At the Crescent City Farmers Market, we want to make our vendors’ products accessible to as many people as possible, so we offer a variety of purchase options.
Vendors and market staff happily accept cash. Smaller bills are preferred.
No cash? No problem! We have our own local currency, wooden market tokens in $5 and $1 units, which are accepted at all of our vendors’ stalls and are good forever! Visit our Welcome Tent to purchase tokens. The 2014 token is graced by community leader and market supporter Diana Pinckley; the 2013 token honors late CCFM farmer Jim Core; the 2012 token features Cajun cook and author Eula Mae Doré; the 2010–2011 token pays homage to late culinary education visionary Lee Barnes; the 2009 token honors Mississippi farmer and founding CCFM vendor James "Billy Corn" Burkett; and the 2008 token pays homage to late Commander's Palace Chef Jamie Shannon.
In 2004, marketumbrella.org developed a wooden token currency system in response to the increased usage of electronic forms of payments. Tokens, which could be purchased with credit/debit and food stamp cards and spent with any Crescent City Farmers Market vendor, were minted and went into circulation. A few years and several designs later, four (4) new tokens were produced in 2008: purple $5 EBT, blue $1 EBT, and multi-color $5 and $1 credit/debit tokens featuring the image of one of our local food heroes or heroines. A new edition of $5 and $1 credit/debit tokens is produced each year.
Due to the growth of our token system, and at the recommendation of our accounting firm, we are decommissioning all market tokens designed prior to 2008. If your tokens do not look similar to the images below, they have expired.
Stop by the Welcome Tent and turn your plastic into wood (we accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover Card) by purchasing Crescent tokens, our local currency. Tokens can be used at all of our vendors’ stalls at both of our markets, and they never expire! Note: There is a $2 administrative fee for credit and debit cardholders to help us offset the cost of managing the currency, and an optional Crescent Fund contribution.
We accept EBT card benefits. Stop by the Welcome tent to use your EBT card to obtain EBT tokens. These work much as our Crescent tokens do, with a few exceptions due to government regulations: no change is given, and the following products/services cannot be purchased with EBT tokens: hot food, cut flowers, inedible plants, knife sharpening. All of our vendors accept these tokens, and they never expire! So bring your Louisiana Purchase Card or other state EBT card and exchange your benefits for tokens.
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.