Ten new vendors will join a dozen returning small businesses for our next Pop-Up Farmers Market on July 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ben and Ben Becnel Farms from Belle Chasse and Luckett Farms from Central top our list of local farmers who will lead the next Sunday Funday. We’ll grill grass-fed beef lunches from Hollywood Livestock and have free face-painting for kids outside, and we’ll host beer tastings from Tin Roof and Bayou Teche, local craft breweries.
A week of stormy weather dumped record rainfall on the area and flooded the fields of some local farms, but it wasn’t able to wash away our monthly Pop-Up Farmers Market held June 1. In fact, gray clouds gathered but held off as a dozen new vendors and hundreds of customers came out to learn more about local food products, meet the bakers, cooks, and artisans, and barter for goods.
Join us this Sunday for the city’s second Pop-Up Farmers Market from 9 am to 1 pm near all entrances of Alexander’s Highland Market. New featured activities for this market include face-painting for children and homesteading and gardening questions answered by East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners. We’ll have more produce from new and returning farmers, as well as new crafters and artisans joining a host of returning small businesses. (Note the time has been changed to earlier hours beat the heat.)
There were grand champion strawberries from Ponchatoula’s epic festival and Rome family tomatoes from Romeville. Organic hen and duck eggs from Felixville and organic Billie Girl lettuce from St. Francisville. Malco’s Magnificent Salsa made here in Baton Rouge and Momma Mia’s Authentic Italian Cookies made in Prairieville. There were Dress Like a Local t-shirts and salad dressings from Hooked on Re:, and delightful foods, marinades, and snack mixes from a variety of vendors.There were nearly 30 farmers and crafters with three dozen unique, locally made products, from hand-crafted cutting boards to a cajun rendition of immune-boosting elderberry syrup. Most importantly, there were neighbors — lots of neighbors — who came out to visit, find out where their food comes from, and support the small businesses that provide it.
Alexander’s will host the city’s first Pop-Up Farmers Market on Sunday, May 4, from 11 am until 3 pm. Two dozen farmers, artists, crafters, and entrepreneurs will line our sidewalks with their wares, meeting and greeting and selling directly to Alexander’s shoppers.