Article submitted by Darla Huffman:
Last Saturday was the last farmers market for 2014. The unusually cold November was devastating to the fall vegetable crop and several rainy Saturdays limited the activity at the market. However we are looking forward to spring when we can start it all over again. (After several sleep-in Saturdays).
The opening date is always determined at the annual meeting, where anyone with any interest is invited to attend, present ideas, register complaints, suggest improvements and praise our efforts. That meeting will probably be in February this year and may be held in the Chamber of Commerce Building in Lee Newton Park, which by then should also be the new location of the County Extension Office and home to the Pickens Master Gardeners who started the Jasper Farmers Market 15 years ago and are still very involved in supporting it. The date will be announced soon in this newspaper, Facebook and registered vendors should get a post card or you can always call the County Agents office.
I want to take this opportunity to express the appreciation that so many of us feel (and I believe I can speak for the vendors and customers) for the wonderful job June McKenzie does as the Market Manager. This was her second year in this position and her tireless efforts to make the market the place to be on Saturday mornings have been effective in so many ways. A small example; she spent Friday evening baking some of the traditional British Christmas treats, that she had grown up with, for all to enjoy (free) on the last day of the season. There were brandy snaps, mince pie with brandy butter and Petticoat tails shortbread – all delicious and all soon gone despite a smaller than usual crowd. A multi talented woman!
Jasper Farmers Market Spring and Summer season is from late March or early April and continuers through October. Fall Season is held on Saturday morning during November and December. Both are held in the Park n Ride lot at Lee Newton Park on Hwy 53 in Jasper. The market is closed from January to April. It 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.