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                The Veggie Gazette
News from the Emporia Farmers Market

May 2014

Volume 8, Number 4




Did someone say May? It feels like it got here awfully fast, but I've fully defrosted the EFM logo and and am turning the newsletter colors back to shades of green, so it must be so. We are looking forward to the start of Saturday markets in the parking lot at 7th and Merchant and invite you to join us for breakfast burritos. Come meet and visit with market board members and enjoy some fresh

Asparagus is expected at Saturday's market.

spring greens from early market vendors. Saturday markets in May will be open from 8:00 am till 10:00 am.


We've had a very strong start to the year with winter market sales. We are looking forward to visiting with old friends and meeting new ones in the parking lot this summer. 


I also want to take a moment to thank the Emil Babinger Charitable Trust. As well as making our indoor winter markets possible, they have gifted the market with a little refurbishment of the market kiosk in the parking lot. So far, we have new shelving which should stand up to the weather much better, and have added a serving counter and storage box to the kiosk. Thanks, also, to Wayne Eickenberry for the work, and to Mark II Lumber for the discounts on supplies. 


See you at the market!




May 3 Market ~ Burritos for Breakfast & Music by Ric Garcia

 The first market of the season will feature burritos for breakfast by the Friends of the Emporia Farmers Market.  Bacon, sausage ($4.50) and vegetarian ($4.00) burritos will be available. Come meet, mingle and have breakfast at the market with the 2014 Farmers Market Board Members. 


Enjoy music by local artist, Ric Garcia, who is making his debut appearance at the Emporia Farmers Market.

May 10 Market Hosted by TFI Family Services & Music by Eric Martin

Happy families make happy kids! Today's market will be hosted by the staff of TFI Family Services. You are invited to shop the market and visit with TFI staff about foster care services in our area. How can you make a difference in the life of a child? What is involved in benig a foster parent? Shop for fresh and local produce, and get the answers to these questions, and more.


Local music legend, Eric Martin, will be providing our music today. Eric has played at several of our indoor winter markets. We look forward to getting him up and out early in the parking lot! 


May 17 Market ~ Sick Plant Clinic

Today's market will feature a Sick Plant Clinic, by K-State Research and Extension agent, Travis Carmichael. Saturday at 8:00 am is the place to bring your ailing plants for information on diagnoses and treatment.  Travis will be there to answer your questions about plant decline, insect damage, yellowing leaves, stunted or distorted growth, or dieback. If you are unsure what a plant is, bring it by for identification.


More details about the Sick Plant Clinic are below in this newsletter.


May 24 Market ~ Shop Fresh & Local!

 Open 8:00 am till 10:00 am. See the market calendar online for updates and musician news. 

May 31 Market ~ Breakfast Burrito Fundraiser by Rinker 4-H Club

 The market welcomes Rinker 4-H Club, serving burritos for breakfast. The proceeds from this fundraiser go to Rinker 4-H Club, in support of scholarships for members to attend 4-H camp or other 4-H activities, and building maintenance for their meeting location at Union School House. Please welcome Rinker 4-H members to the market and support these local, homegrown kids!


$3.00 choice of following breakfast burritos: Sausage, Bacon, or Veggie

$4.00 The Works burrito

$1.00 Coffee, Orange Juice, or Bottled Water





 Our 7 Acres ~ New Vendor

Visit with our newest vendors, Mandy and Joseph Kern at the next market. They joined us for their first market at the Sustainability Fair and were a hit!







Homemade Bagels from Our Seven Acres.
Reusable produce bags from Our Seven Acres.
Stained Glass Art from Our Seven Acres.
Dirty Kanza Pre-Race Palooza Dinner, May 30



Tickets are nearly sold out  for the 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 product grown right here in the Flint Hills.


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

Wild Edibles/Wildcrafting Adventures

Instructor: John Crisp

Cost: $5

Schedule: Saturday, May 31, 9:00 am -12:00 PM


Stories, local history, plant identification, recipes, and more are all 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! 


Enroll today!  Visit http://flinthills.augusoft.net or call 620-341-1392.



 More about the Sick Plant Clinic, from Travis Carmichael, K-State Research & Extension Horticulture Agent


Heat, drought, insects, disease, and more heat are a substantial line-up for plant decline.  Just as we are getting into productive gardens or colorful flower displays, problems seem to hit like a brick. Symptoms of insect damage, disease, or environmental stress can all look similar.  Determining the cause of the problem is the first obstacle to get a plant back in good health.
The Sick Plant Clinic, occurring at the Saturday morning Emporia Farmers Market on May 17th  at 8:00 am, is a place to bring your ailing plants for information on diagnoses and treatment.  I'll be there to answer your questions about plant decline, insect damage, yellowing leaves, stunted or distorted growth, or dieback. If you are unsure what a plant is, bring it by for identification.
To participate, bring a representative sample which would include a portion of the plant showing the transition of healthy tissue to the problem tissue. For insect identification, bring the insect as well as the damage being caused.  If it is not feasible to bring in a sample, such as in the case of a tree trunk, pictures or detailed information will help. There is no charge for this educational event.
Try to answer the following questions about your ailing plant before bringing it to the Sick Plant Clinic.  This information will help identify the problem.

1. Kind of plant- Variety
2. How long has it been established in its present location?  I.e. Has it been recently transplanted?
3. Exposure;   N - S - E - W- full sun or shade?
4. What is the nature of the soil?  Tight clay?  Drainage?
5. When did the problem first appear?  Has it happened before?
6. Are any other plants in the vicinity similarly affected?
7. What part of the plant was affected first?  Top or bottom?  Which side?
8. Has there been any construction near the plant?    How recently? 
9. Have underground utilities been installed or replaced near the plant recently?
10. Is the soil around the plant subject to foot or vehicular traffic that could lead to compaction?  Is there pavement near the plant?
11. Have there been any weed killers used nearby?  If so, what and when?  Has salt or other ice melting material been used nearby?
What are the symptoms that have appeared?  How have they progressed?  Is there any pattern of development?
12. What program of watering and fertilizing has been followed?
13. Have there been any fungicides or insecticides used on the plant?  If so, what and when?
14. Is there any evidence of mechanical damage to the plant (i.e. lawn mower/nylon cord trimmer)?
15. Are there any suspicious insects present?  What do they look like?
16. Try to bring as much of the plant as possible, and as fresh as possible.  

For more information on the Sick Plant Clinic, call the Extension office at 620-341-3220.



Thank you to our Market Farmhands & Musicians
March Farmhands: Ellen Hansen, Janet Brassart, Bill Holtmeyer, Kaman Simmons, Evie Simmons

Jane McCoy and Ben Stallings 



Contact Information
Market Manager
Tracy Simmons

EFM Board Members

Janet Brassart - Treasurer
Harold Brenzikofer
Travis Carmichael
Colby Fuller
Jessica Hopkins - Secretary
Ben Stallings
Ellen Hansen
Fannie Harrell
Wanda Myers
Ruthann Resch - President
Becky Smith - Vice President
Brandi Smith - Music Manager
   Member of:        

     ESB Financial

lead sponsor             

Helpful Harvesters
 Emporia Realty Group 
Janet Brassart  

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

Don & Ruth Wise
2 for 1 - Kansas Vision Cardholders     



EFM is matching dollars again for EBT customers! Remember that you can shop at the market with your Vision card. Visit with a kiosk volunteer for details.


Gift of:

The Emil Babinger Charitable Trust



 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