Unique jewelry, blackberries at market

By Jane Collins, Manager Maben Farmers’ Market

MABEN — New vendors came Saturday to the Maben Farmers’ Market offering unique jewelry, blackberries and flea market items.

Rosanne Thinnes of Eupora was here with her beautiful garden blackberries, but will be back all summer with her famous delicious homegrown tomatoes, both green and ripe red.

Peggy Paepke of Starkville brought many examples of her unique one-of- a-kind necklaces, bracelets and earrings handcrafted by herself and her sister, Yvonne Pearson. Cheryl J. Smith of Mathiston brought antique glass candleholders, a silver tea service and assorted decorative painted china pieces that she loved, but chose to part with so she could have the fun of replacing them.

Greta Bryant of Maben brought a wide variety of gently used clothes, especially children’s jeans, shirts and even camouflaged coveralls.

Danny Akers of Center Grove pleased the early morning crowd by selling coffee and sausage biscuits in addition to his delicious barbecue pork ribs, pulled pork and chicken quarters.

William Shaw of Columbus brought a large variety of tomatoes, fresh sweet corn, okra, squash and special-order shelled peas, speckled butterbeans and limas. Tucker Shaw of Eupora, William’s grandson, also sat in the Shaw space and sold handmade paracord bracelets and key chains.

Kay and Jim Henry of Greg’s Produce in Starkville brought homegrown red and green tomatoes, fresh green beans, onions, cucumbers, apples, cantaloupe and watermelon. Brenda Washington of Pheba was there with large homegrown tomatoes, and Jennifer Stovall and Gage Bigham were also selling woven bracelets in the same space. A special visitor sat in with Gage when Johnthan Banks, originally from Maben but now the MSU football star, came to the market and greeted many old friends.

Angel Martin came again with the specially fashioned pottery platters, plates, bowls, egg separator and cross necklaces; check her out at Angelic Artwork on Facebook. Kathy Davenport specializes in handmade quilted items, crocheted washcloths, and darling tote bags and aprons. Her daughter, Caroline, again brought her delicious cupcakes and other goodies.

Finally, Tabitha Fulgham’s Pork Rinds and Noxapater Catering were there to sell their tasty wares. These two respected vendors always have regular customers who depend on them to satisfy their appetite for these treats. Rose Coffey Graham, leader of the Generation II 4-H Club, came by to share information on “Feel better today. Stay healthy for tomorrow” as a public service project.

Maben Farmers’ Market is a happening and friendly place. Come out on Saturdays from 7 till 10 a.m. on the lot next to the Maben Post Office. We welcome new vendors who are willing to register and pay a $5 fee for a space. Venders should come by 6:30 a.m. to find a space and set up. Customers are encouraged to patronize our vendors. For every $5 spent with a vendor the patron gets a chance to win $30. Nicky Lewis of Maben drew the winning name of Jo Ann Bennett from Springhill, north of Bellefontaine, who received the cash prize this week.

Despite the hot weather, our market is mostly in the shade and enjoys a cooling breeze most of the morning.