There’s just something about fresh produce from a farmers’ market that’s hard to turn down. Meeting the farmer first hand and understanding how much of an impact it can mean for small businesses is why the area’s farmers’ markets are so robust. What started as one has turned into quite a few, and no matter where you live in Shreveport-Bossier City, there’s a market made for you.
Shreveport Farmers’ Market
Since 1986, the Shreveport Farmers’ Market has been operating in downtown Shreveport. Originally in the Red River District, the market now takes place in Festival Plaza and can house up to 150 vendors.
Vendors to look for: The Elixirs of Life and their signature Pine Needle tea, Rosie’s Macaroons, and St. Laurent’s egg-tastic creations
When: 7 a.m. to noon, Saturdays through Aug. 18; Fall Market, Oct. 27 to Nov. 17
Where: Festival Plaza, 101 Crocket St., Shreveport
Bossier City Farmers’ Market
More than just fruits and veggies, the Bossier City Farmers’ Market is home to over 75 rotating vendors weekly including brick-and-mortar businesses, artists and crafters. It’s one of the longest-running, continuous markets in the area, happening April through November and will celebrate its third year in August.
Vendors to look for: Rooster’s Salsa, fresh bread by Mouthful of Joy, First Fruits Farm from Greenwood
When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays through Nov 24.
Where: Pierre Bossier Mall, 2950 E. Texas St., Bossier City
Benton Farmers’ Market
Easily the fastest growing farmers’ market just north of Bossier City, this market opened in 2014 and has become a local favorite. The Benton Farmers’ Market also holds a fall market in October, and they have expanded this year to include handmade crafts.
Vendors to look for: Buckley Honey Farm, Crawford Farms
When: Noon – 4 p.m. on Sundays through July 15
Where: Benton Park, 495 Simpson St., Benton
Market on the Pond
Market on the Pond is an intimate farmers’ market in Minden and has been operating since 2016. The market takes place at Lakeview UMC overlooking Tuners Pond and serves as a means to raise money for church missions such as the United Christian Assistance Program.
Vendors to look for: Canny Oakley and her new pineapple pepper jelly, Tamale Ladies, The Sayer’s veggies
When: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on every other Saturday from July 7 to Sept. 15
Where: Lakeview United Methodist Church, 301 Lakeshore Drive, Minden
Blanchard Farmers’ Market
This is the first year of the Blanchard Farmers’ Market and it’s coordinated by A Better Blanchard, the Town of Blanchard, and First Baptist Church of Blanchard. Their vendor list is ever growing, and if you’re interested in vending, just contact Jackie Cooper at 318.458.6327.
Vendors to look for: Millie Bea’s Midnight Pickles and PaPaw’s Garden with its squash cucumber and tomatoes
When: 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays through July 14
Where: First Baptist Church of Blanchard, 201 N. Attaway St., Blanchard