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November 27, 2017

Wait for it... Strawberries are back! 🍓 🙌

Fresh & Local:

Just when it seems like you can’t go another week without a Louisiana strawberry, Heather Johndale returns to the market with the first early berries of the season! Always a surprising sight when the cool of November returns, Johndale Farms of Ponchatoula has been cultivating early fruiting strawberries - Radiant or Festival - for years and are inevitably the first to return to market with the plump red berries. Pick up a pint or three for snacking and desserts now, but wait until peak season around March or April to get your flats for putting up.

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Stollen is a traditional German bread usually eaten around the holidays. It’s a sweet bread with candied fruit inside and powdered sugar frosting on top. Though sometimes compared to fruitcake, Stollen is more bread-like and a lot less dense than fruitcake. J&D Blueberry Farm is at the Tuesday and Saturday markets with it, and they learned the tricks of the trade from Crescent City Farmers Market’s beloved one time vendor Captain Mueller - that’s right, they bought his bakery and he shared his recipe and technique for this loaf along with other German breads. Come pick up a loaf and share this holiday tradition with your family.


Rutabaga has been spotted at market! Amorphous Gardens of the Tuesday market has rutabagas, and we’re sure we’ll start seeing more. Like so many brassicas, rutabaga are a cross between other brassicas - in this case, between cabbage and turnips. Rutabagas are a beautiful root vegetable that can be eaten just the same as more common root veggies like turnips or tuberous potatoes, and pair well with them. Less starchy than potatoes, rutabagas have a golden color and a slightly sweet flavor. They can be eaten raw, but their warm, mild flavor shines in cooked dishes like soups, mashed, or fried. My favorite is baked into a gratin, alternated with slices of Yukon gold potato and celeriac.

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Vendor of the Week:
Johndale Farm

Welcome back to the market Johndale Farm! With the market since the beginning - in 1995 - Heather has been a vendor representative for almost at long. While you might know them for their strawberries, which they grow on 13 of their 15 acres, they also bring eggs, fresh red beans (or this time of year, frozen red beans), Brussels sprouts and according to Heather, they’ve got, “Mustards coming out of their ears!”. Come see her friendly face at the Tuesday or Saturday market now, but as production picks up, you might catch her at any of our weekly markets.

Tuesday’s Green Plate Special:

Last market to experience Z’KAYA, our Green Plate Special for the month of November. Z’KAYA is all about modern izakaya, melding traditional Japanese influences into a cultural dining experience by way of New Orleans. Check out their facebook for more information and catch them at the market this Tuesday.

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Recipe of the Week:
Strawberry & Mint Salad Dressing

Strawberries are most often thought of for desserts or other sweet dishes. However, this strawberry recipe is a salad dressing that will refresh and satisfy. I like to use it with a slightly bitter green like arugula for a perfect flavor combination.

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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