Behind the Brand: Ms. Maggie V. Sweets

This week, we want to share with you some more insight on the story of the famous Ms. Maggie V. Sweets! Since every true Southerner has a sweet tooth, we're filling you in on the backstory of what led to her (tasty!) business, which appears weekly at the Thompson’s Station Farmer’s Market.

Ms. Maggie’s passion for baking developed when she was a young girl. At the age of 8 years old, her grandmother began teaching her how to make biscuits and she never stopped baking after that. Her grandmother had peach trees, apple trees, pecan trees, and more, and she would make delicious pies with her mother and grandmother. She grew up in South Carolina and eventually married her husband of now 49 years, Franklin. They made their way to New York, and in 2005, work brought them right here to Middle Tennessee where they ended up retiring. And we're sure glad they did!

The special thing about Ms. Maggie’s sweets is that everything -- and we mean everything -- is made right in her home. This is her third year participating in the Thompson’s Station Farmer’s Market, but she has had her business for nearly five years. She has a variety of delicious products such as her famous chocolate brownies with walnuts, zucchini bread with pineapple and walnuts (plus a touch of coconut), and more. Her favorite just so happens to be her zucchini bread (and we have to agree!) We asked her why baking is a lifelong passion, and her answer is simple: baking is her way to express her joy.

Here's what her famous zucchini bread looks like!

Here's what her famous zucchini bread looks like!

When she’s not baking, you can probably find Maggie and Franklin on the golf course together. They have two daughters and five grandchildren and are simply enjoying their life together while pursuing Maggie’s passion. Catch Ms. Maggie V. Sweets and our other vendors every Wednesday from 10am to 2pm!

Maggie and Franklin doing what they love together.

Maggie and Franklin doing what they love together.

Behind the Brand: Chickpeas Inc., and it's not what you think!

We love that our vendors are selling unique products that are grown, baked, raised and crafted within a 50 mile radius of our grounds. One vendor in particular, new to our market this year, shared with us the inspiration behind her products and how she is able to benefit folks from a completely different part of our world.

Meet Jamie, founder and owner of Chickpeas Inc. Three years ago, she went on a mission trip to Haiti to get involved in third world missions. While there, she helped open up a medical clinic and got involved with an orphanage. She immediately fell in love with Haiti and its people and decided she wanted to continue to help support their community. Jamie has always been creative and decided to use her talents to help further this mission. By combining her passion with her gifts, she created Chickpeas Inc., which you can check out every Wednesday this summer at our market!

Here's Jamie working her booth at one of our markets!

Here's Jamie working her booth at one of our markets!

Products you’ll find at her booth include metal ornaments, metal art, and Haitian necklaces, and the coolest part is that all the metal is made from barrel tops! She also makes and sells international coin bracelets and earrings, vintage silver spoon hand stamped necklaces, and funny Southern-charmed t-shirts, (she just added men’s sizes!). How does this tie to her passion for third world missions? Jamie buys all of the metal used in her handmade jewelry from Haiti, and in addition to this, whenever there is a purchase from her Haiti collection, a portion of the sales goes back to the mission in Haiti. Most importantly, 100% of these proceeds actually go straight to the orphanage there where she first got involved. How cool!

Not only do we love our vendors, but we love our vendors’ stories. This example of a local who crafts and sells her product right here in our backyard while benefiting folks from around the world sure does put a smile on our face! The source of Jamie’s inspiration comes from Matthew 25:40 which says, "The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'”

Not only can you find Jamie’s unique products at the Thompson’s Station Farmer’s Market, but they are also available online at https://www.chickpeasinc.com/. Be sure to follow her on social media, too! We love to hear cool stories from our vendors, and we thought this one was too special not to share. Be sure to check out her products to support the community of Haiti!