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                The Veggie Gazette
News from the Emporia Farmers Market

May 2015

Volume 9, Number 4


Ringing the bell to start market!


 We've had a great start to the 2015 Summer Season. I am sorry that the May newsletter didn't get to you a bit earlier. As they say, better late than never!

This month we look forward to the growing selection of produce as more vendors join us each week. When will the first tomato arrive? When will we see the first green pepper? There is only one way to know.... Come shop the market!


In June, we will be inviting shoppers to join the new Market Club, where members can earn prizes, such as money to shop the market. Watch for details in the June newsletter and on our website.


If you follow the market on Facebook, let us know how you are enjoying your weekly produce! Feel free to share pictures of your favorite meals from market on our Facebook page


See you at the market!



Market Meals from Tracy's Kitchen

May Market Stir Fry: Asparagus, Green Onions, and Carrots (served over Red Quinoa).

I came across tyfon (aka Holland Greens) on market vendor, Ben Stallings table. He said he liked to stir fry it with a little soy sauce. I brought my first bag home and got a little creative with it. What I came up with is pictured to the right. 

Read more about tyfon on Ben's website. 
Market Products: Carrots, Green Onion, Typhon, cooked with typhon. Once veggies had cooked a bit, added soy sauce and goat cheese, then mixed in the pasta. Delicious!

Saturday's Market hosted by St. Francis
May is Foster Parent Appreciation Month and Saint Francis Community Services would like to say "Thank You" to all of our amazing current Foster Homes and encourage others who are interested in opening their hearts and homes to children by becoming Foster Parents to talk with us about the opportunity. We currently serve 106 children in Lyon, Chase and Morris Counties and over 60% of those children are placed outside of their home county. We need more great people to provide local homes for children that are placed in out of home care. Stop and visit with us at the Market or give Missy Floyd a call at 620-342-7882. We also would like to encourage everyone to participate in our Glow Run 5K on June 5, 2015!! Register at the Market or stop by our office at 1200 Graphic Arts Road, Suite 100 in Emporia.


Market Produce Tour

Pies Needed
The Friends of the Emporia Farmers Market are hosting the Pre-Race Palooza meal for Dirty Kanza weekend. This fundraiser supports the operations and educational programs of the Emporia Farmers Market. 

We are looking for people to donate pies to go with the meal. Desserts will need to be delivered on Friday, May 29, to St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 828 Commercial Street, between the hours of noon and 2pm,

Please email Tracy at [email protected]om if you can provide a pie, or call 620-343-6555. 
KSFMNP -- Vouchers for Seniors

Questions? Please ask!

Q: When will the KSFMNP vouchers be available and how can we get them?

A: Applications for the Kansas Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program will be available for pick-up starting on June 3rd, 2105 at the ECKAN Community Center at 215 W. 6th Street, Suite 204 (Emporia Humanitarian Center). Seniors may apply on-site Wednesdays from 8am-12pm, throughout the summer until the vouchers are gone. 

Currently, there are funds to serve 100 eligible participants. Applications will be served on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information about the Kansas Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program, call ECKAN Human Services Coordinator, Julia Wilson, at 620.342.4607.

Eligible foods available to purchase with the KSFMNP checks from authorized farmers at participating farmers' markets are defined as "fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, locally produced honey and herbs for human consumption that are produced in Kansas under normal growing conditions."

The Kansas Senior Farmer's Market Program is a project of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program is coordinated by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), which is collaborating with local partners to identify and distribute checks to eligible seniors.

ECKAN will have information available about the KSFMNP program at the market on Wednesday, June 3, starting at 5pm. Seniors may also contact ECKAN directly to apply.

To be eligible, seniors must meet the following criteria:
1) Age 60 years old or older on the day the money is issued.
2) Income Level: Individual annual gross income (before taxes are withheld) must be at or below $21,775 ($1,815/month). Seniors need to provide their most recent proof of household income.

We want you to know more about our market. Is there something you've been curious about? Send an email with your question to [email protected] and we will share our answer in the next e-newsletter.
 Remaining May Market Schedule!

