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June 27, 2011

Where the Cream Rises to the Top

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Fresh Item of the Week

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A huge thank you to the countless market shoppers who have called, e-mailed and inquired about beloved CCFM vendors Warren and Sandra Smith of Smith Creamery, where there was a massive explosion last week. Thankfully nobody was hurt (the explosion occurred around 1:30am; Mr. Warren usually starts his work day at the creamery around 3am), but the creamery was destroyed. We're passing along all the good thoughts and prayers, which are very much appreciated. Those wishing to send monetary support (cash, market tokens or checks payable to Smith Creamery or Warren Smith) can do so at this Tuesday's market. We'll keep everyone posted and keep hope that the Smith's get back on their feet quickly and that "the cream rises to the top" again soon.

Tuesday Market, June 28, 2011 | 9 am - 1 pm

Uptown New Orleans | 200 Broadway Street at the River

Tuesday we welcome cookbook author Sheri Castle to the CCFM. Sheri has contributed to some of our favorite cookbooks, including the Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook and the Blackberry Farm Cookbook. This Tuesday she'll sign copies of her book the New Southern Garden Cookbook: Recipes for Enjoying the Best from Homegrown Gardens, Farmers' Markets, Roadside Stands and CSA Farm Boxes, while dishing out samples of Melon & Tomato Salad with Fresh Herbs, perfect for 4th of July cookouts and picnics. Speaking of, be sure to also pick up one of Mrs. Chauvin's famous "patriotic pies." Advance orders can be made by calling 985.345.7515.

green plate special

Mondo makes its final appearance of the month under the GPS tent this Tuesday. Longtime market supporter Susan Spicer and her team have wowed us all month-long. On their farewell menu: watermelon gazpacho, smothered okra with rice and fried onions, and some sort of delicious fig dessert.

Thursday Market, June 30, 2011 | 3 pm - 7 pm

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

With several new vendors and more locally grown produce than ever, shoppers have been coming out to our Thursday Market in record numbers. This however has made finding a parking spot to patronize retail businesses in the American Can Apartments a little tough at times. Please help us be good neighbors by parking legally (not along the neutral ground) on the street or in the adjacent neighborhood, as opposed to in reserved spots for permanent American Can retail business customers.

Saturday Market, July 2, 2011 | 8 am - 12 noon

Downtown New Orleans | 700 Magazine Street at Girod

Happy 4th of July! The holiday weekend wouldn't be complete without sweet, drip down your chin, locally grown watermelon, and we'll have plenty of it at the market. Whether your preference is red or yellow meat, seedless or seeded, Indian Springs, the Monica's and Timmy Perrilloux have you covered. We'll have free samples and 4th of July activities for the kids who will go home with some really cool seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, in addition to any accidentally swallowed watermelon seeds. That happens to the best of us.

Recipe of the Week

To get the most out of that 4th of July picnic watermelon, slice the flesh into wedges and save the rind for pickling. This recipe for Pickled Watermelon Rind comes to us from former board president and chef Corbin Evans, who moved away and had better come visit us soon!

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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.