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Friday, April 29, 2011

Listen to Radio Interview with Market Manager, Tracy Simmons, on KPOR 90.7FM

Listen as Tracy talks about the farmers market with Larry of KPOR, 90.7 FM. The piece will run on Saturday, April 30, at the following times.

12:14 a.m.
6:44 a.m.
12:14 p.m.
5:14 p.m.

Be sure to tune in!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

This Weekend in Emporia - April 30

Don't forget to stop by the Flint Hills Sustainability Fair on Saturday. The event will take place at the Flint Hills Technical College at 3301 W. 18th Ave., Emporia, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fair is a FREE community event designed to educate people about what it means to live sustainably. Enjoy presentations on wind energy, active solar systems and passive solar design, water conservation, energy efficient building, high tunnels/low tunnels, sustainable communities, recycling, garden design & composting, xeriscaping, local food initiatives, energy efficiency tips & natural lighting, green products, green teams and so much more.

The event will include tours of the high efficiency Jones Education Center, various speakers and presentations, hands on games and activities for children as well as adults, music and booths. As well, ten Farmers Market vendors will be there, starting at 9am, to give you a preview of what the market has to offer in 2011! Come take advantage of this opportunity -- one week early -- to start shopping the farmers market.

The Flint Hills Sustainability Fair is FREE to the public and there will be many family friendly activities for all to enjoy.


Also this weekend in Emporia:

Emporia Gardeners of America Plant Sale
Saturday, April 30, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Anderson Building, Lyon County Fairgrounds
hanging baskets
The 2011 Taste will be held on April 30th from 6:30-9:30 at the Civic Auditorium in Downtown Emporia. Click the above link for details.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Catch a Sneak Preview of the Farmers Market at the Flint Hills Sustainability Fair

Ten Emporia Farmers Market vendors will set up tables at the Flint Hills Sustainability Fair starting at 9am on Saturday, April 30. The fair will take place at the Flint Hills Technical College at 3301 W. 18th Ave., Emporia, from 9am to 4pm. Vendors will be selling spring greens, early veggies, and baked goods for most of the morning and several will remain throughout the day. Additional goods will include homemade soaps and lotions as well as bags and aprons from recycled materials. Come for a preview of the Emporia Farmers Market, which begins in the parking lot at 7th and Merchant on Saturday, May 7th, 8am.

The Flint Hills Sustainability Fair, hosted by the Sustainable Living Center and partners, is a community event designed to educate people about what it means to live sustainably. There will be information about local food systems, recycling, energy efficiency, alternative energy, sustainable arts and recreation activities. The event will include tours of the high efficiency Jones Education Center, high tunnel, speakers and presentations, hands on games and activities for children as well as adults, music and booths. The fair is FREE to the public.

Up to date information on the activities of the Emporia Farmers Market can be found

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Outlook for Apples --- Bee-utiful!

Visited with Mr. Bob Karr of the Karr Orchard yesterday and he says the outlook for apples this year is good. Many of the trees had already been in bloom and had dropped their petals when we visited, but there was one variety of apple tree that was still in bloom and the bees were certainly happy about it. Bob has about 800 trees north of Emporia including apples, peaches, cherry and plum. He is a regular feature at the Emporia Farmers Market whose goods include honey, beeswax and cider, as well as fruit from his trees and several varieties of berries. Expect to also see asparagus and rhubarb from Bob early in the season.

Tiny apples...
New asparagus beds.

Bob Karr talks with us about his orchard.

Farmers Market to Host Pasta Feed for Dirty Kanza 200 Racers - June 3, 2011

Purchase tickets here.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Become a friend of the market today!

You can now support your favorite farmers market by donating online.  See our website for details.

Your donations support the market's operating budget, enabling us to sustain a viable and successful market that is an asset to the Emporia community. The market is operated by The Learning Connection of the Flint Hills, a non profit corporation in the state of Kansas that has been designated as a federal 501(c)(3) organization by the IRS. As such, your donations are tax-deductible!

Donations up to $99 become Friends of the Market. Donations of $100 and up become Helpful Harvesters and can be listed in our weekly (in season) newsletters, as well as on our website.

All donors have voting rights at the Annual Meeting.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Officers Elected at April Board Meeting

Board members of the Emporia Farmers Market have elected officers for 2011. They are as follows:

Ruthann Resch - President
Amy Jordan - Vice President
Becky Smith - Secretary
Courtney Gagan - Treasurer

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Final Indoor Farmers Market of the Season this Saturday, April 9

The doors of 701 Commercial will be open this Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm for the final Indoor Market of the season. The farmers market has taken place monthly throughout the winter months thanks to a generous gift from the Emil Babinger Foundation. Saturday markets in the parking lot at 7th and Merchant will begin again in May.

The market will be giving away another $100 in market bucks to Lyon County families; $5 per family. First come; first served. Kids, bring your parents to shop at the market!

Musical entertainment will be provided by Savanna Chestnut starting at 10am. Later in the day we will also hear from our very own singing farmer, Bill Ihling of the co-dependents.

The Emporia Farmers Market began in 1982 and became a year-round market in 2010. Produce and products sold at EFM are grown, made or baked locally, by the vendors. No resale of purchased items is allowed. For information on shopping or becoming a vendor at EFM, please contact the market manager at (620) or visit our website at