National Farmers Market Week is August 1-7, 2021. It celebrates local farmers and agriculture. Farmers markets sell produce directly to the consumer. This is a great way to support your local farmers, agriculture, and community. Currently there are over 8,600 farmers markets across the country with 97 in Louisiana. According to the Farmers Market Coalition, more than 85% of vendors travel from less than 50 miles to a market.
Shopping at a farmers market means that you will be selecting produce that is in season. The produce is freshly picked, which ensures that it is at peak flavor. Your vendors are knowledgeable about the produce that they are selling. They can make recommendations on recipes, pairing the produce with other foods, and even storing methods. Check with your farmers market to see if they accept EBT cards in order to utilize your SNAP benefits.
Below are the current farmers markets in Caddo and Bossier parishes. Make sure to check for any schedule changes.
Try this recipe with produce purchased from your local farmers market:
Makes: 10 servings
From: Taste of Home
For more information on farmers markets and National Farmers Market Week visit:
U.S. Department of Agriculture: https://www.nutrition.gov/topics/shopping-cooking-and-meal-planning/farmers-markets
Farmers Market Coalition: https://farmersmarketcoalition.org/
University of Nebraska: https://food.unl.edu/food-calendar/august/farmers-market-week
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture