February 16, 2009

Buy Local Produce, Visit a Farmer's Market

Support your local farmers. Forget the bland, tasteless produce that is shipped from overseas or over thousands of miles. Local food is picked when the produce is ripe. Begin shopping seasonal vegetables. Get to know your farmers. This year spend your money in Louisiana there's a Farmer's Market near you.

Be sure to call and check ahead as hours and days are subject to change.

Caddo Parish
Shreveport Farmers' Market, 101 Crockett St., Shreveport, LA 71101, open June - August

Lincoln Parish
Ruston Farmers Market, Downtown Ruston, public parking lot east of Monroe Street, Between, Railroad & Louisania Avenue, Ruston, LA 71270, 318-251-3479, www.rustonfarmersmarket.org, open May - October, Hours: Saturday, 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Natchitoches Parish
Cane River Green Market, Natchitoches Downtown Riverbank, 750 Second Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457, 318-238-7500 Open: May - July, Saturday, Hours: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Ouachita Parish
Monroe Farmers Market, 1212 Washington Street, Monroe, LA 71201, 318-282-1410, Open: May - November, Monday - Saturday, Hours: 6:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

West Monroe Farmers' Market, 1700 North 7th St., West Monroe, LA 71291, Open: March - December

Union Parish
Union Parish Farmers' Market, 407 S. Main St.,Farmerville, LA 71241, Open: January - December

Vernon Parish
Vernon Parish Farmers Market, 3rd Street, Leesville, LA 71446, 337-392-1776, Open: June - November, Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon

Winn Parish
Winn Farmers Market, 31 west Main Street, Corner of Main and St.John Streets, Winnfield, LA 71483, 318-628-4438 or 628-2352, open: January - December, Hours: Tuesday and Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Source: http://apps.ams.usda.gov/FarmersMarkets/
Art Credit: Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry