Expanded farmers market planned today

The Red Stick Farmers Market will hold an expanded farmers market from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 12, at its location behind Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge.

Shoppers will be able to find honey and locally grown produce, including root vegetables, leafy greens, strawberries and citrus.

Food artisans will also feature specialty king cakes, olive oils, artisan breads, homemade pies, gourmet frozen meals, cornbread, sausage and party dips.

The farmers market will be closed in downtown Baton Rouge on Saturday because of the Spanish Town Mardi Gras parade.

However, Main Street Market, the indoor public marketplace at Fifth and Main streets, will open from 8 a.m. to noon with restaurants serving breakfast and lunch before the parade.

Grab-and-go snacks and drinks will also be available.

Main Street Market will close Tuesday for the Mardi Gras holiday.

L’Auberge’s 18 Steak slates dining events

The restaurant 18 Steak at L’Auberge Casino & Hotel in Baton Rouge has scheduled several special dinners in February and March.

On Saturday, guests may create their own three-course meal from a set menu for $125 per couple and add a wine pairing for additional $50 per couple.

An Henriot Family Wines dinner featuring selections from Bouchard and William Fevre is scheduled at 7 p.m. Feb. 25. Drinks will be served beginning at 6 p.m.

At 7 p.m. March 25, Elise Faur will host a dinner featuring wines from Hall Vineyards of Napa, California.

Cost for each of the latter two dinners is $99 per person, which includes tax, gratuity and a complimentary bottle of wine.

Southern to host workshop for farmers

The Southern University Ag Center’s Agricultural and Natural Resources Programs will host a “Growing Farm Profits” workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 23 and from 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 24.

The two-day workshop is geared toward diversifying horticultural producers by helping farmers make smarter decisions to improve their profits, a news release said.

Farmers Ellen Polishuk and Jim Munsch will walk participants through the steps for improving farm profits by providing real-farm examples to ensure farmers go home with a clear understanding of record keeping and practical solutions to help increase their profits.

The program is free, but preregistration is required. Lunch will be provided.

To register or for information, contact Dawn Mellion-Patin or Zanetta Augustine at (225) 771-2242 or at dawn_mellion@suagcenter.com.

Compiled by Advocate staff