Owners of the property where the Crescent City Farmers Market sets up on Saturdays are redeveloping the site and the market will have to move from its 700 Magazine St. site mid-year.
The news blog Canal Street Beat reported last month that Reily Foods Company and developer Brian Gibbs proposed converting the buildings at 700, 640 and 618 Magazine St. into a mixed-use residential, retail and parking structure.
Kathryn Parker, executive director of Market Umbrella, which oversees the farmers market, says her company was notified recently that the market would be displaced in the near future, leaving the longstanding Saturday farmers market searching for a new home.
"We've been super blessed," Parker says. "We'll be sad to go, but we realize it's an opportunity to broaden our reach and our customer base ... and possibly our vendor footprint." The market usually features 25 to 30 vendors, she says.
The market will remain open at 700 Magazine St. until spring or early summer. In the meantime, Market Umbrella is crowd-sourcing to find the market's new location, which Parker hopes will be bigger, with visibility from the street and access to public transportation.