Stir fry bitter melon

An unusual taste for New Orleanians, bitter melon is found in many other tropical locations—China, Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Columbia, Panama—where it is often more valued fo…

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Prosciutto-wrapped tuna muffuletta

So typical of Chef Susan Spicer, to take a New Orleans tradition and transform it into the unusual with special ingredients or new techniques. This favorite New Orleans sandwich was inven…

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Paneed oysters

On New Orleans restaurant menus, paneed usually refers to a thin veal cutlet that has been breaded and pan-fried, much like a Wiener Schnitzel. Chef Tom Weaver, a south Louisiana native, se…

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Bruce Gallassero’s Mom’s Crawfish Étouffée

Here, market shopper and board member Bruce Gallassero shares a recipe from his mom, Shirley Vorenkamp. Shirley, a native of Breaux Bridge, created this city version of the dish, so divinel…

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Pan-seared prime beef with Louisiana crawfish ragout

In 1998, Dickie Brennan was the first of the Brennan family to open a steak-centric restaurant, serving prime beef alongside New Orleans classics such as turtle soup. Since 2000, Dickie B…

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Vegetarian red beans

Devoted market shopper (and vegetarian) Dave Cash shared his special red beans recipe with us. Even vegetarian New Orleanians MUST eat red beans and rice on Mondays! Dave’s unusual in…

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Oysters in a heart of bread, garnished with roasted red pepper purée

Patti Constantin is the secret weapon in the arsenal of many an Uptown hostess. Patti is renowned for her fresh, delicious flavors presented in innovative ways. Her close friendship with …

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The Pelican Club’s crawfish and shrimp cakes with herb mayonnaise and farmers market salsa

For seventeen years, Chef Richard Hughes has delighted locals and visitors alike in the elegant dining rooms of the Pelican Club. From the very start, his menu has featured local products…

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Baked oysters fortuna

Chef Frank Brigtsen is famous for his seafood platter, where not a single item is of the typical fried sort. Baked Oysters Fortuna appears seasonally on the appetizer menu and as part of …

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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.