by Ian McNulty
A new weekly farmer's market is coming to Mid-City, taking over the same space and being held on essentially the same schedule as a market operated here before Katrina.
The Mid-City Green Market is set to make its debut April 17 in the parking lot of the American Can Apartments, at 3700 Orleans Ave. near Bayou St. John. It will be held each Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., says market founder and local wine merchant Jon Smith.
Before the storm, the Loyola University-based nonprofit MarketUmbrella.org ran one of its three Crescent City Farmers Markets at the same spot each Thursday. Following the storm, the group's Uptown and Warehouse District markets reopened but the Mid-City market was put on hold indefinitely.
Smith is proprietor of Cork & Bottle Fine Wines, the wine shop he founded in 2002, sold last year but bought back again in March. Cork & Bottle is located in the American Can building, and prior to Katrina the shop hosted weekly wine tastings in conjunction with the farmers market just outside its doors. Smith says he approached MarketUmbrella.org with a proposal to open a new market using their model and found the group was eager to help him get it off the ground.
When the management of the Crescent City Farmers Market pledged to help us, I knew we could bring the market back," Smith says.
The initial array of vendors participating at the Mid-City Green Market include some mainstays of the two remaining Crescent City Farmers Market and veterans of its previous Mid-City incarnation. Smith says other vendors have expressed interest in participating and plans call for expanding the market by summer.
Smith has formed a nonprofit organization for the Mid-City Green Market and is recruiting volunteers interested in helping run the event.
- Ian McNulty