Sunday, July 21, 2024

Shreveport Farmers’ Market Celebrates National Farmers’ Market Week

by BIZ Magazine

Shreveport Farmers’ Market joins markets across the country in celebrating National Farmers Market Week from August 7-13, 2022. Visit the Shreveport Farmers’ Market this Saturday, August 13, 2022, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to shop with over 75 vendors, enjoy live music and a cooking demonstration, and receive a free calendar for voting for the Shreveport Farmers’ Market in the National Famers Market Celebration. On the Bally’s Shreveport Casino & Hotel Live Music Stage this weekend is Monty Russell with the tunes from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and the LSU Ag Center will do a cooking demonstration at 11:00 a.m. Visit the Slow Food North Louisiana Information Booth to vote for the Shreveport Farmers’ Market in the National Farmers’ Market Celebration and receive a free calendar!

In the midst of a global pandemic, farmers markets — like all other small businesses — have innovated to continue operations for the farmers and communities that depend on them. Farmers markets foster direct relationships between community members and farmers which can work to create a more fair and sustainable food system. Farmers markets are a hub for connection and collective action around shared values. 

National Farmers Market Week is an annual celebration of farmers markets coordinated by the Farmers Market Coalition, a membership-based nonprofit organization that supports farmers markets nationwide through training, technical assistance, and network-building. This year, the campaign is centered around the essential role that farmers market operators play in our local food systems and in developing resilience in communities as hubs for local economies and connection.

The Shreveport Farmers’ Market is currently in its 36th season and hosts over 75 vendors that sell a variety of homegrown and homemade items such as fruits, vegetables, herbs, plants, honey, breads, jams, jellies, pastries, candies, pickles, cheeses, shrimp, various canned goods, seasonings, sauces, and meats. In addition to the variety of foods, there are local artisans that have handcrafted items such as art, jewelry, crafts, candles, soaps, and dog treats. Prepared breakfast and lunch meals are available for purchase and consumption.

“We are having a wonderful summer season at the Shreveport Farmers’ Market! Our team, along with our farmers, vendors, and volunteers put countless hours of work into preparing for the market each year. The Shreveport Farmers’ Market doesn’t just provide access to fresh food, it is a place where community connections happen, and businesses grow.” said Emerie Eck Gentry, Market Manager

The Shreveport Farmers’ Market is the only market in our community that accepts SNAP/EBT and offers a match program from Louisiana Healthcare Connections. SNAP users receive up to $20.00 in matching benefits, which they can shop with at the market. This puts more fresh and homemade goods in SNAP users’ hands and pantries, along with making a bigger financial impact with the farmers and vendors.

“Farmers markets are abundant sources of food, connection and resilience in our communities across the country, but they don’t just happen on their own.” said Ben Feldman, Farmers Market Coalition Executive Director. “Behind the scenes of every successful farmers market is a dedicated person or team working to make the market thrive. These farmers market operators are experts who need community and financial support to run their markets and resources specifically designed for their needs. Throughout National Farmers Market Week 2022, we will be highlighting the vital work of farmers market operators across the nation. Join us!”

Visit the Shreveport Farmers’ Market every Saturday from June 4 – August 27, 2022 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Vote for the Shreveport Farmers’ Market in the National Farmers’ Market Celebration at https://markets.farmland.org/market/shreveport-farmers-market/. For more information about Shreveport Farmers’ Market, contact Manager Emerie Eck Gentry at [email protected], 318-455-5788, or www.shreveportfarmersmarket.com. The market is a project of Red River Revel, Inc. and is supported by the Downtown Development Authority, Slow Food North Louisiana and the City of Shreveport.

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