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August 15, 2011

Chanterelles, Asian Pears and Beans - oh my!!

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Fresh Item of the Week

fresh item of the week

You never know what you'll find at the market. This past week, Nick Usner of GROW. farm had huge piles of golden chanterelle mushrooms he foraged around his farm in Bush, LA. While he unfortunately can't guarantee that he'll have them again this Tuesday (ask Nick about the conditions needed for these delicacies to grow wild in the woods), like we said, you never know what wonderful surprises you'll find at the market. Come out and forage for market goodies yourself this week!

Tuesday Market, August 16, 2011 | 9 am - 1 pm

Uptown New Orleans | 200 Broadway Street at the River

You likely know David Hoppenstadt for the delicious and oh so crisp Asian pears he brings to market every year, but last week (in addition his Asian pears) he also brought malabar spinach. This vine variety of spinach has big, beautiful leaves that are incredibly high in protein. Malabar spinach grows well in hot, humid climates (sound familiar?) such as Vietnam and India. Check out David's Asian pears and spinach at the Tuesday market this week. For one of our favorite ways to enjoy Asian pears, check out the recipe of the week!

green plate special

La Divina is back under the GPS tent this Tuesday with chilled cucumber soup with housemade creme fraiche and dill, porchetta sandwiches with caramelized fennel and onions on house-baked ciabatta, Italian pasta salad with summer vegetables and fresh herbs, fresh squeezed watermelon lemonade, and to help beat the summer heat, lime sorbetto and plum beaujolais sorbetto.

Thursday Market, August 18, 2011 | 3 pm - 7 pm

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

This Thursday we welcome Forte Grove bakery back from summer vacation. We're especially excited to have their battery of baguettes and delicious peanut butter granola bars (perfect for after school snacking) back at the market... along with everything else Kathleen Forte Cooper bakes. Grab a baguette to pair with Ryals' raw goat milk cheddar for a great after school/after work snack that both parents and kids can enjoy!

Saturday Market, August 20, 2011 | 8 am - 12 noon

Downtown New Orleans | 700 Magazine Street at Girod

It's fresh legume season! Right now we're seeing everything from crowders to broad beans at the Saturday market from two different vendors: David Shaw and Indian Springs Farmers Cooperative. Chef Dominique of Dominique's on Magazine, who's moving a little further down Magazine Street soon recently purchased 100 bags to freeze. While the rest of us may not have that much freezer space, Dominique has a great idea. Freeze a few bags to enjoy during the cold days of winter. And stop by the Welcome Tent to let us know what you plan to do with them!

Recipe of the Week

Since Asian pear season is so short, this blue cheese and walnut studded Asian Pear Dessert Pizza is an absolute must this week. Don't let the homemade dough recipe intimidate you. It's quick and easy, and results are well worth the effort.

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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.