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Backyard chicken class at Farmers Market



By Darla Huffman
    Roxanne Janes is a regular vendor at the Market, selling eggs, chickens and several choices of homemade breads, but she doesn’t usually have any chickens with her. This week she did; a cage with five adult hens who were on their way to their new home, having been ordered in advance. Which gives me the perfect segue to let

you know about the program that will be presented next Saturday (June 14) by Roxanne and Elaine Carey Goble titled, Backyard Poultry Keeping. Both of these women are knowledgeable and enthusiastic and have several successful years of poultry management. If you have ever thought about raising chickens but had doubts about the care, safety, expense, commitment or any other facet of having your own flock, don’t miss this presentation Saturday at the Market starting at 10. Let them help you decide if having egg production in your own backyard is right for you.
    One of the joys of having a granddaughter is that you get to buy cute little dresses for her.  Or you could make them, which is what Carole McCoy was doing and the results impressed her friends and family so much that they encouraged her to sell them; that is why she has been at the Market this year. Stop by her tent, you will recognize it by all of the pretty little dresses hanging up there; sundresses with matching hats, special occasion dresses, play dresses with matching panties and so much more. If the size you want isn’t there, Carole can make it for you. So far she doesn’t have much for little boys but if you have any ideas be sure to tell her.
    I said something last week about beekeepers having new honey later in the summer, but the Scott’s and Bud Champlin were at the Market this week with honey they had taken this past week. So later came sooner than I thought it would. Come by and get some of this years honey while there is still plenty of it.
    The Jasper Farmers’ Market is held on Saturday (April through October) and Wednesday (June 18 through August) from 7:30 to noon in the Park n Ride lot at Lee Newton Park on Hwy. 53 in Jasper; exceptions will be the Independence Day Celebration and the Marble Festival. New vendors are always welcome; items sold must be handmade or homegrown. The Jasper Farmers’ Market is a project of the Pickens County Master Gardeners. See www. for more information and complete vendor rules or call the County Extension Office at 706-253-8840.

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