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Chef Tony Pisconeri sells his delicious breads and baked goods. PHOTO BY JENNY FELLENBAUM

Jasper Famers Market opens for 2019 season

By Heather Giambra

The chilly start to Saturday, March 30, the 2019 Jasper Farmers Market’s opening day gave way to a beautiful morning, a plus for a lot of happy vendors and customers.

Cool weather vegetables—like greens and turnips—were available. Bunny and Gary Johnson brought plants, like tomatoes and peppers, in large, labeled, Styrofoam cups for the home garden. This method makes for easy transportation and ease of care while waiting for the temperature to rise. Also, the cups provide lots of room for the roots, getting the plants off to a great start.

New vendors brought zucchini, thyme, strawberry and iris plants. Chef Toni Pisconeri, also new this year, offered his Bake Wurx artisan breads and baked goods.

Many regular vendors returned, including the Padgetts with their beautiful craft work. Mountain Man Stuff, Georgia Wine Time, Red Bean Harvest & Tea and Big Ridge Farms joined the fun. Big Ridge has grass-fed beef, pasture-raised pork and fresh produce, a great way to fill freezer and fridge.

There were knit caps, scarves and wraps for chilly customers, plus plenty of baked goods from vendors like Pappa’s Bakery for hungry folk. Linn’s Creations offered several new, colorful birdhouses, feeders, baths and other related items. Now is the time to get those birdhouses up, with the chickadees looking and bluebirds already starting new nests. There were other vendors offering birdhouses; surely, at least one is perfect for you!

Several jewelry sellers with clever, colorful, handcrafted items came to the opening. Wind chimes, bee traps, home décor including cake plates and initial tiles, turned woodcrafts, cut-out steel signs, homemade goods, shirts, soaps, note cards, pottery and more were seen at the market. Steve and Audrey’s very clever “oven rack push-pull animal” had customers trying to decide what animal it is.

All in all, it was a great start to the Jasper Farmer’s Market. Even the wind was excited and kicked up a fuss near the market’s end. We hope to see more vendors and customers at next Saturday’s market.

The Jasper Farmers Market is a project of the Pickens County Master Gardeners and is in the Park ’n’ Ride lot at Lee Newton Park, Highway 53, Jasper, Saturday mornings, 7:30 a.m. to noon. For more information, call the County Extension Office, 706-253-8840.

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Calloway Jones celebrates her second birthday at the Farmers Market with her very own stand. PHOTO BY KELLY JONES

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