This week’s Instagram Pick is from @armstrongpark. This gorgeous photo of fresh, crisp green beans and produce was taken at the Marketplace at Armstrong Park. Every Thursday from 3 – 6 p.m., they hold a farmer’s market and arts and crafts marketplace, accompanied by live New Orleans music, and this photo is a great reminder to utilize fresh, local fruits and vegetables in your holiday cooking, in addition to everyday meals. When you are on the go, it can seem more convenient to head to the usual mainstream supermarkets, but you’d be surprised at how many opportunities there are to shop at local farmers markets; in doing so, you offer such important support to local growers, in addition to getting produce that is fresher and tastes better.
Just like shopping local is important when it comes to supporting New Orleans shops and boutiques, the same is true for local produce. The Marketplace at Armstrong Park runs through December 12 and will pick back up in the spring; you can also get local produce at the Crescent City Farmers Market on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays year round (they will be open Thanksgiving Day from 3-7 p.m.!); daily at the Farmers Market at the French Market; 7 days a week at Holly Grove Farm & Market; and at so many more farmers markets in nearby areas.
Thanks to @armstrongpark for reminding us how wonderful and accessible fresh produce is. Let’s all support our community and make our taste buds and tummies happy this holiday season by incorporating local, seasonal vegetables and fruit into our long-awaited holiday cooking this year.