Shrimp Season Now Open and Expected to be a Good One

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries recently announced the August 18 opening of white shrimp season, and Delcambre shrimpers’ expectation of a plentiful and prosperous harvest is at an all-time high! 

Anticipation for a successful shrimp harvest this season is attributable to a number of factors.  One of those being the recent launch of the Delcambre Direct Seafood program and its accompanying website.  The program began approximately two years ago and is a collaboration between the Twin Parish Port Commission, the LSU AgCenter and Sea Grant.  Through the Delcambre Direct program, training classes were provided to shrimpers and other local fisherman who learned about successful marketing through online social media.  In addition, they were trained on how to post directly to the Delcambre Direct Seafood website where the public can now be directly notified when the boats have docked, what fresh catch is available, how much was harvested, as well as contact information to obtain the catch.  With the public now able to purchase directly from the boats, either along the Delcambre Canal docks or the available slips near the newly opened boat launch, purchasing fresh wild-caught seafood couldn’t be easier. 

Another reason for shrimpers’ high hopes of a successful season hinges on the unfortunate circumstances our foreign competitors are now facing.  For example, last winter the Asian shrimp market received a heavy blow after a virus called Early Mortality Syndrome devastated most of its product, resulting in a low supply of shrimp being imported into the U.S., which in turn caused a dramatic increase in price and sales of shrimp in the American market.  Due to their bad luck, the high demand of American product has increased shrimp prices upwards of 61% from earlier this year, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, which is great news for local shrimpers.  Wendell Verret, Director of the Port of Delcambre, says the price of shrimp has risen anywhere from $3 to $6 a pound, great news for Delcambre commerce.  Further, according to Verret, early reports from Delcambre shrimpers are looking favorable toward a good harvest.  “We must had five boats that came in with good-sized shrimp and then medium to small and fairly good quantities”, Verret said.

So with the increased demand of shrimp from American consumers, and the resulting elevated increase in price, as well as Delcambre fishermen’s ability to now immediately notify the public directly through social media of their catch, our local shrimpers and fisherman our excited about what this season has to offer.  We wish them all the best of luck!

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Shrimp Queens, Tammy Gordon & Jason Miguez on Passe Partout

DELAMBRE SHRIMP QUEENS AND BABY SHRIMP KING

Gary Arnold spoke with our newly elected Shrimp Queens to discuss the upcoming 64th Annual Delcambre Shrimp Festival being held this weekend!  The Shrimp Queens and Baby Shrimp King representing our community on the August 14th Passe Partout segment were:

64th Annual Delcambre Shrimp Queens:

Shrimp Queen: Camille Delcambre

Teen Queen: Sara Saunier

Junior Queen: Kelsi Dubois

Little Queen: Tadum Dore

Deb Queen: Averi Desormeaux

Baby Queen: Ahna Malorin

Baby King: Ean LeBlanc

Shrimp Queen, Camille Delcambre, and Teen Shrimp Queen, Sara Saunier, advised everyone of the upcoming events and bands entertaining the crowds throughout the weekend.  On Friday the bands will include Kyle Wooten, Frank Foster and Wayne Toups.  Then on Saturday morning, the much anticipated Shrimp Cookoff takes place, followed by the musical talents of Krossfyre, Beau Young, Jamie Bergeron and National Recording Artist, Tracy Lawrence.  On Sunday, the Shrimper’s Mass starts the day off, followed by the Blessing of the Fleet.  Throughout the day and closing out the festival will be entertainment by T.K. Hulin and Smoke with Willy T, Warren Storm and GG Shin.

TAMMY GORDON WITH PORT OF DELCAMBRE

Gary Arnold then spoke with Port of Delcambre Representative, Tammy Gordon, who discussed the exciting changes taking places in Delcambre this week.  On Monday, the new water tower was revealed which we’re excited to have “Delcambre Shrimp Festival” emblazoned on it for everyone to easily see.  This announcement was followed by the opening of the new 4 bay boat dock and fishing pier, which also includes slips available for several shrimp boats to dock and sell shrimp directly to the public.  Tammy then advised the public is invited to attend the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on September 6th, celebrating the Grand Opening of the new Pavilion which will take place at 11:00am.  Following the ceremony is the opening of the Seafood & Farmer’s Market at the new Pavilion, with various bands entertaining the crowds throughout the day.  The Delcambre Shrimp Festival corresponds with the opening of the shrimp season, which begins Monday for Vermilion Bay. 

