Red Stick celebrating Farmers Markets Week

The Red Stick Farmers Market will celebrate National Farmers Market Week on Saturday in downtown Baton Rouge. As part of the activities a basket of farm-fresh ingredients will be given away during the morning market.

In addition, Galatoire’s Bistro chef Kelly McCann will join host chef Celeste Gill for the weekly “Fresh from the Market” cooking show, held at 10 a.m. inside Main Street Market. They will demonstrate how to use late summer ingredients in weekday family meals.

A special art activity is planned for the Red Stick Sprouts, a children’s education component of the Farmers Market local foods campaign.

Children will be creating “I love my farmers market” artwork, which will be displayed at the various markets.

The Red Stick Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon on the following weekly schedule:

Tuesdays — 8470 Goodwood Blvd., in the parking lot of the Unitarian Church, weather permitting. (This will be the last week of the Tuesday Market for the summer season.)

Thursdays — On Irene Boulevard behind Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Road, weather permitting.

Saturdays — Fifth and Main Streets. The Saturday market operates rain or shine. If raining, the farmers market is inside the Galvez Garage.

The Red Stick Mobile Farmers Market is held on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Scotlandville Library, 7373 Scenic Highway; and 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Star Hill Church, 1400 N. Foster Drive. It also is held on Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Delmont Service Center, 3535 Riley St.; and noon to 2 p.m. at Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center, 950 E. Washington St.

Contact Big River Economic and Agricultural Development Alliance at (225) 267-5060.

Summer Plant Sale and Gardening Expo set

Culinary herbs and garden vegetables will be among the plants available for sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the 15th annual Summer Plant Sale and Gardening Expo at the Botanic Garden, 7950 Independence Blvd., Baton Rouge.

The event is sponsored by the Baton Rouge Botanic Garden Foundation Board, Friends of the Botanic Garden and BREC. All proceeds go to development of the Botanic Garden.

Garden society members and vendors will be available in the sales areas to discuss the basics of selecting growing, and maintaining the plants. They say the plants are all grown locally and should do well in the Baton Rouge area.

The sale will be held in the green area between the Garden Center and Airport Drive where the Crepe Myrtle Forest begins, with the wooden atrium at the entrance. Entrance for parking is from Independence Boulevard or Airport Drive.

For further information about joining the project, contact Sue Webb, foundation board president, at

Alexander’s to host Pop-Up Farmers Market

The next Pop-Up Farmers Market will be held at Alexander’s Highland Market, 18111 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Among participating vendors will be Luckett Farms with freshly picked squash, cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, okra, and potatoes grown at its Pride and Central locations; Old Soul Pickles, Hollywood Livestock, Cafeciteaux coffee roasters, Andi Lynn’s Elderberry Syrup, Mamma Mia’s Spaghetti Sauce, Momma Mia’s Authentic Italian Cookies, Red Stick Spice Co., Delightful Palate and Re: salad dressings, Jeaux’s Boys BBQ sauce, The Big Squeezy cold pressed juices, Most Delightful Foods snack mixes, and POPCulture Popsicles.

In addition, returning small batch foodie GrinningJupiter Jammery will debut new products alongside its jams and jellies, including five new nut butters and two pestos.

There will also be a book signing by Aimee Broussard, author of “The Traveling Apron.”

Call Kelly Alexander at (225) 936-7373.

‘Taste of Tuscany’ wine dinner slated Aug. 14

Alexander’s Highland Market, 18111 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, will host its second monthly wine dinner, “A Taste of Tuscany,” on Aug. 14.

Sommelier Jesse Casciaro and Executive Chef Scott Duplantis will pair Italian wines with seven courses. A reception begins in Alexander’s Highland Market’s cafe at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $65 per person and are available at customer service or by calling (225) 615-7800.

Red Stick Spice Co. sets cooking classes

Red Stick Spice Co., 7970 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, has scheduled two cooking classes this month, one on making pickles and another on a quick weeknight meal.

The hands-on pickling workshop with Ashley Savoy will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday. Participants will work alongside Savoy to create two types of pickles — bread and butter plus a spicier version. Each student will receive two jars of pickles, recipes, a sample of pickling spice, and information sheets on pickling basics and supplies needed to get started.

Cost is $20 per person and space is limited to 10 participants. For more information, call (225) 930-9967 or go to

The second event will be held at Young Chefs Academy of Baton Rouge, located two doors down from Red Stick Spice Co. It will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 19. For the hands-on class, which is aimed at adults, Red Stick Spice chefs Anne Milneck and Lori Zachary will show participants how to prepare an easy, quick meal from appetizer to dessert. Participants will then sit down, family style, to enjoy the meal.

Cost is $35 per person and class size is limited to eight. Call Young Chefs Academy at (225) 928-2022 to register.

Compiled by Advocate staff