By Terry Harpole
For the WPT
Saturday morning at the Maben Farmers’ Market saw an increase in the number of vendors and customers too. Four of the 11 vendors were new to the market.
David Vance from Houston is no stranger to most people. He was there with watermelons, peaches and cantaloupes.
Another vendor from Houston, Vikki Harmon, sold many of her wooden yard signs, some of which were Ole Miss and MSU signs.
Finally, after the cold, wet spring, some vendors had fresh produce. We were happy to welcome back Greg’s Produce Barn from Longview with watermelons, peaches, beans, eggplants and many other items.
Ray and Janelle Fuller from Mathiston came for the first time with squash, beets, cucumbers, lettuce and other vegetables. The Fullers and Greg’s Produce Barn said they would be back this week.
Martha Batchelor and Joanna Jeffrey were back with their snack mix (“chicken feed”), ceramic ornaments and bowls, and her famous sugar scrub that makes even the roughest skin smooth.
Barbra Bean from Mathiston was there for her first time offering scent bars, lotions and many beauty products.
People were happy to see Vanessa Fulgham from Mathiston back (after missing two weeks for a fabulous high school senior trip) selling her delicious seasoned pork rinds.
Myrna Crittenden also was there with her survival product, THRIVE. She brought some supplies for emergency situations made by THRIVE: a wonderful “burn-soothing” product and a tool used for turning off your gas line in case of a storm. Everyone in this area is aware of the need for supplies after a disaster like the tornados that hit two years ago.
The Revs. Jean and Jim Threadgill, former pastor couple of Maben Methodist Church but now living in the Springhill community, were there selling Rodan & Fields Skin Renewal Products. They had a good day visiting with old friends.
The market always welcomes Rubie Harris of R.& J. Catering in the Maben area and Leola Mason from Noxapater Catering. They were both kept busy with their regular customers wanting to buy fresh cakes, pies and fried fruit pies.
The winner of the $25 cash drawing on Saturday was Kathleen Oswalt Bryant of Mathiston.
To qualify for the drawing customers must spend $5 with a vendor. For every $5 spent the customer receives one chance for the drawing held at 10 am.
The market, which is sponsored by the Maben Chamber of Commerce, is held each Saturday from 7-10 a.m. For more information about becoming a vendor call 263-8548 or 263-4387.
You are always welcome at the Maben Farmers’ Market.