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August 29, 2011

What's your favorite eggplant dish?

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Fresh Item of the Week

fresh item of the week

At this point in the season we're seeing varying shades of purple with all the different varieties of eggplant at the market. While we're forever grateful for our year-round growing season, which includes several months of eggplant, late season crops do test our creativity from time to time. We recently came across a super simple lasagna recipe that uses thinly sliced, oven-fried eggplant instead of noodles. What's your favorite eggplant dish?

Tuesday Market, August 30, 2011 | 9 am - 1 pm

Uptown New Orleans | 200 Broadway Street at the River

Lately Monica's Okra World has been bringing raw sugarcane to both our Tuesday and Saturday markets. Sugarcane is cultivated all over the world, from Brazil to the Philippines to here in Louisiana. It's used for everything from ethanol to cane syrup. You can enjoy it fresh from the market by peeling the tough outer layer, cutting the inner pulp into sticks and chewing the juice out of them. The sticks also make great swizzles for mojitos and other refreshing summer cocktails. Have another ideas for using raw sugar cane? Be sure to stop by the welcome tent and let us know!

green plate special

La Divina returns for their final Tuesday at the market. We're already looking forward to a lunch of chilled zucchini-dill soup and herbed roast beef sandwiches with balsamic roasted onions and aged provolone on homemade ciabatta or Sicilian eggplant caponata washed down with fresh squeezed ginger lemonade. Their final sorbetto offerings are watermelon and hibiscus-lime.

Thursday Market, September 1, 2011 | 3 pm - 7 pm

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

Despite the heat, Thursday markets have been hoppin' from the moment we open until the moment we close. Clara Gerica of Pete and Clara's Seafood has been bringing beautiful shrimp to the market in all sizes. Market staff recently used Ms. Clara's shrimp to make locally-sourced paella, our Recipe of the Week.

Saturday Market, September 3, 2011 | 8 am - 12 noon

Downtown New Orleans | 700 Magazine Street at Girod

Can you believe September is already here? For our September "back to school" Marketeers activity, we'll have a Kids Culinary Class with Brianna Nowlin from the Sankofa Farmers Market. Brianna, who's taught at a kids culinary school for five years, will show us how to prepare a recipe using fresh market ingredients. This event is the Sankofa Farmers Market's payback of their Crescent Fund investment, which was used to fund their kids cooking demos.

Recipe of the Week

We're always looking for ways to adapt recipes to include all of the wonderful local goodies available at our markets. Paella is one of our favorite rice dishes (outside of jambalaya, of course). In order to adapt traditional paella for our purposes, we turned to Cajun Grain brown rice (see a local news story on Cajun Grain here) and, sausage, seafood, and vegetables from CCFM vendors. Paella is easily adaptable and can take a great deal of diversity of ingredients, so feel free to adjust as you see fit.

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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.