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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Next Market News

Summer Season Opens on 
Saturday, April 30
Featuring Bedding Plants!

Start your gardens right at the Emporia Farmers Market

Market Music by Matthew Hope

Location: Parking Lot @ 7th and Merchant

Hours: 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Click here for an expected product list at the first Saturday market in the parking lot.

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.

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

Matthew Hope

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Expected Product List for April 30 Opening Market

current 4/25/2016 (watch for updates)

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 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.


Farmers Market 101 Class Scheduled for Tuesday, March 29

If you’ve ever considered selling produce, baked goods, or homemade crafts at a farmers market, this is the class for you. Farmers Market 101, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Farmers Market Vending will take place Tuesday, March 29, 6-8pm at the Flint Hills Technical College, 3301 W. 18th Ave. Register in advance at by calling 620-343-4600 ext. 1300 or ext. 1392.

Emporia Farmers Market manager, Tracy Simmons, will cover the ins and outs of selling at the market, state and local regulations, creating a niche, and tips and strategies for successful vending. If you already know your product, or you’ve just had an idea that selling at the market is something you might like to do, sign up for this presentation. 

The class is sponsored, in part, by the Emil Babinger Charitable Fund. Cost for attendees is $5. Attendees who register as vendors in the Emporia Farmers Market in 2016 can take the cost of the class registration fee off their registration fee.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Triple Your Green in Food Stamp Dollars at the Indoor Winter Market in March

Did you know that the Emporia Farmers Market accepts food stamps? Did you know that, not only can you shop at the Emporia Farmers Market with food stamps, you can double your grocery dollar? The market has plans to continue the 2-for-1 program for low-income shoppers in 2016, and to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and the coming summer season, the next two markets—Saturday, March 5 and Saturday, March 19—will feature 3-for-1 shopping.

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.

Shoppers will be asked to swipe their benefits card for tokens that can be spent on eligible food items with any market vendor. For every food stamp dollar debited the shopper will receive three dollars in the form of market tokens and market bucks. Shoppers with food assistance benefits should see the market manager when they arrive for more details about the program.

Since 2009, the market has distributed $10,801 to low income shoppers via matching programs. With funds from the Emil Babinger Charitable Trust and the Emporia Community Foundation, the market expects to continue to the matching program throughout 2016. As well, via Babinger in 2015, the market provided $1,275 in additional assistance to low-income seniors. Programs encouraging area families with children to shop at the market are also fully funded and in place for 2016.

If you would like market manager, Tracy Simmons, to speak to your business or community support organization about the benefits of shopping at the Emporia Farmers Market, she is currently scheduling for the months of March and April. Topics include supporting low-income shoppers, including seniors, at the market through dollar-for-dollar matching programs to help put healthier foods on the table, and encouraging youth (families with young children) to make the market a part of their weekly shopping habits. The market is looking for partners in the community to help get the word about these programs to the people who will benefit.

The next Indoor Winter Market takes place on Saturday, March 5, and is open from 10am till noon at 701 Commercial in downtown Emporia. The market will hold its final Indoor Winter Markets of the season on March 19, April 2, and April 16. Saturday markets return to the parking lot at 7th and Merchant in May.

More information about the market can be found at