By Jane Collins, Manager
Maben Farmers’ Market
June 29 brought two new vendors to the Maben Farmers’ Market.
Carrie Hickson of Mathiston makes her own pourings of Moda Candles, a product that she has sold mainly online up until now. She came to the market to promote her budding business and meet new customers. She and her husband, Jeremy, displayed a wide variety of scents and colors in several styles of candles.
There were candles in a jar, bath salts, scent pot wax and gift baskets in gardenia, muscadine, apple, mango papaya, cucumber melon, chocolate, sugarplum and more. The colors corresponded to the scent and altogether made an attractive array of product. I personally bought purple muscadine candle that is giving off a pleasant scent as I write his article.
Another new vendor was Thomas Booth of Mathiston, who arrived a little late with a large load of watermelons. They were big and ripe and he was pleased with the number of watermelons he sold to folks getting ready for July 4th celebrations.
Our regular farmer, Greg’s Produce Barn, represented by Greg’s mother, Kay, and her husband, Jim Henry, was there last week with double the produce they had brought the week before. They again sold completely out of the peaches, tomatoes, fresh corn, potatoes, banana peppers, cantaloupes and watermelons they brought.
They will try to bring even more produce this week, so plan to come early to the market to get the best choices. Visit Greg’s Produce Barn in Longview out Hwy. 12 west toward Sturgis. He has much more fresh produce in his barn than they are able to send to the market.
Also there were our regular cooks, Leola Mason of Noxapater and Rubie Harris of near Maben. Leola brought even more fried apple and peach pies than she has been bringing and the customers loved it. She was busy early on when people crowded around her to purchase her beautiful pies, cakes and fried pies.
Rubie Harris was selling individual sweet potato pies for $2 each; they were delicious (I had to try one on the spot)! She also had iced party cakes, jellies and fresh blueberries. Her friends enjoyed visiting in the shade while purchasing some of her offerings. Florence Gates and Mary Gates really enjoyed getting their picture made with Rubie.
At market’s close the drawing for $25 was won by Sherry Shakleford of Mathiston. She had made several buys from vendors that gave her a chance to win the prize for every $5 spent at the market.
If you are interested in being a vendor or just want more information about the market call 263-8458 or 263-4387. The market will be open every Saturday through October on the lot next to the post office in Maben.