At last, Houma's every-Tuesday farmers market, at Main and Naqui streets, seems finally to be back on schedule after a confusing holiday season.
Scheduling the outdoor market in the parking lot of South Louisiana Seed Store in the winter months is bound to run afoul of the weather -- cold, cloudy, even rainy, and the 2018 calendar made matters worse.
With Christmas and New Year's Day falling on Tuesdays, organizer Cheryl Skinner was forced to reschedule. And when particularly nasty weather was forecast, the rescheduled dates sometimes also had to be abandoned. Then there was the excessively rainy fall, which hampered vegetable crops, leaving vendors with less merchandise.
Good week! Last Tuesday saw rain-less, fairly sunny weather, and a healthy variety of vendors. Skinner brought baskets of vine-ripened Bayou Blue tomatoes. There were nice cabbages, cauliflowers, crabs and prepared crab meat dishes, caramel popcorn, and snowballs again, instead of the hot chocolate served as a winter substitute.
Both the “bread lady” and a dessert booth were there. Cajun cookery turned out both hot dishes for immediate consumption and larger servings to take home. The Vietnamese food trailer, where crabs and frozen dishes are usually available, reported selling out some hot food. I showed a few canes, but the shoppers wanted food.
Blind-sided? As she often does, Pat Chauvin tracked me down at the market and presented her written announcement of a meeting of the Houma/Bayou Region Chapter of the Affiliated Blind of Louisiana from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Terrebonne Parish Main Library in Houma. Unlike those who notify me by mail, email, or phone, somehow, Chauvin always finds me at markets.
Her organization, Affiliated Blind of Louisiana, provides services and activities for locals with vision problems, especially including those whose sight is fading with age or disease. It is known for its daytime dances, which allow folks who cannot drive after dark to attend.
The focus of the coming meeting is cooking, with the group's home and personal management instructor, Kay Ireland, discussing her favorite no cook recipes, adding food preparation tips and an introduction to adaptive aids for cooks with visual impairment.
Chauvin urges the visually impaired and their sighted caretakers to attend, share their own easy cooking tips and enjoy a meal. “Each forum participant will receive a list of simple recipes to bring home,” sage said.
Today! Friends of the Library Trivia, 2 p.m., Terrebonne Main Library. Public welcome.
Coming! Community Dance of Lockport, 2-5 p.m. Jan., 20; music by Tet Dur.
Terrebonne Bird Club, with John K. Flores, author of "Louisiana Birding: Stories on Strategy, Stewardship & Serendipity," 6 p.m. Jan. 24, Terrebonne Main Library. Facebook: Terrebonne Bird Club.
2019 Reading Program: The Terrebonne Library System invites readers of all ages and abilities to join the Bayou Book Challenge in 2019. It is divided into picture book and chapter book categories. For the picture book challenge, patrons must check out, read, and log at least 250 library picture books. For chapter books, patrons can choose a goal of 12, 26 or 52 library books to check out, read, and log for the year.
Logs should be turned in by Dec. 31 and can be found at http://mytpl.org/bayoubookchallenge/. Those who complete will receive an invitation to the Bayou Book Challenge Celebration in January 2020. Information: Naomi Magola, 876-5861, option 3.
Fly-in planning: The Fornof Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association is already planning to repeat its popular 2018 Cajun Fly-in at the Houma-Terrebonne Airport. The tentative date is Nov. 2, but the group is seeking feedback on the 2018 event. The next general meeting is an open house in March. Other local EAA projects include in-school sessions aimed at introducing students to aviation.
Local Carnival: Longstanding local krewes have already adapted their activities to the later than usual celebrations that culminate with a March 4 Mardi Gras, and if your plans include masking or other alternate carnival activities, it's time to get started. Check out the Krewe of Tradition Facebook page. The walking group organized by John Sonnier and Shannon Eaton welcomes all costumers, without fee or prior registration.
And if you have alternate carnival plans, neighborhood kiddie parades, for example, let us know so that we can share. Memories of Carnivals past are also welcome. Call or write.
Old Main Street, Houma: No room to publish them here, but I have copies of old maps and addresses for the area between the Intracoastal and Gabasse Street. Call to arrange a session to view and discuss the maps.
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