The weekly Sankofa Farmers Market has moved to the Holy Angels Complex (3500 St. Claude Ave.) from its former Lower 9th Ward outpost. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, the market offers produce, baked goods, plants, dairy and seafood from vendors based in the New Orleans area and along the Gulf Coast.
At its new location, which opened Sept. 10, the market features more vendors and is located in another neighborhood without access to fresh local goods. Market executive director Rashida Ferdinand says Sankofa's move is an opportunity for the market to grow and provide more customers access to fresh food — and support local farmers and fishers.
But the market hasn't fully left the Lower 9; it is the flagship project of the Sankofa Community Development Corporation (CDC), which also runs a school garden at the KIPP Renaissance High School/Frederick Douglass High School. This spring, the market hopes to offer students space to sell the school's produce. (Students from Langston Hughes Academy previously sold produce from that school's garden at Sankofa.) The CDC, working with the New Orleans Redevelopment authority, also is developing an urban garden at 27 St. Claude Court, and produce from that garden will be available in the coming months.
The market accepts credit, debit and Louisiana Purchase cards. Visit www.sankofafarmersmarket.org for more information.