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January 10, 2011

Attack of the Alien Vegetables

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Fresh Item of the Week

fresh item of the week

Last week we mentioned a few hot sellers at the market - Tuscan kale, Romanesco broccoli/cauliflower and beets. We're rarely short on ways to incorporate kale and beets into quick, healthy meals, but Romanesco broccoli/cauliflower is still largely a mystery to us... and apparently to some shoppers who opted to use it as a centerpiece rather that taking a knife to it. Have you seen one of these things? At last year's annual CCFM vendors' lunch, the chefs at Dante's Kitchen chopped the crazy looking vegetable and included it in a green curry dish. Chefs have been snatching them up. If you're shopping behind one of them at Timmy Perrilloux's truck, ask them for recipe ideas, and please pass them along to the rest of us!

Tuesday Market, January 11, 2011 | 9 am - 1 pm

Uptown New Orleans | 200 Broadway Street at the River

Regardless of what happens in the NFL, it's carnival season! At the market this means fresh locally-baked king cake, including Forte Grove's gorgeous galette des rois, a traditional French king cake of delicate puff pastry filled with Kathleen Cooper's homemade almond filling. The cakes are available in two sizes ($5 and $20), and can be pre-ordered for Tuesday pick-up by emailing Bill Cooper at by noon the Monday prior. Please be sure to include the size(s) and quantity requested and a phone number. The Cooper's are happy to hold pre-orders until 10:30am on Tuesdays.

green plate special

Greg and Mary Sonnier know what we crave in chilly weather like this - warming dishes like chili, stews and etouffees. The culinary duo behind Gabrielle at the Uptowner joins us under the GPS tent this Tuesday with vegetarian chili and lamb & beef chili, both served with jalapeno-cheddar cornbread, chicken etouffee with dirty rice, mirlitons stuffed with spinach Rockefeller and banana cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.

Thursday Market, January 13, 2011 | 3 pm - 7 pm

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

This is great weather for curling up with a good book (long-time CCFM Tuesday volunteer and Octavia Books staffer Douglas's picks are posted here), a cup of tea and Georgie Myrtle's authentic English shortbread. Georgie bakes shortbread, millionaire's shortbread and scones fresh for market shoppers. She also makes freezer-to-oven scones for freshly baking at home. They're perfect for chilly winter mornings or afternoons.

Saturday Market, January 15, 2011 | 8 am - 12 pm

Downtown New Orleans | 700 Magazine Street at Girod

With all the king cake we're bound to consume in the coming weeks, we're thankful for more varieties of greens than ever available at the market right now. Looking to change things up in the kitchen this week? Forego the mustards, collards and turnips and pick up some Asian greens. The Monica's grow both boy choy and tatsoi. Throw smaller bok choy in brothy soups or stirfrys. Tatsoi, which many say taste like mild mustard greens, is delicious quickly braised with plenty of minced garlic and sesame oil.

Recipe of the Week

We like starting off chilly winter mornings with something warm, like oatmeal. We also like ending them on a similar note. These Old-fashioned Strawberry Dumplings make a warm, cozy, delicious dessert... or decadent breakfast.

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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.

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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.