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Monday, December 1, 2014

Vendor: Merry Magnets, by Mary Stead

Mary Stead makes magnetic bracelets, necklaces and earrings. Stop and talk to Mary about the benefits of magnetic energy, an earth nutrient.

From Mary's flier:
Magnetic Therapy has been known to:

  • increase blood circulation
  • maintain Ph balance of the body
  • increase hormone production
  • increase blood oxygen levels
  • increase nutrient levels in body organs
  • remove toxins & waste from the body
  • aid in healing bones & joints
Had been shown to help relieve the following conditions:
  • arthritic pain & inflammation
  • allergies
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • chronic fatigue
  • migrains & headaches
  • osteoporosis

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Midnight Madness Attendees ~ Thursday, December 11, 8pm -Midnight at 701 Commercial, Downtown Emporia

Emporia Farmers Market Vendors and Products Expected to Participate in the Midnight Madness event on Thursday, December 11, 2014. For one night only, the vendors will be at 701 Commercial (west side of street @ 7th & Commercial) from 8pm till midnight.

Vendor list updated: 12/8/2014

Sweethaven Fields
...hand-made gift bags, cup cozies, hand warmers, clothes pin clippers, journals, coffee mugs and other containers with hot chocolate mixes or other goodies. Also the usual pie bites, jellies and pear sauces...

Books by Emporia Writers
... Cheryl Unruh, Tracy Million Simmons, Kevin Rabas & Mike Graves ...


Photo Restoration & Recycled Bags - Audra Agin
also rubber band bracelets!


The Country Flower Shed - Harold & Naomi Brenzikofer
at December markets... romain lettuce, kale, spinach, jellies, radishes, and farm fresh eggs...

The Orchard - Bob Karr
... apples, honey, cider...

 Mandy Kern
...stained glass ornaments, terrarium ornaments, crocheted hats, reusable produce bags...

Kate Nave
...vintage earrings & necklaces...

Oatie Beef
...oat fed beef products...

Charlene Osman
...handpainted wool roving, jams & jellies...

How Sweet It Is - Linda Simmons trays, gift baskets, cookies of ALL KINDS, pies, cakes, breads, quick breads, cinnamon rolls, some sugar free, some gluten free, baklava, dinner rolls, pecan rolls, monkey bread, holiday candies...


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

EFM Holiday Bazaar 2014: Artist, Jessie Stallings

Jessie Stallings is a year-round market vendor and one of the artists whose work will be for sale at our Indoor Winter Markets. Jessie's work includes sock critters, glass jewelry and sculpture, holiday ornaments, and more.

If you would like to join the Emporia Farmers Market for the month of December (three market opportunities), please contact Tracy Simmons, Market Manager, 620-343-6555.

Vendor: Affordable Photo Repair by Audra Agin

Audra joined the Emporia Farmers Market in 2014. What a great idea for a special gift for a loved one. Bring the color back to a faded photo, add color, or sharpen and clean up an old photo in disrepair. Come to the market and see her samples. She does great work!

Homemade gift cards have been added to Audra's selection.

Recycled Tote Bags by Audra Agin

Emporia Farmers Market Opens Fifth Season of Indoor Winter Markets on Saturday

The Emporia Farmers Market vendors make the transition from the parking lot to the indoor location for winter markets this Saturday, November 1. Starting at 10:00am, the doors of the Emporia Humanitarian Center will open for the fifth season of Indoor Winter Markets. The winter season is made possible by a generous grant from the Emil Babinger Charitable Trust. Markets are located in the south end of the Emporia Humanitarian Center (former Lowther South school building) at 215 W. 6th Avenue, from 10am to noon.

The following items are expected for sale at Indoor Winter Markets: apples (9 varieties), apple cider, beef, eggs, herbs (fresh and dried), honey, jams & jellies, kale, mixed leaf lettuce, peppers (mild through hot), radishes, baby romaine, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, watermelon (small black diamond). Baked goods vendors will have a variety of breads, including herbed, whole wheat and sweet breads, as well as cinnamon rolls, cookies, homemade pies, angel food cakes and more.

