Solid turnout caps off start to 2021 Emporia Farmers Market outdoor season Featured

Solid turnout caps off start to 2021 Emporia Farmers Market outdoor season Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News

The start of the Emporia Farmers Market brought out hundreds of local residents to the parking lot at 7th and Merchant Saturday morning.

Residents spent the early morning hours sampling and purchasing fresh local produce, unique crafts and so much more from a variety of vendors in attendance. This included Chad DeCrow, affectionately known by market regulars as "the Bread Man."

DeCrow is a full-time baker who makes his living selling fresh artisan breads at the Vault Meats and Cheeses and says the Farmers Market is a great tool that helps him expand his everyday clientele.


While some come to the Farmers Market to expand their business or possibly get their start, others come to educate themselves and others on foreign cultures. Case in point is Emporia State foreign exchange student Alexia Moreno of France.

She, and her roommate, were in attendance Saturday selling traditional French foods and even making some fresh crapes for market visitors. Moreno says attending the market provides a tremendous educational opportunity for herself and local residents.


Saturday's market was not the only kickoff that will be taking place in the coming days. Weekday Farmers markets in Olpe and Allen are also set to get underway this week. The Olpe markets will begin Monday at 5 pm while the Allen markets kick off Thursday at 5 pm.

For more information on the Emporia Farmers Market, find them on Facebook.


Photos by Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News 

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