NEW ORLEANS – After spending more than two decades on Magazine Street in the Central Business District, The Crescent City Farmers Market’s Saturday Downtown Market found they needed a new home. “We began this search by asking our vendors and shoppers their ideas for a new location. The overwhelming feedback was that we stay Downtown,” said Kate Parker, Executive Director of Market Umbrella, the parent organization of the Crescent City Farmers Market.
Domain connected with Market Umbrella to donate a space at 750 Carondelet Street. Domain is a partner in the property and knew it was perfectly suited for the Saturday Downtown Market.
“When we heard that the Farmers Market would be moving, we knew we wanted to play a role in keeping the Saturday Market Downtown,” added Mary McCullough, Community Engagement Manager for Domain. “Recognizing that the corner of Carondelet and Julia would be a perfect home, and with our developments just blocks away, we jumped at the opportunity to donate the space.” The new space is larger, allowing for as many as 35 vendors.
Domain’s staff remains dedicated to the important idea of creating opportunities for low-income and other at-risk populations to have access to healthful and affordable food. “The work that Market Umbrella is doing in the city merited our full support,” McCullough continued. “The fact that our space was accessible by multiple public transportation routes meant that we could make the transportation barrier that so many at-risk populations face a little less burdensome.” The new space is located directly on the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar line in addition to being two blocks from the RTA Magazine 11 bus line.
The weekly Farmers Market will continue to connect New Orleanians with regional farmers, fisheries, and food producers. “The Saturday Market is a valuable Downtown amenity, so we’re proud to play a role in keeping the Market in the neighborhood,” said Matt Schwartz, Principal of Domain. “We have welcomed hundreds of new residents and countless visitors to our nearby developments and the Market is an important addition to our community-building efforts in the area.” This new location is mere blocks from the South Market District, Ace Hotel, and Domain’s new co-working space The Shop at the Contemporary Arts Center.
The new space has allowed the market to continue expanding their programs, including those designed to benefit new mothers, children, and low-income households by providing aid and increasing access to fresh, healthy foods. “We’re able to fit 25% more vendors at the new location, offering shoppers a larger variety of produce, dairy products, meat and seafood, and value-added items. And we’re now on the St. Charles Streetcar line, making it accessible for locals and tourists alike. Thank you to the Domain Companies for making it possible for us to provide healthy food access to our downtown neighbors and friends,” said Amanda Trotenberg, Development and Communication Coordinator for Market Umbrella.
“At the heart of our mission is improving lives and livelihoods and strengthening the communities that we live and work in. Being a partner to Market Umbrella stands at the core of who we are and the kind of work we do, we are proud to support them as they work to fulfill their mission,” said McCullough.
Customers can wake up to the best of the season’s harvest every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Visit crescentcityfarmersmarket.org or call (504) 861-4488 to donate or for more information.