Indoor Winter Markets also feature a variety of artisan crafts and artwork. Handmade quilts, bags and purses, rag rugs, sock critters, handmade jewelry (original and repurposed) are a few of the items that can be expected. November and December markets will feature holiday decorations for sale, as well as gifts. Homemade lotions, soaps, and lip balms are also expected.

Artists who are interested in joining the Emporia Farmers Market for the month of December (three market opportunities) should contact Tracy Simmons, Market Manager, at 620-343-6555.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Vote! And let the Friends of the Emporia Farmers Market take care of the cooking on Election Day!

Emporia Farmers Market Vendors (and former market musician) in the News

Two Emporia Farmers Market vendors were recently featured in the Emporia Gazette.

Apples Ready for Picking...
Bob Karr considers himself to be a "nurturer" and he has been nurturing The Orchard, 1120 N. U.S. Highway 99, for over 20 years.
What started with a few apple trees in his yard has grown into something much bigger. 
Karr was a school teacher and cross-country coach when he and his family moved to Lyon County. On his property were two old, neglected apple trees that he began to care for. With a lot of pruning and attention he soon had more apples from those two trees than he could use, so he began to share them with others.
"I would take them to the faculty lounge and people would say 'these are good,'" Karr said. "Then people would ask if I could bring them in half a bushel or five pounds."
Image Linked from Emporia Gazette.

Pumpkins, hay bales to climb on and corn mazes have been entertaining children and adults alike at Roga Pumpkin Patch for years. Roga Pumpkin Patch, owned and operated by Gail and Ron Nurnberg, has served as an annual fall outing for families for 18 years.
"We have girls that came to visit us to get pumpkins as children that now come back to get pumpkins for their weddings," Gail Nurnberg said. "It is special."
Over the years, the pumpkin patch has grown tremendously. Pumpkins of over 25 different varieties fill 10 acres. Pumpkins big and small dot the patch in various shades. The Nurnberg's usually add a new type of pumpkin each year. Decorative pumpkins in shades of white, green, grey and yellow have become more popular over the years.

And for those who have wondered where Savanna Chestnut has been... Singer Living her Dream in Nashville... Remember, you can say you met her at the market!
Courtesy Image Linked from Emporia Gazette.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

10 Reasons to Keep Shopping the Emporia Farmers Market in October

The season is changing, but vendors of the Emporia Farmers Market continue to gather in the parking lot at 7th and Merchant every Saturday at 8:00am and Wednesday at 5:00pm through the end of October. It’s fall harvest time! Don’t miss out.

As we count down the remaining markets in the parking lot, we thought we’d count down some of the many reasons to be shopping at the Emporia Farmers Market in October.

10) Apples, apples, apples. At last count, there were 9 varieties of apples at the Emporia Farmers Market. From sweet to tart, firm to soft, there is an apple for every taste. Don’t forget the apple cider and apple butter, as well.

9) Fresh baked bread, just like grandma used to make. Market baked goods vendors specialize in a variety of types of fresh baked breads. Purchasing from market is the next best thing to baking your own!

8) Sweet potatoes, oh my! All sizes of sweet potatoes (and several varieties) are at the market right now. They store well in a cool, dry, well-ventilated place, so go ahead and buy enough to get you through Thanksgiving!

7) Okra… a seasonal veggie that doesn’t stick around for long. Okra is at the market right now, and you can still buy tomatoes, as well. (Okra and tomatoes together make great fall meals).

6) Homemade pie… just take one home and pop it in your own oven. The family won’t care that you didn’t actually make it yourself. It’s pie!

5) The return of leafy greens… cooler temps mean a variety of lettuces and other greens will be returning to the market. Hardier than their store-bought counterparts, they store well for salads and sandwich fixings all week long!

4) Turnips, green onions, eggplant… yum, yum!

3) Handcrafted jewelry and original artwork by locals. If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind gift, the market is just the place to shop.

