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.
Hot days, cool salads :) We love a good summer watermelon salad and this recipe by Love and Lemons hits the spot! Pick up a juicy red (or yellow) watermelon at the CCFM Drive-Thru (order ahead) or Tuesday Uptown Market!
‘Tis the season! Squash blossoms, or flores de calabaza, are edible flowers that are delicate and mild in flavor. These farmers market favs are as summer-y as they are versatile, and are beautiful in any dish. If you’ve never cooked with them, don’t let it intimidate you! In this salad they require little preparation and are the star of the show.
Harissa is a spicy-smoky chili paste that’s widely used in North African cuisine. It works beautifully with eggplant and adds a rich tomato-y taste to any dish. Most grocery stores carry Harissa, but if you can’t find it, you can use tomato paste and chili peppers as a substitute. This one-pan dish makes for a meal that is hearty, delicious, and summery!
When we think of ways to eat peaches most of us picture-making tarts, making preserves, or enjoying them just as they are. Peaches are fantastic when they’re worked into a savory dish as well! This salad hits all the notes of summer with peaches as the centerpiece. The great thing about a salad is that you can add, subtract, or substitute whichever ingredients you’d like. Bon appetit!
Who doesn't love ratatouille? (The movie and the meal!) While it may sound like a very intimidating dish, it's actually not that challenging to make. Classic ratatouille is made up of eggplant, tomatoes, squash, and zucchini, making it the perfect dish to celebrate the taste of summer. Beautiful and healthy, you can't go wrong! If you don't have the patience to slice all of the veggies into thin disks, you can chop them up into chunks for a modified dish. Just be sure to adjust the cooking time. Enjoy!
While there are a million ways to cook veggies, roasting them in the oven is one of the easiest. Roasting squash allows it to caramelize and get tender (but not too soft!). The recipe calls for thyme, but other herbs such as rosemary or oregano sprigs work just as well. You can eat these as a side dish, using a piece of bread to sop up the pan juices or throw them on rice or pasta. Garden tip: it’s not too late to start squash or any of the herbs mentioned here. Speed up the process and pick up starts from Mizell farm at the Drive-Thru market on Sundays. Cheers to these sunny, first-of-the-season veggies!
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.