Cane River Green Market
Cane River Green Market
Cane River Green Market
Cane River Green Market
Cane River Green Market
Cane River Green Market
Cane River Green Market
Cane River Green Market
Cane River Green Market
Cane River Green Market

Market Information

Cane River Green Market

2016 Dates

Saturdays
April 30 - July 30

8:00 a.m. - Noon
Downtown Riverbank
Natchitoches

  DEBIT, CREDIT AND SNAP ACCEPTED AT CRGM!

 

 Buy Fresh, Buy Local

 Contact Us: 

318-352-CRGM (2746)
866-941-6246
crgm@natchitochesla.gov

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Cane River Green Market is currently seeking sponsors to continue the CRGM Kids Club program.  In the summer of 2015, the Cane River Green Market introduced the CRGM Kids Club to children and families. The Kids Club provided an incentive for children to eat healthy and support local farmers by providing them $10 in tokens to spend with Cane River Green Market vendors each Saturday as well as cool gifts and healthy eating tips. From April to July 2015, approximately 500 individual children checked in at the CRGM Kids Club with many of them making repeat trips to the market with family and friends. 

The Cane River Green Market was able to provide this incentive to children and families through a grant from The Rapides Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance (CLEDA), and MarketUmbrella.org. Unfortunately, those grant funds have been depleted.

The Cane River Green Market is asking for your assistance to continue this great program.  Click here for more information on sponsorship opportunities and to download a sponsorship form.  We thank you for your time and consideration!

Cane River Green Market Video

Location Change for July 23 & July 30 Markets

Due to the Rue Beauport sewer line replacement, the Cane River Green Market will be held in the parking lot of the Natchitoches Arts Center, 716 Second Street, for the remaining two market Saturdays of the season.

The Cane River Green Market will be open Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. through July 30, 2016. Vendors of fresh fruits and vegetables, value-added products such as baked goods, jams and jellies, as well as vendors of handmade crafts will be available.  Market offerings also include free Zumba classes at 8:30 a.m. and live musical entertainment at 10:00 a.m.  Credit, debit and SNAP benefits are accepted at the market.

Pilgrim's to Sponsor CRGM Kids Club July 9th!

Pilgrim's logo

The Cane River Green Market (CRGM) is excited to announce that Pilgrim’s will be the market sponsor for the CRGM Kids Club on Saturday, July 9, 2016.  The first 100 children (age 12 and younger) to check in at the CRGM Kids Club tent will receive $5 in tokens to spend with Cane River Green Market vendors on fresh fruits and vegetables, value-added products, and handmade crafts.

 “The Kids Club program is a great incentive for children and families to eat healthy while supporting local farmers and producers,” said Samantha Bonnette, Cane River Green Market manager.  “Pilgrim’s is such a large part of our community, and we are truly excited to have them partner with us to provide this great opportunity.”

 For over six decades, Pilgrim’s has produced healthy, high-quality food products that go into some of the world’s finest recipes. Working with approximately over 4,000 family farms throughout the U.S. and Mexico, Pilgrim’s is dedicated to providing these wholesome, high-quality products at a great value.  Pilgrim’s has a long history of supporting the local communities where their consumers and employees live and work and understands that responsibility comes with being a major employer in rural America. Pilgrim’s works hard to contribute to the fabric and well-being of the community.

 The Cane River Green Market is open each Saturday through July 30, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the downtown riverbank in Natchitoches.  July 9th market offerings include a wide assortment of produce, value-added and craft vendors as well as free Zumba classes by Kimmy’s Zumba at 8:30 a.m. and live musical entertainment by Jarrett Bailey starting at 10:00 a.m.  Credit, debit and EBT are all accepted at the market.

 Additional sponsorship opportunities are available for the remaining Cane River Green Market Saturdays as well.  Those businesses interested in assisting with the CRGM Kids Club program are encouraged to complete a sponsorship form found online at www.canerivergreenmarket.com.  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.

 

 For more information, please call (318) 352-CRGM (2746) or visit www.canerivergreenmarket.com.

Fresh! Natchitoches, a Celebration of Local Food and Local Producers, June 30th

Fresh! Natchitoches Logo

NATCHITOCHES TO HOST LOCAL FOODS EVENT

Fresh! Natchitoches celebrates local foods and local food producers

 

NATCHITOCHES - A celebration of Central Louisiana foods and food producers will be held in Natchitoches on Thursday, June 30. Fresh! Natchitoches will feature skill-building workshops, locally sourced menu options at area restaurants and activities for anyone interested in supporting the local foods movement.

It will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Natchitoches Events Center, 750 Second Street. Natchitoches Mayor Lee Posey and other local food leaders in the region will present opening remarks.

Fresh! Natchitoches is a partnership between the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance (CLEDA), the Cane River Green Market and Eat Local Natchitoches, a community group that organized under the Central Louisiana Local Foods Initiative.

The Central Louisiana Local Foods Initiative is a community effort that aims to strengthen Central Louisiana's local foods economy while increasing access to fresh foods for all residents of the region. The Initiative was created in 2012 with a Challenge for a Healthier Louisiana Grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation of Louisiana and matching funding from The Rapides Foundation. The Initiative is currently supported by funding from The Rapides Foundation as well as a philanthropic investment from Keller Enterprises, LLC.

"We are excited Natchitoches is taking a lead in developing the region's local food economy by hosting this event," said John Cotton Dean, CLEDA's Director of Regional Innovation. "This is something that we'd love to see take place in other communities. Our hope is that it inspires others to get involved."

Morning workshops will focus on developing your local food skills, including beekeeping and managing backyard chickens, as well as learning more about the local food economy and getting local food into schools and restaurants. Workshops will be held at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

For lunch, restaurants throughout Natchitoches will be serving locally sourced items on their menus. Afternoon events feature local food and farm activities at various locations in the area. Participants can attend any workshops or activities they want.

A complete agenda is available at Freshcentral.org or by clicking here.

"This event will showcase all of the great local food activities that are already occurring in Natchitoches, while demonstrating how easy it is to get involved in teh movement for the future," notes Samantha Bonnette, Market Manager of the Cane River Green Market.

Jim Clinton, CLEDA's President and CEO, said the goal of the local food initiative is to create a sustainable agricultural economy in the region. "When residents are able to eat, grow and sell their own produce, it improves health outcomes and the region's economy. We applaud the local food leaders of Natchitoches for their involvement in this movement."

"We've worked hard to increase local food awareness in our region, and we've seen positive changes," adds Carol Chin, local food leader and member of Eat Local Natchitoches. "However there is always more work to be done. Fresh! Natchitoches will help move our community's local food efforts forward."

Fresh! Natchitoches is free of charge. Registration is strongly encouraged but not mandatory. To register and learn more, please visit freshcentral.org or call (318) 441-3408.

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.