JASON MIGUES AND HIS COLD SHRIMP PASTA SALAD RECIPE

Jason Migues was also featured talking about his quick and easy Cold Shrimp Pasta Salad, which he says is one of his personal favorites and will be served at the Shrimp Festival.  Preparation of Jason’s dish involved boiling, separately, pasta (he used tri-colored rotini), shrimp and eggs.  He then mixed the preboiled ingredients together in a bowl with some celery, bell pepper, sweet pickle, cucumber and tomato, then added Tony Chachere’s for seasoning and mayonnaise to his preferred consistency.  After he finished, it looked delectable and was ready to serve!  Quick and easy!!

Jason also spoke of the cookoff on Saturday.  There’s still time to register and you can do so by going to www.yourfestival.net and register your team there.  In addition to Jason’s cold shrimp pasta salad, he advised that at the cookoff there will be just about every shrimp dish you could imagine, including: fried shrimp, boiled shrimp, shrimp sauce piquante, shrimp jambalaya, shrimp poboys, as well as other shrimp dishes fresh out of Vermilion Bay!  So get those taste buds ready and join everyone at this year’s 64th Annual Delcambre Shrimp Festival this weekend!

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Delcambre Seafood & Farmer’s Market Voted 59th Best in U.S.

The Delcambre Seafood & Farmer’s Market is on the map! The Daily Meal recognized the very best farmer’s markets in America and Delcambre Seafood & Farmer’s Market was voted #59! Click here to read the article and view the list of other markets rated amongst the best. Considering our Market has only been on the scene for just over a year, we’re incredibly proud of its immediate success. Now the nation has one more reason to make their way to our little community.

One may ask themselves what qualities are valued in a good farmer’s market? According to The Daily Meal, the best farmers markets are based on three main factors: “What’s at the market”, “Street credibility”, and “When it’s open”. “What’s at the Market” takes into consideration the quality, amount, and variety of the products sold, as well as information about the product provided by the vendor. “Street Credibility” is based on what people are saying about the market, our friends and neighbors, and also includes social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, as well as the popular business review site, Yelp. “When It’s Open,” considers how often the market is open weekly and year-round. Thanks to our wonderful farmers, vendors, attendees and marketing efforts, we’re on top!

With the September 6th Grand Opening of our new market pavilion at 605 South Railroad, the Market will no doubt be even bigger and better. So be sure to come out and join your friends and neighbors and contribute to the growing success of the Delcambre Seafood & Farmer’s Market by purchasing local, fresh and sustainable products from our vendors and join in the day’s festivities!

Visit our webpage at http://www.delcambremarket.org/ to view a list of vendors and future market dates.

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Vermilion Bay Sweet Products Exhibited at Louisiana Foodservice & Hospitality Expo

Representatives from the Delcambre Direct Seafood program, Mitch Polito and Troy Theriot, attended the 61st Annual Louisiana Foodservice & Hospitality Expo in New Orleans held August 2-4.  As promoters for Delcambre Direct Seafood, Mitch and Troy showcased Vermilion Bay Sweet shrimp, black drum and catfish at this year’s Expo, which is widely considered THE premier foodservice event for the Gulf Coast. 

The Expo is an excellent platform for Delcambre Direct Seafood to reach potential customers, as thousands of hospitality operators and owners, as well as those who represent purchasing decision makers, seek hot new products to make their foodservice establishments more efficient and profitable.  Exhibiting Vermilion Bay Sweet seafood products to an audience of thousands of restaurant owners and operators is a surefire way to catch the attention of our local product to potential buyers. 

The continued exposure of Delcambre Direct Seafood’s wild caught fresh product and our ability to showcase and supply restaurants, hotels and other culinary businesses at the heart of the hospitality industry, will increase our likelihood of success.  We want to give a big thank you to Mitch and Troy for their contribution in helping promote Delcambre Direct Seafood and Vermilion Bay Sweet products at this year’s Louisiana Foodservice & Hospitality Expo!

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LSU AgCenter helping Delcambre Shrimpers to Market Their Product

DelcambreDirectSeafood.com was recently featured on a KATC news segment. Tommy Hymel, with the LSU Agriculture Center, spoke of a new online marketing project where shrimpers are taught how to utilize online tools as a way for Delcambre shrimpers to market their products on the web and broaden their consumer base.  The marketing initiative was created as a way to help coastal fisherman and boost the shrimping industry after the oil spill disaster in 2010. Hymel says the project has been very successful.  So much so, in fact, that LSU is broadening the project to other areas of Louisiana as well. 

