Grandparents Day at the Farmer’s Market
What a joyous sight to see – the younger generations coming together with the older generations, spending time doing fun things. Several activities were going as people milled around the market that is open every Saturday until noon. Young and old alike were having fun spinning rope and watching miniature hay bales being made. For $2 you could spin your own rope or buy a hay bale, and for $5 you could purchase 3 hay bales. Watching the contraption make hay wasn’t like the process it was several years ago. Of course it was smaller, but the process years ago was more complicated and involved more hands. One man reminisced how he was paid 25 cents a week to bale hay.
Another activity that was fun for all ages was the watermelon seed spitting contest. One man was able to spit his seed 24 ½ feet away! Evelyn Walker told me this was one of the things that they used to do as kids to occupy themselves seeing as television wasn’t an option for some. Names were displayed on a board for all to keep track of who could spit the farthest distances. A memory book was also set up for those who wanted to write about their memories at the Farmer’s Market or on the farm. Booths such as Trish’s Treats were set up selling homemade candy suckers for $1 in addition to other yummy treats. The Country Bake Shop had homemade pies and baked goods, and old-time appliances were on display.
Antique tractors were also on display. Two Fords, a BF Avery, a miniature International Cub Cadet, and a newer John Deere tractor were parked for all to admire. Some with three wheels, some with four, these tractors were in great shape and were amazing to look over regardless if you had ever worked on a farm with one or not.
The bond between grandparents and grandchildren is a special one and the Farmer’s Market has managed to bring that bond even closer with novelties from the past. With everyone enjoying a cool breeze, the Farmer’s Market was the place to be on this special occasion.
Photos by Sherry Huggins