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News and updates on NOCCA Institute’s Press Street Gardens and The Fresh Market opening in Metairie



   NOCCA Institute's Press Street Gardens (7 Press St., 504-940-2914; is launching its first Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program featuring flowers, vegetables and herbs grown in the half-acre Bywater plot at the corner of Press and Dauphine streets. Beginning Aug. 1, customers can order two types of CSA boxes in three- or four-month increments. A $250 flower-only box features flowers grown and cut by gardener Marguerite Green. A more traditional CSA box option featuring vegetables and herbs costs $400 for four months. The box will contain at least five different types of items such as tomatoes, squash or cucumbers and may contain homemade preserves and oils, depending on the season. It also comes with a recipe featuring the vegetables and herbs in the box.

  Boxes are available for pickup every Saturday between 8 a.m. and noon. Delivery options also are available. Proceeds from the CSA sales go toward the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. For more information, contact

   Gourmet grocer The Fresh Market opened its fifth Louisiana location (755 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-831-0784; July 22. There are stores in Uptown, Mandeville, Baton Rouge and Lafayette. The chain was founded in 1982 and includes 174 stores nationwide. The Metairie locations is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

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