Market Umbrella Executive Director Richard McCarthy Tapped for Slow Food USA Executive Director Position; Director of Markets Emery Van Hook Sonnier Named Interim Executive Director

After co-founding the Crescent City Farmers Market 17 years ago and founding its parent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Market Umbrella, with a mission to cultivate the field of public markets for public good, Executive Director Richard McCarthy is leaving the organization to join Slow Food USA as Executive Director. Market Umbrella Director of Markets Emery Van Hook Sonnier has been named Interim Executive Director.

“We are incredibly grateful to Richard for his contributions to our local New Orleans food community and the global field of farmers markets,” said Market Umbrella Board President Jonah Dowling. “We wish him all the best in his new role at Slow Food USA and are excited to see how his passion for good, clean, fair food furthers their work.”

Sonnier, a native New Orleanian, brings 15 years of food-related work experience in the private, media and non-profit sectors. She has been affiliated with the Crescent City Farmers Market for well over a decade as a shopper, volunteer and board member. After earning her master’s degree in food studies from New York University, Sonnier returned home in 2008 to join Market Umbrella as full-time staff.

“Leaving the organization I founded and my home of New Orleans is certainly bittersweet; however, I have full confidence that the commitment to professional management and inventive community engagement will continue under Emery and her team’s leadership,” said McCarthy.

The market community will celebrate McCarthy’s contributions with a toast at the Crescent City Farmers Market Saturday, January 12 at 10am. The market is located at 700 Magazine St. (at Girod St.) and runs from 8am-12noon.

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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.

Crescent City Farmers Market


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.