New Orleans Farmers Markets
Farmers Markets in New Orleans date back to the founding of the city by French settlers in 1718. Markets like these flourished in cities throughout the early years of the United States, but nowhere were they more prevalent than in New Orleans. Over time, the farmers market became a way of life in the city, a favorite place to go, a hub for community information and conversation, and a tradition that still endures among residents and visitors.
Today, from Ponchatoula strawberries to Silver Queen corn, butter-crunch lettuce to Creole tomatoes, the homegrown fruits and vegetables at a fresh produce market are more abundant than they've been in a generation. Also on display, of course, are mouth-watering shrimp, crabmeat, crawfish, and oysters. Healthy organic foods are also available in sections of the organic market. But the outdoor market is even more than that; it's a culinary landscape of fresh meats and specialties galore, boasting an array of exotic mushrooms, homemade pastries, raviolis stuffed with scrumptious fillings, hearty jellies and jams, quail eggs, artisan breads, and more.
Amidst the farmers market, New Orleans visitors and locals alike can find glorious flowers, potted plants, and fresh herbs is the hustle and bustle of the vendors, musicians, chef demonstrations, book signings, and kids activities. And just around the corner, there always seems to be something new or unique accenting the culture, history, music, and food of New Orleans.
Crescent City Farmers Market
Shopping Type/s: Farmer's Market
Description: Here at the the Crescent City Farmers Market, visitors can find vegetables grown by local farmers and sold directly to local restaurateurs and home cooks. Seasonal delights — from succulent Pontchatoula strawberries, ripe exotic mushrooms and herbs, a vast array of lettuces and greens or Gulf delicacies of shrimp, oysters and the catch of the day—are sold to eager gourmets. Freshly baked pastries, delicious homemade ravioli stuffed with sumptuous fillings, hearty jams and jellies and other ready-made foods are also available. Brightly colored flowering plants and elegant orchids are a feast to the eye, and offer a delightful touch to any setting.
2 French Market Pl., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
Neighborhood: French Quarter
Shopping Type/s: Art Market, Farmer's Market
Description: Founded in 1791, New Orleans’ French Market is the oldest public market in the country. This open-air mall features shopping, dining and music in a tradition that is uniquely New Orleans, yet still reminiscent of some European markets.