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December 6, 2010

Feliz Navidad

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Fresh Item of the Week

fresh item of the week

It's time to pull out the holiday decorations... and make some new ones. Pick up popcorn from Robert Stengl of Ye Olde Kettle Corn to string into old-timey garland. Big bowls of Louisiana citrus like Meyer lemons and navels studded with cloves make beautiful, fragrant centerpieces. Bowls of Inglewood pecans scattered throughout the house look nice and are great for snacking, as are clusters of kumquats. Flower vendors Lucy Capdeboscq and Shirley Randon inspire us with their use of branches of magnolia leaves, ornamental dried okra, pine, colorful peppers and fresh herbs in bouquets. Their ready-made bouquets also make great hostess gifts.

Tuesday Market, December 7, 2010 | 9 am - 1 pm

Uptown New Orleans | 200 Broadway Street at the River

One of the many benefits of shopping at the CCFM is the opportunity to cultivate relationships with the people who grow, catch and raise our food. Knowing that it can be tough to make it to the market for the opening bell during these hectic holiday weeks, vendors are often willing to set items aside for long-standing customers. In fact, many often prefer shoppers to call in advance so as to be sure not to disappoint them, and to be able to better plan what they bring to the market. It's always worth asking. Vendor contact information is available on our CCFM website.

green plate special

All the traditional holiday fare has us craving something totally different - like tacos! Taceaux Loceaux joins us as our guest GPS vendor Tuesdays in December. Alex and Maribeth Del Castillo, the folks behind (or more accurately inside) the food truck will offer a changing menu of soups and tacos. Follow the truck on Twitter (@TLNola) for menus and locations other than the Tuesday CCFM this month and its other usual haunts - 45 Tchoup on Thursday nights and Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar on Friday and Saturday nights.

Thursday Market, December 9, 2010 | 3 pm - 7 pm

Mid-City New Orleans | 3700 Orleans Avenue at the Bayou

Healthy eating is always important, but can be especially difficult around the holidays. Nur's Kitchen offers a wide selection of healthy, ready-to-eat Mediterranean dishes including red lentil balls, lima beans plaki, marinated navy bean salad and vegetarian stuffed grape leaves. Pick up a few to take to work for healthy lunches to offset all that not always healthy holiday party eating.

Saturday Market, December 11, 2010 | 8 am - 12 pm

Downtown New Orleans | 700 Magazine Street at Girod

Normally baking his authentic German breads for every Saturday Market would be biting off more than Capt. Karl Mueller can chew. But with the holidays right around the corner and his traditional German stollen (a loaf-shaped cake with dried fruit and nuts, dusted with powdered sugar) in high demand, the Capt. joins us every Saturday (save for Christmas Day, of course) in December. Place your holiday order this Saturday.

Recipe of the Week

The two main healthy ingredients in this Sweet Potato and Spinach Soup are both in season and available at the CCFM right now. Other less than healthy, but equally (more?) delicious ingredients on the list - smoked sausage and heavy whipping cream - are available year-round!

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Market Umbrella


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.

Crescent City Farmers Market


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.