Farmers Market Guide

Dora Ann Hatch  |  2/24/2010 10:39:20 PM

Vegetable Gardening How-To's

The latest research based information on vegetable gardening is available through the LSU AgCenter. Provides information on planting dates, planting instructions and dates of harvest. A copy can be purchased at the LSU AgCenter’s online store.

Soil Testing

Soil Testing and Lab Analysis are available from the LSU AgCenter. The Soil Testing and Plant Analysis Laboratory (STPAL) offers a variety of soil tests and plant tissue diagnostic tests to meet your planning needs for profitable production. Fees charged at STPAL are cheaper than any commercial laboratory on similar tests.

Weed Control

The latest information on weed control is available through the LSU AgCenter. Sections for home gardeners are also available. A copy can be purchased at the LSU AgCenter’s online store.

Establishing a Farmers Market

“Establishing and Operating a Community Farmers Market,” Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, AEC-77. This bulletin by Forest Stegelin explains how to establish a farmers market and includes the following topics: market feasibility, sponsorship, location, market calendar, selling, operating, etc.

Louisiana Farmers Market Program

Louisiana Farmers Market Program certifies farmers to sell to senior citizens in farmers markets and roadside stands. For more information contact: Rebecca Riecke, FMNP/SFMNP Program Manager Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry, (985) 345-9483

Farmers Market Planning Guide

The New Farmers Market by Vance Corum, Marcie Rosenzweig & Eric Gibson, 2001. This book covers the latest tips and trends from leading sellers, managers, and market planners to best display and sell product.

Pesticide Training

Pesticide training is available through the LSU AgCenter and a listing of dates, times and places is available in each parish office.


A composting publication is available through the LSU AgCenter that explains the basic principles of composting, including information on nutrients, oxygen, temperature, odors and recipe calculations.

Commercial Vegetable Production

“Commercial Vegetable Production Recommendations,” Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service, publication 2333. Publication provides information on number of seeds/pound, seeding rate/acre, spacing, planting dates, optimum soil temperature range for germination, depth to plant seed, days to germinate, days from planting to harvest begins, approximate time from pollination to market and recommended varieties included. Revised May 2009.

Monthly Planting Recommendations

A quarterly newsletter, Horticulture Hints, is available from the Horticulture Division of the LSU AgCenter's School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences and contains monthly suggestions on planting and care.

Farmers Markets in Louisiana

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry maintains an up-to-date listing of farmers markets.

Check out the LSU AgCenter’s online store to purchase copies of publications on gardening.
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