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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Recycled Denim Never Looked Better

As well as providing fresh and local produce and fantastic baked goods, the Emporia Farmers Market is a place to look for unique, handmade gift items.

Julia Langley and Jeanette Ast are new vendors at the market this season who turn recycled overalls into fashionable aprons and tote bags. Be sure and stop to take a look. The results are adorable.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Pasta Palooza for Dirty Kanza Ticket Deadline Extended

Community members who would like to attend the Emporia Farmers Market Pasta Palooza for Dirty Kanza riders, the deadline for ordering tickets has been extended to Wednesday, May 25, 2011. Please order online or download an order form and mail payment to the EFM business office.

The Pasta Palooza takes place on Friday, June 3, from 5:30-8:30pm at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 828 Commercial.

The Dirty Kanza ride takes place Saturday, June 4.
More on the Dirty Kanza:

Trading Cards can be purchased at the following locations in Emporia: Caribbean Sun, Monarch Tattoo, King Liquor, Granada Coffee, Granada Theater, Sweet Granada, Mark II Lumber, Bruff's, Flint Hills Music, Wheat State Pizza, Emporia Main Street, Amanda's, Water's True Value, Chester Press, Town Crier, Sutherlands, Liquor Locker, Black Hearts, Thompson DDS, Bobby D's, Punkin Doodles, Studio 11, The Henrikson Team, High Gear.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Shop for Groceries on Saturdays at the Farmers Market

The farmers market started with a bang on May 7th with a record number of 20 vendors for the first market of the season and near-record sales. There was a wide variety of product; everything from several varieties of lettuce, radishes, broccoli, asparagus and rhubarb to homemade soaps and lotions, cute aprons and bags from recycled materials, and bird and bat houses. Shoppers can count on vendors being in the parking lot in the 700 block of Merchant Street every Saturday from now until the end of October.

Families who received market bucks from the Flint Hills Community Health Center at our Winter Indoor Markets, please remember to return to the market in the parking lot to spend any remaining bucks you may have.

Our 2-for-1 market token program for state of Kansas Vision cardholders continues through the season until we have given away all available matching funds. Take advantage of this time to double your grocery shopping dollars. This electronic benefits enhancement is brought to you via a generous gift from the Emil Babinger Charitable Trust.

The farmers market is currently looking for non-profit groups to hold hot food fundraisers at the market. Volunteers to run the market kiosk are always welcome, as are new vendors. Please contact market manager, Tracy Simmons, at or 620-343-6555

Up to date information on the activities of the Emporia Farmers Market, as well as guidelines for vendors can be found at

Monday, May 16, 2011

Market Website Updated

There are several updates to the EFM website:


Thursday, May 12, 2011

An Invitation to Dine with Dirty Kanza Riders

Friends of the Emporia Farmers Market will be cooking up a great batch of spaghetti to feed riders of the Dirty Kanza 200 the evening before the big adventure in the Flint Hills. Community members are invited to come dine with, meet and greet the riders.

Pre-sale tickets for the spaghetti meal are $8 for adults and $4 for children age 10 and under. The meal will include the market’s homemade pasta sauce, salad, and garlic bread generously donated by Subway. Desserts by farmers market vendors will be available for an additional dollar. Order your tickets online at or stop by the market kiosk any Saturday. Tickets may also be purchased on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8am – noon, at the EFM business office at 702 Commercial, Suite B-3.

All proceeds from this Pasta Palooza fundraiser event benefit the operations of the Emporia Farmers Market.
The Emporia Farmers Market is a producer-only market that has been serving Emporia, Kansas and the surrounding area since 1982. All goods sold at the market are grown, crafted or baked by the vendor. The market is a project of The Learning Connection of the Flint Hills, a 501(c)(3) organization. More information can be found at

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Flint Hills Sustainability Fair Went Well!

Note from the Sustainable Living Center @ Flint Hills Technical College

We laid some great groundwork this year with our first fair. Sending a big thank you to KVOE, the Farmers Market, the Arts Council, and to all of our vendors, presenters & volunteers for making this a successful event. Thanks, also, to Nikki Gartner of Energy Innovators for all of the work you put into making this happen!
Plans are already underway for next year. If you'd like more information about how to get involved please contact or call 620-341-1392.


Ten EFM vendors attended the Sustainability Fair on Saturday, April 30. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Farmers Market opened Saturday

by Brandy Nance, Gazette reporter
Saturday’s Farmers Market offered market-goers everything from fresh spring vegetables to items from the Sleepy Hollow General Store.
Debra and David Arb, who produce Sleepy Hollow Natural Skin Care products, were at the market Saturday with a general store built of old barn wood.
Arb said she has been at the market since this past September. She was at the market with soap, lip balm and other skin products. She uses all-natural ingredients and makes everything herself. She said she started with soaps five to six years ago and then got into creams this past July. Arb has more than 30 different herbs on her shelves.
“I’ve always loved anything natural,” she said. “Herbs are an important thing in our lives. I’ve always been interested in flowers and botanicals.”
Arb said she plans on being at the market all summer with her products.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

In Today's Emporia Gazette -- Online Chat with Market Manager, Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons, Manager of the Emporia Farmers Market chatted with online readers. Here is the transcript of the chat. The Farmers Market opens this Saturday.
How long has the Emporia Farmers Market been operating, and how many vendors will you have this year?
The Emporia Farmers Market began in 1982 with about a dozen vendors participating that first season. We have been at our current location on Merchant Street, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues since 1986. As a newcomer to Emporia, I’m still learning about the history of the market myself. It has been fun reviewing the archives as I have time and learning from vendors, several of whom have been involved since the beginning. In 2010 we had a total of 66 vendors, but the average number of vendors per market was 19 with a record for the season of 25 vendors at a single market. While we have several vendors who participate all year long, we also have seasonal vendors who come only when their specialty product (such as corn, melons, or berries) is in season. I expect to see similar, or slightly higher, vendor participation in 2011. New vendors learn that a consistent presence at the market is important to establish loyal customers. I have several vendors who, if they miss a single market, our volunteers hear about it at the kiosk. They want to know if everything is okay, why are they gone and then to let them know that they were missed.

SFMNP Checks Available

The Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (KS SFMNP) is providing low-income seniors with $30 of cash benefits for use during the 2011 harvest season.

These vouchers are now available in Emporia. To make an appointment to apply for and receive your vouchers, contact Terry Wilson at Lyon county ECKAN. Phone 620-342-4607.

SFMNP vouchers may be used to purchase local, fresh produce at farmers markets, roadside stands and community supported agriculture (CSA) programs. They must be redeemed between May 1 and October 15.

Emporia Farmers Market 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."

Monday, May 2, 2011

Emporia Farmers Market Returns to the Parking Lot at 7th and Merchant

The Saturday we’ve been waiting for is here! The Emporia Farmers Market will be back in the parking lot at 7th and Merchant on Saturday, May 7. Market opens at 8 a.m. Please join us for burritos for breakfast ($4 vegetarian; $4.50 bacon or sausage). This fundraiser supports the operations of Emporia Farmers Market.

We will have entertainment by local musicians and will be announcing the results of the Emporia Farmers Market poster contest by kids who participated in Emporia’s RecXtra After-School programs. Logan Avenue 4-H Club Veggie Valets will be back, as well, ready to help you carry your veggies and make your shopping easier. Just look for the kids in the bright blue shirts.

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