself more an artist in the kitchen than a scientist.


Q : What's your favorite thing to bake?

A: Cookies were not something I'd done much of until we moved to Emporia, and making fancy cookies is every bit as much fun as decorating cakes, so those are the kinds I make. I try to do a variety of fancy cookies in sugar free, as well. That, I guess, would be the science part of my baking.


Now I'm baking artisan "rustic" breads as well, and that's a new kind of art. And yes, it's as much fun as cakes, cookies, a variety of quick breads, and baklava!


My favorite thing to bake? Everything. I just like to bake.


Q: How long have you been in Emporia? How did you get started with the Emporia Farmers Market?

A: In earlier years I had sold baked goods at the Dodge City farmers' market. When we lived outside Kansas City, MO, we drove to Emporia to visit family and liked to visit the farmers' market while we were here. So when we moved here in 2009, I was already interested in taking part.


We really like Emporia. The people are extremely friendly. In a city this size, the farmers' market is an important part of the community. I look forward to interacting with the folks shopping at the market, as well as the other vendors.


Thank you to our Market Farmhands & Musicians
November Farmhands: John Dougherty, Diane Million, Evie Simmons, Kaman Simmons,and Maddie Simmons  

December Farmhands: Wendy Devilbiss, Carol Rhoades, Kaman Simmons, Rand Simmons

January Farmhands: Kaman Simmons, Evie Simmons, Janet Brassart

Lee Muller, Matt Kosinski, Zx3, Jane McCoy
Contact Information
Market Manager
Tracy Simmons

EFM Board Members

President:Ruthann Resch
Vice President: Becky Smith
Secretary: Jessica Hopkins
Treasurer: Janet Brassart
Music Coordinator: Bill Ihling
Debra Blackwell
Harold Brenzikofer
Travis Carmichael
Colby Fuller
Ben Stallings
Ellen Hansen
Fannie Harrell
 Events of Interest


Details online:       

   Member of:        

Indoor Winter Markets brought to you by the
Emil Babinger
Charitable Trust

     ESB Financial

lead sponsor             

Helpful Harvesters
 Emporia Realty Group 
Janet Brassart  

Scott & Rhonda Gordon
Lyon County Master Gardeners
James & Theresa Muckethaler

Don & Ruth Wise
 Market Sponsors


Winter Market & Vision Card Enhancement Sponsor:

The Emil Babinger Charitable 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 Subways


Emporia Area Local Food Network


Murphy's Menu


Thurston's Plus


PraireLand Partners

  Friends of the Market


Tom & Rachel Andrews
James Bordonaro
Harold & Naomi Brenzikofer
Ele Browning
Jessica Bucholtz
Betty Campbell & Margaret
Laura Clawson
Coffelt Sign Company
Judy Conway
Tyler Curtis
Carla R. Davis
S.C. Dixon
John Dougherty
Paul DuToit
Emporia Gardeners of America

Joe & Allison Foster
Colby Fuller

Jon Geitz

Becky Hadicke
Joyce Hanlin (Arizings)
Ellen Hansen
Fannie Harrell

Millard Harrell
Dr. Stephen Haught
Roger Heineken
Jessica Hopkins
June Hubert
Bill & Dianne Ihling
Janice Jaggard
Rachael LeClear
Logan Ave. 4-H Club
Max McCoy
Regina Murphy
Wanda Myers
Bobbi Mylnar
Dr. DenaSue Potestio
Ruthann Resch
Gretchen Russell
Carol Schoeck
Mark Schondelmaier
Mark Sherman
Dr. Michael Shonrock
Evie Simmons
Kaman Simmons
Maddie Simmons
Rand Simmons
Becky Smith
Karen Sommers
Ben & Jessie Stallings
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

Dr. Brent Hrabik
Bill Ihling

Matt Kosinski
Eric Martin
Jane McCoy
Lee C. Muller
The Neighborly Brothers
Carlos Pringle
Ben Stallings

Fran Stallings
P.J. Stephenson
Anne Strobel
Charlie Wilks
Tony Zouplna
Anton Zouplna, Sr.
Anton Zouplna, III