Petting zoo +

Tomorrow, there’ll be the petting zoo from 9AM to 2 PM. We’ll
have free Mayfield Ice Cream and Coca Cola for all ages. The
Gardendale Police Dept. will be doing children’s finger printing and
the Gardendale Fire Dept. will do safety seat inspections from 10AM to
1 PM. John Burton, Judy’s Bees and Blueberries will be doing a bee
demonstration, on the stage, at 10:30AM. Bill Woodard will be
sharpening knives and other tools. Lucy Siddiqui will not be attending
for the usual story reading. Two of our sponsors TriGreen Equipment,
John Deere Distributor, will have a small farm 1025 tractor, 590
Gator, and a couple of residential lawn equipment on display; and
Scott Cantrell, State Farm Insurance, will be giving out handbags.
Originally, America’s First Credit Union was to have their mobile
ATM unit present; unfortunately, it’s in need of maintenance.
We appreciate so many people coming and supporting the
growers/vendors, and it’s really nice that we’ve received a lot of
positive feedback regarding the new hours. The weather forecast is to
be a little on hot side, and we look forward to seeing “all
y’all.”

Ooops! My bad!

I have a few corrections to make. Lucy Siddiqui, the story teller,
will be reading the stories at 11:30 AM, not 11:00 AM, and she will
not be attending on June 23rd because she has a mandatory gathering
elsewhere. I mistakenly stated that Marva Hazelrig will be telling
children about tomatoes for this week; instead, Marva will demonstrate
cucumbers, squash, blackberries, and blueberries. With permission from
the parents, Marva will give out samples. Marva will be doing this on
the stage at 10:30 AM.
Tomorrow, June 16th, America’s First Federal Credit Union will have
their mobile ATM available. Chick-Fil-A will have a presence with a
corn hole toss game and their cow. Judy Bee’s Honey and Blueberries
will have their berries and honey. Our young entrepreneurs, Sofia (12
yrs old) and Savanna (8 yrs old), will be selling their chocolate
covered frozen bananas.
On the 23rd, the chamber of commerce and recreation department will
be sponsoring the petting zoo for the whole time we’re open. The
police department will be doing children’s finger printing, and the
fire department will be assisting with children’s safety seat
inspections; both units will be attending from 10 AM to 1 PM. Mayfield
Ice Cream and Coca Cola will be giving out free products. We’ll have
the knife sharpener attending as well as our sponsors America’s
First Federal Credit Union’s mobile ATM and Scott Cantrell State
Farm. John Burton. Judy Bee’s Honey and Blueberries will be doing a
bee demonstration at 10:30 AM on the stage.
Here’s hoping the storms stay away, and we look forward to seeing
everyone.

Great weather expected

We’re now going into our fourth week, and the response to the new
hours has been positive. Judy’s Bees and Honey will now have honey
available this week. We’ll have the inflatable and story telling
around 11 AM. America’s First Federal Credit Union will have their
mobile ATM unit there. AL Partners for Clean Air will have a booth,
too.
Next week, the 16th, Marva Hazelrig will be doing a demonstration of
tomatoes at 10:30 AM; samples of taste will be offered with parent’s
permission. Once again, the inflatable and story telling will be
around 11 AM. Our two young entrpanuers Sofia (12 yrs old) and Savanna
(8 yrs old), Sister’s Go Bananas, will be selling their frozen
chocolate covered banana’s.
On the 23rd, the chamber of commerce and recreation department will
be sponsoring the petting zoo for the whole time we’re open. The
police department will be doing children’s finger printing, and the
fire department will be assisting with children’s safety seat
inspections; both units will be attending from 10 AM to 1 PM. Mayfield
Ice Cream and Coca Cola will be giving out free products. We’ll have
the knife sharpener attending as well as our sponsors America’s
First Federal Credit Union’s mobile ATM and Scott Cantrell State
Farm. John Burton will be doing a bee demonstration at 10:30 AM with
story telling shortly thereafter.

