Saturday, November 19, 2011

Farmers markets cropping up

Posted By on Sat, Nov 19, 2011 at 12:40 PM

A Saturday scene at the Crescent City Farmers Market.
  • Ian McNulty
  • A Saturday scene at the Crescent City Farmers Market.

In honor of Thanksgiving, my Cuisine page column this week looks at the rapid rise of locally-grown foods around New Orleans. With so many more urban farms, community gardens and farmers markets, it’s easier to get food with local pedigree on your holiday table this year than it’s been in generations.

“It’s beyond marveling,” says Richard McCarthy, executive director and a founder of the Crescent City Farmers Market. “Sixteen years ago when we started the market we had to think we were a little crazy believing we could help revive our traditional food system, but today people in New Orleans are eating local like nobody’s business.”

Neighborhood-based markets have a long history in New Orleans, where at the start of the 20th century there were more than 30 city-owned markets in operation. The only one of those remaining is the French Market, which after a prolonged and pricey renovation does today have more viable fresh food options.

Meanwhile, there has been a surge in the number of independently-run markets around town and across the New Orleans region, the result of decidedly grassroots efforts.

They’ve brought a lot more options to the table when you’re shopping for your holiday feasts or any time at all. Here are the basics on local markets, arranged by the day you choose to shop:

Daily Markets

French Market
1008 N. Peters St.; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Note: in addition to daily vendors, Hollygrove Market and Farm runs a market table here on Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tuesday Markets

Crescent City Farmers Market
200 Broadway; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hollygrove Market and Farm
8301 Olive St.; noon to 6 p.m.

Wednesday Markets

Covington Farmers Market
Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire St., Covington; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

German Coast Farmers Market
12715 Hwy. 90, Luling, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Thursday Markets

Crescent City Farmers Market
Mid-City: 3700 Orleans Ave.; 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Note: this Mid-City market won’t be held on Thanksgiving

Saturday Markets

Camellia City Farmers Market
Robert Street and Front Street, Slidell; 8 a.m. to noon.

Covington Farmers Market
609 N. Columbia St., Covington; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Crescent City Farmers Market
700 Magazine St.; 8 a.m. to noon.

German Coast Farmers Market
Ormond Plantation, 13786 River Road, Destrehan; 8 a.m. to noon

Gretna Farmers Market
Huey P. Long Avenue between 3rd and 4th streets, Gretna; 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Hollygrove Market and Farm
8301 Olive St.; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Note: This market will be closed Nov. 26 for Thanksgiving.

Mandeville Trailhead Market
675 Lafitte St., Mandeville; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sankofa Farmers Market
3500 St. Claude Ave.; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

St. Bernard Seafood and Farmers Market
409 Aycock St., Arabi; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Vietnamese Farmers Market
14401 Alcee Fortier Blvd., 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Westwego Farmers and Fisheries Market
484 Sala Ave., Westwego; 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

If you know of other, regularly scheduled farmers markets in the area, please share the what-where-when details below.

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