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November 12, 2018

Holiday Prep

Fresh & Local:

Holiday Prep

Holiday season is upon us and mirlitons are here! This pear shaped squash generally turns up in fall, and if we have a mild winter, you might see some in springtime as well. Often served pickled or shrimp stuffed (see the recipe of the week for our favorite rendition of the latter) this vegetable also graces many a New Orleans thanksgiving table as a dressing. A native of Mexico and South and Central America, the mirliton was adopted into creole cooking in the 1700s when the city was a Spanish colony, but its popularity persisted even as the French took back over, resulting in the name change from the Spanish “chayote” to the French “mirliton”. A harkening back to the rich history of the city, mirlitons have been and remain a hearty and versatile vegetable option, and have penetrated into Vietnamese cuisine. Pick them up at our Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday markets at the tables of Veggi Co-Op and A&K Citrus.

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Picks of the Week:

T Shirt Design Contest - Time to Vote!

It’s time for a new look, and we need your help! It’s time to vote on your favorite design to be printed on our next CCFM T shirt!

We’ve got a great round up of designs including all of our favorite veggie puns, music references, and NOLA vibes. Voting began on the 6th and will take place until November 19th. We’ll announce the design that receives the most votes – the winner – on November 21st, so get your votes in and tell your friends. 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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Get Ya Pies Y’all

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and the Crescent City Farmers Market has got your pie covered. Blue Ribbon Pies will be at the Uptown Market tomorrow, Tuesday 11/13 and Tuesday 11/20 for pie ordering and pickup. You can also call Mrs. Chauvin at (985) 345-7515 to pre-order your pie. As always, Mrs. Chauvin will have all of her regular flavors as well as her seasonal mincemeat and apple cranberry pies. Baking 504 will also be accepting orders for pies in the following flavors: German apple, almond apple, apple cranberry, bourbon pecan, chocolate meringue, cherry, blueberry lemon, and special requests. Place your orders by November 17th With Jess at

Poppy Tooker Book Signing

Stop by the market on Saturday, November 17th 9-11am and Tuesday, November 20th 9-11am for a book signing with Poppy Tooker! Poppy will be selling and signing copies of her newest book, Pascal’s Manale Cookbook as well as our beloved Crescent City Farmers Market Cookbook. Inside the pages of this savory recipe history shared by the DeFelice family are dishes carefully curated by culinary preservationist Poppy Tooker. Follow her instructions to replicate longtime favorites including Eggplant Dryades, Combination Pan Roast, Sweet Potato and Andouille Soup, Red Gravy, Pascal’s Spicy Mayonnaise, Stuffed Tufoli and Uncle Jake’s Cheesecake. With more than one hundred images including a wealth of vintage photos, Tooker has created a treasure for successive generations to cherish as they have the food on the tables of Pascal’s Manale for over one hundred years.

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Vendor of the Week:

Williams Produce Farm

We are excited to welcome to the Saturday CBD market Lester Williams of Williams Produce Farm. Joining us from Pte. Coupee, Williams Produce Farm, also a member of the Pte. Coupee Minority Growers’ Co-Op, has finally made it to market. While they’ve been selling fresh squash, shell beans, sweet potatoes, greens, melons and more to restaurant buyers like the Link Group, and their local schools, institutions and food banks, this marks their first farmers market stand in a long time. Stop by to find interesting varieties of produce, like yellow zucchini, buttercup and jester squash, several varieties of heirloom cucumbers, and tendergreens, a spinach-like mild mustard. Later in the spring and summer you’ll find heirloom beans like the Tiger’s Eye, along with an assortment of watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew melon varieties.

Tuesday’s Green Plate Special:

Carrollton Market

If you’ve shopped at the Crescent City Farmers Market, you know Chef Jason Goodenough. You know, the guy New Orleans Magazine named Chef of the Year 2017? Yup - Green Plate Special fans, we’re all in for a treat this month. Our favorite Riverbend restaurant, Carrollton Market, will be joining us as our Green Plate Special for the month of November! Chef Goodenough’s commitment to local sourcing brings him to the frontlines of the New Orleans food scene each week at the farmers market and Carrollton Market is a phenomenal show of talent, finesse, and appreciation for the food grown by our very own CCFM farmers. We are happy to see him back at the GPS tent and looking forward to what he, and guest chef the Thali Llama, have in store for us!

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Recipe of the Week:

Louisiana Shrimp-stuffed Mirliton

Mirlitons are the unofficial squash of New Orleans. Stuff ‘em with fresh gulf shrimp and serve them on your Thanksgiving table. Check out this recipe for a local favorite from Louisiana Cookin’.

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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