The market buys the farmers' produce over a two-, three- or four-month period, and each week, farmers bring their current harvest to sell.
Americorps volunteers Ashley Locklear and Alicia Myers pack and unload boxes of seasonal produce including mushrooms, wild rice, strawberries and oranges in preparation for the buyers' market.
As a "produce broker," Locklear works with farmers throughout Louisiana to sell their food to the program. Myers contacts the participating members each week with the current menu, market news and health-conscious recipes. Customers also receive a map showing where their food originates.
"We want to connect people to the farmers, and if it's just with a little map, it seems to do the job," Myers says.
"So much of what we do reflects community desires, so it's not something that we'll dictate now, because that'll change," Vance says. "The community will let us know what works for them and what doesn't."