Our third week

This is our third week; Hazelrig Orchards will be coming back and
bringing peaches, and Judy’s Bees and Blueberries will have
blackberries and blueberries. Next week, Judy’s Bees will have honey
available.
Now that school is closed, we’re starting our children’s
activities with the inflatable and Lucy Siddiqui, Youth Services Head,
at the Gardendale Martha Moore Public Library will be reading
children’s stories at 11 AM every week on the stage. All the
readings will be geared towards farming in one way or another. Our two
entrepreneurs Sofia (12) and Savanna (8), Sister’s Go Bananas, will
be joining us June 16th selling their frozen chocolate covered
bananas. Members of the Gardendale Quilters Guild will be selling
raffle tickets for one Alabama blanket and one Auburn blanket.
As stated below, the petting zoo is scheduled for June 23rd sponsored
by the chamber of commerce and parks and recreation department. At 10
AM, John Burton will be putting on a bee demonstration, story reading
will be at 11 AM, and the police department will be doing children’s
finger printing. There’s a chance that the fire department will be
doing safety seat inspections, too. On the 30th, we’ll be
celebrating the Veteran’s Recognition with local talent speaking and
singing along with the Air National Guard Color Guard presenting the
American flag; doing a fund raiser for the Southeast Blind Rehab
Center, connected with the Birmingham VA Medical Center, to assist
with escorts; and ending with the Marine Corps League doing the
Iwo-Jima reenactment. All veterans are invited to a meal provided by
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, from 11 AM to 12 PM, 12:30 PM until
around 1 PM. Please come out and support our farmers and vendors.

Our second week

We’re now going into our second week, and we had a great first week
with cool temperatures and lots of activities happening through the
civic center. This week, we have new growers Lonzo and Carrie Harris
joining us. The Gardendale Quilters Guild will be selling chances for
either a Uv. of AL or Auburn Uv. quilt. Next week will start our
children’s activities as listed below. In a previous entry, I
mentioned that we’d have fresh eggs. The person that originally
asked to participate has decided on other endeavors, and we’re
looking to see if we can locate another person. If, and when, that
happens, it will be noted. Please let our sponsors know you’ve seen
their name on this page. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

Q & A and more

We’ve had a few questions that come up often, and I’d like to
address some. For those that wish to sell their produce, the first
thing you have to do is go to your county office and apply for a
growers permit. There’s no cost and it allows you to sell your
produce not having to charge a state tax. Because we’re sanctioned
through the AL Farmers Market Authority, this is a requirement. This
is the first step. If we have an opening, I’ll require you to give
me a copy of the permit for my records. If we don’t have an opening,
we’ll gladly take your name, address, etc., in case we have an
opening. If you’re selling crafts, we’ll have to decide if we have
a need and an opening.
Another question regards why we chose the operating hours. Several
people have expressed their desire for us to stay open later in the
afternoon. In the past, when our hours were from 2 PM to 6 PM, we
experienced a drop in customers around 4:30 PM and there were almost
no sales after that. Since moving to the civic center, in 2012, our
hours were from 1 PM to 5 PM. We experienced a similar problem with
sales stopping around 4:30 PM. Once school opened, in September, the
customer sales dropped around the time school closed. We had hoped for
more of the families to stop in after they picked up their loved ones,
and that didn’t happen. Another problem is that people wanted to
shop during their lunch break, 11:30 AM – 1 PM, and we couldn’t
allow it. Two other factors play a role in why we’ve changed the
present time, 11 AM to 2 PM, is because it’s not as hot and we were
hit badly last year by afternoon thunderstorms. We experienced
temperatures near 100 degrees several times, and there weren’t many
customers that wanted to shop in the heat and humidity. We had storms
hit us almost every week, usually around 3:45 PM, or thereabouts,
causing us to close early. We’re hoping the hour changes will keep
our loyal customers coming and look forward to greeting new ones.
On our opening day, May 19th, the Gardendale Police Department is
sponsoring the Torch Run for Special Olympics, starting at noon time.
This is a worthy cause, and we’re hopeful that a good number of you
will attend and support the police department’s objective. We’ll
see you there.

