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Jasper Winter Market will be filled with great gift ideas Dec. 14, 21

By Xaviere Chatagnier

IMG 5178The Jasper Winter Market will be open rain or shine from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Dec. 14 and 21. The winter market is located inside the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce building located at 500 Stegall Drive I Jasper.

The Saturday, Nov. 30 market was so awesome I had to get more cash.  Just about all the vendors that were there should also come out for the last two Saturdays of 2019..

Chef Toni had a banner day selling out of all his breads and treats. The Ball Ground Lions club will be back selling Georgia pecans. These one-pound bags are pecan halves and only $12 a pound. Did I mention they freeze as well? I freeze just about everything and nuts freeze beautifully. Though the freeze killed off the fall crops, I was still able to score eggs. Sargent Pepper now has large jars of pepper jelly as well as the smaller size and spices. These make really nice gifts. We just bought several for hostess gifts.

IMG 5199Patti Schellhardt (our favorite potter) was selling her beautiful pottery. Patti belongs to the Roswell Clay Collective. The 17th annual Works in Clay is December 5-15. It is a pottery show and sale located at the Art Center West, 1355 Woodstock Rd, Roswell. The opening reception is Thursday, Dec. 5 from 7-9 p.m., then Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. We went several years ago and it was fun, great pottery and company.

Susan Butler lives just around the corner off of Cove Rd. She raises her sheep, shears them, cards the wool, spins it and then has the most glorious yarn you have ever seen. You can’t get more local then that! If you have anyone who knits or crochets on your shopping list then this is the must have gift of the year.

IMG 5201Jenny Fellenbaum is selling her hand turned votives, Christmas ornaments, rolling pins, wine stoppers and bowls. Jenny is also our market manager. We also have two jewelry makers, pillow designers, the pie lady, cake lady, painters, potters and soap makers.  There are so many cool gifts to buy that are so beautifully made. You can’t buy this quality of locally handmade gifts in big box stores.

Jacki Carlisle (bread lady) has been hospitalized three times in the last few weeks. Her health has taken a turn for the worse and has asked for positive thoughts. She has been a staple at our market for years. Zach Henson lost his fall crops and has had to move recently. He is pretty much the healthiest farmer we have but he is in dire straits. Zach is starting a go fund me page and I will let you know more information as I get it.

With the holidays coming up I try to think of the people who work so hard for us. I like to tip our postal workers that serve us here in Big Canoe. Some people tell me that they don’t have the best service from our postal workers. I ask them if they tip the workers during the holidays because I do and I have great service. Just food for thought. I recently signed up for the “mail preview” from our post office. It is so cool, you get an email from the post office that shows you what mail you will be getting.  I believe it is called Informed Delivery, usps.com/previewmail. Whatever it is called, it is an awesome service.

Think about shopping local this holiday. Anyone can buy a gift from a big box store but a local, handmade gift is really what gift giving is about. You can buy a gift card to our local restaurants. Home Restaurant and 61 Main both have gift cards that make fantastic stocking stuffers or holiday gifts. While you are at 61 Main you can also pick up the awesome grits from Riverview Farms. The bag is only $9 and will last forever. Just another cool local gift to add to your collection.

Shop Local this holiday season,

Xaviere

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