Cool as a Cucumber

Cool as a Cucumber

Kenny-Possa Adrian (6mos)
2020 © Jenn Ocken Photography

We hope you had a fantastic time exploring the bountiful flavors of our first week of Fresh Fest, and now get ready to immerse yourself in the theme for our second week: “Cool as a Cucumber.”

This time around, we are highlighting the crispness, versatility, and undeniable coolness of cucumbers! From refreshing salads to invigorating drinks, cucumbers are the stars of the show. Join us for a week of cucumber-centric festivities that will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated!

See you there!

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An outside, producer-only market featuring locally grown fresh produce.

8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Pennington Biomedical

8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Main Street Market

8 am – 12 pm
Pennington Biomedical 

8 am – 12 pm
Main Street Market


Downtown Baton Rouge’s public marketplace featuring breakfast, lunch, and local shopping.

Monday – Friday
7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Main Street Market

7 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Main Street Market

This Week at the Market…

Fresh Fest Harvest Hunt

Join us this week and pick up some cucumbers for your Fresh Fresh Harvest Hunt! Join us each week this summer to collect 6 out of 9 stickers to earn a prize. See more details below!

Cucumber Water Tasting

Join us Saturday at the yellow market info booth to taste cucumber infused water and get inspiration about the many ways to prepare cucumbers!

Balloon Artist

Join us Saturday and bring the kids! We will be joined by The Party Artist for some amazing balloon twisting creations!

Tuesday Cooking Demo

Join us this Tuesday (June 13th) at our Goodwood Library Farmers Market for a special tomato themed cooking demo with Ms. Judy Myhand!

Take part in Fresh Fest Harvest Hunt!

1. Stop by our market info booth to pick up your Harvest Hunt.
2. Collect 6 out of 9 stickers and bring back at the end of the summer to receive a special prize! 
3. To receive a sticker, you must purchase an item from one of our vendors that highlights the Fresh Fest theme of the week. Items can be purchased from at any of our markets.
4. Stop by the BREADA info booth with your purchase to receive your sticker. 
5. Bring your completed Harvest Hunt back by August 19th to claim your prize!

*Stop by our market info booth for a guide to each Fresh Fest item! 

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Saturday June 17th:

Ugly Tomato Contest!

Bring us your ugliest home-grown tomatoes to any market between June 13th-June 17th to enter the contest! BREADA staff and farmers will vote on the ugliest tomato on June 17th. We will contact the winner to claim their prize.

Fresh Fest Canning Contest

Throughout this year’s Fresh Fest, we encourage you to participate in our canning contest! The rules are simple: 

  1. Canned Product must utilize a locally grown ingredient. We encourage you to shop at our market during Fresh Fest for your ingredients.
  2. The canned item can be submitted into one of the following categories:
    • Jams
    • Jellies
    • Salsa
    • Pickled Vegetables
    • Sauces, Chutneys. Pie Fillings, Other, etc 
  3. Bring your canned product to our market booth at any market by August 5th and fill out an official sheet to enter your product.
  4. We will have 3 judges determine a winner for each category. Products will be judged and winners will be announced during National Farmers Market Week, August 6th-12th. 

Nutrition Corner

Cucumbers are 95% water, which means they are the perfect food to help you stay hydrated in this summer heat! In addition to water, cucumbers are full of vitamins K and C and potassium. Botanically speaking, cucumbers are considered a fruit because they grow from the flower of the plant and contain seeds. Nutritionally speaking, however, cucumbers are considered a vegetable based on their nutrient content. Add some cucumbers to any sandwich, salad, or drink this week and every week!

If you or an individual or company you know might be interested in joining our host committee or becoming a sponsor, click the link below!

Squash & Crawfish Maque Choux

Recipe from Chef Russel Davis of Eliza Restaurant


5 slices of bacon, sliced
1⁄2 cup onion, diced
1⁄2 cup red bell pepper, diced
2 ears corn, kernels cut off
2 medium zucchini, seeds removed & diced
2 medium yellow summer squash, seeds removed & diced
1 tbsp garlic, minced
1 tsp kosher salt
1⁄2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp your favorite Creole seasoning blend
1 lb Louisiana crawfish tails
2 tbsp butter
1 bunch green onions, green parts sliced


  • In a large deep skillet over medium heat, render bacon until most of the fat is removed but the bacon is still soft. 
  • Add all remaining ingredients except for the crawfish, butter and green onions and sauté for 4-5 minutes until vegetables are softened. 
  • Add crawfish and cook for 2 more minutes, just until the crawfish is warmed through. Turn off the heat and blend in the butter.
  • Remove to a serving dish and garnish with green onions.