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.
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.
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.