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By DOTTIE DEWBERRY
For Starkville Daily News
Oct. 7 was a beautiful morning as the Maben Farmerâ€™s Market kicked off as usual with several repeat vendors plus a new one, Angel Jewelry made by Mr. Hollis Smith who lives on the Maben-Sturgis Road.
As I talked to Smith, he revealed how he had gotten into making jewelry. Due to some health problems and being unable to work, he turned to paintings, which he said were good, but no one seemed to like them well enough to purchase one. So he resorted to making jewelry at night when he could not sleep. Today, at the market, Smith had a table filled with necklaces, earrings, expandable rings, and bracelets, all made of beads of various colors suitable to wear with casual and dressy outfits. Most of the jewelry was mark hypo-allergenic. Some pieces were made of magnetic material to relieve arthritis: rings and bracelets. I found the perfect pair of earrings to match a necklace that came from Alaska. After talking with Smith, I moved on to the Fulghamâ€™s Pig Skins.
At first sight, I thought the couple of cute girls were sisters but came to find out that they were mother and daughter. Â It must be good genes. They told me that they were Vanessa and Tabitha Fulgham of Mathiston. When I asked how they went about their business; I was told that the Pellet Pork Skins were ordered from North Carolina. These dehydrated pieces of pork skin were about an inch long and about a quarter-size in diameter. These pellets are cooked in peanut oil in a large fry daddy. The package is marked that it is cooked in peanut oil as some people are allergic to peanut products and/or residue. It was refreshing to talk to so many new people and people that are willing to work to make extra money; plus they sell good quality products.
As I moved up and down the rows I came to Anna Louâ€™s Art, which featured beautiful web-mesh bows decorated with Christmas ornaments. She also had a few of her pastel paintings for sale. These were most suitable for childrenâ€™s bed rooms. Â She is a most talented lady. As we talked, I shared with her another style of bow that she might be interested in making. Crafters are always in learning new things to make. This is American capitalism at work.
Located near the Farmerâ€™s Market supervisorsâ€™ table is Mrs. Leola Mason from Noxapater. Her baked goods are a delicious joy to look at as well as to eat. She had available the most luscious caramel cakes and red-velvet cakes, it was hard not to snitch a piece. This requires hours of work to produce these baked goods in addition to the time in transporting and displaying them. I looked for free samples, but alas, none were to be found.
The people from Vardaman were there with their boxes of sweet potatoes from Clark Farms, but the item that got my attention was the jumbo peanuts, which are grown on the Crystal Springâ€™s Experiment Station. They were huge; Iâ€™m sure they were as big as my thumb. Next week, drop by and check them out, especially the peanuts.
The Webster County Animal Shelter booth was located near the end of the group; they were selling limes, cabbages, and white onions. In addition to this, they were raffling off some decorative items that were donated by Wanda Thomas of Stone Station. Pictured here are Grace Woods and Cheryl Scroggins, the director and her helper.Â They are raising money to acquire a building for the shelter.
Lastly was the Eaddy Honey vendor, who had honey and firewood for sale.Â He accepts EBT cards as well as FMNP vouchers. He also had on display a shofar, which is a ramâ€™s horn (or antelopeâ€™s horn) that is traditionally blown by Jewish people on Rosh Hashana and at the conclusion of Yom Kippur. My cameraâ€™s battery decided to die on me as he was blowing a blessing for me, so I donâ€™t have a picture.
Today, Jessie Lee Martin drew the winning ticket from the collection of tickets submitted
by those who had purchased at least $5 worth of merchandise. For each $5 purchased, the purchaser got to enter his or her name one time each for the drawing. The winner was Etoile Barnes of Eupora, who was not present tp pick up her prize of $30,Â but was contacted by the Farmerâ€™s Market committee.
Promptly at ten oâ€™clock, the market closed until next Friday at 7 a.m. The market will run through the last Friday in October.Â People interested in
participating in the Farmerâ€™s Market should contact Jane Collins at (662) 263-8458 and acquire
an application one week prior to the market day. There is no entrance fee for this market.