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.

Update for today

Adam York will not be at the market because he’s concerned about
having to use power. Weather permitting, he’ll be with us for the next
two weeks. We no longer have anyone selling honey. Members of the N.
Jefferson Quilt Guild will be selling $2.00 raffle tickets for one
Alabama and one Auburn quilt.Again, we hope you’ll come and support
our growers and vendor.

We’re open today

Good Morning World,
Today, the market will be open. Most of the farmers/vendors intend
to be present. We will not have the canopies set up though, and most
will be selling from their vehicles. We’ll be open as long as
possible and will close if we get storms. There’s a possibility that
Adam York will be selling his kettle popcorn.
As a reminder, Bill Woodard, our knife sharpener, intends to be with
us the last day of operation, September 24th.
We still haven’t found our missing 5 gallon beverage container.
We’d appreciate it if whoever has it would be kind enough to return
it. It is plainly marked with “Gardendale Farmers Market’ on the
container, and “Gardendale Farmers Market” and “LEMONADE” on
the cover. If found, please either return it to the church or civic
center, or call the church at 631-6590 or me at 285-9170.
Please come and support our farmers and vendors.

We’re still open

Counting this week, we have four weeks until the end of our operation.
Due to the storms that seemed to hit us every Thursday, and the
drought conditions, the yearly sales have been much lower so far.
Please let everyone know that our last day is September 24th. In a
previous entry, I mistakenly stated that Bill Woodard, our knife
sharpener, would be with us this week. At this time, he’s now
scheduled to be with us on our last day, September 24th. We won’t have
our new kettle popcorn vendor, Backyard Kettlecorn, with us this week.
Our Christian outreach for this week includes members of the N.
Jefferson Quilt Guild selling raffle tickets for one Auburn and
Alabama quilts for $2.00 each and a member of the AL Partners for
Power will be seeking people to join their cause. We still have honey
for sale; there won’t be much more honey after this week.
As a reminder, we’re still looking for our 5 gallon Coleman beverage
cooler that went missing three weeks ago. As stated in last weeks
entry, the bright orange container is marked in dark black,
“Gardendale Farmers Market” and the white lid is marked “Lemonade” and
“Gardendale Farmers Market.” If found, please call either the church
at 631-6590 or I can be reached at 285-9170.
We look forward to seeing you at the market. Please come and support
our local farmers and vendors.

5 more weeks

The weather is predicted to be one of the best days this season. Adam
York, Backyard Kettlecorn, will be with us today selling his addictive
freshly popped corn; likewise, Jim Johnson will be selling his
Gardendale honey. Jimmy Witt, Witt’s Farms, will no longer be with
us due to end of season causes. I made a mistake two weeks ago stating
that Bill Woodard, our knife, scissor, and garden tool sharpener would
be with us today. He will not attend today. Right now, he’s
scheduled to be with us the last day of operation on Sept. 24th, and
might come back one more time if he can schedule it. One of our
sponsors, Scott Cantrell, State Farm, will be with us today.
Two weeks ago, one of our 5 gallon Coleman beverage containers went
missing. This is one like we see when the football player dumps the
liquid on the coach at the end of the game. Like the one we see on TV,
the container is bright orange with “Gardendale Farmers Market” in
black on the orange side with “lemonade”, in bold black letters,
on the white lid. If you should see it please either return it to the
market, civic center, or call the church at 631-6590 or me at
285-9170. We’d really appreciate having it back.
We have five more weeks left, and we hope you’ll come and support
the farmers/vendors. See you later.