Photo Note: The featured photo associated with this post is of a Vietnamese bahn mi sandwich ($3) from All in the Phamily Vietnamese Food, a vendor at the Shreveport Farmers’ Market.
The Shreveport Farmers’ Market returned for its Fall 2014 season on Saturday, Oct. 25. The fall market is held on Saturdays, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., through Saturday, Nov. 22. I took a group of out-of-town guests to the Oct. 25 market, and I was delighted to find that several new, interesting food and drink vendors have come aboard. Here are a few of the new vendors that I really enjoyed:
Bahn mi sandwiches from All in the Phamily: Vietnamese Food (Facebook link)
All in the Phamily aren’t new to the Shreveport Farmers’ Market (local blogger Jada Durden reviewed them back in July), but their bahn mi sandwiches are new for the Fall 2014 market, and they’re the bahmb (sorry). A Vietnamese answer to a po-boy, these delicious sandwiches are $3 each and are packed with cold cuts, pickled carrots, cilantro, sliced jalapeño peppers and mayo. As far as I know, only one restaurant in Shreveport-Bossier serves bahn mi (Pho L’amour on Kings Highway in Shreveport), so I’m thrilled to see that All in the Phamily are now serving these great little sandwiches at the market. They have also added phở, a popular Vietnamese noodle soup, to their list of offerings.
Fleur de Creme Gourmet Ice Creams (Facebook link)
One of the participants in the recent Pop UP Downtown Shreveport series organized by the Downtown Development Authority, Fleur de Creme has also popped up (with a brand new mobile ice cream cart!) at the Shreveport Farmers Market. This was my first time having their profoundly delicious ice cream, which is made using locally sourced ingredients including dairy products from Flowing Hills Creamery. I love that these folks are locally sourcing ingredients and naming their flavors in playful ways that reference the community (Ratchet City chocolate, anyone?). Their ice creams can also be purchased at Maxwell’s Market, Vitamins Plus and a handful of other local stores.
Well+Fed Louisiana Cold Pressed Juices (Facebook link)
By the time I circled back to the East Pavillion, having eaten my way through the West Pavillion, the folks at Well+Fed Louisiana had sold out of their carrot, apple and lemon juice, but I was able to grab a two-serving jar of their delicious kale blend ($7). If you’re following along, this means that, by 9:30 a.m., I’d consumed a bahn mi sandwich, two scoops of local ice cream and a bottle of kale juice. I regret nothing.
Maybe the best part of my day was overhearing the Well+Fed Louisiana folks talking with customers about their plan to open a local juice bar in Shreveport. That’s great news.