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Exciting news – the Shreveport Farmers Market is back this Saturday in downtown Shreveport at Festival Plaza! And guess what? They're continuing to double up on helping families by doubling their SNAP benefits. How cool is that? It's great to see the Shreveport Farmers Market making healthy, fresh food more accessible.

When does the new season of the Shreveport Farmers Market kick-off?

The Shreveport Farmers Market is set to kick off their 38th season THIS Saturday, June 1st, 2024, and will run through August 24th, 2024, 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 weather warms up, I find myself spending more time outdoors. It also makes me think about my diet because, you know, we're already shedding layers to beat the Louisiana heat! That's why I love our local farmers' markets. They offer fresh, locally grown goodies that are way healthier than the packaged stuff from the store. Just imagine all the delicious treats like Louisiana strawberries, cane syrup, rice, Satsuma oranges, and more that'll be hitting our tables soon!

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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.'

And it's back this year! Thanks to a grant from Greaux the Good, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) recipients can double their benefits, up to $20, each Saturday. That is an additional $20 that customers can use on SNAP-eligible items at the Shreveport Farmers’ Market each week. 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. FYI, only service animals are allowed on site.

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