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Shrimp and boiled Cajun crawfish on the menu for Farmers’ Market this Saturday

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If you can’t go to the beach this weekend, you can still savor the flavor of the Gulf of Mexico by heading down to the Main Street Farmers’ Market on Saturday.

That’s when a new vendor, Cajun Bayou Seafood, sets up shop at the weekly downtown market, offering Cajun boiled crawfish and shrimp fresh from the Gulf of Mexico.

The Cajun culture and crawfish are inexorably linked, as 98 percent of the lobster-like crustaceans harvested in the United States come from Louisiana, which also produces 90 percent of all crawfish in the world.

More than 100 million pounds of Gulf shrimp are harvested every year, all of it caught by shrimpers working the coastal waters. Unlike other varieties, Gulf shrimp don’t do well in captivity, so they can’t be “grown” commercially — the only source is the sea.

Another 15 vendors have also signed up for the Farmers’ Market, which is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 17 on the one-block stretch of Main Street west of the downtown square.

This weekend will also feature “Kids’ Cookin’ at the Farmers’ Market,” when Johanna Hicks, Hopkins County Extension agent for family and consumer sciences, teams up with Jill McKeever of www.simpledailyrecipes.com to help junior chefs from ages 7 to 15 explore the market. They’ll talk about what makes fresh fruits and vegetables so great (focusing mainly on fruits), then everyone selects ingredients for a hands-on snack preparation. They’ll also cover kitchen fundamentals such as hand hygiene, and discuss certain skills in selecting fresh produce. “Best of all,” according to Hicks, “participants will get to eat what they prepare!”

The cost is just $2 per child, and the event will run from 9 a.m. to about 10:30 a.m. The deadline to register was set for Friday, June 26, but space is limited, so call the Extension office at 903-885-3443 to be sure.

The following is the list of vendors that have already signed up for the Farmers’ Market and their products. It is probably not a complete list of all the booths that will be open, however, as vendors have until Saturday morning to rent space:

  • Shauna Williams — Fresh breads
  • JCS Cookies — Cookies, brownies, homemade dog treats and more
  • Three Oaks Farm — Plants, hanging baskets, flowers
  • Patsy Yates — Produce
  • Jennifer & John Allison — Fresh eggs, dips and gourmet foods
  • Seven Seas Coffee Roasting Company — Coffee, smoothies, cappuccino’s, etc.
  • Bar V Brand — Ribeye steaks, sirloin steaks, club steaks, ground beef, pork sausage. They will be cooking sausage in the morning and hamburgers for lunch. Bar V also offers a variety of plants
  • Marlon Webb — Produce, plants
  • Sloans Creek Farm — Beef, lamb, goat, pasture pork, wild-caught salmon
  • Rusty’s Grass Finished Foods — Offers beef from cattle fed on native Texas grassland pastures near Como. Other food items available, such as  herbal sorbet desserts
  • Rick Murray — Fresh breads
  • J.R. Fisher — Goat’s milk lotions, homemade soaps, fresh eggs, squash
  • Roy Olayo — Produce, plants, tamales, eggs
  • Elua Zoniga — Tamales
  • Bob Pool — Blackberries
  • Entertainment will be provided by “Johnny C Lately”
 

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