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December 13, 2010

The Secret Garden

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Fresh Item of the Week

fresh item of the week

We're all pressed for time during the holidays. While you're at the market shopping for the week's supplies, scratch some names off your holiday shopping list. Our award-winning Crescent City Farmers Market Cookbook, market tokens and T-shirts make great gifts, as do native plants, sacks of Louisiana citrus and hand-made candies, all available at the CCFM.

Tuesday Market, December 14, 2010 | 9 am - 1 pm

Uptown New Orleans | 200 Broadway Street at the River

It's time to map out those holiday menus. Come to the market this Tuesday to make your list and place special orders: mirlitons from Kenneth and Aloma Savastano, Inglewood Plantation pecans, fresh local seafood from Kay Brandhurst, Jeannie Fonseca and Clara Gerica, Plaquemines Parish citrus and Ponchatoula strawberries. Ms. Chauvin will be there taking pie orders, and Capt. Mueller will have stollen for pre-ordered pick-up.

green plate special

We love that more and more food trucks are hitting the road from coast to coast. Here at home, one of our favorite NOLA food trucks, Taceaux Loceaux, rolls back into the market this Tuesday with a creative selection of tacos, warming soups and Oaxacan hot chocolate. Follow Taceaux Loceaux on Twitter (@TLNola) for menus and locations other than the CCFM Tuesdays in December and its usual stops - 45 Tchoup on Thursday nights and Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar on Friday and Saturday nights.

Thursday Market, December 16, 2010 | 3 pm - 7 pm

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

We're pretty much obsessed with Ryals Goat Dairy's farmhouse cheddar - both the cow and goat milk cheeses. Perhaps the only thing that makes it better is being able to walk over to Cork & Bottle and pick up a nice bottle of wine to go with it. The pair makes a great a hostess gift, so be sure to pick up an extra set or two for gifting.

Saturday Market, December 18, 2010 | 8 am - 12 pm

Downtown New Orleans | 700 Magazine Street at Girod

New Orleans is full of surprises. Our latest is a hidden hydroponic and aquaponic garden a few doors down from our Saturday market on Girod Street. Urban grower, mycologist and scientist David Jonsson has created two secret gardens in roofless empty warehouses behind the market. In one space he's growing nasturtium, peppers and herbs, all purchased from CCFM vendor Mizell Farm, hydroponically. In another, fish tanks feed habanero pepper, mint and sweet basil plants. He also grows oyster and turkey tail mushrooms. David's kindly agreed to let market shoppers take a peek at his gardens this Saturday. Meet at the Welcome Tent for guided tours at 9am, 10am and 11am.

Recipe of the Week

We have Poppy Tooker to thank for this week's recipe for Candied Grapefruit Peel. Poppy juices Plaquemines Parish grapefruit to make cocktails, then candies the peel for garnish. Jars of the candied citrus peel make great holiday gifts, as does the Crescent City Farmers Market Cookbook, where this recipe appears.

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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.

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.