Won't You Help?
One of the goals of North Louisiana Farm Fresh (NLFF), the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that oversees the market, is to promote local, sustainable food networks through direct-marketing opportunities and educational outreach. We want to expand our offerings in the community and build outreach programs. We believe in our community and its growth potential. Won’t you help us sustain and grow the market?
Please consider a contribution to NLFF. All contributions are tax deductible.
Suggested donation amounts:
Patron - $1000
Crop - $500
Sprout - $250
Seed - $100
Individual - $50
Student - $15
To donate using PayPal, click the Donate button.
You may also write a check. Checks can be made payable to NLFF and mailed to 411 S. Sparta St., Ruston, LA 71270. Please indicate if your company has a matching contribution program.
To inquire about sponsorships or to become a Community Partner, please call Jean McWeeney at 318.255.9175.
Thank you for your continued support as we start our eighth year!
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We are always on the hunt for new vendors, so if you are interested, the application and rules can be found on the Vendors page of this site. Specific questions can be directed by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting Jean McWeeney at 318-255-9175.
North Louisiana Farm Fresh, the umbrella organization over the farmers market, is seeking volunteers for the 2015 season. If you would like to help see our market thrive and grow, if you are a not-for-profit organization that would like to schedule a fundraiser, or if you would just like some more information, contact Jean McWeeney at 318-255-9175 or by email at email@example.com if you're interested.
Market hours are from 8:00 a.m. to noon on Saturdays at 220 East Mississippi in Ruston, Louisiana. For a weekly list of what our vendors will have to offer, sign up for our mailing list and see the At the Market section of this page. The Ruston Farmers Market accepts SNAP/EBT cards for eligible products sold by our vendors. For more information and to get SNAP tokens, come to the Welcome tent.
Our desire is to always provide high quality, fresh, locally grown produce; plants; flowers; and value-added goods to Ruston and the North Louisiana region. Sign up for our newsletter (at the top of this page), or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/RustonFarmersMarket), Twitter, Instagram, or keep in touch by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
North Louisiana Farm Fresh
North Louisiana Farm Fresh (NLFF) is the 501(c)3 non-profit umbrella for the Ruston Farmers Market. All donations to NLFF and the market are tax deductible. For more information, visit our NLFF page, read about what we do, and help us make North Louisiana a great place to live and shop.
Why Buy Local?
And if all of this is not reason enough, think of the health and safety of you and your family. Small, local farms are less likely to use hormones and more likely to raise grass fed or free-range animals and organically or naturally grown vegetables.
If you know your farmer, you know where to ask questions; the shorter the route from the farm to your table (at home or in a restaurant), the more knowledge you have at hand and the more flavor you have on your plate.
We will be moving to our new covered space in the fall at 220 E. Mississippi. It's just east of Bonner and the Historic Fire Station in downtown Ruston. Parking is available along N. Sparta in front of the warehouse and in the Historic Fire Station parking lot.
At the Market
We are currently closed for a short break while the farmers plant fall crops and the volunteers and contractors renovate and prepare our new covered space. We will start our fall/winter season in early October at our new location, 220 E. Mississippi, just east of Bonner and the Historic Fire Station in downtown Ruston, LA.
If you want to contact any of our regular vendors in the meantime, check out our Vendors page for contact info.
Stay tuned for our October opening date!
The Ruston Farmers Market is participating in
a joint project run by the Farmers Market Coalition and Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The project is called Indicators for Impact: Farmers Markets as Leaders in Collaborative Food System Data Collection and Analysis
Why should farmers markets and market vendors collect data?
Farmers markets serve many audiences in a variety of ways. Effective data collection and reporting helps markets and vendors achieve their goals and strengthen relationships in their communities. Markets collect data to show their value to vendors, partners, and community members. There are several benefits to collecting data and they include:
• Data collection promotes communication between markets and their partners, and when markets report their data, it is an opportunity to earn respect from stakeholders and to advance new relationships.
• Data collection improves decision-making for both new and existing markets and markets can use the information to improve their livelihood, sustainability, or organizational processes.
• Data collection helps market managers respond to questions about their market from the media, policy makers, and stakeholders.
• Data collection and analysis will identify the benefits of the market within the community, and markets and their advocates can use the information to increase understanding, support, and funding for their market.
• Data collection and analysis from many markets will identify the benefits of farmers markets to regional and national economies, environments, and communities.
• Data collection may encourage vendors to perform their own record keeping, which would help them advance their business goals.
In short, the process and product of data collection supports many goals for farmers markets. Please contact Alfonso Morales, Project Director, if you have any questions.
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