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Recipe Archive

What’s your favorite dish to make after visiting the Crescent City Farmers Market? Share your recipes with us on Instagram or Facebook and it might be featured in our weekly newsletter!

Thai Basil & Chile Cantaloupe Salad
Thai Basil & Chile Cantaloupe Salad

It’s melon season - and we’re bringing you a sweet, savory, and juicy snack that is dressed to impress any backyard BBQ or pool day. Grab some cantaloupe from Johndale Farms, Thai basil from Veggi Co-op, and a pepper suited for your spice level from LA Gourmet Produce for this quick fruit salad! (#Yummy, yummy..)

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Peach Spearmint Orange Julius
Peach Spearmint Orange Julius

Veggi Co-op has fabulous herbs at the market these days, like perilla, italian basil, and spearmint! Cool down the hot summer days with this easy and delicious at-home version of the peach spearmint Orange Julius. And if you’re relaxing after the long week, you can always add a splash of something special to your glass too!

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Grilled Mexican Corn (Elote)
Grilled Mexican Corn (Elote)

This fantastic grilled elote recipe is a great way to  elevate something simple like corn and feel like you’re eating at a restaurant in your own home! Juicy, sweet and salty, and as spicy as you like it. You’ll need napkins on deck for this dish but that’s what makes summer eating fun. Get messy, who cares!

In this recipe you can get corn from Indian Springs Farmers Association, Johndale Farms or Joe Fekete Family Farm and perilla leaves from Veggi Co-op as a substitute for cilantro, which prefers cooler fall and spring temps.

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Vegetarian Red Beans and Rice
Vegetarian Red Beans and Rice

Fresh red kidney beans have hit the market with Johndale Farms and this is a huge deal! Farmer Heather says they make a quick pot of red beans and rice, plus the raw beans freeze well if you want to capture the short growing season for later. Lots of classic New Orleans red beans and rice recipes have meat products in it - so we wanted to offer up a vegetarian alternative that’s just as delicious. Fill those bellies!

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Roasted Japanese Eggplant With Crushed Tomato, Parmesan, and Thyme
Roasted Japanese Eggplant With Crushed Tomato, Parmesan, and Thyme

You can travel the world by just visiting the market these days with Japanese Eggplant! Thanks to the bounty at River Queen Greens, you can make this savory and light vegetarian dish for your next dinner party. If you want to take it to the next level, you could serve it with toasty garlic bread for optimal scoopage.

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Marinated Creole Tomatoes
Marinated Creole Tomatoes

All year round, tomatoes excel as best supporting actress - sliced on cheeseburgers, wedged in salads, and simmered into any sauce. But when the summer heat arrives and creole tomatoes hit the market, they take home the leading award. Juicy, ripe, local tomatoes are delicious with just a simple dress up. Try this marinated creole tomato recipe to cool down any summer lunch!

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Poche Family Farms Roasted Delicata Squash
Poche Family Farms Roasted Delicata Squash

While we might not think of winter squash like delicata when we think summer produce, cucurbits, the family that brings us cucumbers, melons and squash, are all producing now. Winter squash, so called because its thicker skin allows it to be stored through the winter, is no exception to this cucurbit rule. Winter squash are chock full of vitamins and fiber, and also highly shelf stable, so if you’ve gone overboard at market and have an abundance of perishables on hand, you could save these for next week - or next month! Here’s a super simple recipe from long-time vendor Poche Family Farms. It’s a great preparation for any winter squash, like butternut, acorn or spaghetti squash, but cooking times may vary depending on the size/thickness of the squash.

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Samin Nosrat’s Vietnamese Cucumber Salad
Samin Nosrat’s Vietnamese Cucumber Salad

There is something truly special about recipes that rely on ingredients you can easily find at the market. They have a way of capturing the essence of simplicity and convenience. As we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we have a delightful Vietnamese cucumber salad recipe that you and your family can enjoy making at home. Prepare to be delighted by this incredibly easy and wonderfully refreshing recipe that is sure to become a go-to for the warmer seasons!

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Creamy Peach and Honey Popsicles
Creamy Peach and Honey Popsicles

Stay cool with the incoming heat and take advantage of this summer’s wonderful bounty with these Creamy Peach and Honey Popsicles!

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DIY Marinated Artichokes
DIY Marinated Artichokes

Marinated artichokes are a great salad topping as the summer begins. Tangy and herby with a kick of citrus! You’re in luck - artichokes have hit the market with Perilloux Farms! Whether you learn to prepare your own artichokes or grab a jar from the store, you’ll finish off this recipe before you know it.

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Market UmbrellaMarket Umbrella is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3), based in New Orleans, whose mission is to cultivate the power of farmers markets to drive economic and community health in the region. Market Umbrella has operated the Crescent City Farmers Markets (CCFM) since 1995.

Crescent City Farmers MarketThe Crescent City Farmers Market operates weekly year-round throughout New Orleans. The CCFM hosts 70+ local small farmers, fishers, and food producers, and more than 150,000 shoppers annually.