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Freshness that really lasts

By Kimberly Hopson

DESTREHAN – The German Coast Farmers’ Market introduced some special events to celebrate the history and heritage of its 10th year of operation Saturday.
The market was founded in May 2003 to help farmers and small vendors reach the public directly with fresh produce and home-produced products. The German Coast Community Heritage Group initiated the idea for the market to celebrate the history of the area—the German Coast is reportedly one of the oldest settlements in Louisiana. Some of the earliest settlers’ direct descendants continue to farm and provide produce for the community. The inaugural market was held on June 7.
Anne Montgomery, marketing director for the German Coast Farmers’ Market, said that attendance at the anniversary event was phenomenal despite the hot weather.
“I feel our community is very blessed to have the opportunity to have a farmers market and willing vendors who are loyal to the market. We can say our attendance was near 800, which is exceptional for this time of the year. The participation of the patrons and the vendors proves that we have something special,” said Montgomery.
In addition to regular market features such as seasonal produce, live music, wines, jellies and soaps, the market organizers also added a vegetable growing contest, a book signing, door prizes and even a live cooking demonstrations from Blaine Guillot, chef of the Oyster’s Pearl Restaurant in Luling.  
St. Charles Parish President V.J. St. Pierre also paid a visit to the celebration, along with public figures such as St. Charles Farm Bureau Teen Queen Anna Dawson, and Queen Abigail Hugger.
“Times have changed, and there are very few fresh markets. However, what you see today is the real deal, a piece of tradition and culture still living in the modern world. Traditions such as the German Coast Farmers’ Market provide culture and history for St. Charles Parish, maintaining our status as one of Louisiana’s most unique communities,” St. Pierre said, as he addressed attendees.