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Monday, December 12, 2011

Music Schedule at the New Location! Emporia Indoor Winter Farmers Market

The next Indoor Winter Farmers Market will take place on Saturday, December 17, 2011, at the Emporia Humanitarian Center (former Lowther South School), located at 215 W. 6th Ave. Start time is 10:00 AM. Please enter through the southeast door.

We look forward to live entertainment by:

Kindred Spirits: a trio of community-involved flute players who just like to play! EFM is delighted to be having them for the December 17 winter market, where they will be playing mostly Christmas music, although some of it with a bit of a twist. "Jingled Bells" features the familiar tune in several different styles, including a funeral dirge. They also have a wonderful rendition of "Go Tell it on the Mountain" and have even added a sing-along portion to their program, featuring well-known Christmas Carols. "Kindred Spirits" are available for hire at your next party, wedding or celebration. 

The "Kindred Spirits" are: Anne Stoebel, who has been playing flute since 7th grade. "Music has always been a part of my life and I have always expressed it best with my flute. I continue to enjoy playing in small ensembles and community groups such as the Emporia Municipal Band and Emporia Symphony". Sue Claridge works with children having Autism Spectrum Disorder. She recently returned to Emporia State University to pursue a master's degree in music performance. Sara Coltrane has played the flute for 18 years and loves music so much she became a music teacher. Sara currently teaches Kindermusik, music and movement classes for children from birth - 7 years. She is a member of The Emporia Symphony Orchestra, and the newest member of "Kindred Spirits".
Music at Future Markets:

Dec. 17: Kindred Spirits

Jan. 7: Jane McCoy & Bill Ihling

Feb. 4: Anton Zouplna Feb. 21: Eric Martin 

Mar. 3: Savannah Chestnut (10-11) Joe Foster (11-Noon)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Indoor Winter Markets are MOVING!!!!

Indoor Winter Market
Emporia Humanitarian Center
(former Lowther South School)
Enter through the southeast door.
215 W. 6th Avenue


December 17
January 7
January 21
February 4
February 18
March 3
March 17
April 7


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Handcrafted Items for Christmas and Music at the Market by Zx3

The Indoor Winter Farmers Market will take place at 701 Commercial on Saturday, December 3, starting at 10am. Approximately twenty vendors are expected to have booths that will include late season garden produce, apples, honey, fresh farm eggs, farm raised pork, jam and jellies, spices and seasonings, and a wide variety of baked goods. Holiday gift items will be available at the market, as well. Look for handcrafted originals, homemade soaps and lotions, shoulder bags and totes, original works of art, ornaments and fresh bouquets for the holidays.

Zx3, a guitar trio consisting of three generations of Zouplna family members will perform at the market. Anton Zouplna III, a young performer who has played at previous Emporia Farmers Market events, will be joined by his father, Tony, and Grandfather, Anton Sr., who is a C of E Alumni. 

The Indoor Winter Market will take place the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month through March. Please watch for news and updates regarding location. For more information contact market manager, Tracy Simmons, at 620-343-6555 or A complete schedule of upcoming markets is available online at


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Next Market Takes Place Saturday, November 19, at 701 Commercial

Saturday, November 19, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Indoor Winter Market
701 Commercial

Emporia Downtown Wellness Celebration
drawings and prizes for participants!

SOUPS: Chicken Noodle, Chili & Tortilla Soup
$3/bowl or $6/take home pint

Music by Savannah Chestnut

Music by Bill Ihling

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Local food day showed variety

