The good news is that we had a perfect day this past Thursday. The
weather was somewhat muggy, and the sun and breeze made it all worth our
labor. We had what I think was the biggest number of customers since we
started four years ago. We appreciate your patronage.
We were honored by a visit from Don Wambles, AL. Farmers Market
Authority Director. Mr. Wambles was impressed with the way everything
was functioning and the flow of the customers. He was kind enough to go
to all the booths and introduce himself to those who never had the
privilege of meeting him.
America’s First Credit Union will have a booth this coming week.
They are one of our sponsors, and we hope you’ll consider doing your
“Refresingly unbank like” business with them. If you do, please let
them know you saw this.
The bad news was that we were forced to relocate due to the previous
rain and saturated ground. No one knew about this until just prior to
us setting up, so we had to make another choice where it would do the
least harm to the grass. On the positive side, it did give us more
exposure being so close to Main St. Again, due to the way we had to set
up, the growers/vendors were forced to be exposed to the afternoon sun
which tends to damage their goods. So, unless the lawn is under water,
we’ll be going back to where we’ve always been.
For those of you that follow these messages, you know that we were
forced to call off the blackberry cobbler bake-off contest due to the
heavy rain and lack of sunshine. Instead, the Burton’s will be
sponsoring a blueberry cobbler bake-off on July 3rd. The rules are
Now, the ugly regards the hours of our operation. You’ll notice on
this website, Facebook, and our banners that our hours are from 1 PM to
5 PM. The banners are not cheap, so why would we have them exposed if
we were not going to abide by the opening time? I’ve had irate
customers loudly get upset with me for not opening as early as 12:25,
etc. I question these customers if they go to a large chain retail
store a half hour early (Sears, Target, etc.), if they give the store
personnel a hard time for not letting them in earlier? I really doubt
it. I can’t speak for other markets that don’t abide by their own rules
and open early. The only thing I can add is that I don’t manage them.
Please be patient with us so we can keep up the high quality service.
As I stated above, we appreciate your patronage.
BLUEBERRY COBBLER BAKE-OFF CONTEST RULES –
1. Registration and blueberries must be purchased from the Judy
Bee’s Honey and Blueberries booth or at their residence at 1601 Downes
Rd., Mt. Olive, AL.
2. Pre-registration is required; the deadline is Wednesday, July
2nd, at 1 PM. See Judy Bee’s booth or the market manager.. If you have
questions, call Judy Bee’s at 631-2895 or Jim Parola at 285-9170.
3. There must be at least 5 bake-off contestants to have the
4. By 1:45 PM (sharp), the pies must be turned in at the judging
booth to qualify.
5. In case of rain, the event will be held inside the civic
6. Professional businesses or bakers may not enter.