Mar 29, 2013 9:43 PM by Chris Welty
The end of the Lenten season means big crawfish sales in Acadiana.
Since early Friday morning, restaurants and crawfish vendors have been slammed as many families prepare for the holiday weekend.
"If you want crawfish on Good Friday, you're going to pay for them."
People like Kenneth Nunez buying crawfish are feeling the pinch. Prices this week alone have gone up, especially for live ones.
"They're expensive. I bought mine on Monday and they were $100 a sack and today they're selling for $150 a sack."
Kevin Guillory owns Guillory Seafood Express in Opelousas. He says the season has been good, but crawfish farmers were hit with a one-two punch; first the January flooding and this week an unseasonable cold snap.
"That's why the cost is up. A lot of people are saying it's too high, but farmers don't have enough crawfish to go around."
Guillory says restaurants can pay higher prices to buy more crawfish. He's afraid he'll run out of crawfish by Saturday afternoon.
Not everyone is as worried. Although crawfish time in Lafayette had to stop taking pre-orders for live crawfish, they expect to meet demand over the weekend.
"They're currently out in the fields right now catching more crawfish. We're expecting a busy crowd, a lot of people coming through for live crawfish, picking up big orders to go," said Crawfish Time Assistant Manager Mollie LeBlanc.
If you're looking for crawfish, you can find them, though you just might have to look a little harder.
There is a website to help you find crawfish close to home and it also gives you the price for boiled and live crawfish: www.crawfishguy.com