In Delcambre, the shrimping industry feeds the area economy. So with the help of this new project, shrimpers are now able to increase the sales of their product by uploading information about their days catch directly onto the Delcambre Direct Seafood website. They can then post what product they have, how much of it, along with their contact information, and local consumers are then able to purchase local, wild caught seafood directly from the fisherman at designated locations or straight from the boats. The program and the sale of the product has expanded and now grown to a local brand, according to Wendell Verret, Delcambre’s Port Director.  “We continue to push that idea of local wild caught seafood”, says Verret. Shrimpers say the website has helped to revitalize the shrimpers catch.  Cheryl Granger, a local fisherman who along with her husband have been shrimping for over 30 years, says the site “insures you to get it fresh. It’s not sitting here for days. It’s here and it’s gone.”

For a listing of the 20 fisherman who are participating in the project, or to find out what fresh catch is available online for purchase, visit DelcambreDirectSeafood.com.

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Vendor’s Meeting, July 16

The Delcambre Seafood & Farmers Market held its annual summer vendor’s meeting and pot luck supper on Wednesday, July 16. Topics discussed at the meeting were the formation of a farmers co-op in Delcambre, the grand opening for the new pavilion on September 6, the layout for the new pavilion for use on market days, the new online application feature on the market website, and improvements to the market to attract new customers and retain returning customers.

The success of the Delcambre Seafood & Farmers Market depends largely on farmers, vendors and consumer input, as well as a market plan that clearly defines a target audience and goals for reaching that audience. As such, it’s imperative to inform everyone of what the market is hoping to achieve, as well as receive firsthand input from the vendors as well as the public. Market management is continuously looking to improve and grow the market to be more economically and socially valuable to farmers and the local community, so vendor meetings such as this one provides valuable information that can help steer the market toward improvement and ultimate growth. The meeting had quite a successful turnout with vendors, sponsors and guests in attendance who all indulged in delicious local cuisine and participate in door prizes!

The Market’s mission is to preserve and promote Delcambre’s cultural heritage while providing access to local, fresh and sustainable foods that improve the life and lifestyle of all citizens.  Our own local vendors will be on-hand offering local, hand-picked and fresh produce, quality wild-caught Delcambre Direct seafood, and homemade food and farm products. We invite everyone to please join us for the Grand Opening of the new market pavilion on September 6, 2014 at 605 South Railroad, Delcambre, and connect with your neighborhood farmers and fishermen.  The Market is sure to be a crowd pleaser, offering food, music and special events.  If you haven’t already signed up to provide your products as a local Vendor, you can do so by registering here on the new online application feature. For more information about the market, you can follow the Delcambre Seafood & Farmer’s Market by visiting the Facebook page or by contacting Brittany at (800) 884-6120 Ext. 6.

If you’re unable to attend the Market in September, that’s okay! The market is held the first Saturday of the month (October 4, November 1 and December 6), so there is plenty of opportunity to join in food, family, fun!  The Market, located under the oaks at the Delcambre Shrimp Festival grounds, will open for business from 8:00am to 1:00pm on Market days.

A big thanks to everyone who offered great ideas for upcoming market days.

** The Delcambre Seafood & Farmers Market is a community project of the Twin Parish Port Commission and Iberia Industrial Development Foundation, with additional funding from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  

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Time for the annual Delcambre Shrimp Festival!

It’s timeto indulge in Delcambre’s own one-of-a-kind event – the Delcambre ShrimpFestival!!  So prepare yourself and your palatefor another big helping of food, libations, local music and fun! 

 

The DelcambreShrimp Festival is a five day event annually drawing thousands of visitors tothe historic town of Delcambre in Vermilion Parish. The festival groundsare located on the south side of La Hwy 14, just west of the 4-lane draw bridgeover the Intracoastal Canal. The dates in 2014 are August 13-17,with family night at the street fair kicking things off on August 13.  On August 16, revelers can enjoy the shrimp cookoff,where you can sample boiled shrimp, fried shrimp, grilled shrimp and shrimpsauce piquante, among many other delicious dishes made from talented localchefs and participants alike.  The Blessingof the Fleet will wind things down on August 17 at 10:00am.  Check out the complete schedule of events to plan your weekend of fun!  Admission is free except forFriday and Saturday. 

