Great Greens in Uptown/Carrolton?
I am a vegetarian, I cook a lot, and I just moved to Uptown near Tulane and I need help! Where can I find well priced and fresh leafy greens (kale, mustard, chard, collards, spinach, bok choy, etc)? I am also looking for a source for cheap latin and international groceries. I don't know the city much at all, and the local grocery stores I have been to so far have been very dissapointing- wilty looking kale in tiny bunches for too much money (or vastly overpriced greens at Whole Foods, still in tiny little bundles). I just moved from NYC and I'm pretty sure the prices there were actually better which makes no sense to me. I don't mind driving well out of my neighborhood for a great grocery, but so far have had no luck. Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks!
listen to edible and get to the farmers markets
i prefer the Tuesday @ Uptown Sq as they have more items for people who are actually cooking, I find the Sat market more geared for take home foods/breads, plants and food items for tourists to take back (this not a a critique just an observation ).
another try is the truck farmers who set up around the city. There is one usually over by Notre Dame on Carrollton, another over by the corner of City Park X from Delgado. These guys have set schedules and if you let them know you're serious (e.g. buy fruit from them not just looky-lou) about buying greens that week, they will load some on the truck for their next trip. We have one rolling vendor in the Marigny who sells greens,
ask your neighbors if one drives around in your area.
For Latin/International, do a trip out to Kenner. Kenner is something like 30% hispanic -
big population from Honduras before Katrina for decades - fall out from United Fruit Co
& Standard Fruit headquarters being in New Orleans back in the 1920 to the 1970's. There's Union on W. Esplande, Havana on Loyola, International on Williams, Jalisco on Williams. Go in the morning - they seem to get slammed midday with workers lunches.
Everyone is most helpful, if you're bilingual it's a plus. Take cash.
Before Katrina, Eve's Market carried organic greens/veggies, I haven't been over
to shop Freret St area since then, but that might be an option.
I just bought some great mustard greens at the Tuesday CC Farmers Market. There were two stands with a bunch of different greens. As for international food, I just read something about a place on Broad st. I think it might called Ideal Food Mart or something like that. I haven't had a chance to check it out yet, but will soon.
I have good luck finding a variety of nice looking, fresh greens at the Mid-City Rouses. The whole produce section at that store seems to me to be much better than the Tchoupitoulas Rouses, or any other regular-priced (not Whole Foods) grocery store in town. But the real draw is of course the walk in beer cooler.
As far as greens go I also recommend the hollygrove market for arugula and mizuna as well as fresh herbs and root veggies. Since you are a vegetarian I will also recommend a cafe in the Bywater neighborhhod of New Orleans called Satsuma. They have a pretty nice selection of vegetarian salads and sandwiches, not to mention really good fresh squeezed organic juices.