Find fresh produce and new ideas at the Natchitoches Farmers Market

Mark your calendars for our Natchitoches Farmers Market starting April 27. For the 2019 market, there’s lots of new vendors and programming and unique demonstrations to take part in. Visit the booths, listen to live music, enjoy food and drinks and learn by participating in activities and demonstrations.

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 27 – July 27. It will be located on the downtown riverbank.

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:

April 27: “Metamorphosis at the Market”

  • Kids make healthy butterfly themed snacks
  • Kids plant milkweed seeds for growing plants that will attract butterflies
  • The Master Gardeners will be there
  • **4-H Day

May 4: “Walk to Remember”

  • Homemade butter and corn grinding
  • Kids make watermelon pops
  • **4-H Day

May 11: A “Berry” Special Mother’s Day

  • Kids make strawberry flowers and mugs for Mom for Mother’s Day
  • Mother’s Day celebration and picture booth
  • Book Mobile
  • **4-H Day

May 18: “Get Physical at the Farmers Market”

  • Herb Growing Demo by the Natchitoches Parish Master Gardeners
  • Kids make smoothies on Spin Bike

May 25: “Buzz Over for Breakfast Pancakes”

  • Pancake breakfast
  • Kids make fruit sandwiches
  • Bee demo by Natchitoches Bee Keepers Club
  • Book Mobile
  • **4-H Day

June 1: “Celebrate Rural Farmers Month”

  • Raw vegetable salad tasting
  • Kids participate in a Scavenger Hunt
  • First Responders and mascots will be present
  • Master Gardeners will be there
  • **4-H Day

June 8: “3rd Annual Corn Eating on the Cane”

  • Hot Corn Dip tasting
  • Kids make squirrel feeders
  • Kids participate in Corn Hole Games

June 15: “2nd Annual Battle of the Badges”

  • Cook-Off featuring the Natchitoches Fire Department, Sheriff’s Office and Police Department
  • Kids make presents for Dad
  • Dunking Booth
  • Book Mobile
  • **4-H Day

June 22: “Mini Makers at the Market”

  • Grilled Okra tasting
  • Mini Makers battling for the trophy
  • **4-H Day

June 29: “Red, White and Blueberries”

  • Fruit Kabobs tasting
  • Kids make patriotic hands on a canvas
  • Book Mobile

July 6: “Super Squash to the Rescue”

  • Farmers Market Mascot (Super Squash) in attendance
  • Grilled squash tasting
  • Kids make squash ducks
  • Master Gardeners will be there

July 13: “Amazing Veggie Race”

  • Zucchini noodles with pesto tasting
  • Kids participate in the Veggie Race
  • Book-Mobile

July 20: “Who Let the Dogs Out”

  • Fruit tasting
  • Kids will bring donations for the Humane Society
  • **4-H

July 27: “Splash into Summer”

  • Fruit Salad tasting
  • Kids will participate in squirt painting
  • Book Mobile

*Prop up your boots with old coots” every Saturday at the Old Coots & Good Advice tent!  To participate contact Valerie Balthazar at 318-663-5190.

**4-H Days feature Natchitoches Parish 4-Hers who will man the Community Garden 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) 663-5190.

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.”