Thursday, June 11, 2015

Cinnamon Rolls, Knitters, and Music by Lee Muller at Saturday’s Market

Join the fun at the Emporia Farmers Market, open at 8am on Saturday, June 13, in the parking lot at 7th and Merchant, downtown Emporia. Market manager, Tracy Simmons, invites all area knitters to celebrate World Wide Knit in Public Day at the market on Saturday. Bring a chair, show off your projects, and teach a neighbor how to knit while enjoying the music of Americus singer and songwriter, Lee Muller.

Saturday’s market also features the first Murphy’sMenu Cook-Off of the season. The theme is cinnamon rolls; the contest is, “Who makes the best?”

Please indicate your intention to compete in the Cinnamon Roll Cook-off by calling or emailing Regina Murphy no later than Noon on Friday at 342-4800 or Entry and recipe should be delivered to the market kiosk no later than 7:50am on Saturday. Plan for about 50 bite-sized servings. At market start, shoppers will be invited to taste and vote for their favorite entries. The winner will be announced in the Emporia Gazette and will receive $10 in market money, a cookbook courtesy of the Emporia Area Local Food Network, plus a feature in The Emporia Gazette. Guidelines and future Cook-Off dates can be found online at

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


Monday, June 8, 2015

Emporia Farmers Market Entering Prime Produce Season

The Emporia Farmers Market opens at 5pm on Wednesday, June 10, in the parking lot at 7th and Merchant, downtown Emporia. Wednesday’s market will feature Grass-Fed beef by Graze the Prairie and ready-to-eat bierocks from market vendor, Linda Simmons.

The produce selection is growing: homegrown tomatoes arrived last week and are now available at several vendor stands. Fruits and vegetables expected include strawberries, mulberries, a variety of greens, including kale and spinach, carrots, cabbage, beets, peas and more. Look forward to peppers, eggplant, and a growing selection at coming markets.

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, April 21, 2015

Saturday, April 25, Flint Hills sustainability Fair

Upcoming Sustainability Fair Focuses on Conserving Water

On Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm will be the 2015 Flint Hills Sustainability Fair at the Flint Hills Technical College (FHTC). As we prepare for the fair, the age old question, “Sustainability, What is it?” comes to mind. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), sustainability is everything we need for our survival and well-being that comes from our natural environment. The goal of sustainability is that humans and nature can exist in productive harmony to continue to have water, minerals, and other resources needed to protect our health and the environment. We all should want to do our part in making sure many of the resources like water and other minerals are available to future generations. So when we discuss being sustainable here on a local level, we often use the word “green.” Being “green” can be achieved several different ways; whether that is recycling many household items (newspapers, plastic bottles, or aluminum cans), planting your own garden, or composting your grass clippings and other compostable waste materials from your house.

This year the fair is focusing on water conservation. Many of the agencies that will have informational booths located in the conference room at the FHTC have an area of focus of water and water conservation. Along with the different booths there will be informational seminars and a workshop focusing on water conservation. Just like last year, K-State Research and Extension, Lyon County has partnered with FHTC to bring the informational seminars to this area during the Sustainability Fair. The schedule for this year’s Sustainability Fair is:

9:00 am – Xeriscape Landscaping, presented by Travis Carmichael, Lyon County Horticulture Extension Agent. This presentation will discuss how using a xeriscape landscape helps conserve water and ways homeowners can go about putting in this kind of landscape.

10:00 am – Water-Wise Plants, presented by Travis Carmichael, Lyon County Horticulture Extension Agent. This presentation is a companion presentation to the Xeriscape Landscaping. Plant varieties that use less water will be discussed during this presentation.

11:00 am - Rain Barrel Workshop, conducted by Amy Becker, Director of Sustainability and Community Education. During this workshop attendees will learn about rain barrels, how to build and ideas for using them.

The Emporia Farmers Market will have market venders at the Sustainability Fair as it is their unofficial kick-off to their outdoor market season. So, come on out to the 2015 Sustainability Fair and see what we have to offer. If you have any questions about the Sustainability Fair, please contact either Amy Becker at (620) 341-1335 or Travis Carmichael at (620) 341-3220 for more information.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

10 Reasons to Keep Shopping the Emporia Farmers Market in October

The season is changing, but vendors of the Emporia Farmers Market continue to gather in the parking lot at 7th and Merchant every Saturday at 8:00am and Wednesday at 5:00pm through the end of October. It’s fall harvest time! Don’t miss out.

As we count down the remaining markets in the parking lot, we thought we’d count down some of the many reasons to be shopping at the Emporia Farmers Market in October.

10) Apples, apples, apples. At last count, there were 9 varieties of apples at the Emporia Farmers Market. From sweet to tart, firm to soft, there is an apple for every taste. Don’t forget the apple cider and apple butter, as well.

9) Fresh baked bread, just like grandma used to make. Market baked goods vendors specialize in a variety of types of fresh baked breads. Purchasing from market is the next best thing to baking your own!

8) Sweet potatoes, oh my! All sizes of sweet potatoes (and several varieties) are at the market right now. They store well in a cool, dry, well-ventilated place, so go ahead and buy enough to get you through Thanksgiving!

7) Okra… a seasonal veggie that doesn’t stick around for long. Okra is at the market right now, and you can still buy tomatoes, as well. (Okra and tomatoes together make great fall meals).

6) Homemade pie… just take one home and pop it in your own oven. The family won’t care that you didn’t actually make it yourself. It’s pie!

5) The return of leafy greens… cooler temps mean a variety of lettuces and other greens will be returning to the market. Hardier than their store-bought counterparts, they store well for salads and sandwich fixings all week long!

4) Turnips, green onions, eggplant… yum, yum!

3) Handcrafted jewelry and original artwork by locals. If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind gift, the market is just the place to shop.

2) Peppers! All shapes and sizes, from hot-hot to sweet and mild. Vendors continue to bring a wide variety of peppers to the market this time of year.

1) It is the season of SQUASH – have you tried them all? Spaghetti, butternut, cushaw, acorn, zucchini, yellow crookneck (there is even a wide variety of yellow squash options) and more. Squash are an under served vegetable in many households. Pull out your cookbook and experiment a bit. From baked goods to soup, from sweet to savory, squash is an excellent addition to the fall meal plan.

Ongoing news and events for the Emporia Farmers Market can be found at Follow the market on Facebook, and sign up for the free e-newsletter and weekly market reminders.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

What is happening at the Sustainability Fair on Saturday?

Well, vendors from the farmers market will be there (produce, baked goods, grass fed beef, eggs, plants for the garden, crafts). As well, there will be booths by Tallgrass Custom Wood Products, Emporia Main Street, the Natural Resources Advisory Board.

ESB Financial will have the shred truck outside until noon!

Master Gardeners and Extension will be there with activities for the kids. Community Connections will be there, as well as Fuller Farms, Grace United Methodist Community Garden, Green Door Recycling & Interdependent Web.

There will be Tai chi demos outside, along with Glenn Fell of the Kansas Native Plant Society. Mary Lynn Kosinski will be there talking about water filtration systems, John Crisp on garden nutrients, Waters True Value with garden tools, Hague Water Filtration, and Unique Natural Cosmetics.

If that doesn't sound like something for everyone, don't forget that there will be balloons and free give-aways!

Join us at the Flint Hills Sustainability Fair on Saturday, starting at 9am.