Crescent City Farmers Market will reopen its weekly Uptown location tomorrow, July 7, for the first time since suspending market operations in March after New Orleans implemented its stay-at-home order. Market Umbrella, the nonprofit that runs the Crescent City farmers market network, will continue to host the two weekly drive-thru markets established in recent months at Parkway Bakery and Bucktown Harbor.
The vendor set up at Uptown Square will follow social distancing guidelines, and all vendors, shoppers, and staff are required to wear masks or face coverings. To help promote social distancing, Market Umbrella is also using OpenTable to allow shoppers to reserve a time slot to shop between 8 a.m. and noon.
Market Umbrella’s executive director Kathryn Parker said that when the organization shut down markets in March, “we recognized that many of our vendors and shoppers are in a higher risk category for complications from Covid-19 and worked to pivot our operations to keep them as safe as possible while still connecting our community with local food. Now that more people have become accustomed to wearing masks and physically distancing themselves, we can successfully return to an outdoor walk up market model that will keep shoppers, vendors and staff safe with extra precautions in place.”
The Uptown market (200 Broadway Street) will be open Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to noon. No word yet on if and when former market locations downtown or in Bywater will reopen. In addition to the drive-thru markets at Parkway and Bucktown Harbor, Market Umbrella is partnering with Top Box Foods Nola for a weekly produce box, with both pickup and home delivery options.