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Maymart kicks off outdoor market season

May 07, 2009|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN -- April showers are supposed to bring May flowers, but Thursday's Maymart featured perhaps more rain than flowers.

Despite the wet morning weather, vendors and customers seemed cheerful as they huddled under tents in Public Square.

Vendors offered everything from handmade jewelry to homemade pies at the annual event, which kicks off the outdoor market season.

Verna Raynor was selling jewelry at her booth, The Secret Life of Beads. Raynor, of Hagerstown, said it rained at last year's Maymart, too.

"It's OK with me if it stops now," she said.

Beverly Faith, also of Hagerstown, arrived at the square Thursday at 6 a.m. to start cooking. Her chicken corn and cream of potato soups always are popular, as is her apple pound cake, she said.

Faith starts baking breads, pies and cakes Wednesday for the Thursday market.

Faith has been a vendor at Maymart for eight or nine years, she said. The people are friendly and she enjoys talking to them, she said.

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Reginald Martin brought produce, baked goods, plants for people's gardens and hanging baskets of flowers to Thursday's market. For Martin, Maymart is good advertising for his store, Stop By and See, at 21170 Millers Church Road, and for his booth at the City Farmer's Market on Saturdays.

On a nice day, Martin expects 200 to 300 customers at the downtown market. Because Thursday morning was "dreary," he didn't expect as many people. At the next market in two weeks, Martin plans to be able to bring tomatoes grown in his greenhouse.

Darryl Lambert of Marlowe, W.Va., has a delivery route that takes him through Hagerstown. He stopped for a whoopie pie from Martin's table. The bags of fresh spinach looked good, too, Lambert said.

"You get what you pay for," Lambert said. "It's excellent."

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