No market tomorrow

Due to the potential effects of Tropical Storm Cindy, the market will
be closed tomorrow, June 22nd. Weather permitting next week, Bill
Woodard, our knife sharpener will be attending sharpening knives,
mower blades, and other garden tools; we’ll have our Veteran’s
Recognition program which has been something worth seeing.

Another good day?

Greetings to all. Tomorrow, according to the NOAA Radio Network,
could bring some severe storms in the afternoon into the evening
hours; of course this can change between now and then. Assuming the
weather is good in the morning, we’ll have our two returning young
entrepreneurs, Sofia and Savanna Holliman, Sister’s Go Bananas,
selling chocolate covered frozen strawberries, chocolate covered
frozen bananas, and strawberry lemonade popsicles. Our hot dog vendor
John Hancock, Hammer’s Hotdogs, will be selling his different
varieties of delicious hot dogs. America’s First Federal Credit
Union will have their mobile ATM unit driven by Bob Selby. The market
is now selling peaches, okra, strawberries, blue berries, black
berries, and a limited amount of corn.
Last week, I did state we’d have honey, and that was what was
planned; however, due to all the rain, they couldn’t process the
honey. I’ve been assured that honey will be sold this week. We look
forward to having another great day and looking forward to seeing many
of our regular, and new, customers.

I did it again

Did you ever have a feeling that when you were doing something that
you forgot something? Well, I did it again. Several customers have
been asking when we’ll have honey. You don’t have to wait any
longer because honey will be sold this week. Story reading will start
this Thursday at 11:30 AM, and the inflatable (bouncy) will be
available for the children.

A big WOW!

WOW! We had a fantastic day this past Thursday. We have so many city
employees to thank. The idea of having a Summer Library Kick-off was
originated by librarian Lucy McGill last year, and she did a terrific
job this time. The water slide and inflatable (bouncy) were two of the
main attractions. The petting zoo was offered by Anna Stokley, Chamber
of Commerce Director and Dale Hyche, Parks and Recreation Director. We
were honored by having Miss N. Jefferson Area Queen, Julianna Moreno
and Miss Gardendale Magnolia Fest Queen, Meg McGuire, under the
direction of Lynne Dodson, who did face painting; they raised $80.00
towards the Southeast Blind Rehab Center (VAMC). Police Officer
Culpepper finger printed 75 children, and he stayed beyond closing
time to finish his work. Civic Center Director, Keith Mosley and
maintenance leader, Bill Lenox did a great job of setting up music and
the sound system. Fire Marshall, Jason Murrell, was present to inspect
children’s safety seats. Papa Murphy’s Pizza gave out pizza
samples, and Yogurt Mountain sold a variety of their yogurt. Mayor
Stan Hogeland and City Councilman Greg Culvert made the rounds for
quite a period of time. There was a bee demonstration by Judy and John
Burton that many people truly enjoyed watching. One of our
sponsor’s, Scott Cantrell, State Farm Insurance, gave out bottles of
water, hand bags, and children’s fire helmets. Another of our
sponsors, America’s First Federal Credit Union had their mobile ATM
set up. At our command post, we gave out ten gallons of lemonade and
about seven gallons of water. We really appreciate all the crew from
the parks and recreation department that help us each week; we
couldn’t make this market happen without them. There’s no doubt in
my mind that this was the largest crowd we’ve ever had, and we look
forward to seeing many of you returning.
The weather is predicted to be great this coming Thursday. A booth
will be set up by Brenda Peterson, for Al Power for Clean Air. There
will be blueberries, black berries, okra, a limited supply of corn,
peaches, squash, and other fresh crops. We’ll have cupcakes,
marinara sauce, jams and jellies, non-GMO meats and eggs, kettle corn,
and other baked goods. Please come by and support our growers and
vendors. Don’t forget to let our three sponsors know you saw their
names in our messages.

Library kick-off

Tomorrow is a special day; the library is celebrating their summer
kick-off. Below is a list of activities that are planned. There is one
change, and that’s the library will not be doing story reading
tomorrow because of all the other activities. Story reading will start
next week. John and Judy Burton will be doing a bee demonstration at
10:00 AM, and their daughter-in-law, Christi, will be selling
blueberries. I was informed that the Burton’s will have honey next
week. Here’s hoping the weather will be with us while everyone has a
great day. Please remember to let our three sponsors know you saw
their ad in our message.

Ooops! I forgot.

Bill Woodard, the knife sharpener will be present to sharpen knives,
scissors, lawn mower blades, and other garden tools.

Second week

Thursday will be our second week for this season. Last week, we had
nice weather, and it was great seeing returning customers and meeting
new ones. At the present time, the forecast for Thursday looks to be
another beautiful day.
Papa Murphy’s Pizza will be with the market once a month; they’ll
be with us at the Library Kick-off to Summer Activities (listed below)
next week, June 1st. Future dates will be posted. On the days that
Papa Murphy’s Pizza won’t be at the market, we have a new vendor,
Hammer’s Hot Dogs. On their menu are hotdogs, chili cheese dogs,
Hammer Dogs (bacon, bbq sauce, shredded cheddar). They have mustard,
ketchup, relish, onions and kraut as condiments and also have
individual serving chips, canned drinks, bottled water, and chili
cheese frito pies as an option.
Maw Maw’s Marinara Sauce will be with us, too. This is what an
Italian sauce should taste like. You have to try it, and you’ll love
it. We’ll have the kettle corn, jams and jellies, fried pies,
non-GMO meats and eggs, assorted cakes and breads, and fresh produce.
First Federal Credit Union will have their mobile ATM on the grounds.

Please let our three sponsors know you’ve seen their name with the
farmers market; TriGreen Equipment, John Deere Dealer; America’s
First Federal Credit Union; and Scott Cantrell, State Farm Insurance.
We’re very fortunate to be partners with these businesses.
We look forward to seeing you Thursday and appreciate your patronage.

Coming soon

Thursday is just around the corner. I’ve been informed that one of
our young entrepreneurs, Sister’s Go Bananas, won’t be attending
the market for a few weeks. The weather report is for a slight chance
possibility of rain and thunderstorms; of course this can change by
Another event is being planned at the civic center starting at 12:00
PM. Join the Gardendale Police Department, Law Enforcement Torch Run
for Special Olympics 5K Run, hosted by the Gardendale Civitan. Special
Olympic shirts will be for sale.

Young entrepreneurs

We’ve increased our young entrepreneurs to two businesses. Our
returning young ladies, Sofia (13) and Savanna (9), Sister’s Go
Bananas, will be making strawberry lemonade popsicles and strawberry
lemonade concentrate; both will be available sweetened with sugar and
“sugar free” sweetened with stevia so diabetics can enjoy. Our newest
business, Kid Bake, Shelby (10) and her sister helper Nora Kate (7),
will be selling cupcakes and savory breads. Both will be starting this
coming Thursday.

New info for opening day

On opening day, June 18th, we’re welcoming back our knife
sharpener, Bill Woodard, after his bout with cancer. He’ll sharpen
knives, lawn mower blades, and other garden tools. Adam York, Backyard
Kettle Corn, will be selling his delicious corn. More information is
yet to be entered. Two of our sponsors will be with us. America’s
First Federal Credit Union will have their mobile ATM unit available.
TriGreen Equipment, John Deere dealer, will have some of their units
on display. Please let our sponsors know that you’ve seen their
businesses on this Facebook page