Categories: Market News
      Date: Dec  8, 2008
     Title: The White Boot Brigade marches into Sankofa Marketplace Saturday, December 13th, 12-3pm

A unique coalition of artists, community groups, churches and business owners will celebrate Louisiana shrimpers Saturday, December 13th at Sankofa Marketplace, a monthly event that helps spur restoration, community development and economic growth in the Lower 9th Ward.

White Boot BrigadeLouisiana shrimpers Kay and Ray Brandhurst of Four Winds Seafood and Lance Nacio of Anna Marie Seafood will be at Sankofa Marketplace from 12:00-3:00pm selling their sustainably harvested Louisiana shrimp. “This industry is in deep, deep trouble," says Ray Brandhurst. "This is our heritage and culture here, and the sad thing is we're losing it really quickly. The White Boot Brigade has allowed me to market our shrimp and get a fair price — to keep my head above water and keep me going in this business."

“Supporting our indigenous farmers, particularly an industry that drives New Orleans’ economic engines is vital to creating and sustaining growth.  We hope to encourage the community to sample the bounty and seek out Louisiana shrimpers,” said Rashida Ferdinand, the Marketplace Director. The market will host a shrimp boil by Coy LeBeau of Bacco and cooking demonstrations by Daniel’s on the Bayou.  Cooked and fresh shrimp will be available for sale at the market.

The Sankofa Marketplace, a free, open-air event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the corner of St Claude Avenue and Caffin Avenue in the parking lot of the All Souls Episcopal Church.  The event had its inaugural market August 9, 2008, and features health screenings, children’s activities, a fresh produce farmers market, voter registration, local entertainment, access to community resources, a crafts market, and an exhibition of Lower 9th Ward history and culture every second Saturday of the month.

Like the Crescent City Farmers Market, the White Boot Brigade is a project of, an organization that cultivates the field of public markets for public good.