America is sharply divided on many issues these days, but most people can agree that eating healthy is a good thing and so is supporting local businesses. You can do both at the same time at a farmers market. Plus you can meet the farmers who grew the food, ask them questions and leave with the ingredients for delicious meals.
To find a farmers market near you, visit the United States Department of Agriculture directory at ams.usda.gov.
Hollygrove Market & Farm
In a New Orleans neighborhood that’s underserved by grocery stores, this market provides all the basics like veggies, dairy, meat, coffee and bread, as well as other nifty options like soaps and honey. There are discounts for neighbors and students, as well as demonstrations for those interested in adopting environmentally sustainable practices.
Hub City Farmers Market
The Oil Center in Lafayette hosts this market every Saturday year-round. Aside from the usual staples, you can get goodies like Mediterranean foods and sprouted cereals. On the third Saturday of every month, local artists join the market to sell their works.
Crescent City Farmers Market
The Crescent City Farmers Market shifts to various locations in New Orleans on different days of the week (Uptown, French Quarter, Mid-City, Downtown). It features seafood, fresh dairy, farm-raised meat, cut flowers and handcrafted meals. Frequent special events, such as a recent one on the 4th of July, include a petting zoo and games for kids.
Red Stick Farmers Market
This Baton Rouge organization operates markets in different areas of the city. All produce is locally grown. There are also specialty items like seafood, artisan breads, homemade pies, and herbs. Be sure to check out the cooking demonstrations, too.
Teche Area Farmers Market
In Cajun country, this market is devoted to not just local farmers and bakers, but also local artists and crafters. You can regularly see hand-crafted wooden bowls and utensils, birdhouses, garden benches and much more.