Tomatoes, lemonade, figs at market

By Jane Collins, Manager Maben Farmers’ Market

MABEN — The tenth market day in Maben brought the threat of rain Saturday, but it did not deter the vendors or customers as many came to get their weekly supply of homegrown tomatoes, blackberries, corn, and other fresh fruits and vegetables.

Our two regular farms were represented with their usual bountiful supply of garden goodies. Both Shaw Farm and Greg’s Produce Barn brought a combination of peaches, purple hull peas, squash and, of course, shelled butterbeans and other specially ordered items.

William Shaw shared his space with his grandson, Tucker, who was selling paracord bracelets and key rings. Jim and Kay Henry brought homegrown vegetables from the Starkville business of their son Greg. Kathy Davenport from Weir was back with her beautiful quilted placemats, covers and hot pad holders plus aprons and pet food totebags. She also has a good supply of crocheted dishcloths in colorful patterns.

Tabitha Fulgham of Mathiston indulged her precious daughter, Emily, who has been wanting to have a lemonade stand. I declare that her lemonade was the most refreshing beverage I have had in a long time. Of course, Tabitha also featured her crunchy pork skins and sold out again!

Leola Mason of Noxapater literally had her customers lined up about 10 deep by the time she was ready to begin selling her delicious freshly baked cakes and fried fruit pies. Her products are always a big hit at the market.

Lovely pieces of original pottery were on display by Angel Martin of Starkville, who was accompanied by her husband, Alan. Peggy Paepke of Starkville was also back with more original jewelry and this time she also brought decorative knives that her husband had collected. She was willing to sell these at a bargain so they would move.

The winner of the cash giveaway was again Jo Ann Bennett of near Eupora. She won the $30 prize the previous week and came back to purchase lots more, which gave her more chances to win. For every $5 a customer spends with a vendor they receive a chance to win cash. You do not have to be present to win; we will call the winner using the phone number they are required to give us with their name.

If you would like to be a vender at the Maben market call 263-8458 or 263-4387 for more information. The market is every Saturday from 7 til 10 a.m. Venders are charged $5 for a space to set up.

Come early and enjoy the friendly atmosphere as you do your trading in the shade on the lot next door to the Maben Post Office.

The Maben Farmers’ Market is sponsored by the Maben Chamber of Commerce and is operated by volunteers from Maben.