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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.

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 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