Customers will be able to choose from a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, value-added products such as jams, jellies, baked goods, farm fresh eggs, and honey, as well as handcrafted items including jewelry, woodwork, and candles. Opening day festivities include a free Zumba class by Kimmy’s Zumba at 9:00 a.m., cooking demonstration by John Richmond of Maglieaux’s on the Cane at 10:15 a.m. and live music from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. In addition, children’s activities such as a Kid’s Coloring Station and Face Art by Jill will be available to the young and young at heart. Hope for Paws will also sponsor a Pet Adoption Day at the market.
The Cane River Green Market will be open Saturdays, April 26 through July 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the downtown riverbank in Natchitoches. Each market will feature local vendors of fresh fruits and vegetables, value-added products, and handcrafted items. Market day activities include special programming, musical performances, children’s activities, Zumba classes, and demonstrations.
The Cane River Green Market accepts WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and credit/debit cards.
WIC and Senior FMNP vouchers issued over the summer can be redeemed at participating vendors during the fall market season.
SNAP benefits may be used to purchase eligible food items such as bread products, produce, eggs, dairy products, seeds, and edible or food producing plants. Through a MarketMatch program, the market will match up to $20 in SNAP purchases per market while supplies last. The MarketMatch program meets SNAP shoppers who want to eat healthy and support local farmers half way. The MarketMatch campaign is made possible by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, The Rapides Foundation, Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, and MarketUmbrella.org.
Customers wishing to use SNAP benefits, credit and/or debit cards can swipe their cards at the Cane River Green Market hospitality during market hours. Shoppers will be issued tokens for the amount of their purchase to use at any Cane River Green Market vendor booth.
For more information on the Cane River Green Market, MarketMatch program, or how to become a vendor, please call (318) 352-2746 or visit www.canerivergreenmarket.com.