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Crescent City Farmers Market to temporarily close starting March 19

Beginning on March 19, 2020, the Crescent City Farmers Market will cease market operations until further notice to minimize any risk to shoppers and vendors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

While we feel that we have instituted many safety precautions at market since the onset of this crisis, the safest measure at this time is extreme social distancing. Rest assured that in the meantime, Market Umbrella staff will be working diligently behind the scenes to develop ways to continue to support our vendors as well as our communities’ vulnerable populations. We will use this time to explore innovative options such as ways to create a virtual market place. This has been a very difficult decision but the health and wellness of our community is our top priority.

Crescent City Farmers Market has partnered with Top Box Foods to create boxes full of CCFM vendor products for home delivery on Tuesdays/Wednesdays and Fridays/Saturdays. Boxes are available at Top Box Foods. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to see when sales are launched.

Please check back regularly for updates as we work to organize additional methods for food distribution.

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Farmers Market Rx

Though New Orleans is rich in culinary traditions and boasts nutritionally dense local crops such as sweet potatoes and mirlitons, few residents eat a sufficient amount and variety of fresh fruits and vegetables to maintain a healthy weight. Poor diet is a leading factor that contributes to high chronic disease in our community. Eleven percent of adults in the metro area have diabetes, and 64 percent are either overweight or obese. The Farmers Market Prescription Program (FMRx) aims to serve those individuals.

The FMRx program serves vulnerable residents in our community that need additional nutrition education and incentives to help make healthier food choices for their families, thereby expanding access to fresh local fruits and vegetables for all. The program educates participants about the importance of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and assists in reducing the risk of preventable health issues.

FMRx participants receive prescriptions redeemable for fruits and vegetables at the Crescent City Farmers Market and at other local market partners. Participants attend community health group meetings to receive prescriptions. Group meetings consist of recipe creation, cooking lessons, and overall healthy eating support. This program is on a hiatus while we seek additional partners.

Call (504) 861-4485 to learn more.

New Orleans' Fit NOLA partnership

FMRx has been part of New Orleans' Fit NOLA initiative that helped create a healthier city by promoting physical activity and improved nutrition. An unhealthy diet is a leading factor contributing to the incidence of chronic disease and poor health outcomes in our community. The FMRx program developed out of the FitNOLA initiative through a partnership between New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, New Orleans Health Department, Louisiana Public Health Institute, and Market Umbrella.The program educates participants about the importance of including more fruits and vegetables in their diets and connects them to community resources, such as free fitness classes and information about other healthy food incentive programs. With each iteration of the program, we evaluate and redesign our service delivery model to improve both physical and mental health for New Orleans residents. As part of Fit NOLA, the FMRx partners have connected hundreds of households to healthy food and fitness options right in their own neighborhoods to help people make lasting changes for their families and communities.

About Us

Market UmbrellaMarket Umbrella is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3), based in New Orleans, whose mission is to cultivate the field of public markets for public good. Market Umbrella has operated the Crescent City Farmers Markets (CCFM) since 1995.

Crescent City Farmers MarketThe Crescent City Farmers Market operates weekly year-round in four New Orleans neighborhoods. The CCFM hosts nearly 80 local small farmers, fishers and food producers, and more than 100,000 shoppers annually.