by Rhonda Gordon, Wednesday, November 9, Emporia Gazette

If you missed Food Day on Oct. 24, you missed a fun filled day. This was the first Food Day celebration held in Emporia to my knowledge. Several organizations joined together to bring great demonstrations and information to the public. Food Day was hosted by the Emporia Area Local Food Network, Emporia Community Health Coalition, Emporia Farmer’s Market, K-State Research and Extension, Lyon County and Our Local Food-Twin Rivers Chapter.
The day started off with the Lyon County Master Gardeners providing a demonstration and information on composting. Carolyn Turney and Tom Fowler provided information on using compost and how to start your own compost at home. They showed samples of the local soil that usually has lots of clay in it. They explained how to incorporate compost into your gardens so you have healthier soil.
The second demonstration of the day featured easy crock pot meals. I was assisted in this demonstration by Megan Gordon and Ava Jordan. These two girls helped me demonstrate how to get the children involved in meal preparation. When children help with a meal they are more apt to try what they help prepare. We used two different recipes. Lemon Pepper Chicken and Vegetables which was a featured recipe in September during Family Day, the second recipe we used during Food Day was a Slow Cooker BBQ Beef. Both of these recipes are easy to prepare and inexpensive to make. Using the slow cooker is easy and dinner is done when you get home in the evening, your home will also smell great.
Our Local Food-Twin Rivers Chapter gave the next demonstration. Tracey Graham was representing this organization and presented on sweet potatoes. Tracey showed us how to select and size, clean and use our sweet potatoes. Tracey explained how versatile sweet potatoes are, that they can be either sweet or savory. She shared two savory recipes and two sweet recipes. Sweet potatoes can be used in many of the same ways that pumpkin or butternut squash can be used. I will share with you one of my favorite recipes that Tracey made; it is a sweet potato and black bean burrito.
The Women, Infant and Children program from Flint Hills Health Center presented the next demonstration. They had a wonderful presentation on crock pot applesauce. They had used local apples from The Orchard in preparing this delight. The recipe for the crock pot applesauce will also be included at the end of this article. They had used Jonathon apples in making their applesauce. When making an applesauce or apple pie use more than one variety of apple; you will add layers of flavor to your dish by including different varieties of apples.
The Lyon County Master Gardeners from K-State Research and Extension then gave a second demonstration on cold frame gardening. Adding cold frames to your garden you are able to extend the use of your garden when it is typically to cold to garden in Kansas. Jerilyn Henrikson, Ruth Wise and Duane Henrikson gave insight information on how they constructed their own cold frames and what they have found that works well as crops in their cold frames. I learned of a new lettuce that I would like to try, it is called Deer Tongue lettuce, named for its shape. It is a type of green bibb lettuce.

To see the recipes, view the rest of the article here.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Farmers Market opens indoor winter location

from the Emporia Gazette, October 27, 2011

Starting in November, the Emporia Farmers Market will move out of the parking lot and into 701 Commercial St. for a second season of indoor winter markets. The markets will be held twice each month, first and third Saturdays, starting Nov. 5. Indoor markets will feature live music by local artists and homemade soups for lunch.

Markets at the indoor location are made possible by a grant from the Emil Babinger Charitable Trust. Interest in the year-round market was strong last year and market vendors are looking forward to the opportunity to sell twice each month, November through April.

Shoppers can expect to find many of the same vendors they find at regular season markets. It will be the go-to location for fresh baked goods for the holiday season and several vendors will enhance their usual produce offerings with handcrafted gift items.

Among the vendors who have committed to selling year round; Drew Kuchera with spices and seasoning mixes, Sleepy Hollow artisan soaps, lotions and lip balms, Ruth Wise and Janet Brassart with handcrafted rugs and quilted bags, and gourmet cookies by Linda Simmons. Fresh farm eggs and locally grown meat should be available year round.

Produce vendor, John Conway, is one of several who has high tunnels going and plans to bring fresh produce to winter markets. “I have things growing,” he reports. “I don’t know how much will be ready for the first winter market, but by the third Saturday in November I should have a good crop to share.”

Conway is one of several vendors working to extend the growing season through the use of high tunnels and green houses. Late fall crops, including winter squash varieties, should be available.

It’s a Soup-a-Palooza! Friends of Emporia Farmers Market to Serve Homemade Soup for Day Long Market Fundraiser

Friends of the Emporia Farmers Market are planning their fall fundraiser on Thursday, November 10, 2011 and the community is invited. Doors will open at 11am and soup will be served until 7pm at the Lyon County Extension Office Meeting Room at 2632 W US Highway 50 in Emporia.

This homegrown dining opportunity will feature the following soups: Chicken Corn Chowder, Creamy Tomato, Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato, and Sausage Potato. Cost of a bowl of soup for dining in is $3. Take home pints will be available for $6. Rolls, corn bread and desserts will be an additional charge.

Bring your co-workers for lunch, or take home soup for the whole family! All proceeds from the fundraiser go toward the operation of the Emporia Farmers Market.

More information about the farmers market and a complete calendar of events can be found online at

Starting in November, indoor winter markets will be held on first and third Saturdays at 701 Commercial. Winter Market hours are 10am to 1pm.


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Eat Real! Emporia celebrated Food Day with Cooking and Gardening Demonstrations

More than 1,500 events were registered on the website, including 20 in Kansas. Marion National Bank sponsored Food Day in Emporia and the event was hosted by the Emporia Area Local Food Network, Emporia Community Health Coalition, Emporia Farmers Market, Lyon County Research and Extension Office and Our Local Food - Twin Rivers.

Area WIC representatives gave a demonstration on slow-cooker applesauce. The recipe included 5 pounds of apples, cinnamon and vanilla and NO added sugar. Yum!

Tom Fowler and Carolyn Turney talked about making and using compost at home to enrich your garden soil.

A demonstration by Rhonda Gordon, of Lyon County Research and Extension, inspired attendees to use their crockpot for easy meal preparation. 

