While August brings back-to-school shopping and the last days of summer, it also offers new produce in season at the Red Stick Farmers Market.
This Saturday, Aug. 3, is the last chance to pick up blueberries as they leave the market for the season. But there will be plenty of fresh watermelons and peaches throughout August, as well as cucumbers and sweet peppers.
Heat-loving vegetables take center stage in August, including okra, eggplant, sweet and spicy peppers and hard squashes. Check out this Spatula Diaries recipe for healthy, okra-centric comfort food. Locally sourced dairy such as goat cheese and chocolate milk will be available.
On Aug. 3, pediatrician Dr. Courtney James gives a presentation on healthy foods for school, and there will be a demonstration by chef Peter Sclafani of Phil’s Oyster Bar.
On Aug. 10, Chef Jeremy Langlois with Houmas House Estate and Gardens will do a cooking demonstration at the market.
Red Stick Farmers Market schedule:
Tuesdays, 8 a.m.-noon, at the East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library on Goodwood Boulevard
Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-noon ,at the ExxonMobil YMCA on Howell Boulevard
Thursdays, 8 a.m.-noon, at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center on Perkins Road
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon, at the Main Street Market on Fifth and Main streets