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Monday, December 31, 2012

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Selling at the Farmers Market

The Emporia Farmers Market has wrapped up our 30th season with another record-breaking sales year! Have you considered becoming a part of our growing market? The Emporia Farmers Market accepts new vendors year round and is looking forward to planning our 2013 season.

Market manager, Tracy Simmons, will cover the ins and outs of selling at a farmers market on January 29, 2013, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. This class, offered through the FHTC Community Connections course catalog, will provide information on state and local regulations for selling at market, creating a niche as a market vendor and tips and strategies for successful vending. As well, you will learn a bit about Emporia Farmers Market history, operations and guidelines for selling. Open to anyone interested in vending at a farmers market; only the later portion of the class will deal with Emporia Farmers Market specifics.

If you think you might like to sell at the farmers market, sign up for this presentation. It will be good for those who already know their product, as well as those just imagining the possibilities. The class is sponsored in part by the Emil Babinger Charitable Trust. Participants will have the option of applying the cost of attendance ($5) to the 2013 market EFM vendor fee.

 Click this link to sign up for the class.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Handmade Jewelry at the Market

Jewelry by Siara Chestnut to be at Saturday's market. We have original jewelry by a number of local artists to suit a variety of tastes.

Fresh Evergreen Arrangements and Holiday Centerpieces

These will go quickly, so arrive early for the best selection. Ruth Wise will have holiday centerpieces at the market on Saturday.

Fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy Victims

Fifth graders from William Allen White School are going to be vendors at the market on Saturday, December 15, All the money they raise will go to help Hurricane Sandy victims. They are bringing home made cookies, candies, bread, and selling hot chocolate. They have a $500 goal and are almost half way there. 

Fleece Blankets at the December 15 Indoor Winter Market & Holiday Bazaar

 Need a little warmth in your holiday? It certainly feels like fleece weather! Carol's Cuddlies will be for sale at the Indoor Winter Market & Holiday Bazaar this Saturday, December 15, starting at 10 AM.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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 Tuesday, December 4, 2012 and the community is invited. Doors will open at 11 AM and soup will be served until 7 PM 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: Creamy Tomato, Sausage Potato, Southwest Vegetarian Tortilla, and Turkey Noodle. Cost of a bowl of soup for dining in cost $3. Take home pints will be available for $6. 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 operations of the Emporia Farmers Market.

More information about the farmers market and a complete calendar of events can be found online at Indoor winter markets are currently being held on the first and third Saturdays of each month at the Emporia Humanitarian Center, 215 W. 6th Avenue. Winter Markets open at 10am.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Joining the Market in December ~ Mark Lee, Mixed Media Sculptor

Mark Lee is a mixed media sculptor inspired by Mother Nature. View and purchase his artwork at the December Indoor Winter Markets, starting Saturday, December 1, from 10 to 12:30.

Holiday Ornaments at the Indoor Winter Market

Ornaments by Jessie Stallings of Interdependent Web.

Ornaments by Jessie Stallings of Interdependent Web.

Ornaments by Jessie Stallings of Interdependent Web.

Yard Ornaments and More at the December Indoor Winter Market & Holiday Bazaar

Year-round vendor, Delmer Hinrichs, paints these cheerful critters in his spare time when it's too cold to be in the garden. They'd look awfully cute beneath the tree, waiting to take their place in the yard of a family member or friend.

Needles 'n Hooks ~ Coming to December Indoor Winter Markets

Needles n' Hooks sells hand crocheted and hand knitted items for adults and children. Among their products at the markets on December 1 and December 15 will be rugs, doilies and afghans for the home. They will have baby booties, bibs, washcloths and infant garments. For the adults they will have scarves, cowls, vests, gloves and mittens. In keeping with the season, they will have Christmas decorations available for sale, as well.

Needls 'n Hooks Website

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Some say it's not a holiday until you have Pfefferneuse.

Naomi Brenzikofer of the County Flower Shed, often tucks pepper nuts this time of year between her fresh farm eggs and produce at Indoor Winter Farmers Markets.

Also known as Pepper Nuts, these small round cookies are a German holiday tradition. Naomi flavors her Pepper Nuts with anise and cinnamon for a crunchy treat that goes good with coffee, tea, egg nog... or just about anything!