 

In addition to food vendors,artisans and carnival rides, someof Louisiana’s own music talent will be taking the stage, so make plans for aseafood experience that’ll “make your taste buds sing!”.  The entertainment lineup includes DJHomer Stelly on Wednesday and Thursday; Kyle Wooten, Frank Foster andWayne Toups on Friday; Krossfyre, Beau Young, Jamie Bergeron and NationalRecording Artist, Tracy Lawrence, on Saturday; and TK Hulin & Smoke withWillie T, Warren Storm and GG Shin on Sunday. 

 

Forlocals, attending the Delcambre Shrimp Festival is an annual ritual, whichbegan in 1950 as a project to raise funds for the local firedepartment and was originally known as the Iberia Shrimp Festival andAgricultural Fair. The name was officially changed to the Delcambre ShrimpFestival in 1974.  It has since continuedto grow and is now listed as one of the top ten festivals in the State ofLouisiana and was recently named a “Traveler Treasure” by the AAA SouthernTraveler magazine.  

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USDA Funds Delcambre Seafood & Farmers Market

The Delcambre Seafood & Farmers Market held its inaugural market on Saturday, March 16, with a wide variety of vendors and plenty of customers. In a small community of 2,000 residents, over 1,000 customers from 33 cities and towns shopped among 25 vendors . The market was held on the Delcambre Shrimp Festival grounds under majestic oak trees with live Cajun music playing in the background. The startup of the market was made possible by a  $80,000 grant from the USDA’s Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) in the 2011 grant year.

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The market featured Louisiana shrimp and live or boiled crawfish. The seafood choicesImage also included alligator filets and legs, crabmeat, seafood patties, fresh catfish, and soft shelled crabs to provide a good variety of seafood selections.Local vendors also sold jams, jellies, Louisiana honey and homemade salsa, not to mention fresh and pickled quail eggs and fresh country eggs. Vegetables and fruits included such specialties such as mirlitons (pear squash). Starter plants and herbs along with other plants were available for visitors to purchase. Farmers had hand-ground corn meal, grits, flour and homemade hot tamales, which were sold out in 90 minutes of the start of the market and topped off with fresh squeezed lemonade.Image

Crafts were a good attraction for the market, which featured high school freshman, Brandon Alleman, who made hand-made products from duct tape. Crafts also included paintings, photographs of Louisiana landscapes, quilts, cypress birdhouses and homemade jewelry.

There was also a children’s booth featuring a wetland education display from Louisiana Sea Grant that allowed children and adults to feel furs and skins and were entertained as well as educated by Louisiana AgCenter agent, Thomas Hymel.ImageThe market offered breakfast foods along with hamburgers, hot dogs, and “pastalaya.” Louisiana Chef, David Bertrand of Shucks of Abbeville, was the guest chef who provided cooking demonstrations each hour and offered samples to visitors. Cajun music provided by Cajun Twosome provided the perfect touch of Cajun culture.

One of the missions of the Market is to focus on healthy eating so the Iberia Medical Center was on hand to offer blood pressure and body mass index screenings. In addition, the entire outdoor market is smoke free.

Additional spring dates will be April 20, May 11 (Grand Opening) and June 1 from 8am to 1pm. The fall dates will be coming out in the near future.

Delcambre Seafood & Farmers Market is an economic development project of the Twin Parish Port Commission and Iberia Industrial Development Foundation, with additional funding from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation and the FMPP. Our mission is to preserve and promote our cultural heritage while providing access to local, fresh and sustainable foods that improve the life and lifestyle of all citizens.For more information, visit www.DelcambreMarket.org or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DelcambreMarket.

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You Seafood, You Eat It!

Louisiana seafood ranked 10th in the U.S. in terms of total economic impact generated from seafood sales in 2011. The new economic impact report issued by the National Marine Fisheries found that Louisiana fisheries caught 1.3 billion pounds of seafood in 2011. louisiana-seafood-economic-impact-graphic

You can read more about this report in the Times-Picayune.

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You Seafood, You Eat It!

Louisiana seafood ranked 10th in the U.S. in terms of total economic impact generated from seafood sales in 2011. The new economic impact report issued by the National Marine Fisheries found that Louisiana fisheries caught 1.3 billion pounds of seafood in 2011.

louisiana-seafood-economic-impact-graphic

You can read more about this report in the Times-Picayune.

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