Farmers come out to Maben Market

By Jane Collins, Manager

Maben Farmers’ Market


A variety of fresh produce was available at the Maben Farmers’ Market on Saturday. Annie Harris arrived from Pheba with fresh yellow squash, okra and peppers from her garden.

Shane Davis of Cedar Bluff brought home-grown tomatoes, fresh okra, onions, peppers, peaches, watermelons, cantaloupes, backwoods barbecue sauce, craft items and even a beautifully hand-crocheted table doily made by Susie Byrd. The absolute must-have item was a new Harmony Pillow guaranteed to help prevent neck pain as you sleep. It is made of soft memory foam and feels heavenly.

Greg’s Produce Barn in Longview was selling baby watermelons, cantaloupe, potatoes, peanuts, eggplant, yard-long green beans, okra, peppers, pattypan squash and home-grown tomatoes.

If you visit Greg’s in Longview you will also be able to find handmade aprons, towels and other specialty items made by Kay Henry. She even has made quilts and baby items. Check it out on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in Longview, just five miles west of Walmart in Starkville on Highway 12.

Danny Akers of near Maben was back with his beautiful smoker filled with pulled pork, babyback ribs, chicken leg quarters and all the fixins. He was selling barbecue plates for $5.

On the plate you could have a pork sandwich or leg quarter with a choice of two: slaw, baked beans or barbecued macaroni and cheese made with five kinds of cheese. He also had homemade mild and hot barbecue sauce for sale in pint jars.

While he was there he demonstrated how to make barbecued buffalo wings. He was selling meat by the pound as well as on plates. He stayed about an hour after the market closed to accommodate folks who wanted to order their lunch.

Also selling home-baked and canned goods were Rubie Harris and Mary Gates. Rubie had brought individual pecan pies, small almond cakes, and a variety of jellies and jams. Mary arrived late, but she was selling seven sweet potato pies and six egg custard pies for $5 each. She also had a good supply of cha-cha, fig and strawberry preserves quarts. One customer came just to purchase five of her custard pies. What a good idea to keep them in the freezer ready for a special occasion.

Carrie Hickson came with a good supply of Moda Candles and her hand-painted, decorated tiles. Carrie has put a single capital letter initial on most of the tiles, but she does have some specialty ones featuring favorite sports teams.

Myrna Crittenden made new contacts for her specialty products. She carries THRIVE survival freeze dried fruits and vegetables which rehydrate to taste garden fresh. These can be cooked right out of the container or mixed in recipes to make casseroles. She has recipes she will share with you.

She also carries colloidal silver solution used internally as well as externally to boost the immune system and clear up skin problems. She carries a wide variety of homemade soap made of the purest ingredients. She has samples for you to try. She also carries a variety of home-canned fruit spreads that have less sugar than most jams.

The drawing for $25 was won by Goldia Burchfield of Maben. It was the second time this summer that she has been our winner. If you are interested in being a vendor or a customer at the Maben Farmers’ Market call 263-8458 or 263-4387 for more information.

Vendors pay $5 to set up on a 10×10-foot space. We have a lot of fun at the market, and our participants seem to love finding bargains and enjoying a visit in the shade of the tall trees backing our lot next to the post office in Maben.