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!
Experience Some Market Day Fun in This Video!
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 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: 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 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.
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
For June 27 -
WE WILL BE AT THE LINCOLN PARISH LIBRARY PARKING LOT THIS SATURDAY ONLY!
Joywalk Daylily Garden & Produce - cage-free eggs, limited supply of tomatoes, Cucumbers, Rattlesnake snap beans, Home Ground Cornmeal, Home Ground Whole Wheat Flour, Home Ground Rice Flour, Syrup, Dayliles, Local Raw Honey with or without honeycomb, and Herbs
Jennings' Apiariaries - honey, beard balm, sunscreen, lotion
Riverview Farm - Fresh sweet corn by the sack or ear. Call Rex at 251-9356 to preorder for NEXT week.
Mack's Tomatoes and Produce - tomatoes, okra, ready to eat sweet corn, zucchini, yellow squash, cucumbers, bell pepper and other asst peppers, eggplant, and a selection of homemade canned items
Railway Coffee - Railway Mason Mugs, bags of coffee and iced coffee drinks for sale. Medium Roasts: Costa Rican SHB and Colombia Excelso EP. Dark Roast: Smokestack (India)
Kountry Kreations - fresh blueberries
Grandma's Granola - Homemade granola
JuJu's Kettle Corn - homemade kettle corn, lemonade shakers
Jarrell's Specialty Foods - special selection of cakes and pies, frozen casseroles: Chicken Vermicelli, Ritzy Chicken, Chicken and Rice, King Ranch Chicken, Enchiladas in flour or corn tortillas, Beef Lasagna, Ground Beef Casserole, and Veggie Lasagna; muffins and breads: carrot/walnut, Morning Glory, blueberry, lemon poppy seed, chocolate chip, banana/walnut, Splenda raisin bran, zuchinni; cakes: assorted large and small cakes; assorted pies; Jarrell's Famous Chicken Salad, and old-fashioned tea cakes
Stovall's Produce - watermelons, peas, potatoes, green beans, squash, tomatoes
Homestead Hill - fresh blueberries
Renner Gardens - purple hull peas, Roma beans, carrots, steaming greens, garlic, fennel, pickling dill, and fresh cut flowers
WildThang Meats - frozen products only this week. Breakfast patty sausage; stuffed pepper poppers; 12-day brown sugar-cured bacon; 12-day cured jalapeno sweet bacon; buffalo/bacon burgers; elk and buffalo ground meat; chicken and pork bombs; elk meat pies; smokehouse pork; Italian, boudin, elk, and buffalo links
Wayne's Specialty Produce - Snap Beans (Yellow and Green), Edamame, Japanese cucumbers and Marketmore, Golden Gem Cherry tomatoes, Chocolate Cherry tomatoes and Volunteer Cherry tomatoes, Various sweet peppers.
Thompson's Peaches - peaches, peach jellies and jams
SPECIAL THIS WEEK -
Share International Fundraiser (Judy Roberts) - White and Whole Wheat loaves, Cinnamon Braids, Dinner Knots in White and Whole Wheat, Sausage Rolls, Cheddar Rolls, Cinnamon Rolls
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.