It’s understandable that locals take pride in the city or state where they are raised. You have a connection to wherever you have your first, longest, and most treasured memories. Louisianians, in my opinion, stand out as being especially proud of their roots, and are also fiercely loyal to each other. We love where we come from and want to support each other by any means. Nowhere is this more evident than the local farmers markets that are all over the Greater New Orleans area. Many of us consider the phrase “shop local” to be our creed when going out, and for good reason. The vendors who work these markets are putting their livelihood on the line and are doing their best to stand out among an increasing number of international chains and supermarkets. That takes courage, and we are proud that they are there and that we can support them. Check out all of these local farmers markets and remember the phrase “shop local.” Buying that tomato or dessert is doing more help for someone than you might realize.
Crescent City Farmers Market
Tues., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Wed., 1 to 5 p.m.; Thurs., 3 to 7 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Providing an environment where producers and customers come together over fresh and healthy food, the Crescent City Farmers Market, owned by the nonprofit organization Market Umbrella, is a great part of New Orleans’s identity. The market resides in many different locations during the week: 200 Broadway St. on Tuesdays, 1235 N Peters St. on Wednesdays, 3700 Orleans Ave. on Thursdays, and 750 Carondelet St. on Saturdays. You can’t go wrong with the numerous food offerings that are available like Windfield Farm Bakery’s homemade bread and pastries or Lilly Jane’s lip-smacking jams, jellies, and preserves. You can also get garden-fresh herbs like mint, curly kale, cilantro, and bronze fennel provided by Southbound Gardens. With a mission to promote better social interactions, healthy products, and sustainable economic development, Crescent City Farmers Market has a lot of good things to offer you.
Gretna Farmers Market
Sat., 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
300 Block of Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna
Located in Old Gretna, the Gretna Farmers Market has many vendors who offer different, affordable goods that will satisfy whatever needs you have. Joe Fekete’s Family Farm provides fresh and healthy produce like squash, zucchini, peppers, and broccoli. Cajun Porkskins has mouthwatering smoked meats like brisket, pulled pork, and smoked turkey legs, as well as fried Cajun porkskins. For dessert, try Nana’s Italian Treats, offering delicious homemade Italian goodies like fig cookies and banana bread. Gretna Farmers Market also has many craft vendors such as Beyond Your Imagination, L.L.C., which sells beautifully made wreaths and other decorations that would look amazing in your home. The market also coincides with the Gretna Art Walk, which is held every 2nd Saturday during March-May and September-December and allows vendors from all over Southeast Louisiana to sell their artwork. Presenting a family-friendly atmosphere, the Gretna Farmers Market is a great place to spend your Saturday morning.
Hollygrove Market & Farm
Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
8301 Olive St.
Striving to give the healthiest and most affordable foods to the Hollygrove and New Orleans communities, the Hollygrove Market & Farm is a great place to come check out. The Hollygrove Farm promotes the use of environmentally sustainable backyard and community gardens and serves as an example for people who want to adopt those practices. The market offers a wide assortment of locally sourced meats, dairy products, eggs, and breads and baked items, all of which come from local community gardeners, urban micro-farms, and rural farms. You have a lot of produce to choose from like squash, potatoes, melons, pumpkins, carrots, onions, mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes, and much, much more. The market also has many pantry items such as sauces, dips, spreads, dressings, and seasonings. With this many choices to pick from, you won’t leave empty-handed when you go to the Hollygrove Market & Farm.
UPDATE: We regret to inform the reader that the Hollygrove Market has permanently closed.
Rivertown Farmers Market
Sat., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
410 Williams Blvd., Kenner
With a mission to provide Kenner’s citizens with easy access to locally produced and grown goods, the Rivertown Farmers Market has vegetables, fruits, and other commodities for sale in the gorgeous Rivertown district of Kenner. The market offers many selections of produce such as tomatoes, oranges, corn, onions, carrots, and much more. Make sure not to pass up Jenny Sweet’s assortment of baked goods like pralines, pumpkin loaf, zucchini loaf, chocolate cake, and banana loaf. Also, try the Crawfish Jelly and other jams, jellies, and preserves made available from Things ‘n’ Stuff, which also sells handmade casserole carriers. All of the vendors have smiles on their faces and are more than happy to show you their wares. So come on out and support the local vendors at the Rivertown Farmers Market.
St. Bernard Seafood & Farmers Market
Every 2nd Saturday of the month, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
409 Aycock St., Arabi
Housed in a beautiful open-air pavilion called the Aycock Barn, which is regularly rented out for weddings and birthdays, the St. Bernard Seafood & Farmers Market has vendors who provide a variety of fresh produce, seasonal seafood, crafts, and more. Holy Way Farm uses different techniques like aquaponic farming to raise organic produce like watercress and oranges, as well as palm trees. Josie’s Farmers Market offers a number of pickled products such as chicken eggs, quail eggs, and onions; as well as fresh honey. If you want your home to smell incredible, check out what Scentsy’s has to offer at the market, including wickless candles, scented fragrance wax, and scented natural oils. The market also offers live family-friendly entertainment and other activities, so you’re bound to have a fun and fulfilling time at the St. Bernard Seafood & Farmers Market.
UPDATE: The St. Bernard Seafood and Farmers Market is no longer in operation.
Westwego Shrimp Lot
Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
100 Westbank Expy., Westwego
For over 36 years, The Westwego Seafood Market, also known as the Westwego Shrimp Lot, has provided locals with some of the freshest and best-tasting seafood around. Located near an old canal that leads right to the Gulf of Mexico, this market hosts many independent fishermen who offer a vast variety of sea-dwelling eats like red snapper, tilapia, mullet, and other types of fish. Of course, you can’t live in Louisiana without having some great-tasting shellfish and the Shrimp Lot has you covered. Sue’s Seafood sells some very large and robust shrimp and The Crab Shack has some of the most beautiful looking blue crabs you’ll ever see. The market also has vendors who don’t only provide seafood, like Market WeGo, which also offers specialty meats, sausages, produce, and seasonings, along with boiled seafood. Considered to be one of the best hidden gems in Westwego, the Westwego Shrimp Lot will have you breaking out your bottle of tartar sauce.