Years before it became an arts and crafts market, the Country Market in Ponchatoula, LA served as the local train depot. Thousands of flats of strawberries were shipped to all parts of the United States via this humble, wooden building. Built in 1895 and remodeled in 1920, the Country Market is now home to a variety of vendors. Local craftsmen offer quality items such as: florals, ceramics, wood crafted items, painted wood, decorations, handmade jewelry, jams and jellies, and more.
Old Hardhide, the town's alligator mascot may be found guarding the entrance to the Country Market. A photo favorite for tourists and locals alike, Old Hardhide is an attraction in his own right.
From the front porch of the Country Market, our 177 foot flag pole may be seen. A majestic 30 x 60 foot flag, "Old Glory," flies for major holidays.