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January 3, 2011

Weathering Winter

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Fresh Item of the Week

fresh item of the week

Certain items at the market sell at record speed - Tuscan kale, Romanesco broccoli and beets, to name a few - so we snatch them up whenever we see them. Beets are one of our current obsessions. We love them roasted and sliced in salads of market lettuces, chard and kale with Ryals' black pepper chevre. They're also delicious and even more nutritious raw. For a healthy side dish or main course that can be served chilled or room temperature, peel raw beets and grate them either by hand or in a food processor fit with a grating blade. Toss them with cooked quinoa, chopped parsley and mint and a simple dressing of Meyer lemon juice, good olive oil, salt and pepper.

Tuesday Market, January 4, 2011 | 9 am - 1 pm

Uptown New Orleans | 200 Broadway Street at the River

This time of the year our backyard gardens are looking a little rough. Thankfully the farmers who sell at the CCFM are much better at weathering the cold and rain than we are. Ponchatoula strawberry grower Heather Robertson covers and uncovers berries depending on temps and precipitation, only picking those that are red and ripe. Jim Core of Taylor's Happy Oaks Farm grows tomatoes in a greenhouse, and Nick Usner recently erected a high tunnel to increase his GROW Farm's winter productivity.

green plate special

Our good friends Greg and Mary Sonnier of Gabrielle at the Uptowner kick off another year of local chefs committed to cooking with local ingredients this Tuesday. Come out for turkey and okra gumbo, pulled pork with white beans and greens, red cabbage smothered with apples and candied pecans and Mary's decadent triple chocolate brownies.

Thursday Market, January 6, 2011 | 3 pm - 7 pm

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

Last Thursday (12.30), we were reminded of how incredibly convenient it is to have a market just steps away from a really great wine and spirits shop. Cork & Bottle's new owner David Havrylkoff continues the tradition of Thursday evening wine tastings. He's also amassed a craft beer selection that's tough to beat. Pick up a few bottles, some farmhouse cheddar or Asiago from Bill Ryals, Ponchatoula strawberries from Heather Robertson and a couple baguettes from Babcia Kubiak's Graison Gill, and let the tasting continue at home.

Saturday Market, January 8, 2011 | 8 am - 12 pm

Downtown New Orleans | 700 Magazine Street at Girod

We received a late holiday gift last week - an email from Adam Aucoin of Coq Aucoin in St. Francisville, LA letting us know he's ready to come back to the market. If all goes well, Adam should have pastured poultry (whole chickens, a good selection of cuts, including boneless, skinless breasts, and soup packs) through August when it gets too hot for the birds.

Recipe of the Week

One of many more ways we love beets are in Dante's Kitchen Chef Eman Loubier's Wonder Hash. We highly recommend doubling, if not tripling the recipe.

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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.