Seven weeks to go

I want to thank all the customers that came out last week despite the
possibility of storms. I don’t remember seeing so many people on the
pavement. The lawn will be dry, so we will be back on the green this
week. Last week I stated that I didn’t think there would be any more
peaches; well, I was wrong. We have two growers that will be selling
them. There will be watermelons, apples, cantaloupes, eggplant,
tomatoes, and pears, too. We’ll have the normal variety of
vegetables, okra, corn, string beans, different types of squash,
peppers, and potatoes, as well as honey, baked goods, and jams and
jellies. America’s First Federal Credit Union will have their
mobile ATM unit set up for us. Our kettle corn person, Adam, won’t
be with us; however, “Hammer” the hot dog vendor will be selling
his delicious hot dogs and kettle corn. Our three entrepreneurs,
Sofia, Savanna, and Shelby are back in school and will not be with us
for the remainder of the season. The knife sharpener, Bill, will be
with us next week. The members of the N. Jefferson Quilt Guild will be
selling chances for one each of an Auburn and Uv. of AL quilt. Now
that school has started, the bouncy will no longer be set up and no
story reading. Don’t forget to patronize our three sponsors;
TriGreen Equipment, Scott Cantrell State Farm Insurance, and
America’s First Federal Credit Union. Let them know you saw their ad
on this website. Please keep coming and support our growers and
vendors.

The market will open tomorrow

The market will be operating tomorrow on the parking lot of the civic
center. We intend to start no later than 9 AM, weather permitting;
closing will depend on if we have storms and heavy rain. We will not
have any baked goods or the kettle popcorn; the food vendor may
attend. There’s a strong possibility that there won’t be any more
peaches this season; due to medical problems, our one remaining peach
grower may not be able to return. I’ll keep you posted if this
changes. Because school is now open, there will no longer be
storytelling and the bouncy will be retired for the season.
Several people have asked when our knife sharpener will be returning.
Bill Woodard does sharpening as a Christian Outreach for the youth
group of his church at several different functions. Usually, he tries
to attend this market once a month. There’s a possibility that Bill
will be with us next week, August 17th; I won’t know until early
next week, and I’ll inform you when I get the word.
Please come out and support our growers and vendors.

Things look good for tomorrow

Tomorrow, we’ll have knife sharpening; bring your knives, mower
blades, and any garden tool requiring sharpening. We will have a food
vendor, Hammer’s Hotdogs, and there’s a delicious variety. We have
a new organic grower, Well Wishes Farm, who had a large choice of
different sweet peppers. One of our young entrepreneurs, Sister’s Go
Bananas, will be selling chocolate covered frozen bananas and
popsicles made from fruit. There will be jellies, jams, honey, chow
chow, baked goods, fresh eggs, non GMO meats, marinara sauce, and a
variety of fruit and vegetables. There will be story reading at 11:30
on the stage. Our Backyard Kettle Corn vendor will not be with us. Due
to the weather, Witt’s Farm will no longer be with us for the rest
of this season. Speaking of the weather, the local farmers have taken
quite a beating this year due to last year’s drought that carried
into this past May, lack of cold temperatures during the winter, and
the monsoon since then. Due to the storms, some of the markets were
either forced to close early or not open at all; thus, the
growers/vendors lost another means of selling their goods. Please come
out and support our growers and vendors.

Bring the children

Tomorrow, thanks to the Gardendale Chamber of Commerce, there will be
a day for children with an inflatable water slide, face painting, and
Yogurt Mountain selling their delicious frozen yogurt. A $1.00 fee for
face painting will be donated to the Southeast Blind Rehab Center
through the Birmingham VA Medical Center. We’ll have our usual
inflatable set up with the market, and Miss Lucy will be doing story
telling at 11:30 on the stage.
The market will be set up on the green now that the grounds have
dried. We will not have our food vendor Hammer’s Hot Dogs this week.
One of our young entrepreneurs, Kid Bakes (cup cakes), Maw Maw’s
Marinara Sauce and Still Water Farm will not attend due to various
reasons. We have a new organic grower from Mt. Olive, Jimmy McDuffee
of Well Wishes Farm, joining us this week. One of our sponsors,
America’s First Federal Credit Union will have their mobile ATM unit
present. For those that have knives, mower blades, and other gardening
tools that need to be sharpened, Bill Woodard will be attending next
week, July 27th. Come out and check out our local produce, baked
goods, jams and jellies, and frozen chocolate covered bananas.

