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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.