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December 18, 2017

Holiday Harvest

Fresh & Local:

Looking for the perfect gift? For a limited time, CCFM vendors are bringing their home crafted goodies to the market. Find holiday gifts such as goat’s milk soap and lotion from G&M Goat Farm, Mrs. Jeannie over at Des Allemandes Outlaw Katfish has hand painted snail shell ornaments, crafted from the invasive Apple snail so you’re also supporting an important eradication effort, or knitted wine bottle covers from A&K Citrus. Give your loved ones their favorite market products - several vendors have pre-assembled gift baskets ready to go! You can also find festive decorations at the market. White Oaks Farm and Amorphous Gardens have wreaths, bough, and picks made from various local evergreen conifers. And don’t forget all of the wonderful market sweets and seasonal specialty goodies. Assorted macarons and cupcakes from Baking 504, German Stollen from JD Farms, Stacy's whole fig preserves, and eggnog from Country Girls Creamery are all available. And don’t miss the Pie Lady - Mrs. Chauvin will be at the market this week. Happy holidays to you and yours from all of us at Crescent City Farmers Market and Market Umbrella. Cheers!

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Picks of the Week:
Strike the Harp and Join the Chorus

Tis the season for music at the market! Thanks to the folks at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation we are ringing in the holiday spirit with some tunes. Swing by the market on Tuesday for good ol’ Spider Murphy or Thursday and Saturday markets for Milly Raccoon.

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Brussel Sprouts

Seasonally, Brussels sprouts are the latest of the cole crops to make their appearance, gaining sweetness as temperatures dip. Packed with fiber and protein, Brussels sprouts are a good source of vitamins C, A and K, and of course being a dark leafy green, are a good source of folate. When combined with whole grains, they make a complete protein! In the United States, Brussels sprouts production actually began in Louisiana, having been brought over by the French (neighbors of Belgium) in the 18th century. Brussels sprouts are best when the leaves are tightly compacted and sprouts are a bright, dark green. As with most veg, roasting is a simple way to really bring out the tasty sweetness. Pro tip: roast small sprouts whole, but halve or quarter larger ones for more even cooking. Add a tablespoon of water to the pan and cover with foil to roast and steam them at the same time for perfect toothsome results all the way through.

New Orleans Public Library

Join the folks from the New Orleans Public Library at the Thursday market this week in Mid-City. NOPL will be giving away books to kids and teens, have other fun giveaways for adults, and of course, have information about all their great free library programs and services. Don’t have a library card? No problem! NOPL will also be making library cards on site.

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Vendor of the Week:
Windfield Farm Bakery

Let’s give it up for Windfield Farm Bakery! Rob and Suzie Banck are long time vendors - having been with the market since it began. Their breads and baked goods are a staple any time of year, and obviously a perfect treat for the holidays. Whether you’re looking for a famous “big boy cookie”, gooey bar dessert, or a chocolate croissant… the Bancks have you covered! Windfield also has some of the best granola around, which can be eaten alone or as a topping on your favorite yogurt - we prefer Country Girls Creamery yogurt cheese, a strained yogurt (the method that yields greek yogurt) that is thick and creamy. If you have had your fill of sweets, fret not - you can always stop by for some life advice from Rob.

Tuesday’s Green Plate Special:
Sneaky Pickle

Sneaky Pickle is in the house for December. Sneaky P is an eclectic Bywater/Upper Ninth champ of a cafe. We are in for a month of an ever-changing menu of farm-fresh, from-scratch fare, including the signature “bowl of food,” a beans, grain and veg mashup. By rotating local ingredients from the likes of VEGGI Farmers Cooperative Pete and Clara’s Seafood, Chef Ben Tabor aims to encourage vegans and meat eaters to enjoy their meals together.

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Recipe of the Week:
Garlic and White Wine Pasta with Brussel Sprouts

Looking for a new take on old favorites? This vegan recipe is perfect for a simple weeknight meal. Minimalist Baker is a great resource for creative veggie dishes, and this is just one of many Brussel sprouts ideas on the site!

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


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.