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October 23, 2017

Wednesday Market Back in Action

Fresh & Local:

That’s right, the Crescent City Farmers Market in the French Market is open! We have a great line up to start the season off right. Our returning vendors include the likes of Timmy of Perilloux Produce (he only grows big vegetables!), Mayhew Bakery with the best sourdough baguette in town, Spicy Lady Seasonings with homegrown herbs and spices, Burg’s Bees - our favorite honey vendor, Blue Tara Blueberry Farm with certified organic frozen blueberries and sugar and additive free fruit popsicles, and Four Winds Seafood bringing fresh caught shrimp and whatever else finds its way onto the boat.

We also have some new vendors joining us this fall such as Berry Hill Farm with hummus, flatbread and assorted naturally grown produce, Suzie Q knife sharpening - you may know her from her other digs at Nola Boards, and Two Dog Farm, a young family grower of specialty produce, grown without synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Don’t forget about live music every week and pop up cooking demos once a month! Stop by every Wednesday from 1-5pm - We offer 2hr free parking in the French Market lot for market shoppers.

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Picks of the Week
Great Things Come in Small Packages

Oh hello cherry tomatoes, so good to have you back. We have dearly missed your sweet, juicy pop and complex flavor. As the summer heat lightens up, field tomatoes, including cherries, are finding their way back to the market. These little fellas are the perfect ingredient in every meal, endlessly versatile and delicious. Roasted, stewed, smothered… Great for salads or blended into dressings… You can preserve them, pickle them, or eat them whole and raw! Cherry tomatoes are utterly snackable so pick up two pints to make sure some make it home! Check out the recipe of the week for a cherry tomato salad, great with that end of summer fresh basil.

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pick of the week

Southbound Gardens Workshops
at the Market

Visit the Saturday market through October for a workshop series courtesy of Southbound Gardens. $15 suggested donation.

Saturday Oct. 28: Container Farming
Growing food in pots may not be ideal but sometimes it’s all us city dwellers have! Join us to learn insider tips on how to set up a successful container garden including appropriate containers, drainage, soil, fertilizer and more!

Lettuce Talk About Lettuce

While we’re used to the grocery store offerings of romaine, iceberg and spring mix, there are actually hundreds of types of lettuce and you’ll find many of them on display at our markets now. While our amazing hydroponic growers coax yields throughout the heat of summer (and in fact, all year round), it is around now that field grown varieties start to appear. And with summer heat still very much present, dinner salads are a great no-cook option, with fresh crisp radishes, ruby streaks and other spicy supplemental greens readily available to add a toothsome kick. Options abound so try something new with old favorites: beautiful bibb is perfect for lettuce cups, or for the adventurous, there’s lettuce soup or grilled romaine. Check out the many options and give something new a try. Tender, sweet oak leaf or beautiful flashy trout’s back are some of our favorites.

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Vendor of the Week:
Blue Ribbon Pies

Here comes the "Pie Lady!" Hammond’s own Blue Ribbon Pies will be at the market next Tuesday, on Halloween. Celebrate the tricky holiday with your favorite treat, they are certainly the best pies in town!

Tuesday’s Green Plate Special:
La Monita Pop Up

Simple, delicious Colombian inspired food made from locally sourced ingredients and a whole lot of love. Arepas, plantains, tropical fruits and everything in between inspired by a monita’s (Colombian slang for blond girl) culinary journey through the amazing country. Catch them around New Orleans, popping up at awesome local businesses, like CCFM. Check them out here!

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Recipe of the Week:
Cherry Tomato Basil Salad

Looking for a quick and delicious take on a caprese salad? Look no further! This salad is loaded with cherry tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella, which can all be found at the market. Shake things up a bit by adding fresh mizuna or sliced cucumber - you will be hooked!

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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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.