The topic was Sweet Potatoes, a root vegetable that grows well in Kansas gardens and is abundant this time of year. Tracey Graham shared tips for cleaning, storing and preparing sweet potatoes, as well as samples of recipes including sweet potatoes that ran from savory to sweet.

Ruth Wise and Jerilyn Henrikson provided tips on winter gardening in cold frames.
More photos from Food Day can be found on our Facebook page.

Congratulations to Drew Kuchera, winner of our crockpot drawing and to Jessica Hopkins, winner of the Murphy's Menu Cookbook!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Every Day is Food Day

As published in the Emporia Gazette, Friday, October 21
from Kiley Stinson, Allen, KS

You may have heard that October 24 has been designated as Food Day. To my family and many other farming and ranching families, Food Day just so happens to be every day. I feel honored to be among the less than two percent of the population who are dedicated to producing safe, wholesome and affordable food for America’s families.

Although statistics show most of us are fortunate to spend just less than ten percent of our disposable income on our food, we shouldn’t forget that one in eight Americans has trouble getting enough to eat. The demand for safe, affordable food will only increase as our population grows worldwide — I am confident that American farmers will rise to this challenge, if we let them.

Modern food production relies on a mix of technological innovation and tradition. There is a reason why agriculture looks the way it does today. The average American is now at least three generations removed from the farm and most of us are dependent on grocery stores to supply almost all of our food needs. This disconnect has led to many misconceptions about today’s farms. Too often, the public hears more from agriculture critics than from the people directly connected to it. No, our industry is not perfect; but whether it is food safety or environmental stewardship, American agriculture has shown a commitment to continuous improvement.

Let’s use Food Day to celebrate the diversity of American agriculture. Americans enjoy an abundance of choices in the supermarket. That is worth celebrating! While we should enjoy and appreciate the taste of fresh seasonal products from our local farmers market, we can’t afford to deny the importance of large scale producers who provide the volume of what we rely on in the grocery store. In many ways, agriculture is the backbone of our nation. We must protect it.

On October 24, take this opportunity to learn more about your food straight from the people who understand how it is produced best: farmers and ranchers.

Celebrate Food Day in Emporia

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., 701 Commercial

Emporia Celebrates Food Day!
Eat Real!

Join us at the Winter Farmers Market indoor site for a fun day filled with cooking and gardening demonstrations, a hot soup fundraiser for the Emporia Farmers Market, and lots of information about how you can grow your own food, cook your own meals, and live a rich, healthy life!

Demonstration Schedule:
10:00 Lyon County Extension Master Gardeners:  Composting
10:30 Lyon County Extension FACS Agent Rhonda Gordon: Crock Pot Meals
11:00 Our Local Food - Twin Rivers: Savor The Season, cooking w/ what's best, now!
11:30 WIC Coordinator Janine Messersmith: Crockpot Applesauce
12:00 Lyon County Extension Master Gardeners:  Cold Frames for Winter Gardening
12:30 Lyon County Extension FACS Agent Rhonda Gordon: Crock Pot Meals
1:00 Our Local Food - Twin Rivers: Savor The Season, cooking with what's best, now!
1:30 WIC Coordinator Janine Messersmith: Crockpot Applesauce

Please Thank our Food Day Sponsor: Marion National Bank

Hosted by:
Emporia Area Local Food Network
Emporia Community Health Coalition
Emporia Farmers Market
Lyon County Research and Extension
Our Local Foods - Twin Rivers

Food Day is a national campaign that seeks to bring together Americans from all walks of life-parents, teachers, and students; health professionals, community organizers, and local officials; chefs, school lunch providers, and eaters of all stripes-to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way.

Emporia Celebrates Food Day

by Regina Murphy
Monday, farmers and foodies will celebrate “Food Day” with demonstrations, soup and plenty of educational, helpful information. Food Day is a national campaign by the Center for Science in the Public Interest that seeks to bring Americans together to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way.
701 Commercial St. will be the site as area experts promote healthy, local eating. This location will also be where the bi-monthly winter farmers markets will be held starting November 5.
“We are very excited about Food Day,” said Tracy Simmons, Emporia Farmers Market Manager. “It’s a national event. We will have cooking and gardening demonstrations, delicious homemade soups for lunch provided by the Emporia Farmers Market and lots of information about how you can grow your own food, cook your own meals and live a rich, healthy life.”
There will be demonstrations from Lyon County Extension Master Gardeners, Extension staff and experts in seasonal eating.
“We’ve tried to get a variety of activities on local foods and growing your own food,” Simmons said. “People can see some options for buying meat locally, for working with (Community Supported Agriculture) and buying things even when the market is not open.”

