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Almost 200 tree seedlings were given away Saturday by Pickens County Extension Agent Justin Fellenbaum on behalf of the Jasper Farmers Market and the Pickens County Master Gardeners.

Farmers Market seeing more vendors

With everything from earrings to greens

By Heather Giambra

            A great weather market day equals a great market! Sixty plus tents were set up and loads of customers were loading up with all the great choices of breads, jellies, eggs, lettuce, micro greens, plants, succulents, earrings, paintings, stained glass windows and much, much more!

            Roxanne Janes of Roc-Ken Acres offers free range chicken eggs that are from antibiotic and drug free chickens. She also has a great selection of traditional breads and flavorful fancy breads like Zucchini, Blueberry, Sour Cream, Pumpkin, and Monkey style. So many choices you must see them for yourself! There are other bread bakers as well, so look around.

            Hand crafted items abound from soaps to jewelry, cutting boards to furniture. There are also services like Y-Not Sharp to sharpen tools and knives and traditional caning for chairs. Some vendors are for the birds! They have birdhouses, birdbaths, and birdfeeders. 

            Knitted items, quilting, and sewn items can be found as well. Then there were some more unusual items offered like soda pop top earrings and ornaments made from soda pop cans. It’s all part of the fun of the market looking for interesting or unusual crafts or foods. Looking for your new favorite loaf of bread or adopting a baby bunny. The atmosphere is fun and light hearted with plenty to see and plenty to take home. So come on down to the Park-N-Ride parking lot at Lee Newton Memorial Park across from the Veteran’s Memorial and see what there is for you! Open Saturday from 7:30-12. 

            The Jasper Farmers Market is sponsored by the Pickens County Master Gardeners. April 30th, aka next Saturday, after the Farmers Market the MGs are offering a Garden Embellishment Art Class from 1 – 3 pm in the room adjoining the Chamber of Commerce. There is a limit of 25 people and no fee. Call the extension office at 706-253-8840 to reserve a spot. Pick up a copy of the 2022 Event Calendar so you can plan for some of the other programs that the MGs will be offering in the future. 

            Keep in mind that the PCMG big plant sale will be Saturday May 14th (the second Saturday). The plants being offered are from the MGs own gardens and the list of plants is long but with limited numbers. This sale is a fundraiser for the Master Gardener program and also for supporting 4H. The MGs also offer plants for sale the second Saturday of each month until September. Master Gardeners are on hand to answer garden related questions and to offer gardening tips.

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