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6 Farmers Markets in New Orleans

THE French Market plus Gretna, Freret Street Market and 3 Crescent City Markets

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Here's a list of Farmers Markets in New Orleans offering produce from local farmers and much more, along with extra attractions such as music, cooking demonstrations, kid activites, book signings, prepared food, hand-crafted items, and seasonal specials.

The farmers markets are not just shopping venues, they are also a favorite "thing to do" in New Orleans, a social event, and a hub for community information.

Click here to find about six other metro New Orleans farmer markets including North Shore St. Tammany markets as well as the Hollygrove, Westwego, and Treme/Armstrong Park Markets.

THE French Market - Every Day

This site was a market before New Orleans existed. Who knows how long Indians traded on this very spot. It's continued to be a marketplace to present day. It's long been a covered market as well, although the he atmosphere has changed a bit over the years. I remember when it was a kind of workaday market with old wooden stands for produce and the like. There seemed to be boxes and food remnants like lettuce leaves everywhere.

The old building has been fixed up and is a major tourist attraction. There are still lots of fresh produce and the expected farmer market goods,, but the French Market now also has prepared food stands and other vendors catering to the tourist and non-grocery shopping native visiting the Quarter. Open daily, 10 am - 6 pm.

Crescent City Farmers Market - Saturdays Downtown

This was the original Crescent City Farmer's Market which spawned two other venues. It's in small corner CBD parking lot that has a beautiful mural on the side of an adjoining building in tribute to the market. There are lots of vendors and activities crammed into the site, which makes for a bustling atmosphere especially for a Saturday morning.

There are always chef demonstrations and other activities. There always seems to be something new and different at this market.

The Market is held in the parking lot on the corner of Magazine and Girod Street on the uptown side of Poydras St., 8 am - noon on Saturdays. Between the huge mural, the tents, the people and parked cars in the otherwise rather empty streets, you can't miss it.

Crescent City Farmers Market - Tuesdays Uptown

This is definitely the 'uptown' farmers market in New Orleans, both literally and figuratively. You'll find all the seasonal basics right off the farm, but also often more exotic and/or expensive items such as  tiny quail eggs and artisan breads.

This is also the best farmer's market for lunch. It's open to 1 pm on a weekday and there are a selection of prepared items, including a restaurant quality dishes that are prepared on site.

This Crescent City Market is held in the parking lot of what used to be the Uptown Square shopping center that now houses an elite retirement condo complex, part of Tulane University, and various offices. It's right at Broadway and the River. 9 am - 1 pm on Tuesdays.

Crescent City Farmers Market - Thursdays in Mid-City

I love this market because it caters to the part of the population that does not have the morning habits of farmers. It doesn't event start til 3 pm. That also makes it a perfect place to stop on the way home for work to shop and socialize. And that can easily turn into a happy hour or two.

This is the third of the Crescent City Market trio and offers a full range of produce as well as a selection of prepared food and other items. Orleans Avenue at the Bayou. 3 - 7 pm every Thursday.

The Gretna Market - Saturday Mornings

The Gretna Farmer's Market is held under a covered structure so it's open every Saturday morning, rain or shine. This market has fresh produce in abundance as well as prepared foods by vendors such as barbeque and home-made soup.& There is also usually a large selection of plants, decorative and vegetable, in case you want to grow your own, as well as various hand-crafted items. During much of the year,& a monthly Art Walk is held nearby and many vendors stay open later on those days. Saturdays, 8:30 am -12:30 pm, 300 Huey P. Long Avenue in Old Gretna not far from the river.

The Freret Street Market - Once a Month

The Freret Street Market is a MONTHLY Market, held the first Saturday of every month except for hot and humid July and August. It's also different in that it is just a part of it is a farmer's market. In addition to food, the Market includes art and a flea market. And there is always music at this very social neighborhood gathering. One annual highlight is the Festivus celebration during Christmastime.The Freret Street Market actually started as an art mart in 2007 as part of an effort to revitalize the old Freret Street business area. And it must have worked because Freret Street seems to be back in business. The market is held at the corner of Freret Street and Napoleon Avenue, noon - 5 pm.

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