Customers enjoy cool morning at market

By Jane Collins, Manager Maben Farmers’ Market

MABEN — A cool August morning sounds like a contradiction in terms, but that’s exactly what folks enjoyed last Saturday at the Maben Farmers’ Market.

Nellie Blade was busy selling chances on the shotgun that the Maben Chamber of Commerce is giving away on Aug. 25 at the market. Chances sell for $2 each or three chances for $5, with just a little over a week remaining to purchase your chance. Proceeds will be used to fund scholarships for high school seniors and other projects to promote the local economy.

Beautiful vegetables were available from Shaw Farms. William Shaw says that the second crop of beans and peas should be available by next week, but call him to make sure he will have them. He is also expecting to have some new-crop sweet potatoes from Vardaman in the next week or two. His grandson Tucker was there selling paracord bracelets and key chains, and agreed to draw the name of our cash winner.

Percy Outlaw was back with a fresh crop of beautiful muscadines, scuppernongs and huge pears from his place near Starkville. Della Tate brought luscious sweet potato and coconut pies, and also banana- pear bread loaves. She also brought a variety of home-canned relishes and preserves.

Beekeepers Brian Eaddy and his dad, Trevan, brought pints and quarts of honey from near Maben. Some people think that eating honey from nectar near home prevents some allergies. It can’t hurt to give it a try.

Leola Mason of Noxapater apologized that she was unable to come to the market the previous week because of a death in her family. She promised to be back with all of the orders she was not able to deliver on the 11th. She will arrive with a carload of fresh cakes, pies and fruit pies.

Molly Raines of Ackerman was the winner of the $30 cash drawing at the end of the market. She was delighted to learn that she had won and vowed to return soon to the Maben Market. If you are interested in becoming one of our vendors or would like to make advance orders with a vendor call 263-8458.