At the Saturday morning market in the New Orleans Warehouse District, festivities centered around the launch of the 2012 wooden token. At market, this is how shoppers convert plastic credit and debit currencies into market money. Last year, the market converted almost $400,000 in wooden coins.
Each year, the coin features a fallen food hero. This morning tribute was paid to Avery Island’s Eula Mae Doré. A self-taught, down-home Cajun cook, Eula Mae devoted her cookbook writing to her mother and grandmother’s recipes she enjoyed as a child. Together with TABASCO’s Mcilhenny family, Eula Mae made great strides honoring the culinary feats of ordinary people in rural Lousiaina. It is for this reason, and many others, she now graces the face of farmers market money in New Orleans.
For WWNO, this is Richard McCarthy.