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                The Veggie Gazette
News from the Emporia Farmers Market

September 2014

Volume 8, Number 8



A quick reminder about emails from the market since we have many new subscribers this month. (Fun block party for students, by the way. What an event for Emporia!)


Once per month I send this e-newsletter where I will attempt to cover events taking place at the market, an overview of produce available, and -- when I'm really on the ball -- extra news about our vendors and recipes and storage tips. Once per week I send an e-reminder, which is just that -- an email reminding you about the market that week, including anything you might want to know about events taking place at the market. If you would like to select one or the other, add to or change your current subscription, please do so! There is a link at the bottom of this email that allows you to update your profile with us.

There are some delicious recipes for Spaghetti Squash and Zucchini below! Tried and true!


That said, September has arrived! Days are getting shorter, but the fresh produce available at the market this time of year is greater than ever. Continue to plan on shopping at the market twice weekly for the next two months. We will continue to host a variety of vendors with tables full of great food to take home and feed your family. 


This month's newsletter is full of acknowledgements, as well. I hope you find a little something of interest, and a whole lot of reasons to shop at the Emporia Farmers Market in the coming weeks.


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! 


September Market Calendar
Wednesday, September 3, market starts at 5pm


Saturday, September 6, market starts at 8am


Wednesday, September 10, market starts at 5pm


Saturday, September 13, market starts at 8am

 Burritos for Breakfast! Fundraiser by the Friends of the Emporia Farmers Market


Tuesday, September 16, Farmers Market 101 Class via Community Connections (see below for details)

Wednesday, September 17, market starts at 5pm


Saturday, September 20, market starts at 8am

Music by Lee Muller
Spinners Celebrating Worldwide Spin in Public Day at the Market



Wednesday, September 24, market starts at 5pm


Saturday, September 27, market starts at 8am

Musicians Wanted

Tracy Freeze and Glenn Woolard play at a 2014 Market in the parking lot at 7th & Merchant.

Message from Brandi Smith, Market Board Member and Music Coordinator:


As the market Music Director, I am looking for musicians who would like to play at the Emporia Farmers Market on Saturday mornings. Know anyone that might be interested? 


It's a very relaxed gig and you'd get paid in tips, good vibes, and a little bit of market money. It's also a great opportunity to contribute your talents to helping make the Emporia local food movement vibrant and thriving. Whether you're a seasoned professional or a young pup ready to test the waters, this is a great place to play.


Shoot me a message or catch me downtown sometime if you have any questions. Send any interested people my way. And please, spread the word. Peace, Love, and Local Greens, ya'll...

Farmers Market Series
Community Connections


Wild Edibles/Wildcrafting Adventures

Cost: $5                       Instructor: John Crisp

Saturday, Sept. 6, 9am - noon

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 September trek. So, put together a group of family and friends, and let's take a hike! 




Farmers Market 101: Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know about Farmers Market Vending

Cost: $5                       Instructor: Tracy Simmons

Tuesday, September 16, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

If you've ever considered selling produce, baked goods, or homemade crafts at a farmers market, this is the place for you. Emporia Farmers Market manager, Tracy Simmons, will cover the ins and outs of selling at the market, state and local regulations, creating a niche, and tips and strategies for successful vending. As well, you will learn about the Emporia Farmers Market history, operations and guidelines for selling. If you already know your product, or you've just had an idea that selling at the market is something you might like to do, sign up for this presentation.   Sponsored in part by the Emil Babinger Charitable Trust.




Cost: $5                       Instructor: Eric Nelson

Saturday, October 4, 10am - noon

Composting utilizes natural processes of decomposition to turn organic "waste" materials such as lawn clippings, leaves, and food scraps into a nutrient rich soil amendment. This class will cover the basics of composting such as choosing the right bin, building and maintaining a compost pile, and ways to utilize compost in your own garden to improve the overall health of your soil. Compost's role in the overall waste management program of the community will also be discussed. 





