Harvesters profit during National Farmers Market Week

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - National Farmers Market Week has kicked off, and lake area farmers are seeing big business this week at the new Cash and Carry Farmers Market in Lake Charles.

Vendors from all over the lake area bring their best crops to sell at the corner of Enterprise Street and Broad Street from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Tuesday evening.

Norman Stretton has been selling his peaches at a farmer's market for two summers now, and he said it is a great way to make profit on his crop.

"It's a lot of work," said Stretton. "But the product is really good and it's genuine. It's nice money in my pocket."

In addition to home grown produce, vendors also sell their home baked goods.

Cari Samletzka makes a good profit off of her sweet breads at the market every week.

"These are all family recipes," said Samletzka. "It's nothing you can find on the Internet it's all handed down by tradition."

In addition to sticking to tradition, Samletzka also said it is an efficient dollar for the lake area.

"When you're buying locally that means your supporting your community," said Samletzka.

For more information on becoming a vendor for the Cash and Carry Farmer's Market, contact Brett Marino at (337) 764-9432.

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