NATCHITOCHES – The Cane River Green Market will kick off the fall 2015 market season on Saturday, October 10 in conjunction with the Crows on Cane Scarecrow Festival. Open from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the downtown riverbank, opening day of the fall market will feature Cane River Green Market vendors, live musical entertainment, children’s activities, demonstrations and a free Zumba class.
The Cane River Green Market will be open Saturdays, October 10 through November 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the downtown riverbank in Natchitoches. The market features local vendors 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 and woodwork. 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, EBT/SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits, credit, and 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.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for those businesses interested in assisting with the CRGM Kids Club program. Through a grant from The Rapides Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, CLEDA and MarketUmbrella.org, the Cane River Green Market was able to introduce the CRGM Kids Club during the Summer 2015 Market Season. The CRGM Kids Club provided an incentive to children under the age of 12 years to eat healthy by providing them tokens to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables. Sponsorships are requested to continue this program during the Fall Market Season. Sponsorship levels include a full weekend sponsorship of $500 and partial weekend sponsorship of $250. Donations of any amount will also be accepted and used for the CRGM Kids Club program. Sponsorship requests are due by September 25, 2015.
For more information on the Cane River Green Market, how to become a vendor, and sponsorship opportunities, please call (318) 352-2746 or visit www.canerivergreenmarket.com.