Mostly closed today

Due to heavy thunderstorms in Cullman and Blount Counties, only one
farmer will be at the market today. Jerry Carter will be selling his
honey, too.

Update for tomorrow

Due to illness, our young entrepreneurs, Sophia and Savanna, will not
be with us tomorrow selling their frozen chocolate covered bananas; they
will not be with us next week due to the free Mayfield popsicles.

Our 9th week of operation

First of all, the weather for tomorrow is questionable with a
possibility of thunderstorms. I’ll be monitoring the weather radar
throughout the morning to decide what our plans will be. If I decide
not to open the market, I’ll have a notice on this page, or you can call
the civic center, 631-5679, and they’ll know if we’ll not be operating.
If we get hit by a storm after we open, I don’t have access to a
computer to relate that information.

If the weather is in our favor, we will have a new honey producer, Jerry
Carter, Carter Honey Bee Products, who lives locally. He makes bee’s
wax candles and balm, and I’m not sure if he’ll have the candles or balm
due to the high heat. Lucy Siddiqui will be reading children’s stories
at 1 PM on the stage. At 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM, Brittany Pelfrey, Director
of the Chamber of Commerce, will have a booth having bird houses for
children to make donated by Lowes. Angie Beasley will not be attending
selling blueberries; however, Marva Hazelrig, Hazelrig Orchards, will
have a limited supply. Bill Woodard will be present sharpening knives,
mower blades, and other garden tools. Our two sister entrepreneurs,
Sofia (11 years old) and Savanna (7 years old), Sister’s Go Bananas,
will be selling their delicious frozen chocolate covered bananas.

Next week, August 4th, the McWane Center will be doing scientific
experiments on the stage at 1 PM. This will be the last time Lucy
Siddiqui will be doing the children’s story reading because school will
be opening later in the week; she’ll be starting at 3 PM. The
Gardendale Board of Education will be manning the Coke trailer giving
out free Coke products, and there will, also, be free Mayfield
popsicles. Doris Moody, with the Laura Crandall Brown Ovarian Cancer
Foundation, will be giving out literature and answering questions
regarding this terrible cancer.

None of our growers/vendors use debit card devices for purchases. There
is an ATM machine in the lobby of the civic center. Here’s hoping we’ll
have a good day, and we look forward to seeing you.

Tomorrow, July 16th

Once again, the forecast is for a hot day. We had another great week
last week. There were some new faces as well as many of our regular
customers. We really appreciate those of you that support the market
despite the high heat.

The Burton’s, Judy Bee’s and Blueberries, are finished for this season.
This means no more honey. Angie Beasley, Beasley Mt. Farm, will have
their delicious blueberries for sale. Our young entrepreneurs, Sophia
and Savanna, will not be with us tomorrow selling their frozen chocolate
covered bananas; they will return next week. Lucy Siddiqui will be
reading children’s stories at 1 PM under the stage roof; Lucy will be
doing this through July 30th. School will be opening the following
week, August 6th.

For next week, July 23rd, Brittany Pelfrey, from the chamber of
commerce, will be having bird houses for children to build at 1:30 PM,
thanks to Lowe’s; this is a change because she was initially planning on
doing it this week. Bill Woodard will be sharpening knives, lawn mower
blades, and other tools. On the 30th, the Board of Education will be
manning the Coke trailer giving out free soda, and there’ll be free
Mayfield popsicles. Doris Moody, from Laura Crandall Brown Foundation,
Cervical Cancer, will be present giving out information regarding the
foundation and cervical cancer.

We hope to see a large crowd tomorrow and look forward to the rest of
the season

Plenty of vegetables and fruits available

Good Morning,

We had a great week last week. Those that attended saw the “Recognition
of Veterans” were treated to a great event. We had the Air National
Guard Color Guard, our local gal Tiera Leftwich sang the National
Anthem, Mayor Othelle and Council President Hogeland as MC’s, Chaplain
Keith Taylor speaking about veterans in need, and the Marine Corps
League performing the Iwo Jima reenactment. The weather turned out to
be favorable, and many people purchased produce and baked goods.

Today is predicted to be on the hot side with a very small chance of
rain. Watermelon, corn, cantaloupe, okra, peaches, and other
vegetables/fruits are available. Today, Wanda Gray of Sweetpeas
Catering & Events will not attend selling her baked goods. Our two
young entrepreneurs, Sofia (11 years old) and Savanna (7 years old) of
Sister’s Go Bananas, will be selling their chocolate covered frozen
bananas and other goodies.

