Calas can still be found today in the open-air markets of Africa, where they were originally given their name in the native Bantu tongue of the region. This simple rice fritter arrived in N…

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Oyster Dressing

It’s not Thanksgiving in New Orleans without Oyster Dressing. Every family has their own favorite version, but this one comes from Frank Davis’s Creole sidekick Mary Clare. Featured as …

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Jacques-Imo's Creole Stuffed Tomatoes

Thanks to our hothouse tomato growers, Tad Ledet and Greg Sanamo, we don't have to wait for big red, ripe tomatoes to make Jacques-Imo's Creole Stuffed Tomatoes. Ask one of our chicken vend…

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Winter Market Juice

Drink to your health this New Year with this recipe from this month's Green Plate Special vendor, Chef Anne Churchill.  Most of these ingredients are available during the winter season from C…

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Homemade Ricotta Cheese

There is little easier and more satisfying than making your own ricotta cheese. Afterwards you feel like high-fiving the universe for making such an easy, creamy delight so easy! Using farm…

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Acorn Squash Penne Pasta with Bacon

Acorn squash and Fall go together like pumpkin spice and coffee drinks! When cooler weather happens upon us, we start craving hearty pasta dishes. This easy pasta uses the caramel like swee…

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Creole Onion Soup

This Creole onion soup is a heartier version than ever found in a Parisian bistro! Creamy with milk and cheddar cheese, it’s almost a fondue—hearty enough to make a welcomed winter meal…

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Herbed Goat Cheese Buttons

Fall means football games, back-porch get-togethers and again enjoying the outdoors in New Orleans. This Herbed Goat Cheese Buttons recipe is perfect for all such occasions. These make-ahead t…

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Chilaquiles en Salsa Verde

Spanish influence in New Orleans cooking is not new. For more than a hundred years of our history, we alternated between Spanish and French rule. In later years, our close geographic proxim…

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Red Bean Cakes with Roasted Corn and Mushroom Salsa

Because of an early heat wave in the South the last couple of weeks, this year’s corn season has been cut short. Be sure to pick up a few ears before it disappears! Use locally grown corn…

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Market Umbrella


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.

Crescent City Farmers Market


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.