The way the weather’s been changing these days, you truly never know if you’re going to wake up in the morning needing a sweater or shorts. As the season slowly changes, so does the produce at the Baton Rouge Farmers Markets.
In case you hadn’t heard, the fall harvest is in full swing. Expect farmers market tables to be lined with bright orange, green and yellow produce. We’re talking pumpkins, green beans, green onions, broccoli and corn. Root vegetables that double as Thanksgiving staples—sweet potatoes, turnips and radishes—will also be available as you start planning your Turkey Day meals.
Summer may have a reputation for fresh fruits, but November’s fruit selection is equally notable. Market attendees will find plenty of satsumas, navel oranges, lemons and grapefruit throughout the month to get in their recommended dose of Vitamin C.
Hearty winter greens will also be in abundance with kale, collard, mustard and turnip greens, while warm weather crops like eggplant, okra, cucumbers and peppers will be leaving us behind.
Local farmers and food artisans will sell cornmeal, pecans and jams. Those hosting Thanksgiving this year may want to pre-order a free-range, pasture-raised turkey or ham from Iverstine Farms. For dessert, you’ll want to check out the market’s local bakers for pumpkin, pecan and apple-cranberry pies.
Fresh from the Market cooking demos
Nov. 10: Poppy Tooker of Louisiana Eats
Nov. 17: TBD
(Held Saturdays at 10 a.m. inside Main Street Market)
Farmers market fall schedule
*Thursday markets closed Thanksgiving Day
EBRP Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd.
Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Road
Exxon Mobil YMCA, 7717 Howell Blvd.
Main Street Market, Fifth and Main streets