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October 22, 2018

Broccoli Weather

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Broccoli Weather

Do you feel that? Yup, it finally feels like fall. With cooler weather comes the return of cruciferous veggies - also called “cole crops” - like broccoli. The first tender heads of fall broccoli at market have been beautiful this past week. A truly versatile vegetable, and a favorite of kids, broccoli is delicious whether cooked into a stir fry or soup, or simply eaten raw in a salad or with hummus. Steamed or raw are the best ways to preserve broccoli’s nutritional benefits - of which there are many! This veggie is commonly known as a super food because of its rich vitamin makeup and health benefits. Broccoli is a great source of fiber, vitamins A, C and K, antioxidants which fight cancer, calcium, iron and magnesium. Broccoli has been seen at the tables of Poche Family Farm (pictured), Monica’s Okra World, Major Acre Farm, and more! Unfortunately, the hot and wet weather we experienced late summer took a toll on farmer Timmy Perilloux’s broccoli, but the second crop will be here soon enough for those looking for the tasty little trees. Now is the season to get some fresh broccoli into your diet and give yourself a healthy, delicious boost.

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Market Mash

Bring out your Halloween costumes and trick or treat baskets because it’s time for Market Mash! We’re transforming our markets on Saturday, October 27th into a Halloween celebration. Come one, come all, and come in costume! Enjoy festive music from Renee Duplantier at the CBD market and fun activities like a spooky scavenger hunt at both CBD and Rivertown. No tricks, just treats!

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Amusingly called “rocket” in some parts of the world, arugula is the zesty salad green that grows rapidly, hence its speedy moniker. Its peppery flavor dresses up a boring egg sandwich or takes your sad desk salad lunch to the next level. It somehow seems to stay fresh in the fridge for longer than other salad greens and even mixes up into a decent pesto sauce. Not to mention that it’s chock full of nutrients like calcium, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, and so much more. Need any more convincing to pick up a bunch from Poche Family Farm (pictured), Two Dog Farms, or River Queen Greens at the market this week? Check out this list of arugula recipes from Bon Appetit– the options are endless.

T-shirt Design Contest

It’s time for a new look, and we need your help! Enter the CCFM T-shirt design contest to get your idea on our new shirt! Entries from designers of all ages are welcome!

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  • One color design
  • Image must be at least 6” in diameter and 300 dpi
  • One entry per email address
  • Theme – think “farmers market” so food, farmers, fishers, ranchers, seasonality, Louisiana/New Orleans-centric
  • Ok to subtly include your name in the design

Submit your design here or in person at any of our markets. We’ll accept entries through November 5th (entries due by midnight). Voting begins on the 6th and will take place until November 19th. We’ll announce the design that received the most votes – the winner – on November 21st. The winner will receive fame and glory, and a t-shirt when it’s printed. The new design will hit the press before the year is up and be available in January, 2019.

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Vendor of the Week:

Powers Beekeepers

Warm and sweet welcomes to our new Thursday, Mid-City Market beekeepers, Powers Beekeepers! The Powers family tends to bees located across 4 properties on the west bank including Algiers, Belle Chasse, and Sugar Roots Farm in New Aurora. They offer raw unfiltered and unpasteurized honey with and without the comb, pure raw honeycomb, and will soon have pollen for sale! All of Powers Beekeepers’ honey is made naturally in local beehives without harsh treatments “with the goodness left in” and these apiarists believe that bee stings are the key to a long life. The Powers will attend Thursday market every other week - check our social media for updates!

Tuesday’s Green Plate Special:

Frencheeze Food Truck

Say cheese! Frencheeze Food Truck is slinging the cheese as the Green Plate Special and they’re sure to put a smile on your face. Chef Jason King and his companion Boots are avid market shoppers and prioritize fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients. Enjoy a grilled cheese for breakfast, lunch or both Tuesdays in October at 200 Broadway Street from 9-1pm!

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recipe of the week

Recipe of the Week:

Smoky Eggplant Dip

I made this babaganoush-like recipe from Smitten Kitchen twice last week, that’s how much I love it. It’s filling, healthy, and goes great with sliced cucumbers, peppers, or a hunk of bread. Plus, it’s easy and fun to make-- char your eggplant over your gas stove before roasting it in the oven and tossing it in the blender with a few other simple ingredients. Do yourself a favor and make a double batch. Find your eggplants, cucumbers, peppers, and bread at any of our markets.

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.