New vendors at Farmers’ Market

For the WPT


The Maben Farmers’ Market welcomed three new vendors with unique products last week.

David and Linda Early of Clarkson community near Mathiston brought lots of potatoes freshly dug from their patch Friday. David says that potatoes are about all he can grow that the deer will leave alone. Customers who bought these beauties were thrilled to find some fresh produce.

As the season goes along we hope that more farmers will bring their tomatoes, squash, turnip greens, purple hull peas, and fruits and berries. The season has been slow because of cold weather and an abundance of rain, but surely summer is here at last.

People from Maben will recognize Jean and Jim Threadgill, former Methodist pastors from this area. Although they have left Maben they are still active in the ministry filling the needs of four churches, two in Sturgis.

Saturday they brought a new product to share with women and men alike. Both have been using Rodan & Fields skin care products that rejuvenate skin, remove wrinkles and repair damage done by the sun or by skin rashes and acne. The whole system was on display with photographs that showed before-and-after comparisons.

The couple, though in their 80s (well, Jean is not quite there yet), demonstrated how much the product had improved their complexion in just six months of faithful use. If you are interested in finding out more about this product contact the Threadgills by calling 416-5290.

Myrna Crittenden of Eupora brought jars of home-canned jellies, preserves and relishes that looked great, but the really exciting products she brought were her samplings of Thrive Life Foods, mainly designed for survival food supplies in times of disaster.

The cans of product are freeze-dried but can be eaten right out of the can: dried vegetables (like green beans or corn kernels) or fruit (like mango or pineapple) that retain their color and flavor. The cans will last for 25 years if not opened, but the food is so delicious that you may not want to put it away for that long, but instead add water and eat it regularly.

Myrna is an independent consultant for the product and can show you how to mix the product in glass jars, use oxygen-absorbing packets to remove the oxygen from the jar and keep it on the shelf, where it will stay fresh for a long time before adding water to prepare delicious casseroles to eat right now. If you are interested in learning more about the Thrive system of food preservation call Myrna at 258-3263 or 256-655-4006.

Also back this week was Rubie Harris of Mathiston, who brought baked “fried pies,” fresh strawberry jam, individual pecan pies and a peach cobbler, all hot out of the oven. She promised to come back with more cakes, pies and jams.

Although Leola Mason of Noxapater could not be here last week, she promised to come every Saturday from now on through the summer bringing her famous fried pies, cakes and cream pies. Also, Vanessa Fulgham will be back before long with her famous pork skins. Right now she is on a fabulous senior trip to Colorado, having graduated from high school.

The winner of the $25 drawing was Sylvania Roberson of Maben. She had bought something from one of our vendors and gotten a chance to win the drawing for each $5 she spent.

We welcome all patrons and vendors to our market. Vendors just need to arrive before 7 on a Saturday morning, fill out a one-time registration form, pay a $5 fee for your space, and have fun selling and visiting on our shady lot next to the post office.

For more information about the market call 263-8458 or 263-4387.