By: Sue Strachan, Nola.com
It is hard to imagine the city without the Crescent City Farmers Market, an early Saturday morning tradition for many New Orleanians. Founded in 1995 by John Abajian, Richard McCarthy and Sharon Litwin, the idea was to support local farmers and vendors, while providing healthy food options for the community. It opened at the corner of Girod and Magazine streets, but has since expanded to Uptown (Tuesday), French Quarter (Wednesday), and Mid-City (Thursday).
On Saturday (Oct. 10), "Moonlight Market"gala gathered supporters and the original founders to commemorate its 20th anniversary. The party was located in a building across the street from the Saturday market, a parking lot that the late W. Boatner Reily III of the Reily Foods Company, owner of the lot, allowed the market to set up in originally, and still does so today. Reily's legacy was honored during the event.
Twenty-four restaurants or food purveyors served some of their best light bites or cocktails: Kingfish's alligator Frito pie and Peche's smoked tuna dip with crackers and pickles were favorites, as were intoxicating Imperial Woodpecker snowballs. The patron party featured food from Shaya, with drinks from Cane & Table and Keife & Co. A silent auction offered jewelry, art, trips, cooking experiences and gift baskets to bid on.