There’s still time to go by the local farmers market and pick up some fresh produce, honey, jams and even various craft items — some for the holidays.
The Farm Credit Farmers Market beside the Maxwell Center on Wayne Memorial Drive will be open this weekend, then will close until next year.
“Visitors can find pretty much what we’ve been having the last few weeks,” said Joyce McLamb, farmers market manager. “We’re in the transition of summer vegetables to fall produce.”
She said shoppers will find things like collards, turnips, pecans, lots of greens and sweet potatoes.
One vendor sells homemade jams and jellies, and also has pickled beets. Another makes and sells elderberry syrup. Shoppers will also find local honey products and even pork products. Another has dried herbs and dried teas for sale.
There is also a variety of craft items, like aprons, wreaths, bows, table décor, candles, soaps and cosmetics.
“One of our vendors makes aprons,” McLamb said. “She’ll bring her sewing machine with her, and will set up everything and cut out patterns and sew aprons while she’s here.”
McLamb said there was a total of 32 vendors this year throughout the season. What’s in season determines when some vendors will be at the farmers market.
She said closer to the holidays, some vendors sell holiday items like wreaths, bows and table decorations.
This time of the year, Jan Austin with Jan’s Creations offers a lot of holiday wreaths, centerpieces and bows.
This is her third year of going to the farmers market.
“I heard that Goldsboro was finally getting a farmers market the year it actually opened,” Austin said. “My daughter suggested I see about becoming a vendor.
“We came to shop, and I checked to see what I needed to do to become a vendor.”
She creates the items she sells in a spare bedroom in her home. She started out doing them at her kitchen island, but would have to pack it all up and put it away when it came time to make dinner. Her husband said she needed a space of her own, so now she uses a spare bedroom.
Austin gets the inspiration for her creations from various places.
“Sometimes I’ll see something and ideas will just come,” she said. “Sometimes I get something in my head, so then I’m on the hunt for what I need to create it.
“A lot of times I’ll see something that I can use, and then I just build from that. Maybe I’ll see a ribbon that I really, really like and I’ll want to use it. Then I’ll make a whole wreath around that ribbon. Sometimes I’ll have no idea what I’m going to make and I’ll just start.”
Most of the time, Austin is happy with her creations, but not always.
“I have torn them apart before,” she said. “Something about it is just not right. But before I tear it apart, I will let it sit for a while. It might just need to be tweaked a little bit.”
When she’s making her creations, Austin loses all track of time.
“If it (her creations) makes somebody happy, that’s even better,” she says of her items.
Mother and daughter team Vhonda and Abby Fultz have the Miss Lovelies booth to raise money for Special Olympics.
They have handmade purses, car slings, coasters, dish cloths, plastic bag holders, Christmas bows, Christmas gift bags and a variety of paintings that Abby and her friend Brittany Longwith have done.
Wade Cole and his wife, Joyce, operate the Wade Cole Farms booth at the farmers market. Cole has been a farmer all his life. At the market, he sells collards, turnips, string beans, cranberry beans, mustard greens, sweet potatoes, kale, eggplant and tomatoes.
“I was out cutting kale and mustard greens this morning for the market,” he said.
He’s been a vendor at the farmers market since it opened.
“It’s a place to see my produce and have good fresh food for people,” Cole said. “They call me Mr. Farmer out here because the kids come out, and we talk to them and tell them where the food comes from and give them a sample.”
He said visitors strike up conversations with him all the time, even telling him about their life and giving him recipes.
McLamb said the farmers market is for the community so people have a place to come out and get fresh produce and have a little outing.
She said some of the vendors take debit and credit cards, but they all take cash.
The last weekend of the farmers market is Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.