Shreveport Farmers' Market to Open for 2014

Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau announces May 31 opening of market featuring more than 150 booths of locally grown produce, meats and more.

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A photo of musicians performing

Local musicians perform at the Shreveport Farmers' Market

A newly-opened area, Bridge Row, will expand the space available for gourmet and specialty items like wine, cheese, and sausage.

Shreveport, LA (PRWEB) May 21, 2014

Shreveport Farmers’ Market will open for the Summer 2014 season on Saturday, May 31, with over 150 booths of locally-grown produce, meat, honey, plants, delicious artisan food products, arts and crafts, a Market Café and music by The Blanchard Jammers.

On Saturdays, the farmers’ market takes place in Festival Plaza in downtown Shreveport at 101 Crockett Street from Market Street to Commerce Street. This year, the Market Café, located in the West Pavilion, will feature weekly live entertainment alongside ready-to-eat cuisine covering regional and international specialties. The East Pavilion will house 86 vendors, old and new, with a new section for big farms. Under the Spring Street Bridge is Artists Alley, which features an expanded “bath and body” section this year. A newly-opened area, Bridge Row, will expand the space available for gourmet and specialty items like wine, cheese, and sausage.

Saturday markets take place, 7 a.m.-12 p.m., May 31-August 30, with the exception of June 21; Tuesday markets will be held at the east end of Festival Plaza, 3-6 p.m., featuring mostly home-grown fruits, vegetables, and meats. Tuesday markets will be held, June 3-July 15.

Shreveport Farmers’ Market accepts SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Benefits. Shoppers wishing to use SNAP must present their card at the information booth, located at the tower on the west side of the market, where benefits will be converted to tokens that can be used at participating vendors. Some vendors also accept WIC and Senior Nutrition Food Program vouchers. There is also an ATM on site, and some vendors accept credit cards.

Free street parking is available throughout the downtown area, and Festival Plaza is only two blocks east of the Sportran Bus Terminal. A parking lot for drivers with disability tags is located on Crockett Street, just past its intersection with Commerce. There are bathrooms on site, and most of the booths are in pavilions with fans.

For more information, visit http://www.shreveportfarmersmarket.com, or “like” Shreveport Farmers’ Market on Facebook for updates. Those with questions may also call 318-455-5788, or send an email to farmersmarket(at)redriverrevel(dot)com. Shreveport Farmers’ Market is a project of Red River Revel Arts Festival and is sponsored by Eldorado Resort Casino Shreveport, Downtown Development Authority, Downtown Shreveport Unlimited, Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau and the City of Shreveport.

For more information on things to see and do in Shreveport-Bossier, visit http://www.shreveport-bossier.org or call (318) 222-9391. For a complete list of upcoming events in Shreveport-Bossier, visit http://www.sbfunguide.com.