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                The Veggie Gazette
News from the Emporia Farmers Market

June 2015

Volume 9, Number 5


 I always have so many things I want to share with you in the market's monthly newsletter. In May and June, I've found the month speeding on as I still struggle to pull all of the important pieces together. We have entered the season of twice weekly markets and that means twice of all the fun we've been having in the parking lots. May markets were cool and cloudy, but the produce was wonderful, and we look forward to fewer jackets in the parking lot in the coming month.

There are so many details in the newsletter below, I do hope you take a moment to review and put some of the important dates on your calendar. But just to hit the highlights, I'm going to go ahead and talk about some of the things I really don't want you to miss! 


I am very happy to have Regina Murphy on the schedule again this year with our first Murphy's Menu Cook-Off (Cinnamon Rolls!) kicking off this Saturday. The guidelines for entering are below in this newsletter and on the website. We need bakers to enter the competition, and we need shoppers to come taste the treats and vote! It's all fun, and its... well... cinnamon rolls! 


We will also have knitters celebrating World Wide Knit in Public Day. If you knit, consider yourself invited. If you've always wanted to learn to knit, this might be your chance to find an instructor!


K-State Research and Extension is bringing another Harvest Preservation Class to Emporia. I have taken this class myself and I promise, it is completely worth your while! It is a hands-on workshop. You not only get to can, you get to bring home some of your work! Even if you have a bit of experience with preservation methods, this is an excellent review of food safety and best practices. If you've never canned before, this is a great place to start. Maybe you'll even find some friends to join you in future preserving the harvest parties! Details are below in the newsletter. 


The music calendar is filled with some incredibly talented, local artists this summer. Come on down to the market to shop, relax, and visit with your neighbors. 


See you at the market!


Save the Date - Saturday, July 11
Team ESB will be at the market with the Annual Homegrown Celebration! Watermelon games and more.

Watermelon Eaters

Murphy's Menu Cook-Off - June 13

The first Cook-Off of 2015 will take place on Saturday, June 13. Entries must arrive at the market kiosk by 7:50am. Entrants should bring a recipe along with their entry. A schedule of all Murphy's Menu Cook-Off events for 2015 can be found on the market website.

  Cinnamon Rolls!

Who makes the best Cinnamon Rolls in Emporia? Bring your entry to compete, or come to sample and vote for the winner.

Rules for Entry:
  • Please indicate your intention to compete by calling or emailing Regina Murphy by noon the day before at 342-4800 or [email protected] so organizers can plan ahead.
  • Entry should make about 50 bite-size servings. Baked goods should be made or cut into bite-size pieces. We will use toothpicks to serve them.
  • Bring a copy of your recipe that can be left with Regina! 
  • Entries should be delivered to the market kiosk no later than 7:50am. Your photo will be taken with your entry.
  • At Market Start, shoppers will be invited to taste and vote for their favorite entries. The winner will be announced in the Emporia Gazette. 

The prize will be $10 in Market Money, a cookbook courtesy of the Emporia Area Local Food Network, plus a feature in The Emporia Gazette.

Opportunity! Food Preservation Workshop on July 15 -- Register NOW!

Learn the proper food preservation techniques for pressure and water bath canning, and drying. We will be making salsa, jelly, and pressure canning vegetables the day of class. This is a hands on workshop. 


This class will be taught by Karen Blakeslee, Food Scientist from KSU. This class has a fee of $25.00. Reservations required, minimum of 10 people, maximum of 20, RSVP due by July 7th to K-State Research and Extension Lyon County Office at 341-3220. Class must be paid for when reservation is made. Class will be held at the Flint Hills Technical College 3301 W. 18th Ave. in Emporia. Lunch will be provided.



2015 Garden Tour

K-State Research and Extension and the Lyon County Extension Master Gardeners are proud to present six gardens that are being featured on this year's Emporia Garden Tour. Each garden is unique in its own way and no two gardens are the same. The Emporia Garden Tour will be Saturday, June 20, starting at 9 am and ending at 3pm. It will take place rain or shine. Tickets are available in advance at the Extension Office, or may be purchased from any Lyon County Extension Master Gardener. Ticket price is $5 per person and will also be available the day of the tour at any of the tour locations. For more information, contact Travis at the Lyon County Extension Office, 620-341-3220.


Karr Orchard
The Orchard (Bob Karr, EFM Vendor) is on the Garden Tour this year. Contact the Lyon County Extension Office for tickets and details.


Questions? Please ask!
2015 Friends Drive Underway

Q: Sure, I'm friendly, but why would I want to become a Friend of the Emporia Farmers Market? And how would I do so?

A: The Emporia Farmers Market is in its 33rd year, and we we owe that longevity to the myriad of folks (shoppers/vendors/managers) who have worked hard to grow and establish a community-centered market in Emporia before us. We count on the generosity of our Friends, with their time, their talents, AND their dollars, to keep our market going.

Your donations enable us to sustain a viable and successful market that is an asset to the Emporia community.

The market is operated by The Learning Connection of the Flint Hills, a non profit corporation in the State of Kansas that has been designated as a federal 501(c)(3) organization by the IRS. As such, your donations are tax-deductible!

All Friends of the market have voting rights at the Annual Meeting.

It's time to renew as a Friend of the Emporia Farmers Market, or join us! You can pick up your form at the Market kiosk or download and print a copy here.


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.
Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

We were thrilled to have Julia Wilson, from ECKAN join us last week to register eligible seniors for the Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition program.

