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
Occasional weekend thunderstorms aside, we have been having the most beautiful cool spring weather and early summer squash are a testament to the great growing conditions. Keep your eye out for tender baby squash, just immature versions of the same vegetable, that are not only very beautiful but slightly more dense, with smaller seeds and less watery than the full-sized ones. If you’re growing your own, squash blossoms can be delightful. The trick to getting both squash blossoms and squash is to only pick the male flowers. Yes, squash have gendered flowers! You can tell which ones those are because at the base of a female flower, you’ll see a miniature squash that will grow once pollinated. Pick the other ones to eat in a variety of ways - but this is a substantive flower that is better when cooked. Later in the season when you get overrun, squash are a great substitute for cucumbers in a quick pickle. Parsley, tarragon, mint, basil and sage all make great accompaniments and are available fresh this time of year.
Save the Date! GiveNOLA day is Tuesday, May 1st - the perfect day for a farmers market! Join us at the Uptown market for live music and all of your favorite CCFM vendors. Your donation will support dozens of farmers and food producers through support of our market and give future eaters, and countless program participants access to fresh, healthy food! We'll be giving away market goodies and cool schwag so come learn more about Market Umbrella’s work and get ready to GiveNOLA!
April is National Minority Health Month, a time to learn more about the health status of racial and ethnic minority populations in the U.S. We all play a role in reducing health disparities and improving the health of our communities, starting with awareness. Many organizations at the federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial levels are partnering to achieve health equity. Share the story of how you are partnering for health equity in your community. #NMHM18
Music at the Market is made possible by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation’s Community Partnership Grant, our new Community Partnership with the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic, the French Market Corporation and support from market patrons like you. We believe that, like food, music is an integral part of building community in our market spaces and wish to see it thrive. Look forward to more tunes at the market!
After a brief winter break (it gets much colder in Flora, MS than it does in New Orleans!), Two Dog Farm has returned to the Tuesday market. Hailing from cooler climes due north, proprietor Van Killen (pictured here with wife Dorothy and daughter Hazel) will be at market all through the summer bringing us a gorgeous rainbow of vegetables, all grown without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, and using other sustainable and natural growing practices. Check them out now for a wide selection of dark leafy greens, and maybe the only kohlrabi at market this time of year, in both green and purple. Their spring CSA is at capacity but keep your eyes out this fall when they’ll have room for more members.
Del Fuego Taqueria, the Magazine Street taqueria serving Mexican street food (and frequent market shoppers) is heating things up at the Green Plate Special tent. Come see and taste how they use Crescent City Farmers Market produce in their dishes and be sure to check out the sikil pak, a creamy, ultra-umami dip made of pumpkin seeds. Swing by for breakfast or lunch Tuesdays in April from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 200 Broadway Street.
If your only experience with beets has been from a can, please, give them another chance. It doesn’t have to be that way. This recipe is a simple one that enhances the incredible natural sweetness of beets through roasting, and then glazing with a simple reduction of vinegar and sugar. While time intensive, it’s almost all hands off cook time so start them first, let the magic happen while you get everything else together, and then finish and serve this simple side. If you love it, try it with other root vegetables like carrots or kohlrabi, or any combination of your choice.
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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.