By Jane Collins, Manager Maben Farmers’ Market
MABEN — Rain had been falling off and on all week in Maben and the Farmers’ Market lot looked like a lake early Saturday morning with more rain threatening to fall.
The volunteers started clearing off water about 5:45 a.m., set up a tent and made ready for another market day. William Shaw of Columbus was already set up under a tent and unloading produce when the volunteers arrived.
As the morning proceeded a couple more vendors arrived and set up, Rosanne Thinnes of Eupora and Leola Mason of Noxapater. By opening time we had three of our very best vendors set up and ready to sell.
The crowds were thin at first, but as the rain held off and the sun began to peep between the clouds the customers started streaming in and before the market was over the vendors had sold all their wares.
Volunteers Earl Blade and Gladys Hendrix greeted each customer. At the rear of the lot was a table set up by the Chamber where Nellie Blade was selling chances on the shotgun to be given away at the market in August.
Shaw specializes in the very best fresh produce available. Saturday he had bags of shelled pink-eyed purple-hull peas, baby lima and pintos. He also brought butternut squash, and Lena could help you figure out how to bake one into a delicious casserole by adding two eggs, a little sugar, butter and vanilla with a pecan topping. Yum!
He also had sweet corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and green snap beans. He says that this is just about the last of the snap beans, but he can get baby limas, speckled butterbeans, pink-eyed purple hull peas, crowder peas, green pinto beans and lady peas on special orders. If you are interested in bags of shelled beans or peas make a special order by calling him at 552-6954.
Mason, of Noxapater Catering, came with hot sausage biscuits, which were promptly sampled by the volunteers, Lavenia Yeatman, Pat Harpole and Jane Collins. She also had her usual caramel pies, caramel, red velvet and fresh apple cakes, Amish Friendship cakes, pecan pies, and fried fruit pies, all of which can be pre-ordered by calling 724-2513.
Thinnes and daughter-in-law Maddy showed up with a truckload of beautiful ripe tomatoes that they sold for $1 a pound. They sold 150 pounds and gave the market committee a box of about two dozen tomatoes to give to our drawing winner.
Nicky Lewis drew the name of Peggy Pierce of Mathiston. She graciously donated the $30 prize to the Maben Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the Farmers’ Market; however, she was thrilled to receive the box of tomatoes donated by Rosanne as a special prize.
The Maben Farmers’ Market operates every Saturday through September, rain or shine, on the lot next to the Maben Post Office. New vendors are welcome to join the market. Vendors must fill out a registration form and pay a $5 fee to participate. New customers are also welcome to come enjoy the friendly atmosphere and find some special buys.