Winter Squash

If there is one thing my family has eaten more of since I became market manager, it is the variety of winter squash available at the market this time of year. Winter squash is highly under rated, as far as I'm concerned. It's an easy keeper. If you have a cool, dry spot in your house, you can store winter squash for a long time. If you don't have the space in your kitchen, try some of those under the bed storage containers, lids off. I put in a layer of newspaper. I've heard that sweet potatoes wrapped in newspaper store well this way also.

Anyway, it is easy to put a veggie name in Google these days and come up with a list of recipes, but I thought I'd share a few of my family's favorites. In short, we've bookmarked these to eat them time and time again.

Blackbean and Butternut Squash Burritos. Butternut squash is one of those that goes sweet or savory with equally delicious results. I tend to prefer the savory. My daughter came across this Butternut Squash Gratin with Blue Cheese and Sage and it has become a staple item in our menu this time of year. We have also enjoyed Butternut Squash as a Mac and Cheese substitute, though we tend to like to eat it better if we call it Butternut Squash pasta. If a recipe has the word cheese in it, you really want it to be cheese that you are eating.

Spaghetti Squash is another favorite that we have started experimenting with a variety of recipes. It is best eaten, of course, fresh from the market, topped with tomatoes, peppers, onions, eggplant and anything else compatible that comes home in your market basket that day. Yes, it can be eaten just like spaghetti, but I highly recommend you don't ruin it by pouring some store-bought canned sauce over it. For an easy sauce made from scratch, throw a few fresh tomatoes in your blender, along with a small onion and a couple of cloves of garlic. Blend and let the mixture simmer with some fresh oregano and/or basil while your squash cooks in the oven. (Slice it in half, scoop out the seeds, put it cut side down in a pan with just a little water in the bottom, cook at about 375 for 40 minutes or so, or until you can scoop it out easily with a spoon.)

 A vendor recently gave me a tip about Spaghetti Squash pizza crust, however, and this may now be my favorite way to eat Spaghetti Squash.  

Zucchini is another squash that is abundant at the market this time of year. I've been known to simply use chopped Zucchini as a filler for expanding ground beef dishes or adding as a moisture retainer in quick breads and cakes. Perhaps it's time to have a squash cook-off at the market. What about you? What are your favorite ways to eat the variety of winter squash available at the market right now?

Leave a note on our Facebook page letting us know! 

Returning Vendors

In August, we've seen the return of a couple of couple of popular market vendors. Welcome back to Jason Vogts (check out his tomtatoes!) and to Walt Williams, also known as the Coffee Guy.

Costa Cafe
More about our vendors can be found on our website: here and here!

Congratulations to Murphy's Menu Pie Cook-Off Winner, Sherryl Richardson

Photo by Regina Murhpy, Emporia Gazette.

Sherryl Richard's Strawberry-Rhubarb pie was the winner of the August Murphy's Menu Pie Cook-Off. Coverage of the event and recipes are available at the Gazette website.

Many thanks to all who entered this year and to all our shoppers who took the time to taste test and vote! Thanks also goes to Regina Murphy and the Emporia Gazette
Thank you to Veteran City Rollers!             
The Veteran City Rollers donated $100 to the Emporia Farmers Market as part of their community give back! They have another local bout coming up September 20. Support your local roller derby team!

Thank you to our Market Farmhands & Musicians
August Farmhands: Ele Browning, John Dougherty, Ellen Hansen, Marcia Lawrence, Mary McGaw, Ruthann Resch, Maddie Simmons, Rand Simmons, Becky Smith, Marilyn Thomas (Friendly Visitors - Catholic Charities)

Musicians: Lee Muller (visit Lee's website)

Contact Information
Market Manager
Tracy Simmons

EFM Board Members

Janet Brassart - Treasurer
Harold Brenzikofer
Travis Carmichael
Jessica Hopkins - Secretary
Marcia Lawrence
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

Bottom of the Newsletter Bonus! Print a copy of this coupon and use toward $1.00 with any vendor at the Emporia Farmers Market. Tell them Tracy sent you!
Emporia Farmers' Market

Coupon per Market Manager, Tracy Simmons, September Veggie Gazette.
Offer Good: September 6 & September 6, 2014