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Introducing the "Billy Corn" Coin

The umbrella organization for the Crescent City Farmers Market manages what amounts to a local currency. Market shoppers are able to convert credit, debit and benefit cards into wooden tokens, called “Crescents.” Each year, Market shoppers spend over $265,000 in tokens, in addition to $2.8 million in cash sales, on Tuesdays and Saturdays in New Orleans.

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Celebrate our 14th birthday Saturday!

Come help us blow out our birthday candles this Saturday. In line with what has become market tradition, friends from the Transportation Revolution will two-wheel it over to the market just before 10 a.m., when long-time market supporter Bruce Gallassero will cut our CDM mocha birthday cake.

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market match - meeting shoppers halfway

Right now, folks can come to the Crescent City Farmers Market, swipe their food stamp card (Louisiana Purchase Card) at the Welcome Tent, and the Market will match up to $25 for every market visit per household – enabling families to double their purchases of fresh, local food! This offer is good while supplies last.

Market Match was launched by marketumbrella.org to increase spending power of EBT/food stamp cardholders at our farmers markets, as a part of a strategy to bridge new communities to farmers markets and inform policy makers on the importance of food access programs that include small farmers and fresh loc…

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Take Time for Lunch Saturday, Sept. 12

Real food for school lunches is a necessity to make our children healthy.  To draw attention to the need for Congress to pass a better Child Nutrition Act that brings real food to schools, Slow Food USA’s New Orleans Chapter is hosting a Take Time for Lunch event, Saturday, September 12, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Edible Schoolyard New Orleans located at Samuel J. Green Charter School, 2319 Valence Street (entrance on Liberty Street.) 

In addition to Slow Food New Orleans and Edible Schoolyard New Orleans, local participating organizations include: Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools, marketumbella.org, New Orleans Food & Farm Network and the Food Policy Advisory Committee.  Information, garden tours, and children’s activities will be off…

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Crescent Fund winners!

After an exciting week of voting the results are in! Thank you everyone for participating! The official voting booth at the market and the online voting system have been tallied; with over 550 votes, the market community has decided which projects to fund.

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Vote for the Crescent Fund!

Election time is here! Come to the market, Tuesday August 18th and Saturday August 22 to submit your ballot, or vote online, starting Monday August 17th, for the Crescent Fund. Decide which projects receive your market investment!

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Crescent City Farmers Market contributes $8.9 million to local economy

On Saturday, August 1, 2009, at the corner of Magazine and Girod Streets, freshly harvested green beans will change hands for cash, as they have on so many Saturday mornings since the Crescent City Farmers Market opened in 1995. On this particular Saturday, the organizers of the farmers market, marketumbrella.org, will also share news of how green beans impact greenbacks, with the release of their 2009 Economic Impact Study.

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Crescent Fund application deadline extended


Each season, the Crescent Fund entertains proposals to fund projects that benefit vendors, shoppers and/or the community. This season we are extending the application deadline one week. The new application deadline is August 8th.

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Le Meritage hosts dinner to benefit ailing CCFM shrimp vendor Ray Brandhurst

Le Meritage & Slow Food New Orleans Host a Louisiana Wild Caught Shrimp Dinner to Benefit Ailing Shrimper Ray Brandhurst & his Family
 
What:
Four-course dinner with wine pairings featuring Louisiana wild caught shrimp, prepared by award winning Chef Michael Farrell
 
*This dinner is to provide financial and emotional support to Louisiana shrimper Ray Brandhurst of Four Winds Seafood. Mr. Brandhurst has cancer, minimal health insurance and young children. He and his wife and business partner, Kay, are long time vendors and familiar faces at the Crescent City Farmers Market.
 
When:
Saturday, August 15th; 7pm - 10 pm. A la carte dining will also be available.
 
Price:
$75 per per…

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A guide to growing mirlitons

In May 2009, eighteen people became the proud parents of Louisiana mirliton plants through the Crescent City Farmers Market's Adopt-A-Mirliton project.

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Market Umbrella

 

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.

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