By JANE COLLINS
For Starkville Daily News
It has been a long season for the Maben Farmers’ Market, but the vendors and the patrons have been loyal week after week.
Last week two of our favorite vendors were back with fresh products for the community.
Eric Lancaster of Lancaster Farms came with a large supply of turnip greens and collards, pumpkins and decorative gourds, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and pickles, jellies and vinegar peppers. Customers flocked around and just about bought him out.
Another loyal vendor was The Hummus Lady who brought fresh hummus, pita bread and baklava along with individual slices of spice cake, coconut cake and chocolate-mint bars. This week Lisa also brought some long hand knitted neck scarves. It was a perfect day to bring the warm wrappers because the temperature was very chilly for the first hour, but as soon as the bright sun rose over the trees the temperatures warmed up nicely.
Back as usual were Leola Mason from Noxapater Cakes and Pies, Tabitha and Vanessa Fulgham with their home prepared Pork Skins, Cynthia Williams and her colorful home décor items, Hollis Smith’s Angel Jewelry, and Vanik Eaddy’s golden fresh honey.
During the market the volunteers handed out evaluation forms to ask the vendors to give some feedback on the market. Many of them completed the forms and gave them back to us on the spot. Others promised to return them next week at the market.
The evaluations forms were also emailed to other vendors who were not there.
On Friday some evaluation forms were taken around Maben to business owners to give us feedback from their point of view.
The committee hopes to collect and compile these evaluation forms so we can use the feedback to plan for next year.
If you would like to give us your feedback, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org> and we will send you a form to be returned via email.
The cash drawing last week was won by Golda Burchfield of Maben. She almost didn’t sign up after she made her purchases because she said she “hardly ever wins anything.” She was very happy that she did put her name in the pot because she won $30. Upon receiving the check on Friday afternoon she said she planned to put the check into the coffers of her church, Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church.
The drawing takes place at 9:30 a.m. on market Fridays. For every $5 spent with one of our vendors a patron received one chance to win $30, and if you are there for the drawing you will receive $50.
Come out this Friday for your last chance this year to patronize our wonderful vendors and apply to win some cash. It’s not too late to sign up to bring your produce or craft items, flea market items and yard sale items to the market. There is no cost to our vendors, but we do require you to fill out a registration form.
If you have been a vendor earlier this year, you are still registered, and you are welcome to help us close out this very successful year at the Maben Farmers’ Market.