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                The Veggie Gazette
News from the Emporia Farmers Market

October 2015

Volume 9, Number 8


We are counting down markets in the parking lot! Saturday is one of SEVEN opportunities left to shop the market in October! Delmer tells me he is going to have a lot of beets! Check out his cool pumpkins and other fall decor at the market, as well. 

I know the markets are a bit smaller these days, but the produce remains superb and I am tasking you with rewarding our hard working vendors by buying all their veggies (and baked goods, and wonderful handmade cra ft items)! Here is a list of what you might expect at this Saturday's market (10/10): green beans, tomatoes, peppers (variety -- mild through hot), sweet potatoes, okra, eggplant, kale, squash (summer, zuch, butternut, acorn, spaghetti), turnips, beets, apples (wide variety), honey, watermelon (nearing the end/get it while it lasts), KS wheat bread, delicious cookies, quick breads, fruit pies, jelly (wide variety/many vendors), jewelry, books, house plants and more!

Remember that the market is a relationship of mutual benefits: if you don't shop, the vendors will be more likely to close up shop! Seasons change, and it is true we are nearing the end of season, but look at all the fresh veggies we had to offer at the market this week! It ain't over till Mother Nature freezes (Can that be a new saying?) 

Whoops! I slipped a picture of some cookies in there, but those are good too!

Barring a blizzard, the market takes place in the parking lot at 7th and Merchant EVERY Wednesday at 5pm and EVERY Saturday at 8am through the end of October. I look forward to seeing you there!

Much news below, and a couple of links to some of my favorite recipes for this season. Please review and feel free to share this note with your friends. Or just bring them to market with you. That'll be fun!
See you at the market!

Meet the Market's Newest Helpful Harvester ~ Wright Group CPA

Thank you,Wright CPA Group! The market is happy to have you onboard as our newest Helpful Harvester.

Wright CPA Group PA
505 Commercial St
Emporia, KS  66801
PH:  620-342-7435

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 

11am to 7pm ~ Dine in or Carry Out
$3 Bowl - $6 Take-Home Pint - Dessert Extra
Lyon County Extension Office Meeting Room
2632 W. US Hwy 50, Emporia, KS

It's a homegrown dining opportunity!
Bring your co-workers and bring your family for delicious homemade soup by Friends of the Emporia Farmers Market. 

The menu isn't set in stone quite yet, but you can expect a few of your favorites--Beefy Vegetable Soup, Naomi's Creamy Tomato, Amy's Sausage Potato Soup--and more!

All proceeds of the Soup-A-Palooza fundraiser go to support the operations and educational programs of the Emporia Farmers Market.

Returning Helpful Harvester ~ Emporia Realty Group

Emporia Realty Group

Thank you, Emporia Realty Group! 

Indoor Winter Market News ~ NEW Location Announcement

Indoor Farmers Markets are Returning, but in a new location! Join us 1st and 3rd Saturdays at 701 Commercial

701 Commercial Street, Downtown Emporia

10am - Noon
1st and 3rd Saturdays
November 2015 through April 2016

The 5th Season of Indoor Winter Markets begins on Saturday, November 7, and we will be returning to downtown Emporia. 

Please make note of the location change! It's at the corner of 7th and Commercial... just a few steps from our regular season location in the parking lot. 

Friends Drive, 2015

Helpful Harvesters, Friends and Farmhands needed! 
It's your turn to pledge to make local food, and supporting local farmers and gardeners, a priority.

What is a Helpful Harvester?
For a minimum donation of $100, your business can become a "Helpful Harvester" of the Emporia Farmers Market. Receive 1/2 the value of your contribution in market coupons including an invite from you to your customer to join you in shopping at the Emporia Farmers Market.

What is a Friend of the Market?
Friends donate their money or their time to market operations.

For as little as $10, you can get your name listed as a Friend of the Emporia Farmers Market.
Name as Listed:

Who are Market Farmhands?
Farmhands are people like you, who help keep the market going by volunteering at the market kiosk on occasion, and provided the necessary hands for market fundraisers. If you would like to know more about volunteering with the market, contact the market manager, Tracy Simmons, at emporiaFM@gmail.com or 620-343-6555.

