Winter is on the approach, but that doesn’t stop Louisiana farmers from harvesting and providing fresh produce and delicious bites to a hungry public. For frequent visitors to local farmers markets, the fresh array of seasonal foods and goods are a welcome addition to the family’s holiday dinner table. Here are the must-see farmer’s markets in Louisiana for the winter.
Red Stick Farmers Market (Baton Rouge)
The Baton-Rouge open-air market, Red Stick, welcomes you year-round and is curated to shine a light on local farmers. Strolling the stalls, you will find a variety of delicious goods, including fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, seafood, honey, milk, and cheese.
For those hearty family gatherings where you’ve got to bring your holiday favorites, the Red Stick Farmers Market is the ideal place to find artisan breads, homemade pies, and herbs that add unique flavor to your favorite dishes. Keep your refrigerator stocked with fresh produce, and your pantry full of honey and herbs, while supporting the local community’s farmers through the season.
Crescent City Farmers Market (New Orleans)
Throughout New Orleans, the Crescent City Farmers Market sets up shop outdoors under most weather conditions. You won’t find arts and crafts, household fixtures, or non-food items here. Crescent City Farmers Market is a producer-focused market, featuring vendors who grow their own plants and foods, who are showing off their homemade dishes. The emphasis here is on underrepresented business owners, so you will find small upstarts, younger businesses, and a diversity of culture that prioritizes local and healthy ingredients.
Covington Farmers Market
609 N Columbia St.
Covington, LA 70433 (directions)
“You’ll want to come early to this popular market so you can visit all the booths, pick up one-of-a-kind, locally-made goods, taste samples from the weekly cooking demo or food truck, and begin your Northshore weekend with live music from the quaint gazebo stage (music starts at 9:30).
You’ll find in-season vegetables, fruit, dairy, poultry, seafood, beef, wines, herbs, honey, baked goods, prepared foods, pastries, doggie treats, soaps, potted plants and more at this year-round market. Enjoy coffee and other items for purchase under the small hut shelter. Small tables, chairs and picnic tables available. Weekly cooking demonstrations or food trucks.” (Source: Louisiana Northshore)
Visit the Covington Farmers Market website for information on produce that’s in season as well as the musical acts performing each week.
Lafayette Farmers Market
2913 Johnston St.
Lafayette, LA 70503 (directions)
For your healthy sweet tooth, satisfy your hunger at the Lafayette Farmers Market. Located on a horse farm, you can stretch your legs at this market over 100 acres of land in the heart of Hub City. The focus here is on a strong local community coming together to share organic produce, healthy baked goods, and well-made crafts for those holiday house decorations.
While fresh produce fades into the background in winter months, you will find yourself enveloped by delectable baked goods, hot plates, pet treats, and artisan creations. Your visit is the real gift, though, to the local farmers and craftspeople who enjoy welcoming tourists just as much as their neighbors.
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