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Market kicks off busy seasons

Durbin Farms’ kick off to the peach season Friday morning turned into a ‘Starr-studded’ event as dozens turned out to the ribbon cutting and taste testing.

A number of local shoppers as well as passers-by sampled fresh produce and peach products, in helping the market kick off the popular peach season and summer travel season.

“I thought we might have a fair turnout,” Durbin Farms Market owner Danny Jones said. “We’ve been very, very busy. This is our first holiday season.”

Jones said a lot of people stopped by on their way to the beach for Memorial Day weekend.

“We’re letting them know, ‘Hey, Chilton County grows good peaches,’” Jones said.

He said it seemed like people were buying a lot more produce this year, perhaps due to the economy.

“It’s our job as farmers to make sure they’re getting the best we have to offer,” Jones said.

NFL Hall-of-Fame Quarterback Bart Starr, and his wife Cherry were stocking up on fresh produce, including peaches, Friday morning.

“We love them,” Cherry said. “We buy them every time we come by. We love the people.”

Cherry said they enjoy just eating the peaches, but she does make peach pies.

The Starrs have been coming to Durbin Farms Market since before Jones owned it.

“This is truly a unique place here,” Bart said.

Sue McPherson stopped by Durbin Farms Market on her way home to Nashville, Tenn., from Panama City, Fla. She said she bought $300 of fruits and vegetables.

“We’re gonna have to get a U-Haul,” McPherson said. “We’ve had to stuff it under the seat.”