Downtown Shreveport Farmers Market

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If it's a Farmers Market, where is the vegetables/fruit?

By: Derek Reynolds    (Oct 23, 2010)

I got up at 6a.m. on my day off. Drove thirty miles to see the SCAM!!!!!! This was, quite possibly, the worst so called farmers market I have ever seen. There was little to no praduce, fruits, and or vegetables. There was wine, mor win, cookies, and Starbucks? When I asked where was the fresh meat or seafood I was pointed to shavers selling breakfast biscuits. Warning, there is NO FARMERS MARKET!!!!!! One vender actually had farm fresh eggs, but nothing else. I know they will reply to this and give excuses and defend this market. It is more like a revel so guess what happenend. I went there to spend 250 dollars worse- 700 best case. I attempted to spend money on coffee and then thought of my dissapointment and utter disgust for the false-advertising and left spending nothing. I will, however, turn this over for false advertising and a waste of time. But atleast I spent $200 at Wal-Mart.

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toya smith says:    (Oct 24, 2010)
I have to agree. I went to get fruits and veggies....all it was to me was a baked goods sale. They were alot of breads, cookies,popcorn etc. I could've went to Brookshires or Walmart for that. Only thing I ended up with was a plant.

Susan Breeland says:    (Oct 27, 2010)
I am going to have to defend the organizers of the Farmers Market, as well as the farmers not being able to bring produce to the Farmers Market. People living in the city do not realize the devastating affect the drought has had on the farmer this year. I know, I cannot even plant greens. When we till the soil, it only creates a dust storm, and there is no way we can plant greens, or even keep anything watered in the fields. Our spring crops were hit, as well as the fall crops. The Market was planned in advance and not around a drought. This has allowed many a space that would not otherwise been allowed. It is really wonderful though to be able to purchase fresh made breads and candies. If you look, you will find items you may not have been able to find there before. Try looking at it another way by searching out items that would be great gift basket items for Christmas presents!! We farmers are not happy about the drought situation either, but others are able to take advantage of the additional space and enjoy marketing fresh made foods they would not have been able to any other way. I remain, respectfully, "A Farmer", and appreciate all of the hard work that has been done by the Revel in organizing and keeping it going. Just "enjoy!! With Lagniappe from Louisiana!!

Noma Fowler-Sandlin says:    (Oct 27, 2010)
Well, I hate to break it to you, but the number of farmers at any given farmers' market is going to be related to the weather. Look around you -- it's not rained significantly in ages. I can either allow LOTS of veggies in, all of which were grown somewhere else to give you the LOOK of a farmers' market -- or I can depend on what was actually grown around here. Come summer, with any cooperation from Mother Nature, things will be right again. Until then, I'll not pretend it's been all hunky-dory climate-speaking. It's been a very rough summer. We are over 14" behind on rain for this time of year. Sorry you're disappointed -- I think we all are -- but until I can control the weather, we've got to face reality.

Noma Fowler-Sandlin says:    (Oct 27, 2010)
PS There is no Starbucks. There's locally-roasted coffee.

Noma Fowler-Sandlin says:    (Oct 27, 2010)
And further, I don't know where you looked, but there were tomatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, greens, herbs, potatoes, onions, garlic, eggplant, watermelons, and pears. At least. And most of the canned goods were prepared from summer's bounty of locally-grown fruits and veg.

Susan Breeland says:    (Oct 27, 2010)
One more thing for your consideration: The breads and candies and other "home made" items sold at the booths at the Farmers Market will be baked fresh and you do not have to worry about the preservatives. Or, did you ever wonder why a loaf of bread from the store did not "mold" after two weeks???? Read the ingredients, I doubt you will be able to recognize most of them. Buy from the Farmers and eat more healthy!!