ALBANY -- Moms enjoyed a locally-made brew, had a tintype photo taken, took in a yoga class, shopped for unique jewelry items or fresh produce, or just let their kids run around while they caught up on the latest gossip during Pretoria Fields Brewery's Pop-up Mother's Day Market Sunday.
"This is a good way to spend Mother's Day," mom Kricia Morris of Leesburg said as she shopped for jewelry at Candice Godby's Grease Gypsy booth inside the brewery. "I enjoy going to the Tift Market, and I always support Farmer Fredo when he has produce."
Farmer Fredo, nee Fredando Jackson, was indeed at the market with some of his home-grown goodies Sunday, as were Shon and Chaquita Holsey -- along with Leconte Carter -- of Holsey Farms. The Leesburg family farmers say they're regulars at the Tift Park Community Market, but they were making their first appearance at the downtown brewery.
"I've been farming pretty much all my life, but I've had my own farm for the last three years," Shon Holsey said. "We grow pretty much any kind of produce -- watermelons, cucumbers, squash, zucchinis, peas, butterbeans, tomatoes -- and we typically take it to markets like these."
Added Chaquita Holsey: "We do a lot of women's and children's programs in the summer, too. We help feed a lot of people."
Jordan Fletcher with the Albany Yoga Project taught a class in the brewery's tap room, while Erin and Alex Hadjidakis set up their "portable dark room" inside the brewery to develop their old-school tintype photographs.
"We've already done several pictures," Erin Hadjidakis said shortly after the market opened as her husband prepared to take a photo of Boy Scout Troop leader Bill Waller. "We came down here one weekend before and were packed both days. We've really done well coming to Albany."
The Hadjidakises are from Atlanta, but the fairer of the couple was born and raised in Albany.
"I had (a photo made) the last time they were here in my Confederate re-enactor uniform," Waller said as the Hadjidakises set up the backdrop for his photo. "It turned out well, so I thought I'd come down and get photos made of my son and me in our Scout uniforms. This is a really incredible process."
Lily Kate Castle, a regular this year at the Tift Market, was also making her first appearance at Pretoria Fields. She had her home-made banana bread and banana nut bread on sale Sunday but not her signature blueberry muffins. The 12-year-old Deerfield-Windsor School student said she's using the Mother's Day Pop-up Market as a trial run to determine future appearances at the brewery.
Morris looked over and asked questions about the jewelry made by Godby from recycled materials like "farm glass" and engine parts. She purchased a pair of earrings, a nice Mother's Day pickup.