Eating healthy, locally-sourced produce has become all the rage and a growing trend across the country in recent years. Each year the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) publishes a National Directory of Farmers Markets which list farmers markets known to operate in the U.S. You can clearly see the growth of the farmers market in the U.S. in the following graph.
The Benefits of Shopping at a Farmers’ Market…
The benefits of shopping at the local farmers market are many. Markets offer a place to connect with neighbors, meet local farmers, support local small businesses, and provide nutritious food to neighborhoods in need.
The concept underlying farmers markets is to get customers in touch with those who produce their food. In a highly processed world where much of our food is grown outside of our own country, that’s an admirable goal we should all aim to achieve.
Access to fresh, locally grown foods may be one of the greatest benefits to shopping at the farmer’s market. Farmers’ markets have fruits and vegetables at the peak of the growing season. This means produce is at its freshest and tastes the best.
Buying local keeps our dollars circulating in our community and ensures that farming and local food production will remain viable in our area. What can be better than forming a relationship with those that grow your food, you can ask questions, know exactly where your food is coming from and how it’s grown.
Farmers markets are kid-friendly. Let your kids pick out something new to try. Then, let them help prepare a meal or choose a snack based on what caught their eye.
Baton Rouge Area Farmers Markets
Our local farmers’ market includes not only farmers, but local producers of food, products, arts and crafts. Customers will find in season farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, meats, locally produced salad dressings, hummus, sauces, artisan cheeses, fresh breads, honey, jams, handmade soaps, candles and more.
225-267-5060 Main Office
(8am-noon) Downtown Baton Rouge at 5th and Main Streets
The Red Stick Farmers Market also has Red Stick Mobile Farmers Market, an effort to help expand access to fresh fruits and vegetables to areas of the parish labeled “food deserts.
According to a 2012 report by Pennington Biomedical Research Center scientists , as many as 103,000 East Baton Rouge Parish residents — including 25,000 children — live in food deserts — areas with high poverty rates and limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
9-11 am Scotlandville Library, 7373 Scenic Hwy
12:30-2 pm Star Hill Church, 1400 N Foster Drive
8:30-10:30 am Delmont Service Center, 3535 Riley Street
12-2 pm Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center, 950 East Washington Street
The first pop-up market kicked off in May of this year. Be sure to check Alexander’s calendar for future markets.
Sunday our family took a quick stroll through the Pop Up Farmers Market sponsored by Alexander’s Highland Market. The pop up farmers’ market is much smaller than the Breada markets but continues to grow and does showcases some of our most popular farmers, local artisans and food producers, as well as food samples.
The best part of these farmers’ markets… meeting the smart, innovative, entrepreneurs behind the goods that are sold.
As you can see, the Farmer’s Market is a lively spot and a great place to try a variety of local foods. National Farmers Market Week is coming up August 3 through August 9; if you have never visited one of our local farmer’s markets, National Farmers Market Week would be a great time to check one out.
