By Jane Collins, Manager Maben Farmers’ Market
MABEN — The Maben Farmers’ Market begins a new schedule for fall starting Saturday and continuing until Nov. 17, the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
The new time to start selling will be 8 a.m. There will be no more fees for vendors and there will be no more cash drawings for the $30. The market manager will be William Shaw of Shaw Farms.
Vendors who wish to set up will check in with him before setting up on one of the 10-foot by 10-foot spaces. The Chamber of Commerce will have a presence at the market each week because someone will be selling chances on the new Browning deer rifle to be given away on Nov. 17, the last day of the market.
Leola Mason, who has been at the market faithfully since May 1, will not be back this season. She begins her appearances at fall festivals around the state, so you might catch up with her at one of these to enjoy her delicious cakes and fried fruit pies. A new vendor, Maggie Cooks of Starkville, plans to be back with a fresh supply of homemade soup and pear preserves. She enjoyed visiting with our vendors and customers last week, and loved the friendly atmosphere.
Vanessa Fulgham of Mathiston returned last Saturday with a fresh supply of pork rinds. She has promised to continue to come to the market as often as possible this fall. Brian Eaddy was also there with a large supply of honey and a new item, muscadine jelly.
Because of his football schedule (he is a freshman playing for Hebron Christian School, which has not lost a game so far this year) he may not be back to the market this season. However, he lives near Maben and can continue to fill special orders when asked. For information on how to contact him and other vendors call 263-8458. Shaw came to the market with a huge supply of turnip and mustard greens, Vardaman sweet potatoes, vine-ripened tomatoes and two large peanut pumpkins. Sometime soon he expects to have kale and collards.
New vendors will check in with him before they set up to sell from now on. This week only, on Saturday, he will be selling sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and mustard and turnip greens. Tucker Shaw was also set up at his grandfather’s booth selling paracord bracelets and key rings.
The winner of the cash drawing was Mollie Raines of Ackerman. Remember, there will be no more cash drawings for the rest of this season at the Maben Farmers’ Market.