2) Peppers! All shapes and sizes, from hot-hot to sweet and mild. Vendors continue to bring a wide variety of peppers to the market this time of year.

1) It is the season of SQUASH – have you tried them all? Spaghetti, butternut, cushaw, acorn, zucchini, yellow crookneck (there is even a wide variety of yellow squash options) and more. Squash are an underserved vegetable in many households. Pull out your cookbook and experiment a bit. From baked goods to soup, from sweet to savory, squash is an excellent addition to the fall meal plan.

Ongoing news and events for the Emporia Farmers Market can be found at Follow the market on Facebook, and sign up for the free e-newsletter and weekly market reminders.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Celebrating Worldwide Spin in Public Day at the Emporia Farmers Market

Saturday, September 20, 2014: All spinners and fiber enthusiasts are invited to bring their spinning wheels to celebrate World Wide Spin in Public Day at the Emporia Farmers Market. Shoppers are invited to watch the demonstrations and maybe try a hand at spinning yarn. Lee Muller of Americus will provide the music for the morning.

The Emporia Farmers Market takes place every Wednesday at 5pm and every Saturday at 8am in the parking lot at 7th & Merchant in downtown Emporia. To keep current on market events and schedules, visit Sign up for the market’s free e-newsletter, and for free weekly reminders to be sent directly to your email inbox.

2013: Shoppers at the Emporia Farmers Market view a spinning demonstration by Evie Simmons.


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Breakfast Burritos at the Emporia Farmers Market - September 13

Plan for breakfast at the Emporia Farmers Market on Saturday, September 13, starting at 8:00 am. Friends of the Market will be serving Burritos for breakfast. Sausage or bacon burritos for $4.50 and vegetarian burritos for $4.00. Get yours early while supplies last!

There is an abundance of produce at the farmers market this time of year and shoppers are encouraged to keep the market on their calendars, twice weekly, through the end of October. A sampling of current market goods includes winter squash varieties, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, apples (many varieties), okra, watermelon, cantaloupe and more. Non-edibles at the market include handmade soaps and lotions, arts and crafts, handmade jewelry and ornamental yard art.

The Emporia Farmers Market takes place every Wednesday from 5-6:30pm and every Saturday at 8-10am in the parking lot at 7th & Merchant, downtown Emporia. More about shopping and selling at the market can be found at

Monday, August 11, 2014

Murphy's Menu Pie Cook-Off - Wednesday, August 20

Bake us a pie for the market on Wednesday, August 20. Murphy’s Menu returns to the market with a fruit pie cook-off. Make us your best and bring it to the market kiosk prior to the 5pm start time. Shoppers will have the opportunity to sample and vote for their favorites. You can’t win if you don’t enter! Who is Emporia’s best pie baker? Come shop the market and find out.

Watch the Emporia Gazette for more details.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

New Vendor: Bearcat Charms

Kate Nave joins the Emporia Farmers Market this year with jewelry and accessories incorporating re-purposed items.

Returning Vendor: Nona Lucia Pasta

Pasta of all kinds! Shoppers are thrilled to see the return of Andrea Garritano in 2014 with her wholesome selection of dried pastas. Yum!

Returning Vendor: Living the Dream

Tamie Vahsholtz has been a vendor at the Emporia Farmers Market since 2009. In 2014, Tamie brought some beautiful cut flowers. We can expect to see Tamie a the market with zinnias, sunflowers and fresh vegetables.

Returning Vendor: Hubert Veggies

Jase Hubert has been selling at the Emporia Farmers Market since 2005. Jase provides a variety of good, homegrown veggies and farm fresh eggs.

Jase selling at the 2013 EFM Day at the Fairgrounds.

New Vendor: Dan's

Dan joined EFM early in July and several shoppers have already discovered his produce. Tomatoes, peppers, corn, cucumbers, potatoes, squash, green beans, and cabbage are among his garden goodies. Dan's also has farm fresh eggs and jelly. You can also expect to see cantaloupe and pumpkins.

Returning Vendors: Corn, Corn, Corn!

