I think that since I’m a dietitian by trade, I’m pre-programmed to love farmer’s markets. In South Louisiana though, there’s a huge reason to love them. Our climate is conducive to crop growth all year round, so we get to eat by the seasons. Whether it’s gourds in the fall, satsumas in the spring, or berries in the summer, our farmer’s markets have the best and freshest picks of produce. Additionally, our markets have expanded to offer more than just produce. You can buy plants, fresh meats, local eggs, and the sweetest honey known to mankind, just to name a few. Here’s some of our favorite farmer’s markets in New Orleans.
Crescent City Farmer’s Market
This rain or shine market pops up on Tuesday mornings uptown in the Riverbend, Wednesday afternoon in the French Market, Thursday evening in Mid-City by the American Can building, and Saturday mornings in the CBD. Additionally, they’ve absorbed the Rivertown Farmer’s Market in historic Kenner on Saturday mornings. Most of the farmers are at every location, and this market has everything from fresh goat meat to local produce to kombucha. Show up early so you can also grab some fresh bread or pastries from the rotating bakers.
Gretna Farmer’s Market
The Gretna Farmer’s Market is a little secret tucked away in historic Old Gretna that’s as cute as the neighborhood it sits in. Next Saturday morning, take the Gretna ferry to the market and make your way around the square to find baked goods, fruits and veggies, smoked meats, and even homemade dog treats.
Fat City Farmer’s Market
Where exactly is fat city, you ask? It is a part of Metairie, and Fat City is a section that was historically Metairie’s response to the Vieux Carre. It is now being revitalized as a family friendly place to shop and dine, and the Farmer’s Market is definitely a part that meets both of those criteria. The vendors vary from market to market, so pop in every second and fourth Sunday of each month to see what the week’s offerings are!
This mobile market describes itself as a farm stand on wheels, and pulls at my dietitian heartstrings in so many ways. I love the idea behind Sankofa – they aim to bring fresh produce to different communities throughout New Orleans. Their goal is to provide access to affordable, fresh produce to everyone, especially those who struggle with food insecurity as well as the senior population. They also work alongside the Healthy HeartBeats Program to help prevent and control heart disease. They have stops in different neighborhoods, on different days of the week. The best way to find them is to check out their website.
This is just a little lagniappe. Mr Okra was the singing produce vendor that sold produce out of his truck around New Orleans. He didn’t have a set schedule; I think that was the beauty behind Mr. Okra’s way of life. He passed away in February, but his daughter is still seen driving around New Orleans in his beautifully decorated truck. If you ever hear, “I got oranges and bananas. I got eating pears and apples. I have cantaloupe,” make sure you track down that truck and support Mr. Okra’s legacy.