Article submitted by Darla Huffman: This Wednesday’s market, August 27, will be the last mid-week market held this year. The peak harvest time is almost over, but vendors will still have summer vegetables, and the fall vegetables will be here soon. The Saturday market will continue through October. Pumpkins, cushaw and other winter squash are usually available at the market and vendors have information about how to cook what they sell if you are not familiar with it.
Events that will be coming up at the market in the next few months; the Jam and Jelly Contest, that will be a competition to find the “county’s best” in those categories. It can be any kind of jam or jelly as long as it is homemade by the contestant. If you have made, or are planning to make any jam or jelly this year save a jar for the contest.
There will be another Taste of the Season event that will have samples of things that are for sale at the market in the fall; an always popular event featuring free food. The dates for these two events will be announced soon.
Young entrepreneurs are always welcome at the market and this week was a first time venture for 10 year old Levi Wimpey and his sister 9 year old Anna Wimpey. They were making dog and cat treats, (with help from their mother, Cindy) to raise money for Christmas presents this year. The sign proclaiming Sweetie Pie’s Gourmet Pet Bakery also said they specialized in all natural and organic home baked treats and that they donated a portion of all profits to Pickens Animal Shelter.
The Jasper Farmers Market is a family kind of place in so many ways that when a vendor brings a new baby to the market it’s like a new member of the family. One such new member is Marie Nolan’s 9 month old granddaughter, Skylar Sheets, who was happy to be with her grandmother while she sold her natural laundry products; increasingly popular at the market.
The Jasper Farmers Market is held on Saturday morning (April through October) and Wednesday morning (June 18 through August) from 7:30 am to 12 noon in the Park n Ride lot at Lee Newton Park on Hwy 53 in Jasper; except for Marble Festival activities. New vendors are always welcome; items sold must be handmade or homegrown. The Jasper Farmers Market is a project of the Pickens County Master Gardeners. See www.pickensmg.org for more information and complete vendor rules or call the County Extension Office at 706 253 8840.