July 18, 2011

This Little Figgy Went to Market

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Fresh Item of the Week

fresh item of the week

Fig season is here, and we're seeing an abundance of them at all three of our markets. The Barfield's are back this season with a few different varieties, plus their delightful preserves, a.k.a. "Fig Yum." Several of our year-round vendors have been bringing figs to the market too: Nick Usner of GROW Farm on Tuesdays, Vintage Garden Kitchen and John Bartlett of the Garden in Folsom on Thursdays, and Shirley Randon of White Oak Farms on Saturdays. Our market staff has been enjoying fresh figs as a local, healthy afternoon snack while they last. Fig season is short, so make sure to enjoy them while you can.

Tuesday Market, July 19, 2011 | 9 am - 1 pm

Uptown New Orleans | 200 Broadway Street at the River

Fresh beans have been showing up at our Tuesday (and Saturday) market, thanks to our friends at the Indian Springs Farmers Cooperative. We've spotted limas, butter beans, cow peas and pink eyed peas. Not only are they the perfect base for a healthy meal, fresh beans cook quickly. If you're not the type to cook fresh beans, Nur's Kitchen has you covered with their lima bean pilaki - lima beans stewed with tomato, carrot, garlic and olive oil. Yum!

green plate special

The past two weeks with fellow cheese-lovers at St. James Cheese Company under the GPS tent have been scrumptious. This week, look forward to chilled summer squash vichyssoise, heirloom tomato panzanella salad, and capicola, agrodolce onion & Pecorino sandwiches on ciabatta.

Thursday Market, July 21, 2011 | 3 pm - 7 pm

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

We've happily sat down to many a meal of Pam Warner's black bean-corn and eggplant-portobello tamales, but did you know that Pam also offers weekly specials in addition to her tamales and sides like cheese grits, three cheese spinach-artichoke dip and black bean salsa? Every week Pam prepares a heat-and-eat entree, like cheese enchiladas or stuffed shells. Your best bet for getting one of these delicious dishes is to join her Hot Tamale Mama email list and pre-order. If you forget, Pam's market neighbor Jesse Gaudet of Plant Diversity suggests scrambling farm fresh eggs with a bit of Pam's salsa for a delicious breakfast for dinner treat.

Saturday Market, July 23, 2011 | 8 am - 12 noon

Downtown New Orleans | 700 Magazine Street at Girod

We certainly enjoyed Shrimp Louie and Chef Brian Landry of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board's visit to the Saturday market last week for Louisiana shrimp spring rolls (a super easy dish for kids and less than culinary inclined adults to prepare), pictures and oyster shell painting. This week we continue our culinary adventure with homemade ice cream in a bag. Get ready to shake, shake, shake the morning up, Marketeers!

Recipe of the Week

When visitors hear about New Orleans' huge Sicilian immigrant population that dates back to the late 1800s, they often ask, "Where's the New Orleans 'Little Italy'?" Back in the day, nearly every New Orleans neighborhood was a Little Italy with an Italian grocer on the corner influencing French Creole, German and Irish shoppers. Chef Duke LoCicero remembers his Sicilian grandpa with this dish.

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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.