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New to New Orleans: I need tips on where to shop!

aeliseb | Feb 28, 201009:33 PM

So I am from San Francisco, sometimes referred to as "foodie heaven." I never really thought much about it until I moved here to New Orleans, and I can't find what I need very easily. I am used to going to ONE place to get fantastic produce, meat, and bakery items. I am used to farmer's markets that stretch over 3 city blocks.

This Saturday, I woke up early and excited to browse the Gretna farmers market. I don't know what I was expecting, but I was certainly expecting more than a handful of tables! I've tried asking locals, where can I get good food? They always, ALWAYS, tell me to just go to Whole Foods.

After many, many experiences of reading chowhound forums I am finally reaching out to you guys personally. Tell me: is there not a great place to shop to get everything I need? A place that sells excellent produce, meats, and bakery items? All under one roof? I live in Algiers Point on the West Bank. I volunteer in the city near St. Charles/Louisiana. Where can I go that is within easy distance of either place? Any suggestions? Rouses just ISN'T cutting it for me!

If nothing comes to mind, I will happily take suggestions on where to purchase these items individually... if I have to.

Thanks in advance!

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