Today, we have guests Redeemer Presbyterian Church members doing some
children’s activities such as face painting and giving out crayons and
pages to color; they’ll be giving out popsicles. Also, Benny Reeves,
Community Relations Specialist with the ITT Technical Institute will be
giving out information regarding computer science and other subjects
towards an associate’s degree. Lucy Siddiqui from the public library
will do children’s story reading at 1 PM.

This coming Saturday, July 11th, the City of Gardendale is having the
1st Annual City Softball Tournament at the Gardendale High School
beginning at 5 PM. All the proceeds benefit the Miracle League’s
Raymond G. Doss Playground of Miracles. The cost for admission is $5.00
per ticket. The first game will be the Parks and Recreation Department
vs. the Public Works Department, the second game will be the Fire
Department vs. the Police Department, and the final game will be the
winners of the two games. One of our farmers, Witt’s Farms (Market)
located on Hwy 31, has donated watermelons and cantaloupes for the
cause.

We hope to see you today, and please support our farmers and vendors.
Don’t forget to attend the baseball games this coming Saturday. See you
there.

Veteran’s Recognition today

Today, we’re having an event for Veteran’s Recognition with the Air
National Guard Color Guard; Chaplain Keith Taylor, Navy Retired, now
working at the Birmingham VA, giving a brief talk on his duty in Iraq;
The Marine Corps League doing the Iwo-Jima reenactment; Mayor Othelle
Phillips and City Councilman President Stan Hogeland as MCs;
Gardendale’s Tiera Leftwich singing The National Anthem; and other
guests. The event will be held, rain or shine, at 12 noon. If Mother
Nature cooperates, the event will be held outdoors.

Bill Woodard will be attending sharpening knives, lawn mower blades and
other tools, and America’s First Credit Union will have their mobile ATM
unit available. Lucy Siddiqui will be reading patriotic children’s
stories at 1 PM.

At this time, the market will be opened for business as usual and will
open at 12:30 if the event is still going on. Our two entrepreneurs,
Sisters Go Bananas, Sofia (11 years old) and Savanna (7 years old), will
be selling frozen chocolate covered bananas and frozen plum popsicles.
Here’s hoping the weather will be with us today, and we hope to see you.

Petting zoo this week

Last week, we had a great turnout. Despite the high temperature, we saw
several new faces as well as our faithful customers. For those that
aren’t aware, we do offer free water and lemonade; we gave out ten
gallons of lemonade last week. This week, Bill Woodard will be with us
to sharpen knives, mower blades and other tools. The parks and
recreation department and chamber of commerce are sponsoring the
children’s petting zoo. Our young entrepreneurs Sofia (11 years old)
and Savanna (7 years old), Sister’s Go Bananas, will be selling frozen
blueberry popsicles, frozen chocolate covered bananas w/ chopped
peanuts, and plain frozen chocolate covered bananas. Wanda Gray,
Sweetpeas Catering and Events, will be making up chicken salad lunch
baskets and turkey lunch boxes with bread or crackers aside and a
desert. She’ll be selling small containers of pimento cheese along with
her other delicious baked goods. Lucy Siddiqui, Youth Services Head,
from Gardendale Martha Moore Public Library, will be reading children’s
stories at 1 PM under the stage roof.

Next week, July 2nd, we’re celebrating Independence Day, early, by
having a “Recognition of Veterans” starting at noontime. Attending are
the Air National Guard Color Guard, Marine Corps League doing the Iwo
Jima reenactment, Gardendale’s Tiera Leftwich singing the National
Anthem, Chaplain Keith Taylor will speak regarding his tour in Iraq, and
other military guests. Following the event, a meal will be served to
any veteran and spouse served by our sponsor Good Shepherd Luther
Church. If you know any veteran, please tell them about this.

Bill Woodard will be attending sharpening knives, lawn mower blades and
other tools, and America’s First Credit Union will have their mobile ATM
unit available. Lucy Siddiqui will be reading patriotic children’s
stories at 1 PM.

We look forward to seeing “all y’all”, and we appreciate your patronage.

