Find fresh produce at Farmers’ Market

By Jane Collins, Manager Maben Farmers’ Market

MABEN — The Maben Farmers’ Market is the place to find fresh produce and other good shopping on a Saturday morning from 7 til 10 a.m.

William Shaw was there last Saturday with beautiful butternut squash, yellow squash, okra, tomatoes, shelled purple-hulled peas, butterbeans and speckled butterbeans. These sleeves of shelled peas can be ordered in advance.

Tucker Shaw shared his grandfather’s space selling handcrafted paracord bracelets and keyrings.

Near the front of the lot Greg’s Produce Barn from Starkville is represented by vendors Jim and Kay Henry, Greg being Kay’s son. Their offerings included sweet corn, peaches, watermelon, cantaloupe, tomatoes, peppers, onions, lemon cucumbers and other choices.

Next, the shopper will find varieties of homegrown watermelons brought by Mike Bone form Pontotoc County. These he was selling for a dollar apiece or three for $5. What a bargain! Shoppers were really pleased to find such luscious melons for that reasonable price.

Need a hand carrying all your purchases to your vehicle? Our vendors give that service.

One of the first vendors to greet you is always Tabitha Fulgham from Mathiston. She sells her now-famous Fulgham Pork Rinds and she has regular customers who come every week to indulge in this special treat. Tabitha shares her space with her soon-to-be 4-year-old daughter Emily, who offered ice-cold hand-squeezed lemonade. That was a really popular booth especially around mid-morning when the sun came out really strong.

Next to Tabitha was Peggy Paepka’s space featuring one-of-a-kind necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Leola Mason was there with Noxapater Catering “Fancy Cake and Tasty Pastry” offerings, especially the fried fruit pies that folks line up for when the market opens at 7 a.m.

Percy Outlaw and Della Tate brought fresh pears and figs from their Starkville farm. Katie Blade of Maben sold large homegrown tomatoes for 50 cents apiece. She was helped by her two sons, Brandon and Wesley.

Wesley Blade was asked to draw the name of our cash winner this week; Sara Medders of Eupora won $30. Shoppers are given a chance to win cash for every $5 they spend with a vendor.

Vendors are encouraged to come sell their wares on Saturdays from 7 to 10 a.m. through September. There is a charge of $5 for a 10- by 10- foot space. The market is next to the Maben Post Office.

All are welcome to shop in the shade with our friendly vendors. It’s the place to be on Saturday mornings this summer. For more information call 263-8458 or 263-4387.