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.
Kathryn Parker, MPH, PHD
Kate was born and raised in the Boston area, but as they say, she got here as soon as she could. She moved to New Orleans straight out of Suffolk University in 1997 to teach in the public schools of St. John the Baptist Parish. In 1999, she began teaching eighth-grade math at New Orleans Charter Middle School, the first charter school in New Orleans, and one of the few bright spots in what was at the time a deeply troubled school system. Realizing that lack of nutrition was one of the obstacles her students faced in realizing their potential, she began pursuing a master's degree in public health at Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, receiving her degree in 2006. She also began working at Tulane's Prevention Research Center, where she focused on issues such as improving access to fresh foods and cultivating places to walk and bike within the city. Her work researching the city's bike lanes became the basis of several articles she published in medical journals and her dissertation; she received her doctorate from Tulane in the spring of 2013. She joined marketumbrella.org in December. Kate lives in Mid-City with her husband and three sons. She loves knitting and sewing, old round barns, strong coffee from a French press, camping in the Vanagon, local foods, triathlons and going to the market. If you see her, say hi!
Raised in the heart of the Sportsman's Paradise, Cristina Berthelot spent her childhood romping in the swamps of South Louisiana. Growing up between the Bonnet Carre Spillway and the string of refineries impacted her at a young age, thus developing a great passion for nature, wildlife, and environmental advocacy. Cristina's elementary days as a Wetland Watcher evolved into a college career founded on earth and environmental sciences. She graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a B.G.S. concentrating in environmental science and biology. While at Southeastern, her studies reached to areas of food inequality, urban farming, and the bitter truth of the food industry. She even studied sustainable agriculture abroad in Cuba! After this, Cristina diverted her focus to food justice through farmers markets where she promoted the importance of food, sustainable farming practices, and the ecological and economic impacts of eating locally. Cristina spends her free time cooking for family and friends, attending NOLA festivities, and taking the occasional evening nap.
Serve Louisiana Social Media and Outreach Coordinator
Sophie grew up in the Appalachian mountains outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. From a young age she loved being outside and grew interested in the environment and conservation. Sophie took this with her to Burlington, Vermont where she earned a degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Vermont. While in school, she found a special interest in how humans interact with the environment and chose to focus her studies in ecological design. As well as studying, Sophie soaked in Vermont culture in her time there, embracing the state's love of local food and sustainable living. In addition to her love for the outdoors, Sophie is passionate about issues of social justice and equality, thus working in food systems has been the perfect opportunity to merge her variety of interests and expertise. In addition to environmental science, Sophie studied music in school and spends as much time as possible outside of work playing and consuming all types of music. She's new to New Orleans, and excited to immerse herself in all the city has to offer.
Ashley moved to New Orleans in 2008, by way of Cedar Falls, Iowa, to help rebuild Hurricane Katrina-damaged homes of elderly and disabled residents through Catholic Charities' Operation Helping Hands program. Being from Iowa naturally means that there are farmers in her family. Ashley's great uncle was a hog farmer. Her great-grandparents grew and sold produce out of their home, and even made their own wines. Every year her family picks enough strawberries to make at least a hundred jars of Great Grandma Millie’s famous strawberry jam, lovingly renamed "Jimmy Jam" after her grandfather, who now spearheads the endeavor and always ensures that a few jars make it to Ashley in New Orleans. While living in Iowa, Ashley helped run a local garden center for four years and obtained a degree in graphic design. She currently lives in the Bayou St. John area with her husband and dog. She enjoys spending time with her stepson and daughter, reading, cleaning the house while listening to very loud punk rock, plants, collecting antique door knobs, art supplies that she never uses and anything lemon. She also works at a café on the weekends to support her troubling coffee habit.
Director of Markets
Angelina Harrison is originally from a small family dairy farm in Wisconsin. She grew up helping her mom can and preserve from the bounty of a kitchen garden and none of her food came out of a box. After graduating with honors from UC Berkeley with a B.S. in environmental science and policy, she went on to work in local government on various climate action plan implementation items including alternative transportation infrastructure, municipal curbside recycling and composting enhancement, and regional solar permitting standardization. She moved to New Orleans in 2011 and immediately got her hands dirty working for Hollygrove Market & Farm where she quickly became the market manager and then, the general manager. She is excited to make the transition from retail to public markets and continue her work building the local food system. Angelina is thrilled to be able to live in this beautiful city and still work with farmers. She enjoys festivals, second lines, and parades with her husband and daughters, and aspires to one day actually grow a tomato during a New Orleans summer.
Traveler, educator and transplant. Allegro moved to New Orleans in 2014. Immediately feeling at home, she was filled with a desire to do more to support her neighbors, mostly food insecure, living in food deserts with limited access to healthy food options. She has made it her mission to empower New Orleanians to shop at and support local farmers and markets, to cook their own healthful food using macrobiotic ingredients, and to do so sustainably as possible. Allegro graduated from the University of Texas with a B.S. in Psychology and has been a certified classroom educator for over 13 years. Allegro is an experienced chef and avid gardener and all-around lover of global and local cultures.
Ben started out in Seattle, raised by a pair of unapologetically hippy parents. Consequently, he grew up tending to a robust backyard garden comprised of: potatoes and peas, chives and chard and chickens, kiwis, pears, plums, apples and rhubarb and too many more to name. After graduating from high school, he worked a handful of short-term jobs, most notably teaching computer science at a rural high school in South Africa. On returning to the U.S.A., Ben opened a new chapter as a line cook, beginning with Jemil's Big Easy food truck in Seattle. Following his formative experience there, and his positive impression of the eponymous New Orleanian Jemil, Ben moved to New Orleans in search of the unbridled generosity and easy patience that had been so abundant around the truck. For a year, he worked at Arnaud's Restaurant before a college acceptance letter took him up to Columbia University in New York City to study computer science. After a few years' exposure to that Yankee bedlam, he returned to New Orleans. I'm sure you understand. With this fresh opportunity in New Orleans, Ben is excited to be involved the local community through the Crescent City Farmers Market and eager to throw down in the kitchen with the finest produce around, bar none.
Emma is a Seattle native. She was influenced from a young age by her city’s affinity with environmental friendliness, growing up with a compost bin and her mom’s Three Sisters garden. She also spent time soaking up lessons from her grandfather, an avid permaculture gardener and tree farmer in Minnesota. After high school, she served as a City Year corps member in Providence, Rhode Island, where she worked full-time in a middle school and developed a taste for education and equity work. She then returned to the Pacific Northwest for college, where she graduated from University of Washington. From there, she took off to Vietnam for a year of teaching English on a Fulbright fellowship. She lived in a coastal town in the central part of the country, immersed in the language and culture of a rural fishing province. Her first job when she arrived in New Orleans was working with youth and their families as a counselor in a college access program, and she is excited to expand her experience with access work into the food world. She loves to cook, read a good novel, and attempt to grow veggies of her own in her backyard.
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.