"Mother of All Markets" Set for Saturday



Whether you need to restock your emptied fridge, remind yourself what fresh produce tastes like after a week of eating from coolers or just want to see fellow New Orleanians out and about, the Crescent City Farmers Market this weekend should be an especially fulfilling experience.

The market is resuming its normal schedule beginning this Saturday, from 8 a.m. to noon at the corner of Girod and Magazine streets, and will throw in free coffee to help get folks out early. Market staff are also planning to resume the Tuesday market on Sept. 9 at Uptown Square.

With characteristic farmers market humor, this Saturday's event is being called the "Mother of All Markets," a riff on the C. Ray Nagin brand of hyperbole. But it's no joke that the community spirit that runs through the market will be in ample evidence as people come back to town and come back together between the vendors' stalls.

Some of the market's regular vendors live and work in areas that took much greater damage from Hurricane Gustav than New Orleans, and market staff are still trying to contact many of them to see how they fared and when they will be able to return to the market. Updates on individual vendors are being posted here.

-- Ian McNulty

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