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February 6, 2012

Spring is coming!

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Fresh Item of the Week

fresh item of the week

Recent local weather has us ready for Spring! T-Boy Nutria, the Audubon Zoo's "Cajun groundhog," did not see his shadow last week, meaning Spring is officially on its way... though ole' Puxatawny Phil begs to differ. We've also heard market chatter about the Farmer's Almanac's forecast for an early last frost date this year, meaning Spring crops may go into the ground soon. Learning how weather changes affect not only our food supply but also its flavor is one of our favorite things about market. Come talk to your favorite grower about how they know when and what to plant for each season.

Tuesday Market, February 7, 2012 | 9 am - 1 pm

Uptown New Orleans | 200 Broadway Street at the River

Late winter vegetables are all over the market right now. Carrots, brussels sprouts and beets are popping up on tables every week. As much as we love our winter greens, it's always nice to see some other colors at the market. Grab some hummus from Nur's Mediteranean Kitchen to enjoy with raw carrots and radishes for a quick healthy snack.

green plate special

Thursday Mid-City CCFM vendor Pam Warner, a.k.a. Hot Tamale Mama, will be under the Green Plate Special Tent this month. Her tamales, cheese grits, dips and homey desserts always leave us wanting more, so we're thrilled to have them available at our Tuesday market this month too. Pam will have beef, beet and portobello mushroom and corn and black bean tamales, as well as cheese grits, corn and black bean salsa, and homemade vanilla almond custard with assorted toppings. Pam sources most of her ingrediants locally, including strawberries to top your custard. Yum! Come enjoy a tamale plate lunch under the tent with us.

Thursday Market, February 9, 2012 | 3 pm - 7 pm

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

Eating a diet that's rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products and skimps on saturated fat and cholesterol can lower your blood pressure. This Thursday (and next Thursday too), students from LSU's Community Health Services students will be at the market offering free blood pressure screenings - an easy way to get an idea of how your farmers market shopping has impacted your health, or a quick reminder to continue to incorporate fresh, healthy foods in your diet.

Saturday Market, February 11, 2012 | 8 am - 12 noon

Downtown New Orleans | 700 Magazine Street at Girod

Mardi Gras will soon be in full swing, which means 2 things at the market: our annual free king cake tasting and shortened market hours next Saturday, February 18th. The market will be open from 8-11am that day, so be sure to come out early to pick up last minute supplies for the weekend. Which king cakes would you like to taste? Vote on our CCFM Facebook page. Voting ends Feb. 15, so make your opinion known, then come out and enjoy some king cake with us before the festivities begin!

Recipe of the Week

We're gearing up for our second year of Crescent City Supported Fisheries with a great recipe for Sauteed Drum with Spinach, Oysters, Shiitakes and Tasso. Invest in a local fishing family this Lenten season. Check out our Crescent City Supported Fisheries Facebook page for more details.

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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.