Market Umbrella’s Crescent Fund provides direct relief for our vendors affected by disasters such as hurricanes, floods or the loss of a primary operator of the family business. This fund is reignited when need arises. For example, in the wake of the August 2016 floods in Louisiana, the Crescent Fund granted assistance to farmers in our markets that experienced severe flooding. All proceeds from the fund go directly to the CCFM families in need.
We lost one of our beloved vendors, Donnie “Penn” Travis of Indian Springs Farmers Association Cooperative in early June 2018. Mr. Penn was an important part of our market and the familiar face we will miss seeing as we pick up our purple hulled peas or spicy boiled peanuts. We are truly at a loss of words and our hearts ache for the family of Mr. Penn and his community in Hattiesburg, MS, where he was known as “The Greens Man.” There was never a day that we didn't see this man smile and ask “how you doing cher?” Tuesday market will be a sad day but we will keep our spirits high as we reflect on the laughs and memories that Mr. Penn left behind, as he would want us to do.
Donations to the family through the Crescent Fund are gladly accepted at any time. All donations will go directly to the family.
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.