On March 19, the German Coast Farmers Market celebrated, “The Growing of the Green” with the Easter Bunny.
The gathering was originally set to be a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, but with the fear of inclement weather looming over the would-be celebration the celebration had to be cancelled.
It appeared “The Growing of the Green” St. Patrick’s day celebration would have to be just an afterthought because the next weekend the market had already scheduled students from Destrehan High School’s Beta Club, (Hailey Caminita, Matthew Fink, Nyla Moore and Colleen Mahler,) to come and dress up as the Easter Bunny for the celebration of Easter.
So they did what every good recycler does and used a bit of each holiday to present the Growing of Greens tribute to the Easter Bunny.
As part of the scheduled St. Patrick’s Day celebration, Rev. Bo Majors, Parochial Vicar at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Destrehan, came and blessed all the vendors, patrons and farmers at the market. After reciting an Irish prayer, Fr. Bo blessed all of the vendors and their booths with holy water.
And as part of the Easter celebration, Donna Rome, a bunny rescue consultant with Bunn Again, had bunnies on display for youngsters to pet. She also handed out literature on the responsibility involved in giving a bunny as an Easter gift.
According to Rome, out of excitement for the Easter season, many people give bunnies as gifts without considering the responsibility that goes along with caring for a new pet. Once tired of the responsibility, some bunny owners let the bunnies out into the wild. In addition to providing education, she also rescues such bunnies and tries to find new homes for them. For more information about the care of bunnies, Rome can be contacted at LoveMyBuns411@outlook.com.
The GCFM is open every Saturday morning from 8 – noon at Ormond Plantation in Destrehan and every Wednesday afternoon from 2 – 6 p.m. at St. Charles Plaza Shopping Center in Luling.
For more information, visit Facebook or www.germancoastfarmersmarket.org.