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Dillard University to…

Sep 17 - 17, 2014
MC Lyte will spend an evening discussing her new release "Dear John"… more

Funk Monkey featuring…

Sep 17 - 24, 2014
Join us for Funk Monkey featuring members of Bonerama. more

Grammy Award-winning…

Sep 17 - 24, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 17 - 24, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Lakefront Arena…

Sep 17 - 17, 2014
Demi Lovato's World Tour makes a stop at the Lakefront Arena - this will be one… more

Mark of the Feminine

Sep 17 - Oct 4, 2014
Curator Regine Basha's Mark of the Feminine is the first in a series of… more

New Orleans Fringe…

Sep 17 - Oct 15, 2014
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Pat O'Brien's Halfway…

Sep 17 - 17, 2014
The Leprechauns will make a mid-year appearance this year when Pat O'Brien's… more

The Victory Belles…

Sep 17 - 17, 2014
Noted for their close harmonies and synchronized dance steps, the Andrews… more

The Victory Belles…

Sep 17 - Nov 19, 2014
Noted for their close harmonies and synchronized dance steps, the Andrews… more

The Victory Belles…

Sep 17, 2014 - Jun 24, 2015
Noted for their close harmonies and synchronized dance steps, the Andrews… more

Tom Gibbs presents…

Sep 17 - 17, 2014
Historian Tom Gibbs will examine the Battle of Peleliu and the toll it took on… more

True Colors Exhibition

Sep 17 - 18, 2014
This exhibition aims to represent people of all sexualities, genders, races and… more

White Glove Wednesdays

Sep 17 - 17, 2014
It's one thing to read on an exhibit label that an infantryman's pack in World… more

American Theater…

Sep 18 - 21, 2014
American Theatre Project of New Orleans (ATPNO) returns to Dillard University's… more

Dillard’s 2014 Brain…

Sep 18 - 18, 2014
Dillard University's 2014 Brain Food Lecture Series promises to serve up a… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 18 - 25, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 18 - 25, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Jazz in the Park

Sep 18 - Oct 30, 2014
Jazz in the Park returns for nine straight weeks this fall,  with a… more

Le Petit Theatre…

Sep 18 - 20, 2014
Just a week later, the popular Broadway comedy "Vanya and Sonia and Masha… more

Dillard University to…

Sep 17 - 17, 2014
MC Lyte will spend an evening discussing her new release "Dear John"… more

National Framers Market Week is August 7-13, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:

Amy A. Kirk Duvoisin
Director of Marketing
French Market Corporation
(504) 522-2621 ext. 205 office 

                                        NATIONAL FARMERS MARKET WEEK is AUGUST 7-13, 2011 
                   JOIN US IN CELEBRATING PAST, PRESENT, & FUTURE AT THE FRENCH MARKET!

· Experience the new “French Market Fare” cooking demonstration stage with daily presentations, kicking off with Chef Leah Chase on Sunday August 7th @ 2:00 p.m. See full cooking demo schedule below.

· Learn about our new fresh food partnerships on August 8th at 9:00 a.m. at our “Farmers Market Week: Back to School!” press conference featuring Louisiana Dept of Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain.

· Throughout the week, enjoy live lunchtime music and lunch specials at our Farmers Market eateries (See music schedule and full list of vendors below).

· Shop for fresh produce and seafood at our daily produce stands “French Market Produce” and “Mother Nature’s Cupboard” and the newly opened “J’s Seafood Dock”, offering fresh catches of the day, curbside pickup, and shipping nationwide.

(New Orleans, LA—August 2, 2011)—The historic French Market is joining forces with agriculture and food industry giants—Louisiana State University Department of Agriculture’s Market Maker and Sodexo, the leader provider of integrated food and facilities management services in the United States and Canada—to bring more fresh food distribution and availability to the French Quarter and the City of New Orleans.

United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has proclaimed August 7-13, 2011 as National Farmers Market Week. This year marks the 12th annual National Farmers Market Week. Since 2000, the number of farmers markets has grown 150%, from 2,863 markets to 7,175 in 2011. These numbers continue to rise as farmers markets become fresh food mainstays for shoppers across all socio-economic, political, and ethnic ranges.

Farmers markets bolster local economies, improve community health, and bring diverse groups of people together through a shared social space. –Farmers Market Coalition.org

In celebration, the French Market is offering free daily cooking demonstrations (11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.) and live music (daily at noontime) at our new “French Market Fare” stage. Our “NATIONAL FARMERS MARKET WEEK-BACK TO SCHOOL!” press conference featuring LA Commissioner of Agriculture Mike Strain and foodways partners mentioned above will be held Monday August 8th at 9:00 a.m. Contact Amy at akirk@frenchmarket.org for more information on this and all of the above mentioned festivities, as well as additional photographs of the newly renovated Farmers Market and new vendors.

Press Quotes:

"At one time the French Market was Louisiana's food distribution hub for our commodities. It's great to see the effort that is currently underway to restore this culturally important location to its historical significance. "

--Commissioner Mike Strain, Louisiana Department of Agriculture

“The USDA Marketing Services grant is providing funds to the LSU Ag Center to survey school lunch directors to determine demand for locally produced agricultural and fishery products and identify the policies for purchasing products for use in school lunch programs. Local producers will receive training on the use of Louisiana MarketMaker and other resources that will help them identify new institutional and direct marketing opportunities. This survey is part of the national fresh food initiative and the new nutritional school lunch guidelines.”

--Pam Hodson, LSU Ag Center, Market Maker

"Sodexo is proud to be part of the New Orleans and Louisiana community. With our many local partners-- most notably, Pigeon Caterers--we are excited to provide local produce, local products, and local cuisine to our students. We are always looking for new ways to incorporate fresh Louisiana produce and special Louisiana "Value-Added" products into our nutritious menus. We look forward to working with LSU AgCenter and the French Market to bring our students healthy meals while supporting the local community."

--Tony Buscemi, District Manager, Sodexo School Services

“The French Market has served generations of New Orleanians with fresh, local food and fond memories of making groceries. While we have grown and changed with the times, we look forward to returning to our roots by offering the public more fresh options. Our partnerships with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Sodexo are promising to help us reach this goal, and we look forward to continuing to find ways to welcome farmers and fishermen back to the Market to sell, promote, and sustain our Louisiana cuisine.”

--French Market Corporation Executive Director Frank Pizzolato