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

Thursday, March 26, 2015

New Vendor: Anna Mae's Soaps

Anna Mae's Soaps - Devon Myers

Year began selling with EFM:

Products Offered: Homemade, quality laundry soaps at an affordable price. The natural alternative to store-bought, chemical detergents.

Vendor: Our Seven Acres

Our Seven Acres - Joseph and Mandy Kern

Year began selling with EFM: 2014

Products Offered: Variety of fresh garden produce, artisan crafts, and baked goods. Eggs.

Garden Practices: Natural practices that help build soil, conserve water and use alternative pest control methods. Eggs come from pasture fed chickens. Produce is grown in a high tunnel for season extension.

Our Seven Acres on Facebook
See photos of the new high tunnel at Our Seven Acres.

Vendor: Sweethaven Fields

Sweethaven Fields - Timothy Nicklin

Year began selling with EFM: 2012

Typically attends Saturday (summer season) markets.

Products Offered: Purple Passion Asparagus, Black Raspberries, Strawberries, Chives, Basil, Thyme, Mint, Dill, Cilantro, Parsley, Rhubarb, Red and Green Romaine Lettuce, Spinach, New Zealand Spinach, Sweet and Hot Peppers, Shallots, Chinese Okra, Bittermelon, Crimson Okra, Gooseberries, Currants, Asian Pear, Peaches.

Original artwork and crafts by Onalee.

Gardening Practices: Raised beds, sodded aisles, no till, fertilize with compost only, mulched beds. Permaculture design and practice.

Click here for a farm tour of Sweethaven.

August 2015 Market

Tim & Onalee Nicklin - 2014

Vendor: Fowler Hobby Farm

Fowler Hobby Farm - Ivan & Loetta Fowler

Year began selling with EFM: 2012

Products Offered: Farm Fresh Eggs (hen & duck).

From the Emporia Gazette, May 31, 2016
Divine Duck Eggs, by Regina Murphy

Loetta and Ivan Fowler of rural Emporia have an egg empire. A Muscovy duck egg empire, to be exact.
“We started raising the ducks after we retired in ‘08,” Loetta said. “We have 12 Muscovy ducks, six pairs. The ducks are good for meat and eggs and they stay. They might fly away to the neighbor’s pasture but they come back at night.”
I recently discovered the joys of duck eggs after visiting the Saturday morning Farmers Market (8 a.m., usually; 7 a.m. this week, Seventh Avenue and Merchant Street). What fun!
Ms. Loetta started selling eggs at the Emporia Farmers Market about four years ago.
“The yolks are bigger than the whites,” she said. “Some people prefer them for baking, and they’re really good for homemade ice cream. I’ve got one customer who loves to just fry them.”

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Meet Market Shopper, Ruthann Resch

Ruthann has been a shopper at the Emporia Farmers Market since the beginning.

"Bringing Mom at 8:00 am on Saturday morning became a lovely habit and really a necessity when I moved and lost my garden spot. It was then and continues to be a joy to buy the fruits (and veggies) of our fine Vendors' labor. After all, one of my major hobbies is eating! What is more healthy, delicious, and varied than the fresh, ever-changing array of good food from our hard-working area people? Every week is an adventure." 

~Ruthann Resch

Ruthann is on the market's board of directors and currently serves as President.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Meet Market Shoppers, Brett and Kristin Donadeo

We love coming to the market. It has the best produce in town!

~Brett Donadeo

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A Note from the Market Manager

Image from the 2015 State Farmers'
Market Conference, Manhattan, Kansas.
I had the pleasure of spending last weekend in Manhattan at the 2015 State Farmers' Market Conference.

It was nice to meet and get to know people from across the state who shared a passion for markets and local food the way I do. It's easy to find those people in Emporia, of course, but as a gathering of market managers, this was a wonderful opportunity to share and gather ideas and inspiration.

Our first keynote speaker of the event was Ronelle Neperud who spoke on Cultivating Success with Engaged Volunteers. She had some great ideas for distributing the workload and my farmhands (a growing lot -- thank you!) will be hearing from me soon about additional ways they might help support the market.

One of the breakout sessions I attended was about the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program, of which we have vendors participate every year. Participation has been down the last couple of years, so I was looking for ideas to help make sure those vouchers were getting distributed in our community. I will continue to train EFM vendors and encourage them to enroll in the program so that we can have as much fresh produce as possible available at the market for those who most need it.

I also attended a presentation by Adam Inman of the KDA, talking about the importance of food safety at markets. He reviewed the updates to  Food Safety for Kansas Farmers Market Vendors: Regulations and Best Practices. I am excited about these changes because they will open up a few new avenues for products at our market. I will cover these in more detail in a future note.

On the market's wish list is a wine vendor, so I enjoyed being able to learn the nitty gritty details of what is involved for Kansas farm wineries to sell at farmers markets. It sounds like we aren't quite there yet, but there is certainly possibility for the future. I also got to listen to Linda Cottin of Cottin's Hardware Farmers' Market in Lawrence fame. They have a unique setup for a market and I look forward to a field trip one day soon.

I enjoyed hearing Jill Campbell of the Pittsburg Farmers' Market talk about what they went through to get a covered market going. It looks like a beautiful set up and it gave me lots to dream about for Emporia.

Finally, I was able to share my love of the Emporia Farmers Market with the final keynote of the day. I talked about our market money promotions and community engagement with our market. It was well received, and I finished the weekend feeling as if my market family had truly grown.

I came home with a long list of ideas for the Emporia Farmers Market. I may be feeling as giddy as my market vendors. They have their seed catalogs and vegetable starts this time of year, I am planning for our wonderful, neighborly gatherings in the parking lot.

Spring is just around the corner!

See you at the market --

Tracy Simmons
Market Manager

Meet Market Shopper, Bruce Balkenhol

I love it! I've been to a lot of farmers markets and Emporia has one of the best. I love that the people are so competitive! You have to get here early for the greens.

~Bruce Balkenhol

Meet Market Shopper, Margaret Davidson

I don't like to miss the market! Homegrown, fresh veggies are the best.

~Margaret Davidson

Returning Vendor: Charlene Osman

Year Started with EFM: 2011

Attends: most Indoor Winter Markets & Wednesday Markets

Products Offered: Vegetables, jams/jellies, hand painted wool roving, hand-knit/crochet items, herbs and vegetable plants as available, heirloom seeds.