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The Best Farmer's Markets & Co-Ops in New Orleans



There are an endless number of reasons to buy local, especially in the Big Easy. The food tastes better and is higher in nutrients since produce has to travel a much shorter distance from the ground to your family’s table. Local food is also GMO-free, a quality many people now strive for in their food. Buying local-farmed produce also supports local farming families, helps build community, and preserves open space — which can quite the commodity around here. In New Orleans, locals are fortunate to have an array of famer’s markets and co-ops, all of which work closely with local growers and producers to bring the best they have to offer.

Check out the list below of the best (and tastiest) ways to support our local economy.


Today in NOLA: 3.05.16


Goldroomn and Mac Sabbath are coming to town tonight. Plus, it’s Saturday which means Soul Sister.  On this day in 1766, Antonio de Ulloa became Louisiana’s first Spanish governor. Now, more on Saturday’s events. 


Today in NOLA: 2.18.16


Nic Payton is continuing his homestand tonight. The Ogden is keeping their doors open late for some tunes and cyclists are also honoring music. Or, you can just get some fresh groceries in Mid City. On this day in 1989, Louisiana elected former Klu Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke to the legislature. Now, more to do in a less offensive 2016. 


Today in NOLA: 2.16.16


Bela Fleck and Chick Corea are in NOLA tonight! Sax man Dave Rempis is in from Chicago and the Treme Brass Band is gigging down the street. HOB is hosting a Zeppelin tribute and the farmers are setting up shop Uptown. On this date in 1724, former Louisiana governor Bienville was recalled to France in disgrace. Now, more to do this Tuesday.


Today in NOLA: 6.30.15


Tuesday has a little something for everyone. Jon Cleary and Sasha Masakowski will entertain music lovers. Jose Torres-Tamas is tackling immigration through art. For those staying in, stop by the Crescent City Farmers Market for some groceries. On this day in 1870, the Robert E. Lee and the Natchez embarked on a steamboat race; the Lee won. Read on for details tonight:


Today in NOLA: 6.18.15


LSU is fighting to stay alive in Omaha tonight. In NOLA, locals are making groceries, enjoying after hours at the Ogden, and checking out the greatest show on earth. On this day in 1921, Louisiana ratified a new constitution. It lasted until 1974. Details for tonight:


Market Fare

A Look Into the Growing Farmers' Scene at the French Market



Strolling through the French Market, one can be forgiven for not remembering the era when locals would fill the covered arcades, hundreds of people seeking out their groceries for the day and just as many vendors filling in the stalls. That history began more than two hundred years ago, after all. The open air market has not been populated by farmers and fishers since the 1970’s. Instead, entering at North Peters and Barracks Streets, one can find ten dollar sunglasses and hats, maybe a fleur-de-lis stamped here and there, or names calligraphic onto a grain of rice. But the times, they are changing. Walk a little further and now you might discover a farmer selling actual rice.


Today in NOLA: 6.02.15


Tonight, get ready to rawk with Rob Zombie! Or not. Those looking for something a bit more mellow, can check out Gregory Agid on Frenchmen. If you want something at a lower decibel level, but not quite mellow, Gwendolyn Knapp is reading at her book launch uptown. Plus, don’t forget your groceries. Today in 1885 was the closing day of the New Orleans World’s Fair, known as the World Cotton Centennial. A monument from the Fair stands at the intersection of Esplanade and Bayou Road. More things to see and do tonight:


Today in NOLA: 5.28.15


From Mardi Gras Indians to singer songwriters, there is plenty going on tonight. Farmers Markets, concerts in the park, and Ogden After Hours are just a few of the options in New Orleans today. On this day in 1818, PGT Beauregard, inventor and first prominent general of the Confederacy during the Civil War, was born in St. Bernard Parish. Now, more to do this Thursday.


Today in NOLA: 5.26.15


Though Memorial Day weekend has drawn to a close, today in New Orleans is still as hopping as ever. Purity Ring is visiting the city and the Crescent City Farmers Market is cooking up some specials despite the grey day. But if the weather does go south, The Prytania is offering shelter in the form of the documentary Dior and I, and the Old Marquer Theater presents RENT.  On this day (5.26.15) many years ago, the U.S. Navy began the Mississippi River blockade, bringing the Civil War to Louisiana (1861), and the Army of Trans-Mississippi surrendered in New Orleans (1865). Now, for more on today. 


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