Melody Peterson got two blue ribbons for two of her knit creations at the Harvey County Fair. Two loaves of bread baked by the Little Red Hen each received a blue. Awarded a total of nine Blues for vegetables at the Harvey County Fair was the team of Justin and Cindy Miller. Our “retired” and still active Harry Kasitz earned 10 Blue ribbons for garden produce and flowers.


Come visit us on Tuesdays and Saturdays for the finest home grown food and crafts. It is blue ribbon quality!


Congratulations to Hague's Paint and Decorating, 40 years in business on Main Street in Newton. Brenda Hague is one of our Harvey County Farmers Market shoppers and is originally from Peabody. Her family had a garden which provided a significant amount of fresh, nutritious food as part of their everyday diet. Plus, there was sharing and bartering with friends and neighbors. Buying Local is an old school, timeless and valued tradition.


From the “Top 10” at

1. Buy Local - support yourself

“When you make purchases from an independent, locally owned business, rather than a nationally owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms — continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.”

In addition, most new jobs are usually created by small business. And 68 percent of your value spent locally stays local. That percentage is higher for locally produced food and crafts.


4. “Reduce environmental impact: Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transportation and generally set up shop in town or city centers as opposed to developing on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.”

Nearly all of our food produce at HCFM is from scratch, utilizing “used sunshine and recycled rain water,” plus lots of time and elbow grease. Sustainable food production while building soil health and conserving the land, and fewer inputs and chemicals.


Duane Buller is back with us for the rest of the HCFM season. From Hesston, Duane markets Emma Creek Honey. Initial reports indicate a recent, bountiful harvest from a well-managed crew of worker bees. For the best nutrition and allergy effect, always get honey from within 25 miles of your home.


Upcoming Events:

Aug 19 - Angela Becker, candidate for Newton School Board / USD 373.

Meet and greet, get to know your neighbor.


Would you like to be on our calendar? Call Norm at 316-587-8070.


HCFM is searching for music and dance groups to add some entertainment flair to our market.


HCFM, your bulls-eye destination to start your Newton weekend. Be early and on time to get the best quality and value available in Harvey County.


Directions: From Camp Hawk, travel East to Kansas Ave (old US 81 / K-15), then travel in a northerly direction to Main and Sixth Street, then East one-half block; HCFM is located just south of the Carriage Factory.


Open 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays and 3 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays.


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— Norm Oeding is a Harvey County Farmers Market board member.