Making Groceries Since the 16th Century
Originally a trading post for the native Louisiana Choctaw, the site of the French Market boasts nearly 300 years of operation, making it the oldest open air market in the United States. The French Market as we know it today was established in 1779 when the Spanish took control of New Orleans. After subsequent French conquest, Louisiana was sold to the United States. Thomas Jefferson noted the vast cultural assortment of shoppers and vendors necessitated proficiency in several languages, including French, Spanish, Italian, German, Creole Patois, and countless others. And when John James Audubon first arrived in New Orleans near the French Market, he too recounts being pleasantly astounded by the rich medley of cultures that melded together to form a community so vibrant.
Today, not that much has changed as the French Market remains a cultural hub for New Orleans and the entire United States. And French Market Produce persists as the epicenter of the market's appeal. As you walk through the arch facing Jackson Square, the unmistakable aroma of fresh produce will invoke nostalgia of a simpler time when community and quality were a priority over corporation and mass production. We supply New Orleans with all of the area's best and freshest local produce as soon as it is harvested. At French Market Produce, maintaining the ideology of our past is our goal for the future.