Fresh Fest returns to the Red Stick Farmers Market to celebrate summer

Say what you will about the heat, but summertime in Baton Rouge also means the arrival of some of the country’s most bountiful and diverse fresh produce. The Red Stick Farmers Market celebrates the seasonal harvest with its annual Fresh Fest, an eight-week celebration of state agriculture featuring a different food focus each week. The June-through-July event at the weekly Saturday markets brings cooking demonstrations, live music, kids activities, recipe suggestions from farmers and other produce-centric activities. Some Fresh Fest events will also take place at the mid-week farmers markets at the Main Library at Goodwood, the ExxonMobil YMCA and Pennington Biomedical Research Center. breada.org

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The Fresh Fest lineup

June 3: Squash-tastic

June 10: Cool as a Cucumber

June 17: Tomato Me Crazy

June 24: Dairy Day, featuring Lucy Anna the Cow

July 1: Star Spangled Saturday

July 8: Just Peachy

July 15: Everything Eggplant

July 22: Positively Peppery

July 29: Oh My Okra

This article was originally published in the June 2023 issue of 225 magazine.