Hungry for Local Winter Produce? Check Out These Louisiana Farmers Markets
Our state has a longer-than-average growing season, which makes for fantastic year-round local produce. There’s no need to buy imported produce that was picked weeks ago and traveled cross-country on a truck. You can have fresh-picked options provided by our own Louisiana farmers!
Farmers markets not only offer healthy food and community connection, they often serve as incubators for chefs or craftspeople looking to develop their own small businesses. They’re an all-around win. Here are some of our favorite winter Louisiana Farmers Markets.
The Crescent City Farmers Market is a nomadic endeavor that has been around since 1995, as a year-round venue for about 80 area growers and fishers to sell their products. In winter, the market carries citrus fruits, leafy greens, broccoli, beets, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, and turnips, as well as fish, shrimp, and baked goods. They set up in different New Orleans neighborhoods five days a week. They often have live music or artisans demonstrating their crafts.
The Mandeville Trailhead Farmers Market is every Saturday from 9am-1pm, at 675 Lafitte St., near the Tammany Trace bike trail. In addition to fresh produce and crafts, there’s always music, sweets, and prepared food. They usually draw over 50 vendors.
Red Sticks Farmers Market is every Thursday (6400 Perkins Rd) and Saturday (5th and Main Streets) from 8am-noon. They carry local produce, jams, speciality food products, fish, and flowers. Their most up-to-date info is on their Facebook page. They also host a monthly art market.
Hub City Farmers Market is an every Saturday event, from 8am-noon in the Oil Center at Pinhook and South College Streets. Since 2002, local vendors have offered staples such as eggs, produce, milk, beef, and homemade health and beauty products.
Inglewood Harvest Barn Market happens every Saturday at Inglewood Farm (6233 Old Baton Rouge Highway), from 8am-noon, no matter the season. Inglewood Farm is a former cotton, corn, and soybean plantation that has been in operation since 1836 and has been owned by its current family since the 1940s. The Barn Market features humanely-raised meat, local produce, baked goods, and artisan crafts. They regularly update their produce list, so shoppers will know what’s available.
Lafayette Farmers & Artisans Market is every Saturday at Moncus Park (2913 Johnson St.), from 8am-noon. In the winter, they have sweet potatoes, greens, and other seasonally-available produce, in addition to homemade pastries and local crafts. You can check out their current list of vendors at their website.
Lafourche Central Market is every Saturday from 9am-1pm at 4484 Highway One. They have area produce, eggs, and artisan foods, such as jams, sausages, cheeses, and sweets, plus local crafts.
The German Coast Farmers Market happens every Saturday from 8am-noon at Ormond Plantation (13786 River Road). In addition to honey, root vegetables, and leafy greens, there are handmade soaps, pies, and jewelry.
The biweekly Covington Farmers Market has live music (they usually post a schedule online), produce, meat, cheese, seafood, and poultry, as well as Greek, Italian, and Mexican food. They even have plants for sale. It’s every Saturday, all year, from 8am-noon, at 609 N. Columbia Street, and every Wednesday, 10am-2pm, at 419 N. New Hampshire.
On Saturdays from 8am-noon at 2 West Hammond St., the Hammond Farmers Market offers local food and produce, coffee, candles, beeswax products, and goat’s milk soap—among other surprises!
The Teche Area Farmers Market is held at Bouligny Plaza on Main St. in downtown New Iberia on Tuesdays from 2:30-4pm and Saturdays from 7-11am. While shopping for produce, you can pick up soap, eggs, jam, and local crafts.
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