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

It's soup weather, walking weather

from the Emporia Gazette, October 10, 2011

Wednesday the Emporia Farmers Market will be the site of two new events: a Downtown Wellness Initiative and a soup supper by the Our Local Foods - Twin Rivers chapter.
Read entire article. 

Friday, September 30, 2011

Downtown Wellness at the Market, October 12

Wednesday, October 12
It's a Downtown Wellness Kickoff PartyDowntown Wellness is a program set to increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables and increase physical activity. Registration will run from October 1st through October 12th. There will be a kickoff celebration on October 12th at the Emporia Farmers Market, starting at 5pm. 

OLF: Twin RiversJoin us at the market that day for soups featuring all-local ingredients served up by Our Local Food - Twin Rivers.
Eat it by the cup at the market, or take away a pint (or two) to enjoy in the comfort of your own home.
Choose from Steak and Potato, Chicken Noodle (homemade egg noodles of course!), and vegetarian Winter Squash.
Pre-orders are much appreciated.  Email

Our Local Food - Twin Rivers is a  is a group of regionally-based networks of local farms, farmers markets, food businesses, agricultural professionals, supportive organizations and consumers who are committed to increasing the production and sales of fresh, local foods in Kansas. 

OLF-TR members include the Emporia Farmers Market itself, as well as EFM vendors Martin & Cheryl Alvarado of Just Picked Farms, Harold & Naomi Brenzikofer of the Country Flower Shed, John & Judy Conway of Gojoacres Farm, Bill & Diane Ihling of Buffalo Hollow Farm, Steve & Vickie Jirak of Jirak Brothers Farm, Bob Karr of the Karr Orchard, Drew Kuchera of Kuchera Rub, Ed Moyer of Moyer Farm, Mike Myers of Mators & Tators, Tyson Pettijohn of Pettijohn Ranch, Ben & Jessie Stallings of Interdependent Web, and Ruth Wise.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Burritos for Breakfast, One More Time This Season!

Saturday, October 1, will be your last chance of the season to grab an EFM burrito for breakfast. Our burritos are made from local ingredients (even the cheese and the tortillas are made in Kansas). Those farm fresh eggs, bacon, sausage and peppers you find in the variety of burritos we put together are purchased from our vendors and lovingly put together by friends of the market. All proceeds from our breakfast burrito fundraisers go to support market operations.

Thank you for your support throughout the season.

Saturday, October 1, 8 a.m.
Breakfast Burrito Fundraiser
sponsored by Country Mart North
Vegetarian Burritos $4: Sausage or Bacon $4.50  

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

SFMNP Deadline October 15

2-for-1 Matching Program for Vision Cardholders Ended for the 2011 Market Season

As of September 24, Emporia Farmers Market has matched $1,500 in market tokens for Vision cardholders. This completes our 2-for-1 program for the season.

We would like to thank, once again, the Emil Babinger Charitable Foundation for giving us the opportunity to promote the SNAP benefits program through our market. This is the second year in a row that EFM has been able to match dollars spent at the market by state of Kansas Vision cardholders bringing the total dollars matched in 2010-2011 to $2,500.

Vision cardholders are invited to shop the Emporia Farmers Market year round. See a volunteer at the market kiosk for information on how to purchase tokens that can be redeemed for eligible food items at the market.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Thank You! Country Mart North of Emporia

The Emporia Farmers Market would like to send a special word of thanks to Country Market North for their continued sponsorship of the EFM Breakfast Burrito Fundraisers on the first Saturday of each month throughout our regular season. Please take a moment to let them know how much you appreciate the role they play in making your Emporia Farmers Market a reality.

The final Breakfast Burrito fundraiser of the 2011 market season will be held on Saturday, October 1, starting at 8:00 AM.

Vegetarian burritos $4; Sausage or Bacon Burritos $4.50.

All proceeds go to benefit the operations of Emporia Farmers Market.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Z x 3: Live Music at the Market on Saturday, September 17

Z x 3: A guitar trio consisting of 3 generations of Zouplna's. Anton Zouplna III, a young performer who has played at previous Emporia Farmers Market events, will be joined by his father, Tony, and Grandfather, Anton Sr., who is a C of E Alumni. The group will play mostly as a trio, but will work in some solos and duets. All selections will be instrumental and will cover a wide range of styles and time periods.

Also at the market on Saturday, the Emporia Weavers and Spinners Guild will be celebrating World Wide Spin in Public Day.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Homegrown Tomatoes: Bill & Jane at the Market

We had a fabulous market on Saturday, August 27 and live music by Bill Ihling and Jane McCoy.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Jane and Bill to Sing at the Emporia Farmers Market

Back by popular demand, Bill Ihling and Jane McCoy will provide live music at the Emporia Farmers Market on Saturday, August 27, starting at 8am.

