Farmer’s Market – Uptown

We went to a farmer’s market for the first time last Tuesday. Ok it was not the first time ever but it was the first time since we have both been adults able to make our own decision about getting in the car and driving to the Farmer’s Market and then purchasing something. So I guess it is the first time that we have been to a Farmer’s Market when it really counts.
Anyway, we went to the Crescent City Farmer’s Market in uptown. It was smaller than I was expecting for some reason but it turns out they were celebrating their independence. is moving out from under the umbrella of Loyola University New Orleans and is spinning-off to independent status., is the organization that brings the Crescent City Farmers Market to our community. Shopping at a farmer’s market is a bit different from your regular grocery store. The main thing that stuck out to me as we walked through the booths that had been set up in the corner of a Tulane medical building parking lot was the feeling that lives hang in the balance here.
When I enter a booth the man or woman (or both) who grew, cut, prepared etc. the items I am looking at are in turn looking at me and wondering if I will buy. The farmers market does not provide the anonymity of the large florescent lit aisle found in chain grocery stores. Sure, livelihoods are made in a Winn-Dixie too but you do not feel it as prominently as when you are standing in front of a folding table covered with baskets full of tomatoes, eggplant and green peppers a hand printed sign taped to the front reading “.75 Cents.”
I am embarrassed to say it was a hard experience for me, instead of feeling connected to the community I felt pressure to make a decision between the tomatoes at this tent of the one just a little farther down. With Scott’s help I concurred that feeling a we purchased an eggplant and two green peppers which with a few other ingredients made a very tasty concoction over pasta. I did not plan to feel overwhelmed by the farmer’s market experience but after we got back in the car to drive back home, I felt a little better, I felt like by buying the items I would buy at a grocery store anyway I was doing more to help the community. We plan to go back this week and I think it will be easier this time around and then the next time it will be even easier until we are old pros.

2 Comments so far

  1. caderoux on July 11th, 2008 @ 9:53 am

    Don’t forget the Saturday market at Magazine and Girod. There’s a new market in Mid-City on Thursday evenings, too.

  2. Rayna (rayna) on July 11th, 2008 @ 9:28 pm

    I am thinking of trying them all out for fun. To see what the differences are.

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