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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Next Market News

Summer Season Now Open
Shop the Market Every Saturday
8am - 10am
Parking Lot @ 7th and Merchant
Downtown Emporia

Next Market: Saturday, May 28, 8am-10am

Wednesday Markets Open on June 1, 5pm - 6:30pm

Saturday, June 4, market opens one hour early!
Special DK Market open 7am - 10am




EFM provides 2-for-1 food stamp dollars!
The Emporia Farmers Market not only accepts food stamps, we double your shopping dollar! Please see the market manager or a volunteer during market's open hours for information on how to shop with food stamps at the farmers market.

Click Here for a preview of 2016 Registered Vendors.


Senior Citizens Encouraged to Apply to Receive Checks to Buy Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs and Honey at Farmers Markets in Lyon County


Emporia, Kansas--Low-income Kansas seniors may be eligible for a program that provides checks to purchase an array of healthy foods at farmers markets throughout the state.

The Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (KSFMNP) is providing low-income seniors who meet age and income requirements with $30 in checks to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey from authorized farmers at local participating farmers markets June 1 through Nov. 1. Checks are available in $5 increments.

To be eligible to receive KSFMNP checks, the following criteria must be met:

1. Age: A senior must be 60 years old or older on the day the money is issued.

2. Income level: A senior’s annual gross household income (before taxes are withheld) must be at or below 185% of the federal poverty level. For example, a household of one must have an annual gross income at or below $21,978 or a monthly gross income at or below $1,832.

Applications for the Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program will be available starting on June 8th at 5:00 pm at the ECKAN table at the Emporia Farmers Market, in the parking lot at 7th and Merchant Street. Seniors may apply on-site Wednesdays thereafter at 5:00 pm at the ECKAN table at the Emporia Farmers Market until all of the checks are gone.

Funds are limited and benefits will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about the Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, call Lyon County ECKAN at (620) 342-4607.

Eligible foods 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 Senior Farmers’ Market Program is a project of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). 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.

The program is currently available in the following counties: Allen, Anderson, Atchison,
Barton, Bourbon, Brown, Butler, Clay, Cloud, Cowley, Cherokee, Crawford, Dickinson, Douglas, Finney, Franklin, Geary, Greenwood, Harvey, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson,
Labette, Leavenworth, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, McPherson, Miami, Mitchell, Montgomery,
Neosho, Osage, Pottawatomie, Reno, Republic, Rice, Riley, Saline, Sedgwick, Shawnee,
Washington and Wyandotte.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Saturday, April 30, Market Musician, Matthew Hope

The Emporia Farmers Market is pleased to announce that there will be a special musical guest—Matthew Hope--at the opening market on Saturday. Shoppers are invited to bring a lawn chair to market and enjoy the music!

From Matthew’s website: “Born and raised in the outskirts of Chicago, Matthew absorbed many different musical traditions at a very young age. Music was central to his existence in a world full of sound but without sight. His exceptional sensitivity to the sonic world has given him a unique perception of the nuances of everyday experiences, which show up in his music as familiar vividness. His music is the fusion of alternative sounds with the familiarity of nostalgic folk traditions. His breathy vocals and intricate acoustic guitar work recall a more hopeful Nick Drake or Elliott Smith. 

“With one foot in the dark brooding sounds of the Minneapolis underground and the other obsessed with writing idealistically about life and love, Matthew has created a nostalgic sound that is not easily forgotten. Time and time again fans say that his voice draws them in. As he shifts from dark to light, from bitter to jubilant, from weary to enthusiastic, he seems to effortlessly keep his fans in anticipatory, bittersweet enchantment.” More about Matthew can be found at http://www.matthewhope.com/

Matthew Hope

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Expected Product List for April 30 Opening Market

current 4/25/2016 (watch for updates)

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The Country Flower Shed with the usual veggies, plus lots of veggie plants and flowers to help get your garden started right. Bedding plants include several varieties of tomatoes, sweet peppers, hot peppers, 3 variety of eggplant, hanging baskets, 4" square flower plants (several varieties), 6" pots of basil, parsley and chives. Farm fresh eggs and jelly!

