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July 4, 2011

Go Fourth, and Eat Local

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Fresh Item of the Week

fresh item of the week

Happy 4th of July! Still thinking about what to do with that watermelon? For one of our all-time favorite salads, combine cubed, seeded melon, crumbled Ryals feta, pitted kalamata olives, thinly sliced red onion, chopped mint and parsley. Make a simple oil and vinegar dressing (we like using cane vinegar) and season it to taste with sriracha, the Thai hot sauce made from chili peppers, vinegar, garlic, sugar and salt with the rooster on the bottle. Pour the dressing over the salad and chill for 15-30 minutes to give the melon time to soak up the spicy vinaigrette.

Tuesday Market, July 5, 2011 | 9 am - 1 pm

Uptown New Orleans | 200 Broadway Street at the River

In case anyone missed it, the Times-Picayune's Becky Mowbray wrote a fantastic article on her experience taking the Eat Local Challenge last month. "I ate like a king for the month of June, tried 45 new foods and ended up with more money in my bank account than when I started," she writes. Check out the complete list of Becky's newfound foods and recipe ideas for making the most out of local produce, like replacing noodles with zucchini in lasagna.

green plate special

Tuesday we welcome one of our favorite Uptown lunch spots, St. James Cheese Company, to the GPS tent. They kick things off with Louisiana tomato gazpacho Andulus, homemade pate de Campagne sandwiches on baguette with cornichon, and local cantaloupe, prosciutto & cheese plates with green salad.

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

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

In addition to plenty of new summer produce like Ichiban eggplant (the long slender variety), asparagus beans (snip them into shorter lengths and throw them in with your crowder peas), silver queen corn, brown turkey figs and red and yellow meat watermelons, there are also more cut flowers than ever at our Thursday CCFM. The Vintage Garden Kitchen usually brings as assortment along with their peppers and fresh cut herbs, and Bartlett Farm has lillies, sunflowers and colorful mixed bouquets, depending on what's ready to clip on their Folsom, LA farm.

Saturday Market, July 9, 2011 | 8 am - 12 noon

Downtown New Orleans | 700 Magazine Street at Girod

The garden markers last weekend looked great and will be perfect additions to victory gardens at home. While you're waiting for your seeds to sprout, come on down to the market for the next activity in our kids' summer series. This Saturday we're sending kids on a scavenger hunt through the market in search for some fun facts about our vendors and their products. After the hunt, kids will receive their very own BPA-free Marketeer water bottle as a prize!

Recipe of the Week

It's important to stay hydrated in this extreme summer heat, and eating watermelon is a delicious, healthy way to do just that. Though not surprisingly high in sugar, watermelon is an excellent source of Vitamins A (healthy eyes), B6 (used to make serotonin, melatonin and dopamine) and C (strong immune system). It's also the highest fruit or vegetable source of lycopene - even higher than tomatoes! Try some in this Watermelon Jicama Salsa.

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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.