COURTESY CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET
Organizers show a map of the new Crescent City Farmers Market site on Aug. 27. Left to right: Market Umbrella Development Chair Katie Rosenblum, Market Umbrella Community Advisory team member Bruce Gallassero, Domain Companies Community Engagement Manager Mary McCullough, Market Umbrella Executive Director Kate Parker, May Gallery & Residency board member Ava Kerr.
After spending more than two decades on the corner of Magazine and Girod streets, the downtown Crescent City Farmers Market
is moving to a new home in the Central Business District. Starting Oct. 1, the Saturday morning market will be at the parking lot outside the May Gallery
, at 750 Carondelet St., organizers announced Aug. 27.
Real Estate developer The Domain Companies, which is a partner in the lot and adjacent buildings, has donated space to both the gallery and the market.
The announcement comes a few months after market organizers first said
they would have to leave the spot at 700 Magazine St. so the property owners can redevelop the strip for commercial use.
“Months ago, we began this search by asking our vendors and shoppers their ideas for a new location,” said Kate Parker, the Executive Director of Market Umbrella, the organization that oversees the Crescent City Farmers Market. “The overwhelming feedback was that we stay downtown. … Matt Schwartz and his team at Domain have been instrumental in helping us bring the region's best local food to New Orleanians without interruption. We are excited to develop more activities in partnership with Keene Kopper and the May Gallery through which we can build upon our city’s rich arts and culinary culture together.”
The new location is slightly bigger, but there is no covered area, so market vendors will use tents and umbrellas for shade.
The market's hours will be 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. For more information, visit the market's website here.