By Jane Collins, Manager Maben Farmers’ Market
MABEN — Although it looked like it was going to start raining any minute, the Maben Farmers’ Market opened as usual Saturday at 7 a.m., and continued until close with just a few drops of rain as the cool breeze blew in from the west.
Friendly volunteers and vendors greeted everyone who came to shop, and treated them to a great selection of homegrown and handcrafted items.
As usual, Shaw Farms offered great fall varieties greens, decorative gourds, eggplant, yellow squash, peanuts, tomatoes. The huge bunches of kale, turnip and mustard greens were available for the first time this year, but William Shaw promises to have them through the rest of the fall. Also, his access to Vardaman sweet potatoes will provide plenty of the delicious tubers as the season progresses.
A new vendor, Willie Ree Williamson of Maben, displayed her hand- painted wooden plaques that can be used as Christmas ornaments or wall decorations, or displayed on a plate stand. Many designs seemed to appeal to children and adults alike.
Percy Outlaw of Starkville had beautiful muscadines and scuppernongs from his garden near Blackjack Road. Della Tate had also been busy during the week to produce delicious pies, cakes and chowchow. They plan to be back next week with more goodies.
Brian Eaddy, a ninth-grader at Hebron Christian School, is learning the bee keeping business from his grandfather, Dr. Vanik Eaddy, and his father, Trevan Eaddy. Last week his sister got in on the enterprise. Alyssa is a first-grader at East Webster Elementary. We love young entrepreneurs and encourage other young people to come to the market to sell their special products.
Also, back last week was Cathy Allison, who is a master crafts person. She specializes in tie-dyed baby clothes, colorful embroidered burp cloths, hand-knitted face and dishcloths, decorative tiles and quilted coasters, home-baked dog bone-shaped treats for your pet and darling neckties or bows for babies.
Leola Mason of Noxapater Catering and Cake Decorating brought her usual delicious offerings of cakes, pies, fried fruit pies and sausage biscuits. Everyone always loves to visit her table and stock up on her famous apricot, peach and apple fried pies. She has regular customers who come every week to claim a dozen or more of the tasty treats.
The winner of the $30 cash drawing was Vicki Bell of Mathiston. She got a chance to be in the drawing for each $5 she spent with one of our vendors.
The Maben Market will be open every Saturday from 7 to 10 a.m. through September and perhaps through October also. Many fall crops will yield tasty additions to the dinner table. Continue to check out the produce at the market through the fall. We will be looking for you.
For more information about becoming a vendor or making special orders from our vendors call 263-8458.