By Dottie Dewberry For the WPT
MABEN — Saturday, the second edition of the Maben Farmer’s Market kicked off at 7 a.m. sharp with Pat Harpole overseeing the event. This year things will be somewhat different but similar: vendors will pay $5 to rent a space; the drawing for cash prize will be at 9:30 a.m.; the market will be held on Saturday at popular request; and it will continue to be held on the lot next to the Maben Post Office; farm produce will be for sale, but flea market items will also be available; popular music will be played; and friendly market staff and patrons will be as always. WCBI made an appearance for the opening, which gives the market more publicity seeking a wider range of vendors and patrons. The market had a number of returning vendors and a few new ones: J. Buckner Pottery (Jeanette Buckner), Dolly’s Unique Designs (Dolly Hollingsworth) and Little Peeps Poultry (Zach Nason). William Shaw’s Farm, returning vendor, was on hand with an abundance of fresh garden produce: squash, green beans, cucumbers, potatoes (Irish and sweet) and onions. Noxapater Catering (Leola Mason), returning vendor, arrived to everyone’s delight. She brought 139 fried pies, which sold out quick as a wink. She also had her usual supply of cakes The drawing was held at 9:30 a.m. and Ashley Flora won the $30. To participate in the drawing, a patron must purchase $5 worth of merchandise. Then he or she receives a voucher that is taken to the registration table, where his or her name is put in the “pot” for the drawing. The three hours the market is open go fast as the townspeople and the area folk come out to socialize and make purchases. Come be a part of the success of the Maben Farmer’s Market each Saturday morning, from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m.