The LSU AgCenter Healthy Communities program works to support the economic well-being of local farmers and food producers by providing technical assistance and identifying and expanding opportunities within the local food system. This free virtual training teaches current and potential Louisiana farmers market vendors about growing, marketing, developing, and selling their products through both in-person and online market channels. Learn how to expand your customer base and establish yourself in Louisiana’s local food market and beyond. Find contact information for our speakers and a directory of farmers markets in Northeast Louisiana below!
|Name & Organization||Phone Number||Email Address|
|Cecilia Stevens (LSU AgCenter)||(318) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Odis Hill (SU Ag Center)||(318) email@example.com|
|Melissa Cater (LSU AgCenter)||(318) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Marcus Coleman (LSU AgCenter)||(225) email@example.com|
|Eddie Foster (USDA NRCS)||(318) 766-3502 ext. firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kerry Heafner (LSU AgCenter)||(318) email@example.com|
|Audrey Kolde (Louisiana Central)||(318) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Alessandro Holzapfel (LSU AgCenter)||(225) email@example.com|
|Kami Semick (Food4All)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Makenzie Miller (LSU AgCenter)||(225) email@example.com|
|Joy Sims (LSU AgCenter)||(318) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sarah Sims (SU AgCenter)||(318) email@example.com|
|Market Name||Location||Day & Time||Other Details|
|Columbia Pop-up Farmers Market||Main Street, Courthouse Square, Columbia, LA 71418||Saturdays, 8 am - 12 pm||
|Village of Harrisonburg Farmers Market||12855 Hwy 124, Harrisonburg, LA 71340||Saturdays, 8 am - 1 pm||
|Delta Farmers Market||Old Courthouse, Spruce Street, Vidalia, LA 71373||Wednesdays, 9am - 1pm||
|Winnsboro Farmers Market||708 Adams Street, Winnsboro, LA 71295||Monday to Saturday, 9 am - 6 pm||
|Olla Town Square Market||Front Street, Olla, LA 71465||Tuesdays, 4 pm - til||
|Madison Parish Farmers Market||Courthouse Square, N Cedar St, Tallulah, LA 71282||Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 am - 5 pm||
|Bastrop Farmers Market||305 E Madison Avenue, Bastrop, LA 71220||Monday to Saturday, 8 am - 3 pm||
|Monroe Farmers Market||1212 Washington Street, Monroe, LA 71201||Monday to Saturday, 6 am - til||
|West Monroe Farmers Market||1700 N 7th Street, West Monroe, LA 71291||7 am - 6 pm||
|Delhi Farmers Market||1104 Broadway Street, Delhi, LA 71232||Monday to Saturday, 8 am - 6pm||
|St. Joseph Downtown Market||Downtown St. Joseph, LA 71366||Saturdays||
|Union Parish Farmers Market||407 S. Main Street, Farmerville, LA 71241||Monday to Saturday, 8 am - 4 pm||
Odis Hill (Southern University AgCenter) and Melissa Cater (LSU AgCenter) share resources and technical assistance available to Louisiana farmers and producers through LSU AgCenter and Southern University AgCenter.
Marcus Coleman (LSU AgCenter) outlines opportunities and resources for beginning farmers in Louisiana including the Grow Louisiana Beginning Farmer Training Program (USDA BFRDP). Learn about technical and business training, farmer-to-farmer mentorship, and experienced-based learning opportunities.
Eddie Foster (USDA NRCS) explains the benefits of growing using high tunnel systems and details funding opportunities for Louisiana farmers interested in incorporating high tunnels into their farming operations. Download the high tunnel presentation here.
Kerry Heafner (LSU AgCenter) explains the importance of selecting the right varieties to grow to increase your success as a farmers market vendor.
Audrey Kolde (Louisiana Central – formerly known as CLEDA) explains how to excel as a farmers market vendor through strategic product selection and display, market leadership, and teamwork.
Alessandro Holzapfel (LSU AgCenter) demonstrates how to market your local products online and connect with buyers all over the country using the MarketMaker website.
Kami Semick (Food4All) demonstrates how to use eCommerce platform, Food4All.com, to sell your products to both local and national buyers.
Makenzie Miller (LSU AgCenter) explains the advantages of accepting SNAP/EBT benefits at your farmers market or farm stand and provides information on how to become an authorized SNAP vendor.
Joy Sims (LSU AgCenter) and Sarah Sims (Southern University AgCenter) provide information about cottage food laws in Louisiana, SafeServ training and certification, and safe food handling practices for farmers market vendors.