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Our markets have far more variety than any grocery store in town. I know where every ingredient was grown. I’m meeting the people who’s loving hands planted, picked, and/or processed the items that make up my family’s supper. It’s fun, easy, and affordable. My family’s weekly trip to the market is the kick-start to our weekend. It gets us off the couch and outside as a family. There is always live music and activities going on around the markets. Not to mention, we are spending less on food each month by planning our weekly meals based on what “looked good” that week. Plus, most of what I’m buying is organic, which is not always affordable at your average store. We have also greatly minimized our household food-waste. While the fruits of spring have my heart, that aforementioned summer bounty is arriving. I spoke with Amanda Faccenda of Homegrown Produce about the history of this local farm and what to expect from it this summer. Ernie Bertucci and his wife Linda started the farm in 1982. Mr. Ernie was raised by his grandparents. His grandfather was a farmer, so Mr. Ernie has been farming his entire life. The now 40-acre farm started as a 20-acre peach grove, and they eventually diversified. “We have been selling in Slidell and Destrehan for over a decade. The farm is mostly family operated with about a half a dozen people working the grounds at any given time.”

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EDGE June | July 2021

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Edge of the Lake Magazine June | July 2021  

EDGE of the Lake gives a fresh edgy look at the parishes north of the lake and the unique people that make up our community. Expect the unex...

Edge of the Lake Magazine June | July 2021  

EDGE of the Lake gives a fresh edgy look at the parishes north of the lake and the unique people that make up our community. Expect the unex...

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