Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Ruston Farmers Market Starts a Fresh Season

Written by Tori Ward, Marketing/PR Assistant

The 9th Season of the Ruston Farmers Market kicked off on Saturday, May 7th with more than 20 local vendors. The Farmers Market is bigger and better this year with an all new location near Downtown Ruston! The Market is now located at 220 E. Mississippi Ave. in a covered, open-air building that is simply amazing.

Ruston Farmers Market's new location, 220 E. Mississippi Ave. 

The open-air building maintains the outdoors-market atmosphere, while providing more shade for vendors and shoppers alike. Not to mention, the building itself is a beautiful work of art with a large mural on the side, which was designed and painted by LA Tech Art students.

Start your Saturday morning at the Ruston Farmers Market with a breakfast taco from Tacos the Guero, or tomato chokha, potato chokha, and fried plantains from Chindian Flavors. Have a seat on the picnic tables in the covered area outside while you enjoy your fresh, local breakfast. Make sure you grab a cup of hot coffee or Nitro Cold Brew from Railway Coffee to sip on while you browse and shop at the Market. 

Railway Coffee and breakfast tacos from Tacos the Guero
Ruston Farmers Market

There is a fantastic, wide selection of fresh produce and locally-made goods at the Market this season. 

Fresh produce includes: tomatoes, squash, zucchini, turnips, new potatoes, herbs and herb plants, salad mix, steaming mix, Swiss chard, beets, carrots, and radishes. Fresh produce varies from week-to-week based on availability. 

Fresh produce at the Renner Gardens booth
Ruston Farmers Market

Locally-made foods and drinks include: locally-roasted coffee, organic juices, hand-crafted root beer, craft sodas, fresh breads, granola, gluten-free treats, homemade fudge, pies, cookies, muffins, dessert breads, cakes, organic vanilla extracts, sauces, salsas, jellies, specialty smoked and frozen meats, frozen casseroles, and canned items.

Other handmade items include: homemade dog treats, herbal salt and sugar scrubs, soaps, lotions, body spray, body scrubs, lip balms, bath bombs, toddler aprons, mixes, catalpa trees, hand-tied fishing jigs, hand-crafted cedar planters, bird feeders, and Juniper Bonsai trees in cedar planters.

Handmade soaps and more at the Blue Dawg Soaps booth
Ruston Farmer Market

Vendors include: Mack's Tomatoes and Produce, Aunt Sandi's Kitchen, Railway Coffee, Bennett Farms, Rosemary's Kitchen, Good's Fudge, Old Bottle Brewery, Anna Yak's Pie's, Wildthang Specialty Meats, Renner Gardens, OWL Center, Fuego Dulce, Joywalk Daylilly, Belle Vie Belle Maison, Jarrell's Specialty Foods, Viola's Kitchen Jubilee, Blue Dawg Soaps, Kacy's Vanilla Shots, Gene's Woodworks. Vendors might vary. 

You can also catch special booths and activities on some Saturdays, including music, kids art activities, and more.

Art activities provided by NCLAC
Ruston Farmers Market 

The Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 8am-12pm. Look for extra special festivities at their grand opening on June 4. Check the Ruston Farmers Market website and Facebook page weekly to see what's in store for that week's Farmers Market! 

Tori Ward is a proud Louisiana native, born and raised in Shreveport, La. She is a Louisiana State University alumna and has a passion for all things PR. Tori is an avid movie watcher, coffee fanatic and lover of the outdoors. She is currently attending Louisiana Tech to pursue a master’s degree in business administration. 

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