Shreveport Farmers Market Sets Opening Date, Doubles SNAP Benefits
The dates have been released for this year's Shreveport Farmers Market and they're proud to announce they're helping families again by doubling their SNAP benefits.
When does the new season of the Shreveport Farmers Market kick-off?
The Shreveport Farmers Market is set to kick off their 37th season on Saturday, June 3, 2023, and run through August 26, 2023, Saturdays from 7:30 am - 12:30 pm in Festival Plaza in downtown Shreveport. Parking and admission are both free and most vendors accept coupons from the Louisiana Farmers' Market Senior Nutrition Program, the WIC Program, and SNAP.
As the temperatures rise, I can't help but want to spend more time outside. It also gets me thinking about what I'm eating too because *gasp* we'll be showing a little more skin soon to help us stay cool in this Louisiana heat! That's why I'm such a fan of our local farmers' markets. They bring fresh, locally grown produce, proteins, and more to our tables and it's a LOT healthier than the packaged stuff you find at the store. Just think of fresh Louisiana strawberries, cane syrup, rice, Satsuma oranges, and more that your family will be able to enjoy soon!
The Shreveport Farmers' Market is a 'growers market,' which means all of their farmers come from within a 100-mile radius with a few grandfathered exceptions. The mission of the Shreveport Farmers' Market is, 'to encourage a strong local food system; increase the sustainability of independent local farmers, ranchers, and food producers; and foster stewardship of land and community through public markets.' I don't know about you, but I can definitely get behind that!
And it's back this year! Thanks to a grant from Louisiana Healthcare Connections, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) recipients can double their benefits, up to $20, each Saturday. In addition, the new Greaux the Good partnership will allow an additional match of $10. That is a total of an additional $30 that customers can use on SNAP-eligible items at the Shreveport Farmers’ Market. Every little bit helps when you're trying to feed a family!
Here's a little-known fact. The Shreveport Farmers' Market is the only USDA-approved market in the area, which allows them to accept SNAP/EBT payments. Considering how many in our area are food insecure, this is big!
The Shreveport Farmers Market is a project of Red River Revel, Inc. and is supported by the Downtown Development Authority, Slow Food North Louisiana, and the City of Shreveport. A few other things to note, only service animals are allowed on site and each week will feature live music on the Bally's Entertainment Stage.