Maben Farmers’ Market continues to grow

By Jane Collins, Manager Maben Farmers’ Market

MABEN — The Maben Farmers’ Market continues to grow each week. Sixteen vendors set up at the market Saturday offering fresh produce and other handmade and artistic products.

Greg’s Produce Barn of Starkville was represented by Kay and Jim Henry, who brought lots of fresh vegetables and fruit at reasonable prices. Angel Martin of Starkville brought a large sampling of her original pottery designs featuring unique plates, bowls and even necklaces.

Barbara Wright and her son, Eric, brought three kittens to give away, and Gage Bigham of Pheba was delighted to take the calico home with him.

Other new vendors include Christi Wilson of Pheba with her homemade goat milk soaps in several varieties. Peggy Paepke of Oktibbeha Lake community brought lovely handmade jewelry of original designs.

Stefanie and Chris Fulgham, also from Starkville, brought his hand- crafted necklaces and earrings along with her “redneck wine glasses” and collar bows. Toni McCarter of Pheba was back again for the first time this year with a full compliment of homemade breads and other treats.

Returning to the market were Danny Akers of Center Grove with his famous barbecue ribs, pulled pork and chicken quarters; Shaw Farms with a huge supply of fresh tomatoes, and both sweet and field corn among his other offerings; Kathy Davenport of Cherry Street Quilts in Weir with a large grouping of aprons, crocheted dish clothes, potholders and other specially designed quilts; Tabitha Fulgham with her taste-pleasing pork skins; Leola Mason of Noxapater offering her specialty cakes and fried pies; Brenda Washington and Jennifer Stovall of Pheba, who brought large tomatoes from their garden; Percy Outlaw from Starkville, who brought more large blackberries; Elizabeth Fulgham of Eupora, who was back with large blueberries; Ted Wright of Mathiston, who drove up with another truckload of homegrown ears of corn; and Ivy Janelle Fuller, who was back with cucumbers and other useful items for sale.

Jamie Allred of Maben won the $30 drawing at closing time. Each week customers earn a chance to win cash with each $5 purchase they make with one of our vendors. Vendors and volunteers are not eligible to win the prize even though they do a lot of shopping with the vendors.

The cost to set up for the market is $5 for a space on the lot next to the Maben Post Office. Call 263-8458 or 263-4387 for more information about the market. Both patrons and vendors enjoy the friendly and shady market atmosphere.