From its fresh local produce, meats, seafood, honey, dairy products and ready to eat meals to its artisan breads, pastries, plants, soaps and more, the German Coast Farmers’ Market is a one-of-a-kind experience that offers its patrons a bevy of shopping options.
The market will celebrate its 19th anniversary at a celebration planned for June 18 from 8 a.m. until noon.
Free giveaways are planned for the anniversary celebration, which will be held at the St. Charles Parish East Regional Library, located at 160 West Campus Drive in Destrehan. The event will also feature Chef Richard Kiral from Ormond Plantation Restaurant hosting a cooking demonstration, JoJo the Clown and Balloon Twister and ASAP Band featuring Bobby Stephens on acoustic guitar, piano and vocals
and Lloyd Alombro on bass and vocals.
Market Board of Directors President Ann Montgomery said the market’s founding committee – whose key members were Joan Becnel, Jara Roux, Faye Louque and Marilyn Richoux – had the foresight and desire nearly two decades ago to continue the tradition of the agricultural heritage of farming and German customs.
“Our parish had several farmers who were direct descendants of early German settlers,” Montgomery said. “In 2001 the planning process began with the assistance and support of the parish department of economic development, parish officials and members of the community.”
The German Coast Farmers’ Market, a non-profit organization operated by a volunteer board of directors, opened its east bank market in 2003 and a west bank location in 2007.
“We wish to thank these founders for their foresight in the initiation of our now well established and thriving farmers’ market—a genuine attraction each Saturday morning and Wednesday afternoon in St. Charles Parish,” Montgomery said.
The market, which is funded by the United Way of St. Charles, is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at the St. Charles Parish East Regional Library in Destrehan and every Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the West Bank Bridge Park in Luling.
With the Market Match Program, shoppers with SNAP benefits are given $1 in Market Match tokens for every $1 spent at the market using their EBT card. The program is valid for up to a $20 match per market day. Tokens can be used to purchase any SNAP eligible products available at the market and have no expiration.
For more information on the market, visit www.germancoastfarmersmarket.org.