Why the ‘cone of uncertainty’ certainly seems to love New Orleans this hurricane season | The Latest | Gambit Weekly

If 2020 had to be summed up in three words, “cone of uncertainty” might not be a bad choice. Here in New Orleans the meteorology term has become all too familiar, and it’s stressing people the hell out. 

Hurricane Delta marks the sixth storm this hurricane season to have New Orleans fall in the cone of uncertainty, in other words within the storm’s possible projected path when it hits landfall. It’s gotten to the point where residents are asking, “Really? Again?”

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Now forgotten, New Orleans was once dotted with ‘truck farms’ as city grew | Entertainment/Life

They abounded in Gentilly. They checkerboarded Marrero. They are eponymous with Metairie.

“They” were truck farms, and from the 1870s to the 1950s, their crop-lined fields dominated the fringes of greater New Orleans, from Arabi to Marrero, from Algiers to Kenner.



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Truck fams by the Fair Grounds and DeSaix Place in Gentilly, in the 1920s.




A truck farm is a small agricultural enterprise devoted to raising vegetables, fruit, dairy and other delicate edibles. “Truck” comes not from the vehicle they were transported in — yet to be invented in the late 1800s — but from the French torquer, meaning exchange or barter, as many such farmers traded their yield at the town market.

Truck farms were sometimes known as market gardens, and their bounty fed both the family and as well as the local community. “Truck” came to be synonymous with fresh fruit and vegetables.

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