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May 11, 2015

So Much to Celebrate in the Spring!

Fresh & Local

Dear Friends,

Last week, Chef Alon Shaya, one of our organization’s strongest supporters, received the pinnacle distinction of his craft, a James Beard Award for Best Chef: South. I have had the pleasure of knowing Alon for three years, and in that time he has not only added two new restaurants, Pizza Domenica and Shaya, to his repertoire, but he has also volunteered his time and talents on behalf of Market Umbrella and the Crescent City Farmers Market. As a member of our Community Advisory Team, Alon advises us on everything from social media strategy to vendor selection. He personally shops at our markets, volunteers at our events and sources food for his restaurants from our vendors. So, while we all know about his talents in the kitchen, I want to make sure you also know that Alon is also a strong supporter of this market community. From all of us at Market Umbrella and the Crescent City Farmers Market, congratulations, Alon!

Kate Parker
Executive Director
Market Umbrella/Crescent City Farmers Market

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Picks of the Week:
STEEPED, cookbook-signing with Annelies Zijderveld from 9-11am this Saturday!

We’re excited to welcome our friends from Octavia Books to market this Saturday along with author Annelies Zijderveld and her new cookbook, STEEPED: Recipes Infused with Tea. From Earl Grey Soba Noodle Salad to Green Tea Jasmine Rice, Annelies has compiled a fun and innovative collection of culinary recipes that will inspire you to look at tea in a whole new way. She’ll even be sampling some of her Sweet Tea Jelly so be sure to come on out, grab a sample and a book, and start getting your Oolong on!

Classes with the Urban Farmstead!

Our very own Wednesday and Thursday market vendors and urban farmers extraordinaire, Southbound Gardens, are putting on some more DIY agricultural skills workshops this week through their Urban Farmstead initiative. Here’s a list of all the workshops coming up this week:

Tuesday May 12, 5:30-7:30 pm,
Basics of Veggie Growing and Raising Chickens @ The Urban Farmstead, 1730 Clio St.

Saturday May 16, 11 am,
Basics of Beekeeping with LA Permaculture Farmer Brock Barker @ Southern Food and Beverage Library, 1609 O.C. Haley Blvd

Sunday May 17, 11 am,
Making Organic Fertilizers with LA Permaculture Farmer Brock Barker @ 1730 Clio

Sunday June 14, 10 am - 12 noon,
Basics of Organic Veggie Growing @ The Urban Farmstead (1730 Clio) as part of The Eat Local Challenge. Topics will include bed preparation, seeds vs starter plants, irrigation, garden bugs, organic fertilization, compost, and mulch.

All classes are $10 suggested donation, no one turned away. Please remember to RSVP to Hope to see you all at some of these awesome events!

pick of the week

pick of the week

VEGGI Co-op Indiegogo Campaign

Our friends and Thursday market vendors from the VEGGI Farm Co-op are hosting an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to raise money for a solar power project for their farm. With solar power they’re hoping to power a walk-in cooler for their growers, help with pumping water, and serve as a back up energy source in case of emergency. This organization is working to provide high quality food to the restaurants and families of New Orleans, and they’re doing lots of awesome community development work and youth empowerment in their own community in New Orleans East. Consider supporting them today.

Tuesday’s Green Plate Special

We had a great time with Casa Borrega under the GPS tent last week, and after market at their rockin’ Cinco de Mayo celebration! If you missed out on their Ceviche Tostada or didn’t get a chance to try their delicious house-made horchata, don’t miss out this Tuesday!

recipe of the week

Recipe of the Week

The Monica’s have been bringing in some great fava beans to market the past few weeks. Try picking some up this Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday and try out this Fava Bean Bruschetta recipe.

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Market Umbrella


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.