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                The Veggie Gazette
News from the Emporia Farmers Market

July 2014

Volume 8, Number 6



I am looking forward to two big events in the parking lot in July. First we will be joined by the team at ESB Financial for the annual Homegrown Celebration on July 19. There will be watermelon games for the kids --sign in starts at 8am, games start at 8:30-- and a watermelon carving contest for all ages. The winners of the carving contest will walk away with big prizes, so start planning your entry now! There will be a People's Choice award, as well as an award by judges from the Emporia Arts Council.


On July 26, the market will welcome the Veteran City Rollers. Several team members will be available as Veggie Valets; let them carry your purchases so you can shop for more! Tickets to the game--the first bout of season three--will be available at the market as well. Then you can join them Saturday night, Veteran City Rollers vs. Thunder Dames of Lincoln, Nebraska. The doors open at 6pm at Rollers Skating Rink. There is no better fun and local entertainment. Come out and support the Veteran City Rollers at the market, and at the game.


Carved Watermelon
Your creativity has no bounds! What can you carve from a watermelon? Bring your entries to the market kiosk at 8am on Saturday, July 19, for the Annual Homegrown Celebration Carving Contest. Prizes will be awarded!

See you at the market!



 P.S. Watch our website for an introduction to our new and returning vendors!

July Market Calendar

Wednesday, July 2, market starts at 5pm (we are expecting corn!)


Saturday, July 5, market starts at 8am


Wednesday, July 9, market starts at 5pm, market music by Lee Muller - followed by Live in the Lot. See the entire Live in the Lot schedule by clicking here. (Emporia Gazette Link) 


Saturday, July 12, market starts at 8am


Wednesday, July 16, market starts at 5pm - followed by Live in the Lot


Saturday, July 19, market starts at 8am - Annual Homegrown Celebration by ESB Financial. Watermelon games for the kids. Carving contest for all ages. Music by Lee Muller.


Wednesday, July 23, market starts at 5pm - followed by Live in the Lot


Saturday, July 26, market starts at 8am -

at the market Saturday, July 26


hosted by Veteran City Rollers



Wednesday, July 30, market starts at 5pm 


Harvest Preservation Course

If you are new to home food preservation, which is making a come back, or your skills need to be refreshed, Rhonda Gordon of K-State Research and Extension, Lyon County, has a class for you. 


Mark your calendar for July 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The class will cover the proper food preservation techniques for pressure and water bath canning and drying.


The class will make salsa, jelly and pressure can vegetables. This is a hands-on workshop. This class will be taught by Karen Blakeslee, Food Scientist from Kansas State University. 


This class has a fee of $25 and reservations are required with the fee paid at time of reservation.


A minimum of 10 people, maximum of 20 people are required for this class: Sign up by July 7 to the K-State Research and Extension Lyon County Office -620-341-3220.


The class will be held at the Flint Hills Technical College, 3301 W. 18th Ave., and lunch will be provided.



Need a Market T-Shirt?

We will be ordering market t-shirts soon. If you would like to order an official Emporia Farmers Market t-shirt, please visit the market kiosk during operating hours. Special prices for existing friends, farmhands and vendors. New friends are welcome, too! 




Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Thank you to our Market Farmhands & Musicians
June Farmhands: Harold Anderson, Ellen Hansen, Ruthann Resch, Evie Simmons, Rand Simmons, Becky Smith, Ben Stallings.


LA Fahy & James Rose, Lee Muller, Good Vibes Jazz Duo (Glen Woolard & Tracy Freeze), Jane McCoy
L.A. Fahy

Good Vibes Duo
Jane McCoy played for our first Wednesday Market.






Lee Muller
Lee Muller
Contact Information
Market Manager
Tracy Simmons

EFM Board Members

Janet Brassart - Treasurer
Harold Brenzikofer
Travis Carmichael
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             

The Emporia Farmers Market fulfills a central role in the community's grand equation, offering a place of fellowship throughout the year, moving produce, producer, and consumer closer to a kindred realm, bridging lives with local growth, local arts, local writers and musicians, creating rhythms of seasons and relationship so well maintained as to seem always new and continuing together.

~Wendy Crowley Devilbiss
Helpful Harvesters
 Emporia Realty Group 
Janet Brassart  

Scott & Rhonda Gordon

Ellen Hansen
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

Thank you for being a Friend!


The Emporia Farmers Market annual Friends drive starts in June. 


Stop by the kiosk to join or renew! 


  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

Rachel Haag

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

Marcia Lawrence
Rachael LeClear
Logan Ave. 4-H Club
Max McCoy

Mary McGaw
Regina Murphy
Wanda Myers
Bobbi Mylnar
Dr. DenaSue Potestio
Ruthann Resch

Gretchen Russell

Jamie Roberts

Barb Say 

Carol Schoeck

 Mark Schondelmaier

Anna Sharenburg

Mark Sherman

Dr. Michael Shonrock

Evie Simmons

Kaman Simmons

Maddie Simmons
Rand Simmons
Becky Smith
Brandi Smith
Karen Sommers
Ben & Jessie Stallings
Pam Thuma
Cheryl Unruh
Jesse & Beth Wilson
Casey & Erin Woods
Jennifer Youngblood
Barbara Younger
and Market Musicians
Kenji Bolden
Kendra Briggs
Savanna Chestnut

Lance Fahy
Joe Foster
Tracy Freeze
Bob Haselhun 

Dr. Brent Hrabik

Bill Ihling

Matt Kosinski
Eric Martin

Eric Murphy
Jane McCoy
Lee C. Muller
The Neighborly Brothers

Three Old Men: Ric Garcia, Nick Dikin & Sam Bland
Ben Stallings

Fran Stallings
P.J. Stephenson

Glen Woolard
Tony Zouplna
Anton Zouplna, Sr.
Anton Zouplna, III