Downtown Baton Rouge put on their weekly Red Stick Farmer’s Market Saturday morning.
The Farmer’s Market welcomes everyone to the cluster of local vendors between 5th and Main Street every Saturday from 8 to 12. The vendors vary from farmers selling vegetables to those selling elaborate balsamic vinegars including Fekete Farm who sell their freshest fruits and vegetables and Harbo Bee Company who sell honey “exactly as the bees make it.”
Rows of tents line Main Street under the gloomy spring sky. Fresh greens and herbs fill the walkway with a unique aroma encircle the entrance. Smiling faces stand under each tent ready to respond to any questions a patron may have.
There is a children’s tarp with coloring sheets underneath available for the youngsters who walk by. A plethora of pies ready for purchase lay on shelves under a woman.
The first ever Farmer’s Market was held in 1996 when a “small group of farmers was recruited for Baton Rouge’s first farmers market by Chris Campany as part of his Master’s thesis under the direction of LSU Landscape Architecture.” This organization was known as BREADA and their mission can be found here.
Many college students find an interest in local cultures, so Baton Rouge native and LSU student Paige Browning said, “I think it’s a great representation of the south as a whole because everyone there was very passionate and friendly just like most people you’ll come across down here.”
Just when you think the market is coming to an end, there is a final turn into an entire indoor section cluttered with artwork and more sellers lined throughout the building.
Food becomes more eclectic ranging from dark chocolate balsamic vinegar to crepes.
LSU student Stacy Titone said the crepes were one of her favorite parts, “I really liked the crepes we ate. I had no idea you could eat one with basically a caprese salad inside.”
This event that creates a unified and organic atmosphere leaves the patron feeling a closer connection to the people of Baton Rouge and cities around us. It provides a healthy and unifying start to the weekend and the show must go on “rain or shine.”
Baton Rouge native Don Edgerton said, “It really exemplifies the importance of our agriculture and local culture that we take great pride in.”