The Veggie Gazette
News from the Emporia Farmers Market

December 2015

Volume 9, Number 10

Thanks to the Emil Babinger Charitable Trust - Winter Market Sponsor 



November saw some changes for the Emporia Farmers Market. First, 
we moved back downtown to our original indoor market location at 701 Commercial. From the looks of things, our shoppers had no problem finding us. We packed the room with 20 vendors, the largest turnout for a November that we have ever had, and we had so much produce

When we started our first season of indoor markets in 2010, the hope was that we could encourage vendors to extend the growing season. Each year we've had a little bit more and it's looking like this year is going to be the biggest yet. We don't know what the winter will bring, but we have high hopes that it will be filled with green! If you didn't see the article by Kerri Jackson in the Emporia Gazette, take a look! It features three of our high tunnel vendors. 

For the month of December, we are EXPANDING the market. Vendors will be in two locations -- at either end of the 700 block of Commercial. You will likely recognize most of the faces at 701 Commercial. We expect to be filled again with all our delicious edibles. Please take a moment to visit 727 Commercial, as well, and do so with your holiday shopping in mind. We have several artists and craftsmen joining us this month and there should be a little bit of something for everyone on your list. For the book lover, we also have several area authors joining us in December. 

So we have two locations in December, as well as a bonus opportunity to shop with market vendors. The Emporia Farmers Market will be participating in Midnight Madness on Thursday, December 10, from 8pm till midnight.

See you at the market!
Tracy Simmons, Market Manager

P.S. If you didn't make it to a November market, here is a peek at what you missed! Due to the cold weather, we won't have quite this much variety in December, but we will have fresh greens and produce at the market!

Indoor Winter Markets
in December

701 and 727 Commercial Street
Downtown Emporia

10am - Noon
December 5 & 19

Midnight Madness
Thursday, December 10
8pm - Midnight

Certified Grassfed Beef ~ December 5

Graze the Prairie will be at the Saturday, December 5th, Indoor Winter Market. Please feel free to visit their website and place your orders in advance. There will be plenty of product to pick up what looks good while you are at market, as well.

Contact Graze the Prairie via Facebook or on their website,

Next Tamale Day ~ December 19

Note from Vendor, Jeanne Heins

Just a note to let you know that our hoop houses are nice and toasty. We will have lettuces and kale for sure, and probably some other things!


     ESB Financial

lead sponsor

Registered Vendors ~ 2015

You can learn more about 2015 Registered Vendors on our website, and 2015 Holiday Bazaar Vendors, too.

Click the links below for more details on each vendor.

Joining us in December:

Gloria Hannon will have baked goods and candies.

Emporia Authors, click for a complete list

Kathy Epley will have quilted table runners and place mats.

Debra Senft will have crochet items and horseshoe art.

Thank you October & November
Friends, Farmhands and Musicians

October and November Farmhands: Ashlyn AlignJanet Brassart, Ellen Hansen, Andrew Muse, Ruthann Resch, Darren Shaw, Mark Sherman, Rand Simmons, Becky Smith, Ben Stallings.


Brent Hrabik

Lee C. Muller

Jane McCoy and Taylor Wike

   Member of:      


EFM Board Members

Janet Brassart - Treasurer
Harold Brenzikofer
Travis Carmichael
Jessica Hopkins - Secretary
Marcia Lawrence - Music Manager, 2015 
Ellen Hansen
Wanda Myers
Ruthann Resch - President
Becky Smith - Vice President
Contact Information
Market Manager
Tracy Simmons



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! [email protected]


 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


Flint Hills Music


Murphy's Menu


Thurston's Plus


PraireLand Partners

Helpful Harvesters
Janet Brassart  

Emporia Realty Group

Scott & Rhonda Gordon

Ellen Hansen
Lyon County Master Gardeners

Don & Ruth Wise

  Friends of the Market
Updated! If you have been dropped from the list, it's been a couple of year's since we've seen you! Give me a call! We'd love to have you back!
Harold & Naomi Brenzikofer
Ele Browning renewed
Betty Campbell & Margaret
   Davidson renewed
Travis Carmichael
Coffelt Sign Company
Tyler Curtis
Carla R. Davis renewed
John Dougherty
Paul DuToit
Ek Real Estate
Emporia Gardeners of America
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
Ruthann Resch renewed
Gretchen Russell
Barb Say 
Carol Schoeck
 Mark Schondelmaier
Anna Sharenburg
Mark Sherman
Evie Simmons
Kaman Simmons
Maddie Simmons
Rand Simmons
Becky Smith
Brandi Smith
Rozita Smith
Karen Sommers
Ben & Jessie Stallings
Pam Thuma renewed
Cheryl Unruh
Jesse & Beth Wilson
Casey 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
ESU College Day Musicians: Christian Luca, Christie Sidartawan, Shunkuan Chang, Kevin Kaiyuan Wu, Mike Atchinson, Luis Sanchez-Arrocha, Korean Student Association, Sage Thurston, and Christina Rabb
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
Taylor Wike
Glen Woolard
Tony Zouplna
Anton Zouplna, Sr.
Anton Zouplna, III

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





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