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                The Veggie Gazette
News from the Emporia Farmers Market

July 2015

Volume 9, Number 6



Since I last wrote, the sweet corn has arrived, and the vendor tables continue to grow in variety. We are starting to understand the effects of all that rain, which we know is good for gardens, but in some cases came down so hard and heavy that vendors were forced to replant crops that were washed out. 


I, for one, enjoyed the extended season of spring greens and am happy to now be adding onions, bell peppers and sweet corn into the mix of usual market meals.


I will miss seeing you in the parking lot this weekend, but I do wish everyone a safe and happy July 4th holiday, and I look forward to seeing you at the Homegrown Celebration next Saturday, July 11. 


I hope you consider entering the watermelon carving contest. Scroll down for some sample entries from last year's contest, or just do a google image search and be inspired. Prizes for the contest winners include a gift certificate to the Emporia Arts Center and a $50 Chamber Gift Certificate. If we get enough entries, I might even throw in some market dollars for honorable mentions. Wow us with your watermelon! And bring the kids for the games; rolling, seed spitting and who can eat the watermelon slice the fastest!


Don't forget to mark your calendar with our hot food offerings this month. Bierocks, pocket burgers, and another fundraiser (beef enchiladas) by the women of Centro Cristiano de Emporia are all on the agenda.


And remember that the food preservation workshop is coming up on July 15. This is an excellent opportunity for a refresher or first time course on canning. You must register for this class no later than July 7th. Safety first when preserving the harvest! All those details and more are in the newsletter below.


See you at the market!


Annual Homegrown Celebration - Saturday, July 11, 2015

Watermelon Carving Contest: Bring your entries to the market kiosk before the 8:00 am bell. 

Carved Watermelon

Games for kids include: Watermelon rolling, Seed Spitting, & Watermelon Eating contests. Registration starts at 8am. 
Murphy's Menu Cook-Off - Wednesday, July 15

The next Murphy's Menu Cook-Off will feature Veggie Dips. 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.

  Veggie Dips
Who makes the best Veggie Dip 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.
  • Vegetable dips should be accompanied by about 50 servings of vegetable bites: carrot sticks, celery sticks, sliced bell pepper, etc. Cold dips need to be kept cold. This can be done by placing the serving bowl in a slightly larger bowl and freezing water around it the night before. 
  • Bring a copy of your recipe that can be left with Regina! 
  • Entries should be delivered to the market kiosk no later than 4:50pm. 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.



 July Market Schedule

NO MARKET on Saturday, July 4

Wednesday, July 8 - Open at 5:00 pm
parking lot at 7th & Merchant
There will be Bierocks!

Saturday, July 11 - Open at 8:00 am
Homegrown Celebration
Watermelon Games
parking lot at 7th & Merchant

Wednesday, July 15 - Open at 5:00 pm
parking lot at 7th & Merchant
Murphy's Menu Cook-Off: Veggie Dips
Pocket Burgers for Sale Today!

Saturday, July 18 - Open at 8:00 am
parking lot at 7th & Merchant
Fundraiser by Centro Cristiano de Emporia

Wednesday, July 22 - Open at 5:00 pm
parking lot at 7th & Merchant

Saturday, July 25 - Open at 8:00 am
parking lot at 7th & Merchant

Wednesday, July 29 - Open at 5:00 pm
parking lot at 7th & Merchant

Returning Vendor ~ 2015
Jirak Brothers Produce

Year began selling with EFM: 1983

Products Offered: Sweet corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, cantaloupe, watermelon, pumpkins and gourds.

Returning Vendor ~ 2015
Ed Moyer

Year began selling with EFM: 1982


Products Offered: Tomatoes, Potatoes, Onions, Jams/Jellies, Okra, Rhubarb, Blackberries, Cucumbers, Radish, Lettuce, Squash, Pecans & Black Walnuts, Cut Flowers. Some vegetable and blackberry plants. Organic where allowable; minimum use of spray chemicals.




Returning Vendor ~ 2015
Heck Family Farms Produce

Year began selling with EFM: 2000

Attends: Wednesday markets, in season.

Products Offered: Sweet Corn, Tomatoes, Cantaloupe, Watermelons.



New/Returning Vendor ~ 2015
Smith Sisters Sweets and Stuff

Product Listing: Cooling gel neckties, cookies, cinnamon rolls, breads, granola. 

Registered Vendors ~ 2015

As of June 27 we have 40 vendors registered for our 2015 market season. You can learn more about 2015 Registered Vendors on our website. 

Questions? Please ask!

Q: When will the watermelon be in? Peaches? 

A: Vendor Steve Jirak informs us that we should start seeing watermelon at the market by the end of July. Though the Homegrown Celebration on the 11th will feature watermelon games, it looks like it's going to be a bit early for the local watermelon to be here. Cantaloupe, however, will likely make its debut at the Homegrown Celebration, and possibly as early as the 8th. 

Vendor Bob Karr says that peaches are to be expected by the end of July, as well.

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.
Thank you to our Market Farmhands & Musicians
June Farmhands: Eleanor Browning, John Dougherty, Jessica Hopkins, Janice Jaggard, Marcia Lawrence, Ruthann Resch, Evie Simmons, Kaman Simmons, Maddie Simmons, Rand Simmons, Becky Smith

Veggie Valets: Ashlyn Alingh, Dayne & Deryk Witherspoon, Conner, Darby & Eli Hauff

Musicians: Lee Muller & Savanna Chestnut

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




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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


Thanks to the Emil Babinger Charitable Trust - Winter Market Sponsor 


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 Mlynar
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