Crescent City Farmers Market relaunches their weekly Mid City market today, December 10, for the first time since initially suspending in-person market operations in March. The Thursday evening market is taking place in a new location along the Lafitte Greenway, also home to Sprout Nola’s weekly Refresh Market.
After closing all markets at the start of New Orleans’s stay-at-home order, Market Umbrella (the nonprofit that runs the Crescent City farmers market network) introduced two weekly drive-thru markets in the spring, one at Parkway Bakery and one in Bucktown Harbor. In July, it brought back the weekly Uptown market. The Mid City location, however, marks the first time one of the markets will again allow walk-ups as opposed to requiring a preorder, making it a more accessible option for some.
Previously located in the parking lot of Bayou St. John’s American Can building, the Mid City market will set up in the Lafitte Greenway Plaza, a new park development along the stretch of the 2.5 mile bike and pedestrian path. At least a dozen vendors will participate, selling produce, meat and seafood, dairy, and prepared sauces and condiments. More vendors are set to join in January, at which point organizers expect to add a curbside pickup option for preorders. Market Umbrella recently received a $500,000 USDA grant that allows the organization to expand its dollar-to-dollar matching program for SNAP recipients through December.
The Mid City Crescent City Farmers market will be held every Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. (excluding Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve) at Lafitte Street and Hagan Avenue. The weekly Refresh Market, relaunched in September, is at 2606 St. Louis St. every Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. The former Bywater location of Crescent City Farmers Market has yet to return.
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