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Baton Rouge Family Fun will always bring you the best in Family Friendly events in and around the Baton Rouge area, we have gathered the latest list of Family Friendly events for 4th of July festivities…
Baton Rouge 4th of July
Farm to Fourth Market – 8am – Noon. Local farmers and food artisans will be sampling their favorite Fourth of July foods at the Breada Farmers Markets on Thursday, July 3rd! Taste our smoked brisket sandwiches, marinated and grilled veggies, fresh salads made with local dressings, and find everything you need for your Fourth of July celebration! #eatlocal #farmtofourth
Kenilworth Independence Day Parade – “Learning to Love Liberty” – On this 70th anniversary of D-Day, come celebrate our nation’s birthday at the parade and join us for one of Baton Rouge’s premier Independence Day events! The parade features military and civic groups, bagpipers, antique cars, buggies, elected officials, horse groups, and more!! Swing by Kenilworth Science & Technology School for the start of the parade. Enjoy the music of the Jemini Venture bluegrass band. Come visit with the animal adoption agencies who will be there. The Baton Rouge Sheriff Department wil be on the school grounds taking identification fingerprints for kids. Thursday, July 3, 2014 6:30 pm
Fireworks on the River – The annual July 3rd Fireworks on the River celebration will be held Thursday from 5-11 p.m. in Donaldsonville. The only public fireworks event in Ascension Parish, the show will be along the Mississippi River levee and Crescent Park. For details, call (225) 323-2555
8 a.m. – BASF Freedom Mile
Join BASF and Club South Runners for a one-mile race through downtown Baton Rouge. Race begins on River Road near the USS Kidd. A series of one-mile races and a half-mile Parent/Child Run. Transportation provided to start area. Watermelon, fruit, Coca Cola products and Mockler Beerages afterwards. 1st race to start at 7:30 a.m. with other events to follow every 20 minutes. For more information visit www.rrca.org or 927-9200, www.clubsouthrunners.net
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. USS KIDD Freedon Festival – FREE
They will have games, an inflatable 7 Element Obstacle course, a toddler bounce house, face painters, a balloonist, plate lunches for sale benefiting the KIDD, sno-balls, gelato, and much more!
Museum and Levee green North of Museum: Walk the decks of one of America’s most outstanding historic vessels, the USS KIDD (DD-661), and explore the Veteran’s Memorial Museum and learn of the sacrifices made by our nation’s veterans to insure the freedoms we celebrate on the 4th. The USS KIDD will be open for touring until 3 p.m. with patriotic music broadcast. For more information call 342-1942 or visit www.usskidd.com No ice chests, barbecue pits, tents or pets allowed.
9 p.m. Fireworks On The Mississippi – This year’s fireworks display can be viewed from either side of the Mississippi River, either in Downtown Baton Rouge or in Port Allen. WBRZ would like to encourage the public to join us in our annual tradition of honoring our troops and our great nation. NOTE: No ice chests, BBQ pits, tents or pets allowed. Tours of the USS KIDD Veterans Memorial will be available, at the regular admission price, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the 4th of July.
North Bouleard Town Square : “Patriots on the Beacon”
Honoring our Patriots on the North Boulevard Town Square beacon with over 100 photos of men and women who are serving or have served in the military. Patriotic music and movies will also play throughout the day and night in the Square.
BATON ROUGE CONCERT BAND “INDEPENDENCE DAY CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. – All are welcome to hear BRCB at their annual Independence Day concert. Bring friends and family to enjoy great music and watch the fireworks display. Steps of the State Capitol. For more information visit www.batonrougeconcertband.org
6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Hot-air balloons to light up the evening skies.
West Baton Rouge Parish
4th Fest – The best view anywhere in the Baton Rouge area for 4th of July fireworks on the Mississippi River. Held July 4th in downtown Port Allen at the Riverfront on the Mississippi River Levee. The fun starts annually at 4:00 pm and ends at 10:30 pm. Free to the public and includes face painting, magicians, clowns and space walks for the children. Beverage & food vendors line the levee for all to enjoy. Live entertainment with several local bands allow the crowds plenty of dance music to enjoy before and after the spectacular fireworks show on the river. Click on file below for more information.
RED WHITE AND BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL: The opening ceremonies will begin Friday, July 4 at 12:00 in front of the Town Hall. There will be various activities to include wild game cook off, gospel singers, choirs, soloists, liturgical dancers, inflatables, face painting, vendors, fresh blueberries, games, bands. The fireworks presentation will take place on Friday night behind Lawyers Row.
Everyone is cordially invited to come out and celebrate with the Town of Clinton as we embark on this momentous family oriented festival. (225) 683-5531.
Old Fashioned Family Day Celebration: 9:00am to 9:00pm Sidney Hutchinson Park. Come Join the FUN, FOOD, & FESTIVITIES! FREE ADMISSION, FREE EVENTS, FREE RIDES!
Schedule of Events
9:00 a.m. 16u Girls Fast Pitch Round Robin
12:00 noon Food, Rides, Inflatables, Water Slides, Snowballs, and more!
