The Best of Home Grown, Home Baked and Hand Crafted by Local Farmers, Gardeners and Artisans.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Vendor: Crawford Bakery

Year Began Selling with EFM: 2000

Product Description: Cookies & Breads vary market to market -- always trying new items.

Cinnamon Rolls
Bread: White, Wheat, 100% Whole Wheat, Sunflower Wheat
Cinnamon Swirl Bubble Bread
Pecan Rolls
Cookies: Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter Kisses, Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip, Rice Krispies, M&M, Monster Cookies, Snicker Doodles

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Wednesday Sick Plant Clinic at the Market

Heat, drought, insects, disease, and more heat are a substantial line-up for plant decline.  Just as we are getting into productive gardens or colorful flower displays, problems seem to hit like a brick. Symptoms of insect damage, disease, or environmental stress can all look similar.  Determining the cause of the problem is the first obstacle to get a plant back in good health.

The Sick Plant Clinic, occurring at the Wednesday afternoon Emporia Farmers Market on June 18 at 5:00 pm, is a place to bring your ailing plants for information on diagnoses and treatment.  Travis Carmichael, horticulture agent for K-State Research and Extension - Lyon County, will be there to answer your questions about plant decline, insect damage, yellowing leaves, stunted or distorted growth, or dieback. If you are unsure what a plant is, bring it by for identification.

To participate, bring a representative sample which would include a portion of the plant showing the transition of healthy tissue to the problem tissue. For insect identification, bring the insect as well as the damage being caused.  If it is not feasible to bring in a sample, such as in the case of a tree trunk, pictures or detailed information will help. There is no charge for this educational event.

Try to answer the following questions about your ailing plant before bringing it to the Sick Plant Clinic.  This information will help identify the problem.

1. Kind of plant- Variety
2. How long has it been established in its present location?  I.e. Has it been recently transplanted?
3. Exposure;   N - S - E - W- full sun or shade?
4. What is the nature of the soil?  Tight clay?  Drainage?
5. When did the problem first appear?  Has it happened before?
6. Are any other plants in the vicinity similarly affected?
7. What part of the plant was affected first?  Top or bottom?  Which side?
8. Has there been any construction near the plant?    How recently?
9. Have underground utilities been installed or replaced near the plant recently?
10. Is the soil around the plant subject to foot or vehicular traffic that could lead to compaction?  Is there pavement near the plant?
11. Have there been any weed killers used nearby?  If so, what and when?  Has salt or other ice melting material been used nearby?
12. What are the symptoms that have appeared?  How have they progressed?  Is there any pattern of development?
13. What program of watering and fertilizing has been followed?
14. Have there been any fungicides or insecticides used on the plant?  If so, what and when?
15. Is there any evidence of mechanical damage to the plant (i.e. lawn mower/nylon cord trimmer)?
16. Are there any suspicious insects present?  What do they look like?
17. Try to bring as much of the plant as possible, and as fresh as possible.

For more information on the Sick Plant Clinic, call the Extension office at 620-341-3220.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Murphy’s Menu Coffee Cake Cookoff at Emporia Farmers Market

The Emporia Farmers Market is now open twice each week; Wednesdays starting at 5:00pm and Saturdays starting at 8:00am.

This week, prepare for the Murphy’s Menu Coffee Cake Cookoff which will take place on Saturday, June 14. Entries should be delivered to the market kiosk between 7:45 and 7:55am. Bring your coffee cake entry, a copy of your recipe, and get your photo taken by Regina Murphy of the Emporia Gazette. When the market bell rings at 8:00am, shoppers will be invited to taste and vote for their favorite entry. The winner will receive a culinary goodie bag, courtesy of the Emporia Gazette, and will be featured in a future issue.

The Emporia Farmers Market welcomes new vendors year round. Items sold at the market must be grown, baked, or otherwise crafted by the vendor. Interested parties should contact Tracy Simmons, Market Manager, at 620-343-655 or Visit the market website, to learn more the guidelines for selling at the market.