Autumn crops at Maben Market

By Jane Collins, Manager

Maben Farmers’ Market

 

Saturday was a near-perfect fall day for the Maben Farmers’ Market. A chill was in the air and it brought out vendors who displayed inviting autumn crops.

Shane Davis of the Davis Farm and Market country store between Pheba and Cedar Bluff brought ripe tomatoes, mustard greens, pecans, pots of chrysanthemums, decorative gourds and pumpkins, sweet corn, sweet potatoes from his farm and some interesting crafts. He also brought several of the ‘MLILY Harmony pillows guaranteed to produce a heavenly night’s sleep.

New vendor Stacie Britt of Eupora brought some delicious sweet watermelons and attractive pumpkins. Stacie works at the Maben branch of Cadence Bank during the week. We were delighted that she spent her morning at the Maben Farmers’ Market, and I think she enjoyed it too.

Rubie Harris of Maben/Mathiston came prepared to sell fresh pies, pickles and fruit jellies. Myrna Crittenden had a few chocolate chip cakes, fresh apple bread loaves made with honey, banana walnut bread made with sugar, homemade soaps and soap holders, and her Colloidal Silver solution, which boosts the immune system and helps heal skin problems. Mary Gates came with canned cha-cha and muscadine jelly as well as her egg custard and sweet potato pies.

Danny Akers of Maben brought his handsome smoker loaded with smoked chicken quarters, pulled chicken and pork, ribs, baked beans, slaw, smoked mac & cheese, corn casserole and more. He was selling his homemade barbecue sauce by the pint and smoked meat plates for $5. His pulled-pork sandwiches are a real treat, or he will sell the meat by the pound.

The Farmers’ Market will be open through October, so we have four more Saturdays. We were rained out Sept. 21 for the first time in our history. Maben got about 5 inches of rain in the few hours leading up to time for the market and was not over until almost noon.

If you are interested in being a vendor or have questions about the market call 263-8458 or 263-4387. We are open from 7 to 10 a.m. on the lot next to the post office in Maben.