Editor’s note: The farmers markets vegetable and food product lists are featured every Thursday on The Advocate’s website, http://www.theadvocate.com, and on the first Thursday of each month in The Advocate’s Food section.

Red Stick Farmers Market will join farmers markets from across the country in the kickoff of National Farmers Market Week, which is Aug. 6-13.

Special events will be held at both the Saturday downtown market and at the Thursday Perkins Road market.

The weekly “Fresh from the Market” cooking demonstration will feature chef Michael Loupe, of the Kingfish Restaurant in the Capitol Hilton downtown. Loupe will show market shoppers how to use a variety of late-summer ingredients in easy recipes.

The cooking demonstration will begin at 10 a.m. in the North Street seating area of the Main Street Market.

Red Stick Farmers Market will also announce its monthlong canning contest as a culmination of the summer’s Discover You Can educational program. Home cooks are invited to enter their favorite pickle, preserves, canned vegetables or fruits, jams or jellies in a Market Canning Contest.

Entries will be accepted until Aug. 20 at the Thursday and Saturday markets, with awards being announced on Aug. 27.

The Tuesday Market, 8470 Goodwood Blvd., will be closed during August and September and will reopen Oct. 4 for the fall season.

Area farmers and artisan food producers scheduled to be at Saturday’s Red Stick Farmers Market in downtown Baton Rouge include:

Beard Farm - Asian pears, okra, eggs, jams and jellies.

Belle Ecorce Farm - Goat cheeses, fruit spreads and herb-flavored cheese disks.

Bocage Honey - Honey.

Briarhill Farm - Chickens, quail, Cornish hens, bloody Mary mix, tomato relish and pickles.

Cajun Grain - Jasmine brown and white rice, free-range pork and beef.

Chenier Family Farm - Okra, figs, purple hull peas, watermelons and melons.

Delight Thyself - Homemade sweet pies and tarts, savory meat and crawfish pies.

Dillard Teacakes - Teacakes and sweet potato pies.

Fekete Farm - Mustard greens, jade eggplants, squash and cucumbers.

Feliciana Greenhouses by Jimmy Hadden - Lettuces, alfalfa sprouts and salad dressings.

Forte Grove Breads - Artisan breads.

Francis Chauvin - Fruit pies, sugar-free tarts and pastries.

Glaser Produce Farm - Mustard greens, okra, corn, zucchini, squash and cucumbers.

Greenhand Nursery - Vegetable seedlings, tomato plants and herbs.

Harbo Bee Co. - Honey.

Iverstine Family Farm - Farm-fresh eggs.

Le Potager - Cheese and garlic biscuits, breads, dark chocolate cake and cookies.

Louisiana Shrimp - Evin & Gage Shrimp Co. with wild and fresh-caught shrimp.

Mizell Farm - Herb plants.

Morrow Family Farm - Blueberries, tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants and bell pepper.

Nur’s Kitchen - Cabbage stew, eggplant-stuffed moussaka, artichoke pie and feta dip.

Oakland Organic - Roma tomatoes, figs, eggplant, hot peppers, okra and garlic.

Outlaw Katfish Kompany - Wild-caught catfish from Des Allemands.

Papa John Family Farm - Various tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, pickles, jellies and jams.

Plantation Pecan - Okra, pears, cantaloupes, plums, peaches and squash.

Rico Family Farm - Hot and sweet banana peppers, squash, cucumbers, okra, Ichiban eggplant.

Ryals Goat Dairy Farm - Grade A pasteurized goat milk, cow’s milk and goat cheeses.

SaySaye’s Village Bakery - Tortes, cinnamon rolls, various breads, calzones and soups.

Yard Bird Farm - Pasture-raised poultry in cuts, whole hens, chicken sausage and eggs.


COVINGTON - The Covington Farmers Market is open, rain or shine, from 8 a.m. to noon each Saturday on the side lawn of City Hall, 609 N. Columbia St., and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Wednesday at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire.

This week’s cooking demonstration will feature chefs Keith Frentz and Nealy Crawford Frentz, who will drive their food truck, Lola Deux, to the market with samples from the menu.

Call (985) 892-1873 or go to http://www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org.

The Food section listing is limited to food-related participants and is not a complete listing of each vendor’s selections. Many of the markets also have artists and crafts vendors.