Farmers Market and Home Gardening Resource Guide

Dora Ann Hatch  |  2/6/2010 3:03:00 AM

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.

Farmers Markets in Louisiana

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

Tips and Trends in Farmers Markets

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.

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. Revised May 2009.

Vegetable Planting Guide

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 available through the LSU AgCenter. A <="" management="">guide for home gardeners also is available. A copy can be purchased at the LSU AgCenter’s online store.

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.

Horticulture Hints Newsletter

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

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