Poche Family Farm, located in Independence, Louisiana is a family run business that serves the produce needs of Southern Louisiana.
Started by Albert and Charise Poche in 2012, the farm has already tripled in size.
The farm is run by Albert and Charise, their children, Billie, Camille, and soon to be son-in-law Chas. The Poche family works from dusk until dawn on Monday through Saturday to plant, crop and harvest their produce.
Charise said, “Our small family farm is focused on sustainable agriculture: using cover crops, organic pesticides and natural fertilizers wherever possible.” Albert added, “Poche Family Farm is committed to only selling what we grow. Here at Poche Family Farm we believe the customer has the right to know where and how their produce is grown. We started this family venture because of our desire to eat well and now we want to share that passion.”
The process to becoming an officially certified organic farm takes time but Camille said, “We are as close to being an organic operation as we can be without having the official title but we are definitely working on getting that.”
The family is constantly working to innovate their farm with the most advanced processes and technologies. They have recently been working to refurbish one of their high tunnels. Albert said, “One of our high tunnels suffered damage from a storm in August. We’ve been working hard to get it ready for fall tomatoes and decided to give it a little makeover in the process.”
Poche Farm is also offering holiday produce bundles this year for Thanksgiving and Christmas time. Bundles can be picked-up at the Crescent City Farmers Market or at the farm in Independence.
Poche Family Farm produce can be purchased regularly in Uptown New Orleans at the Crescent City Farmers Market on Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., on Thursdays in Mid-city from 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. and at the Hammond Farmers Market on Saturdays from 8 a.m.-noon.
Photo and video credit: Camille Poche