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Monday, July 29, 2013

Breakfast Burritos at the Emporia Farmers Market on Saturday and Live Music by Savanna Chestnut

Friends of the Emporia Farmers Market, sponsored by Country Mart North, will be holding one more breakfast burrito fundraiser at the market on Saturday, August 3, starting at 8:00 AM. Cost of a vegetarian burrito is $4; bacon or sausage is $4.50. All burritos are made with fresh and local ingredients: locally raised Berkshire Pork (bacon or sausage); potatoes, onions, peppers (both sweet and spicy) from EFM vendors; Mama Lupe Tortillas made in Moundridge, KS; and Alma Cheese from Alma, KS. Vegetarian burritos include black beans seasoned with in-season market ingredients.

New to this twice-yearly fundraiser is the option to pre-order and pay for burrito orders online. Orders can be placed from the market website until Thursday, August 1, 5:00PM. Burritos will need to be picked up at the market on August 3 between the hours of 8AM and 9:15AM. 

Shoppers will also be able to purchase burritos at the market, as usual.

Music for Saturday's market will be provided by Americus singer and songwriter, Savanna Chestnut.

For more information, contact Tracy Simmons, EFM Manager, at 620-343-6555 or email

Monday, July 8, 2013

Watermelon Games and Contests at Saturday’s Homegrown Celebration

ESB Financial hosts the market’s 10th annual Homegrown Celebration with watermelon games for the kids and more! Registration for games starts at 8:00 AM: watermelon rolling for kids 5 and under, watermelon eating for kids ages 6-9, and seed spitting for distance for kids ages 10-13. Participants will receive a Kasasa cape and prizes for the winners.

Artists of all ages are invited to bring a carved or decorated watermelon. Entries must be checked in at the kiosk by 7:55AM. The winner will receive a prize from the Emporia Arts Council and a People’s Choice Award will receive an Emporia Chamber gift certificate.

The Arts Council will be on hand at the event with watermelon themed crafts for the kids. Live music for will be provided by Savanna Chestnut.

The Emporia Farmers Market and the Annual Homegrown Celebration takes place in the parking lot at 7th and Merchant in Downtown Emporia.

Wednesday Market Hosted by Friendly Visitors Program

There is a new program for seniors in Emporia. The public is invited to Wednesday’s Farmers Market, starting at 5:00 PM, to visit with and learn about The Friendly Visitors Program from Catholic Charities.

Friendly Visitors helps area seniors maintain their independence. Volunteers are paired depending on level of services needed and time available to the volunteer. The three levels of service of the Friendly Visitors program includes a daily phone call, a weekly social call, or a weekly social visit. Director, Marilyn Thomas, will be on hand at the market to answer questions about this program.


To be eligible for Friendly Visitors services, one need only live in Lyon County or another service area and be age 60 or older. Prospective participants or family members can call this toll free number at 1-888-737-1137 and ask for Marilyn Thomas. 

Thursday, July 4, 2013

St. Francis Community Services hosts Emporia Farmers Market

Saturday's market, opening at 8:00AM on July 6, will be hosted by St. Francis Community Services, a community-based service provider that has been a voice of hope for children and families since 1945. 

Services focus on adoption, child welfare, foster care parenting and more. 

Market shoppers are invited to visit with Missy Floyd at the market kiosk on Saturday, to learn more about St. Francis services in our community.

St. Francis Website

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Food Preservation Workshop

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July 18th, 2013
July 19th, 2013
9am - 4pm

Learn the proper food preservation techniques for pressure and water bath canning, as well as tips for dehydrating foods. In this class you will get hands-on experience making salsa, jelly and canning the vegetable of the day.

This is a hands-on workshop. The class will be taught by Karen Blakeslee, Food Scientist from KSU. The fee is $25.00. Reservations are required, a minimum of 10 people, maximum of 20, RSVP due by July 6 to K-State Research and Extension Lyon County Office at 341-3220. Class must be paid for when reservation is made. July 19th will only be offered if the July 18th class fills. Class will be held at the Flint Hills Technical College, 3301 W. 18th Ave. in Emporia.

Lunch will be provided.

Check out all the courses offered through Community Connections by visiting their website at or look for a course catalog at the market or any area business