Founded in 1791, the French Market is the oldest open air market in the US! Located on the East bank of the Mississippi River in the historic French Quarter, the market is now one of the main tourist attractions in the city. When it was first established, it functioned as an important trading post for the multicultural population of our fine city. From Native American herbs and spices, to French, German, African, and Spanish specialties, the French Market housed them all. Not much has changed in over 200 years! Although the fresh produce section of the market is pretty limited, you can still find certain foods and handmade crafts that are unique to our region and our people. The French Market will be one of the main venues for the Creole Tomato Festival next month. If you like tomatoes, try our Creoles! You will be in for a truely local treat, they are so flavorful!