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Crescent City Farmers Market Turns Two

Loyola press release - September 19, 1997

(New Orleans)—The Crescent City Farmers Market will celebrate its second anniversary on Saturday, September 27 from 8 a.m. - noon. Joining the celebration will be Loyola University New Orleans president, the Rev. Bernard P. Knoth, S.J., for the cake cutting at 10:45 a.m.

Light jazz will be provided from 8:30 - noon by the Mark Dobriner Trio. At 9 a.m., Chef Annie Kearney from Peri journey through the market. Shoppers can accompany her as she purchases the fresh vegetables and produce needed for Zucchini Cakes and Green Vegetable Relish. Chef Kearney's cooking demonstration will begin at 10 a.m. Following the cooking demonstration, Fr. Knoth will join the farmers and friends of the market in celebrating the end of a second successful year and the beginning of a third year with a birthday cake from the Swiss Confectionery.

On the milestone of the market's second anniversary, shoppers will have the opportunity to purchase Creole Cottage Herbs brand new line of edible flowers, fresh cut herbs and herbal pastes; the "Pie Lady" Monica Miller's praline-topped sweet potato pies; and Half-Baked Productions Cajun and Creole pastries and cookies such as pigs' ear and stage planks.

Since its inception two years ago, as a community-wide collaboration between Loyola University, the City of New Orleans, the William B. Reily Company and a host of citizens, the Crescent City Farmers Market has provided small plot farmers and cottage industries a cost-effective way to market their goods to consumers.

Today, the market works with more than 50 farmers and small-scale entrepreneurs in 14 Louisiana parishes and four Mississippi counties. The market has been an incubator for grassroots enterprises, demonstrating that new businesses can be established and old ones reinforced. In the course of the market's history several organizations have helped to make the market a success. Partnering organizations have included Preservation Resource Center, Louisiana Children's Museum, Loyola University New Orleans' College of Business Administration, Tulane University Business School, Tulane School of Public Health, Project for Public Spaces, Alliance Française, Louisiana Department of Agriculture, Mosquito Control Board of Orleans Parish and Red Stick Farmers Market.

Crescent City Farmers Market Director, Richard McCarthy of Loyola University, sums up the market's success by saying, "We are grateful to the loyal and widespread consumer support for creative, small farmers and cottage industries in the market. Each Saturday morning, the market makes its possible for us to share a sense of community, a love of fresh food and a belief that we can create an economy in which everyone wins."

Upcoming Special Events. The Crescent City Farmers Market will celebrate the bounty of autumn with two upcoming special events. The first is the Native Winery Festival scheduled for Saturday, October 18. New Orleans chefs and the market's Henri Amato of Amato's Winery will discuss Louisiana Winemaking. Joining Amato will be six other Louisiana vineyards, like Casa de Sue, Feliciana, Hungarian Harvest and Pontchartrain Vineyards. Some specialize in grape wines, while others explore other fruitful possibilities. A quartet from The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will be on hand to entertain market goers.

The second special fall event is the market's Thanksgiving Yamboree scheduled for Saturday, November 22. Whether we're discussing sweet potato pies, pancakes, muffins, mashed or baked; it's just not Thanksgiving without yams.

Schedule of Upcoming Cooking Demonstrations.

Saturday, October 4: D.J. Cheek of P.F. Chang's China Bistro

Saturday, October 11: Robert Bruce of Palace Cafe

Saturday, October 18: Native Winery Festival

Saturday, October 25: Richard Hughes of the Pelican Club

The Crescent City Farmers Market which is located on the corner of Magazine and Girod Streets in the Warehouse district is open from 8 a.m. - noon on Saturdays. The Crescent City Farmers Market which is sponsored by the Twomey Center for Peace through Justice is the only open-air farmers' market in the nation sponsored by a university. For more information about the market, please call 861-5898.