EBR Master Gardeners to help at farmers market

Photo providedEarly asparagus will make its appearance at this week's Baton Rouge Farmers Market. Show caption
Photo providedEarly asparagus will make its appearance at this week's Baton Rouge Farmers Market.

Editor’s note: The farmers markets vegetable and food product lists are featured weekly on The Advocate’s website, http://www.theadvocate.com, and on the first Thursday of each month in The Advocate’s Food section.

With the change of seasons from winter to spring, Red Stick Farmers Market shoppers will find a mix of fruits and vegetables, including late-season citrus and early asparagus and cucumbers. Both the Saturday and Thursday markets will offer a variety of vegetables, baked goods, honey, pasture-raised meats and plants.

On Saturday, East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners will help shoppers with spring gardens.

In the “Fresh From the Market” cooking demonstration, Chef Jaime Hernandez, of Juban’s Restaurant, will join host chef Celeste Gill to create a seasonal dish. The demo begins at 10 a.m. in the North Street seating area of Main Street Market.

The Lagniappe Dulcimer Society will offer musical entertainment inside Main Street Market beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The Thursday Market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon at 7248 Perkins Road.

Louisiana Purchase, credit and debit cards are accepted at both locations of the Red Stick Farmers Market.

Area farmers and artisan food producers scheduled to be at the farmers market in downtown Baton Rouge from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday include:

Amato Winery — Native Louisiana wines.

Barrois Citrus Orchard — Ruby Red grapefruit, navels, Louisiana sweets and Meyer lemons.

Beard Family Farm — Eggs, oyster mushrooms, jams and jellies.

Beau Crete — Probiotic drinks.

Belle É corce — Artisan goat cheeses, yard eggs and duck eggs.

Bocage Honey — Honey.

Briarhill Farms — Cornish hens, whole chickens, quail, Bloody Mary mix and tomato relish.

Cajun Grain — Jasmine brown rice, gluten-free rice flour, rice grits and grass-fed beef.

Chenier Farm — Beets, cabbage, collards, turnips, sweet potatoes, greens, honey and eggs.

Dillard Teacakes — Homemade teacakes and sweet potato pie.

Fekete Farm — Strawberries, bok choy, beets, turnips, spinach, radishes and purple onions.

Feliciana Greenhouses by Jimmy Hadden — Sprouts, hydroponic lettuce and salad dressings.

Feliciana’s Best — Dairy products, including milk, cream, butter and eggs.

Fletcher Farms — Strawberries, strawberry jam and jalapeño strawberry sauce.

Forte Grove — Artisan breads, including baguettes and cookies.

Frances Chauvin Blue Ribbon Pies — Fruit pies and tarts, quiche, sugar-free tarts and shoe soles.

Glaser Family Farm — English cucumbers, new potatoes, beets, cabbage and green onions.

Greenhand Nursery — Herbs and winter vegetable seedlings, fruit trees.

Iverstine Family Farm — Eggs, poultry, heritage pork.

Louisiana Shrimp — Evin & Gage Shrimp Co. with fresh, wild-caught shrimp and Gulf fish.

Mizell Nursery — Vegetable seedlings and herbs.

Mon Jardin Farm — Fennel, beets, carrots, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and red Russian kale.

Morrow Family Farm — Strawberries.

Nur’s Kitchen — Cabbage stew, lentil soup, eggplant-stuffed mousakka and hummus.

Outlaw Katfish Kompany — Des Allemands wild-caught catfish, crab meat and alligator sausage.

Papa John’s Family Farm — Cucumbers, bell peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, basil, jams and salsa.

Papa Tom Bonnecaze Farm — Stone-ground grits, cornmeal, oatmeal, rice flour and seasonings.

Plantation Pecan — Asparagus, natural and roasted pecans, pecan pies and pecan candy.

Robinson Farms — Louisiana certified-organic carrots, radishes, turnips and mustard greens.

Rocking R Dairy Farm — Pasteurized goat milk, Greek-style feta and chèvre cheeses, goat meat and yogurt.

SaySaye’s Village Bakery — Soups, breads, cinnamon rolls and apricot cheese torte.

Vicknair Family Farm — Strawberries, heirloom cabbage, spinach and broccoli.

Covington Market

The Covington Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon each Saturday on the side lawn of City Hall, 609 N. Columbia St., and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Wednesday at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire.

For more information, call (985) 892-1873 or go to http://www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org.

In this week’s cooking demonstration, chef Ronald Bonnette, of Annadele’s Plantation Restaurant and Bed and Breakfast, will prepare a specialty from the menu.

Fresh produce will include assorted greens, collards, kale, turnips, Swiss chard, cabbage, bok choy, salad greens, beets, radishes, cauliflower, radishes, citrus and strawberries. Locally raised meats, dairy and eggs will also be available, as well as baked goods and other prepared foods and plants.

Market Schedule


WHEN: Every Saturday, rain or shine, from 8 a.m. to noon.

WHERE: Downtown Baton Rouge on Fifth Street between Main and North streets.

PARKING: On Saturdays, free parking is available in the Galvez Garage, which also serves as the Red Stick Farmers Market rain location.


WHEN: From 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

WHERE: In the Galvez Garage, also between Main and North streets in downtown Baton Rouge with an entrance on Fifth Street.


WHEN: Thursdays, weather permitting, from 8 a.m. until noon.

WHERE: In the parking lot at 7248 Perkins Road, across from the Baton Rouge Clinic.

FOR INFO: Contact Big River Economic and Agricultural Development Alliance, which sponsors the markets, at (225) 267-5060.


WHEN: Tuesdays, weather permitting, from 8 a.m. to noon.

WHERE: In the parking lot of the Unitarian Church, 8470 Goodwood Blvd.