By Jane Collins, Manager
Maben Farmers’ Market
It was a near perfect day Saturday morning at the Maben Farmers’ Market as 12 vendors came to sell their wares and greet our customers.
Our charity vendor for the day was Brett Bailey, a Boy Scout from Troop 45 in Starkville, who is raising money for a Wounded Warrior project by selling $5 chances on a deer rifle
He is working on his Eagle Scout award, and was thrilled that his project had been written up in The Webster Progress-Times last week. He plans to add the photo and article to the scrapbook he is keeping of his Eagle Scout experiences. Brett lives in Cumberland near Maben.
Myrna Crittenden of Eupora was featuring a survival kit that can be put together for each member of the family in case of fire, storm or other disaster.
Her Tip of the Day suggested that each family member needs an emergency kit that contains items such as MREs, nutrition bars, water, gadgets that will come in handy such as utensils, matches, flashlight with batteries, change of clothes, age-appropriate activities for children and adults, and even a small emergency blanket and rain gear. Book bags or small duffle bag make wonderful containers for all the emergency gear that is needed.
She also suggested having some colloidal silver (which she sells) on hand for minor scrapes, insect bites, or even to purify water. It can be taken internally to help build up your own immune system.
Last week she also brought jars of “Summer Harvest Fruit Spread,” which is made with ultragel, a product that allows one to make jelly without so much sugar. She used some of the homemade spread on the large sheet cakes she had baked and brought to sell. Her Mango Peach Cream cake, South Seas Fruit and Coconut cake, and Summer Harvest cake were all light and delicious.
Carrie Hickson of Mathiston was selling her hand-poured Moda Candles in several shapes and “flavors.” She also brought sets of four square-tile coasters on which were painted single-letter initials. These personalized coasters are attractive for table settings as well as placing on side tables for convenience when serving iced drinks.
Rubie Harris of Maben brought individual apple and pecan pies, small almond cakes, and lots of jellies and jams. She is a great cook and does things the old-fashioned way. She also brought some fresh blueberries, which are great for making cobblers, jam, or just to add to your cereal in the morning.
The Revs. Jean and Jim Threadgill, pastors in the United Methodist Church, returned last week with more Rodan & Fields dermatological products. They are both near their 80th birthday, and they look and feel bright and healthy. They have been using these skin care products for a year now and testify that their skin has greatly improved. Rodan and Fields products are designed to improve age spots, sun damage, and wrinkles with faithful application to the affected area of skin.
Leola Mason of Noxapater brought lots of fried fruit pies, which promptly sold out early. If you want to buy these delicious pies you must come early or order ahead. She also had her usual red velvet cakes with cream cheese icing, yellow cake with caramel icing, and an assortment of full-sized pies: caramel, sweet potato, and pecan.
Renae Maddox of the Cumberland community near Maben was back with more farm-fresh eggs. She sold out rather quickly, but promised to be back this next week with even more. She didn’t bring the big, brown rabbit back to sell, so I assume the family decided to keep it.
A new vendor for the market was Shane Davis with his 14-year-old son, Justus. The Davis family operates the Davis Farm and Market between Pheba and Cedar Bluff at the Waddell intersection. It is a typical country store that offers “local fresh produce daily along with other grocery items, household needs, crafts, baked goods, breakfast and more.”
Shane and Justus brought the most beautiful large locally grown tomatoes we have seen this season. He also had yellow squash, peppers, sweet corn, cucumbers, fried pies and banana bread loaves. Look for them online at www.facebook.com/davisfarmandmarket. They claim to “serve country with a smile.”
Thomas Booth of Mathiston was back with more watermelons, blueberries, and grapes. He was busy and almost sold out of the luscious melons.
Mary Gates was also back with her delicious egg custard and sweet potato pies, but she added peach cobbler and banana pudding. What a treat, and so reasonably priced. All her pies and other baked goods were selling for $5 each; you can’t beat the price! She also was selling pickled peppers, cha-cha and some preserves.
Henry Flora and his granddaughter Peyton, all from Mathiston, brought watermelons and did a brisk business. Peyton, an 8-year-old student at East Webster Elementary, was chosen to draw the winning name for the cash giveaway at the end of each market. The winner last week was Jean Jolly of Eupora. Pat Harpole, one of our volunteers at the market, has already put her check in the mail to her.
Finally, Greg’s Produce Barn in Sturgis sent Jim and Kay Henry to the market with a wonderful array of vegetables including tomatoes, sweet corn, okra, peppers, eggplant, shelled peas, melons and cantaloupes. Visit Greg’s Barn, which is five miles west from Walmart east on Highway 12 toward Sturgis.
The Maben Farmers’ Market operates every Saturday on the lot next to the Maben post office from 7-10 a.m. Vendors are charged $5 to set up, and customers are given a chance to win $25 cash at the weekly drawing. For every $5 spent at the market a buyer gets a chance to win our prize money.
For more information about vendors, shoppers or the market call 263-8458 or 263-4387.