Market has friendly atmosphere, bargains

By Jane Collins, Manager Maben Farmers’ Market

MABEN — Saturday saw the largest group of vendors at the Maben Farmers’ Market to date.

Fourteen vendors set up in Maben offering the public a wide variety of produce and other handcrafted items. Preteen vendors were selling not only family-grown items, but also colorful handmade jewelry.

Whitney Winter brought dozens of her hand-woven wristbands and necklaces. She also had beautiful wooden birdhouses put together by her grandfather and which she decorated. Kaley Stovall and Gage Bigham, also young entrepreneurs, helped sell handmade fish scale scrapers at Brenda Washington’s booth, where she was selling large homegrown tomatoes.

Seven vendors had brought fresh produce, much of which was grown in local gardens. There were beautiful tomatoes at three booths, rattlesnake green beans, squash, blueberries, corn, blackberries and more. Crafts were brought by Ted Cole of Mantee who works in wood; Angel Martin of Starkville, who fashions handsome pottery; and Kathy Davenport of Weir, who does quilts and aprons for Cherry Street Quilts. Regular vendors were there too: Shaw Farms, Fulgham’s Pork Rinds, Noxapater Cakes and fried pies, and Danny Akers BBQ ribs, chicken quarters and pulled pork.

The winner of the $30 drawing was Trey Harper of Eupora. Shoppers are rewarded each week at the Maben Farmers’ Market by the friendly atmosphere, the great bargains and the chance to win cash by spending money with our vendors.

New vendors are encouraged to come Saturdays, fill out the registration form, pay a fee of $5 to set up and sell their wares. For more information call 263-8458 or 263-4387.