Opening soon

The market will be operating every Thursday from May 19th to
September 29th, with new hours, 9:00 AM TO 2:00 PM, at the Gardendale
Civic Center. We’ll have the standard vegetables, fruits, baked
goods, relish, jam/jelly, fried pies, fresh eggs, and honey. The
blueberries and honey will be starting in early June; Hazelrig
Orchards will join us on June 2nd. Our young entrepreneurs, Sofia (12
yrs old) and Savanna (8 yrs old) Holliman, Sister’s Go Bananas, will
be selling their frozen chocolate bananas. Bill Woodard, knife, lawn
mower blades and other tools sharpener, will be with us on opening day
as well as June 23rd and June 30th. Starting on June 2nd, story
telling will be read by Lucy Siddiqui, from the Gardendale Martha
Moore Public Library, at 11:00 AM. Also, starting on June 2nd, the
inflatable will be available for the children.
Right now, we have two special events going. On June 23rd, the
chamber of commerce and parks and recreation department will be
sponsoring the petting zoo. The police department will be doing
children’s finger printing (more information will be coming
regarding time), and John Burton, Judy’s Bees and Blueberries, will
be doing a bee demonstration at 10:00 AM.
June 30th is when we’ll be celebrating the Veteran’s Recognition
at 12 noon. The guests will be Gardendale Mayor Stan Hogeland;
Gardendale’s Tiera Leftwich singing the National Anthem; Lt. Col.
Mike Taylor, Commander of the Air National Guard Color Guard with the
color guard; Pastor David Moerbe, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church;
special guest speaker, Rose Zuniga, Chief of the Southern Blind Rehab
Center; 2015 Magnolia Fest Queen, Melanie Roberts; and finishing with
the Marine Corps League doing the Iwo-Jima reenactment. A free meal
will be provided for all veterans provided by members of Good Shepherd
Lutheran Church. This year, we’re doing a fund raiser for the blind
rehab center. Many veterans become blind after they are discharged
from the military and are not considered service connected. As a
result, they are not eligible for VA benefits. The idea of the fund
raiser is to assist these former service members who need an escort
wherever they go. Some travel to the Birmingham VA Medical Center from
long distances and the funds will help with transportation, lodging if
needed, and food. This will be discussed by the guest speaker.
Please patronize our sponsors; America’s First Federal Credit Union
in Gardendale; TriGreen Equipment, John Deere Dealership, in
Fultondale; and Scott Cantrell, State Farm Insurance, in Gardendale.
We look forward to seeing everyone and we hope to have a great year.

New Hours

It’s that time of the year when we’ll be opening the market.
Please note that our hours have changed from 1 PM – 5 PM to 9 AM –
2 PM. The season will start on May 19th through September 29th, every
Thursday, at the Gardendale Civic Center. Weather permitting, we’re
planning children’s activities every week. Starting on June 2nd, the
children’s activities will begin with the Petting Zoo, inflatable,
and story reading. On June 30th, we’re having a Veteran’s
Recognition program with Miss Gardendale Magnolia Fest 2015, Melanie
Roberts; the Marine Corps. League performing the Iwo-Jima reenactment;
Gardendale’s Tierra Leftwich singing the National Anthem; and other
guests. This function will include a fund raiser for the Birmingham VA
Blind Rehab Center. A good number of our veteran’s have problems
with blindness as they age and are not eligible for disability
benefits. They require an escort whenever they have to travel. The
funds will be used to assist these people with transportation,
lodging, and food when the veteran needs assistance through the VA.
More will be coming before our official opening, and we look forward
to seeing everyone this year.

Come on out

Today is our last time for the market for this season. The weather
forecast is for a 30% chance of afternoon showers; let’s hope
we’re not in the 30%. Adam York, Backyard Kettlecorn, will be
attending selling his addictive pop corn; Bill Woodard will be present
sharpening knives, mower blades, and any other garden tool; and we
have a new individual, Charles Hicks, Bargain Town, sell
non-agriculture items.
I’d like to thank whoever “borrowed” our 5 gallon beverage
container for returning it. It’s much appreciated.
Please come on out and thank the growers/vendors for giving us fresh
goods this market season. We’d love to be able to thank each of you
for your support. We look forward to seeing “all y’all” next
year.

Come on out

We have one more week before our season ends, and today’s weather is
predicted to be beautiful. Adam York, Backyard Kettlecorn, will be
with us today selling his addictive popcorn. Next week, Bill Woodard,
our knife sharpener will be with us.
We’re still hoping someone will find our 5 gallon beverage
container. I’ve listed what it has on t in previous entries. If the
container is found, please either call the church at 631-6590 or me at
285-9170.
Please come out and support out growers/vendors so we can have a
great last two weeks.