Fresh Item of the Week
Tuesday Market, August 7, 2012 | 9 am - 1 pm
It's soft-shell season! Soft-shell crabs require near constant supervision to catch them at just the right time. Soft-shell crabs are harvested and kept in tanks where they're monitored for the moment when they molt their hard winter shells. As the hard shell breaks off, the crab is left with a paper thin, vulnerable exterior that's more like a skin than a shell. This is when the crabs are removed from their tanks and shipped to markets where they're usually sold live. The soft-shells that may seem too "hard" are actually perfect for frying, and are preferred by many soft-shell aficionados. Ask Jeannie Fonseca of Des Allemands Outlaw Katfish about her soft-shells at our Tuesday market. Learning from those who grow and catch our food is one of the many reasons we love farmers markets!
Thursday Market, August 9, 2012 | 3 pm - 7 pm
Biking to the Mid-City CCFM just got easier and safer thanks to the new "Broad to Bayou Bikeway". Unveiled at the GOOD Ideas for Cities New Orleans event, the project's aim is "to link the many neighborhoods of greater Uptown and Mid-City across the barrier that is the I-10 freeway." DIY signage can be found from the intersection of South Broad and Washington up to the Jeff Davis overpass and down to the Bayou, just steps from our Mid-City market. Thanks to the folks who worked so hard to make this happen. A GOOD idea, indeed!
Saturday Market, August 11, 2012 | 8 am - 12 noon
With the relentless August heat, we're always looking for ways to stay cool. Keeping hydrated is key to beating the heat. Try adding herbs or local produce to your water for a delicious, nutritious kick. With only 16 calories per cup, cucumbers are a wonderful addition to your water glass or pitcher. Mint leaves you with fresh breath and promotes digestion-a double whammy! In the marketumbrella.org office, we love adding crushed lemongrass to our water for a boost of flavor and possible blood pressure benefits. Our bodies are made up of about 60% water, so keep hydrated this summer!
Recipe of the Week
As summer reaches its peak, we're loving all the varieties of local eggplant. This week, remember New Orleans' Italian connection with this easy, versatile Grandpa's Sicilian Eggplant recipe.