Tuesday, December 16, 2014
St. John the Baptist Parish – St. John the Baptist Parish President Natalie Robottom and her Administrative staff, the Economic Development Department and Council Members Art Smith, Lucien Gauff and Michael Wright, joined local farmers and residents to celebrate the grand opening of the Creole Farmers’ Market in Wallace. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on on Saturday, December 13 to commemorate the opening.
The new market, located at 5793 Highway 18 near the foot of the Veterans Memorial Bridge, is open on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to offer fresh, nutritious and locally grown products at affordable prices. “The Farmers’ Market will bring visitors outside of our Parish here to shop,” said Council Member Smith. “This is something that not only benefits the WestBank but benefits all of St. John for years to come,” Council Member Gauff added.
The Creole Farmers’ Market is funded through the Economic Development Department and growers take pride in delivering a variety of top quality products, friendly service and fair prices. Weekly offerings include fruits and vegetables, meat products, seafood, jellies/jams, honey and baked goods. Seasonal items, candles and other homemade crafts are also available for purchase. In addition to the Parish’s efforts, Rodney Nicholas, Chairman of the St. John Economic Development Committee (EDC) also acknowledged volunteers for their effort in seeing the market to fruition. “The EDC and Farmers’ Market Committees are to both be thanked for a job well done and for their hard work in making today a reality,” said Nicholas.
President Robottom encourages the community to visit the market on Saturdays for their fresh food needs. “The Creole Farmers Market combines economic and community development in one project,” said President Robottom. “The market also provides a public meeting place where buyers and consumers can foster a strong relationship for the future,” she added.
Anyone interested in becoming a vendor can visit the Parish’s website at sjbparish.com for a vendor application form. Please contact the St. John Parish Economic Development Department at 985-652-9569 for more information.