Thank to all farmers marketeers and culinary enthusiasts who rallied around public radio WWNO FM Tuesday, October 21 for the station's fundraiser. Executive director of marketumbrella.org Richard McCarthy joined WWNO's Diane Mack on air for the autumn 2008 membership drive.
What: Crescent City Farmers Market 13th birthday celebration featuring music, cake, Creole cream cheese gelato, and the unveiling of the Jamie Shannon Crescent currency
When: Saturday,September 27, 2008, 8 a.m. – 12 noon, rain or shine
Where: 700 Magazine Street (at the corner of Girod Street)
Already it seems like a lifetime ago when officials, media outlets and citizens were gearing up for the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina 29 August 2008. Since, our region has been pummeled by two major storms bringing massive evacuations, surprises, and lessons for life in water. Nowhere have these issues been more evident than at our farmers market. Eavesdropping on a number of conversations reveals the fragility of our community, our ecology, and economy.
Stop by the market this Saturday for a cup of coffee (our treat!) and music by Washboard Chaz, swap storm/evacuation stories and do a little shopping to start restocking the fridge. With the thought that markets are just as much about community as they are about food, the CCFM will be open this Saturday, September 6. We also plan to have market Tuesday, September 9.
With Gustav's uncertain track and concerns for farmers and fishers traveling into a city that may indeed undergo mandatory evacuation,
Since graduation, we have been working tirelessly to prepare ourselves for the next phase at marketumbrella.org. During these changes we have restructured the organization and are now posting two postitions at the new, independent marketumbrella.org. If you, or anyone you know, are interested in working for a small nonprofit with a big impact, check out the job descriptions!
Ian McNulty, of Gambit Weekly Food News fame, makes a guest appearance at the market this Saturday to read from and sign his brand new book, A Season of Night: New Orleans Life After Katrina.
Emanuel Loubier sits outside of his intimate Riverbend restaurant, Dante's Kitchen, smoking a stogie and marveling at how the food scene in New Orleans has changed. "15 years ago," he says, "regular restaurant customers weren't thinking about where the food they were eating came from, and now they do."
The Crescent City Farmers Market's own swamp denizens, Geannie and Joey Fonseca, will be selling samples of the seeds and pods of the American Lotus, or, in Cajun French, the "Graine à Voler:" the seed that flies.
On Sunday, July 13, 2008, Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation returns to its true New Orleans roots with a Jazz Brunch at Bourbon House.
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.