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Monday, May 25, 2015

Senior Citizens Encouraged to Apply to Receive Checks to Buy Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs and Honey Direct from the Emporia Farmers Market


Senior Citizens Encouraged to Apply to Receive Checks to Buy Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs and Honey Direct from the Emporia Farmers Market

Emporia, Kansas--Low-income Kansas seniors may be eligible for a program that provides checks to purchase an array of healthy foods at farmers’ markets throughout the state.

The Kansas Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (KSFMNP) is providing low-income seniors who meet age and income requirements with $30 in checks to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey from authorized farmers at local participating farmers’ markets May 1 through Nov. 1. Checks are available in $5 increments.

This year, the Emporia Farmers Market will be providing up to $15 additional dollars, while supplies last, to seniors who qualify for the program. ECKAN will have information available about the KSFMNP program at the market on Wednesday, June 3, starting at 5pm. Seniors may also contact ECKAN directly to apply.

To be eligible to receive KSFMNP checks, seniors must meet the following criteria:

1.      Age: 60 years old or older on the day the money is issued.

2.      Income level: Individual annual gross income (before taxes are withheld) must be at or below $21,775 ($1,815/month).  Seniors need to provide their most recent proof of household income.

Applications for the Kansas Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program will be available for pick-up starting on June 3rd, 2105 at the ECKAN Community Center at 215 W. 6th Street, Suite 204 (Emporia Humanitarian Center). Seniors may apply on-site Wednesdays from 8am-12pm, throughout the summer until the vouchers are gone. 

Currently, there are funds to serve 100 eligible participants. Applications will be served on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information about the Kansas Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, call ECKAN Human Services Coordinator, Julia Wilson, at 620.342.4607.

Eligible foods available to purchase with the KSFMNP checks from authorized farmers at participating farmers’ markets are defined as “fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, locally produced honey and herbs for human consumption that are produced in Kansas under normal growing conditions.”

The Kansas Senior Farmer’s Market Program is a project of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program is coordinated by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), which is collaborating with local partners to identify and distribute checks to eligible seniors.

The program is currently available in the following counties: Allen, Anderson, Atchison, Barton, Bourbon, Brown, Butler, Chase, Clay, Cloud, Cowley, Dickinson, Doniphan, Douglas, Finney, Franklin, Grant, Greenwood, Harvey, Johnson, Leavenworth, Linn, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, McPherson, Miami, Montgomery, Morris, Neosho, Reno, Republic, Riley, Saline, Sedgwick, Stafford, Sumner, Washington and Wyandotte.


Monday, May 18, 2015

Emporia Farmers Market to Host Dirty Kanza Pre-Race Palooza Fundraiser

Emporia Farmers Market to Host Dirty Kanza Pre-Race Palooza Fundraiser

The Annual Palooza Fundraiser for the Emporia Farmers Market is being planned for the 2015 Dirty Kanza event. Market volunteers will showcase locally sourced foods and welcome gravel riders to our community on Friday, May 29. The meal will include a variety of dishes featuring beef, buffalo and poultry grown right here in the Flint Hills, as well pasta and in-season vegetables direct from the farmers market.

There will be no ticket pre-sales this year. Riders may purchase tickets at the door at a cost of $12 per plate. The ticket will include chicken and noodles with mashed potatoes, a grass-fed beef dish by Graze the Prairie, swiss steak, and creamy herbed pasta, as well as a sample of buffalo. Rolls will be provided by Emporia Subways. The meal will include salad, a vegetable selection, and homemade desserts such as pie, apple cobbler and cake.

All proceeds from this event benefit the operations and educational programs of the Emporia Farmers Market.
The Emporia Farmers Market is a producer-only market that has been serving Emporia, Kansas and the surrounding area since 1982. All goods sold at the market are grown, crafted or baked by the vendors. The market is a project of The Learning Connection of the Flint Hills, a 501(c)(3) organization. More information can be found at

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Returning Vendor: Jubilee Native

Product Listing: Organic vegetable produce from backyard organic garden. Seeds of native grasses and wildflowers. Handmade crafts.

Vendor: Graze the Prairie

Year began selling with EFM: 2014

Attends: Most Winter Season Markets and Wednesday Summer Markets as Scheduled. Watch the EFM calendar for dates.

"Graze The Prairie's Goal is to work with nature to provide the best quality grass-fed beef to our customers. We do not use chemical fertilizer, our cattle are never given any growth hormones and given antibiotics for therapeutic reasons only. Animals that receive medication for any reason are removed and never sold through Graze The Prairie. Our cattle are never fed grain or concentrates. Our cattle are on pasture year around. Mineral Supplement, clean water, and high-quality stored forages for feeding during winter months, as well as cattle with the right genetics are all essential factors for high-quality grass-fed beef. Our cattle are moved into new paddocks daily in the growing season, and at least twice weekly in the dormant. This mimics the movement of the animals that historically lived on the prairie and is in concert with how the prairie evolved. This provides our cattle with the best life possible and helps preserve the remaining tallgrass prairie."

Graze the Prairie website
July 2015
Graze the Prairie on Facebook
Keith Long & Linda Pechin - May 2015

Graze the Prairie - May 2015


Vendor: Comfort Foods, by Charles Stodter

Joined EFM: 2015

Plans to attend: both Wednesday and Saturday markets.

Product: Vegetables and Baked Goods; Apple Cinnamon Rolls, Apple Cake, Carrot Cake, Tomatoes, and a variety of Garden Produce.

Returning Vendor: Bear Cat Charms, by Kate Nave

Joined EFM: 2014

Products: jewelry and accessories incorporating re-purposed items.

Vendor: Darren Shaw, Native American Arts & Crafts

Began selling with EFM: 2009

Shoppers have long-known Darren Shaw for his handmade jewelry.

July 2015 Market

Added 2015: Kansas Wheat Bread

Honey/Wheat, Cottage Dill, Rye, Pumpernickel, Cheddar Jalepeno, Sundried Tomato Cracked Pepper, White.

The whole wheat used in this bread is ground on the same day the bread is baked, and sourced from a field south of the Verdigris River, 2015 crop, south of Virgil, KS.

Honey Wheat Bread - July 2015 Market

Vendor: Christy Bien

Joined EFM: 2014

Typically attends: both Wednesday and Saturday markets.

Products include: Fresh Veggies & Ornamental Yard Ironwork


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Saturday's (May 16) Market hosted by St. Francis Community Services

May is Foster Parent Appreciation Month and Saint Francis Community Services would like to say “Thank You” to all of our amazing current Foster Homes and encourage others who are interested in opening their hearts and homes to children by becoming Foster Parents to talk with us about the opportunity. We currently serve 106 children in Lyon, Chase and Morris Counties and over 60% of those children are placed outside of their home county. We need more great people to provide local homes for children that are placed in out of home care. Stop and visit with us at the Market or give Missy Floyd a call at 620-342-7882. We also would like to encourage everyone to participate in our Glow Run 5K on June 5, 2015!! Register at the Market or stop by our office at 1200 Graphic Arts Road, Suite 100 in Emporia.