I am generally opposed to summertime.
Every year I dread the triple digit, sweltering weather that we have come to expect here in Shreveport. You know those days when you wake up in the morning and it is yet again a bright and shinning, ninety-five degrees at 7am and you just want to punch summer in the face? However, there is a silver lining: the opportunity to enjoy farm fresh locally grown fruits and veggies and other various treasures not readily available in the winter months. By now you probably have enjoyed the farmer’s market downtown on Saturday mornings, but did you know there is a mini market right in the South Highland neighborhood? Well there is, complete with fresh fruit and vegetables, local artisans, live music and food trucks. I recently messaged the event coordinator and brains behind the market, Julia Foley to get the low down, she writes:
Shreveport’s new summertime Open-Air Market located in the lush South Highlands neighborhood promises to be a unique experience for all who are looking for something fun (and free) to do on a Friday night. Beginning June 6th and continuing every Friday evening for 10 weeks until August 8th, Mall St. Vincent will host 20 vendors in the South Highlands Summer Market from 5:00 to 9:00 pm under a large tent outside the mall adjacent to the historic St. Vincent Academy.
“We are excited to provide a central gathering place for the area’s local chefs, gardeners, artists and handcrafters to display their true talents to the rest of the community,” said Steven Niles, General Manager of Mall St. Vincent. “We are strongly committed to hosting a variety of community-based activities such as the Summer Market that create an unparalleled shopping and social destination.”
Mall St. Vincent is following a nationwide trend for retail malls to develop family and pet-friendly markets that feature locally grown fresh produce, handmade food products, unique items from area boutiques, and specialty artisan crafted items. Summer Market will include a seating area with tables and chairs to allow shoppers to take a break, grab a bite to eat from vendors or a food truck and listen to local musicians performing acoustically.
“Different vendors will be showcased each week, so shoppers will enjoy a new and interesting shopping experience each time they visit,” Foley said. She continues, ” Strollers and pets are welcome, so grab the family and stroll on over to Mall St. Vincent. You never know who or what you might encounter!”