Market Umbrella is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3), based in New Orleans, whose mission is to cultivate the power of farmers markets to drive economic and community health in the region. Market Umbrella has operated the Crescent City Farmers Markets (CCFM) since 1995.
Cicada Calling Farm
With a bountiful display of bright bouquets, canned goods, melons, squash, eggplant, and more, it’s difficult to miss the Cicada Calling tent when they are at market. Run by Becks Hilliard & Sierra Torres, Cicada Calling is a 2-acre diversified vegetable and cut flower farm in Southeast Louisiana. As two young farmers from Louisiana, Becks & Sierra believe farming in the Gulf South is an act of resistance towards a disappearing community that has been ravaged by climate change and the petrochemical industry. Their beliefs are evident in their practice: they are a no-till, naturally grown farm and source a majority of their seed from cooperative seed growers in the South as a means of growing food better adapted to our climate and to increase the seed biodiversity of our region. For Becks & Sierra, Cicada Calling Farm is not just a business, but an intentional decision to invest in a future for Louisiana and create alternative economies, structures, and systems to support, heal, and nourish our community. Swing on by Thursday or Sunday market and check out Cicada Calling!
The Crescent City Farmers Market operates weekly year-round throughout New Orleans. The CCFM hosts 70+ local small farmers, fishers, and food producers, and more than 150,000 shoppers annually.