What happens when public markets meets the public selection for micro-finance and alternative philanthropy? The handling fees waged on our wooden token currency -- The Crescent -- provides the capital for marketumbrella.org's spring and autumn cash infusion for projects that yield public benefit. Results for the June 2011 selection process are in.
Twice yearly, the Crescent Fund entertains proposals to fund projects that benefit vendors, shoppers and/or the community. We have created a pool of funds for social investment at the Crescent City Farmers Market. The Crescent Fund will disperse cash investments each quarter for up to $500. These cash infusions will be returned to the Market after six-months through time, talent or treasure.
The newly formed NOLA Locavores has issued a challenge: for the month of June, eat only food grown, raised or produced within 200 miles of New Orleans. Shopping at the CCFM makes this a far less daunting task. For more information on Eat Local Challenge guidelines, events, recipe contests and prizes, visit nolalocavore.org.
We are pleased to report that the Adopt-a-Mirliton project has been transplated into a free-standing organization: mirlitons.org.
Saturday, March 12, writer and regular Thursday market shopper Ian McNulty joins us at the market to sign copies of his latest book, Louisiana Rambles: Exploring America’s Cajun and Creole Heartland, from 8am-12noon. Those who purchase will receive a free koozie (great post-parade route casualties timing!)
In the spirit of giving, we are pleased to announce the outcome of our December 2010 Crescent Fund secret ballot selection process. In keeping with our commitment to invest in community and enterprise innovations, two projects garnered the most votes: one for-profit and the other non-profit.
It's election week! Come to the market, Tuesday, November 30th, Thursday December 2th or Saturday, December 4th to submit your Crescent Fund ballot, or vote online, starting Monday, November 29th. Decide which projects receive your market investment!
Satsumas are now coming in steadily, and this weekend we saw the season's first flats of Ponchatoula strawberries. It's also Crescent Fund season. Twice a year we award funds to projects that reinforce the CCFM’s belief in linking public markets with public good.
Our Crescent City Farmers Market commemorates the late cooking school pioneer Lee Barnes with a 15th birthday celebration featuring birthday cake, Creole cream cheese gelato, and the unveiling of the 2010 Market token featuring Lee Barnes this Saturday.
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.