Creative and ambitious individuals that have a passion for what they do were found in abundance at this week’s Morgan farmer’s market. Each vendor has a unique story and purpose for being involved.
One such vendor is Davis Produce. Davis Produce offers a variety of fresh grown produce from their greenhouse. Tina Davis, owner, is glad to be back for another year and says she enjoys the people of Morgan.
Handcrafted and homemade items from Carol Marshall included parchment crafted book markers designed with calligraphy ink and paint on a type of paper known as velum. Marshall has done this craft for over 10 years and she enjoys it the most. Recently retired, she found herself not content. To broaden her interests, she discovered craft books and learned how to make bracelets and earrings.
The jewelry is made from stones that have properties that enhance mood change when worn and are said to counteract food addiction and assist with energy, calming, and protection. She also sells soaps made from glycerin and Shea butter and scented with essential oils. Hand-stitched dolls are placed on wooden stands and each have a personality of their own.
Made from the wood of an old house near Echo Dam, Sharon Stagg has built bird houses. She has various sizes small to medium and short to tall. The edges or roof are decorated with the winged seeds of pine cones. Stagg also used her creativity to stencil designs on clay flower pots.
The LippyChic has returned this year with more flavors of handcrafted natural lip balms. Lesa Ann Andersen Gilgen, owner and creator, said she has 23 different flavors. All contain beeswax and cocoa butter. She also introduced a different business, "Glassed Up," which features "up-cycled glass" self-watering or layered planters each containing various succulent plants. Up-cycling, she explained, is the process of "making something better than it was before." Gilgen takes empty wine and liquor bottles, cuts the top off and inverts it, placing a wick through the opening for the purpose of self-watering. The plant sits in the inverted top portion, with the wick underneath and water in the bottom half. The layered planters have different soils and rocks layered for the decorative look. Gilgen’s businesses at the farmer’s market will be present every other week, alternating with the Ogden’s Farmers Market. She welcomes glass bottles that would be recycled anyway. She added, "The bottles need to be round, not square."
"You can buy it already made and new, order it custom built just for you, or make it. There are patterns too," a rhyme that states exactly what you can get from Handcrafted by Catherine. Catherine said when she would go in the hospital for her chemotherapy, she would bring in her crocheting to work on and the nurses would ask for her to make baby booties. Miller has expanded to stylish scarves, head bands, beanies, hats with braids and bobbers with a fur-look trim. She is doing a special fundraiser line for Morgan High School, which can easily be recognized by the school colors.
Vendors take pride in their work and the products they offer. This spirit is among the commercial vendors as well. Becky Payne, with Pampered Chef, has been with the company for over 10 years. She has access to current items and is familiar with past items that her customers may request.
Jen Golightly represents Cookie Lee. Golightly is proud of the quality jewelry they have to offer. She has been with the company for six years and enjoys offering discounts whenever possible. She has been at the market from its inception.
Wilma Hatch sells Usborne Books, which are educational books for children ages from infant to high school age. Their encyclopedias are linked to the internet giving the reader access to updated information. She has been a representative for four years.
Jerry and Melinda Savage represent both Tupperware and Avon. Jerry has been a Tupperware consultant for over 12 years, offering the male perspective of food preparation and storage.
Melinda has been a consultant and manager with Tupperware spanning over 30 years and she has been an Avon representative for almost 15 years. She enjoys educating others on storing food as well as nutritious preparation. The Savages have been participating from the beginning and are excited to continue sharing great deals.
Kilee and Sage Earl brought their fainting goats to the market. The Earls explained that the fainting was believed a genetic disorder in these goats. "They don’t actually faint, but when frightened, their legs stiffen and they fall over."
Mount Joy Pottery is the name of John Pinnock’s business. He makes functional dishware, plates, coffee cups, bowls, drinking glasses, and vases various sizes, colors and shapes. He also offers custom orders. The pottery is microwave and dishwasher safe, and safe to eat off of. Pinnock is the art teacher at the Morgan High School.
All vendors guarantee their merchandise and stand by the quality of their goods. What special finds await you at the farmers market? Come see for yourself every Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Let us know what you find. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and mention "special finds."