October & Winter  Market Schedule

Saturday, October 10 - Open at 8:00 am
parking lot at 7th & Merchant
Music by Lee Muller

Wednesday, October 14 - Open at 5:00 pm
parking lot at 7th & Merchant
Graze the Prairie - Grass Fed Beef at Market

Saturday, October 17 - Open at 8:00 am
parking lot at 7th & Merchant

Wednesday, October 21 - Open at 5:00 pm
parking lot at 7th & Merchant

Saturday, October 24 - Open at 8:00 am
parking lot at 7th & Merchant

Wednesday, October 28 - Open at 5:00 pm
parking lot at 7th & Merchant
Music by Lee Muller
Graze the Prairie - Grass Fed Beef

Saturday, October 31 - Open at 8:00 am
parking lot at 7th & Merchant
Wear your Halloween costume to market!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Lyon County Extension Office Meeting Room
2632 W. US Hwy 50, Emporia, KS
Serving 11am-7pm; Dine In or Carry Out

Indoor Winter Markets
New Location: 701 Commercial
1st & 3rd Saturdays, 10AM - Noon
Starting in November!
Registered Vendors ~ 2015

58 vendors participated in our 2015 market season. You can learn more about 2015 Registered Vendors on our website.

Thinking about becoming a market vendor? Registration for the 2016 season opens in December. For craft and holiday vendors, there will be the option to sell ONLY at December markets again this year. Please contact Tracy at 620-343-6555 or emporiaFM@gmail.com for details. 

Jase Hubert was a returning vendor in 2015. He began selling at the Emporia Farmers Market when he was about 8 years old.


Promised Recipes! Butternut Squash and Eggplant, the Main Ingredients in two of my favorite fall meals.

Butternut Squash and Blue Cheese -- Yum!

My family cleans the bowl every time we make this dish. Pick up a butternut squash or two and a large onion (all preferably from t he market. You will also need blue cheese, and a bit of sage and black pepper for seasoning and some bread crumbs for topping (that last slice of bread from the market--if there is a last slice--works perfectly)

My short version: Peel the squash and dice it. Steam it until tender. Slice the onion and saute in a bit of olive oil in a skillet. Layer the squash, onion and blue cheese in a baking dish. Sprinkle with sage and black pepper. Top with a light layer of bread crumbs. Bake in the oven about 25 minutes, 350 degrees.

If you prefer to follow a recipe, try this one at All Recipes.com

 Another favorite in my house...

Eggplant Parmigiana (we usually just call it eggplant-tomato casserole)

My technique: Pick up 4-5 eggplant and 10-12 fresh tomatoes (mix red and yellow tomatoes to make this an extra attractive dish) at the market. Fresh basil is good. A small onion makes it extra tasty. And then pick up a ball of mozzarella cheese at Reebles. 

Slice the eggplant and the onion and saute in a bit of olive oil on the stove top. Throw the basil and any fresh seasonings in the skillet just before you are done. Layer the eggplant/onion in a baking dish with slices of the mozzarella cheese. Top with your diced tomatoes, juice and all. Sprinkle with bread crumbs. Bake in the oven about 30 minutes at 375. 

This results in a yummy casserole (or a wonderful soup, depending on the tomato to eggplant ratio -- both work!).

There are several variations of this recipe online. I believe this one is the one at Taste of Home that first inspired me. 

Thank you to our Market Farmhands & Musicians
August & September Farmhands: Ashlyn Alingh, Janet Brassart, Ellen Hansen, Janice Jaggard, Marcia Lawrence, Mary McGaw, Melissa McLoughlin, Ruthann Resch, Evie Simmons, Kaman Simmons, Maddie Simmons, Rand Simmons, Becky Smith, Ben Stallings

Musicians: Lee Muller & ESU Students

If you have interest in participating in the market as a volunteer or as a musician, please contact Tracy! We are also going to be looking for additional board members in the coming year. Please call 620-343-6555 or email emporiaFM@gmail.com with your interest.
Thank you!

Contact Information
Market Manager
Tracy Simmons
    Bottom of the Newsletter Bonus:

    Did you actually make it all the way to the bottom of the newsletter? Congratulations. Thank you! Here is your bonus. At this link, there is a PDF file that will give you eight opportunities (7 markets plus 1 bonus) to enter a drawing for market bucks and  product. Print the sheet, cut out the entry forms, then bring the appropriately dated entry to each of the remaining October markets and turn it in to a volunteer at the market kiosk.

Can't print? There will be a few copies of this form available at the market kiosk. Come visit, mention the Bottom of the Newsletter Bonus, and we'll get you taken care of.

