200 Broadway Street at the River
1235 N. Peters Street in the French Market
3700 Orleans Avenue at the Bayou
750 Carondelet Street at Julia Street
The jewels of citrus season have arrived - the blood oranges! Eagerly awaited and prized not only for their incredible aesthetic, with vivid red shot through the fruit and sometimes even the peel, they have a complex flavor, reminiscent of raspberries. While they are on the difficult side in terms of peeling, slicing segments reveals the gorgeous striations and juicing yields an incredible pink juice, perfect for spritzers, in cocktails or in desserts (see our recipe of the week below). It’s a fine line for these fruits… cold weather helps to develop their incredible color and flavor, but citrus is sensitive to sustained freezing temperatures. Get them while you can at our Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday markets.
International flavors and spices are going to be a big hit this year and we are ahead of the curve. The folks over at VEGGI Farmers Co-op have been spotted with orange and white turmeric. You can also find a multitude of root products from Poche Family Farms. They have been harvesting, pickling, freeze drying, and grinding fresh ginger and turmeric (pictured). Did you know freeze drying helps to retain more nutrients? Look at the difference! Last, but not least, Spicy Lady Seasonings offers salt free, locally foraged and sourced spices specializing in artisan international mixes. For flavor and nutrition, this is a food trend we’re definitely on board with.
Market Match was launched by Market Umbrella to increase spending power of EBT/food stamp cardholders at our farmers markets, as a part of a strategy to bridge new communities to farmers markets and inform policy makers on the importance of food access programs that include small farmers and fresh local foods. Right now, folks can come to the market, swipe their EBT/food stamp card at the welcome tent, and CCFM will match up to $20 per visit – enabling families to double their purchases of fresh, local food! Tokens do not expire and you can use them at all of our markets!
Whether you visit this market stand for incredible juices with the perfect balance of pulp, or for the multitude of amazing all-fruit popsicles, Amanda’s Frozen Fruit Bars has got you covered. Check out her amazing turmeric lemonade, a powerful orange concoction that’s not only delicious, but infused with (local) turmeric, which is not only vibrantly orange but also a medicinal root used for its anti-inflammatory properties as well as for arthritis, heartburn, water retention, recovery from surgery, stomach pain - the list of applications goes on and on. Kids might insist on the avocado cream popsicle, but don’t leave this table without trying the pineapple, orange and strawberry juice, or her seasonal fruit filled lemonades, strawberry in spring and peach in summer. Always made from local ingredients when available, find her at our Tuesday or Saturday markets.
Ay, Dios Mío! Casa Borrega is back at it again! Our friends as Casa Borrega will be serving your favorite traditional Mexican foods throughout the month of January. Enjoy them at the Green Plate Special tent at Tuesday market from 9am to 1pm.
We interrupt this month of soup recipes to bring you one of our all-time favorite, super seasonal recipes… blood orange bars. While lemon bars are pretty good, blood oranges really take this desert to the next level. Not only does this citrus provide a sweet, dimensional flavor, the color is downright beautiful. Squeeze a little Meyer lemon to make this recipe go further. Alternatively, tangerine juice will give you a deep orange color. Whatever you do, don’t miss your chance to scoop these up!
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Market Umbrella is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3), based in New Orleans, whose mission is to cultivate the field of public markets for public good. Market Umbrella has operated the Crescent City Farmers Markets (CCFM) since 1995.
The Crescent City Farmers Market operates weekly year-round in four New Orleans neighborhoods. The CCFM hosts nearly 80 local small farmers, fishers and food producers, and more than 100,000 shoppers annually.