Find fresh produce and new ideas at the Natchitoches Farmers Market – Kid’s Club

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The Natchitoches Farmers Market is part of Ready, Set, Go: the City’s initiative to improve the health and wellness of residents through a three part plan. The market will SET up shop Saturdays from 8 am – 12 pm from April 28 – July 28. It will be located on the downtown riverbank from June 9 – July 28.

The Farmers Market offers $5 in free Kids Club Tokens each Saturday for the first 50 children ages 2-13. These tokens can be spent on fresh fruits and vegetables! The market also accepts cash, credit, debit, and SNAP.

“This market season is filled with adventure and healthy opportunities,” said Valerie Balthazar, Farmers Market Coordinator.

SCHEDULE:

 

Backyard Chicken Raising Demo
Kids make their own aprons for cooking
English Muffin Egg Pizza tasting
June 16: “My Dad Rocks”

Fruit & Veggie and BBQ Demo
Kids make presents for Dad using rocks
*Trash to Treasures*
**4-H Day
June 23: “Sock It To Me”

Sock Doll Demo by Gena Wagley
Fruit & Veggie skewer tasting
Natchitoches Parish Library Book-Mobile on site
June 30: “Farmers’ Market 2nd Annual Corn Easting Contest”

Corn-on-the-cob Eating Contest
Kids make watermelon pizzas to celebrate Independence Day
July 7: “Blending For Health”

Food Demo
Natchitoches Parish 4-H bike blender on site
Author: TBA
**4-H Day
July 14: “You Rock My World”

Food Demo
Kids make garden markers out of rocks
Book-Mobile on site
July 21: “Farmers On The Bricks”

Farm Animal Demo- Get up close with heifers, goats, pigs, and a milking cow
7-layer dip tasting
*Trash to Treasures
July 28: “Mini Makers Fair”

Mini Makers Fair- Youth ages 5-14 will sell their produce, baked goods, and Arts&Crafts
Deviled egg and veggie dip tasting
*Trash to Treasures events are a new feature of the Farmers Market which will include repurposed and refurbished items, DIY projects, handcrafted items, shabby chic and architectural finds, as well as any antiques you’ve come to enjoy in the Historic District. Trash to Treasures will be held once a month, located on Touline Street. To participate contact Valerie Balthazar at 318-663-5190.

**4-H Days feature Natchitoches Parish 4-Hers who will man the community table, which features locally grown produce. A percentage of what these students sell will go back to their 4-H clubs for future programming.

For more information call (318) 238-4211 or go online to http://readysetgonatchitoches.com. Find the Natchitoches Farmers Market on Facebook @ Natchitoches Farmers Market.

This project is funded through a Healthy Behaviors Program Grant from The Rapides Foundation. The Healthy Behaviors Program Grant funds projects which have a focus on healthy eating, active living, or prevention of tobacco use, substance or alcohol abuse. To learn more about grant funding from The Rapides Foundation, visit www.rapidesfoundation.org, and click on “Grants.”