Jams, totes and canned goods featured in Friday’s Farmers Market

Published 2:06 pm Friday, June 3, 2022

BROOKHAVEN — Rona Barrett sang “Seven Bridges Road” by the Eagles at the Brookhaven Farmers Market Friday as the guest musician. People gathered beneath the trees as she performed, and along the sides were vendors under tents as rain threatened. 

Friday’s guest vendor Anglin Outdoors, a company selling duck hunting gear, hog hunting gear and turkey hunting gear, was tucked away in the back. Owner Adam Anglin sat behind a table with horse tack and bracelet products they make in addition to hunting gear. 

He said he started weaving prayer beads and rosaries about seven years ago, and it had grown from there. His friends, who hunt, asked him if he could make some totes for them. He made them some gear, and it has grown into a business. 

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“I always had trouble keeping a train of thought while praying. It led me to make prayer beads,” Anglin said. “Business blew up this past year as we shipped products to 19 states. I started doing my own skull mounts, and they have turned out nice.”

A Brookhaven resident, he puts on his company’s facebook, Anglin Outdoors, where he will be for different farmers markets. Facebook is also how people can order products from Anglin Outdoors. He said he won’t return to the Brookhaven Farmers Market until close to Christmas. 

Anglin Outdoor’s different products are made from paracord because it will last longer, he said. While they have items for sale at farmers markets, he likes to work with hunters to create the product they need. 

On his table is a basket of bracelets he sells for a dollar. Proceeds go to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Jackson to help with their Christmas shopping event. 

“Last year, my daughter was burned, and we took her to the burn center. Now you can’t even tell she was burned,” Anglin said. “This past Christmas, the burn center took her shopping. Now we sell the bracelets to help the center out.” 

Lori McKenzie Canned Goods

Arlington residents Lori and Dan McKenzie sat beneath a tent to the right of Anglin Outdoors. Jars of jellies and pickles covered their two table spreads. 

Lori said it is amazing how far she has come in a year. She only had a table last year as she enters the second year of coming to farmers markets. 

Her husband Dan spent 20 years working in the packaging and labeling industry and created the logo featured on the jar’s lids. It helps to have his graphic design expertise, Lori said. 

Lori’s Canned Goods began a year ago when she attempted to recreate cinnamon pickles Dan’s mom used to jar. She took them to work at the Bogue Chitto Attendance Center Cafeteria. 

“My manager was my mentor because she was into pickling. She tried the cinnamon pickles and told me, ‘I don’t know why you don’t take them to the farmers market,'” Lori said. “This is like my second job. It takes a lot of time, sweat and sugar to make these. Seven cups of sugar makes seven jars.” 

She said she enjoys the calming nature of canning jellies. Twice a week she sells jars, and the other three days, she makes a batch to sell. A batch of cinnamon pickles takes three days to make, she said. 

They love coming to the farmers market, Lori said. Dan added he is a people person and enjoys talking to people at the market. 

“Once we get here and get settled in we love being outside,” Lori said. “I love talking to everyone.” 

Join the Brookhaven Farmers Market each week on Tuesdays and Fridays to enjoy local music and vendors. Tuesday Markets are held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Amtrak Train Depot at 440 North Railroad Avenue with AC and shelter from the elements. Friday Markets are held in the Park across from Jaine’s Bakery on South Whitworth Drive from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. On rainy days, the market moves to the train depot. 

Markets typically last until Early July when farm produce starts to deplete. Cash is recommended for any patrons as some vendors do not take cards. Those who would like to become a vendor can message the Brookhaven Farmers Market Facebook Page.