Fall produce at Maben Farmers’ Market

By Jane Collins, Manager Maben Farmers’ Market

MABEN — The first day of autumn brought beautiful weather for the Maben Farmers’ Market last Saturday.

The vendors featured great fall produce and delicious homemade baked, fried and canned goods. William Shaw of Columbus had the most beautiful turnip and mustard greens of the season so far. He also had Vardaman sweet potatoes and luscious vine-ripened tomatoes. These tomatoes have made wonderful tomato sandwiches all season long, and they are still fabulous!

Destiny Crenshaw, a senior at East Webster, and Heather Thompson, a student at EMCC at Mayhew, came with unusual peanut pumpkins for sale. These make lovely additions to fall arrangements and were selling reasonably for $3, $4 and $5, depending on size. Destiny also brought two darling puppies to give away, and sure enough one of the other vendors, Della Tate, took one home for a grandchild.

Percy Outlaw and Tate, of Starkville, had a good supply of their homegrown muscadines, scuppernongs and pears. They also were selling pecan pies, strawberry bread, brownies, jellies and yellow squash relish.

Leola Mason of Noxapater was busy selling her fried fruit pies and other baked items to a steady stream of regular customers. Almost everyone who comes to the market makes their way to her table and comes away with a huge smile thinking about the delicious treats they can look forward to when they dig into their purchases.

Vanessa Fulgham of Mathiston was also there with a good supply of pork rinds. In fact, she sold out by the end of the market. We hope she will come every week from now til our last market day on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

This Saturday is the last regular market day this year. Beginning in October, because of the shortening days, we will begin the market at 8 a.m. instead of 7 a.m. and stay until about 11 a.m. There will be no more cash drawings, but we hope to have many of our regular vendors and maybe some new ones.

With the later hours we will not charge vendors to come to sell. A member of the Maben Chamber of Commerce will be on hand to sell chances on the Browning deer rifle, which sell for $2 each or three chances for $5.

The winner of the $30 cash drawing was Jimmy Hamilton of Maben. This week is our last cash drawing so don’t miss your last chance to win. For more information about the Maben Market call 263-8458.