Kathryn Parker has been at the helm of the Crescent City Farmers Market for just one year. Taking over from the organization's original leader, Richard McCarthy, who went on to become the Executive Director of Slow Food America, Kate says it’s been a year that has flown by so quickly, one with a never-ending learning curve.
“I thought I knew a lot about growing seasons,” she says. “But the more time I spend with the market, the more I am learning."
Food writer Ian McNulty on the convergence of a historic market, efforts to revive its role as a food hub and an enterprising young chef eager to take full advantage, even from the walk-up kitchen of a French Quarter bar.
A new market-within-a-market seems right in step with the renewed appreciation for locally harvested or handmade food and the burgeoning cottage industry producing it all.
Head down to the French Market early on a Wednesday afternoon these days and you can watch as about two dozen vendors set up booths for a new weekly edition of the Crescent City Farmers Market. These vendors come from all across the region, as reflected by what they’re bringing to market these days.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Crescent City Farmers’ Market opened in the historic French Market. This is the fourth weekly market that Crescent City Farmers Market operates citywide — but the French Quarter location makes this one different than the rest.
The French Market in New Orleans has been running since 1791. For a couple of centuries, it provided the French Quarter and local community with fresh meats and produce.
The French Market may seem like one big urban flea market — with everything from tee-shirts to Mardi Gras masks, alligator heads to shot glasses. And tourists… lots of tourists. But upon closer inspection, you discover that this outdoor shopping plaza is full of individuals who couldn’t be more different from one another.
NolaVie's Laine Kaplan-Levenson and Renée Peck met some of these local vendors who make the French Market another unique corner of the city.
This week on Inside the Arts, the mystique of New Orleans piano wizard James Booker is creating a buzz at the New Orleans Film Festival. We talk with filmmaker Lily Keber about her in-depth documentary Bayou Maharajah.
A spooky weekend is in store for the younger set as the Boo Carré Halloween and Harvest Festival kicks off in the French Quarter. And Songs in the Key of Life, a Stevie Wonder opera, is in final performances at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center.
Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 7:35 a.m.
Gretchen Neuenhaus, a junior at Mount Carmel Academy, will portray Maid of Honor Joan of Arc, René Bajeux will portray King Charles VII and Betsie Gambel, president of Gambel Communications, will serve as Queen Yolande of Aragon. Gambel is the krewe's first queen.
The krewe parades each year on Jan. 6, which is Joan of Arc's birthday as well as the Feast of the Epiphany, the official start of the Carnival season.