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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Cleve Cook Veggie Power Club

Kids Invited to Join the Cleve Cook Veggie Power Club at the Emporia Farmers Market

On Saturday, June 18, kids ages 4 to 13 are invited to the Emporia Farmers Market to join the Cleve Cook Veggie Power Club. The market starts at 8:00am and the activity for children will begin at 8:30am. Kids will have the opportunity to earn Cleve Cook Market Bucks when the participate in the two-bite club, taking two bites of produce fresh from market. There will be a scavenger hunt and kids will get to plant and take home their own honeydew melon.

The Cleve Cook Veggie Power Club is a farmers market-based youth program that seeks to teach children about fruits and vegetables, local food systems and healthy food preparation through fun activities. Participants will engage in the full farmers market experience, trying new foods, having conversations with farmers, and buying local produce. Monthly, a fun activity ranging from cooking demonstrations to farmers market scavenger hunts will provide nutrition, food, agriculture, and exercise education. Veggie Power kids are encouraged to try new foods and overcome picky eating to choose healthy food options. Club members are rewarded for taking two bites of the featured fruit or vegetable and will receive Cleve Cook Market Bucks to spend on the foods of their choice at the market.

Activities at the market will be led by Mandy Kern, market vendor and board member, and youth members of the Southern Lyon County FFA, a part of the National FFA Organization whose mission is “making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.” The Southern Lyon County FFA chapter will take the responsibility of planning club events and engaging with youth at the market.

Funds for the project come from the Emporia Lions Club and the Cleve Cook Fund. Cleve Cook was a life-long resident of the Emporia area and his entire career was dedicated to agricultural industry in Kansas. After retirement, Cleve grew a large summer garden and was a regular attendee of the Emporia Farmers Market. Cleve was 8 days short of his 101st birthday when he passed away in 2013.

More information about dates and activities of the Cleve Cook Veggie Power Club can be found at the market website, www.emporiafarmersmarket.org.


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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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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