Food systems are changing world-wide, and New Orleans, surprisingly, is no different. Aside from the usual food outlets of grocery stores and restaurants, there are a growing number of sources for food that’s uber-healthy, local, and helps your friends and neighbors make a living.
Farmer’s Markets the most substantial option for obtaining great local food. If you don’t know about where to find them, there are multiple lists of the markets in town, when they are open, and where they are located. NOLA Locavore and GoGreenNOLA.com have slightly different lists, however both appear to be very comprehensive so you can make sure to cover your bases and find what you need.
One of the major markets is Crescent City Farmers Market. They are open in different parts of the city on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays providing access to local food in the neighborhoods of Uptown, Mid-City, and Downtown, respectively.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for through any of these sources, any of the markets or other places, you can also check out Good Eggs, a new service in New Orleans that will deliver local groceries/produce/meat and other good stuff right to your door. This company has recently launched in New Orleans and is only available in the Bay Area, New York and New Orleans currently (launching in Los Angeles this summer as well). You can order fresh produce, meat, baked goods, sea food (all depending on availability from their vendors) and many other edible delights right from their website. They collect it directly from farmers and food makers, delivering it right to your front door. You can also pick it up from a lots of different collection points as well if you’d like.
Lastly, don’t forget about an old classic source for delicious local food and keeping our local economy self-sufficient: those great carts and trucks located right on the side of the road who offer local produce to you in convenient a fashion as possible. There are often people selling some of the best fruit and vegetables in town along Carrollton Avenue, Broad Street, and other major thoroughfares so keep an eye out. The fruit is juicy and the vegetables are bright – it’s worth the four minute stop on your way home.