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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Potential Changes at the Market

Emporia Farmer Market is preparing for another successful outdoor season starting Saturday, May 6! We've been looking at new ways to grow the market, incorporate more community involvement and bring new customers downtown.  Here's a great piece from the Emporia Main Street e-newsletter explaining some of the changes we've been exploring.  

Moving Ahead 
Potential Changes to Coordinate with a Growing Downtown
Jessica Hopkins, the Director of the Emporia Farmer's Market, is what we like to call a "doer".  The Farmers Market has grown significantly over the past few years.  The growth of the market coincides with downtown business and job growth.  The result of mutual growth is parking stress, and that stress can be managed proactively or re-actively.  The leadership of the Emporia Farmers Market chose to address growth issues proactively while planning for future permanent changes.

The plan is to move the market from the 700 Block of Merchant Street parking lot to a side street: either 8th Avenue or 7th Avenue, between Merchant Street and Commercial Street.  The move would allow events to "cone" the side street parking with traffic cones, but retain street usage until the actual event (for example- thestreet would be closed Wednesday in the late afternoon and on Saturday mornings during market season, but would remain open all other times).  During an event, the side street would remain closed to traffic.  This change would retain the entire parking lot in the 700 Block of Merchant Street for business and consumer use- the Emporia Farmers Market would not block off parking in the area.

If the side street concept tests well, it could pave the way for an outdoor project that permanently houses the Farmers Market and other outdoor activities in proximity to local businesses and event venues.  Read the official change proposal bullet points below:

Dates: May 6-October 28 
Saturdays, 7-11 am (MARKET OPEN 8-10 AM
Wednesdays, 4-7 pm (MARKET OPEN 5-6:30 PM)

Proposal:  Relocation of the Emporia Farmers Market from parking lot at 7th & Merchant to 8th Avenue or 7th Avenue, between Commercial & Merchant Streets.  The market would request the city commission utilizes their street closure ordinance for approved hours and dates during outdoor market season (attached).  This request would only adhere to the 2017 outdoor season; market & city may re-evaluate the plan for future use.
Additional Requests:
  • 7th Avenue, between Commercial & Merchant streetsstreet closure request on Saturday, June 3 for Dirty Kanza
  • Use of city's street barricades & cones
  • Relocation of the market kiosk & bench to northeast corner of parking lot
  • Enforce city towing policy, as needed
Current Concerns
  • Crowded parking lot, particularly for Wednesday markets
  • Barriers are moved & not enforced, creating an ill-defined space for the market vendors to set up & operate
  • Limited parking for market customers within immediate vicinity
  • Not pedestrian friendly for market shoppers
  • Downtown events, including Dirty Kanza and Great American Market, need to utilize all downtown parking possible
Benefits of setting up at 7th or 8th Avenue
  • Utilizing 7th or 8th Avenue provides a well-defined space for the market
  • Pedestrian friendly walk-way & sidewalks
  • Wide center "corridor" for demonstrations, activities & hosting organizations
  • Additional parking would be freed-up in north end of parking lot
  • Creation of additional parking spots by relocation of the kiosk
  • Visibility from both Merchant & Commercial Streets
  • Opportunities to partner with area businesses
  • Storage in 727 Dirty Kanza/Main Street Building
  • Usage of Dirty Kanza/Main Street barricades
  • Build public support for potential pavilion project (CID Phase 3)
2017 Outdoor Market Dates for Street Closure Request

Saturdays: 7:00 AM-11:00 AM
MAY 6, 13, 20, 27
JUNE 3, 10, 17, 24
JULY 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
AUGUST 5, 12, 19, 26
SEPTEMBER 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
OCTOBER 7, 14, 21, 28
JUNE 7, 14, 21, 28
JULY 5, 12, 19, 26
AUGUST 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
SEPTEMBER 6, 13, 20, 27
OCTOBER 4, 11, 18, 25

We thank the Emporia Farmers Market leadership for exploring new opportunities to work collaboratively with area businesses and event venues.  Change is always hard, but it is nice that we are in the enviable position that requires us to manage growth opportunities.  It is our hope that the top ranked Farmers Market in the state of Kansas continues to grow and prosper while maintaining its downtown roots.  New pedestrian traffic possibilities, new opportunities to collaborate with local businesses and a minimized impact on local traffic should enhance the next generation of the market!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Winter Soup-a-Palooza!

The market is excited to reprise our favorite fundraiser full of savory homemade soups and delicious desserts!  We have increased our delivery options--let us bring lunch or dinner to you! 

With each bowl  of soup you enjoy, you are directly supporting your friendly farmer, next door gardener and local artisan.  We have lots of great projects and activities planned for this  year, and helping out is as easy as eating soup!  

Chicken and Noodles | Sausage and Potato  | Thai Butternut | Veggie or Meat Tortilla 

Pint $6  |  Bowl $3  | Dessert $1  | Drinks included (Dine-In only)

Email to reserve your delivery. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Happy Holiday wishes to all of our community supporters, shoppers, volunteers, vendors, and local-food lovers!  

Here are a few highlights from 2016:

* Creation of the VEGGIE POWER CLUB  sponsored by the generosity of the Emporia Lions Club/Cleve Cook Fund.  This club is just for kids and has included monthly activities all about fruits, veggies and healthy eating.

*Three record markets in October--a first for EFM!  

*A record-breaking Soup-a-Palooza event in November.

*Homegrown Celebration with ESB Financial in July.  Lots of fun with our watermelon games, chef's recipe contest and ArtMobile activities!

*New funding for our matching EBT/SNAP transactions through Double Up Food Bucks and the Emporia Community Foundation.  

