Maben Farmers’ Market gearing up for season

By Jane Collins, Manager Maben Farmers’ Market

The Maben Farmers’ Market featured fresh fruit and vegetables brought by William Shaw on Saturday. Shaw promises to be in Maben every week with a good supply of beautiful produce. A new vendor was Danny Akers from the Center Grove community, who brought large racks of barbecued pork ribs, smoked with a special rub, and also packages of pulled pork. Akers, a certified ServSafe dealer, smokes his meat on a barbecue rig that he promises to bring to the market to demonstrate his technique. Noxapater Catering vendor Leola Mason was back with her beautiful red velvet, caramel and apple-spice cakes, and famous fried pies. Mason has been coming to Maben weekly during the season for more than six years. She plans to be at the Maben Market most Saturdays through September. Tabitha Fulgham was back with her popular fried pork skins in original, hot, and salt and vinegar flavors. These are always a treat and she usually sells out, so come early to get the best choice. The same goes for Leola’s fried pies. The winner of the cash drawing was Donald O’Brian, a local merchant in Maben who operates the NAPA Auto Parts store downtown. Accepting the check for his grandfather was Cole Phelps, who was working at the store at the time of the drawing near the end of the Market time. Customers get a chance to win the jackpot every time they spend $5 with our vendors. The jackpot consists of the amount of money taken in by the market from vendors’ fees up to $30 each week. The Maben Market invites vendors to come be a part of our weekly Saturday event. Vendors must register to participate, and a $5 fee is charged for each 10- by 10-foot space. The market is growing and as the season comes to harvest we expect more and more local vendors to have produce to sell. We especially get calls for corn, watermelons, cantaloupe and homegrown tomatoes, squash and beans. Setup time for vendors is 6:30 a.m. each Saturday, and the market hours are 7 til 10 a.m. For more information call 263-4387, 263-8458 or 263-8327.