Original Artwork by Jessie Stallings

Resident artist, Jessie Stallings, of Interdependent Web brings a variety of originals to the market. From pendants and jewelry to candles and tie-dye socks, Jessie will also have ornaments at the Indoor Winter Market & Holiday Bazaar -- December 1 and December 15.

Jams & Jellies Make a Great Holiday Hostess Gift

Buffalo Hollow Farm has a wide selection of jams and jellies, with low sugar options available, as well.

Mators 'n Tators Vendor, Wanda Myer, sells Fresh French Bread.

Spread some jelly on a slice of fresh, homemade bread -- Yum! You can buy both at the Indoor Winter Market & Holiday Bazaar on December 1 and 15. Several vendors offer a wide selection of jams and jellies made with a variety of fruits. There are low sugar options available, as well. Try some apple, peach, sand plum, jalapeno pepper jelly, and more. There's something for every taste!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Sleepy Hollow Natural Skin Care at December Indoor Winter Markets

Looking for a gift for that person that has everything? Sleepy Hollow sells skin care products made from all-natural ingredients. Made in Emporia, these soaps utilize skin-nourishing ingredients -- herbs, botanicals and moisturizing oils. A variety of recipes will help you find something to appeal to anyone. Also no scent products for those with sensitive skin.

Morning Cup of Joe

Brom Bone's Old Spice Soap

Katrina's Herbal Complexion Bar

Pumpkin & Spice Soap

Green Clay & Sea Salt Soap

Evergreen Forest Soap

Quilts and Bags at December Indoor Winter Markets

Janet Brassart and Ruth Wise are year-long market vendors with extra special fare for the holidays. Check out their hand stitched quilts (baby quilts and full-sized) for an original gift for the holidays that will leave the recipient feeling warm and comfy. View their original bags, table runners, and Christmas stockings, as well.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Holiday Gifts and Originals by Area Artists Available at the Emporia Farmers Indoor Winter Market and Holiday Bazaar

The December 1 and December 15 Indoor Winter Markets will feature a few extra local artists and crafters for your holiday shopping pleasure, as well as many of our regular year-round vendors providing winter produce and baked goods. For a complete list of participants in the December Emporia Farmers Market & Holiday Bazaar, please see the market website at:

The market begins at 10 AM on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month through April 2013. It is located in the Emporia Humanitarian Center (former Lowther South School) at 215 W. 6th Avenue. Please enter through the southeast door. The building is handicap accessible.

A complete calendar of events can be found at

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Third Season of Indoor Winter Markets Underway Thanks to Grant from Emil Babinger Charitable Trust

Third Season of Indoor Winter Markets Underway Thanks to Grant from Emil Babinger Charitable Trust

For increasing winter access to fresh and local produce, the Emporia Farmers Market is pleased to enter a third season of year round markets thanks to continued funding from the Emil Babinger Charitable Trust. The market takes place indoors at the Emporia Humanitarian Center, 215 W. 6th Avenue. Entrance through the southeast door begins at 10:00am on the first and third Saturday of each month, November through April.

The November 17 market features music by Bill Ihling and Jane McCoy.
These Emporia-based musicians combine their talents for an eclectic mix of songs from old and new country to classic “Americana.” A sampling of the produce and products you should find for sale: kettle corn, apples, homemade candies, root vegetables, winter squash, high tunnel greens, fresh farm eggs, baked goods, handmade soaps and lotions, jewelry, quilts, and holiday crafts. Many Emporia Farmers Market regular season vendors are also at the winter market.

The market is currently looking for area artists and crafters to participate in December’s Indoor Winter Market and Holiday Bazaar, which will take place on Saturday, December 1 and December 15. Those interested in this special opportunity to sell with the Emporia Farmers Market should contact market manager, Tracy Simmons, at or 620-343-6555. Forms to sign up will also be available at the November 17 market. Deadline to sign up is November 23, 2012.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Special opportunity for area crafters and local artists

Indoor Winter Farmers Market & Holiday Bazaar
December 1 & 15

Special opportunity for area crafters and local artists. Click here for full details and enrollment form. 

