By Jane Collins, Manager Maben Farmers’ Market
MABEN — The Maben Farmers’ Market is a fun place to be on Saturday mornings. You will find friendly vendors and volunteers to greet you, lively music to entertain you, and great bargains to entice you.
While the vintage music of Fats Domino, Roy Orbison and Little Richard adds a rhythm to your step you will move from vendors selling fresh produce to honey to home-baked goods to colorful crafts, all in the same location on the lot next to the post office in Maben.
Cathy Allison of Oktibbeha Lake Road near Starkville was there Saturday for the first time this year. She brought a good supply of gourmet dog biscuits, mixed and baked at home and sure to be a tasty treat for the most finicky dog.
She also brought soft-knitted wash clothes with darling bunnies and other clever patterns worked into the design. She had beautiful tile or cloth coasters, darling placemats with handy forks and spoons built in, colorful burp clothes and tie-dye onesies, and beautifully knitted baby comforters. Her baby items are perfect for gifts when that special newborn makes an arrival.
Brian Eaddy returned to the market with a large supply of honey. His beehives are near Maben so it is ideal for combating any allergies you might have, but also a delicious and healthy way to add a little sweetness to your life.
William Shaw continues to bring special items of fresh produce every week. Last week he had huge raw peanuts, beautiful eggplants, decorative squash, pears, tomatoes, yellow squash, green beans, and special orders of lady peas, crowder peas, speckled butterbeans, and pink-eyed purple hull peas.
He is pretty sure his Vardaman sweet potatoes will be plentiful this week, and that huge bunches of turnip and other greens are just about ready for harvest. Look for the greens in the weeks to come as the season continues. Tucker Shaw brought a friend, Peyton Copley, to help sell his paracord bracelets and key chains.
More fresh vegetables were available from Jared Seals of West Point. He and his wife, Kellie, grow heirloom Star of David okra, anaheim peppers, Amish and wild cherry tomatoes, and Kentucky pole green beans. He uses organic methods of farming and loves working the earth to try new varieties.
He is an enlightened farmer who is interesting to visit with because he has such varied skills and interests. He told me he has experienced many colleges studying computer science, history, and most recently, agriculture at MSU in Starkville.
Leola Mason of Noxapater Catering brought her usual delicious assortment of cakes, pies and fried fruit pies. She will take special orders for any of her offerings.
Percy Outlaw and Della Tate of Starkville were there with homegrown muscadines, sweet potato and coconut pies, strawberry banana bread, and various jellies and relishes.
Peyton Copley of Mathiston drew the name of the winner of the $30 drawing: Frankie Williamson of near Maben, who has won before.
That’s probably because he is a regular customer who comes almost every week to buy fried pies from Leola Mason.
You too might become a regular customer if you come to Maben on Saturdays to enjoy the experience that is the Farmers’ Market. We are open from 7 til 10 a.m. and will be open through September, and maybe on into the fall. For more information on becoming a vendor or contacting vendors for special orders call 263-8458.