How to Find Locally Grown Fruits and Vegetables

(News article for May 22, 2021; edited)

Many of you already know of local growers, farmers’ markets, roadside stands, or grocery stores where you can buy local produce. There are also websites that can help you find it.

The Louisiana MarketMaker site allows you to search for a particular product. LocalHarvest is a nationwide site that provides information in a similar way as the MarketMaker site.

Last year, the LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) partnered to put together a map of local producers. This is available under the “LA Farm Food Map and Directory” on LDAF’s Coronavirus Information Center site.

For strawberries in particular, you can go to the Louisiana Strawberry Marketing Board site and click on “Find Louisiana Strawberries.”

To find growers who are part of LDAF’s Louisiana Grown program, you can go to louisianagrown.com and choose “Where to Buy.” There, choose among “Fruit & Veggie Producers,” “Horticultural,” “Sod Producers,” and “Farmers’ Market.”

For those specifically interested in a pick-your-own experience, PickYourOwn.org provides information about u-pick farms. First, select Louisiana, either from the list of states or on the map. Then, choose the parish in which you'd like to visit a farm.

If you’re thinking of going to a u-pick farm, please visit their website or contact them first to make sure they will be open when you plan to go.

Contact Mary Helen Ferguson.

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Rabbiteye blueberries. (Photo by M.H. Ferguson)

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