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July 10 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sprouting mini-makers and growing the local economy
The Alexandria Farmers Market (AFM) is hosting a Mini-Market on Tuesday, July 10, where children are invited to make and sell their own creations. This fun and educational opportunity will be an extension of the regular market and will give kids first-hand experience creating, pricing, marketing, and selling products. The July 10th Mini-Market is open to children 5 to 14 years old who grow, bake, or make items such as plants/flowers/produce, baked goods, jewelry, drawings/paintings, hand-crafted toys, or décor. If you know of a mini-maker who would like to participate, please contact the AFM Market Manager, Allison Tohme (email@example.com), by July 6th.
Central Louisiana’s first Mini-Market took place in August 2017 with eight mini-vendor booths, operated by 15 kids who offered baked goods, fresh muscadines, jelly, crocheted washcloths, jewelry, plants, paintings, homemade bath bombs, lotion, playdough, and more. The Natchitoches Farmers Market hosted their own Mini-Market last October, and the AFM held a holiday edition last December.
Farmers market vendors, shoppers, kids and parents all enjoy these events. La Shawn Augustine, a regular AFM vendor and Mini-Market parent, shared that it gives kids the opportunity to learn “the value of a dollar and how to get it, and what it means when you have it.” The success of the Mini-Markets is an example of how farmers markets can benefit a community; they provide social connections and educational opportunities, and they spur entrepreneurship. The community is invited to support entrepreneurs of all ages by shopping with farmers market vendors on July 10th and each week.
The AFM is managed by the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance’s (CLEDA) Farmers Market Program Developer, a position created to increase market visibility and success across the region. This position, and CLEDA’s efforts to improve the local food economy, are supported with funds from a Healthy Behaviors Program Grant from The Rapides Foundation.
The AFM operates year-round, rain or shine, on Tuesdays from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at 2727 Jackson Street, Alexandria, Louisiana. For more information about Central Louisiana’s local food movement, visit freshcentral.org. For more information about the Mini-Market or the Alexandria Farmers Market, contact Tohme at 318-441-3423.
The Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance (CLEDA) is an organization which consists of the economic development entities from the parishes (counties) of Allen, Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Vernon and Winn. The mission of the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance is to help people prosper in vibrant, thriving communities.
The Rapides Foundation is a philanthropic organization that develops initiatives and provides grants to organizations that share the Foundation’s mission to improve the health status of Central Louisiana. The Foundation’s service area consists of Allen, Avoyelles, Catahoula, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Vernon and Winn parishes.