Eat Local, Eat Fresh: New Orleans’ Farmers Markets

creole tomatoes at the farmers market

Tasty Creole Tomatoes

Sustainability has become a hot topic in the current age of conservation and self-sufficient living. For residents of New Orleans, this is no exception, and locals and visitors alike can easily enjoy the scrumptious, fresh delights like local produce, seafood, dairy, farm-raised meat, fresh baked goods, and cut flowers via local farmers markets regularly held around the city.

If you’d like to sample some fresh local produce on your next visit to New Orleans, there are a number of farmers markets to choose from and several different locations. Every day at the edge of the French Quarter on Decatur St, the French Market is an expansive marketplace covering several blocks with tents and tables of goods from 10am till 6pm. The market is filled to the brim with food and merchandise vendors of all stripes, including many local farmers, bakers, fishermen and the like.

Crescent City Farmers Market hosts markets at three different locations three days of the week, so there’s a chance you’ll be able to see at least one of them on your next visit. The Thursday Market is held Thursday afternoon in Mid-City at Orleans Ave and Bayou St. John, which makes for a beautiful location and a lovely breeze while you browse. On Saturday mornings, the market is held downtown at Magazine St and Girod St, which is also a nice contrasting background to walk through, with fresh produce and other goods peddled against the backdrop of the city’s downtown and Warehouse District areas.

If you’re staying Uptown at Southern Comfort Bed & Breakfast, you can take head over to the Tuesday Market at Broadway and the River, just a stone’s throw from Audubon Park. Every week they offer a Green Plate Special, where local chefs cook up fresh and affordable lunches that showcase the seasonal ingredients available for sale around the market—a unique taste of all New Orleans has to offer.

At Southern Comfort Bed & Breakfast, we pride ourselves in contributing to the sustainability movement by using local dairy and produce, such as our butter, cheeses, and veggies. You can taste the difference in our delicious meals, just as you can taste the difference in locally grown and harvested foods.

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