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January 31, 2011

Roots Rock

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Fresh Item of the Week

fresh item of the week

Nose-to-tail eating has gotten increasingly popular over the course of the past decade or so. In South Louisiana, this isn't a trend. "Everything on a hog is good" has long been a Cajun mantra. This time of the year, we like to apply this same concept to vegetables as well. Save carrot tops for making vegetable stock. Chop turnips and cook them with your turnip greens. Use broccoli stems - not just the florets - in stir-frys. Throw beet tops in with your other braising greens - or your gumbo z'herbes.

Tuesday Market, February 1, 2011 | 9 am - 1 pm

Uptown New Orleans | 200 Broadway Street at the River

Urban grower "Pesto Paul" Arceneaux recently let us know that he'll soon be moving his operation to a new garden plot. He currently grows the herbs he uses to make his flavor-packed seasonal pestos in a Parkway Partners community garden in the Bywater. In anticipation of the move, he's harvesting everything he can out of his current garden, including his fennel plants. See Paul for a limited supply of the licoricey tasting, locally grown root vegetable, and of course for fresh pesto.

green plate special

There's a very appropriately named communal kitchen back in the Bywater. It's called Delicious and it's home to Thursday/Saturday CCFM bread baker Graison Gill of Babcia Kubiak and one of our dear friends, Chef Anne Churchill. Anne was on the road a good bit last year cooking for the Dave Matthews Band. This month she and Graison cook for us under the GPS tent. They debut with grilled PB&Js (pecan butter, strawberry preserves & Creole cream cheese on chocolate strawberry bread, shiitake, chevre & caremalized onion quiche, borscht (hot), grapefruit salad with local sprouts, lettuce, avocado and citrus vinaigrette, lamb schwarma with homemade pita, sauteed peppers and onions, labna and tahini sauce, roasted broccoli schwarma with creamy tofu and muhamarra sauce, local carrot cake cupcakes with white chocolate cream cheese frosting, and hot chocolate made with Mauthe's milk, bittersweet chocolate and homemade marshmallows.

Thursday Market, February 3, 2011 | 3 pm - 7 pm

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

This week we're giving you the low down on vegetables that grow underground - like celery. Jim Core has a small crop this season. Unlike the celery you'll find in grocery stores, the celery Jim grows adds a lot of flavor to dishes - not just crunch. For this reason, he recommends using about half the amount of celery you'd usually use when cooking with his. And don't let those leaves go to waste! Save them for tossing in salads.

Saturday Market, February 5, 2011 | 8 am - 12 pm

Downtown New Orleans | 700 Magazine Street at Girod

Marketeers, come root around the market with us this weekend. We're on the hunt for edible roots. Come learn about this oh so important, often delicious plant part and taste some you've never tried before, like the brightly colored Easter egg radishes and sweet (we're not just saying that!) salad turnips the Monica's grow in Garyville, LA.

Recipe of the Week

The market's full of delicious root vegetables right row, including the carrots, turnips and fennel in this Duck & Root Vegetable Stew. Recipe courtesy of Chef Eman Loubier of Dante's Kitchen.

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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.