The Veggie Gazette
News from the Emporia Farmers Market

April 2014

Volume 8, Number 3




The month of April means that we are planning for the final two markets of our fourth winter season. Join us at the Emporia

At the Market on April 19 - Sock Rabbits by local artist, Jessie Stallings.
At the Market on April 19 - Sock Rabbits by local artist, Jessie Stallings.

 Humanitarian Center on April 5 and April 19. For the final Saturday in April, we will have vendors at the Flint Hills Sustainability Fair at the Flint Hills Technical College. This event starts at 9am and I have shared a schedule of speakers

below. ESB Financial will also be there with the shredding truck, so you have plenty of time to do some spring cleaning and take advantage of this opportunity to shred your important paperwork!



Thank you for shopping with us this winter. We are looking forward to a return to the parking lot for Saturdays in May.


What is at the market right now? Here are some photos from March 15 and we expect the produce selection to keep growing!



See you at the market!




  No Fooling; Three April Markets!
The final Indoor Winter Markets will take place at the Emporia Humanitarian Center, 215 W. 6th Ave.,  on April 5 & April 19.

Market hours are 10am till noon.




NEXT MARKET: The next Indoor Winter Market takes place on Saturday, April 5, and will feature music by Jane McCoy.


   Jane McCoy, Market Musician



The Second Market in April will take place on Saturday, April 19, and will feature music by Ben Stallings.


On Saturday, April 26, market vendors will be at the Flint Hills Sustainability Fair, starting at 9:00am.




News from the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Emporia Farmers Market
Thirty-seven vendors, board members, and guests attended the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Emporia Farmers Market, held at the Emporia Humanitarian Center after the March 15 market. Discussion included a review of the 2013 market year, summer market hours, and board member elections.

Bill Ihling and Debra Blackwell were recognized for their time on the market board. The following members were re-elected for a two-year term; Janet Brassart, Harold Brenzikofer, Colby Fuller, Ruthann Resch and Ben Stallings. Newly elected for two-year terms were Wanda Myers and Brandi Smith. 


Dirty Kanza Pre-Race Palooza Dinner, May 30



Pasta Palooza 2.0: The annual Pasta Palooza fundraiser for the Emporia Farmers Market is being revamped for the 2014 Dirty Kanza event to better showcase locally sourced foods and welcome gravel riders to our community on Friday, May 30, 2014. This year's meal will include a variety of locally sourced dishes (think potluck, but you don't have to bring your own dish) featuring grassfed beef, oatfed beef, pastured pork and poultry grown right here in the Flint Hills, as well as in-season vegetables direct from the farmers market.


The Pre-Race Palooza Dinner will also feature a "meet and mingle" for the Flint Hills Community. Featured Dirty Kanza racers will be on hand for photo opportunities and to sign rider trading cards from 5-6:30pm. The dinner will take place at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 828 Commercial, from 4pm until 7:30pm on Friday, May 30, 2014.


Buy Your Tickets for the Palooza here. 


We are looking for some farmhands to help with this event. Please email Tracy if you would like to provide a main dish, a side dish, or a dessert for this event.  


 Farmers Market Series via Community Connections

Pie Baking 101 with Farmgirl Fresh

Instructor: Mary Allen

Cost: $15

Schedule: Saturday, April12, 1:00-3:00 PM


Everything you need to know to successfully turn out beautiful and tasty pies, including two different pie crust recipes and tips on getting that perfect mile-high meringue. In this class each participant will create their own fresh apple pie to take home and bake. Learn the secrets of this timeless art form with the Farmgirl Fresh mother-daughter team who bakes year round at home and for the Council Grove Farmer's Market season. Sponsored in part by the Emil Babinger Charitable Trust. 


Eating in Season

Instructor: Tracey Graham          

Cost: $5

Schedule: Saturday, April 19, 1:00-3:00 PM


We all know that locally-grown foods (from your garden, your friends' and neighbors' gardens, the Farmers Market, etc.) are the very best.  Even in the depths of winter, there are many lovely foods available locally.  Tips for creative ways of consuming high-quantity foods while they're at their peak is the focus of this class.  Explore how to take advantage of the abundance that is available at different times of the year, and sample some recipes whipped up from what's available right now.  Sponsored in part by the Emil Babinger Charitable Trust.


Enroll today!  Visit or call 620-341-1392.



 Schedule for the Sustainability Fair, Saturday, April 26


9:00 AM - Noon - Vendors from the Emporia Farmers Market will be selling. 


9:00 AM: Turfgrass Maintenance, by Dr. Jared Hoyle, Turfgrass Extension Specialist


10:00 AM: Right Plant, Right Place, by Dr. Cheryl Boyer, Nursery Crop Extension Specialist


11:00 AM: Urban Agriculture, by Dr. Rhonda Janke, Sustainable Cropping Systems Extension Specialist


Noon: Vegetable Gardening, by Travis Carmichael, Horticulture Extension Agent


1:00 PM: Home Composting, by Travis Carmichael, Horticulture Extension Agent


 ESB Financial will have the shredding truck on site at the Sustainability Fair this year. Box up your old financial documents now so that you can drop them off to be shredded at the fair.


Bring the family! This is a fun and educational event for all ages.

Thank you to our Market Farmhands & Musicians
March Farmhands: Janet Brassart and Ruthann Resch.

Matt Kosinski and Lee Muller



Matt Kosinski
Lee Muller



Contact Information
Market Manager
Tracy Simmons

EFM Board Members

Janet Brassart
Harold Brenzikofer
Travis Carmichael
Colby Fuller
Jessica Hopkins
Ben Stallings
Ellen Hansen
Fannie Harrell
Wanda Myers
Ruthann Resch
Becky Smith
Brandi Smith
   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 Muckenthaler

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
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