February’s schedule is filled to the brim with Super Bowl Sunday, Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras. Luckily, the Baton Rouge Farmers Market has veggies, produce and locally made foods for every occasion.
Louisiana citrus season is coming to an end, so make sure to stock up on cold-fighting fruits. But don’t let the end of Louisiana’s winter season fool you—there is still plenty of local produce ready to brighten your dreary winter days.
With warmer weather approaching, Louisiana strawberries will start making their annual appearance at the farmers market. As the temperatures steadily increase, so will the amount berries showing up at the market each week.
If red is not your color, leafy greens like kale, spinach, mustard greens, Swiss chard and collard greens are available in abundance. Root vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots and turnips and cruciferous vegetables like Brussels sprouts are also still available.
Shoppers can get Super Bowl Sunday ready with sausage, steaks, chicken and seafood from local vendors for their watch parties. Other goodies to wow guests at your watching parties—like ready-to-serve dips, hummus, cheese, salami and breads—will be available at the Saturday farmers markets.
Mardi Gras season at the market means the arrival of Forte Grove’s “galette des rois,” traditional French-style king cakes made of puff pastry filled with almond filling. These sure-to-impress cakes are available in individual and full sizes.
The Baton Rouge Arts Market will take place in conjunction with the farmers market this Saturday, Feb. 1. More than 50 potters, photographers, painters and jewelers from the Gulf Coast region flock to Baton Rouge to sell their work. And as usual, the East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners will be onsite every first Saturday with free growing guides and tips for planting spring vegetable gardens.
‘Fresh from the Market’ cooking demos in February
Demonstrations are held inside Main Street Market at 10 a.m.
Feb. 1: Chef Don Bergeron, Bergeron City Market
Feb. 8: Chef Jeremy Langlois, Houmas House Estate and Gardens
Feb. 15: Teresa Day, I Eat BR
Red Stick Farmers Market schedule for February
Thursdays: 8 a.m.-noon at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Road
Saturdays: 8 a.m.-noon at Main Street Market, corner of Fifth and Main streets