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Dairy farmer at Hub City Farmers Market

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Not all farmer's markets are folding-up their tents for the fall. In fact, quite a few Acadiana markets are still up and running. To prove our point, we made our way to the Hub City Farmer's market on Heymann Boulevard. Brian and Dawn Gotreaux are not just vendors at Lafayette's Hub City Farmer's Market, they're the managing staff. "We're 52 weeks a year; every Saturday rain or shine," says Gotreaux.

Gotreaux says he wants the Hub City Farmer's Market to be a family atmosphere; where the products are unique and high in quality. "We want the best quality here. We want to it be a clean environment; easy for families to come here and enjoy a snack," says Gotreaux.

"It's hormone free and antibiotic free," explains Dairy Farmer Arvin Decker. Arvin Decker is also a vendor. Decker sells home grown pasture based milk from his dairy farm in Deridder. Decker says the cows are free to graze, but given a little feed once back in the barn.

Decker opened Hill Crest Creamery back in August. "The cream rises to the top also by virtue of the way we pasteurize it; it's a low temperature. It's at 145 degrees instead of a higher temperature and that preserves some of the flavor in the milk," says Decker.

Decker explains the milk has a buttery taste since most of the flavor has been retained. It's great for making cheeses and yogurts and for topping off a good cup of coffee. "You can pour this milk into a glass jar and skim cream off of it; and get cream for your coffee. Use the rest like a skim milk," says Decker. Decker explains that his dairy farm is approved, licensed and inspected by the state.

"It's not a big giant hyper market, but the products that are here are unique," adds Gotreaux. The Hub City Farmer's Market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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