Fresh Basil Pesto

While basil is our featured item of the week, we’ll feature a classic basil pesto recipe here, but pesto is one of those highly versatile dishes you can change with the season using any herb or herb combination. You can even make it with greens like collards or kale, it doesn’t even have to be herbs - just combine nuts (if you want to keep it totally local, pecans make an excellent substitute to expensive pine nuts), oil and cheese (or not if you prefer a vegan variety) with a star ingredient of your choice for a sauce you can use not only on pasta but in soups, in eggs, as a marinade, dabbed on top of a piece of fish, the possibilities are endless. If you’ve ever tried and failed at h…

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Purple Hull Peas

Check out this recipe from Louisiana Cookin featuring our pick of the week pinkeye purple hull peas! While most recipes include pork, this one also contains okra, which as you know is plentiful during the summer in Louisiana. The addition adds an oomph to the peas that’s totally worth it.

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Fig Flatbread

This flatbread pizza has been a go-to weeknight dinner recipe for years. Quick, easy, and super delicious - this flatbread from Southern Living hits all the right spots. Sweet figs, tangy goat cheese, and caramelized red onions that can only be described as umami, and all the ingredients can be found at our markets! If you are looking to save some extra time, skip the pizza dough and opt for lavash or naan - perfect for personal pizzas!

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Watermelon Sangria

Summer is officially here and so are watermelons! What could be more refreshing than a cold, sweet, crisp watermelon on a hot, sticky day? Watermelon... sangria! Perfect for sweatin’ it out by the pool, backyard, or on your couch while you binge watch Netflix for the entirety of 11 seasons of Parts Unknown. Grab a ripe one from Timmy Perilloux (Tu/W/Th/Sa CDB) or Indian Springs Farmers Association Co-op (Tu/Th/Sa CBD), or LA Growers Co-Op at Rivertown and check out this 3 ingredient recipe from Pioneer Woman. All you need is watermelon and booze, but you should add some mint for extra freshness!

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Fried Okra and Heirloom Tomato Salad

Yup, okra is here, and we are ready to dig in. Check out this recipe from Louisiana Cookin that combines crispy fried okra with sweet heirloom tomatoes, both of which are available at all five CCFM markets. This recipe has them topped them with a rich, lemony mix of crème fraîche and buttermilk for a distinctly Southern taste that captures the flavors of the season. Find buttermilk at the Country Girls Creamery or cheat and make your own by adding a tablespoon of either lemon juice or white vinegar to a cup of milk and allowing it to sit for ten minutes to curdle.

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Zucchini Baby Food Puree

Can’t make it in time to the Saturday CBD market for the Eat Local Challenge baby food demo? No worries! Try this zucchini recipe from Hankys Happy Home that only contains one ingredient - you guessed it, zucchini! Any variety of squash works, and you can mix and match. As you add more ingredients to your little one’s repertoire, you can add herbs like basil or mint to develop their palette and increase nutrition.

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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.

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Blueberry Agua Fresca

Cool things down with this refreshing blueberry agua fresca from FOOD52. Pick up some blueberries from your favorite market, a bunch of mint, and some sparkling water for a fresh snap! We will be drinking this all summer!

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Summer Squash Gratin

Hot dang! This squash dish on the menu this week features yummy summer squash, gooey cheese, and melty goodness ready for my tummy. This recipe is super easy and you can find next to ALL of the ingredients at the market, and kid-friendly. Can’t wait!

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Sesame Baked Tofu & Shiitake Mushrooms

Are you looking for a quick, easy, and delicious recipe to whip up with the shiitakes you found at the market? Check this one out from FOOD 52! This dish is perfect served alone, with a vegetable like squash, or on top of a bed of pasta. Make sure you stop by VEGGI Co-op for your tofu and you are set!

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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.