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Jasper Farmers Market opens Saturday

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     Granny Matt Farms has been a good source for early garden plants for several years. He, and other areas farmers will be back in action, selling produce in Lee Newton park starting this Saturday.


By Darla Huffman


            The Jasper Farmers Market will open on April 1 this year.  We never know who will be there so I looked at the last 3 years and borrowed from them.

            2016: Opening day was sunny and cold; not a lot of vendors but a nice mix of previous and new vendors; crafts and produce.  Lettuce and kale were plentiful as were garden ready vegetable plants; broccoli and cabbage and other things that can be planted right now.  If you are not familiar with planting early spring gardens, the vendors who sell them are always ready to share their expertise.

            Her many friends and customers will be glad to see Jackie Carlyle at the market, selling her diabetic friendly bread and other goodies.  This

week she had a friend with her, Sara Hyman, who had homemade Slovak-American baked good.   She and Jackie both had generous samples so you could try before you buy.

            Laura Pont, another popular returning vendor, has been busy this winter making jewelry and knitting a variety of scarves and some pretty open knit triangle shawls, just right for this time of year and to keep handy during the summer for when the air conditioning is too much.  If she doesn’t have exactly what you want she can custom make an item for you and also does jewelry repairs.

              2013: Market regular, Jody Waldroup from Granny Matt Farms was there with garden ready vegetable plants and a promise of fresh spring vegetables to come soon. 

              2016:The Jasper Farmers Market opens April 1 for the 18th (dates corrected for 2017) consecutive season.  Come as a shopper, a vendor or a prospective vendor.  Look at our Facebook page (Jasper Farmers Market) to see some of the vendors and products being sold.  See the rules at www.pickensmg. The most important rule is that every thing you sell must be homegrown or handmade.  Next week there will be an article with information and tips for vendors.  The farmers market is a project of the Pickens County Master Gardeners.  For more information call the county agents office at 706-253-8840