Ruston Farmers Market has record year

The Ruston Farmers Market closed its 13th year with record sales. Held rain or shine each Saturday, the market is located in the building behind the Historic Fire Station at 220 E Mississippi Ave.

In its second year of operating year-round, the Ruston Farmers Market reached record sales of $374,915.42 in 2021, a 29% increase over 2020. The market also grossed $7,893 in SNAP sales, gaining over 83 unique SNAP customers, in part through donations of matching SNAP funds from the Lincoln Health Foundation and Origin Bank. In 2021, market days hosted over 16,800 total visitors. 

The year also brought a much-needed update to the building interior. The Louisiana Tech School of Design designed and painted a custom interior mural. The bright colors and design help elevate the market space. 

The Ruston Farmers Market features local produce, fresh eggs, baked goods, desserts, meat and handmade items. Throughout the season, the market is the community’s consistent source of seasonable, locally sourced vegetables, fruits and meat. Additionally, the market hosts a variety of value-added foods, arts and crafts from local artisans, live music featuring local musicians, and activities sponsored by the North Central Louisiana Arts Council. 

For 2022, the RFM has additional notable events. Double SNAP dollars and a canned food drive are featured on the first Saturday of every month and “community days” on the third Saturday of every month will have special events that are an opportunity to learn, celebrate and play as a community. 

For more information, sign up for the weekly newsletter, learn more about the vendors, or schedule a  recurring donation to support the market at Individuals can also keep up with RFM events by following the organization on Facebook and Instagram.

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