Wishing you a very happy holiday season and a successful new year! We hope to see you during the remainder of our Indoor Market Season, re-starting January 6!
Indoor Markets: 1st and 3rd Saturdays
10am-12pm | Waters True Value | November-April
Our 2017 season would not be complete without taking time to thank our generous sponsors & organizations that make the Emporia Farmers Market a success!
Thanks to our 2017
Thanks to the Emil Babinger Charitable Trust for sponsoring community outreach, farm tours, workshops, KSFMNP matching money & market bucks programs!
Thanks to Emporia Lions Club & Cleve Cook Fund for sponsoring the Veggie Power Club!
Thanks to ECKAN and Julia Wilson for administering the KSFMNP Senior Voucher Program
Thanks to From the Land of Kansas for their promotional items and advertising materials!
Thanks to Kansas Free for Arts for hosting their Summer Concert Series at Wednesday Markets!
Thanks to Marcia Lawrence for organizing live music at the market, including Lee Muller, Jane McCoy, Sue and Sarah, and Savannah Chestnut!
Thanks to Coffelt Sign Company and Healthier Lyon County for our new market flags and signs.
Thanks to local media for covering our events and weekly markets (tune in to KVOE before each market for a preview of available products!).
Thanks to our board members and volunteers who make sure markets, fundraisers and community events run smoothly: Ruthann Resch, Becky Smith, Janet Brassart, Wanda Myers, Travis Carmichael, Marcia Lawrence, Amy Becker, Ellen Hansen, Mandy Kern, John Conway, Tim Nicklin, Tracy Simmons, Naomi Brenzikofer, Ruth Wise & Sarah Harbaugh.
Thanks to the City of Emporia and Kevin Hanlin for their assistance and support of our downtown market operations.
Thanks to our Friends of the Market, including Helpful Harvesters: Jan Brassart, BLI Rentals, Coffelt Sign Co., Ellen Hansen, Evergreen Design-Build, Green Dot Bioplastics, Midwest Land Group, and Rand Simmons Law Office.
Last but certainly not least, thanks to our farmers, gardeners and artisans who are committed to providing local foods and products to our shoppers. And a big thanks to our SHOPPERS! Without your support and commitment to eating local, our market would not be a reality.
As you can see, it takes A LOT of partnerships to make our farmers market a success. We are fortunate to live in such a selfless and generous community that supports shopping, eating and living local.
Potential Changes to Coordinate with a Growing Downtown
Jessica Hopkins, the Director of the Emporia Farmer's Market, is what we like to call a "doer". The Farmers Market has grown significantly over the past few years. The growth of the market coincides with downtown business and job growth. The result of mutual growth is parking stress, and that stress can be managed proactively or re-actively. The leadership of the Emporia Farmers Market chose to address growth issues proactively while planning for future permanent changes.
The plan is to move the market from the 700 Block of Merchant Street parking lot to a side street: either 8th Avenue or 7th Avenue, between Merchant Street and Commercial Street. The move would allow events to "cone" the side street parking with traffic cones, but retain street usage until the actual event (for example- thestreet would be closed Wednesday in the late afternoon and on Saturday mornings during market season, but would remain open all other times). During an event, the side street would remain closed to traffic. This change would retain the entire parking lot in the 700 Block of Merchant Street for business and consumer use- the Emporia Farmers Market would not block off parking in the area.
If the side street concept tests well, it could pave the way for an outdoor project that permanently houses the Farmers Market and other outdoor activities in proximity to local businesses and event venues. Read the official change proposal bullet points below:
2017 Outdoor Season: LOCATION CHANGE PROPOSAL
Saturdays,(MARKET OPEN )
Wednesdays,(MARKET OPEN )
Proposal: Relocation of the Emporia Farmers Market from parking lot at 7th & Merchant to 8th Avenue or 7th Avenue, between Commercial & Merchant Streets. The market would request the city commission utilizes their street closure ordinance for approved hours and dates during outdoor market season (attached). This request would only adhere to the 2017 outdoor season; market & city may re-evaluate the plan for future use.
Benefits of setting up at 7th or 8th Avenue
2017 Outdoor Market Dates for Street Closure Request
JUNE 3, 10, 17, 24
JULY 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
AUGUST 5, 12, 19, 26
SEPTEMBER 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
OCTOBER 7, 14, 21, 28
JULY 5, 12, 19, 26
AUGUST 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
SEPTEMBER 6, 13, 20, 27OCTOBER 4, 11, 18, 25
We thank the Emporia Farmers Market leadership for exploring new opportunities to work collaboratively with area businesses and event venues. Change is always hard, but it is nice that we are in the enviable position that requires us to manage growth opportunities. It is our hope that the top ranked Farmers Market in the state of Kansas continues to grow and prosper while maintaining its downtown roots. New pedestrian traffic possibilities, new opportunities to collaborate with local businesses and a minimized impact on local traffic should enhance the next generation of the market!