By Terry Harpole
For the WPT
Attendance of vendors and customers was slim Saturday at the Maben Farmers’ Market, as the weather turned a little cool and the Maben School reunion was also held.
Two of our faithful vendors came out and we had a pretty good day, with people coming by to visit and make purchases.
Myrna Crittenden from Eupora came back with her supply of Thrive products and some of her baked goods. She even let a few of the market volunteers sample some of the delicious Banana Nut Bread she had made.
Ruby Harris, who is no stranger to the market, was back with her delicious fried fruit pies, jams, jellies and other supplies.
The market struggled a few weeks after opening in May because weather conditions had delayed the planting by many of the area farmers.
But, with some much-needed rains and the needed temperatures, the vegetables and produce did increase at the market with the help of Greg’s Produce Barn at Longview, Henry Flora of Mathiston, Greg’s Produce, Tommy Booth from Mathiston and Shane Davis of Davis Produce Market in Wydel.
Many more vendors began coming and bringing vegetables and produce, and fried pies and jams and jellies, like Mary Gates and others.
Jane Collins, one of the market workers, said the people working with the market have decided that it will come to a close because of the shortage of fresh vegetables and the cooler weather.
The market will reopen next May at the at the same location next to the post office on the old Williams Big Star lot. Collins said the market workers thank all the vendors and customers for coming out this year, and look to see them next May for a fourth year.