Crescent City Farmers Market

William B. Reily parking lot
New Orleans, LA

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A gentle farmers' market made distinctive by its location: the walls of the parking lot are covered in beautiful full-scale murals of rural farming scenes.

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Why It Works

The Market website sums it up well: "There is a sweetness and a gentleness in this weekly activity. It's the closest we'll ever come to a village green. People catch up on the latest gossip with their friends, share family happenings, make new acquaintances." However, the gentleness is deceptive - those managing the market have tremendous energy and commitment; their promotions are imaginative and very well carried out. Locally-grown, seasonal fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers, as well as baked goods, Saturdays, 8am - noon.

What Makes Crescent City Farmers Market a Great Place?

It's downtown, so easily accessible. However, my memory of the market suggests that the site is otherwise lacking in vitality and retail activity

Despite all efforts, you feel as though you're in a parking lot. It's as though the surrounding neighborhoods have not yet recognised the power of the market and it's potential spin-off to the rest of the community. Some entrepreneur should be capitalising on the market and adding amenities to the area.

lots of cooking demonstrations, tastings, childrens activities, music, spinning etc.

all ages mingle together

History & Background

The Market was established by Richard McCarthy, Executive Director. Like so many markets, it is Richard's skills and enthusiasm that has been so crucial to its success. Richard also managed to gather a broad range of supporters: a partnership of farmers, citizens, business and governmental leaders, chefs, and nutrition advocates. The Market is a not-for-profit project of the ECOnomics Institute, housed at Loyola University's Twomey Center for Peace through Justice. The ECOnomics Institute seeks to initiate and promote ecologically-sound economic development in the Greater New Orleans region. Activities: lots of cooking demonstrations, tastings, childrens activities, music, spinning etc. Comfort: despite all efforts, you feel as though you're in a parking lot. It's as though the surrounding neighborhoods have not yet recognised the power of the market and it's potential spin-off to the rest of the community. Some entrepreneur should be capitalising on the market and adding amenities to the area. Access: it's in the downtown so easily accessible. However, my memory of the market suggests that the site is otherwise lacking in vitality and retail activity. Social: all ages mingle together

Contact Info:

ECOnomics Institute, Loyola University: 504-861-5898/ecoinst@loyno.edu www.crescentcityfarmersmarket.org

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