The Emporia Gardeners of America will have a selection of houseplants, bedding plants and some produce for sale.

Potted plants include: philodendron, spider plant, jade plant, Puerto Rican oregano, watercress, shasta daisy, and wandering jew. Mums, Coleus, hen & chicks, Kalenchoe,  Un-potted transplants include: comfrey, surprise lily, tansy, lamb's ear, elderberry, maiden grass, and daylily.

Our Seven Acres will have greens (lettuce, spinach, kale, carrots, herbs) and a variety of bedding plants and veggie starts for gardeners; tomato plants, pepper plants, broccoli plants, cucumber plants and her combos. Hanging Salad (and other) baskets by Our Seven Acres will also be for sale.

Interdependent Web will feature crafts and ready-to-eat food products.

Mators and Tators will have dog treats and several varieties of tomato plants and pepper plants, both hot and sweet.

Charles Stodter will be at opening market with fresh baked cinnamon rolls, sandwich buns and croissants.

The Brassart/Wise stand is expected to have bok choi, salad mix, green onions, radishes, spinach, maybe rhubarb and asparagus, and a few flowers. Also herb vinegars and jelly. 

Jani Carter will have Breads and Cookies.

Walter Williams--Costa Cafe-- will be there with coffee.

John Way should have plenty of farm fresh eggs!

Jeanette Hurshman will have pie, jam, dwarf iris, iris, daffodils, swedish ivy house plants, anise, and hostas.

Linda Simmons & Katherine Holtmeyer will have cashew butter, almond butter, sun butter, Rye, Marbled Rye, Cinnamon Bread, Cinnamon Raisin Bread, Pies, Cinnamon Rolls, Sourdough Breads, Cookies, Baklava, Banana Breads, Bagels, Monkey Bread, some gluten free and sugar free items.

The Karr Orchard will have Arkansas Black Apples, Smoking Wood, Asparagus, Rhubarb and (hopefully) honey!

Kimra Bowman will have breads, pies, cookies, cinnamon rolls, egg noodles and granola.

Sweethaven Fields will have asparagus, mixed greens, rhubarb, cilantro, green onions, parsley and pie bites!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Annual meeting highlights successful 2015, looks ahead to 2016

Monday, March 21, 2016 8:15 am 

By Melissa Lowery Special to the Gazette 

Tracy Simmons, Market Manager, with
Harold and Naomi Brenzikofer.
The annual meeting of the Emporia Farmers Market took place on Saturday at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 828 Commercial St. Among the items on the agenda were the market calendar for 2016, a review of 2015 and board member elections.

Following the winter market that morning, current and prospective vendors, farmhands and friends of the market gathered for lunch before settling down to business. Board President Ruthann Resch welcomed the group and recognized market manager Tracy Simmons for her work on behalf of the Farmers Market over the past year.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Emporia Farmers Market Annual Meeting Scheduled for Saturday, March 19



The Annual Meeting of the Emporia Farmers Market will take place after market on Saturday, March 19. Start time will be approximately 12:15pm at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 828 Commercial. Lunch will be provided for 2016 registered vendors, active farmhands and Friends of the market. Guests and interested parties are welcome to attend at the cost of $5 per person. Those who wish to attend the annual meeting need to RSVP to market manager, Tracy Simmons, by Tuesday, March 15, 5pm. Email emporiaFM@gmail.com or call 620-343-6555.

EFM board member elections take place at the annual meeting. The Emporia Farmers Market, a project of The Learning Connection of the Flint Hills, is guided by a volunteer board of directors. This board is responsible for the overall policy and direction of the market, and delegates responsibility for day-to-day operations to the market manager and committees. Commitment for a 2-year board position includes monthly meetings (approximately 1 to 1.5 hours) and occasional help with fundraisers, kiosk management during markets, market educational activities and social events. Interested parties should contact a current market board member or the market manager.

Indoor Winter Markets will take place in March and April on first and third Saturdays from 10:00am till Noon at 701 Commercial in downtown Emporia.


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