Won't You Help?
It’s been an exciting year for the Ruston Farmers Market. Here are a few highlights:
· We had a record number of vendors this summer.
· Use of SNAP at the market is up.
· We instituted a monthly demonstration of how to cook some of the produce in season.
· We received our 501(c)3 nonprofit status designation from the IRS
· We were selected to be one of only nine markets in the country to participate in a pilot metrics project hosted by the Farmers Market Coalition called Indicators for Impact.
· Participated in the Lighten Up Lincoln Parish event to highlight the healthy offerings of our market.
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 maintain our presence in the community and expand our offerings to you, all while building our outreach programs to provide more nutritional education.
We believe in our community and its growth potential. We want the Ruston Farmers Market to grow along with it. So won’t you help us sustain and grow the market?
Before 2014 closes, 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. Or you can stop by the Welcome tent and drop off a check. 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 close out our seventh successful year!
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested.
Market hours are from 8:00 a.m. to noon on Saturdays in the public parking lot at the corners of Monroe and Louisiana Avenues (see map below). For a weekly list of what our vendors will have to offer, sign up for our mailing list and see This Week at the Market (right). 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 below, or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/RustonFarmersMarket), Twitter, or keep in touch by email: email@example.com.
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 become a member.
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.
Where We Are Located
We're located just south of the railroad tracks in the public parking lot along South Monroe between Railroad Avenue and Louisiana Avenue.
At the Market
We are currently closed for the season.
Please sign up for our mailing list by entering your name and email address in the form on the left. You'll receive a weekly email during the market's open seasons with information about what will be available at that week's market, news, announcements, recipes, and more!
Interested in becoming a vendor for the 2015 season of the Ruston Farmers Market? Visit our VENDOR page, contact Jean McWeeney at 318-255-9175, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in volunteering? We are specifically looking for a small amount of pro-bono CPA work, and also someone with grant writing experience. Also, we're looking for musicians, cooks or chefs to run our kitchen demos, and interns to create photo and recipe databases.