THIS WEEK AT THE MARKET:
The Ruston Farmers Market is open for the 2013 season! This Saturday, May 18, our vendors will feature:
Watts Produce - strawberries (pints or flats)
Sandy Creek Poultry Farm - cage-free yard eggs, cut herbs, herb/vegetable plants, canned goods
Taste Bud's Garden - kale, Swiss chard, rutabagas, cabbage (green & red), onions, English peas
Briarhill Farm - milk chocolate, dark chocolate, cinnamon, chocolate pecan, cookies-n-creme, white chocolate macadamia, s'mores, pistachio, banana pudding; soap; bee balm; lotion bars; laundry powders; eggs; frozen blueberries; Pectin-free honey-sweetened strawberry & blueberry jam, oat bars; gluten-free and Paleo baked goods
Renner Gardens - salad greens, steaming greens, spinach, kale, chard, collards, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, beets, turnips, leeks, squash, cucumbers, artichokes, cilantro, dill, fresh cut flowers, herb/flower/vegetable plants
Mack's Tomatoes - squash, zucchini, onions, broccoli, preserves & canned goods
Joywalk Daylilly Gardens & Produce - fresh eggs, squash, kale, collards, turnip greens, peppers, Romaine lettuce, sugar snap peas, fresh herbs, flowers
Jarrell's Specialty Foods - Frozen casseroles: Chicken Vermicelli, Ritzy Chicken, Chicken and Rice, King Ranch Chicken, Enchiladas in flour or corn tortillas, Beef Lasagna, Ground Beef Casserfole, and Veggie Lasagna; muffins and breads: carrot/walnut, Morning Glory, blueberry, lemon poppy seed, chocolate chip, banana/walnut, Splenda raisin bran, zuchinni; cakes: assorted large and small cakes; assorted pies; Jarrell's Famous Chicken Salad, and old-fashioned tea cakes
Wild Yeast Breads & Bagels - bagels (plain, onion, poppy, sesame, everything), baguettes, deli rye, multigrain loaves
Interested in becoming a vendor or volunteer for the 2013 season of the Ruston Farmers Market? Contact John Benschoter at 318 232-2535 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please check out our sponsors listed at the bottom of this page.
courtesy of Bill Ross Photography
First Annual Farm to Table Fundraiser Dinner
Join us on June 29 for the First Annual North Louisiana Farm Fresh/Ruston Farmers Market Farm to Table Fundraiser Dinner. Come enjoy a dinner prepared by the chefs at Rosemary's Kitchen using fresh products from Ruston Farmers Market vendors. A truly local meal to benefit your local farmers market. Help us raise money to expand our mission of providing you the best produce and local food products in North Lousiana. Tickets are only $50 for this special event, and all the money goes to helping us fund new signage, promotional materials, and equipment for a demonstration kitchen at the market. Follow the link rfmdinner.eventbrite.com to buy tickets online or come by our Welcome tent at the market. For more information, email us at email@example.com or call Maryanne at 318-243-7727.
As always we'll be open Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at our usual spot in the public parking lot at the corners of Monroe and Louisiana Aves. (see map below). Our desire is to always provide high quality, fresh, locally grown produce; plants; flowers; and value-added goods to Ruston and the North Louisiana region. Sign up for our newsletter below, or Like us on facebook (www.facebook.com/RustonFarmersMarket), follow us on Twitter, or keep in touch by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are always looking for new vendors and volunteers. Contact John Benschoter at 318-232-2535 if you're interested.
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North Louisiana Farm Fresh
North Louisiana Farm Fresh (NLFF) is the non-profit umbrella for the Ruston Farmers Market. For more information follow the link to our NLFF page, read about what we do and become a member.
Why Buy Local?
- The food is delicious.
- Spending your money where you live keeps your community thriving.
- North Louisiana is particularly blessed with a booming community of small farms and food producers.
- Locally-grown food obviously does not cause as much pollution due to less travel time.
- Keeping family farms alive keeps rural landscape alive, supporting less sprawl.
- As a tourist looking for local flavor makes your visit more authentic. Folks don't travel to Italy looking for a good burrito. If you come to Ruston, taste what we grow.
And if all of this is not reason enough, think of the health and safety of you and your family. Small, local farms are less likely to use hormones and more likely to raise grass fed or free-range animals and organically or naturally grown vegetables.
If you know your farmer, you know where to ask questions; the shorter the route from the farm to your table (at home or in a restaurant), the more knowledge you have at hand and the more flavor you have on your plate.
Where We Are Located.
We wish to extend a special thanks to all our sponsors. Please visit their websites by clicking the logos below:
Pamela Laster, Windsong Natural Therapeutics. You can visit her website at www.massage-ruston.com or call her at 318-243-2231.
Dr, Brenda McIntyre founded Rainbow Health Access Children's Clinic to provide children with an exceptional level of care and attention. You can visit her website at www.rainbowhealthaccess.com or call her at 318-255-4112.