National Association of Produce Market Managers

Founded in 1947, NAPMM strives to help market managers improve facilities and increase services while encouraging cooperation and exchange of ideas between members and partners.

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Save the Date!
NAPMM’s 75th Annual Conference will be held in one of the world’s most unique and exciting cities --

The thrice delayed and highly anticipated 75th Annual National Association of Produce Market Managers is finally going to happen, November 1-4, in beautiful and historic New Orleans, Louisiana.  The conference program is being finalized, but already features market tours and workshops as well as time to enjoy the City.

Early November in New Orleans usually features dry , sunny days with highs in the 70’s. Our Conference Hotel, the Holiday Inn Superdome, is only blocks from the historic French Quarter and close to plenty of restaurants and nightlife and features a budget friendly rate of only $99 a night.  Make plans to come early and enjoy a ghoulish Halloween in New Orleans or catch the Saints against the Super Bowl champion Bucs on Sunday, October 31.

Registration and full itinerary will be featured in the next GreenSheet which will be out in mid-July.

Three-Day Schedule Packed With Tours and Educational Sessions

The conference committee has put together a great program which will begin with the President’s Reception Monday evening at the Pythian Market, an “urban food collective” located in a renovated historic icon of a building and featuring local food purveyors, a craft bar and retail vendors.

Conference sessions will kick-off the Tuesday morning with a fascinating presentation by author Liz Williams from the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, on the remarkable and lengthy, history of markets in New Orleans. This will be followed by a presentation on the role the Crescent City Farmers Markets, operated by a community not-for profit, Market Umbrella, played in helping New Orleans recover from Hurricane Katrina and survive last year’s pandemic  as well as their impact in building community and connections today.

The day continues with a session featuring a panel of market managers speaking about the myriad of operation and management models at markets, the benefits and challenges of each and how to successfully interact with boards and other stakeholders. (Contact Linda at [email protected] if you would like to be part of the panel). Followed by retail and wholesale breakouts.

Wednesday is a day full of tours which are still being finalized, but tentatively include a tour at a wholesale operation that focuses on sourcing locally and a discussion of how the pandemic impacted customer preferences. From there we travel to the Westwego Shrimp Lot, a fascinating collection of small, family run shrimp and seafood purveyors. Extension Educator and aquaculture guru, Rusty Gaude will tell us about the evolution of the seafood industry in South Louisiana followed by time to explore the site. Many businesses ship fresh seafood nationally.

We will board the bus for a trip to Covey Rise farm for lunch in the “Lodge” and a tour and presentation on the unique model of farmer-led product aggregation of local produce and cut flowers and how post-pandemic this model could help to shape the future of the produce/flower distribution model.

The final stop of the day is at the St Roche Market, a chef-centric food hall. After a tour and orientation to the space, attendees can enjoy a happy hour beverage before we return to the hotel.

Thursday, we are on the road again, starting the day with a New Orleans own, dark roasted coffee and chicory and a famous beignets (a square, French style donuts lavishly topped with powdered sugar) at Café du Monde, a New Orleans favorite since 1862. Following this French Market staff will present on the fascinating history of the market, its evolution and current operation as well as the plans for the future. Attendees will have time to tour the market and sample and purchase the wares of its numerous businesses and vendors and then be given a voucher for lunch at the market or in the adjoining streets in the Market District and Jackson Square including the famous Central Grocery, home of the “muffuletta”.

After lunch, the group will travel to the Mid-City Market for a tour and presentation on the work of Market Umbrella who operates this market and a number of others in the area under the Crescent City Farmers Market banner. Hear about how their mission extends beyond running markets to providing lively community spaces where shoppers and producers connect to build relationships, community health and strong economies.

The three day schedule is packed with tours and educational sessions but attendees still will have plenty of time to network, socialize and enjoy the Crescent City.


Thanks to Hunts Point Produce Market for Hosting the Fall Regional Meeting October 7-9, 2019

Many thanks to Nick Rodelli, Danielle Brooks and the entire staff AND tenants of the Hunts Point Terminal Market for hosting a great regional meeting at the world's busiest produce market. The facility and its story is amazing. Manager Nick Rodelli will be retiring soon, and he should take great pride in the improvements and positive changes he has instituted during his tenure. Best wishes for success to the incoming Manager, Phil Grant.

The regional meeting provided a great opportunity to reconnect with many market managers as well as meet some new market managers. We took an amazing tour of Hunts Point Terminal Market and spoke with some of their tenants. It is always very interesting to hear the background of these businesses and see first-hand their operation in action. We also had the opportunity to sit down and listen to many great presentations. Food safety, marketing strategies, security and retrofitting old facilities were just a few of the topics. It is always amazing to see that no matter where your market is from that we all face very similar issues. Having the chance to step away from your market, see another market and hear what they are doing provided some great learning opportunities and allowed all attendees to take new strategies back to their market. We concluded the regional meeting with what NAPMM does best, networking. We had an open topic meeting, where market managers took time to discuss anything and everything about their market. These meetings are invaluable and takeaways from these conversations help strengthen our own markets back at home for generations to come.

We cannot say thank you enough to Hunts Point Terminal Market for hosting the 2019 regional meeting and we look forward to seeing everyone at the annual conference in New Orleans!

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