Join the Emporia Farmers Market for the month of December only.

Pay: $10 vendor Fee (allows you to sell at both December markets) plus 20% commission
(based on total sales at each market).

Sell at the December 1 and December 15 markets to take place at the Emporia Humanitarian
Center, 215 W. 6th Avenue. Market open 10 AM to 12:30PM 

If you choose, you may go ahead and pay the regular $25 vendor fee in December and this will
allow you to sell at our December markets and at any of our markets in 2013.

For more details and to sign up, contact market manager, Tracy Simmons at

(Note: Follow-up to queries and participating artists/crafters should be expected after November 15.)

Deadline to sign up: November 23, 2012

Emporia Farmers Market Opens Third Season of Indoor Winter Markets

The Indoor Winter Farmers Market will open on November 3, 2012 at 10:00 AM in the Emporia Humanitarian Center, also known as the former Lowther South School building at 215 W. 6th Avenue. Shoppers are asked to enter through the southeast door (the back side of the building next to Constitution Street). The building is handicap accessible.

Indoor Winter Markets are made possible by a generous grant from the Emil Babinger Charitable Trust. They will take place on the first and third Saturdays of each month, November 2012 through April 2013. Hours will be 10:00 AM until 12:30 PM.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Murphy's Menu Halloween Treats Cook Off

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The final -- and spookiest -- cook-off of 2012: Halloween Treats!

Bring about 50 servings of your best homemade All Hallow's Eve Treats -- cookie, candy or bite-size -- to tantalize the ghouls and goblins at the Wednesday market. Items need to be at the kiosk between 4:40 and 4:55 PM. Voting begins at 5 PM.

The winner by popular vote will receive a culinary bag of treats from Reeble's CountryMart North and be featured in the following week's Emporia Gazette!

Questions, call 342-4800 ... if you DARE!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Congratulations to EFM Food Day Winners

Congratulations to the following winners of our 2012 Food Day drawings:

Margaret Davidson won a market t-shirt.

Marilyn Gooszen won a recipe book (courtesy of Emporia Area Local Food Network)

Mark Sherman won $10 in market money.

Vicki J. Loveland won $5 in market money.

Thanks to everyone who participated!

Thanks also the Logan Avenue 4-H Club Junior Leaders for organizing veggie games to celebrate Food Day at the market.

Junior Leaders from Logan Avenue 4-H Club organized a Veggie  Petting Zoo and Pumpkin Bowling for Food Day.

Knocking down high fructose corn syrup with good veggies! Kids bowl with pumpkins at the Emporia Farmers Market on Food Day 2012.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Emporia Farmers Market Food Day Challenge

The Emporia Farmers Market Food Day Challenge

Shop the market every Wednesday and Saturday in October and serve a direct market-to-table meal at least twice each week through the month of October.
Can you serve a meal using only products found at the Emporia Farmers Market? Send us photos and recipes! We'd love to share news of your results.

BONUS: From now until October 24, enter your name at the market kiosk each time you shop the Emporia Farmers Market. All you have to do is tell a kiosk volunteer that you are taking the Emporia Farmers Market Food Day Challenge. Add your name to the list each time you come to market for more chances to win. Prizes will include market t-shirts, market money, and more! Drawing will take place on October 24, 5:30 PM at the Market. Need not be present to win, but we'd sure love to see you there! 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Pumpkins are Coming to the Emporia Farmers Market

Shoppers can expect to see a big load of pumpkins at the Emporia Farmers Market on Saturday, September 29, starting at 8 AM. The Jirak Brothers Produce truck, well known for its watermelon and cantaloupe, will be loaded with fall pumpkins. The usual assortment includes pie pumpkins, as well as larger pumpkins suited for decorating. A wide variety of colors, shades and textures will be available.

Music at Saturday’s market will be providing by Bill Ihling, a market vendor, as well as EFM board member. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the melodies by the market’s favorite singing farmer.

For a complete calendar of events at the Emporia Farmers Market, visit the website, Markets continue to take place in the parking lot at 7th and Merchant every Wednesday starting at 5 PM and on Saturdays starting at 8 AM through the month of October.