Crescent City Farmers Market unveiled it’s 2013 market token on June 8, honoring farmer Jim Core (February 7, 1941 - August 25, 2012).
Jim was a market favorite, with chefs and market shoppers in New Orleans and Covington searching out his produce and his memorable voice. A military veteran, we first met Jim via sculptor Arthur Silverman when he and his dad were farming part-time. In the Fall of 1995 he decided to farm full time, becoming one of Crescent City Farmers Market’s first and longest running vendors. His kale was the stuff of legends, and his Kale Jambalaya has been duplicated on menus all over the city.
Jim’s wife of 41 years, Gladys, was on hand as the token was unveiled. Gladys and her sister Gaye continue to farm and attend the Saturday market, while Jim’s grandson, AJ, sells at the Tuesday and Thursday markets, continuing this wonderful family farming tradition.
Each year the Crescent City Farmers Market selects a local food hero to feature on wooden tokens that may be purchased at the market welcome tent using credit or debit cards, then spent with vendors at the market. Other local food heroes memorialized on CCFM tokens include Cajun cook Eula Mae Doré (1929-2008), Commander Palace Chef Jamie Shannon (1961-2001), Mississippi farmer and CCFM vendor James “Billy Corn” Burkett (1928-1995) and cooking school pioneer Lee Barnes (1951-1992).
Crescent City Farmers Market (CCFM) is a project of marketumbrella.org. The producer-only, year-round farmers market operates weekly, rain or shine, Tuesdays from 9am-1pm at 200 Broadway St., Thursdays from 3-7pm at 3700 Orleans Ave. and Saturdays from 8am-12noon at 700 Magazine St. CCFM accepts credit, debit and electronic benefit transfer cards (for SNAP, or food stamps) at the welcome tent. marketumbrella.org, an independent 501(c)3 organization, 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.