After spending more than two decades on the corner of Magazine and Girod streets, the downtown Crescent City Farmers Market (www.crescentcityfarmersmarket.org) is moving to a new home in the Central Business District. Starting Oct. 1, the Saturday morning market will be at the parking lot outside the May Gallery (750 Carondelet St.).
Real Estate developer The Domain Companies, which is a partner in the lot and adjacent buildings, has donated space to the gallery and the market.
The announcement comes a few months after market organizers first said they would have to leave the spot at 700 Magazine St., which the property owners will redevelop for commercial use.
"Months ago, we began this search by asking our vendors and shoppers their ideas for a new location," said Kate Parker, executive director of Market Umbrella, the organization that oversees the Crescent City Farmers Market. "The overwhelming feedback was that we stay downtown. ... Matt Schwartz and his team at Domain have been instrumental in helping us bring the region's best local food to New Orleanians without interruption. We are excited to develop more activities in partnership with Keene Kopper and the May Gallery, through which we can build upon our city's rich arts and culinary culture together."
The new location is slightly bigger, but there is no covered area and vendors will use tents and umbrellas for shade.
The market's hours will be 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.