3:00 p.m. Join the Events: (Medals Awarded to Ages 6-12)
Old Fashion Races; Home Run Derby; Baseball Speed Throw
Other Events: Volleyball; Horseshoes; Tug of War; Sack Races; Wheel Barrow Races; 3-Legged Race
5:00 p.m. Dedication Ceremony
6:00 p.m. Walker Parks ‘Challenger Division’ Game
7:30 p.m. DJ Entertainment
9:00 p.m./Dark FIREWORKS!!!
Don’t forget your lawn chairs, blankets, sunscreen and bug spray!!!
No alcohol is permitted in the park. Details at http://www.walker.la.us/.
14th Annual July 4th Hometown Celebration 7/04/2014, 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Plaquemine Lock SHS will be open for tours and demonstrations, free admission. Friends of the Lock will be sponsoring putt-putt boat rides beginning at noon. The Iberville Museum will also open at noon and admission is free. 3:00-9:00 p.m. Mouth watering food will be served from the Waterfront Park (please no ice chest, pets or tents). 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Veterans Boat Parade – theme decorated boats are welcome. 6:00 p.m. Dancin’ on the boardwalk until the Firework Display at 9:00 p.m.! Phone: 225-687-3116 Website: www.plaquemine.org
Pointe Coupee Parish
Old River Landing Fireworks 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM Jul 4, 2014 at Old River Landing, Batchelor Louisiana, 70715. For More Information Contact: (225) 492-3474 www.oldriverlanding.com .
West Feliciana Parish
Red, White, Blue Festival July 4-5: Clinton Lion’s Club patriotic Red, White and Blue Festival will be held in the historic town of Clinton for a two-day celebration on Friday and Saturday, July 4 and 5.
The patriotic family-friendly event will be held at the American Legion Hall Fairgrounds.
A musical tribute to veterans and active military members, a patriotic fireworks program, golf cart parade, pony rides, two-day softball tournament, Eddie Hopper Greased Watermelon Relay Race, BBQ cooking contest, blueberry cooking contest, pancake breakfast, classic car and truck show, craft booths, Laser Tag, 5-K Run-Walk and live blue grass, country, gospel and rock ‘n’ roll music will entertain attendees of the festival.
Bring your lawn chairs and tents. All military and veterans are special guests and are particularly invited.
No coolers, food or drinks will be allowed in the parks as local restaurants and vendors will be selling food.
STAR SPANGLED SATURDAY: 8 a.m. to noon, Red Stick Farmers Market, Fifth and Main streets.
Red Stick Farmers Market will celebrate the 4th of July with locally grown produce, live music and plenty of red, white and blue. Local musician John Gray will open the Market with a special rendition of the Star Spangled Banner and continue with other patriotic tunes throughout the morning with his jazz trio. Shoppers can find fresh items for holiday barbeques including sweet corn, squash varieties, sausage, shrimp, watermelons, cantaloupes, peaches and blueberries. Student chefs from the Louisiana Culinary Institute will join host chef Celeste Gill during the Fresh from the Market cooking demonstration with suggestions for patriotic picnic fare utilizing fresh produce from the Red Stick Farmers Market.
Pointe Coupee Parish
False River Annual Boat Parade Will Be Held On July 5, 2014 beginning at 1:00 p.m. This year’s boat parade will sail through New Roads on July 5 instead of on the Fourth of July. The date change allows the city to host the boat parade in conjunction with its annual River Rhythms Fest at Morrison Parkway. For More Information Contact: (225) 638-5360
St. Mary Parish
Rock the 5th – Morgan City’s Independence Day Celebration. Takes place Saturday, July 5 from 4 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. at Lawrence Park and the Riverfront. 4 to 5:30 p.m. — Hal Bruni Band 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Band Camp 9 p.m. – – Fireworks over a Atchafalaya River Food and drinks will be accessible for purchase.
Happy Fourth of July! We hope you have a fun, safe and beautiful holiday weekend!