Jane and Bill are two Emporia-based musicians who recently discovered how much fun it could be to play as a duo. After several years of admiring each other's playing from afar, they've finally combined their talents and lent them to an eclectic mix of songs from several diverse genres, from old and new country to 60s pop to classic "Americana" and contemporary. Although their vocal styles are diverse, their voices combine to produce a lovely and distinctive harmony and Jane's cello adds a whole new dimension to the typical "acoustic guitar duo" sound. Their debut at the Emporia Farmers Market last month generated many favorable comments from market patrons, so their appearance at this Saturday's market is very much a case of "back by popular demand". Come check out Jane and Bill at the Emporia Farmers Market this Saturday, starting at 8am.

They will also be playing at Hetlinger's "AppleFest" on September 24.


For more information about the Emporia Farmers Market, contact:
Tracy Simmons
Market Manager

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Field of Dreams

by Chris Walker, Emporia Gazette, August 24, 2011

When the employees of PrairieLand Partners in Emporia planted a garden at their business they wanted to do more than provide some fresh vegetables for themselves. They wanted to prove to area gardeners that if you grow it, local businesses will buy it.

And that is just what happened.

Paul du Toit, store manager of PrairieLand Partners Inc., has been successful this summer selling produce like tomatoes, lettuce, onions and more to area grocery stores and restaurants.

Du Toit sees this project as a success because businesses are not only getting better, fresher products but it’s also proving to local gardeners that they could earn extra income by growing fruits and vegetables.

“We have young farmers coming back to the farm with families,” he said. “Grandpa is still drawing an income, so these young families have to develop extra income. High tunnels to extend the growing season can help provide needed income for families.”

Local food initiatives and food cooperatives are on the rise around the country. An estimated $4 billion in 2002 was spent on local food, and that will jump to an estimated $7 billion in 2012. The increase has been helped by more restaurants, and grocery stores are joining the local food initiatives.

That increase has also been seen locally. “We continue to have record sales at the Emporia Farmers Market and we are getting more requests from restaurants who want local produce.” said Rachael LeClear, Director of General Education and Community Education at the Flint Hills Technical College.

Read the whole article here.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Emporia Farmers Market has matching funds for food

as printed in the Emporia Gazette, August 19, 2011

Families relying on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other programs to put food on the table have a friend in farmers markets and the Emporia Farmers Market is no exception. This summer, nationwide, participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is at a record high of approximately 45 million Americans. In Emporia, the farmers market has matched more than $1,000 in Vision cardholder tokens in 2011. A gift from the Emil Babinger Charitable Trust has allowed the market to provide $2 for spending on fresh produce and food items at the market for every $1 debited from a state of Kansas Vision card. This program, in its second year, has drawn many new shoppers to the market. Use of the SNAP benefits program at the Emporia Farmers Market is 5 times greater than it was in 2009, the year it was introduced.

The market will continue matching funds for state of Kansas Vision cardholders until they have given away $1,500. There has been a surge of new users in recent months. “We gave away nearly $400 in matching dollars the month of July alone, compared to $105 in May and $117 in June,” says Tracy Simmons, Market Manager.

Simmons attributes the growing popularity of this market program in part to community partnerships that have helped to get the word out. The Flint Hills Community Health Center, Community Health Coalition has purchased $800 in market bucks via a Kansas Department of Health and Environment grant in the past year that have been distributed as a way of encouraging new shoppers with children to check out the market. $500 of these dollars were given through the market’s first full season of winter markets. In recent months, invitations to receive market bucks have been distributed through brown bag concerts at the library, Big Brothers Big Sisters, SOS, and several other venues where volunteers encourage local youth to bring their parents to shop the market.

The Emporia Community Foundation has recently gifted the Community Health Coalition with another $800 for low-income families to try out the market. These market buck gifts are specifically for families who have youth in the house and, in many cases, the parents hand the money to the kids and say, “Let’s go pick something good to eat.” Getting families to forgo the packaged junk food as an after school snack in favor of an apple, melon or plate of fresh veggies is an educational process, as much as anything, and kids are more likely to chose healthy options when they have that experience of talking with the farmer who pulled that vegetable from the ground.

According to Suzanne Worthen-Miller, Chronic Disease Risk Reduction Program Manager at the Flint Hills Community Health Center, nearly 65 percent of youth in Lyon County qualify for free and reduced lunches and these families need increased access to locally grown foods. “We hope these incentives will encourage members of the community to begin building more healthful relationships with food, which will, in turn, help our community reduce the incidence of obesity and associated chronic conditions.”

“We are always looking for new ways to encourage people to try out the farmers market. It’s a social experience, as well as the best source of local and healthy food in town. It’s fun to be able to hand new folks money to spend, as well. We hope it gets them hooked on the farmers market,” says Simmons.

