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September 11, 2017

Oh My Gourd

Fresh & Local

Summer is filled with zucchini, patty pan, yellow crook neck squash and their warty cousins. While “winter squash” are often thought of as comfort foods of cooler seasons, butternut, acorn, and delicata, among others, are readily available throughout the summer. Why then are we faced with this conundrum? Because of their amazing capacity to store over the winter. A properly cured* winter squash can last over a year! So, enjoy your grilled zucchini and yellow squash sautee, but leave room in your weekly meal planning for a savory butternut squash pancake (recipe below), or a greens stuffed acorn squash.

* Curing - the process of storing an item after harvest at a consistent temperature and humidity to harden its outer shell for storing. Commonly done with onions and garlic (that’s how they get their papery outer peel) potatoes, pumpkins and other squash.

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Pick of the Week:
Welcome, harbinger of fall!

We know that this time of summer in the deep, deep south (we’re talking zone 9, here!) can leave us a little wanting for fruit. Welcome persimmons back to the market! While there are Louisiana native varieties of persimmon, you’re most likely to find Japanese fuyu or tanenashi which have very different characteristics from each other. While both are typically a red orange when ripe, fuyu - the squat, almost square type - can be eaten when firm while a tanenashi or hachiya - the heart shaped variety with the point at the bottom - are inedibly astringent until they have a pudding-like consistency. My mom slices her fuyu’s thin, lays out the slices prettily on a plate and squeezes lime juice over them. I cut off the stem of my super soft hachiya and scoop it out with a spoon.

Moonlight Market

Don’t forget Moonlight Market is right around the corner! Buy your tickets in advance here before they go up in price at the door! Featured restaurants and bars include Angeline, Aglio, Bayona, Beth Biundo Sweets, Bittersweet Confections, Blue Line Sandwich Co., Broussard’s, Carmo, Cavan, Central City BBQ, Clancy’s, CureCo., Dante’s Kitchen, Del Fuego Taqueria, DTB, Emeril’s, Frencheeze Food Truck, High Hat Cafe, Kin, Marjie’s Grill, Maypop, Meauxbar, Patois, Public Service, Rimon, Sac-a-lait, Shaya, Spotted Cat Food & Spirits, St. James Cheese Co., Stokehold, and Three Muses! All tickets can be purchased online or at any CCFM.

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Vendor of the Week:
Sippin’ ‘Bucha and Eatin’ Donuts

Are you familiar with our newest Mid-City market vendors: Jamboree Jams and Insanitea Kombucha? If not, you are in luck! These guys are moving on up to the Uptown market on Tuesday. Jamboree Jams is sure to delight your taste buds with the intricate flavors of their Blood Orange & Rosewater Marmalade or their cloud-like blueberry mint jelly doughnuts. Wash it all down with a Ginger & Habanero kombucha from Insanitea - sour, fruity, delicious! Worry not Mid-City regulars, you can still catch these treats at the Thursday market.

Tuesday’s Green Plate Special:

It’s taco Tuesday time y’all. ROOTs is bringing a fiesta to the market with their vegan/vegetarian tacos! Their food is local, sustainable, healthy, and all made from scratch. Learn more about the pop-up restaurant and their food on their Facebook page here.

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Recipe of the Week:
Butternut Pancakes with Crispy Sage Beurre Noisette

So how ‘bout that butternut squash? Check out this recipe to make a mean savory pancake for breakfast or supper. Substitute crème fraîche with some tasty yogurt cheese (AKA greek yogurt) from Country Girls Creamery.

What’s your favorite dish to make after visiting the Crescent City Farmers Market? Share your recipes with us on Instagram or Facebook or even Twitter and it might be featured in our weekly newsletter!

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