*A new location for our sixth season of indoor markets--Waters True Value!  Ongoing the 1st and 3rd Saturdays through April.  Thanks to the Emil Babinger Charitable Trust for their indoor market support!

*Over 55 vendors registered throughout the year

*Participation in a variety of community events including Emporia Main Street Mix and Match, Flint Hills Health Fest, Welcome Back Block Party, and more!

*Financial support provided for five area community-garden projects through Local Food Network funding

*Fed over 200 hungry DK riders, support crew & community members at our annual DK Pre-Race Palooza Dinner.

*And More!

We're looking forward to even more fun and success in 2017!  

Stay connected with us: join our e-news list, follow us on Facebook or email to learn about upcoming events and market news!

Shop with us: Winter market is ongoing the 1st & 3rd Saturdays, 10am-12pm, at Waters True Value.

Thanks for your support!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Winter Markets

Shop with us the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month, now through April!  Market runs 10am-noon at the new Waters True Value store, 2727 W HWY 50.

Upcoming Markets & Events:

Saturday, November 19 | Thrill's Kettle Corn & Surly Mermaid Food Truck

Saturday, December 3 | Veggie Power Club sponsored by Cleve Cook Fund/Lions Club

Thursday, December 9 | MIDNIGHT MADNESS | 727 Commercial - 8pm to Midnight | Surly Mermaid Food Truck

Saturday, December 17 | Last market of 2016!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Last Month of Outdoor Markets

Fall is here which marks the last month of outdoor markets.  Take advantage of the cooler weather; it's perfect for market shopping!  Find us at the 7th & Merchant parking lot on Wednesdays, 5-6:30pm, and Saturdays, 8-10am, through October 29. We still have a great selection of locally grown, farm-fresh produce including tomatoes, squash, apples, onions, eggplant, peppers and potatoes.

2016 Winter Market season will kick-off Saturday, November 5.  Thanks to our new sponsor, Waters True Value, for hosting us inside their store at 2727 W Hwy 50.  Winter markets run the first and third Saturdays of the month, November-April, from 10:00am-12:00pm.  Expect to find a great variety of greens, apples, honey, cider, squash, cabbage, radishes, and an abundance of freshly baked pies, cinnamon rolls, breads, cookies, as well as handmade items, arts and crafts.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Market News | Saturday, September 17

We are so excited about all the great things happening in Emporia this weekend!  It's the Dynamic Discs Trilogy Oppna tournament, Emporia Main Street Downtown Shop Hop, ESU Presidential Inauguration, and of course, your weekly Saturday Farmers Market!

You don't want to miss this Saturday's market, located at 7th & Merchant.  We will be serenaded to the sweet tunes of Lee Mueller and will also host the last Murphy's Menu contest of 2016--it's a Homemade Bread Bake-Off!  Not to mention the abundance of tomatoes, peppers, squash, okra, onions, potatoes, cinnamon rolls, pies, breads and other great items from our vendors.

The excitement doesn't stop there; the FHTC Fusion Food Truck will make their debut appearance at the market.  They'll be serving up all things sweet and spicy during their "Cajun Brunch" from 8:00 am-2:00 pm.  Just check out the menu!  

FHTC Fusion Food Truck
Farmers Market/ Disc Golf Oopna
September 17th, 2016 | 7th & Merchant Parking Lot | 8:00 am-2:00 pm

“Cajun Brunch”

$4 Made to Order Omelets:
3 egg omelet loaded with your choice of toppings – Made to order!

$3 French Quarter Sweet Crepes:
Sweet – Caramelized apples, figs, walnuts and mascarpone cheese. Topped with crème anglaise sauce.

$3 Bananas foster crepes
Folded crepes, topped with druken bananas, pan caramel sauce, flambéed in dark rum & banana liquor.

$3 Green Chili Bisque:
Cream green chilies, tomatoes, braised pork, crawfish, shrimp, andouille sausage & okra. Served over red beans and rice.

$5 Bobby Boucher Breakfast Pie:
Layered potatoes, sausage, fresh herbs, cheese and eggs baked in a flaky crust. Topped with Tasso cream.

$6.50 Sweet Potato “Poutine” – Jambon Style
Crisp Sweet potato fries, fresh herbs, cheese curds and topped with Jambon cream sauce.

$6 Southern Delight Salad:
Organic spring mix, sweet pickled cucumbers, roasted sweet potatoes, candied pecans, blueberries & fresh dill weed. Topped with a citrus vinaigrette.
Add grilled blackened chicken for $2

$7.50 Panini Pressed Muffa-Mini (but still a lot a):
Spicy ham, provolone cheese, salami, topped with cauliflower, tomato & olive tapenade, served on a brioche roll. Served with sweet potato fries or fresh made dill chips.

$5.50 Red Beans N’ Rice: (Vegan, GF)
Classic red beans and rice, topped with wilted kale & vegetable maque choux.
Add grilled blackened chicken n’ Tasso cream $2.50  

$5.50 Cauliflower Rice with Maque choux  (Vegan, GF)
Creamy Cauliflower rice, cooked in coconut milk, topped with wilted kale & vegetable maque choux.
Served with sweet potato fries or fresh made dill chips.
Add blackened chicken $2
Add grilled Shrimp $3

$8 Ragin’ Cajun:
Shaved strip steak, caramelized onions, apples & brie. Served on a French baguette, topped with Cajun remoulade. Served with sweet potato fries or fresh made dill chips.

$7.50 Shrimp Rich Boy:
Breaded shrimp, tomatoes, pickled “Cajun Kim Chi”; Served on a French baguette, topped with Cajun remoulade sauce.

$3 Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches
House made chocolate chip cookies filled with vanilla ice cream.

$1        Water                  $2        Juice, IBC Sodas                           $3   Iced coffee