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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.

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