Susan Butler does it all when it comes to sheep and wool. She raises her sheep, shears them, cards the wool, spins it and knits it. Photo by Xaviere Chatagnier.
Last two Jasper Markets until spring 2020
By Xaviere Chatagnier
There are only two more Jasper Markets till next spring. The next markets are December 14 and December 21, both should be able to fill your holiday shopping needs.
Denise Seibel will be at both markets this month with her fabulous soaps, fig preserves, bee wraps, handmade toffee and other treats. Denise makes her goat milk soaps with their goats’ milk, local herbs and yours truly’s verbena. Needless to say, I am partial to Denise’s lemon verbena soap since it came from my garden. You might want to scoop several of her soaps up this Saturday. They come in a myriad of scents and colors for only $5. Really, $5 for an exquisite handmade lemon verbena soap. Denise also makes fantastic fig preserves from their 200 fig bushes. You can be sure that most everyone on my Christmas nice list will be getting soaps and preserves.
Sargent Peppers sells awesome pepper jelly that is so tasty on top of cream cheese. They also sell their own hot pepper spices. Yep, those will be in the Christmas treat bags as well. Most of their pepper jellies cost only $5 and they grow their own peppers organically. Rumor has it that it is really good on pork and chicken too.
Susan Butler says she will be at the market again this weekend. She lives around the corner off of Cove road. She raises her sheep, shears them, cards the wool, spins it and knits it. Susan is certainly one of the most talented people I know. It is so cool to buy yarn from her knowing the sheep’s name. She also has Christmas ornaments that are too cute and hand knitted items. No, her yarn isn’t cheap; it is exquisite one of a kind yarn that you will never see again. If you have a knitter in the family, this gift is so very special.
Jenny Fellenbaum hand turns local wood and makes it into beautiful candle votive holders, Christmas ornaments, rolling pins, and wine stoppers. The wine stoppers are really great to give as a gift with a nice bottle of wine.
Floyd has his gorgeous one of a kind birdhouses at the market and his wife sells knitted scarves and hats.
Chef Tony sells focaccia bread, sourdough and other treats. Hans Rupert, the chef who used to own Wood Bridge Inn, should be at this market. He has his own blend of spices, killer cheese dip, cranberry orange sauce and other treats. The Ball Ground Lions Club is selling Georgia pecans for $12 a pound. These are pecan halves, not pieces. A darling little girl was selling snicker doodles last market and I sure hope she is back this week. Irene sells her pies and cakes that are always a treat. Red Bean Coffee has been selling its beans and coffee at the market.
Zach Hensen has drawn the short end of the stick this season. He has started a Go Fund me page. You can help Zach save his farm by donating to his Go Fund me page. Just look up Go Fund Me, Hikingman Zeb: Save the Farm. Zach lost the income from his crops, chickens and the house where he stored his tools, started his plants and mushrooms. He was unable to save most of his fall crop though he might have a tiny bit of kale and turnips this Saturday. Zach uses the name Hikingman Zed for Facebook and the Go Fund me page. The way I see it, no Zach Hensen no farmers market. He has become the staple at our market supplying us with healthy vegetables and eggs. Zach graduated from the Le Cordon Bleu culinary school, has won awards for being a pastry chef and decided to start growing healthy produce. If you can help Zach save his farm then you will have helped save our Jasper Market. Zach also told me that he will shave that long scraggly beard if he can save the farm. So you betcha, I have a dog in this fight! I miss his clean boyish face. Help shave off his beard, save the farm and our market by donating.
There will be many vendors selling jewelry, soaps, nuts, pottery, wooden crafts, iron works and so much more, also lots of handmade Christmas ornaments. I love giving a nice handmade ornament as a hostess gift. Anyone can buy a gift or Christmas ornaments at a big box store but a handmade gift is something really special. If you can’t make it to the market, think about a gift card from Home Restaurant or 61 Main. Both John Lupi and Jenna support our farmers by buying as much local produce as they can. Another thought is a gift certificate to Gibbs Gardens. All of these gifts will last the year and will be much appreciated. It isn’t the money you spend but the thought you give for the holiday gifts that make it special. And speaking of gifts, don’t forget our postal gals at Big Canoe. They work hard and are under appreciated. I always get terrific service from these ladies but then I always think of them during the holidays (just sayin’).
The Jasper Market is in the Chamber of Commerce building across from the park and ride where we normally have our market. It is inside where it is toasty warm and dry. The market is open from 9 a.m. until noon.
Buy local, shop local and save a farm this week,