Wining & Dining
Eat Local! A Round-up of Area Farmers Markets
7/1/2019 1:00:00 PM
Farmers Market

Summertime is peak season at area farmers’ markets. Fresh produce, meats, jams and jellies, locally-roasted coffee, fresh milk, kombucha, herbs, fresh-made prepared foods, local honey, baked goods, meats, fresh-pressed juices, tamales, homemade candles and soaps, and other crafts comprise a short list of all the fantastic items you might find on market day. There are a multitude of reasons why you might want to shop at these bastions of bounty.

Freshness – Produce at a farmers’ market is often picked that very morning. You can’t find freshness like that at a chain grocery store. Freshly harvested fruits and vegetables have more vitamins, minerals,  and antioxidants than produce picked who-knows-when, so they are naturally more nutritious. They are also generally safer. When was the last time you heard of a salmonella or e-coli breakout from a farmer’s market?

Eat Seasonally – Produce purchased at a farmers’ market is by nature in-season. And that means it will be delicious, as intended. Have you ever purchased a tomato in winter? Why bother!

 Think Green– It’s the whole farm-to-table concept. Local produce travels only a short distance from the field to the market to your kitchen. Compare that to produce that was grown a state, a country, a continent, or an ocean away, was harvested weeks (or more) ago, and has been shipped here via truck, train, plane, or boat. Not only is local produce fresher, it also has a smaller carbon footprint and thus is better for our environment.

Shop Local – When you purchase items at a farmers’ market, you support local businesses and entrepreneurs. When you shop at a market week after week, you get to know the vendors. You can ask them questions, for example, how to prepare those greens or an oddly-shaped squash you’ve never seen before, or how long fresh eggs will keep in the fridge. The farmers and other vendors become like friends you look forward to seeing. Several markets provide live entertainment. It’s a win-win all around.

Here’s a list of area farmers’ markets. Find one near you!

Lake Charles:

Cash and Carry – 801 Enterprise Blvd., 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Tuesdays

Charlestown Farmers’ Market – behind 1911 Historic City Hall, 1001 Ryan St. 8:00 – noon,  Saturdays

Moss Bluff – between McDonald’s and Peto’s on Hwy. 378,  8:00 – noon, Saturdays

Sulphur Farmers Market and Swap – 340 West Cal Blvd., Tractor Supply Parking Lot, 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month, 8:00 a.m. – noon

Welsh – 913 S. Adams St., Sportsman’s Park, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Tuesdays

Oberlin – 228 W. 6th Ave., 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Wednesdays

Oakdale – 715 US 165, 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Fridays

DeRidder – 206 N. Washington Ave., 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., everyday

Coushatta Farmers Market, Hwy. 190, Koasati Plaza, Elton, 8:00 a.m. – noon, 1st Saturday of the month

Jennings – Founder’s Park, 7:00 – 10:00 a.m., Saturdays

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