Local Love: Red Stick Farmers’ Market & Baton Rouge’s Arts Market

img_4905Hi Natural Living and Art Lovers!!

Supporting local & small businesses is one of the best ways to build a strong community and support local families. One of the best places to shop and support dozens at a time is your community farmers’ market & artisans events. In Baton Rouge, we have a large weekly Saturday farmers’ market and the first Saturday of the month is an art market right next door.

I went this past weekend to see what new treasures I could find. When visiting our farmers’ market, I’m always hoping that more organic, or at least synthetic chemical free & non-GMO crops will be available, and I was pleased to see those options are increasing.

Video: Check out my video tour of the markets and see what special treasures I found. Below are some great pictures for you to enjoy. I hope that you consider a visit to both markets soon.

Main Street Market, on the corner of Main and 5th hosts Red Stick Farmers Market every Saturday from 8am until Noon.

Red Stick Farmers Market has weekly farmers market every Saturday downtown. Check their schedule for other locations in the Greater Baton Rouge area during the week.

Westdome Nursey is a micro greens nursery located in St. Francisville, Louisiana. They are relatively new to farmers market and grow all of their micro greens without any synthetic “cides” as well as raise their own honeybees.

Bocage Bee & Honey Co. is a well known and loved local honey company. They have hives in areas around the state, each producing their own unique honey influenced by the botanicals unique to that geographic area.

Baton Rouge Arts Market is held the first Saturday of every month, next to farmers market in the parking lot of St. Joseph’s Cathedral on Main & 5th. For the month of December, they will be open every Saturday for all of your holiday shopping needs.

The arts market has a tremendous amount of artist and artisans. It looked like a tiny village with all of the tents, row after row. Gorgeous art, home goods, apparel, jewelry, purses and totes, accessories, carvings and more were evidence of the tremendous talent in our city.

Seeing the vast amount of unique and beautiful artisan works really inspired me to try to do my Christmas shopping from local vendors & stores this year instead of online. It was a great wake up call to see how many hardworking & talented families & smalls businesses we have that support our own economy. When we support them, we have a very positive financial impact on our community and neighboring families & their communities. We get to help create and sustain jobs and help families make a better life for themselves.

Following the devastating August 2016 floods, I can’t think of a more recent time that our community and families needed us more, so please accept my challenge to shop local for the holidays.

The Purple Sage of Ethel, Louisiana was a pure delight to discover. Not far from Baton Rouge, these bath, body and aromatherapy beauties have been handmade with love since 1998.

Mimosa Handcrafted aromatherapy diffusers have totally stolen my heart. I pick this one up this weekend and enjoyed browsing the lost wax casting jewelry for gift ideas. I’m thinking a few of these will be on my own wish list.

If you have ever visited these markets, share with us you favorite vendors and finds. If you live outside of Baton Rouge, let us know which markets we should check out in your community. Remember to think and shop local!!!

Let’s help our local families have an even merrier Christmas and shop local!!

XO & Merci, Hope Maria

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