Media Contact:
Amy Kirk Duvoisin
French Market Corporation
(504) 522-2621 ext. 205



(New Orleans, Louisiana-September 25, 2014) The French Market Corporation and Market Umbrella will hold a press conference next Wednesday October 1st to announce market vendors, hours, entertainment, and other details about the weekly farmers market, which officially opens on Wednesday October 15th.

WHO: French Market Corporation and Market Umbrella with these confirmed speakers:

            Nadine M. Ramsey, Councilmember District C
            Charlotte Parent, Director, New Orleans Health Department
            Demetric Mercadel, President, Board of Directors, French Market Corporation
            Jon Smith, Executive Director, French Market Corporation
            Kathryn Parker, Executive Director of Market Umbrella
            Liz Wiliams, Director, Southern Food and Beverage Museum
            Tony Accardo, farmers market vendor with family ties to the historic French Market.


WHAT: Market Umbrella will reveal their findings after surveying locals and neighborhood organizations about their market wants and needs. Details about the weekly market will be announced, including Opening Day (Oct. 15th) hours of operation and entertainment, giveaways, parking information and offers, and a list of vendors.


WHEN: Wednesday, October 1st 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

            10:00 a.m. Red Hot Brass Band
            10:10 a.m. Guest Speakers (see above list)
            10:25 a.m. Ringing of Bell to officially open the Market
            10: 30 a.m. Cooking demonstration: Tujague's, Executive Chef Richard Bickford
            10:45-11:00 a.m. Red Hot Brass Band


WHERE: The press conference will be held at the Farmers Market stage in between Governor Nicholls and Ursulines Avenue, in the heart of the French Market. Nearest street address: 1235 North Peters.

BACKGROUND: In May of 2014, The French Market Corporation Board of Directors approved a cooperative endeavor between FMC and Market Umbrella to create a year-round weekly farmers market featuring local growers and products, data analysis of community needs, census of market visitors, mentorship of current daily Farmers Market operators, as well as a new food incubator program to train local culinary entrepreneurs. Market Umbrella currently operates three farmers markets throughout the city. A 501c3 nonprofit corporation, the organization is devoted to cultivating the field of public markets for public good. Crescent City Farmers Markets was established in 1995.The French Market Corporation is a public benefits corporation that operates six blocks of property in the lower French Quarter, including the iconic farmers and flea market, open daily.