US (LA): Local hydroponic farm continues pop-up produce markets through pandemic

The hydroponic tubes at GrayWalk Farms in Alexandria are full of fresh heads of butter and romaine lettuce, mustard greens, and herbs like basil. Lately, all that home-grown goodness has been making it onto dinner plates more often here in Cenla. Since the coronavirus pandemic began, GrayWalk Farms has been selling their produce at pop-up markets at places like Little Cakes with Big Attitude and Beans N Cream Coffee, while the Alexandria Farmer's Market has been closed. 

"We've been doing it for about six weeks now and it's really worked out well. The community seems to really embrace it,” said owner Jay Pearson. The farm is a mostly wholesale produce operation, selling their vegetables in bulk to be distributed around the region, but they say they felt a need to keep local produce flowing into the community, while many chain grocery store shelves were running low.

"Since the pandemic we've seen that there is a big need since they've shut down the farmer's markets, to be able to go out and open ourselves to the community and give them some fresh produce,” added Pearson. 

Read more at KALB (Rachael Penton and Ben Gauthier) 

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