Peaches big attraction at market

By Jane Collins, Manager Maben Farmers’ Market

MABEN — It had rained about 2 inches early Saturday morning before the Maben Farmers’ Market opened, so volunteers were out early sweeping off about 2 inches of water that had collected on the concrete floor of the open lot next door to the Post Office.

William Shaw was already there setting up his booth at 6 a.m. when the volunteers arrived. He had about 10 bushels of shelled purple hull peas and butter beans that had been preordered, but a big attraction was the large baskets of fresh peaches that sold out completely. He also brought okra, tomatoes, yellow squash and onions.

Greg’s Produce Barn brought the first raw peanuts and large plums we’ve seen this year. Greg’ mother, Kay and her husband, Jim Henry, also featured shelled peas, watermelons, cantaloupes, peaches and tomatoes.

Percy Outlaw and Della Pace from Aree’s Place in Starkville came with muscadines, scuppernongs, pears, apples, and freshly baked sweet potato pies and brownies.

Leola Mason from Noxapater was back last week with all the goodies she usually brings. Many of her regular customers preorder fried fruit pies in apple, peach or apricot.

The $30 prizewinner for the week was James Upchurch of Sturgis. The Maben Chamber of Commerce will have a big drawing for a shotgun at the market at 10 a.m. Saturday Chances are on sale for $2 each or three chances for $5.

Get your chances on the shotgun at the Farmers’ Market this week or at Dew’s Place in Maben or any chamber member. For more information about vendors or the market call 263-8458.