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January 24, 2011

You Say Tomato

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Fresh Item of the Week

fresh item of the week

We were crushed when tomato grower Barry Barrilleaux told us that he was going on a hothouse hiatus at the end of last season. How would we survive without tomatoes this winter? Great news! This season we welcome two new hothouse tomato growers to the CCFM. Tad Ledet, who helped Barry get his operation up and running, joins us Saturdays with his Cut Off, LA-grown tomatoes. Stay tuned for details on a new Tuesday market tomato grower... coming soon.

Tuesday Market, January 25, 2011 | 9 am - 1 pm

Uptown New Orleans | 200 Broadway Street at the River

Each January our CCFM staff and vendors come together to celebrate our shared successes during the past year, and to discuss plans and goals for the coming year. This year, A Mano chef Josh Smith (a 2-3 times a week market shopper) and his culinary partners have kindly agreed to prepare a special lunch for us showcasing the amazing products our vendors grow and raise. Our local producers are the backbone of our region's rich culinary heritage, and a big part of what makes our indigenous cuisine so delicious. Local farmers, fishermen and food artisans are also a vital part of our local economy. So to all of our CCFM vendors, thank you for your hard work and dedication. And to all of our shoppers, thank you for your continued support of our farmers markets and our local farmers!

green plate special

Greg and Mary Sonnier of Gabrielle at the Uptowner (on Henry Clay, a few blocks off Magazine) make one last appearance under the GPS tent this Tuesday. Their warm-you-to-your-core cooking has been a life saver on chilly market days this month. Come by Tuesday for beef & greens gumbo, cauliflower & cheese casserole au gratin, smoked pulled pork with cole slaw (available as a sandwich or plate lunch) and vanilla cupcakes with chocolate buttercream.

Thursday Market, January 27, 2011 | 3 pm - 7 pm

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

Thanks to savvy growers like the Robertson family, Ponchatoula strawberry season has gotten a lot longer. The Robertson's have had great success experimenting with early variety berries to jump start the season, which lucky for us, overlaps with Plaquemines Parish citrus season. Weather permitting, both Heather Robertson and Kenneth Savastano join us at the market on Thursdays with Louisiana strawberries and citrus respectively. Afternoon snacks don't get fresher, healthier and more delicious than this!

Saturday Market, January 29, 2011 | 8 am - 12 pm

Downtown New Orleans | 700 Magazine Street at Girod

A couple Saturdays ago, an old friend came to visit us at the market - Papa Tom of Bonnecaze Farms, a.k.a. the stone-ground grits (stone-ground corn meal, ground red pepper, file...) guy. Even better was the news that Papa Tom wanted to start selling at our market again. For those who weren't around pre-K, Papa Tom was a fixture at our Saturday market. Please join us in welcoming him home at the CCFM!

Recipe of the Week

Thanks to new Saturday market hothouse tomato grower Tad Ledet, we don't have to wait for big red, ripe tomatoes to make Jacques-Imo's Creole Stuffed Tomatoes. Be sure to stop by pastured poultry farmer Adam Aucoin of Coq Au Coin's table for chicken livers for the dirty rice stuffing.

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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.