See you tomorrow

We’ve been getting questions regarding when water melons, cantaloupe,
corn, and other produce will be in season. I’ve been informed that
water melons and cantaloupes should be coming within the next week or
two. Tomatoes are starting to be ready for harvest, and some corn is
now being sold. The produce that’s been selling is blackberries,
blueberries, peaches, squash, string beans, broccoli, okra, plums, and
some winter greens. Most of the winter greens are near their end with
the hot temperatures. There’s honey, fried pies, jams and jellies, chow
chow, and other baked goods. Our two entrepreneurs, Sisters Go Bananas
Sofia (11years old) and Savanna (7 years old), sold crushed frozen
blueberry pops last week and will be selling crushed blackberry pops
this week along with their frozen chocolate covered bananas. W & W
farms will not be with us for a couple of weeks. This means that there
will be no USDA meats. This week, Patti Gaines, AL Power for Clean Air,
will have a booth to share her cause. Lucy Siddiqui, Head of Youth
Service at the Martha Moore Public Library, will be doing story reading
for children at 1 PM. This week will be about farms and greens such as
broccoli, cabbage, etc.

Next week, June 25th, the petting zoo will be here thanks to the
Gardendale Recreation Dept. and Gardendale Chamber of Commerce. Bill
Woodard will be sharpening knives, mower blades, and other tools.

On July 2nd, we’re having a “Recognition of Veterans” with the Air Force
National Guard Color Guard; a local 17 year old, Tiera Leftwich, singing
the National Anthem; Chaplain Keith Taylor, Navy retiree and now working
at the Birmingham VA, speaking about his tour in Iraq; and the closing
will be the Marine Corps Auxiliary doing the Iwo Jima reenactment with
taps. The mayor and city council president will MC, and several guests
have been invited and will be introduced. The event will start at high
noon.

Also, Bill Woodard will be present sharpening knives, mower blades, and
other tools, and America’s First Credit Union will have their mobile ATM
unit available.

A terrific day

Wow! What a difference a day makes. The first two weeks were slow and
yesterday was perfect. We had a gorgeous day; the weather was
beautiful, people were patiently milling around prior to the opening, we
saw many of our usual customers and well as several new ones, children
were howling and laughing bouncing in the inflatable, and for the first
time, we had children’s story reading. Lucy Siddiqui, Youth Services
Head with the Gardendale Martha Moore Public Library, read a story about
strawberries. She had a show and tell strawberry for the children to
see (there will be no treating of produce due to possible allergies).
In the future, she will bring some sort of vegetable or fruit and
incorporate her readings accordingly. The readings will take place
every Thursday, at 1 PM, on the stage until school starts. We thank
those of you that have been supporting our young entrepreneurs Sofia (11
years old) and Savanna (7 years old) Holliman, Sisters Go Bananas, by
purchasing their frozen chocolate covered bananas. We had some surprise
guests from Jim N Nicks Restaurant giving out cheese biscuits. We
really appreciate the support everyone gave us and we look forward to
serving the public until the end of September.

This coming week, Judy Bee’s Honey and Berries will be returning. We’ve
been informed that the bees are producing honey overtime and that the
black berries are now ripe. W&W Farm should be returning with their
non-GMO produce and USDA meats. Wanda Bell, Sweet Treats, is still
recuperating from surgery and is planning on returning whenever she’s
back to par. One of our sponsors, America’s First Credit Union will
have a mobile ATM at the market. In the near future, there’ll be more
information regarding our planned “Recognition of Veterans” planned for
July 2nd. Until then, have a great week.

Children’s story reading

We’re trying something new with having Lucy Siddiqui, Youth Services
Head from the Gardendale Martha Moore Library, do children’s story
reading every Thursday at 1 PM. This way, the parent/s can do some
shopping while their children are being read to.

Last week’s storm raised some havoc with us. There was so much water
flowing, it resembled some of the flooding going on in TX. Due to the
weight of the water on the canvases of the canopies, five collapsed.
Four of them were next to each other and it resembled the aftermath of
the April ’11 tornadoes. We will be back in business tomorrow though.

Some of you have been asking when Bill Woodard, our knife, tool, and
mower blade sharpener will be returning. We have him scheduled for June
25th and July 2nd. America’s First Credit Union, one of our sponsors,
will have a mobile ATM at the market on June 11th. We’re planning on
having a special veteran’s recognition on July 2nd; keep watching for
further details. Please come out and support our growers and vendors.