Photo: One of the “Homegrown: A Local Farmers’ Market” events held in June 2014. Photo provided by the folks at Provenance.
It’s been a big year for farmers’ markets in Shreveport-Bossier, with the Shreveport Farmers’ Market experiencing huge attendance and the launch of the popular Benton Farmers’ Market. Provenance, a traditional neighborhood development community located just off of the Southern Loop exit on I-49 in southern Shreveport, also launched a market, called “Homegrown: A Local Farmers’ Market,” this past June. “Homegrown” includes vendors from Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas, and will return for a series of smaller “mini-markets” on Thursday nights in September and a full-sized market event on Saturday, Sept. 27. “Homegrown” events are free to attend and open to the public. The street address of Provenance is 1968 Bridgewater Avenue in Shreveport.
The upcoming Thursday evening markets will be held, 3-7 p.m., on Sept. 4, 11 and 18. These evening markets will feature live music beginning at 6 p.m. and 20 or more vendors selling local vegetables, meats, prepared foods and other products. The Saturday, Sept. 27 market will include 60-70 vendors, face painting, acoustic music and more, and will take place, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
Approximately 2,500 folks attended Provenance’s first Saturday market, and event organizers are hoping to build upon that success with the Sept. 27 event. It’d be great to see a farmers’ market succeed in September and return annually, since other local markets are generally closed for September and much of October.
Personally, I’m also interested in attending “Homegrown” because it takes place in a park – complete with grass and trees. I absolutely adore the Shreveport Farmers’ Market, but it does take place on asphalt. It’ll be nice to feast on some Ki’ Mexico under a shade tree.
If you’d like, you can RSVP to the upcoming “Homegrown” markets or share them on Facebook.