The Veggie Gazette
News from the Emporia Farmers Market

December 2014

Volume 8, Number 11



Happy Holidays to all our shoppers from the vendors of the Emporia Farmers Market.


There are two markets at the Emporia Humanitarian Center this month on Saturday, December 6 and Saturday, December 20.


We will also have market vendors in Downtown Emporia for Midnight Madness on Thursday, December 11, open 8pm to midnight at 701 Commercial.


The market is a great place to shop for holiday decorations, gift items and for food to put on your holiday table. Our winter market vendors can help you with the home baked treats, as well as the greens.


See you at the market!


Many thanks to Thurston's Plus and Prairieland Partners for our mascot!
2014 Christmas Parade - Emporia, KS






Saturday, December 20 - 10am-Noon, EHC

Products expected at Saturday's market include a variety of greens; leaf lettuces, spinach, kale, romaine, and radishes. Grass fed beef (including summer sausage gift baskets), apples, honey, cider, homemade jams and jellies, herbs (fresh and dried), egg noodles, pecans, and fresh farm eggs should be abundant.

Baked goods vendors will have party trays and gift baskets, cookies of all kinds (including some sugar free and gluten free), pies, breads, cinnamon rolls, dinner rolls, peppernuts, and holiday candies.

Pumpkin spice and a variety of scented, homemade soaps will be at the market, as well as lip balms, salves & ointments, arnica for muscle and joint pain and Boo Boo Balm for minor cuts, scrapes, burns and chapped skin.

Gift items will include hand painted wool roving, knitted and crocheted hats & scarves, vintage and up-cycled earrings and necklaces, quilts, quilted crafts, sock animals, t-shirts, jewelry, sun catchers, stained glass art, recycled bags, house plants and perennials.

December markets will feature ornaments and Christmas decor from local artists; Christmas place mats, terrarium ornaments, fresh holiday wreaths, table arrangements and more.

Thursday, December 11 (special time & location) -- Downtown Emporia for Midnight Madness, 701 Commercial, 8pm till midnight

Saturday, December 20 - 10am-Noon, EHC



Stocking Stuffer
Market Tokens make great stocking stuffers!

Farmers Market Series
Community Connections


If you have ideas for growing our Farmers Market Series of Classes, please contact Amy at FHTC or Tracy at EFM. We are looking for course offerings with a focus on both vendors and shoppers. How to grow it, make it, sell it, bake it!


Share ideas for classes you'd like to take and for any you would like to teach!



To enroll in any of Community Connections classes please visit or call 620-341-1392.


Thank you to our Market Farmhands & Musicians
November Farmhands:
Mary McGaw, Ruthann Resch

Musicians: Ben Stallings and Matthew Hope

Winter Market Tour



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
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


Community Connections


Dirty Kanza Promotions Team


  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

Travis Carmichael
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
Matthew Hope 

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! Watch this space in future newsletters for special coupons and other opportunities to support your vendors at the Emporia Farmers Market. 

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