As many of you will remember, in 2002, local farmers, fishermen and food artisans gathered in the parking lot of the American Can Co. for the first time to sell their products to crowds of hungry New Orleanians. The market, run by the Crescent City Farmers Market, became a popular community meeting place, as well as a bustling center of commerce. When the CCFM regrouped after Hurricane Katrina, one of the casualties was this much-loved Thursday evening market.
In the spring of 2008, thanks to Cork & Bottle proprietor Jon Smith’s steadfast commitment to his community and the dedication of a core group of market vendors, the Mid-City Green Market opened in the same space. Now, the market has returned to the CCFM family with the hope that this will ensure its future growth and development for residents and neighbors in Mid-City.
The Thursday Market runs year-round from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Orleans Avenue and Bayou St. John, in the parking lot of the American Can Co..
The Thursday Market is located at Orleans Avenue and Bayou St. John in New Orleans' vibrant Mid-City neighborhood. There's a considerable amount of parking in the neighborhood so please park legally.
Take Exit 235A for Orleans Avenue towards Vieux Carre. Turn right onto Orleans Avenue and drive 1.5 miles. Cross Bayou St. John and the market will be on the left, in the parking lot of the American Can Co.
Approaching New Orleans from the west, take exit 231A for Metairie Rd. and City Park Avenue. Turn left onto Metairie Rd. which turns into City Park Avenue. Drive 0.7 miles and take a slight right at Orleans Avenue. and drive an additional 0.7 miles. The market will be on your right in the parking lot of the American Can Co. just before you reach Bayou St. John.
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 market hosts nearly 80 local small farmers, fishers and food producers, and more than 100,000 shoppers annually.