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
It’s the time of the year when fresh herbs really start to flourish. As wintery cold kicks in, you’ll be able to find parsley, cilantro, many types of mint, cutting celery (a great stand-in for the vegetable celery which doesn’t grow particularly well in our climate), sage, oregano, thyme and rosemary, among others. Savory, marjoram and lovage are also available for the more adventurous. You can find cut herbs or plant starts at any of our four weekly markets to use or grow your own. Not only do fresh herbs add tons of fresh flavor and color to meals which can be great this time of year when we tend toward warm and creamy, mild comfort foods, they’re packed with essential vitamins and polyphenols, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The lemon thyme pictured at right is also a natural mosquito repellent, in case this cold doesn’t finish off those little buggers. Basil is cold intolerant but if you cover your basil plant on cold nights or bring it inside, you may be able to coax it through the winter, and have a robust bush next year.
If you’re interested in buying your own herbs for this season, find herb starts or full fledged plants at the Saturday and Tuesday farmers markets. Southbound Gardens sells herbs on Saturdays, Mr. Mizell on Tuesdays, and for a limited time J&D Farms on both Tuesdays and Saturdays. Herbs are some of the easiest plants to grow and buying starts instead of cut herbs really gives you the most bang for your buck. Southbound Gardens’ Ian Willson, also Antigravity’s Dirt Nerd, recently wrote the article Cut and Come Again that talks about the best ways to harvest plants like herbs so that they will keep growing and providing for your kitchen!
Come one, come all! SoFAB presents a festival of foods, beverages and culinary products, all Louisiana-made! Come sample, taste, sip and pick up unique holiday gifts! Featuring several Crescent City Farmers Market vendors - Baking 504, Mayhew Bakery, Spicy Lady, Nur’s Kitchen and more!
Saturday, December 16, 2017
12:30pm to 4:30pm
Southern Food & Beverage Museum
1504 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard,
New Orleans, LA, 70113
Longue Vue House and Gardens will be at the market Tuesday, December 12th with the students in their Cultivating Communities program. Stop by their table for goods like pineapple hot sauce, 6 inch potted edible ginger plants, greens, assorted herbs, and lemons and support this essential children’s program.
Perfect for gifts! Spicy Lady Seasonings have packaged spices, olive oils, spiced dark chocolate, teas and more. All products are salt and preservative free, non-gmo, and made with locally sourced or foraged ingredients. You can catch the “Spicy Family” at our Uptown, French Quarter, and Downtown markets as well as the Made in Louisiana event at SoFAB this Saturday after market.
Sneaky Pickle is in the house for December. Sneaky P is an eclectic Bywater/Upper Ninth champ of a cafe. We are in for a month of an ever-changing menu of farm-fresh, from-scratch fare, including the signature “bowl of food,” a beans, grain and veg mashup. By rotating local ingredients from the likes of VEGGI Farmers Cooperative and Des Allemands Katfish, Chef Ben Tabor aims to encourage vegans and meat eaters to enjoy their meals together.
Chimichurri is an excellent way to make use of a lot of a lot of kinds of herbs. This super umami sauce is simple to prepare, and so versatile! Add it to any protein - it’s especially great on a grilled steak or baked flaky white fish, or drizzle onto soups. Or, simply rip off a hunk of crusty bread and dunk it for a simple but very satisfying snack.
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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.