By Faye Gaston
Ingram's Farmers Market is a popular place to shop in Millbrook with its wide variety of merchandise. Mike Ingram, son of Ed and Carolyn Ingram, grew up in Union Springs.
He met his wife Jo Ann when they were both senior class students at Troy University. They made their home in Branwood in Union Springs with two daughters.
They give a special welcome to Bullock County folks who come to shop and visit them in the Farmers Market. Having retired from their careers, they opened the Farmer's Market three years ago.
It has expanded so much they will have as many as eight employees on any given day, with Saturdays being the busiest.
An employee comes every morning to water the multitude of colorful plants. FaceBook shares pictures of the plants, gift items, and food. There is a refrigerated section with food in containers to go, like sections of various cakes and beef stew.
There are tables inside and outside for the lunch crowd. Artwork from local artists is promoted.
Mike loves to cook. He uses the same recipe for his camp stew used when he helped cook camp stew all night at Bullock Memorial School in Union Springs some years ago. He also cooks ham, turkeys, and pork for holidays for his customers.
There are seasonal items for sale, such as poinsettias at Christmas. Now there are Easter theme decorations and gifts of bunnies and baskets with jewelry featuring cross necklaces. There are plants that folks like to purchase in the spring.
One section offers gift items for football fans from Alabama and Auburn universities.
It is impossible to name all that is available to purchase. The Southern hospitality is an added treat in Ingram Farmer's Market.