For those who have not yet registered, word is that there are just a few vouchers remaining. Interested parties should go to the ECKAN office, 215 W. 6th Street, Suite 204, on Wednesdays, from 8am to noon. 

I suggest you arrive early this Wednesday (6/10). Vouchers are first come, first serve, and will be available until all are distributed.

Thank you! Dirty Kanza Promotions and the Pre-Race Palooza Volunteers and Workers!
For the fourth year in a row, Emporia Farmers Market has been honored to participate in the Dirty Kanza, 200 mile bike race, by organizing a Pre-Race meal for riders and the community. This event has taken place at St. Andrews Church each year and has become the largest single fundraiser of our year. I would like to take a moment to thank those who have made this event a success.

Graze the Prairie has been a sponsor of this event for two years now. We rely not only on the wonderful grass-fed beef for many of the dishes we serve, but have benefited from Linda Pechin's guidance and advice for serving food to so many people! Thank you, Graze the Prairie, for making this event possible, and thank you to Linda for your support and friendship.

Emporia Subways for ongoing support of this and so many market events! 

The Orchard, Bob Karr, for the donation of apples to make 100 servings of Apple Crisp! And Janet Brassart, market board member and vendor, for taking care of all the apple crisp making!

Market Vendors for the Donations of Time and/or Produce
Our Seven Acres / Mandy Kern
Janet Brassart & Ruth Wise
The Country Flower Shed - Harold & Naomi Brenzikofer
Mators & Tators - Wanda Myers
Interdependent Web - Ben & Jessie Stallings
Comfort Foods by Charles Stodter
Cyndi's Garden, Cyndi Cargill

Friends, Farmhands and Dessert Makers!
Ruthann Resch
Becky Smith
Janice Jaggard
Fannie Harrell
Ellen Hansen
Rand Simmons
Evie Simmons
Maddie Simmons
Casey Woods
Jessica Hopkins
Eleanor Browning
Virginia Pingston
Mary McGaw
Julie Johnson
Marti Brooks
Mallory Koci
Vickie Dinkel
Regina Murphy (for putting together the dessert crew!)

Thank you, also, to St. Andrews Episcopal Church for generously sharing their kitchen and space with us!

 June Market Schedule

Wednesday, June 10 - Open at 5:00 pm
parking lot at 7th & Merchant

Saturday, June 13 - Open at 8:00 am
parking lot at 7th & Merchant
Murphy's Menu Cook-Off
Cinnamon Rolls

Also World Knit in Public Day
Music by Lee Muller

Wednesday, June 17 - Open at 5:00 pm
parking lot at 7th & Merchant
Come for Pocket Burgers

Saturday, June 20 - Open at 8:00 am
parking lot at 7th & Merchant
Music by Savanna Chestnut

Wednesday, June 24 - Open at 5:00 pm
parking lot at 7th & Merchant
Music by Lee Muller

Saturday, June 27 - Open at 8:00 am
parking lot at 7th & Merchant
Music by Dr. Brent Hrabik

New Vendor ~ 2015
Cyndi's Garden

Cyndi & Family have joined EFM as vendors this season. Please help us welcome them to the market! 

You can expect to see Cyndi's Garden at most Saturday markets.

Product Listing: Lettuce, Salad Mix, Turnips, Green Onions, Kale, Eggs, Tomatoes, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Spaghetti Squash, Hubbard Squash, Various Gourds, Herbs, Peppers.

Cyndi's Booth will also feature Bath Salts and Farm Fresh Eggs!

A special THANK YOU to Cyndi for donating produce to our Pre-Race Palooza Fundraiser! 

Returning Vendor ~ 2015
Jimmy Mounkes



Year began selling with EFM: 1982


Products Offered: Vegetables, including beets, potatoes, squash, onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, green beans, peppers and corn.


Returning Vendor ~ 2015
Costa Cafe



Year began selling with EFM: 2013


Products Offered: Selling Costa Rican Coffee by the cup or by the pound. Roasted (in Emporia!) and unroasted. Ground or whole bean. My farm is near Palmores, Costa Rica. Coffee growers in my vicinity belong to a co-op. We take our beans there and then have a choice; take cash or take coffee! I do both.


Returning Vendor ~ 2015
Nurnberg Tomatoes


Year began selling with EFM: about 1996


Products Offered: Tomatoes (grown in soil in a greenhouse)

New Vendor ~ 2015
Idalia Wolfe's Farm Fresh Eggs

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Products Offered: Eggs!


Registered Vendors ~ 2015

As of June 9 we have 40 vendors registered for our 2015 market season. You can learn more about 2015 Registered Vendors on our website. 

Thank you to our Market Farmhands & Musicians
May Farmhands: Janet Brassart, Ellen Hansen, Janice Jaggard, Marcia Lawrence, Wanda Myers, Jessica & Brandon Hopkins, Ruthann Resch, Becky Smith, Rand Simmons, Missy Floyd, Miranda Green, Tarrah Lattimer

Many thanks to St. Francis Community Services for hosting the May 16 Market.

Musicians: Sue Claridge, Savanna Chestnut, Lee Muller, The Basement Pickers - Tim Fry, Melanie Pritchard, Brent Hrabik

Lee C. Muller

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



Market Shoppers, Kaylee and Blaine, were caught bringing their parents to the market and spending their market bucks. Look at those smiles! Is there anything more to say? 


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]


Thanks to the Emil Babinger Charitable Trust - Winter Market 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
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
The Basement Pickers: Tim Fry, Brent Hrabik & Melanie Pritchard
Kenji Bolden
Kendra Briggs
Savanna Chestnut

Sue Claridge
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