If there are any teachers, school counselors or professionals aware of hungry kids who could benefit from this program, please contact Tracy Simmons, Emporia Farmers Market manager, at 343-6555 or email

Sunday, August 14, 2011

ESU International Student Day at the Emporia Farmers Market

Market Manager trying out new camera. Unfortunately, the battery was near its end. Perhaps more market movies to come in the future.

We had a wonderful Saturday market on August 13 with many new visitors. Chris Cakes served approximately 170 people in a fundraiser for the HALO Hispanic American Leadership Organization. 

They will be using the proceeds to fund "The Hispanic Heritage Month Extravaganza 2011 Series," which will take place on Sunday, September 18th, 2011 through Saturday, October 15th, 2011.

Emporia Farmers Market Reminder for Area Seniors

Seniors, don’t forget that your Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers must be redeemed by October 15. SFMNP vouchers may be used to purchase local, fresh produce at farmers markets, roadside stands, and community support agriculture (CSA) programs. EFM vendors who are certified to accept SFMNP checks will display a poster at their stall stating “Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Checks Accepted Here.”

Markets will take place in the parking lot at 7th & Merchant every Wednesday, starting at 5pm, and every Saturday, starting at 8am, through the months of September and October.

An up-to-date calendar for the market events can be found online at

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Murphy's Menu Salsa Cook-Off Winners

Last Wednesday was the infamous Murphy’s Menu Salsa Cook-off, and the people did not disappoint. Neither did the heat, but that’s OK. It’s summer.
There were four hot salsas and eight “not hot” salsas. We had great voter turnout: an estimated 90 people from 5 to 6 p.m. came by to try out all kinds of salsas. The two winners were given a great reusable shopping bag with chips, choppers, limes, garlic and all kinds of other helpful food gifts from Nancy Garcia at Country Mart North. There were fresh and canned salsas. Salsa with beans and salsas with mangoes. All in all, it was a nice mix and very challenging choice for the tasters.
 As published in the Emporia Gazette, August 10, 2011.

Finish reading the story by clicking here!

A Musical Month of August at EFM

The Emporia Farmers Market is pleased to announce that it will be a very musical month. Shop for veggies and enjoy the songs of area talent that is scheduled for every Saturday market throughout the month of August.

Guest Musicians include:
August 13 - Joe Foster
August 20 - Savanna Chestnut
August 27 - Bill Ihling and Jane McCoy

An ongoing calendar of market events can be found at Questions? Contact market manager, Tracy Simmons, at or 620-343-6555.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Love at First Bite

Over 5 million mouths are fed every week by our nation's farmers' markets, representing over $1.2 billion annually in direct-to-consumer sales.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Pancake Feed to Welcome ESU International Students at Emporia Farmers Market

Saturday, August 13, starting at 8am, the Emporia Farmers Market will be hosting the new international students who have come to study at Emporia State University in 2011-2012. Everyone is invited to shop the market, have pancakes for breakfast and help us welcome these new members of our community. The market will also feature live music by Joe Foster.

The pancake feed is a fundraiser of the ESU HALO Hispanic American Leadership Organization. They will be using this opportunity to welcome international students and  fund "The Hispanic Heritage Month Extravaganza 2011 Series," which will take place on Sunday, September 18th, 2011 through Saturday, October 15th, 2011.
For more information about the Hispanic Heritage Month series contact:
Manny Requenes
Student Assistant for the Director of Multicultural Affairs
President, Collegiate Chapter of the National Association for Music Education (CMENC)
Vice President of Programming, Hispanic American Leadership Organization (HALO)
620-341-5481 Office
620-341-5882 Fax

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Emporia Farmers Market at the Lyon County Free Fair

On Monday, August 1, eight vendors had booths at the Lyon County Free Fair for an extra opportunity for shoppers to get fresh and local in Emporia.

We hope we met some new friends and always welcome shoppers at our regular Wednesday markets (starting at 5pm) and Saturday markets (starting at 8am in the parking lot at 7th & Merchant.

EFM Vendor, Jase Hubert, sold out of tomatoes and cucumbers early.

Bradley Phillips had a popular table full of the sweetest cantaloupe and melons.

EFM Vendors at the Fairgrounds.

It's not a farmers market without sweet corn!

Vendor, Drew Kuchera, brings his product to market.

Bob Karr had peaches, as well as honey, jams, and apple wood  and chips.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

August Events at the Emporia Farmers Market

Celebrate National Farmers Market Week with the Emporia Farmers Market

Take a look at the food on your table. Do you know where it comes from? Can you picture the place where it grew? Do you know the gardener who planted it, watered it, watched it grow with tender loving care and then finally picked it when it was just perfect for eating?

