In May 2009, eighteen people became the proud parents of Louisiana mirliton plants through the Crescent City Farmers Market's Adopt-A-Mirliton project.
The Adopt-a-Mirliton project goal is to restore the traditional heirloom mirliton varieties that have grown in South Louisiana for decades, but were nearly entirely wiped out by Hurricane Katrina. Plant recipients will be asked to return half their crop to the Market for an annual plant giveaway to re-establish the mirliton, a culturally significant, sustainable backyard food source. Here, Dr. Lance Hill, Executive Director of Tulane University's Southern Institute for Education and Research and local mirliton enthusiast, offers a comprehensive Guide to Growing Mirlitons.
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.