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Vendors stock-up for Delcambre farmers market

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The grand opening of the Delcambre Seafood & Farmers Market is slated for Saturday under the oaks of the Shrimp Festival grounds.

Planners expect crowds of about 3,000 to enjoy live music, cooking demonstrations, wetlands display and local produce, seafood, plants and homemade food and artisan products. The 85 vendors of seafood, produce, plants, and homemade food and crafts have learned from past experience to be ready for serious shoppers.

"In a community with an official population of less than 2,000, our inaugural Market in March attracted nearly 1,000 people from 12 Louisiana parishes and three states," said Wendell Verret, Port Director for the Twin Parish Port Commission.

Many vendors were caught by surprise at the March Market, and again in April, by the number of attendees.

"We sold far more than we expected and made great contacts that have led to expanded business for us," said Cheryl Granger of Granger Seafood, a charter Market vendor.

New vendor Joey Blanchard, of Down South Specialty Foods in Jeanerette, is determined to be prepared. "We had a very successful day at the April Delcambre Seafood and Farmers Market," said Blanchard. "We sold out of catfish boulettes about 50 minutes before the market ended even though we brought 600 in a 120-quart ice chest. We also sold all of our filet catfish in a half hour."

"This will be a great shopping experience for adults and kids of all ages," said Marti Harrell, Market Manager. "There are too many vendors to list them all here but we know visitors will love things like fresh, local honey, grass-fed beef, several varieties of eggs (goose, duck, chicken, quail), homemade tamales, jellies, preserves and sauces, Vermilion Bay Sweet shrimp, driftwood sculptures . . . the list goes on and on."

Free and open to the public, the grand opening Market will also feature live Cajun/Swamp Pop music at Gulf Coast Bank's La Place de la Musique by 'LA 14', two cooking demonstrations by BestLife Iberia Executive Chef Pat Mould and Iberia Medical Center Executive Chef Penn Tompkins, a Louisiana wetlands exhibit featuring a 100-pound alligator snapping turtle by Louisiana Sea Grant and a very special meet and greet with History Channel Top Shot star Blake Miguez.

The Market will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first 1,000 visitors who register will receive a free cloth shopping bag, courtesy of Iberia Medical Center. The cooking demonstrations will begin at 8:45 a.m. and continue every half hour until 12:15 p.m.

This is the last summer Market until the fall; dates are scheduled for September 21, October 5, November 9 and December 14 (same day as the Delcambre Christmas Boat Parade).

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