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March 21, 2011

Support Local Fishers - Eat LA Seafood During Lent

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Fresh Item of the Week

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Our new Community Supported Fisheries program (think Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), but with fresh local seafood) is a great way to support Louisiana fishing families and enjoy local seafood during Lent. Pay in advance for one or more shares of long-standing CCFM vendor Pete & Clara Gerica and their Lake Pontchartrain Fisherman's Association friends' catch, then pick up weekly shares at our Thursday evening Mid-City CCFM for Lenten Friday fish frys, shrimp boils and poboys. Click here for more information. Become a fan of Crescent City Supported Fisheries for share contents and the latest from the Gerica family.

Tuesday Market, March 22, 2011 | 9 am - 1 pm

Uptown New Orleans | 200 Broadway Street at the River

Charming as they get local culinary instructor and food historian Elizabeth Pearce samples a grain-based side dish that incorporates seaonal local ingredients from the CCFM this Tuesday and Saturday. Come meet Elizabeth, who teaches in-house cooking classes that focus on basic culinary concepts which allow participants to make a myriad of dishes after just one one lesson. For more information, visit Elizabeth's website.

green plate special

Woody Ruiz is back at the Tuesday Market with his eponymous fish tacos, as well as Louisiana shrimp and pulled pork tacos, all with spicy remoulade sauce and crunchy coleslaw. Whether it's huevos rancheros or gumbo z'herbes, Woody usually throws something else delicious and local in the mix too.

Thursday Market, March 24, 2011 | 3 pm - 7 pm

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

The Edible Schoolyard at Samuel J. Green Charter School is one of our favorite places in the City to visit - especially this time of the year. Come to the Market this Thursday, throw everything in the fridge and head over there for "An Edible Evening - a garden party under the stars" to benefit the Edible Schoolyard New Orleans this Thursday, March 24, from 6:00-9:00pm. Tickets are still available and start at $45. Click here for more details.

Saturday Market, March 26, 2011 | 8 am - 12 noon

Downtown New Orleans | 700 Magazine Street at Girod

In November of 2008, 4 year old Ben Sarrat, Jr. was diagnosed with incurable brain cancer. After meeting Ben and seeing his love of life in the face of such terrible circumstances, local attorney/food writer/regular Saturday Market shopper/all around good guy Rene Louapre an his buddy Becker Hall decided to focus their first "Hogs For The Cause" pig cook-off on raising money to help Ben and his family. While Ben lost his battle a week before Hogs for the Cause 2010, his story only solidified Rene & Becker's desire to do whatever they could to help families struggling with the financial burdens of caring for a child with brain cancer. This year's event takes place at "City Pork" this Saturday. Click here for ticket information and food/music line-ups.

Recipe of the Week

Commander's Palace Executive Chef Tory McPhail has been a strong supporter of our CCFM from the beginning, but we're always flattered when he comes through the Market personally shopping for local ingredients. Those wise enough to freeze fresh shell peas last summer have a jump on shopping for ingredients for Tory's Shrimp with Cognac and Local Legumes.

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Market Umbrella


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.