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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Congratulations, Joseph Kern, Veggie Dip Cook-Off Winner

Part of the fun of a cook-off is you never know what people will come up with. Last Wednesdays Murphy’s Menu Vegetable Dips Cook-off was the perfect example.

Three completely different dips were each so perfect that the final tally was separated by no more than two votes.

Regina Murphy, Emporia Gazette, July 21, 2015

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Vendor: Dan's Garden Produce

Year Started with EFM: 2014

Attends: Most Wednesday Markets, peak season.

Product Includes: A variety of garden produce, jams and jellies, and farm fresh eggs.

Meet Market Shoppers, James and Imogen Willingham

James and Imogen stopped to help us chase down some run-away papers at the market kiosk. Their family is new to Emporia and James says they love the market and haven't missed one yet!

Welcome to Emporia! And thanks for getting the market started on Saturday, July 18.

Vendor: DeDonder Farms

Year Started with EFM: 2015

Products Offered: Seasonal fruits & vegetables and farm fresh eggs.

Plans to Attend: Saturday markets and indoor winter markets.

Leo DeDonder - July 2015 Market

Returning Vendor: Hubert Veggies

Year Started with EFM: 2004

Products Offered: A variety of garden vegetables and farm fresh eggs.

Days at Market: most Wednesday and Saturday markets through peak season.

Jase Hubert - August 2015

July 2015 Market

Vendor: Trapper John's

Year Started with EFM: 2012

Products: Farm Fresh Eggs

EFM Directory of Vendors

Vendor: Denise Eccles Gardens

Year Started with EFM: 1984

Products Offered: Sweet Corn, Tomatoes, Cantaloupe

Attends: Wednesday and Saturday markets through peak market season
Denise Eccles

Sweet Corn - July 2015 Market

Tomatoes - August 2015

EFM Directory of Vendors

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Scenes from the 2015 Homegrown Celebration, brought to you by ESB Financial

Casey Woods, Main Street, demonstrates a competitive "watermelon eating" technique.

Watermelon Rollers prepare!

The youngest competitors roll watermelons.

Mandy Kern brought home the prize for best carved watermelon.

Seed Spitting for distance.

Top watermelon eaters and judges Tyler Curtis (ESU), Jim Wayman (ESB Financial), and Casey Woods (Emporia Main Street).

Who can eat the fastest?

Start 'em early -- future watermelon rolling champ.

Rollin', rollin', rollin'...

The Emporia Arts Center was on hand with watermelon arts and crafts projects for the kids.

Market Manager, Tracy Simmons, and Farmhand, Mary McGaw.

Go Team ESB Financial!

Thanks to Evie Simmons for the photographs!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Beef Enchiladas Fundraiser at Saturday’s Market

The Emporia Farmers Market welcomes the women from Centro Cristiano de Emporia to the market on Saturday. They will be selling Beef Enchiladas, 3 for $5.00, to raise funds for a women’s ministry event they are bringing to Emporia in the fall.

The market opens at 8am on Saturday, July 18, in the parking lot between 7th and 8th on Merchant, downtown Emporia.

Produce expected at the market includes beets, cantaloupe, sweet corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, green beans, herbs, onions, plums, potatoes, squash, tomatoes, and zucchini. Vendors will have a variety of baked goods, including homemade breads, pies and sweets. The market also includes vendors with original arts and crafts items, homemade dog treats, eggs, honey, apple cider and additional products, changing and growing with the season.

A complete calendar of events and directory of vendors, including attendance schedule for occasional vendors, can be found on the market website, and at  


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Wednesday, July 15, Murphy’s Menu Cook-Off Competition: Veggie Dips

The next Murphy’s Menu Cook-Off will take place at the Emporia Farmers Market on Wednesday, July 15. The theme of this competition is “Veggie Dips.”

Please indicate your intention to compete by calling or emailing Regina Murphy by noon the day before at 342-4800 or Entry should make about 50 bite-size servings. Bring a copy of your recipe along with entry to the market kiosk no later than 4:50pm. Complete guidelines for entry and a 2015 Murphy’s Menu calendar of Cook-Offs can be found online at

Watch the market calendar online for a complete schedule of hot foods at the market, musicians, and special events. Also found on the website are guidelines for becoming a market vendor and a directory of current market vendors.


Thursday, July 2, 2015

New Vendor: Smith Sisters Sweets and Stuff

Year began selling at EFM: 2007, returned in 2015

Product: cooling gel neckties, cookies, cinnamon rolls, breads, granola.

Vendor: Ed Moyer

Year began selling with EFM: 1982

Products Offered: Tomatoes, Potatoes, Onions, Jams/Jellies, Okra, Rhubarb, Blackberries, Cucumbers, Radish, Lettuce, Squash, Pecans & Black Walnuts, Cut Flowers. Some vegetable and blackberry plants. Organic where allowable; minimum use of spray chemicals.

Ed Moyer
August 2015 Market

July 2015 Market
EFM Directory of Vendors

Vendor: Bradley Phillips

Products Offered: A wide variety of garden produce.

Bradley Phillips and Family - July 2015 Market

Phillips Tomatoes - July 2015

EFM Directory of Vendors

Vendor: Heck Family Farms Produce

Heck Family Farms Produce - Duane Heck

Year began selling with EFM: 2000

Attends: Wednesday markets, in season.

Products Offered: Sweet Corn, Tomatoes, Cantaloupe, Watermelons.

EFM Directory of Vendors

Vendor: Jirak Brothers Produce

Year began selling with EFM: 1983

Products Offered: Sweet corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, cantaloupe, watermelon, pumpkins and gourds.

Ron & Steve Jirak have been selling at the Emporia Farmers Market for many years. They are at most every Wednesday and Saturday market through the height of the season. Some shoppers refer to them as "the watermelon guys". We can't imagine why...

Jiraks also bring a lot of cantaloupe, sweet corn, tomatoes and pumpkins and gourds in the fall.

Jirak Bros. Produce - July 2015

Cantaloupe & Watermelon - August 2015

September 2013 Market