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Thursday, October 5, 2017

October/November: Upcoming Events



Our 35th Outdoor Season is winding down, but we still have a fantastic schedule of events lines up for this fall.  Check it out!

October 11: Join new market vendor, Derek Bucheit, for a coffee roasting demo during Wednesday's market.  He sells a delicious Brazilian and fair-trade Papua New Guinea blend and roasts the beans in his home.  Learn about his process & enjoy a sample!

October 21:  After you shop the regular Saturday market from 8:30-10:30am, check out the interactive HealthFest at Flint Hills Mall from 9am-1pm.  The market will have a booth, complete with local food samples, along with dozens of other community organizations, activities & games.  Sponsored by Healthier Lyon County.

October 25: Final Wednesday evening market on 7th Avenue, 5-6:30pm.

October 28:  It's the LAST outdoor market of 2017!  Help us celebrate with our Fall Fest!  Enjoy performances and demonstrations by the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism (think: mini-Renaissance festival), breakfast burritos & bierocks from Keko's Kitchen, vendor/customer costume contest, and pumpkin painting for the kiddos!

November 4: First Indoor Market at Waters True Value!  10:00am-12:00pm.

Indoor Market Schedule: 1st & 3rd Saturdays, November - April, 10:00am-12:00pm at Waters True Value.

November 7: Soup-a-Palooza!  Join us at our new location, the Anderson Building, for a delicious & warm bowl of homemade soup!  Enjoy favorites like Sausage & Potato, Creamy Tomato, Chicken Tortilla, Thai Butternut, cornbread, fruit pies and other delicious desserts.
Bowl $3  | Take-Home Pint  $6  | Desserts $1  | Coffee/Tea/Water included with dine-in purchase
Dine-In: 11am-3pm
Carry-Out: 11am-6pm
Lunch Delivery: 11am-1pm
Questions?  Ready to reserve a delivery spot?  Call 343-6555 or email emporiafm@gmail.com.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Check it out!

Earlier this summer, market vendors Joseph & Mandy Kern were featured on the Farmers Market Coalition website.  Joe & Mandy own Our Seven Acres near Madison and also operate a local CSA. In addition to selling at our Emporia market, Mandy serveson our board of directors and facilitates the Veggie Power Club for Kids with the Southern Lyon County FFA chapter.  The Kern's hosted two farm tours earlier this summer, where market shoppers were able to learn about their growing techniques inside two high tunnels & enjoy their lively goats & guinea hens.  They will also host a high tunnel tour this fall, in conjunction with our High Tunnel Workshop (October 3 & 5). We're grateful for the Kern's hard work & dedication to local food production!

Check out their FMC Spotlight Article HERE.





Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Events & Activities at the Market!

August is already flying by, but there is still plenty of time to stock up on your favorite summer produce items while enjoying all our extra market events!  Find us every Saturday morning and Wednesday evening on 7th Avenue--through the end of October!  



Saturday, August 26
Live music by Jane McCoy
Breakfast Burritos & Bierocks by Keko's Kitchen
Expected products: tomatoes, cantaloupe, watermelon, zucchini, squash, beets, potatoes, onions, cucumbers, apples, honey, cinnamon rolls, muffins, breads, cookies, pie bites, jewelry, glass fusion pieces, original art and MORE!

Wednesday, August 30
Kansas Free for Arts' Summer Concert Series & Ice Cream Social
THE SKIRTS
Bring your shopping bag & your lawn chair for the last KFA concert of the season.  We'll also be serving up root beer floats and ice cream sundaes at the market canopy!

Saturday, September 9
Veggie Power Club for Kids | Sponsored by the Emporia Lions Club
Great American Market: Downtown Street Fair
Bring the kids for our monthly Veggie Club meet-up at 9am under the market canopy.  Enjoy browsing the hundreds of vendor booths set up on Commercial Street during the Great American Market! 

Saturday, September 30
The Longest Lunch, 12-4pm
Purchase a lanyard & enjoy an afternoon of "secret menu" items during Eat Drink Be Local's Longest Lunch.  The market will be set up inside Twin Rivers winery featuring delicious (and local!) flavors of fall.  Follow Eat Drink Be Local on Facebook for event updates!

Tuesday, October 3
High Tunnel Workshop, 6-7:30pm
Join EFM vendor & board member, John Conway, & NRCS rep Tracy Karcher for an informative class on construction, growing tips & helpful techniques for installing a high tunnel on your property. Tracy will provide an overview of available funding opportunities & application procedures.  The class will be held at the Lyon County Extension office meeting room.  Advanced registration required.

Saturday, October 21
Health Fest at the Flinthills Mall, 9am-1pm
After you're done shopping at the market, swing by the Flinthills Mall & learn about all the healthy resources and community incentives at Healthier Lyon County's annual "Health Fest" event! 


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 emporiafm@gmail.com 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:



2017 Outdoor Season: LOCATION CHANGE PROPOSAL
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
WEDNESDAYS: 4:00 PM-7:00 PM
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!