Shopping Options for Seniors

One of the more challenging aspects of the pandemic of 2020 has been keeping ourselves supplied with the essentials we need for day to day living such as food, personal hygiene items, and cleaning materials. Grocery stores, general merchandise stores, restaurants and other businesses have become creative and resourceful keeping the safety of their employees and their customers in mind, and following safe health protocols while conducting business.

In an effort to reduce the risk of exposing our more vulnerable citizens to COVID 19, some grocery chains and retailers are offering special shopping hours for seniors. Additionally, many stores and restaurants offer online ordering and curbside pickup for those who choose to avoid going into stores. Check your favorite stores and restaurants online to see what options they have available for ordering and pickup. Curbside pickup is usually available for certain hours of the day.

Another option that seniors may want to consider is shopping at local farmers markets. Not only do these markets provide an open air shopping experience, but they also support local growers and small businesses, and they provide an outdoor excursion that could be fun. Farmers markets usually provide a selection of fresh produce, meat, preserves, home cooked menu items, hand crafted goods, and oftentimes there’s some live music going on while you shop.

To find local markets in your area, simply search online for “farmers markets near me.” Listings for local markets typically have a link to their website or Facebook page where you can see days and hours of operation as well as what vendors/products will be available. Sometimes these market organizations will provide contact information for their individual vendors so that you can place an order ahead of time and pick up your items when you go to market.

A small sampling of local farmers markets in the Northshore and Southshore regions of Lake Pontchartrain include:

Northshore Markets

Camellia City Market - Mandeville Trailhead Community Market - Covington Farmers Market - Abita Springs Art & Farmers Market - Madisonville Maker’s Market - Folsom Farmers Market at Giddy Up - Covington Farmers Market/Wednesday Lunch Market

Southshore Markets

French Market - Crescent City Farmers Market - Swap Meet NOLA Farmers Market - Sankofa Fresh Stop Farmers Market - Gretna Farmers Market