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April 11, 2011

Good News on the Fava Bean Front

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Fresh Item of the Week

fresh item of the week

Joe Dobie of Briarhill Farms sells his homemade mayhaw jelly just about year-round at our Tuesday market, but this Tuesday we're in for something special - fresh mayhaws! The small (about 1/2" to 1" in diameter) red fruit is most often juiced to flavor syrups, jellies and desserts. Last spring bartenders at Cochon used mayhaw juice to make a delicious adult Mayhaw Lemonade. Here's to them hopefully bringing that drink back, and to Joe Dobie for bringing us this year's Louisiana mayhaw crop!

Tuesday Market, April 12, 2011 | 9 am - 1 pm

Uptown New Orleans | 200 Broadway Street at the River

It's fava bean season, and the Monica's have plenty. Favas are high in fiber, iron and protein, and low in both sodium and fat. Perhaps even better news, this early in the season the beans are young and tender, so double shelling isn't necessary. We love them cooked and tossed with Pecorino, mint, parsley, olive oil and hot pasta.

green plate special

Chef Alon Shaya of John Besh's Domenica (Italian for Sunday) is back at the market this Tuesday with cannellini bean soup with the Monica's fava beans and Creole tomato bruschetta, Ryals Farm spicy goat meatballs over polenta with spring onions, ricotta agnolotti with Jim Core's greens, Smith Creamery butter and lemon, and Johndale Farm strawberry zuppa inglese with white chocolate.

Thursday Market, April 14, 2011 | 3 pm - 7 pm

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

The Mid-City Branch Library (our neighbor in the American Can building) joins us at the market this Thursday to celebrate National Library Week. Learn about their Food For Fines program which allows people to pay outstanding library account balances including overdue fines, lost book and processing fees by donating food items to the New Orleans Public Library, which in turn donates the food to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans.

Saturday Market, April 16, 2011 | 8 am - 12 noon

Downtown New Orleans | 700 Magazine Street at Girod

We're firm believers that flaky pastry is an art form, and that Lisa Barbato has mastered it. Her chocolate croissants are a treat we look forward to all week. For those in the mood for something savory, Lisa recently debuted two new flaky pastry treats, kale-ricotta and spinach-feta turnovers, two decadent new ways to get more greens in your diet.

Recipe of the Week

It's peak strawberry season, which means the berries are plentiful and prices are low. Stem and freeze berries to enjoy dishes like these Old-fashioned Strawberry Dumplings year-round!

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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.