You may have noticed a several corn vendors at the market. Word is that their ears are sweet and delicious!

Steve Korthanke joins us from Robinson, Kansas, and is a returning vendor to the Emporia Farmers Market.

Denise Eccles is also a returning vendor from Gridley, KS.

Carl Reed comes to us from Pomona, KS.

More photos to come!

New Vendor: Flat Earth Hobbies

Flat Earth Hobbies brought their handcrafted wooden decor and handmade jewelry to the Emporia Farmers Market. They also sell dry mixes for baked goods, some inspired by books, films and games.

Please join us in welcoming these new vendors to the market.

New Vendor: Designs by Ginger, Handcrafted Bottlecap Jewelry

Ginger Baysinger joins the Emporia Farmers Market in 2014 with handcrafted bottlecap jewelry.

Friendly Visitors Host the Emporia Farmers Market

On Wednesday, August 6, the market will be hosted by the Friendly Visitors Program. Find out what it takes to be a Friendly Visitor, or how the Friendly Visitor services might be of help to you or a loved one. The services provided by Friendly Visitor volunteers enable senior participants to continue living in their own homes when the need for assistance might be growing. Opportunities to volunteer can fit any schedule, ranging from a commitment of an hour or two per week to several hours a day.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Three Chances to Shop at the Emporia Farmers Market

Markets will be held at the parking lot at 7th and Merchant, as usual, at 5pm on Wednesday and 8am on Saturday this week. Produce expected at the market includes plenty of corn, melons and tomatoes, as well as potatoes, a wide variety of peppers and squash, green beans, onions, and more. Baked goods, including yeast and quick breads, cookies, pies, cakes and cinnamon rolls, are a regular feature at the Emporia Farmers Market. Vendors also sell craft items, art, homemade body scrubs and butters, lip balms, and reusable shopping bags.
New Vendor: Kate Nave sells jewelry and accessories incorporating re-purposed items.

On Sunday, August 3, the Emporia Farmers Market vendors will travel to the fairgrounds to participate in the all new Family Fun Day event. The market will take place at the north end of the fairgrounds and will open at 5:00pm. The community is invited to shop at the market, as well as visit the 4-H and open class exhibits in the Anderson building and walk through the livestock barns.
4-H will be providing supper from 5-7:30 pm at the Bowyer Community Building. The menu includes grilled beef kabobs, smoked corn on the cob and cotton candy. If you are so inclined, 4-H will be accepting donations to support Lyon county program as well as to help raise funds to match the $50,000 challenge gift given to Lyon County Extension to go towards support of functional improvements to the Anderson Building.

The Emporia Farmers Market continues to open twice weekly in the parking lot at 7th and Merchant through the end of October. More information can be found online at

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Veteran City Rollers at the Emporia Farmers Market

The farmers market on Saturday, July 26, will be hosted by the Veteran City Rollers, Emporia’s roller derby team. Team members will act as Veggie Valets for the market, so let them help you load your car with corn, cantaloupe, watermelon and more.

Tickets for the first home bout of season three can be purchased at the market kiosk during market hours. The Veteran City Rollers will skate against the Thunder Dames of Lincoln, Nebraska, starting at 7pm on Saturday at Rollers Skating Rink, 701 Graham Street.

For more information about events at the market, follow or Markets continue to take place twice per week; Wednesdays starting at 5pm and Saturdays starting at 8am.

For more information about Veteran City Rollers, visit them on Facebook.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Free Watermelon Carving Class at the Emporia Arts Council

EAC Watermelon Carving Class
When: Friday, July 18, 5:30-6:30 pm

Reservations required by Thursday, July 17. Call the EAC at 343-6473.

  • Kids under 10 need an adult present to participate
  • Open for all ages
  • FREE...Sponsored by ESB Financial
Watermelons will be given to each person for carving.  You can take your watermelon home to enter
In the Watermelon Contest on Saturday morning at the Emporia Farmers Market at 8 am.  

Prize will be awarded to the judges' selection and a People's Choice Award.