Shop Potts Market on Saturday, August 10
BY BARBARA SCHNEIDER
Potts Market is worth a visit. It’s fun to walk around, meet local farmers and learn about what they grow and why they are so committed to farming. There are some very talented craftsmen at Potts Market who are happy to talk about their creations. The market is located on Steve Tate Highway between Highway 53 and the roundabout at Cove Road. Market hours are every Saturday 8 a.m. until noon; the market is expected to continue through October.
After a very slow start in May and June, Potts Market began attracting more farm/craft vendors and early Saturday morning shoppers in late July. When Smoke Signals checked out Potts Market, there were 28 produce and craft vendors on July 27 and 24 on August 3. While the number varies a bit from week to week, there are more than a dozen high quality farm regulars as well as several talented vendors who offer handmade crafts and products. The list of farm, craft and other booths below provides brief descriptions of the range of food and products shoppers can expect and, hopefully, will encourage readers to make Potts Market a regular Saturday morning shopping experience.
Abundant farm-fresh produce
Just about everybody in the Big Canoe/Marble Hill area knows about Jordan Produce and the place where Mr. and Mrs. Grady Jordan sold their vegetables and fruit for years behind the Marble Hill post office. Now four generations of the Jordan family are selling their locally grown fruits and vegetables, homemade jelly and jam—the blackberry jam is incredible—along with eggs and baked goods every Saturday at Potts Market.
Stop by their booth—two blue tents at the north end of the market—and say hello to the family—Peggy Jordan, Karen Reynold, Connie Tatum and Natalie Gibbs.
Mama Makant’s Mountain Morsels—right next to Jordan Produce—is a Saturday favorite. Owner Susan Makant specializes in fresh-baked, homemade pound cakes. Her flavors generally include coconut pound cake with coconut cream icing—this reporter’s personal favorite—chocolate pound cake with fudge icing and brown sugar pound cake with caramel icing. For peach season, she’s added a delicious peach pound cake. She bakes on Friday night and drives from Acworth early Saturday morning with her “fresh out of the oven” baked goods.
Just about every farm booth had fresh tomatoes but Clayton Johnson sells something really unique: naturally colored green hen eggs. Johnson Farms, located four miles west of Jasper, has free range ducks and hens. His Ameraucana and Easter Egger hens produce blue and green eggs—similar to the hens and eggs Martha Stewart often talks about on her TV show. Johnson is a certified candler, licensed by the State of Georgia—a requirement to be able to sell eggs to consumers at places other than on their farm.
Potts Market shoppers can’t miss Southern Grass Meat, owned by Joe and Mark Hermann. Just look for the big refrigerated truck behind the blue tent. The brothers raise grass-fed Black Angus and British White cattle on their Jasper farm. They offer some of the best, high-quality meat in the area. To learn more about their farm and the care that goes into raising grass-fed cattle, check out their website: https://www.southerngrassmeat.com/southern-grass-meat For information about cuts of beef or to pre-order and pick up at Potts Market, call 706-847 8408.
Big Canoe’s own Tom Craton is a Potts Market regular and Pisces legend. Look for his white truck and Harlee, his black lab pup—Tom won’t be far away. He has hundreds of regular customers who wait for his weekly emails describing the week’s catch. Tom carries a wide range of fresh fish, some frozen and often offers prepared fish specials. Shoppers can place orders early and pick up their fish at Potts Market. He usually has extra fresh fish and shrimp available for shoppers who haven’t placed an order. For more information and to register for his mailing list, go to www.tomsawesomeseafood.com
•Cherokee Market Farm Fresh Produce and Antiques in Lathemtown, owned by Lisa Meyer, offers a wide range of vegetables and fruit in season.
•Paul’s Pot Pies—voted “Best of Cobb 2019.” Paul sells “take and bake” pot pies in a dozen varieties, from vegetarian to pot roast, in two sizes. He has stores in Kennesaw and on the Marietta Square.
•Papa’s Bakery, Tony Couch’s bake shop on Church Street in Jasper, is a Potts’ Market regular. He creates incredible delights for Saturday’s market shoppers.
•Eddie’s Vegetables and Woodworking, all the work of Ball Ground’s Eddie Guy.
•Tim’s Honey, all-natural honey, pollen and supplies and swarm removal by Tim Evans of Dawsonville.
•Posy Farms, owned by Sandra Parker of Marble Hill, has patty pan squash and expects to have goldrush squash, cucumbers and lovely farm-grown flowers too for the Saturday, Aug. 10 market. There will also be towels with stencils to add a little pizazz to any kitchen. Check out www.theposyfarm.com
•Nana’s Dahlia’s, locally grown zinnias, dahlias and arrangements
Crafts, accessories, hemp.
Pamela Mason designs and creates remarkable handbags out of exquisite fabric. Her “Rescued” line of cross-body handbags is every shopper’s favorite.
She uses vintage—often imported from Europe—fabric in her one-of-a-kind handbag creations and is a regular at Potts Market. For a preview of her workmanship and quality, go to https://designerpamelamasonhandbags.weebly.com/
•Handmade Wooden Kitchen, Robert “Bob” Henderson, handmade cutting boards, chopping blocks, cheese boards, serving trays and paper towel holders.
•Dragon Alley Soap, “curious soap collection,” Christine and Jeremy Martin, artisan soaps and bath bomb, Jasper. www.dragonalleysoap.com
•Zillis sells a selection of hemp CBD oil products. Big Canoe resident and RN Jeanette Crawford will explain the products and how they work. For more information, go to www.ultracellchallenge.com
•Pampered Chef, Gail Jacobus, Ellijay. She stops at R&A Farms each Saturday on her way to Potts Market and picks up seasonal produce to sell in her booth.
•Pink Alley Boutique, clothing with “an eclectic vibe,” “free spirit clothes,” Patty Tarnacki, Dahlonega,
•B&K Creations, wreaths, wall art, dog clothes, jewelry, Kim Barry and Bobbi Meany,
•Lilla Rose, hair jewelry/styles, Pat Schultz, Deb McGuire.
•Hempworx booth run by Jim Boyd