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January 8, 2018

Purple, Green, and COLD!

Fresh & Local:

We all know it’s been cold in the city… with bursting pipes, we dig through closets for heavy outerwear infrequently worn. It’s hard to imagine when we feel cold to our bones, how produce and the animals we rely on for food are reacting. Given that our producers come from so close to us (mostly within 200 miles), all of our food is also being affected somehow. While strawberries are surviving under their protective cover, on days where it doesn’t get above freezing, that cover can’t be peeled back to harvest at all, for risk of damaging the plant. Temperatures of 26-31 degrees F may harm the foliage of the brassicas - kale, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli - but the plant will survive and continue to produce. Root vegetables like turnips, carrots, and radish are especially cold hearty but when the ground freezes, they cannot be harvested. Chickens will molt, losing their older worn out feathers, to grow a dense new insulating layer. And while they’re at it, the protein that is usually directed to egg laying is temporarily diverted to feather growth, resulting in low to no egg production. When the air gets cold, fish are driven into deeper, warmer waters. Crabs bury themselves, and shrimp move further away from the shoreline, making them more difficult to catch. And cold windy conditions are unpleasant and can be dangerous for the farmers, fishers and ranchers we rely on to provide all this bounty to us. Intemperate conditions may prevent farmers from being able to get out into the field and/or reach market. This cold has not caused our network of producers any catastrophic losses, but you will definitely see the effects of winter for weeks to come.

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pick of the week

Picks of the Week:
It’s Carnival Season, Baby

You know what that means… King cakes! Mardi Gras is every New Orleanian’s favorite time of year. With Twelfth Night behind us, you can celebrate at every market until Thursday, February 8th. Baking 504 has extraordinary, cinnamon and filled cakes of the cream and cherry variety. You can find Jess at the Tuesday market Uptown and Thursday market in Mid-City. Mayhew Bakery is kicking it old school with Galette de Rois, traditional French-style king cakes. Catch Mayhew at Tuesday market as well as Wednesday in the French Quarter and Saturday in the CBD. Place an order or get to market early because these tasty treats are sure to go quick!

Meet me at the Market

Educators! Interested in Meet Me at the Market programming at the Crescent City Farmers Market? We would love to host you for field trips, and visit your classroom with local food curriculum! Contact Market Manager Cristina Berthelot or Program Manager Caryn Blair for more info.

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vendor of the week

Vendor of the Week:
Isabel Mendez

You might not know her by name, but surely you know where to get your tamales on Saturday morning. Farmer Isabel and the Mendez family of Independence, LA offer a bevy of products from their market stand on Tuesdays and Saturdays year-round. Visit Isabel this week for baby Brussels sprouts and sweet Louisiana strawberries, as well as her year-round offerings of tamales, breakfast burritos, fresh tortilla chips and a selection of salsas. Pro-tip: The spicy bean breakfast burritos are delicioso!

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:
Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Let’s face it… It’s cold. So let’s continue our month of soup recipes. This week try a roasted cauliflower soup. We love roasted cauliflower and roasting lends this soup an extra depth of savory flavor. Super comforting and ultra nutritious, this dish is filled with flavor. Cauliflower will be around for a while - get creative. You might even see a purple graffiti cauliflower pop up. Wouldn’t that make a great discussion piece for your Mardi Gras pre-gaming party? Pics or it didn’t happen!

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.