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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Wednesday Markets & Veggie Power Clubs

Wednesday Markets are here!  Not a fan of catching early Saturday markets? No problem, we've got you covered with Wednesday evening markets.

Shop each Wednesday, June through October, from 5-6:30pm on 7th Avenue, between Merchant & Commercial Street.  

Wednesday markets often bring in a new set of vendors that don't attend Saturday markets, including Bauman's Mobile Meat Market, Heck Family Produce (sweet corn & melons), Jirak Bros. Produce (tomatoes, sweet corn, melons), Barn Owl Bakery, and more!

Our Veggie Power Club for Kids is also in full swing.  Bring the kids down for a fun activity all about the "veggie of the month".  Earn Cleve Cook Bucks to spend at the market & keep your passport for additional spending bucks!

Upcoming Veggie Power Club Dates:
June 10
July 15
August 12
September 9
October 14

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Outdoor Season Starts May 6

Our 35th Outdoor Season starts Saturday, May 6!

NEW TIME: 8:30-10:30 AM
NEW LOCATION: 7th Avenue, Merchant to Commercial St

7th Avenue will be closed to traffic during market hours.  We encourage our customers to park in the lot at 7th & Merchant, or utilize street parking along Merchant or Commercial.  This move allows the market to be more pedestrian-friendly, in addition to being accessible from both streets.  We're excited about this move, and hope you are too!

Wednesday markets begin June 7 & will resume regular shopping hours, 5:00-6:30 PM.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Spring Farm Tour - May 11

UPDATE: SOLD OUT!Thanks to everyone for supporting our first farm tour!  If you were hoping to attend, PLEASE contact us to be placed on a waiting list.  If there is enough interest, we will try to schedule a repeat in June.

We're excited to partner with K-State Research & Extension-Lyon County and Prairie Earth Tours to bring our first farm tour of 2017!
Join us on Thursday, May 11 as we visit Our Seven Acres and Sweethaven Fields near Madison. Go "behind-the-scenes" as we tour the properties of these popular market vendors. We'll end our tour with dinner at Red Brick BBQ in Madison. Transportation will be provided by Prairie Earth Tours.
Date: Thursday, May 11 
Depart: 4:00pm from 7th & Merchant Parking Lot
Cost: $5.00, Dinner on your own
We will return at approximately 8:00pm

RSVP to or 343-6555 by May 9.  Space is limited--sign up today!

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!