The coronavirus pandemic has affected every industry, including local farmers and fishermen who typically rely on restaurant and farmers markets to make up the bulk of their sales. While many of us are in the process of becoming delicious home cooks, local farms are making it easier than ever to cook fresh, healthy meals. Below is a roundup of produce boxes that can be found locally in New Orleans, all with seasonal fruit and vegetables for a low cost, while also adhering to social distancing requirements.
Crescent City Farmers Market, which typically operates six farmers markets throughout the week in different parts of the city, has gone virtual. Order directly from vendors online for pickup on Sundays at the drive-thru farmer's market, located at Parkway Bakery & Tavern.
The Market has also partnered with Top Box Foods to create boxes full of CCFM vendor products for home delivery on Tuesdays and Fridays, available through Top Box Foods for $40. The contents of the box vary by week, but one recent offering included carrots, cherry tomatoes, strawberries, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, and freshly baked bread. You can also support your favorite CCFM vendor directly here. Items available include fresh cut flowers from Abundance Flower Farm, award-winning pies from Blue Ribbon Pies, gelato from Country Girls Creamery, dog treats from Lana’s Sweets for All Occasions, and so much more.
Covey Rise is a Louisiana farm that regularly provides local produce to restaurants and their seasonal produce club. Now, even more people have access to their delicious produce. Twice a week, Covey Rise Farms will have seasonal produce available for $30 per bag in New Orleans. A recent box featured seasonal items such as radishes, cauliflower, red potatoes, and turnips, plus pork, strawberries, and flowers for an additional cost. No need to pre-order, simply check Instagram for the latest on when and where the bags will be available.
Available weekly at Marjie’s Grill and Cochon Butcher, the Poché Family Farm veggie box ranges from $20-$25 weekly and includes seasonal produce such as Dino kale, carrots, green onions, rainbow chard, Peeps Farms eggs, snap peas, and a Mayhew Bakery baguette. Pre-order your box by emailing email@example.com.
Laughing Buddha Nursery has lots of fresh produce available for pre-order and pickup at their Metairie location. Seasonal offerings include Local Cooling Farms eggs and pork sausages, Gardner Ranch lamb, Greener Pastures Farms whole chicken, Screaming Oaks Mushroom Farm mushrooms, Compostella Farm baby greens, Pelican Produce Bibb lettuce, turnips, radishes, kale, green onions, Fletcher Farm strawberries, plus more. They’re located at 4516 Clearview Parkway and open Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Produce bags are available for pickup at Levee Baking Co. on Saturdays and Hey Coffee Co. on Mondays. Place your order by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Right now, their $20 pre-order option includes cauliflower, lettuce mix, green curly kale, radishes, green onions, and fennel bulb.
Pick up your produce, a la carte style, from Fat Boy Pantry. Their online grocery store includes lots of fresh fruits, herbs, and vegetables, including avocados, mint, butter, and cold brew. Place an order by 8 p.m. for next-day pickup.
Editor’s note: please keep in mind that this is a rapidly evolving situation, and vendors participating in produce boxes sales are taking it one day at a time. Please be sure to check ahead on a vendor’s social media channels or website for information about pre-ordering, pricing, availability and pickups days and times.