Dec 30, 2010

Emporia Opens Winter Farmers Market

While most farmers markets have taken down the tents and signs by late October, the Emporia Farmers Market is exploring an indoor winter market one day a month from November - April. The market takes place at 701 Commercial on the second Saturday of each month, and is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In November, sixteen vendors filled the building full of local produce, home baked goods and a variety of hand-crafted items for the first wintermarket of the season. In December, local musicians and hot bowls of homemade soup, plus holiday goodies and crafts made for a holiday shopping experience.

Carrots, beets, lettuce, and broccoli were popular treats for shoppersthanks to hoop house gardeningefforts of local vendor, Gene Rayburn. Produce also included fall favorites such as butternut and cushaw squash, turnips, and a wide variety of apples. Farm fresh eggs and frozen poultry, as well as local hamburger, pork sausage and buffalo minute steaks are available at the market. Homemade jams and jellies, banana and zucchini breads, cookies, cinnamon rolls, homemade pies, and many kinds of yeast breads also fill vendor tables.

The produce and products sold atEFM are grown, made, or baked by the vendors. No resale of purchased items is allowed. To receive the EFM free enewsletter, contact Tracy Simmons, Market Manager at 620-343-6555 or

From “Emporia Winter Farmers Market Report”, Nov. 30, 2010)

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