|PHOTOS BY JIM FRANCIS|
Don’t miss Jasper Farmers Market’s last 3 Saturdays in 2017
Pickens County folks have three more opportunities this year to pick up garden fresh greens, canned fruit spreads, freshly baked breads and cupcakes, beef or pork cuts of meat, handmade Christmas gifts and maybe even take a dog home with the kids.
The Jasper Farmers Market will have three more Saturday fall events: Nov. 18 and Dec. 9 and 23. Hours are from 7:30 a.m. until noon in the Chamber of Commerce Building off Hwy 53 in Jasper.
Everything for sale is either homemade or home grown in Pickens County.
The market is also an opportunity for newcomers to Pickens County to learn a little something about “the way it was” years ago--unpaved rural roads like Cove Road once was, for example—and pick up local recipe tips for trying new vegetables like a squash that’s a mix of yellow straight neck and acorn.
Winter greens—mustard and turnip—and turnips themselves, winter squash and yard plants are also for sale.
Two vendors with handmade walking sticks—one with a variety of woods from dogwood to a light weight magnolia—can provide new trail walkers in Big Canoe the perfect tool for all the trails, not only in Big Canoe but all over North Georgia’s forests and trails.
Susan Butler has her yarn for sale and she can tell you which sheep produced a certain hank of dyed or undyed wool. She raises, shears her sheep, cards the wool and can be seen at the market with her little spinning wheel spinning it into yarn for sale. Great gifts for knitting friends. She even has homemade buttons from horns.
Marrying a redneck hog farmer
Cindy Brown tells of growing up as a suburbanite and the last thing on her mind was, as she tells it, “marrying a redneck hog farmer” but marry one she did. Together Donny and Cindy Brown from Ranger, Ga. offer Dry Creek Meats, both pork and beef at the market.
One woman bought a big bag of beef shanks from Cindy and told her she was going to make French onion soup. The grass-fed beef for the first 90 days on the Brown’s farm also get a little treat from the local craft beer brewers in the form of barley and some rye— “they love it”—and supplement it with wheat and corn just before slaughter.
The Lions Club sells one-pound bags of pecan halves for $10, just in time for holiday baking.
An older couple displayed a table of crocheted baby blankets in an array of colors. She says it’s good therapy to crochet. Another older couple had a variety of homemade low sugar jams, preserves and jellies from fruits on their property in Pickens County.
Chatting with people like these is fun, educational and makes for an interesting Saturday morning.
There are the animals from the Pickens County Humane Society at the market for adoption that will find you leaving not only with good things to eat but a tail wagging dog in the car with two happy children.
If you miss out on the last three markets, the 2018 Pickens Farmers Market will open April 7, 2018.