A unique coalition of artists, community groups, churches and business owners will celebrate Louisiana shrimpers Saturday, December 13th at Sankofa Marketplace, a monthly event that helps spur restoration, community development and economic growth in the Lower 9th Ward.
Louisiana shrimpers Kay and Ray Brandhurst of Four Winds Seafood and
Lance Nacio of Anna Marie Seafood will be at Sankofa Marketplace from
12:00-3:00pm selling their sustainably harvested Louisiana shrimp.
“This industry is in deep, deep trouble," says Ray Brandhurst. "This is
our heritage and culture here, and the sad thing is we're losing it
really quickly. The White Boot Brigade has allowed me to market our
shrimp and get a fair price — to keep my head above water and keep me
going in this business."
“Supporting our indigenous farmers, particularly an industry that drives New Orleans’ economic engines is vital to creating and sustaining growth. We hope to encourage the community to sample the bounty and seek out Louisiana shrimpers,” said Rashida Ferdinand, the Marketplace Director. The market will host a shrimp boil by Coy LeBeau of Bacco and cooking demonstrations by Daniel’s on the Bayou. Cooked and fresh shrimp will be available for sale at the market.
The Sankofa Marketplace, a free, open-air event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the corner of St Claude Avenue and Caffin Avenue in the parking lot of the All Souls Episcopal Church. The event had its inaugural market August 9, 2008, and features health screenings, children’s activities, a fresh produce farmers market, voter registration, local entertainment, access to community resources, a crafts market, and an exhibition of Lower 9th Ward history and culture every second Saturday of the month.
Like the Crescent City Farmers Market, the White Boot Brigade is a project of marketumbrella.org, an organization that cultivates the field of public markets for public good.
Market Umbrella is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3), based in New Orleans, whose mission is to cultivate the field of public markets for public good. Market Umbrella has operated the Crescent City Farmers Markets (CCFM) since 1995.
The Crescent City Farmers Market operates weekly year-round in four New Orleans neighborhoods. The CCFM hosts nearly 80 local small farmers, fishers and food producers, and more than 100,000 shoppers annually.