The end of the produce season is coming to an end, and folks in Derby plan to celebrate it.
Saturday the Derby Store will host its last Derby Day: Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer.
The Derby Store, located in Derby on Derby Road, hosts a Derby Day event once a month during the summer. Each Derby Day has a theme related to the season.
Plenty of produce will be available, and Marcia Lambeth of Triple L Farms said get it while you can.
“Peach season is just about over, so we are going to focus on produce,” said Lambeth. “We’ll do tomato sandwiches and probably some corn on the cob.”
Lambeth helps run the store she and her husband took over from his grandparents. At first, gas pumps stood where the porch is now, and family members swore up and down nothing would grow in that area. Now the building is lined on the sides with zinnias and butterfly bushes, as well as cleomes.
The Richmond Cruisers will be there with a diverse collection of classic cars, street rods and muscle cars.
Jim Brown, pastor at First Baptist Church of Ellerbe, will sing as part of the Noon Tunes program. He will be followed by an open-mic period, in which any local talents can step into the spotlight.
Lambeth said the whole point of the Derby Day is to highlight talents and culture in rural Richmond County. She puts emphasis on tradition, and at the last Derby Day quilts were featured that have been passed down several generations. The Derby Store itself is run traditionally, with each generation of family members contributing in some way.
“Customers who have come here for years are used to seeing Carly (granddaughter) run the cash register,” said Lambeth. “She has run it since she was about 5. Now her little brother Walker runs it.”
Festivities begin at 11 a.m. and last until 3 p.m. “It’s bustling right around noon,” said Lambeth.
Kids can also spend their Saturday playing with hoses and water-guns, or playing corn hole. There will likely be other activities, as these events develop into something unique each time.
Last of the season produce will be available for purchase, so get your fill on cantaloupes, tomatoes, corn, peas, watermelon, squash, and peaches before they are all gone.
— Staff Writer Dawn M. Kurry can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 15, or by email at email@example.com.