Jasper Farmers Market Opens for the 2018 Season
4/11/2018 ~ by Susie Brogdon
April 7th was cool, breezy and damp but the Jasper Farmers Market opened as scheduled at 7:30 on Saturday at the parking lot on Stegall Drive across from Lee Newton Park. The Farmers Market is an ongoing project of the Pickens County Master Gardeners, under the able direction of Jenny Fellenbaum.
The aroma from the Red Bean Harvest Coffee Roasters was enticing and Richard and Kebra discussed that they sell coffee imports from as far away as Rwanda, Peru, Ethiopia and even make their own “515” blend. Great way to warm up with a cup, either regular or decaf. And who doesn’t love coffee for a gift!
Jenny Fellenbaum has been busy during the long, cold winter “turning” beautiful wooden objects—candle holders, bowls, small trays and salt and pepper shakers.
Zach Henson quickly sold out of his winter vegetables: kale, collards and onions.
Beautiful hen and duck eggs were offered by Cole and Clayton Johnson as well as tomato and pepper plants; J and J Farms also had eggs and many varieties of heirloom tomato plants. They’ll be selling vegetables as the summer season progresses.
A variety of talents are showcased with Dan Chamber’s wine bottle clocks, chimes, and cedar carpenter bee “cabins”. Matt Sorrentino , the “wood wrangler” makes extraordinary rustic trays and museum quality American flags out of gorgeous wood. Mrs. Conley’s Kitchen offers lots of yummy treats,, “Just like Mama Used To Make”, from brownies to breads.
For the outdoor gardener’s yard art,, Linn’s Creations makes compost canisters, bird feeders and baths, and teapot bird houses. Stephanie Bauer was displaying handmade jewelry with memory wire bracelets, and tiny seed bead bracelets and earrings.
The Master Gardener program, presented by Diane Nelson next Saturday, the 14th is "Spring Ahead with Cool Season Flowers". Come on over
To the Master Gardener tent and learn about Annual flowers that can take the cold! Add months to your gardening season when temperatures are moderating and are too chilly for the more tender varieties.
As an added bonus, the Master Gardeners are offering several different shrubs to add garden interest and plants sure to attract butterflies for a donation to benefit our Pickens County 4H.
Be sure to join us at the Jasper Farmers Market—it’s fun, it’s interesting and there’s a wide variety of goods to buy, for yourself or for someone you want to spoil.