Editor’s note: The farmers’ markets vegetable and food product lists are featured every Thursday on The Advocate’s web site, http://www.2theadvocate.com, and on the first Thursday of each month in The Advocate’s Food section.
Summer’s Fresh Fest celebration highlights the Louisiana eggplant crop at Red Stick Farmers Market and Main Street Market this Saturday. Eggplant varieties will include the glove-shaped eggplant in purple, pale lavender, jade green and white. Farmers will also bring Asian eggplant and gourmet baby eggplants which all make great options for grilling.
The weekly Fresh from the Market cooking demonstration will feature chef Jamie Stephens of Enoteca Marcello’s Wine Bar & Café. Stephens will show market shoppers how to use a variety of late summer eggplants in easy recipes.
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 Ècorce 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, cucumbers, figs purple hull peas, and melons.
•Delight Thyself — Homemade sweet pies and tarts, savory meat and crawfish pies.
•Dillard Teacakes — Teacakes and sweet potato pies.
•Fekete Farm — Sweet corn, radishes, tomatoes and eggplants.
•Feliciana Greenhouses by Jimmy Hadden — Lettuces, alfalfa sprouts and salad dressings.
•Fletcher Farms — Sweet corn, yellow squash, bell pepper, zucchini and eggplants.
•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 — Wild-caught shrimp and fish from Lance Nacio.
•Mizell Farm — Herb plants.
•Morrow Family Farm — Blueberries, tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants and bell pepper.
•Nur’s Kitchen – Cabbage stew, eggplant-stuffed musakka, artichoke pie and feta dip.
•Oakland Organic — Crowder peas, hot peppers, black brandywine tomatoes, and potatoes.
•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, canteloupes, 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.
Covington farmers' market
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.
Executive Chef Maurice Rouquette of La Maison Restaurant and Special Events Venue in Abita Springs, will prepare and serve a seasonal speciality from the menu. For more information, call (985) 892-1873 or see 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.