Bring the children

Tomorrow, thanks to the Gardendale Chamber of Commerce, there will be
a day for children with an inflatable water slide, face painting, and
Yogurt Mountain selling their delicious frozen yogurt. A $1.00 fee for
face painting will be donated to the Southeast Blind Rehab Center
through the Birmingham VA Medical Center. We’ll have our usual
inflatable set up with the market, and Miss Lucy will be doing story
telling at 11:30 on the stage.
The market will be set up on the green now that the grounds have
dried. We will not have our food vendor Hammer’s Hotdogs this week.
One of our young entrepreneurs, Kid Bakes (cup cakes), Maw Maw’s
Marinara Sauce and Still Water Farm will not attend due to various
reasons. We have a new organic grower from Mt. Olive, Jimmy McDuffee
of Well Wishes Farm, joining us this week. One of our sponsors,
America’s First Federal Credit Union will have their mobile ATM unit
present. For those that have knives, mower blades, and other gardening
tools that need to be sharpened, Bill Woodard will be attending next
week, July 27th. Come out and enjoy check out our local produce, baked
goods, jams and jellies, and frozen chocolate covered bananas.

An update for tomorrow

I was just informed that our kettle corn vendor will not be with us
tomorrow due to equipment failure. We will have story reading at 11:30
AM. For those that want their knives, and other tools, sharpened can
have it done on July 27th.

Some Q & A’s

I want to thank those of you that attended the market last week. As
they found, we had to assemble on the parking lot due to the grounds
being saturated and there was concern that the vehicles would damage
the lawn. Some of the customers stated they’d like for us to keep
the market on the parking lot. There are several reasons against this
suggestion. First of all, the parking lot isn’t always available
because of multiple functions within the civic center requiring many
spaces. The heat can be twenty degrees hotter on the blacktop than the
actual temperature. When we used to set up at the K-Mart parking lot,
there were times that the temperature on the black top was between 115
and 120 degrees. We need to have access to electricity which is not
easily available. There’s not enough room for all the
growers/vendors. There were three groups that weren’t able to
attend, and there wasn’t room for them. So, we’ll be back on the
lawn tomorrow.
A couple of customers informed me that there are websites showing the
market hours are 1-5 PM. I contacted our IT division, and I was
informed that these are private websites and we have no power to
correct the hours. If we can be given the website address, the IT
division can try to contact them and ask to either have the time
removed or corrected.
Tomorrow should be a great day with a chance of afternoon storms.
There are watermelons, okra, peaches, blueberries, and a wide variety
of vegetables along with jams/jellies, baked goods, kettle corn, and
marinara sauce. Please come out and support our growers and vendors.

Location change

We’ll be setting up on the civic center parking lot near Main St.
due to the saturated ground. We won’t have the vendor that sells
marinara sauce or the one that sells that the baked goods (cookies,
brownies, etc.). Due to a lack of power, our young entrepreneur that
sells the frozen chocolate covered bananas won’t be attending; our
other young entrepreneur, selling cupcakes and ice coffee, will be
present. There will be knife sharpening though. Please come and
support our growers and vendors; it’s been a tough season for all
our market family due to the inclement weather and markets not
opening.

Let’s hope there’s no rain

Tomorrow is another unpredictable day and we’re planning on having
the market open. There will be knife sharpening with Bill Woodard. Our
young entrepreneurs, Kid Bakes, selling cupcakes and ice coffee, and
Sister’s Go Bananas, selling chocolate covered frozen bananas and
frozen popsicles made from fruit. We’ll have our hot dog vendor,
Hammer’s Hotdogs, selling a delicious variety of hot dogs. The
mobile America’s First Federal Credit Union ATM will be on the
grounds, too. This will probably be the last day for blueberries due
to all the rain. There will be a variety of vegetables and fruits on
sale, as well as baked goods, honey, marinara sauce and jams and
jellies.
I had someone call me regarding green plums. I’m not a grower, so I
called those that are. I was informed that green plums are normally
harvested in mid-June and are no longer available. So, to answer the
question, there are no green plums.
We hope to see you after having to cancel for two weeks due to the
inclement weather. Please come out and support our growers and
vendors.

Program time

I neglected to state that the Veteran’s Recognition Program will
start at 12:00 noon.