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                The Veggie Gazette
News from the Emporia Farmers Market

August - September 2015

Volume 9, Number 7



Believe it or not, we are approaching the time of year when I start thinking about bringing a sweater to Saturday morning markets. Haven't need

ed it yet (I have needed my rain jacket), but there is definitely the feeling of change in the air.


We had such a wonderful Homegrown Celebration -- a little early this year -- but a fun event with a great turnout. Please take a moment to thank the team at ESB Financial for all their work. They are pros at this watermelon gig, as are so many kids who came out for rolling, seed spitting and eating events! 


Thanks also to KVOE, Emporia Main Street, the Emporia Chamber, and the Emporia Arts Center for support of this event.


We've also wrapped up the Murphy's Menu Cook-Offs for the season. Thank you to Regina Murphy and the Emporia Gazette for adding this bit of fun to our season. You can review the winners for the season at the above link, as well as find recipes from the Gazette website for all of the great entries. If you have ideas for contest categories in 2016, drop me an email and we will add them to our list of possibilities.


If you are in town on Labor Day Weekend, plan to bring your friends and family to the market to join us for "College Day". We looking forward to a musical selection by students at the market, starting at 8:30 going until 9:30 or 10, and will be serving the "new" market breakfast burrito. It's a slightly different recipe, but the same great market products you've come to expect. Friends of the Market will be selling sausage, ham and vegetarian varieties for $4 each.


Remember to keep markets in the parking lot on your calendar through the end of October. We will be there every Wednesday starting at 5pm, and every Saturday starting at 8am. 


See you at the market!


College Day - Saturday, September 5, 2015

College Day, September 5, Breakfast Burritos at 8am - Musical Performance and Talent Show
August & September 
Market Schedule

Saturday, August 22 - Open at 8:00 am
parking lot at 7th & Merchant
tamales by Maria Hernandez

Wednesday, August 26 - Open at 5:00 pm
parking lot at 7th & Merchant

Saturday, August 29 - Open at 8:00 am
parking lot at 7th & Merchant

Wednesday, Sept 2 - Open at 5:00 pm
parking lot at 7th & Merchant

Saturday, September 5 - Open at 8:00 am
parking lot at 7th & Merchant
"College Day"
Music & Entertainment by area Students
Burritos for Breakfast

Wednesday, Sept 9 - Open at 5:00 pm
parking lot at 7th & Merchant

Saturday, Sept 12 - Open at 8:00 am
parking lot at 7th & Merchant

Wednesday, Sept 16 - Open at 5:00 pm
parking lot at 7th & Merchant

Saturday, Sept 19 - Open at 8:00 am
parking lot at 7th & Merchant
Spin in Public Day
Talk Like a Pirate Day!
(Pirates spinning? Don't miss it!)

Wednesday, Sept 23 - Open at 5:00 pm
parking lot at 7th & Merchant

Saturday, Sept 26 - Open at 8:00 am
parking lot at 7th & Merchant

Wednesday, Sept 30 - Open at 5:00 pm
parking lot at 7th & Merchant

Registered Vendors ~ 2015

Returning Vendors:

Bradley Phillips, offering a wide variety of Garden Produce.

Bradley Phillips and Family.

Smith Sisters Sweets, with cooling gel neckties, cookies, cinnamon rolls, granola, and more!

Denise Eccles Garden, specializing in sweet corn and tomatoes. 

Farm Fresh Eggs from Trapper John.

Also returning, Dan's Garden Produce.

Welcome back to Ed and Chris Engle

New Vendors:

We've been joined by Leo DeDonder, a star market vendor in the making!

And Harvest Hill Produce Farm with a slew of tiny tomatoes!

As of August 18 we have 55 vendors registered for our 2015 market season. You can learn more about 2015 Registered Vendors on our website. 

Jase Hubert is a returning vendor in 2015. He began selling at the Emporia Farmers Market when he was about 8 years old.


Friends Drive, 2015

Helpful Harvesters, Friends and Farmhands needed! 
It's your turn to pledge to make local food, and supporting local farmers and gardeners, a priority.

What is a Helpful Harvester?
For a minimum donation of $100, your business can become a "Helpful Harvester" of the Emporia Farmers Market. Receive 1/2 the value of your contribution in market coupons including an invite from you to your customer to join you in shopping at the Emporia Farmers Market.

What is a Friend of the Market?
Friends donate their money or their time to market operations.

For as little as $10, you can get your name listed as a Friend of the Emporia Farmers Market.
Name as Listed:

Who are Market Farmhands?
Farmhands are people like you, who help keep the market going by volunteering at the market kiosk on occasion, and provided the necessary hands for market fundraisers. If you would like to know more about volunteering with the market, contact the market manager, Tracy Simmons, at emporiaFM@gmail.com or 620-343-6555.

Thank you to our Market Farmhands & Musicians
July Farmhands: Janet Brassart, Eleanor Browning, John Dougherty, Ellen Hansen, Mary McGaw, Ruthann Resch, Rand Simmons, Becky Smith, Karen Sommers & Team ESB! 

Musicians: Bob Colladay, Paige Rhoads

If you have interest in participating in the market as a volunteer or as a musician, please contact Tracy! emporiaFM@gmail.com
Thank you!

Contact Information
Market Manager
Tracy Simmons
   Member of:      


     ESB Financial

lead sponsor




Read what our 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! emporiaFM@gmail.com




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  

Emporia Realty Group

Scott & Rhonda Gordon

Ellen Hansen
Lyon County Master Gardeners
James & Theresa Muckenthaler

Don & Ruth Wise

Wright CPA Group PA
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 renewed
Betty Campbell & Margaret
   Davidson renewed
Travis Carmichael
Laura Clawson
Coffelt Sign Company
Tyler Curtis
Carla R. Davis renewed
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
Mary McGaw
Regina Murphy
Wanda Myers
Bobbi Mlynar
Ruthann Resch renewed
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 renewed
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
Bob Colladay
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
Paige Rhoads
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