The Emporia Farmers Market would like to invite you to celebrate National Farmers Market Week, August 7-13, with us. Shop the market and add some local produce to your table. Get to know your farmer; get to know your food.

Special Events at the Farmers Market in August include;

Monday, August 1, 5pm
A bonus market will take place at the Lyon County Fair. This extra opportunity to shop the market will take place at the north end of the fairgrounds.

Wednesday, August 3
Murphy’s Menu: Salsa, Hot & Not Cook-Off. For information Call 342-4800 or e-mail

Saturday, August 6
Breakfast Burrito Fundraiser by the Friends of The Emporia Farmers Market

Saturday, August 13
ESU International Student Day at the Market and live musical entertainment by Joe Foster. Watch for updates about this event!

An up-to-date calendar for the Emporia Farmers Market can be found online at

The Emporia Farmers Market is a local, producer-only market -- all products are grown, baked or crafted by the market vendor. Please contact Market Manager, Tracy Simmons, at (620) 343-6555 or for any questions you have about the market. Visit our website and sign up for our free e-newsletter at

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Harvest Preservation: Canning, Freezing, Dehydrating and Storage for Beginners

Community Connections is offering several fun and interesting classes this summer. Be sure to check out the Harvest Preservation: Canning, Freezing, Dehydrating and Storage for Beginners course, taught by former market manager, Tracey Graham. This course is scheduled for Wednesday, August 17, from 5:30-7:30pm. A second course will be offered on Saturday for those who are more experienced and those who have completed the beginners course.
 To enroll, contact Amy at 341-1392 or enroll online at

Monday, July 18, 2011

USDA seeks ways to boost farm-to-school programs

From the Emporia Gazette, July 14, 2011

The popularity of farm-to-school programs that put locally grown food on cafeteria trays has exploded in recent years — so much so that the federal agency in charge of school lunches is giving them a new stamp of approval.
Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan said the programs have become so popular so fast that her agency doesn’t have solid figures on how many schools are serving their students vegetables, fruits and meat grown by local farmers.
“We know it’s just snowballing,” Merrigan said in an interview with The Associated Press before her appearance Tuesday at the School Nutrition Association convention in Nashville, Tenn.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture used the convention to release a new report on what works in farm-to-school programs, what doesn’t and what the agency can do to help them work better. The report was put together by a USDA team that traveled to 15 school districts across the country and comes as officials, including first lady Michelle Obama, are promoting the importance of healthier food for kids.
“First, it is about bringing fresh locally grown food into school cafeterias,” Merrigan said. “So there’s the yummy factor, the good nutrition factor. ... Number two, we believe it provides good market opportunities for local producers, particular those midsize farmers that are struggling to make a go of it. This is a real opportunity for them to increase the bottom line in their farming operations. So it’s about rural economic development.”

Locally, the Emporia USD 253 school district has started using fresh produce in its school lunches. Students at the end of the school year ate fresh lettuce produced locally.

Gary Janssen, a local producer who lives near Emporia, said more producers are needed to give schools as well as area restaurants fresh vegetables and fruits.

If a producer would like to contact Janssen, he can be reached at (620) 342-5058 or

USD 253 also received federal grant money to receive fresh fruits and vegetables.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Bratwurst and Hot Dogs at the Market! Support EHS Cheerleaders for this Fundraising Event

EHS Cheerleaders will have a bratwurst and hot dog fundraiser at the Wednesday, July 20 Emporia Farmers Market. They are raising funds to buy new uniforms. The market starts at 5:00PM.

EHS Cheerleaders will serve through the Farmers Market and Live in the Lot, which starts at 7:30, and features music by Floor is Lana and Glass Masks.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Annual Homegrown Celebration ~ July 16

Watermelon Contests for the Kids

KVOE's Summer Sizzlin' Jackpot

Live Music by Joe Foster

Breakfast (biscuits & gravy) by the Shady Shifters - Bike team raising funds to beat MS

The best produce Emporia has to offer from your neighbors, the vendors at Emporia Farmers Market.

Biscuits and Gravy at the Market

The Shady Shifters will be back at the market selling biscuits and gravy on Saturday, July 16, starting at AM. Please don't miss this opportunity to support a local team working toward a great cause.

Back row from L to R: Stacy Reeves, Veronica DeSelms, Jillian Strobel
Front L to R: Anne Strobel, Brenda Lee

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Kabobs at the Market and a Downhome Pre-Party Fruit Salad Cook-Off

Wednesday, July 13, sounds like a great day for kabobs at the Emporia Farmers Market. The Healthy Community Alliance will be serving up kabobs for supper to support a Hair Affair. Your donations go to provide free haircuts for school aged children giving them a great start for school in the fall! Kabob options will include beef ($3.50), chicken ($3.50) and Vegetarian ($3.00).

