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      Date: Aug  6, 2012
     Title: August 6, 2012

Celebrate National Farmers Market Week at the CCFM



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Fresh Item of the Week

fresh item of the week

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsak proclaimed August 5-11, 2012 National Farmers Market Week. Did you know that there are over 7,800 farmers markets in the United States? That's a lot of fresh, healthy, local food! Here in New Orleans, farmers markets are an integral part of our food system, allowing people access to locally grown, raised and caught foods. We can't thank our vendors and shoppers enough for your support of our three weekly markets. It's because of you that we exist and thrive. This week, give your favorite food producer a pat on the back. We eat better because of them!

Tuesday Market, August 7, 2012 | 9 am - 1 pm

Uptown New Orleans | 200 Broadway Street at the River

It's soft-shell season! Soft-shell crabs require near constant supervision to catch them at just the right time. Soft-shell crabs are harvested and kept in tanks where they're monitored for the moment when they molt their hard winter shells. As the hard shell breaks off, the crab is left with a paper thin, vulnerable exterior that's more like a skin than a shell. This is when the crabs are removed from their tanks and shipped to markets where they're usually sold live. The soft-shells that may seem too "hard" are actually perfect for frying, and are preferred by many soft-shell aficionados. Ask Jeannie Fonseca of Des Allemands Outlaw Katfish about her soft-shells at our Tuesday market. Learning from those who grow and catch our food is one of the many reasons we love farmers markets!

green plate special

This Tuesday we welcome New Orleans' first and only solar-electric food truck, Empanada Intifada. We're looking forward to empanadas including "The SaSquash" (local squash, carmelized onions and sharp cheddar cheese), "The Bean-a Vista Social Club" (cuban-style black beans with fried plantains and local jasmine rice) and "The Mestizo Meat Pie" (a fusion of a traditional empanada and a Natchitoches Meat Pie). Save room for dessert, because Empanada Intifada is debuting their "Sweet Thai Peach Pie" empanada. Stop by their food truck at the Tuesday CCFM to welcome them and partake in this innovative, local twist on a South American favorite!

Thursday Market, August 9, 2012 | 3 pm - 7 pm

Mid-City New Orleans | 3700 Orleans Avenue at the Bayou

Biking to the Mid-City CCFM just got easier and safer thanks to the new "Broad to Bayou Bikeway". Unveiled at the GOOD Ideas for Cities New Orleans event, the project's aim is "to link the many neighborhoods of greater Uptown and Mid-City across the barrier that is the I-10 freeway." DIY signage can be found from the intersection of South Broad and Washington up to the Jeff Davis overpass and down to the Bayou, just steps from our Mid-City market. Thanks to the folks who worked so hard to make this happen. A GOOD idea, indeed!

Saturday Market, August 11, 2012 | 8 am - 12 noon

Downtown New Orleans | 700 Magazine Street at Girod

With the relentless August heat, we're always looking for ways to stay cool. Keeping hydrated is key to beating the heat. Try adding herbs or local produce to your water for a delicious, nutritious kick. With only 16 calories per cup, cucumbers are a wonderful addition to your water glass or pitcher. Mint leaves you with fresh breath and promotes digestion-a double whammy! In the marketumbrella.org office, we love adding crushed lemongrass to our water for a boost of flavor and possible blood pressure benefits. Our bodies are made up of about 60% water, so keep hydrated this summer!

Recipe of the Week

As summer reaches its peak, we're loving all the varieties of local eggplant. This week, remember New Orleans' Italian connection with this easy, versatile Grandpa's Sicilian Eggplant recipe.

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