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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Emil Babinger Charitable Trust Funds a Third Season of Indoor Winter Markets

The Emporia Farmers Market is pleased to announce that funding for the 2012-13 season of Winter Markets has been received from the Emil Babinger Charitable Trust. Indoor winter markets began in 2010 with once per month markets and are now in a second successful season and take place twice each month.

The Babinger gift included $2,200 in matching funds for Vision Cardholders. Emporia is one of fourteen markets in the state of Kansas that accepts Food Assistance (SNAP) from Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services’ Vision Card. In 2011, EFM matched $1,500 in funds through a Babinger gift and in 2010, they matched $1,000. The matching funds were available starting with the first indoor winter market in January.

As well, a portion of the Babinger gift was earmarked for producer and public educational programs which the Emporia Farmers Market will coordinate to provide with local food partner, the Emporia Area Local Food Network.

The Emporia Farmers Market participates in and provides several shopper incentive programs each year in hope that all members of the community will begin building more healthful relationships with food, which will in turn help our community reduce the incidence of obesity and associated chronic conditions. As well, EFM board members believe a strong and vibrant farmers market is an enhancement to the community in terms of encouraging neighbors to spend their dollars close to home.

The Emporia Indoor Winter Farmers Market takes place on the first and third Saturdays through April. The indoor market is now located at the Emporia Humanitarian Center, also known as the former Lowther South School building at 215 W. 6th Avenue. Start time for Indoor Winter Markets is 10:00AM. As with regular season markets, it is recommended that you arrive early to get the best selection. The market has been remaining open through about 12:30.

Shoppers are asked to enter through the southeast door (the back side of the building next to Constitution Street). The building is handicap accessible. The familiar, red and white market signs will be posted to direct patrons to the entrance.

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Emporia Farmers Market brings the best of home grown, home baked and hand crafted, by local farmers, gardeners, and artisans to Lyon county and the surrounding area. Please contact Market Manager, Tracy Simmons, at (620) 343-6555 or emporiaFM@gmail.com if you would like information about becoming a vendor. There are also opportunities for area musicians, community non-profits interested in fundraising, and for those looking to volunteer and become a part of the local food movement. Visit our website and sign up for our free e-newsletter at www.emporiafarmersmarket.org.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Free Cookbooks and Vision Cardholder 2-for-1 at the Indoor Winter Farmers Market on Saturday


The next Indoor Winter Farmers Market will be held on Saturday, January 21, starting at 10am. The market will take place 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. The familiar, red and white farmers market signs will be posted to direct patrons to the new location.

Stop and visit with Girl Scout Troop 30050 while you are at the market. The girls have just completed their Sow What? Journey and have created the Kansas Grown Cookbook which they will be giving away at the market. The four members of the troop have spent the last year learning about the food network and decided to put together a cookbook featuring recipes that utilized at least one locally grown ingredient.

The Emporia Farmers Market is also matching funds for Vision Cardholders again. Emporia is one of fourteen markets in the state of Kansas that accepts Food Assistance (SNAP) from Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services’ Vision Card. If you are a state of Kansas Vision cardholder and are unfamiliar with our program, please see an EFM volunteer for details.

Indoor Winter Farmers Markets and the SNAP benefits matching program is made possible by a grant from the Emil Babinger Charitable Trust. Markets take place on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays through the winter months. More information about the farmers market and a complete calendar of events can be found online at www.emporiafarmersmarket.org.
 

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Soup and Music at Saturday’s Indoor Winter Farmers Market

The next Indoor Winter Farmers Market will be held on Saturday, January 7, starting at 10am. The market will take place 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. The familiar, red and white farmers market signs will be posted to direct patrons to the new location.

Music will be provided at Saturday’s market by Jane McCoy and Bill Ihling. Jane and Bill are two Emporia-based musicians who combine their talents for an eclectic mix of songs from several diverse genres: old and new country to 60s pop to classic “Americana” and contemporary. Their voices combine to produce a lovely and distinctive harmony, while Jane’s cello adds a whole new dimension to the typical “acoustic guitar duo” sound.

Also, Friends of the Emporia Farmers Market will be serving up hot, homemade soup on Saturday for a fundraiser to support the market’s 30th year. Varieties will include Vegetarian Tortilla Soup, Broccoli/Potato/Cheese Soup, and Southwestern Pork Stew.

Indoor Winter Farmers Markets are made possible by a grant from the Emil Babinger Charitable Trust. They take place on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays through the winter months. Watch for upcoming news and events related to this celebratory year in Emporia. To subscribe to the market’s free e-newsletter, email a request to emporiaFM@gmail.com.

More information about the farmers market and a complete calendar of events can be found online at www.emporiafarmersmarket.org.



USDA: More farmers markets expanding to winter operation

    The number of farmers markets operating in the winter increased 38 percent since 2010, Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced today. “Consumers are looking for more ways to buy locally grown food throughout the year,” said Merrigan. 
    “Through winter markets, American farmers are able to meet this need and bring in additional income to support their families and businesses.” The expanded use of hoop house technology has enabled smaller growers in colder climates to extend their production seasons at low cost, she added. 
    Markets open at least once between November and March are considered winter markets. According to the National Farmers Market Directory, the number of winter markets increased from 886 in 2010 to 1,225 in 2011.
The Emporia Farmers Market is one of those that now has a winter market! Don't miss the next one on January 7, starting at 10am at the Emporia Humanitarian Center (former Lowther South School), 215 W. 6th Ave.