Monday, February 16, 2009

Farmers Markets in Louisiana

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.

Ascension Parish
Donaldsonville Farmer's Market, Crescent Park, Railroad Avenue, Donaldsonville, LA, 225-257-4464, Open: January - December, Hours: 8:00 a. m. - 12:00 noon

Parish of Ascension Farmer's Market, Ascension Fresh Market, Lamar Dixon Expo, 9039 St. Landry Road, Gonzales, LA 70707, 225-675-1750,, Open January - December, Hours: Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon

Red Barn, 13126 Highway 44, Gonzales, LA 70707, 225-647-5611, Open: January - December

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

East Baton Rouge Parish
Red Stick Farmers' Market I, 5th and Main Streets, Baton Rouge, LA 70802, 225-267-5060,, open January - December

Red Stick Farmers' Market II, 8470 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806,, open February - December

Iberia Parish
Teche Area Farmers Market, Historic Downtown Bouliny Plaza, Main Street, New Iberia, LA 70560, 337-229-6838, Open: January - December, Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Saturday, 6:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Jefferson Parish
Gretna Farmers Market, 739 Third Street - Downtown, Third Street & Huey P. Long Streets, Gretna, LA 70053, 504-366-4745,, Open: January - December, Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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

Livingston Parish
Livingston Farmer's Market, Denham Springs, LA, 225-567-9734, Open January - December, Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

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.

Orleans Parish
Crescent City Farmers Market I, 700 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70118, 504-861-5898, Open: January - December, Saturday, Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon

Crescent City Farmers Market II, 200 Broadway Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118, 504-861-5898,, Open: January - December, Tuesday, 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

St. Charles Parish
German Coast Farmers' Market (East Bank), Ormond Plantation, 13786 River Road, Destrehan, LA 70047,, Open: January - December, Hours: Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

German Coast Farmers Market (West Bank) Next to Dufrene's, 13969 River Road, Luling, LA 70070,, Open Year-Round: Yes
January - December, Wednesday, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

St. James Parish
Petit Vegetable Market, 4113 Petit Street, Highway 44 River Road, Hester, LA 70763, 225-869-8174, Open: May - July, Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; October - December, Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

St. Tammany Parish
Covington Farmers Market, 609 N. Columbia Street on the Side Lawn of City Hall, Covington, LA 70433, 985-892-1873, Open January - December, Hours: Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Mandeville Trailhead Community Farmers' Market, 675 Lafitte St., Mandeville, LA 70448,, Open: January - December

Terrebonne Parish
Cajun Farmers Market, Houma, LA 70361, 985-872-5275, Open: January - December,
Monday - Saturday, 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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.


Certified Organic Operations in Louisiana

The Southern Organic Resource Guide has a listing of Certified Organic Operations in Louisiana

This listing is from the Southern Organic Resource Guide website:
"The following information was graciously supplied by the agents who certify in Louisiana. All certified operations were contacted for verification of the information. Only operations that were certified prior to June 1, 2005 and provided their approval for inclusion are listed in this resource manual.

Operations are listed in alphabetical order, by name of the operation. No attempt was made to sort by certifying agent, location, or size of the operation. Numbers assigned to operations correspond to numbering on the Louisiana map.

Berry Sweet Orchards, LLC, P.O. Box 191, 5110 Brown Rd., Ethel, LA 70730, 225-683-8584, Three acres blueberries and vegetables.

Conrad Rice Mill, Inc., P.O. Box 10640, New Iberia, LA 70562, 337-364-7242, Brown rice crackers

Crane’s Run Farm, P.O. Box 267, Norwood, LA 70761, 504-866-6551, Five acres vegetables, fruits, and nuts

The Folger/Millstone Coffee Company, 5242 Coffee Dr., New Orleans, LA 70115-7769, 504-894-0112, Coffee

Green Mountain Flavors, Inc., 236 Thoroughbred Dr., Lafayette, LA 70507, 337-886-1509, Flavors, syrups

Isa’s Organic Farm, 6251 Hwy 29, Braithwaite, LA 70040-2149, 504-682-7018, Four acres citrus (grapefruit, navel orange, satsuma, and lime)

Kiko Foods, Inc., 2628 Lexington Ave., Kenner, LA 70062, 504-466-2090, Aseptic packer of juice-based beverages

L’Hoste Citrus, 6397 Hwy 39, Braithwaite, LA 70040, 504-682-0312, Ten acres citrus (grapefruit, satsuma, lemon, navel orange), persimmons, and figs

Pastime Farms, LLC, 65409 Highway 1058, Roseland, LA 70456, 985-748-6504,, 100 acres vegetables and fruits

Paturelle Plantation Farms, 13270 Hwy 23, Belle Chase, LA 70037, 504-656-3375, Fifteen acres citrus, pecans, persimmons; One acre produce

Pepper Source Ltd., 2709 Division Street, Metairie, LA 70002, 504-885-3223, Stir-fry sauce

Windy Wood Farm, 81540 Hwy. 1082, Bush, LA 70431, 985-892-7685, One acre Vegetables, fruits, and herbs"

The website offers great information about organics. There is a map of Louisiana that shows the location of the organic operations.

There are also organic information on growers in Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee.

This is a great resource for educating yourself on organic growers and food products.