Market Umbrella is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3), based in New Orleans, whose mission is to cultivate the field of public markets for public good. Market Umbrella has operated the Crescent City Farmers Markets (CCFM) since 1995.
Dennis Guarino didn’t expect to end up working on a farm. While in between jobs, he began working on a farm near his childhood home in the River Parishes. Eight years later, Dennis is a familiar face at the Crescent City Farmers Markets, where he’s sold everything from okra to peaches. Dennis still works for the same farm in Montz, LA owned by Timmy Perilloux. Dennis has known Mr. Timmy since he was only ten years old, and you can often find him peddling the fresh produce grown on Perilloux Farm. With vegetable growing season slowing down, Dennis has spent the summer selling peaches fresh from Pontotoc, MS for Cherry Creek Orchards. Dennis says his favorite part about his work at the market is meeting people and making new connections with customers and vendors alike.
The Crescent City Farmers Market operates weekly year-round in four New Orleans neighborhoods. The CCFM hosts nearly 80 local small farmers, fishers and food producers, and more than 100,000 shoppers annually.