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Smiles heat up the Market

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

Cold weather and the smiling face of Larry Duncan greeted customers on the last day of the 2012 season at the Millington Farmers Market.

Saturday marked the conclusion of the third year of the market located just over the railroad tracks on Easley Street. Duncan has been a part of the Market for two years but his company D&D Farms has been there since day one selling boiled peanuts.

Duncan’s business partner Phillip Doyles was the representative on site the first year showing the products from D&D Rosemark farm.

D&D Farm’s booth was set up right next to another 3-year vendor Marla’s Garden. Each year Marla’s Garden adds new items to go along with its vegetables. This year customers could purchase homemade egg noodles and desserts like blueberry bread and Mississippi Mud Pies.

Other familiar vendors like Roman Poultry Products and Holt Farms braved the 40 degree, windy conditions for the Fall Festival which accompanies the closing of the market each year.

Holt Farms, found by the couple Toni and Ben, featured a new promotion. Their friend Jason Hall came  to the Market to outline the Pastured Chicken Farm.

Using all natural means to raise the chicks, Hall said his 50 chickens are six-weeks old and ready for processing. The birds range from 4 to 6 pounds have been feed grass and other natural foods.

The final day at the Market wasn’t just business. Children like 3-year old Evan Hook took advantage of the moon bounce under the watchful eye of his grandma MeMe.

The children also visited the colorful faces at the Look Left Entertainment booth. The company founded by Cathy and Jimmy Pike created ballon animals for children and adults. Cathy was joined by her friend Annette getting the word out about Look Left. The company has been booked to perform the Millington Central High School Prom. Look Left specializes in bands, DJ, emcee, receptions, clowns and more.

While the painted faces at the Look Left both greeted customers, some children grabbed a brush provided by the MCHS Art Council to decorate pumpkins. Sisters Kylee and Jocelyn Kannady worked as a team in providing a face for one pumpkin.

Vendors said the cold weather just made the turnout slow and steady for the conclusion of the 2012 season. They said they’re looking forward to next spring and kicking things off for year four.

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