Jasper Farmers Market Report

by Heather Giambra

Jasper Farmers Market Report
Jasper Farmers Market Report
Jasper Farmers Market Report
Jasper Farmers Market Report
Jasper Farmers Market Report

[ May 13, 2024 ] A beautiful quiet morning led to a beautiful day at the Jasper Farmers Market with lots of activity. Early bird vendors led the way in setting up in the dark as the Master Gardeners began their Annual Plant Sale setup. Placing plants at designated markers while three tents were put up, two for sales and one for plant information, the parking lot became a busy place as the MGs were ferrying their plants from the Extension Office.

The market manager, Jenny Fellenbaum, has setting up the Farmers Market down to an art. She is the earliest of early birds, placing signage and cones, plus directing traffic as needed. There were plenty of pretty bedding begonias given away for Mother's Day by Jenny. And several vendors brought their prettiest decorations, flowers, and gifts for customers to get as gifts.

First time vendors at Nin's Baked Goods tempted taste buds with sweet mouth watering Classic Cinnamon Buns, sticky pecan rolls, and more.

Earth Folk had their tables full of young veggie plants and marigolds to attract pollinators.

Gary & Bunny Johnson of J & J Farms is one of several vendors offering veggie plants for home gardens. One of their specialty plants is the Tumbling Tom tomato which comes in red or yellow! A cherry tomato with real tomato producing power wrapped up in a compact plant. Great for containers or small spaces.

Another vendor offered mild jalapeno plants. Can you imagine a tame jalapeno? Great for using in cornbread with cheddar cheese or a cooler pot of chili.

The wood workers are producing lots of great items for home and gardens from trellises to trays. Need a belt? See Lora Ann Pharis of GA Mountain Crafts. Jewelry comes in many unique materials and styles including earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. And chickens!

Two vendors had young chickens for sale. There is even a pet chicken on a leash to see! And speaking of leashes, a lot of fur-babies come to the market walking their humans around. Keep an eye out for vendors who offer pooch accessories and treats.

Remember you can get lots of food items like meats from Riggin Farm, to treats from Fancy Fruit Sorbet, and all sorts of baked goods like pie from, who else but The Pie Lady!

The Pickens County Master Gardeners wish to say "Thank you!" to all the customers who helped make the Annual Plant Sale a great success! From crabapples to coreopsis, hydrangeas to hyssops, rudbeckias to rushes, it was a great pleasure to offer up home grown plants for new homes.

The PCMGs will be setting up a tent at the Farmers Market the second Saturday each month through October. There will be gardening information, MGs on hand to answer your garden questions, and plants for sale. The PCMGs would also like to express our deepest thanks to Dan Pool of The Pickens Progress for all his help!

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SATURDAYS
April 6 - September 28
7:30 am -12 Noon

WEDNESDAYS
June 19 - August 28
11 am - 1 pm

NO MARKET SATURDAY OCTOBER 5th (Georgia Marble Festival)

WINTER MARKET
October 12 - December 7
9 am - 1 pm

VENDOR INFORMATION

Vendor Selling Fee: $3 charged and will be collected by the Jasper Farmers Market manager at each market.

A vendor is any person/persons that take up a space in the market area.

Vendors should arrive by 7 am with setup complete by opening at 7:30 am.

Everything must be homemade, homemade or homegrown.

MORE INFORMATION

WEBSITE
FACEBOOK (Jasper Farmers Market)
Call Pickens Co. Extension Office at 706-253-8840

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