The first question on the list as you start the 30 day local foods adventure is … where can I buy local foods? We have numerous great places here in New Orleans and the surrounding area where you can shop:
- Grocery Stores ( We love Thibodaux based, Rouses Markets)
- Hollygrove Market
- Cleaver and Co.
- New Orleans Food Coop
- Growing Local NOLA Online Store
- Farmers Markets
- Roadside Stands
Rouses Supermarkets are far and away the grocery stores in the New Orleans area that are investing in local growers, ranchers and shrimpers. The stores are open until midnight and each year they source more and more products locally. You can buy local eggs, beef, pork, lamb, goat, milk, cream, sugar, rice, vinegar, pecans, a wide variety of produce, seafood plus other products.
The next runner up grocery store that is locally owned and is often carrying local products is Dorignacs.
Hollygrove began as a small 3 day a week market for local growers and over the past 3 years has tripled in capacity and is now open 7 days a week. Hollygrove is like a mini grocery store but with 100% local food items including chickens, corn flour, rice grits, cheeses, and a wide variety of fruits and vegetables including rare items like peanuts, artichokes, red beans and more. Unlike farmer’s markets that provide a venue for farmers to come and sell their products, Hollygrove is more like a grocery store as they retail the produce themselves.
Cleaver and Co. is a whole animal butcher shop that sources 100% of their meats locally. They carry ALL of the cuts of beef, pork, lamb, goat, chickens and rabbit. They are also the only place that sells 100% local boudin and sausage (except for the spices).
The Food Coop is a membership owned grocery store. Their sustainable buying practices is leading them to source more and more of their products locally. They also have a section of the store for salads and hot plates and during June they will be stocking that with local food options.
New Orleans was once home to almost 40 outdoor produce markets. Though we have much fewer than that today the number is increasing as neighborhoods are one by one bringing them back. Here is the link to most of the operating farmers markets in the city.
These are a great way to shop and often at good prices. But do not think that just because it is on the back of a truck it is local. Often they are buying produce from Mexico or California. A good rule of thumb is if it is not in season locally then it is not locally grown.
Enjoy dining out and stay on your local foods diet and support the restaurants and who are supporting our local growers, ranchers and fisherman.
Click the link to see the local menu item for the 48 restaurants that are participating in the 2013 Eat Local Challenge.