Hammond Farmers Market Supports Local Businesses

A variety of soaps produced by “Oval E Soaps”

The Hammond Farmers Market was in full swing February 11. The outside market located on W. Thomas Street was full of local business vendors selling their handmade and homegrown products.

A soaps and other handmade products by “The Queen Bees”.

Handmade body care products are common in the market place. Vendor, Todd Ekinia, owner of “Oval E Soaps”, sold homemade Artisan soaps. Ekinia said, “The soaps are not only all natural and nourishing but they also help with a variety of skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis”.

Another vendor Stephanie Pedigo own a beekeeping farm in Loranger with her family. Pedigo sets up shop at the Hammond Farmers Market every other Saturday and sells handcrafted honey based body products such as soaps, natural Neosporin, bath bombs, body scrubs, and many other items.

Denise Austin (right) and her assistant make coffee at the Farmers Market this weekend.

New Orleans native Denise Austin is a potter who owned six coffee shops called “True Brew” throughout New Orleans until Hurricane Katrina claimed the last location. Now on Saturdays, she sells her clay creations and her coffee in Downtown Hammond. Her pottery collection is full of everyday items, such as bowls and dishes and also unique items such as yarn holders and garlic graters.

Bruce “CB” Hume pictured with his signature Coffee Paintings.

Local artist Bruce “CB” Hume was selling his paintings at the market. Hume mostly does still life oil painting and his subjects vary from Downtown New Orleans to Downtown Hammond as well as food and animals. Hume has a unique style of painting that he started by accident called Coffee Painting. He said, “One morning my wife accidentally spilt some coffee and I started playing around with it and that’s how coffee painting was formed.” Humes teaches art classes at the Hammond Regional Art Center.

The Hammond Downtown Development District encourages everyone to come out to the Farmers Market every Saturday from 8am to 12pm and support local businesses and businessmen.

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