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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.