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.

Last minute change

Due to a last minute change, our two entrepreneurs, Sofia and Savanna
Holliman, Sister’s Go Bananas will not be attending today. This was
supposed to be their last day. The weather is supposed to be just
great and we look forward to seeing “all y’all.”

New Message

The weather report sounds like a magnificent prediction, and we hope
to see a lot of customers attend. We’ll have our two young
entrepreneurs, Sofia and Savanna Holliman of Sister’s Go Bananas,
selling their chocolate covered frozen bananas; Bill Woodard will be
sharpening knives, mower blades and other garden tools; and our newest
addition, Adam York, Backyard Kettlecorn, selling fresh popped kettle
corn. Bill Woodard will be with us, again, on the 27th. Jerry
Carter/Jim Johnson will be selling their local honey. We have a guest,
Chris Nichols from the N. Jefferson Quilt Guild selling raffle tickets
for one Auburn and one Alabama quilt; the price of the tickets are
$2.00 each. Now that school is in session, we will no longer have the
children’s story reading or the inflatable. As a reminder, this
market will be operating every Thursday until September 24th. Please
let our sponsors know that you’ve seen our advertising for them. The
three sponsors are TriGreen Equipment in Fultondale; America’s First
Credit Union in Gardendale; And Scott Cantrell State Farm Insurance in
Gardendale. If you’re seeing this, please let us know at our command
post. We look forward to seeing you.

We’re opening

We’re taking a chance regarding the probable storms. Most of the
growers/vendors intend to be here. Bill Woodard, the knife sharpener,
will not attend due to a nasty leg injury; he hopes to be with us for
the next two weeks. Our Sister’s Go Bananas young entrepreneurs don’t
want to take a chance while using electricity; likewise, our new
vendor Adam York, kettle corn will not attend due to using
electricity. Come early because the forecast is for early afternoon
storms with possible heavy lightning.

New Message

With school opening, we hope that you’ll keep coming. Like last
week, the weather forecast was not favorable; however, we had one of
the best days of the season. Here’s hoping we’ll have another
spectacular day. Our young entrepreneurs, Sofia and Savanna Holliman
with Sister’s Go Bananas, will be back selling their chocolate
covered frozen bananas for the next two weeks. Bill Woodard will be
attending sharpening knives, mower blades, and other tools. Bill will
be back on August 20th, too. We have a new vendor, Adam York, Backyard
Kettlecorn, who will be selling freshly popped kettle corn. Jerry
Carter and Jim Johnson will be selling their local honey and honey
products. A variety of apples are now in season. With the opening of
school, there will be no more children’s story reading or having the
inflatable present. A representative from the North Jefferson Quilters
Guild will be attending selling raffle tickets as a fund raiser for
their organization. As a reminder, we’ll be operating every Thursday
until September 24th. Please come and support our farmers and vendors.
Also, please let our sponsors know you’ve seen their name on our
messages; we depend on them for their support for the market. See you
tomorrow.

Last day for children’s story telling

The weather forecast is for possible severe storms, and we’ll be
monitoring the weather patterns all day. Like last week, if we have to
call off the market, I’ll do my best to post it. Assuming the weather
is good, the Gardendale Board of Ed will be sponsoring the Coke
trailer, giving out free soda and, also, giving out free Mayfield
popsicles. A person from the McWane Center will be doing children’s
activities, on the stage, at 1 PM. Lucy Siddiqui will be doing
children’s story reading at 3 PM; this will be the last reading for
the season because school opens next Thursday; likewise, the
inflatable will no longer be available after this week. America’s
First Credit Union will have their mobile ATM unit here. Doris Moody,
with the Laura Crandall Brown Ovarian Cancer Foundation, will be
giving out literature and answering questions on this serious illness.
Jerry Carter, Carter’s Honey Bee Products, will be selling his local
Gardendale honey, bee’s wax candles, and lip gloss. Blueberries are no
longer in season. Our young entrepreneurs, Sister’s Go Bananas, will
not be selling their frozen chocolate covered bananas this week and
will here for the first two weeks in August. Next week, August 6th,
the first day of school, Bill Woodard will be attending sharpening
knives, mower blades, and other garden tools. As a reminder, we
usually see a drop in customer attendance once school opens , and
we’re going to be operating until September 24th We’d like to keep
your support.

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