On the eve of St. Joseph’s Day, the Crescent City Farmers Market community will celebrate the patron saint of workers, families and social justice with a locavore St. Joseph’s Day altar at Bittersweet Confections (725 Magazine St) from 3-6pm. Domenica Restaurant will provide the traditional dish served at St. Joseph’s Day altars, Pasta Milanese, Italian wines will be offered, and Transportation Revolution will provide eye candy in the form of Italian scooters and motorcycles. Visionary philanthropist and agronomist Oran B. Hesterman of the Fair Food Network in Ann Arbor, Michigan will sign copies of his new book Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All. Tickets are $35 at the door. Ticket price includes Pasta Milanese and 2 drinks; free for children under 12. All proceeds will benefit the Crescent City Farmers Market’s community programming. WWNO 89.9FM's "Louisiana Eats!" is a media sponsor.
The locavore St. Joseph’s Day altar will feature the delicious work of local bakers and CCFM vendors Kathleen Cooper of Forte Grove, Lisa Barbato of Rivista, Suzie Banck of Windfield Farm Bakery, and former CCFM vendor Cheryl Scripter of Bittersweet Confections, as well as the fruits of other CCFM vendors’ labor. Attendees will receive a city-wide listing of St. Joseph’s Day altars to visit on his actual feast day, Monday, March 19. The tradition of building altars stacked high with breads and cakes (often in the shapes of Christian symbols) to honor St. Joseph on his feast day dates back to the Middle Ages when Sicilians sought to thank St. Joseph for saving them from famine. The tradition was brought to New Orleans by Sicilian immigrants and lives on today.
"At the Crescent City Farmers Market, we work to ensure dignity for the painstaking work of local farmers and fishers, and food security for families through a variety of community programs," says marketumbrella.org Director of Markets Emery Van Hook. "We also work to preserve our region's agricultural and culinary heritage, so carrying on this centuries-old tradition of honoring St. Joseph, the patron saint of workers, families and social justice, with a gorgeous display of locally baked, grown and caught foods seems well-aligned with our mission," she adds. Also in line with tradition, attendees will receive a dried fava (or lucky) bean. Fava beans, a favorite local crop seasonally available at the Crescent City Farmers Market, are largely credited with providing nutritious sustenance for Sicilians in a time of severe famine.
Who: Crescent City Farmers Market community and special guest Oran B. Hesterman, PhD of the Fair Food Network
When: 3:00-6:00pm, Sunday, March 18th, 2012
Where: Bittersweet Confections, 725 Magazine St. (across the street from the downtown CCFM)
What: a locavore St. Joseph’s Day altar, book signing and fundraising Italian feast to support the Crescent City Farmers Market’s community programming; Ticket price includes Pasta Milanese and 2 drinks; free for children under 12
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.