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January 1, 2018

New Year Traditions

Fresh & Local:

Souping - the new juicing! Keep all that vegetal fiber with vegetable-based soups as opposed to fruit-filled juices. Winter produce lends itself impeccably to soups: go creamy with pureed root vegetables like beets, carrots or turnips, incorporate dark leafy greens like kale, collards or spinach in a broth with beans, or make your own bone broth and eat it plain or use it as a base. Veg, greens, and bones are all available at the Crescent City Farmers Market as well as all kinds of fresh and dried herbs and seasonings, fresh or freeze dried ginger and turmeric, tofu, and all kinds of options for endless riffing. Keep warm, eat soup!

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pick of the week

Picks of the Week
Alien Broccoli

On par with kohlrabi in the alien looks category, romanesco, also known as Roman cauliflower or broccoflower, is a strikingly beautiful vegetable which grows in a natural fractal pattern. Crunchier in texture than cauliflower or broccoli, romanesco has an earthy, nutty flavor in comparison. With a firmness more similar to cauliflower, it holds up to many of the same treatments, including roasting, our favorite preparation for just about anything. The crazily geometric curds - the term used for the sections of a cauliflower, broccoli or romanesco - retain their shape and color throughout cooking, so they’ll look as great on your plate as they do in display at the market.

New Year, Who Dis

May the new year bring you peace, love, happiness, and dolla dolla bills y’all. It’s a new year in NOLA so we are going to eat cabbage today. For as long as I can remember, my family always feasted on 3 things for various bits of good luck throughout the next year: ham, black eyed peas, and cabbage. My favorite way to prepare it is braised with a slab of pork belly and red onions while my husband prefers the traditional smothered way. Think outside the box - construct a tangy slaw to rest atop your pork sliders or go the German route and opt for sauerkraut. Which ever way you prefer to cook it you are in luck (ha!) because you can find this tasty veggie at the market for months to come. Happy New Year! -CB

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vendor of the week

Vendor of the Week:
Cajun Growers

Welcome back to the market, Cajun Growers! We’ve been getting all kinds of inquiries since November when this hydroponic tomato grower normally begins their season as to their whereabouts. Well, the tomatoes are (finally!) ripe and the wait is over. Vendors at CCFM for the last eight years, Tad and Lily Ledet join us at the Tuesday and Saturday markets from Cutoff, LA with beautiful fragrant tomatoes, several varieties of heirloom tomatoes, mixed cherry tomatoes, hydroponically grown peppers (sweet and hot), basil and cucumbers throughout the winter, during what would normally be off season for these crops. Come pick up some picture perfect produce, courtesy of the Ledet’s hydroponic prowess and enjoy tomatoes all year long!

Tuesday’s Green Plate Special:
Casa Borrega

Ay, Dios Mío! Casa Borrega is back at it again! Our friends as Casa Borrega will be serving your favorite traditional Mexican foods throughout the month of January. Enjoy them at the Green Plate Special tent at Tuesday market from 9am to 1pm.

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recipe of the week

Recipe of the Week:
Italian Vegetable Stew

Got a hunk of day-old crusty bread you’re not sure what to do with? Or a half a cabbage in the fridge? The true beauty of this soup is that it is infinitely substitutable. Try green onions instead of leeks, rutabaga instead of carrots, some frozen field peas you may still have from summer instead of the white kidneys, or add radish, greens and all for a kick.

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.

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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.