The weekend comes and then goes so quickly, don’t you think? Not this past weekend but the one before, the turnout for our first-ever Lower 9th Ward Farmer’s Market was swingin’. It’s an event we have started and will continue to host in collaboration with the 9th Ward organizations of: Capstone, Lower 9th Ward Village and SUA (Supporting Urban Agriculture). The goal is to improve health and access to healthy food according to community needs, through fresh produce and even through voter registration, health screenings, etc.
That day, the autumn weather was sunny and breezy. Beautiful wildflowers adorned the tents and folks enjoyed each other’s company, the food and music. Mack was on the seafood boil, serving up large shrimp caught by one of our former growers. Fair Grinds and VEGGI were on the tea sample grind, Capstone was on their honey kick and community members gave the vegetables of SUA and VEGGI a loving new home. There were also opportunities to register to vote, sign up to volunteer at a 9th Ward garden and try out acupuncture.
The Lower 9th Ward Farmer’s Market will be the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month now, at the 1205 block of Charbonnet St. Catch this weekend’s on Saturday, October 18 from 2-5 PM.