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                The Veggie Gazette
News from the Emporia Farmers Market

October 2014

Volume 8, Number 9



We have 5 Wednesday markets and 4 Saturday markets to go. That's 9 opportunities to shop with your neighbors and friends at the Emporia Farmers Market. Get out and enjoy some of this fine fall weather. Vendor tables are still loaded with wonderful produce, baked goods, and we have some fun and unique craft items and original artwork, as well.


Looking ahead, we look forward to our move indoors to the Emporia Humanitarian Center in November. We will continue to bring you Indoor Winter Markets on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month. 


We are also looking ahead and planning for everyone's favorite Soup-A-Palooza. You've already got your calendar marked for November 4. (Election Day!) Plan to stay out of the kitchen that day, as well. Let your friends from the Emporia Farmers Market do the cooking. We will be serving at the Lyon County Extension office through lunch and dinner. Watch our website for details.


See you at the market!


October Market Calendar
Vendors will be in the parking lot EVERY Wednesday (starting at 5PM) 
and EVERY Saturday (starting at 8AM) through the end of October!




Winter Market Announcement
The Emporia Famers Market will return to the Emporia Humanitarian Center,
215 W. 6th Avenue
for 1st and 3rd Saturday
Indoor Winter Markets
November through April
Open 10AM till Noon



Save the Date
Friends of the Emporia Farmers Market
will host the Annual Soup-A-Palooza
on Tuesday, November 4
Stay out of the Kitchen on Election Day!


Soup-A-Palooza will take place at the Lyon County Extension Office, 2632 US Hwy.50. Call 620-343-6555 if you have questions.


Farmers Market Series
Community Connections


Back Yard Composting Workshop

Cost: $5                       Instructor: Eric Nelson

Get a free compost pail!

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.


Lead Renovators Certification - Initial

Cost: $150

Instructor: Rex Smith

Schedule:    Tuesday, Oct. 7, 8:00am-5:00pm

This course includes both EPA-approved lead safety training and KDHE certification. Any contractor performing qualifying work must employ at least one Certified Renovator who has successfully completed this training, in addition to being registered as a renovation firm with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.


Provided by an approved KDHE training provider, this will satisfy the new requirement for individuals to attain KDHE lead certification in Lead Paint Safety for Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP). Attendees who pass the certification exam will be certified as renovators to perform lead-safe work.



High Tunnel Construction for Beginners     

Instructor: John Crisp

Cost: only $10

Schedule:  Thursday, October 9th, 6:00-8:30pm and Saturday, October 11, 8:30am-12:00pm

If you want to extend your growing season while learning new gardening techniques, this class is for you!  During the first session, introduction to high tunnel construction, including design options, dimensions, orientation, materials, kits, ventilation, and construction techniques will be covered.  Students will be given an extensive resource materials notebook.  Part of the presentation will focus on growing layouts, cold weather crops, and square-foot economics. The course will provide a question and answer period to facilitate student learning.Saturday features a tour of several local hoop houses within the Emporia area, including school hoop houses, homeowner constructed hoop house designs, and commercial high tunnels.  A map will be provided and participants will need to provide their own transportation.  We will caravan to these sites.  All high tunnels are within approximately 5 miles of Emporia.  John Crisp is the owner of Shepherd's Valley CSA farm near Americus, and has been instrumental in helping several area growers with hoop house construction and growing tips.


To enroll in any of these classes please visit http://flinthills.augusoft.net or call 620-341-1392.


EFM Produce Tour

Here is a link to the latest photo tour of products for sale at the Emporia Farmers Market. As you can see, a lot of wonderful product is still coming to market! We will see more of this and more in October. Keep us on your calendar!

 Thank you to the spinners who provided demonstrations at the market on Worldwide Spin in Public Day
Tracey Graham, Ellen Hansen, Sue Sielert and Evie Simmons


Thank you to our Market Farmhands & Musicians
September Farmhands: Janet Brassart, Travis Carmichael, Ellen Hansen, Marcia Lawrence, Diane Million, Wanda Myers, Ruthann Resch, Evie Simmons, Maddie Simmons, Becky Smith

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! -- 1 coupon per shopper, please.

Bonus X 2! Write your name and phone number on the back of this coupon and you will be entered in a drawing for an Emporia Farmers Market t-shirt! (winner will be drawn at the 1st Indoor Winter Market - Saturday, November 1, 2014)
Emporia Farmers' Market

Coupon per Market Manager, Tracy Simmons, October Veggie Gazette.
Offer Good: Any October 2014 Market