Also on Wednesday, Murphy’s Menu will be conducting their second cook-off of the season. Bring your pre-party fruit salad and recipe to the kiosk between 4:40 and 4:55 p.m. Questions about the cook-off? Call 342-4800 or email

A current calendar of market events can be found at

Monday, July 11, 2011

Harvest Preservation Course

Community Connections is offering several fun and interesting classes this summer. Be sure to check out the Harvest Preservation: Canning, Freezing, Dehydrating and Storage for Beginners course, taught by former market manager, Tracey Graham. This course is scheduled for Wednesday, August 17, from 5:30-7:30pm. A second course will be offered on Saturday for those who are more experienced and those who have completed the beginners course.
 To enroll, contact Amy at 341-1392 or enroll online at

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Murphy's Menu Cook-Off: Fruit Salads

Wednesday, July 13 - Fruit Salads
Everyone in the community is welcome to compete, but only one entry per person. 
For the July 13th Cook-Off competition, bring your fruit salad and recipe to the Farmers Market kiosk, Seventh Ave. and Merchant St. between 4:40 and 4:55 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. Regina Murphy will take your picture, get your name and number, and then at 5 p.m. with the opening bell, shoppers will taste and vote for their favorite entry. The winner will get a nice culinary goodie bag, courtesy of Nancy at Country Mart, for their effort and will be featured in the Emporia Gazette.
Questions? Call 342-4800 or e-mail

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Music by ESU Graduate, L.A. Fahy, at Saturday’s Market

Join Kansas musician and ESU graduate, L.A. Fahy, at the Emporia Farmers Market on Saturday, July 9th. Fahy is a passionate and diverse songwriter who began playing the piano at the age of 6 and began performing and writing for his first basement band at the age of 18. While attending Emporia State University, he performed and wrote for an alternative rock band called Zen Farmers.

Fahy now lives in Lawrence Kansas and enjoys performing his music for live audiences. He is a regular feature at the Lawrence Farmers Market and several other locations throughout the area.

Details about this and other upcoming events at the Emporia Farmers Market can be found online at

Monday, July 4, 2011

Have you voted?

Local Food and Local Farms

Sick Plant Clinic at Wednesday's Market

Heat, drought, insects, disease, and more heat are a substantial line-up for plant decline.  Just as we are getting into productive gardens or colorful flower displays, problems seem to hit like a brick.
Symptoms of insect damage, disease, or environmental stress can all look similar.  Determining the cause of the problem is the first obstacle to get a plant back in good health.
The Sick Plant Clinic, occurring at the Wednesday night Emporia Farmers' Market on July 6th  at 5:00 pm, is a place to bring your ailing plants for information on diagnoses and treatment.  I'll be there to answer your questions about plant decline, insect damage, yellowing leaves, stunted or distorted growth, or dieback.  If you are unsure what a plant is, bring it by for identification.
To participate, bring a representative sample which would include a portion of the plant showing the transition of healthy tissue to the problem tissue. For insect identification, bring the insect as well as the damage being caused.  If it is not feasible to bring in a sample, such as in the case of a tree trunk, pictures or detailed information will help.  There is no charge for this educational event.
Try to answer the following questions about your ailing plant before bringing it to the Sick Plant Clinic.  This information will help identify the problem.

  1. Kind of plant- Variety
  2. How long has it been established in its present location?  I.e. Has it been recently transplanted?
  3. Exposure;   N - S - E - W- full sun or shade?
  4. What is the nature of the soil?  Tight clay?  Drainage?
  5. When did the problem first appear?  Has it happened before?
  6. Are any other plants in the vicinity similarly affected?
  7. What part of the plant was affected first?  Top or bottom?  Which side?
  8. Has there been any construction near the plant?    How recently?  Have underground utilities been installed or replaced near the plant recently?
  9. Is the soil around the plant subject to foot or vehicular traffic that could lead to compaction?  Is there pavement near the plant?
  10. Have there been any weed killers used nearby?  If so, what and when?  Has salt or other ice melting material been used nearby?
  11. What are the symptoms that have appeared?  How have they progressed?  Is there any pattern of development?
  12. What program of watering and fertilizing has been followed?
  13. Have there been any fungicides or insecticides used on the plant?  If so, what and when?
  14. Is there any evidence of mechanical damage to the plant (i.e. lawn mower/nylon cord trimmer)?
  15. Are there any suspicious insects present?  What do they look like?
  16. Try to bring as much of the plant as possible, and as fresh as possible.  
For more information on the Sick Plant Clinic, call the Extension office at 620-341-3220.