Shoppers brave cold at Farmers’ Market

By Jane Collins, Manager Maben Farmers’ Market

MABEN — Once again Wanda and Sam Gray of Eupora came to the Maben market Saturday to sell shelled paperhull pecan halves from this year’s crop.

To add to her offerings Wanda had made trail mix featuring her pecan halves with Chex cereals and pretzels. She had also made up some of her famous praline-pecan candy and roasted salted pecan halves to add to her products. Some of her products were packaged in Christmas tins, ready for gift giving.

In addition to the pecan goodies, the Grays also had a collection of posters for sale that featured the mascots of the traditional SEC teams from before the early 1990s. If you know any SEC fans these would make a sentimental Christmas gift at a reasonable price. The couple plans to be back this week to the market.

William Shaw was there as usual with beautiful turnip greens with nice turnip tips, mustard greens, collards and kale. He promised to be back with many more bunches than he brought this last week. If you came and were not able to purchase exactly what you wanted, he will be well stocked this week.

He also had large vine-ripened tomatoes, but he said they were just about gone, so he can’t promise that he will have some this week, but if he can bring some you won’t find any better tomatoes anywhere around here. Of course, he had a good supply of sweet potatoes direct from his sister’s farm in Vardaman. Another product he brought was a large quantity of large raw peanuts.

The Maben Chamber of Commerce also sold a goodly number of chances on the Browning A-Bold Composite Stalker rifle. The winner will have a choice of a .243, .270 or .30-06 rifle to be given away at the market on Nov. 17. Tickets are for $2 or three for $5.

We will be there three more Saturdays from 8 a.m. til 10 a.m. before the giveaway. If you are interested in being a vendor there is no cost. Just set up before 8 a.m., bring your own table and chair, price your items for sale and make a sign for your booth. For more information about the market or any of our vendors call 263-8458.