If you’re like me, you’ve avoided larger grocery stores and markets for some time now. This week, there are three pop-up markets that provide a safe, open-air setting where you can get pick locally grown produce. Farm-fresh options and items from local vendors will be available at each stop. The online event of the week is a free virtual discussion on the arts hosted by Clayton Shelvin of the ACA. Stay safe!


7/15: Downtown Coffee Talk with Clayton Shelvin: Performing Arts Director and Talent Buyer of the Acadiana Center for the Arts Clayton Shelvin will host Downtown Lafayette’s virtual coffee talk. Shelvin’s resume is extensive. The former Loyola instructor was one of the charter founders of the New Orleans Theater Alliance, and served on the Board of Directors for the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival and the Ashe Cultural Arts Center. Those who attend the virtual lecture are encouraged to pick up a coffee to-go from Rêve Coffee Roasters, Black Cafe, Carpe Diem! Gelato – Espresso Bar or the Cafe at Acadiana Center for the Arts and join Downtown supporters for an hour of coffee and conversation.

You can attend the zoom meeting on Eventbrite here.

7/17: Fightingville Fresh Market: Fightingville Fresh community farmer’s market brings produce to the north side of Lafayette every Tuesday and Friday, and this Friday, the open-air market is open at 3 p.m.! Come to 315 W Simcoe St. Friday afternoon or evening for Sugartown watermelons and a variety of peppers and tomatoes. Vendors include Dolly’s Lemonade and Josey’s Jellies and Goods. The market is open until 7 p.m.

7/18: Homegrown Pop-Up Market: The McComb-Veazey Neighborhood Coterie will join forces with The Northside Vegan and Veggies on the Go this Saturday from 2-6 p.m.!  The Northside Vegan will provide vegan comfort options to those who may have limited access. Menu items include the New Jack Tacos, which use barbequed jackfruit, and The Downtowner, a Beyond Meat burger. Veggies on the Go will have locally grown, fresh fruits and vegetables available as well. The pop-up market is held on every third Saturday of the month!

7/22: Farm Stand Pop-Up at the Hideaway: Bumble Prairie Growing is bringing a new downtown pickup location to the Hideaway on Lee next Wednesday from 5-8 p.m.! If you are in the market for local produce you can safely purchase, this is your best bet. Shoppers can pre-order fresh fruits and vegetables at  bumbleprairie.com/market or picking from available produce at the pop-up. Items available for day-off sales also include eggs and flowers. Ordering is recommended to reserve veggies as they sell-out fast! For any day-of sales, digital payment and the exact cash will be accepted. Trivia will follow at 7 p.m.