Ponchatoula, the oldest incorporated city in Tangipahoa Parish, is host to the popular Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival every spring. The city is northwest of Lake Pontchartrain and abundantly grows local produce including the famous Louisiana strawberries. The area offers beautiful sites in addition to tasty eats - the city derives its name from the Choctaw Indian language meaning "hair to hang" because of the abundance of Spanish moss on the ancient oak trees found throughout the area.
It's also been nicknamed America's Antique City and is stocked with numerous art, antique and hand-crafted items that you can shop for in historic buildings in the downtown area. Visitors enjoy delicious food and culture while just being outside Baton Rouge, Northshore area and New Orleans.