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Market Provides Farm Fresh Foods for Baton Rouge Residents

by Glenda Daughety & Team

Ever since the first Louisiana farmer opened up a stand at the Red Stick Farmers' Market in 1996, there were lofty ambitions that transcended the obvious financial ones. BREADA (Big River Economic and Agricultural Development Alliance), the sponsors behind the event, were determined to make sure it's clear focus would be to foster a sense of communal togetherness among the region's farmers, which would subsequently bolster the relationship between them and their consumers.

The Red Stick Farmers' Market helped bring the state's rich and storied culture, steeped in primarily rural farming and definitive locally produced food, from the country into the heart of the city of Baton Rouge.

This producer-only market is one of the ways you can enjoy the satisfaction and sense of community pride that comes with active participation in the Buy Fresh-Buy Local movement, a national program of which BREADA is the regional chapter affiliate. The purpose of the Buy Fresh-Buy Local campaign is twofold: it ensures that your food is considerably fresher than food shipped from hundreds, perhaps even thousands of miles away; and it helps the local economy by keeping food money in the local communities.

Today, there are more than 50 local vendors who set up their temporary shop at the Red Stick Farmers' Market. Some of the freshly harvested items you can expect to unearth at the market include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Fresh fruits
  • Fresh Vegetables
  • Angus beef
  • Poultry
  • Farm fresh eggs
  • Various dairy products
  • Fresh baked goods
  • Fresh cut flowers
  • Native Louisiana wines

The market takes place regardless of the weather conditions, each and every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. It is located near the confluence of Fifth and Main streets in the downtown area of Baton Rouge. The good folks at the Galvez Garage provide vendors and market-goers with a relatively dry location on wet weather days.

BREADA holds the Red Stick Farmers' Market at two other locations as well: every Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon - weather permitting - at 6400 Perkins Rd. (Pennington Biomedical Research Center); and seasonally, starting in the spring, on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of the Unitarian Church at 8470 Goodwood Blvd.

Assistance Programs Make Home Ownership More Attainable

by Glenda Daughety & Team

If you have been dreaming about buying your first home but you did not feel like you earned enough money each year, or didn't have enough cash for a large down payment, well, this post might just contain information about the opportunity you've been waiting for – don’t give up on your dreams just yet.

The First-Time Homebuyer Program, offered through the Louisiana Housing Corporation, provides potential home owners with a wide range of 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage plans, a number of which are available at interest rates below the general current market rate.

The Louisiana Housing Corporation, or LHC, currently utilizes four interest rate programs in its 2012A plan:

  • HOME/MRB Program
  • MRB Assisted Program
  • Unassisted Program:
  • Targeted Unassisted Program:

The HOME/MRB Program helps first-time homebuyers with an annual income that is less than 80 percent of the parish's median income, with an adjustment for the size of one's family. And, in similar fashion, the MRB Assisted Program offers a loan to those who are trying to purchase their first home and have a yearly household income that does not surpass 115 percent of the median income in the desired home's parish, also adjusted for the size of the family.

LHC's Unassisted Program for first-time homebuyers makes available mortgage loans with interest rates that are often lower than the current market rate; however, down-payment assistance is not offered via this program.

The same caveat applies to the Targeted Unassisted Program, which also offers loan rates that tend to be lower than the current market rate, however, the properties have to be single-family or two-family homes, and must be located in one of these specifically designated parishes:

  • Acadia
  • Bienville
  • Calcasieu
  • Cameron
  • Claiborne
  • Concordia
  • East Carroll
  • Franklin
  • Iberia
  • Jefferson
  • Madison
  • Morehouse
  • Natchitoches
  • Plaquemines
  • St. Landry
  • St. Tammany
  • Tangipahoa
  • Tensas
  • Terrebonne
  • Vermilion
  • Washington

One important aspect of these loans is that they are made available on a first-come, first-served basis. For all of the details on these helpful programs, as well as additional eligibility information, go to the First-Time Homebuyer Program page on the Louisiana Housing Corporation's website. It is also recommended that you get in touch with a professional mortgage loan lender, who is an active participant in these programs and can pilot you through your specific financial alternatives - ask us here for recommendations if you aren't sure who to talk to.

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Glenda Daughety & Team
RE/MAX First
Office: 225-291-1234
Cell: 225-205-2672
4750 Sherwood Common Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
Each Office Independently Owned and Operated
Licensed Realtor in the State of Louisiana by the Louisiana Real Estate Commission


Glenda Daughety, Team Leader

Michelle Copeland, Buyer Specialist

Ashley Daughety, Buyer Specialist / Stager Decorator

 

 

 

 

 

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