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.
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Sharpening by Doyle
It is with a heavy heart that we share the sad news of the unexpected passing of longtime Crescent City Farmers Market knife sharpener, Doyle Hanson. Doyle has been keeping blades sharp at CCFM since before Hurricane Katrina and was a friend to all. Pesto Paul said Doyle, “...was always a good friend and market vendor. I remember him as an early proponent of offering his services through Farmers Markets. I am sure many a Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey was more artfully and easily dismembered thanks to his services.” And former market vendor Stacy Bonnecaze had this to share, “Doyle was a generous friend who I got to know during my time as a vendor with him on Tuesday mornings in New Orleans. He had known my father, Papa Tom and my Mom during their time at the market. He enjoyed sharpening knives or anything else from a sword to a machete, the more unusual and challenging the better. He loved sharing his corny jokes. He was a proud soldier who loved his country. He was a master of more than one martial art. He loved his adopted grandchildren and will be truly missed.”
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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.