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

Red Stick Farmers’ Market

It’s Melon Mania at this week’s Red Stick Farmers Market. Shoppers will find several summer melon varieties including cantaloupes, honey dews, and yellow and red watermelons.

Lee Beard of Beard Farm will demonstrate her favorite watermelon jam recipe this Saturday as part of the Discover You CAN summer canning program. The canning demonstration will begin at 9 a.m. in the North Street seating area of Main Street Market.

The weekly Fresh from the Market cooking show will follow the canning demonstration and feature chef Nathan Gresham of Beausoleil Restaurant and Bar. He will demonstrate summer recipes using melon varieties found at the market.

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

  • Amato Louisiana Native Winery - Fruit wines, sausages and Italian cheeses.
  • Beard Farm - Purple hull peas, okra, eggs, jams and jellies.
  • Belle Ecorce Farm - Goat cheeses, fruit spreads and herb-flavored cheese disks.
  • 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 - Figs, sweet corn, radishes, tomatoes and eggplants.
  • Feliciana Greenhouses by Jimmy Hadden - Lettuces, alfalfa sprouts and salad dressings.
  • Fletcher Farms - Yellow squash, bell pepper, zucchini and eggplants.
  • Forte Grove Breads - Artisan breads.
  • Francis Chauvin - Fruit pies, sugar-free tarts and pastries.
  • Glaser Produce Farm - Okra, corn, zucchini, squash, cucumbers, carrots, and peppers.
  • 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.
  • Naquin Farm - Tomatoes, bell pepper, squash, cucumbers and eggplant.
  • 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 - Canteloupes, watermelons, plums, peaches and squash.
  • Rico Family Farm - Patty pan squash, cucumbers, okra, Ichiban eggplant.
  • Robinson Family Farm - Certified organic produce including squash, cucumbers and beans.
  • 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.
  • Vicknair Family Farm - Watermelon, cantaloupe, onions, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant.
  • Yard Bird Farm - Free-range chicken and organic vegetables.

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 Saturday’s cooking demonstration will feature Maurice Rouquette of La Maison in Abita Springs, who will prepare a seasonal selection from the restaurant 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.