The number of prizes we give away will grow with the number of entries received. It's all on you! See you at the market in October! 

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     ESB Financial

lead sponsor




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Every market shopper is a star. Do you want to share your Star Market Shopper status? Stop and visit with us at the market, or send us an image of you with your latest market shopping bag and tell us, what do you love about the Emporia Farmers Market! emporiaFM@gmail.com




The Emporia Farmers Market fulfills a central role in the community's grand equation, offering a place of fellowship throughout the year, moving produce, producer, and consumer closer to a kindred realm, bridging lives with local growth, local arts, local writers and musicians, creating rhythms of seasons and relationship so well maintained as to seem always new and continuing together.
~Wendy Crowley Devilbiss


Thanks to the Emil Babinger Charitable Trust - Winter Market Sponsor 


Helpful Harvesters
Janet Brassart  

Emporia Realty Group

Scott & Rhonda Gordon

Ellen Hansen
Lyon County Master Gardeners

Don & Ruth Wise

2 for 1 - Kansas Vision Cardholders     



EFM is matching dollars again for EBT customers! Remember that you can shop at the market with your Vision card. Visit with a kiosk volunteer for details.


Gift of:

The Emil Babinger Charitable Trust



 Market Sponsors


Winter Market & Vision Card Enhancement Sponsor:

The Emil Babinger Charitable Trust


Facilities Sponsors:

The City of Emporia


Lyon County K-State Research & Extension


Elbert Liquor Store


Mark II Lumber


Media Sponsors:



The Emporia Gazette


The Flint Hills Shopper


Community Partner & Event Sponsors:


 Country Mart North


Community Connections


Dirty Kanza Promotions Team


  Emporia Subways


Emporia Area Local Food Network


Flint Hills Music


Murphy's Menu


Thurston's Plus


PraireLand Partners

  Friends of the Market
James Bordonaro
Harold & Naomi Brenzikofer
Ele Browning  renewed
Betty Campbell & Margaret
   Davidson  renewed
Travis Carmichael
Laura Clawson
Coffelt Sign Company
Tyler Curtis
Carla R. Davis  renewed
John Dougherty
Paul DuToit
Ek Real Estate
Emporia Gardeners of America
Colby Fuller
Nancy Garcia
Jon Geitz
Rachel Haag
Becky Hadicke 
Joyce Hanlin (Arizings)
Fannie Harrell
Millard Harrell
Dr. Stephen Haught
Roger Heineken
Brandon & Jessica Hopkins
June Hubert
Bill & Dianne Ihling
Janice Jaggard
Marcia Lawrence
Rachael LeClear
Logan Ave. 4-H Club
Mary McGaw
Regina Murphy
Wanda Myers
Bobbi Mlynar
Ruthann Resch  renewed
Gretchen Russell
Jamie Roberts
Barb Say 
Carol Schoeck
  Mark Schondelmaier
Anna Sharenburg
Mark Sherman
Dr. Michael Shonrock
Evie Simmons
Kaman Simmons
Maddie Simmons
Rand Simmons
Becky Smith
Brandi Smith
Rozita Smith
Karen Sommers
Ben & Jessie Stallings
Pam Thuma  renewed
Cheryl Unruh
Jesse & Beth Wilson
Casey & Erin Woods
Jennifer Youngblood
Barbara Younger


and Market Musicians
The Basement Pickers: Tim Fry, Brent Hrabik & Melanie Pritchard
Kenji Bolden
Kendra Briggs
Savanna Chestnut

Sue Claridge
Bob Colladay
Lance Fahy

Tracy Freeze
Bob Haselhun
Matthew Hope 
Dr. Brent Hrabik
Bill Ihling
Matt Kosinski
Jane McCoy
Eric Martin 
Lee C. Muller
Eric Murphy
The Neighborly Brothers
Three Old Men: Ric Garcia, Nick Dikin & Sam Bland
Paige Rhoads
Brandi Smith
Ben Stallings
Fran Stallings
P.J. Stephenson
Glen Woolard
Tony Zouplna
Anton Zouplna, Sr.
Anton Zouplna, III

EFM Board Members

Janet Brassart - Treasurer
Harold Brenzikofer
Travis Carmichael
Jessica Hopkins - Secretary
Marcia Lawrence - Music Manager, 2015 
Ben Stallings
Ellen Hansen
Fannie Harrell
Wanda Myers
Ruthann Resch - President
Becky Smith - Vice President
Brandi Smith