By Jane Collins, Manager
Maben Farmers’ Market
Perfect weather greeted folks who came to the Maben Farmers’ Market Saturday. The huge trees that shade our market have grown with all the spring rain we have had since last year and provide much shade for comfortable shopping.
A new vendor this past week was Martha Batchelor of Eupora, who brought her creative handmade concoctions, especially the great sugar scrub made of a combination of sugar and sensitive soap. This scrub leaves your skin feeling soft and invigorated. It is for use on hands, feet, elbows, face and any other rough areas.
She also had a beautiful ceramic cross and cute ceramic owls. The little heart-shaped wax melters that leave delicious aromas when melted were a big seller at only 50 cents apiece.
Martha’s daughter, Joanna, especially enjoys helping fill the ceramic goody mugs that featured candy, instant chocolate latte or cappuccino packets, chocolate-covered peppermint sticks and white chocolate-covered pretzels. Yum! Come check out her table this week when she will bring some gourmet cupcakes just in time for Father’s Day.
Leola Mason of Noxapater was back from her once-a-year family reunion absence from the market. Her now-famous peach and apple fried pies were sold out within the first hour. You can always call her and reserve these pies and she will have them waiting for you.
In the meantime she also had beautiful caramel pies, sweet potato pies, red velvet, fresh apple and caramel-iced three-layer cakes. These are also nice to have for a special Father’s Day treat for your family.
Myrna Crittenden of Eupora was there with her great ideas on how to use THRIVE survival freeze-dried food. She demonstrated to Mary Davenport of Mathiston how these products can be combined into a delicious salsa.
The recipe included freeze-dried diced tomatoes, sweet corn, chopped onions, chili peppers, red bell peppers and cilantro (each taken from separate sealed “cans” of these ingredients) added to water, hot sauce and other fresh ingredients.
The sealed THRIVE cans will last 25 years if not opened, but can be opened and used for recipes that taste wonderfully fresh. This is a product that you can keep on your shelf for current use when you are not able to find fresh vegetables. Ms. Myrna also brought jellies, preserves and relishes that were put up by her mother.
Rubie Harris of Maben was there selling her 7UP pound cakes, iced party cakes, and more jams and apple jelly.
Ms. Rubie seems to love coming to the Maben Market because she gets to visit with many of her friends like Felecia Jones, who had bought one of the pound cakes.
If you are interested in contacting one of our vendors you can call the market managers at 263-8458 or 263-4387. We welcome new vendors, who are advised to come to the market to set up by 7 a.m., bring their own table and chair, and a sign to show who you are and what you are selling. Vendors are asked to pay $5 for their space to set up.
The market is open every Saturday from 7 a.m. til 10 a.m. on the lot next to the Maben Post Office. Each week a name in drawn to win our $25 giveaway.
Iris Farley of Maben was our winner for June 8. She had purchased a caramel cake from Mason for $30 and received six chances for the jackpot, one for every $5 she had spent at the market. This plan is available to every one of our customers, so come on out and enjoy the friendly market.