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                The Veggie Gazette
News from the Emporia Farmers Market

August 2014

Volume 8, Number 7

Thank you to the Veteran City Rollers for partnering with the market in July. We enjoyed having members of the team at market to Veggie Valet on July 26th!



If you shopped at the Emporia Farmers Market in July, you should know that you were a part of a record setting month. Not only was it the biggest month of the year, it was the biggest month in the 32 year history of the Emporia Farmers Market! I hope you are taking advantage of this season of abundance to put away fresh and local produce to get you through the winter months. I've seen several posts on Facebook about our shoppers canning up tomatoes and salsa. I'm a freeze-it person, myself, and have been coming home with extra loads of corn, tomatoes and more at each market to put away for later. 

We look forward to an August full of produce, as well. 


We are also looking forward to the Murphy's Menu Fruit Pie Cook-Off on Wednesday, August 20, and more great entertainment by Lee Muller of Americus. Check out the Farmers Market series of classes via Community Connections, as well. Details for those events and more can be found below in this newsletter.


See you at the market!




Thank you for being a Friend of the Emporia Farmers Market!


Stop by the kiosk during market hours to join or renew! 


 Vendors at the Market 

Several new and returning vendors have joined us at the market in recent weeks. You can view a bit about several of them on our website or follow us on Facebook for photos and updates about current events. 


August Market Calendar
Wednesday, Aug. 6
Market hosted by Friendly Visitors,
Market Musician Sue Claridge, playing the flute,  market starts at 5pm  


Saturday, Aug. 9, Music by Lee Muller, market starts at 8am


Wednesday, Aug. 13, Music by Lee Muller, market starts at 5pm


Saturday, Aug. 16, market starts at 8am


Wednesday, Aug. 20, market starts at 5pm -

Murphy's Menu Fruit Pie Cookoff!


Saturday, Aug. 23, market starts at 8am


Wednesday, Aug. 27, market starts at 5pm


Saturday, Aug. 30, market starts at 8am

Farmers Market Series
Community Connections
Sign up for these classes and more at Community Connections.             


Intro to Home Cheese Making

Dive into the art of cheese making and learn how to create delicious recipes in your own kitchen!   In this hands-on class we'll learn how to make butter, yogurt, and several fresh cheeses. Be prepared to cook, taste, and take some of our creations home with you! Raw milk will be used in this class.

Cost: $15

Instructor: Charlene Osman

Schedule:   Saturday, August 16, 1:00-4:00pm


Growing Garlic

Learn how to grow garlic in your backyard, from variety selection to fall planting techniques.  Learn secrets about organic soil amendments to use, mulching for winter, and more.  You'll learn harvesting tips, how to cure garlic, and more.  Growing garlic is easier than you think, and something that can be done almost anywhere.  All garlic lovers are encouraged to attend!

Cost:  $5

Instructor: John Crisp

Schedule:   Thursday, August 21, 6:00-7:30pm


Eating in Season

We all know that locally-grown foods (from your garden, your friends' and neighbors' gardens, the Farmers Market, etc.) are the very best.  No matter the time of year, there are always 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.   Please register no later than the Wednesday prior to the class date!

Cost: $5

Instructor: Tracey Graham

Schedule:  Saturday, August 23, 1:00-3:30pm 


Coming in September...

Farmers Market 101: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Farmers Market Vending, Backyard Composting Workshop, Wild Edibles, High Tunnel Construction, and More! 



Murphy's Menu Pie Cook-Off
Do you like pie? Do you make pie? Do you want to win a prize for your pie?

Then the Murphy's Menu Pie Cook-Off is for you. All that is needed is one homemade fruit pie of your choosing, delivered to the kiosk at the Emporia Farmers Market between 4:45 and 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, along with a recipe with your name and telephone number on it. One homemade fruit pie per chef, please.

Shoppers at the market will taste the pies and vote for their favorite. About 6 p.m. or when the pie is gone, the votes will be tallied and the winner announced. The prize? In addition to being featured in The Gazette the following week, the lucky pie maker will get a reusuable shopping bag full of culinary goodies and treats.

Questions? Call 342-4800 and ask for Regina, or email [email protected]
Watermelon Contest Carving Winners
People's Choice Award: Mandy Kern
Arts Council Award: Sherri Moore

Thank you to our Market Farmhands & Musicians
July Farmhands: John Dougherty, Ellen Hansen, Ruthann Resch, Jamie Roberts, Mike Roberts, Meredith Roberts, Evie Simmons, Maddie Simmons, Rand Simmons, and Becky Smith.

Thanks also to ESB Financial Crew, KVOE, the Emporia Arts Council and our watermelon contest judges. Thanks to everyone who made our Homegrown Celebration so much fun!
Tyler Curtis (ESU), Casey Woods (Emporia Main Street) and Jim Wayman (ESB Financial) were among our judges for the watermelon games at the Homegrown Celebration.


Eric Martin & Brandi Smith, 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

  Friends of the Market


James Bordonaro
Harold & Naomi Brenzikofer
Ele Browning
Betty Campbell & Margaret
Laura Clawson
Coffelt Sign Company
Tyler Curtis
Carla R. Davis
John Dougherty
Paul DuToit
Emporia Gardeners of America

Colby Fuller

Jon Geitz

Rachel Haag

Becky Hadicke 

Joyce Hanlin (Arizings)

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
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
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
Brandi Smith

Ben Stallings

Fran Stallings
P.J. Stephenson

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