Maben Farmers’ Market enjoys good weather as winter sets in

By Terry Harpole

MABEN — On Nov. 3, early before the Maben Farmers’ Market opened at 8 a.m., many people were stirring around and going into Dew’s Place and the Sprint Mart for coffee and sausage and biscuits, and a few of these people had not been to the Farmers’ Market until Saturday.

Saturday was a pretty day and unusually warm for the season, and the crowd was heavy at times. Of course, we missed Tabitha Fulgham and her delicious pork rinds, and we missed the other regulars who had been coming.

We were happy to have a new vendor all the way from Indianola: Tiffanie Hancock. Miss Tiffanie did not make the drive from Indianola, but she and her husband, Tony, who is a sales rep for a pharmaceutical company, and their sons, Miller 14, Graham 4, and daughter, Jon Hayden 12, have moved into the home of Julio and Dorothy Williams Diaz.

Tiffanie’s mother came up from Indianola, and helped her set up and sell many items like clothes and furniture. The town of Maben and the Maben Farmers’ Market welcome the Hancock family to our town.

Of course, we were happy to have back with us William Shaw, and he had a good day as always, and sold much of his turnip greens, collards and kale. I got some of his turnip greens and tomatoes and sweet potatoes from Vardaman.

We are always happy to see Wanda Gray and her husband, Sam, from Eupora come back. But Saturday, Sam went to see Mississippi State play Texas A&M at Starkville. In the absence of Sam, who will be back this Saturday, Wanda’s sisters, Shirley Carpenter and Connie Shurden, were helping her, and they sold many bags of shelled pecans, and, Alabama, Ole Miss and other plaques. Wanda and Sam were sold out of Mississippi State plaques, but promise to have more this week.

And Shawn Nygard, minister of Midway Church of Christ and president of the Maben Chamber of Commerce, was on hand selling chances for a rifle to be given at the market on Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. The tickets are $2 each or three for $5 and a choice of any one of three different rifles.

While selling tickets, Shawn and all the people were entertained by 4- year-old Graham Hancock.

For information about the Farmers’ Market and the tickets for the rifle to be given, people may call Jane Collins at 263-8458.