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Coushatta Farmers' Market open for business

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ELTON, LA (KPLC) -

The tradition returned to downtown Elton this weekend with the 4th Annual Coushatta Farmers' Market. 

More than 40 vendors set up early Saturday morning as hundreds showed up to get their hands on fresh produce and handmade crafts.

This year, the market got off to a running start with a half marathon and 5K fun walk or run. Organizers said more than 70 people signed up.

Elton is the Coushatta tribe's hometown and the market is just another way for the tribe to give back to the community.

"Not only are we giving back, but it offers a forum and venue for farmers to bring their fresh produce here. In addition to that, it promotes health and wellness and also at the same time, it helps this local regional community from a revitalization perspective," said David Sickey, Coushatta Tribe Council Member.

Just ask the vendors -- they, along with the customers, keep coming back for more.

JoAnne O'Quain and her husband have been setting up a booth for four years. They said it's a great way to start a Saturday morning. O'Quain grows a garden and pickles just about anything. She also offers a variety of jellies.

"We have been coming here since it started and the main reason that we come here is because there are so many vendors that draws a much larger crowd than the smaller markets," said O'Quain. "There's also activities for everyone in the family. It's just a nice way to start the day on a Saturday and I look forward to getting up at 3:30 a.m. to come out here and set up for market." 

The market is also helping attract new visitors to Elton.

"It's just wonderful to have them and it's a joy to have people discover our town, learn more about our town. And it's just been a tremendous uplift. I mean it helps everything here and we really enjoy having them," said Shirley Johnson, Elton City Council Member.

Johnson said every year, she looks forward to partnership with the Coushatta tribe, especially the Christmas parade and market.

"Last year, we had more than 1,500 people come to our town for the Christmas parade and Farmers' Market. It's great," said Johnson.

The Coushatta Farmers' Market goes through June and is open every first Saturday of the month from 7:30 a.m. to noon.

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