We are so fortunate to have a robust farmers market in the Capital City. What started 25 years ago as a way to help maintain local agriculture and promote its long-term benefits for the community, the Red Stick Farmers Market has become the heartbeat of Saturdays in downtown Baton Rouge. For the past 24 years, the Big River Economic & Agricultural Development Alliance (BREADA) has connected community needs, established a priceless network of resources that support local growers and food producers and benefit the greater Baton Rouge area as a whole.
Red Stick Farmers Market – 25 Years of Connecting Farmers and Families
The Red Stick Farmers Market offers over 20 farmers’ booths specializing in seasonal fruits and vegetables… strawberries, tomatoes, squash, mushrooms, microgreens, and more. You can also find locally gown flowers, succulents, and bedding plants, as well as sweet potato pies and local raw honey.
Countless local farmers, crafters, and artisans have gotten their start at the Red Stick Farmers Farmers Market, testing their dreams and ideas with customers who like to support local small businesses. Vendors gain confidence and success with sales but they also get opportunities to build relationships with customers and receive valuable feedback.
25 reasons why BREADA is an integral
part of the Baton Rouge community.
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Downtown Baton Rouge’s public marketplace featuring breakfast, lunch, and local shopping.Main Street MarketMonday – Friday 7 am – 2 pm Saturdays 7 am – 12 pm
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- 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 of 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.
- And a 6th… Red Stick SPROUTS!!
The Red Stick Farmers Market encourages children between the ages of 2-12 to get involved with Red Stick Sprouts, a year-round local food education, and incentive program. Children who sign up for “Sprouts” receive $2 in market tokens with each visit and can spend them at any of the Red Stick Farmers Market locations. In addition to the tokens, there are weekly recipes featuring seasonal, local ingredients and an activity sheet such as a coloring page for the kids to take home. Once monthly, the downtown market hosts a “Sprouts Saturday” event featuring a local food activity. Parents can sign their children up for the ‘kids club’ at any Farmers Market location.
Red Stick Farmer 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. We hope to see you at the Red Stick Farmers Market this weekend to celebrate 75 years!!