Friday, August 29, 2014

Time for the Muscadines! New Vendor at the Horse Farm, Y Bar Farms

Located in Bunkie, Louisiana on what used to be the Tagarina Plantation, the Y Bar Farm is a 40 acre patch of land that is home to Black Angus Cattle, 200 year old pecan trees, and Black Bear Vineyards. Black Bear Vineyards is two acres dedicated to Louisiana's favorite late Summer crop: muscadines.
These true American grapes, indigenous to the Southern United States, have made their appearance in jams, jellies and homemade wine for generations. Now thanks to the Yantis family, these polyphenol rich cousins of the European grapes you find in your local grocery store are making their way to the Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market at the Horse Farm.

Brent Yantis and his family planted their vineyard in 2003 and will make 4 varieties of muscadine available starting tomorrow, August 30th, until the season ends in roughly a month and a half. The Ison, Southland, Supreme and Tara each have their own unique flavors and characteristics, but are all treated with love at the Y Bar Farm.

Unlike the traditional grapes that are harvested once a season and then done, muscadine ripen independently. Each cluster of muscadine is harvested by hand ensuring its peak sweetness and ripeness. Although the muscadines at the Y Bar are not certified organic, no pesticides are sprayed on the crops.

With this being their first season at the Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market at the Horse Farm, make sure to give the Yantis family a warm welcome. Their delicious muscadines are an "Eat This, Lafayette" Horse Farm must.

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