Saturday, May 16 - Open at 8:00 am
parking lot at 7th & Merchant
Market hosted by St. Francis

Saturday, May 23 - Open at 8:00 am
parking lot at 7th & Merchant
Music by Lee Muller

Saturday, May 30 - Open at 8:00 am
parking lot at 7th & Merchant
Music by Tim Fry

 June Highlights - Start of Wednesday Markets, 5:00 pm 

Wednesday, June 3 - Open at 5:00 pm
Take Home some Bierocks for Supper!

Saturday, June 6 - Open at 8:00 am
Tamales at today's Market!

Saturday, June 13 - Open at 8:00 am
Murphy's Menu Cook-Off
Cinnamon Rolls

Also World Knit in Public Day
Music by Lee Muller

Murphy's Menu Cook-Off - June 13

The first Cook-Off of 2015 will take place on Saturday, June 13. More details will become available on the market website and in the June newsletter.

  Cinnamon Rolls!

Who makes the best Cinnamon Rolls in Emporia? Bring your entry to compete, or come to sample and vote for the winner.
Returning Vendor ~ 2015
Jubilee Native

Products offered: Organic vegetable produce from backyard organic garden. Seeds of native grasses and wildflowers. Handmade crafts. 

Returning Vendor ~ 2015
John Conway

Joined EFM 2006. Products offered: Vegetables, Fruit, Jams & Jellies, Cut Flowers.

Returning Vendor ~ 2015
Christy Bien

Joined EFM 2014. Products: Fresh Garden Veggies and Ornamental Yard Ironwork.

Returning Vendor ~ 2015
Darren Shaw

Joined EFM in 2009. Product: handmade Jewelry


Returning Vendor ~ 2015
Bear Cat Charms, by Kate Nave

Joined EFM in 2014. Products: Jewelry and Accessories incorporating re-purposed items.


Registered Vendors ~ 2015

As of May 14 we have 34 vendors registered for our 2015 market season. You can learn more about 2015 Registered Vendors on our website. 

Farmers Market Series
Community Connections


Pallet Herb Garden

Instructor: Mandy Kern

Saturday, May 16, 1-3:30 pm

Nothing beats turning your backyard into your own produce market. Turn a pallet into a vertical herb garden and have fresh herbs at your fingertips! Learn how to grow popular herbs like cilantro, basil, rosemary, oregano and mint. Participants will spruce up their pallets and transplant several herbs.


Wild Edibles/Wildcrafting Adventures

Instructor: John Crisp

Saturday, May 30, 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!  



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 http://flinthills.augusoft.net or call 620-341-1392.



Thank you to our Market Farmhands & Musicians
April Farmhands:
Janet Brassart, Ellen Hansen, Evie Simmons

Musicians: Sue Claridge, Dr. Brent Hrabik

If you have interest in participating in the market as a volunteer or as a musician, please contact Tracy! [email protected]
Thank you!

Contact Information
Market Manager
Tracy Simmons
   Member of:      

     ESB Financial

lead sponsor - summer market season     



Market Shoppers, Brett and Kristin Donadeo say, 


"We love coming to the market. It has the best produce in town!"



Read what more Star Market Shoppers have to say about Emporia Farmers Market.



Every market shopper is a star. Do you want to share your Star Market Shopper status? Stop and visit with us at the market, or send us an image of you with your latest market shopping bag and tell us, what do you love about the Emporia Farmers Market! [email protected]




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



Thanks to the Emil Babinger Charitable Trust - Winter Market Sponsor 


 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
Ek Real Estate

Emporia Gardeners of America

Colby Fuller

Nancy Garcia

Jon Geitz

Rachel Haag

Becky Hadicke 

Joyce Hanlin (Arizings)

Fannie Harrell

Millard Harrell
Dr. Stephen Haught
Roger Heineken
Brandon & 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
Jane McCoy

Eric Martin 

Lee C. Muller
Eric Murphy 

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

EFM Board Members

Janet Brassart - Treasurer
Harold Brenzikofer
Travis Carmichael
Jessica Hopkins - Secretary
Marcia Lawrence - Music Manager, 2015 
Ben Stallings
Ellen Hansen
Fannie Harrell
Wanda Myers
Ruthann Resch - President
Becky Smith - Vice President
Brandi Smith - Music Manager. 2014

Bottom of the Newsletter Bonus! 

Bring this coupon to a May Market and receive $1.00 off on a product from any market vendor.

Valid: May 16, May 23, or May 30, 2015 - TS, Market Manager 
Emporia Farmers' Market