German Coast Farmers’ Market: Destrehan, LA.
Its Saturday morning, and you’re itching to take a little road trip. You also need some staples to stock the fridge, so why not hit the road and go to one of the many farmer’s markets in the region. One of the better markets, the German Coast Farmers’ Market is in Destrehan, LA at Ormond Plantation, a mere 23.3 miles from the foot of Canal Street. I’ve been to this market before, and got all my greens for a gumbo z’herbes, sans the pepper grass I pulled from my yard.
So head west on I-10 and right after the Loyola exit in Kenner, take the I-310 exit and drive south
Take the St. Rose exit, don’t go across the river!
At the end of the exit off I-310 take a right towards Ormond Plantation
The sign for the market
Pull into the gravel parking lot to the right of the plantation
The nice lady of Schexnayder Farm helped me pick out some tender white patty-pan squash
Papa George was cooking up some shrimp and red potato etouffee, and he gave me a sample
I bought some of his homemade hot hogshead cheese mmmmm!
I bought some yard eggs and blueberries from this lady
Got some carrots from this vendor and more blueberries from the next
and purchased some local honey
Got some white flesh nectarines – my favorite! Grown in Chilton county, AL.
The gentleman was telling me about Campbell’s popcorn rice, and I didn’t know that brown rice spoiled more quickly than white rice
I was talking to the nice lady, paid for my green hot sauce, and forgot it!
The obligatory plant, herb and flower vendor was present…
…and so was the candle vendor
Cox’s Meat Market from Reserve, LA was selling fresh pork sausage, andouille and beef
The welcome tent was selling river parishes cookbooks
There was a good crowd at the market, and also vendors selling jellies, jams, pickled items and fresh baked goods
After shopping, I strolled around the plantation grounds
This sign was up at the market exit – don’t ask, I haven’t a clue lol!
So lets get you back safe and sound to the city – take a left out of the Ormond Plantation parking lot, then take another left towards I-310 – then make sure you take a right here!!!
And take another right onto I-10 eastbound
Back home, and $40.00 later, I have a nice little assortment of lovely edibles that will get me through the week and then some. I sure wish I remembered to get that jalapeno green hot sauce though…
Maybe next time…