Horse Farm market going strong as summer winds down - KLFY News 10

Horse Farm market going strong as summer winds down

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Labor Day not only signals the end of summer, it's also a sign that many farmers markets will be tearing down their tents until next Summer. But not at the old Horse Farm in the Hub City.

Lafayette Consolidated President Joey Durel tells KLFY the market will continue through the Fall. Durel says the first three months of the market was sort of a trial period. "We never had less than 3,000 people here on a Saturday. Three to five thousand people every Saturday and it's August," said Durel.

Moving into the Fall months Durel expects the produce selection to change. Many of the vegetable growers have been gearing up for the season ahead.

"We've seen red okra that's really good. Indian cucumbers that's almost spice. They're yellow. They're really good. All the other value added with people making bread pies pickles sauces, barbeque sauces just all kinds of things," said Durel.

The market continues to average about 55 to 60 vendors. Durel calculates it's basically a break even deal right now. But if that changes - all monies will go to the development of the old Horse Farm into Lafayette Central Park.

"If anybody wants to donate money to the farmers market it will be dedicated 100 percent to improving the farmers market and or the Horse Farm," said Durel.

"It's a 20 acre orchard at the cusp of Lafayette and Milton," said UL Lafayette student Clair Coussan. Coussan mans the Louisiana sweet jams and jellies. The money she makes at the farmers market helps with her expenses as a UL student.

"So far it's books and supplies that can kind of really take a chunk out of what you got to work with each semester and so I am very happy to have that to offset a few of the costs of being a student." said Coussan.

The farmers market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. - noon. It's located at the old Horse Farm on Johnston Street right across from Mel's Diner.

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