NEW ORLEANS, La. - Farmers Markets are feeling the effects of the recent flooding.
Recently, markets held in the Crescent City have dwindled in size because some vendors are having to deal with the loss of not just their homes, but their crops as well.
Each week, the American Can parking lot on Orleans Avenue comes to life.
"I live in the neighborhood so I come here every Thursday and I get my fish from Pete and Clara's booth," said frequent customer, Laurie Dawes. "I love this place."
From the smell of homemade cakes and candy, to fresh seafood, residents come to support local merchants at the Crescent City Farmers Market.
"It's something the public should come out and enjoy," said Clara Gerica, of Pete and Clara's Seafood. "There's nothing like fresh produce, fresh seafood and fresh products."
However, lately shoppers are noting a difference.
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.