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May 25, 2010 03:46 PM

Best Roadside Produce?

I love stopping by the fellow parked on Carrollton weekdays for tomatoes, limes, bananas, kiwis... Where else are there roadside vendors with fresh-from-the-farm produce besides at the weekly markets. Sometimes I can't wait til then to buy fresh veggies.

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  1. There's a truck at Napoleon and S. Saratoga, but I don' t know if it's what you're looking for - the produce is about the same price as at Rouses and the stickers on the lemons, limes, and avocados indicate that they're from faraway lands (California, S. America, etc.). It's not local produce.

    1. Does the guy still set up shop on River Road just over the parish line by Ochsner?

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      1. re: roro1831

        If you're talking about DeWitt's produce stand, yes, it is still operating.

        1. re: Hungry Celeste

          That may be it, I don't think I never knew the name

          1. re: Hungry Celeste

            I love that stand. They have lots of great produce, plus local salsas, honeys etc.

        2. I feel compelled to offer a point of clarification. The guy on the side of Carrollton is sourcing most of his produce from a wholesaler, just like a supermarket. NO cavendish bananas are grown locally (besides a few starchy ones in backyards), no commercial kiwi production exists in the area, and a limited number of locally-grown limes are sold in winter only. So patronize whatever salesmen you like, but don't think you're getting farm-stand produce. The urban roadside vendor is a venerable tradition in this city, and he fulfills a need to get more produce into the hands of people. BUT, it's not locally grown stuff.

          In contrast, the organized farmers' markets are restricted to producers & growers. No cali avocadoes, no Chilean apples, etc. So if farm-fresh is important to you, hit the Hollygrove market, the various Crescent City Farmers' markets (Sat, Tues, or Thurs), etc. Here's a link to the Times-Pic's list of farmers' markets:

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          1. re: Hungry Celeste

            Thanks HC. That's pretty much what I was trying to say also.

            Has anyone heard anything about Jack & Jake's, the new market that's supposed to be opening soon, or perhaps has already opened, on Earhart? If I'm understanding correctly, they'll be a source for local produce that is open daily rather than a one day a week market.

            1. re: uptownlibrarian

              Jack and Jake's i a new beyond organic market located at 8300 Earhart Blvd that specializes in local fresh foods from a network of local farms and fishers within 65 miles of New Orleans. The market is located in a historic Chicle' factory and is currently in it's buildout phase. See for more info.

              1. re: jackandjakes

                Yes, we've all seen the press re: Jack &'s what we all want to know: when will it open? What farmers will participate? Etc.

            2. re: Hungry Celeste

              Excellent points...I remember seeing imported strawberries at the truck by the Priest Factory years ago and all ya hadda do was drive out town a bit for the local stuff. Once upon a time you could still get a few of the artichokes that they grew in Plaquemines (where, despite snorts to the contrary, the divine thistle was first mass produced in the New World)...I wish someone down there would take that crop up again.

              1. re: hazelhurst

                Can't speak for Plaquemines, but Timmy Perrilloux in Montz does grow a few artichokes. You can find Mr. Perrilloux at the CCFM or German Coast markets.

                1. re: Hungry Celeste

                  That is welcome news..I shall look him up. I knew I'd seen some locally a few years ago but not recently...

                  I started to grow them once myself but something intervened...this is incentice to try again.

              2. re: Hungry Celeste

                Thank you for that info, HCeleste - I didn't realize and am changing my perspective on this...

                1. re: mollymac

                  How about Johnny Becnel's place on Belle Chase Highway? Isn't that exclusively local stuff? Mind you, I rarely get out there except for the citrus crops in the fall, but what I've seen is pretty good.

                  1. re: hjacmc

                    Last time I went to Becnel's I found it terribly expensive, compared to other produce markets with local products..

              3. There are often some people selling produce from a pickup on the side of Claiborne as you approach Elysian Fields from the CBD. In Meraux, just beyond the oil tanks, there's a guy who sets up a van daily next to the westbound lane of Judge Perez. And there's a nice produce stand on St. Bernard Highway in Chalmette, just down the road from the intersection with Paris Road.