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June 4, 2018

Eat Like a Local

Fresh & Local:

Eat Like a Local

While summer does not officially start until few weeks, we are getting some summer vibes from the market these days. Tables are overflowing with yellow, green, and golden squash, bright and bulbous eggplant, spicy (and sweet) peppers, and all the creole tomatoes you could ever want. We are happy to finally catch a break from the root veggies in exchange for tender first of the season okra, summer squash, and fresh onions. And while we can never get enough Ponchatoula strawberries, we are ready to welcome melons, peaches, and plums. This explosion of summer veg is just in time for the Eat Local Challenge, making local sourcing easy peasy lemon squeezy. Check out all five of our weekly markets for a variety of produce, fresh fruit, and locally made staples!

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pick of the week

Picks of the Week:

Eat Fit NOLA

Let’s start the eat local challenge right! Join us Tuesday at the Uptown market for an Eat Fit NOLA cooking demo featuring Chef Brad McGehee of Blue Line Sandwich Co. Chef Brad will show you how to use the produce found at market that day in a simple and delicious recipe. Eat Fit NOLA is a program that encourages chefs to offer nutritious, delicious meals for those who want to eat clean, watch their weight, and manage diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol. Looking for an Eat Fit NOLA approved restaurant or recipe? Check out their app for all of your local dining needs and local picks!

Shop Like a Local

Want to shop at the farmers market but are not familiar with all of the locally available produce and its pricing? Fret not! Stop by the Saturday CBD market between 10-11am to learn how to use seasonal bounty to stretch your food budget while eating fresh local food. Hosted by Crescent City Farmers Market as part of the Eat Local Challenge which challenges you to go 30 days in June eating only foods grown, caught, raised or foraged within a 200 mile radius of New Orleans to raise awareness of the nutritional, economical, environmental and cultural benefits of eating locally sourced foods.

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vendor of the week

Vendor of the Week:

Penn Travis, Indian Springs Farmers Association Co-op

Late last week, we lost one of our beloved vendors, Donnie “Penn” Travis of Indian Springs Farmers Association Cooperative. Mr. Penn was an important part of our market and the familiar face we will miss seeing as we pick up our purple hulled peas or spicy boiled peanuts. We are truly at a loss of words and our hearts ache for the family of Mr. Penn and his community in Hattiesburg, MS, where he was known as “The Greens Man.” There was never a day that we didn’t see this man smile and ask “how you doing cher?” Tuesday market will be a sad day but we will keep our spirits high as we reflect on the laughs and memories that Mr. Penn left behind, as he would want us to do.

Donnie “Penn” Travis 1952 - 2018

All services will take place at Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church at 131 Walter Myers Road in Petal, MS 39465. A wake will be held on Friday June 8th from 6-8pm, viewing on Saturday June 9th from 9-11 followed by the funeral from 11-12.

If you’d like to make a donation to the family, we will be accepting them through the Crescent Fund. All donations will go directly to the family.

Tuesday’s Green Plate Special:

South of Eden

This month we welcome South of Eden to the Green Plate Special line up, and to the Crescent City Farmers Market. South of Eden is a plant based pop-up and new CCFM vendor. Founded in the belief that food should be tasty, satisfying and nourishing, everything on offer is created to be just that. As the Green Plate Special vendor, we’ll be treated to breakfast and lunch made from entirely whole ingredients (no processed ingredients will be found in any item), locally sourced when possible. You can also pick up vegan breads, sauces, cheeses, dips, jams, ferments and more at the GPS table in June, and then at their regular market table at the Tuesday Uptown Market beginning in July. What a great addition to the market!

Green Plate Special Vendor

recipe of the week

Recipe of the Week:

Soupe de Pêches Blanches

This is probably one of the best (and easiest) recipes to prepare and enjoy. This chilled peach soup from Mimi Thorisson is light, sweet, refreshing and perfect for sanctuary from a sunny afternoon. Grab some Chilton County Peaches from the market (starting tomorrow) and some ice cream from Country Girls Creamery or G&M Goat Farm and you are set.

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.