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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Farmers' Market packed with local produce

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  • The Morehouse Farmers' Market at 305 E. Madison Ave. is filling up with fresh produce as area farmers begin to harvest a wider variety of fruits and vegetables.
    "So far, business has been good," manager Don Costin said. "We have been open about 30 days. Everybody got planted late, but we already have a complete line of vegetables and will have peas next week."
    Costin also said that the market carries additional products such as jelly, pepper salt and honey and was certified on Monday to sell farm fresh eggs. According to new regulations, farmer's markets are exempt from the standard inspections requirements.
    This year, the market has new pea shellers to put into service this year. The rotary shellers can shell two bushels in 10 minutes and are unique in that they clean as they shell by using a blower to remove trash from the peas.
    Almost all of the products offered at the market are sourced from within the state, which makes it easy for shoppers to support local farmers and the local economy.
    "I try to buy anything locally or in the state of Louisiana I can buy," Costin said.
    Some products are purchased directly from farmers and then sold at the market while others are sold directly to customers by vendors, such as Jean Scoggins of Oak Grove or Tarbert Stewart of Mer Rouge, who each rent tables.
    Scoggins has been selling at the market for about four years and carries a wide variety of homegrown vegetables.
    Stewart sells squash, home-grown tomatoes and okra and said that fresh watermelons will be available at his table shortly.
    The Morehouse Farmers' Market is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday and from 7 a.m. through 3 p.m. on Saturday.
     

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