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.
We are officially in the thick of tomato season! At market, you can find green tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, creole tomatoes, and an abundance of heirloom tomatoes! Unlike all other tomatoes, green tomatoes may not be as enjoyable cut up and eaten raw. So what can we do with them? Well, who doesn’t love fried food?!?
Choose seasonal ingredients when preparing your next summertime snack. This time of year is peak season and CCFM markets are full of an abundant variety of fruit, vegetables, and value-added products! This three-ingredient parfait makes snack time or dessert a cinch - all of these items can be found at one or more of our vendors at any CCFM location. Want to mix it up with your own modifications? Try grabbing some pecans to sprinkle on top or adding blackberries for mixed berry goodness.
Have you exhausted your breakfast options? Looking for a savory and refreshing meal to jumpstart your day, then look no further! This recipe was selected by a staff member hoping to diversify their breakfast options. This creamy and umami filled dish features an abundant market offering - CUCUMBERS! Additionally, this recipe calls for fresh herbs, garlic, chili oil, and yogurt which are all available now at CCFM markets!
As tomatoes and fresh herbs continue to be plentiful at CCFM markets, why not combine them with some of your bread from the market that may be past its prime, and add a couple of pantry staples to reinvent them into this fantastic salad? Give it a try, and you’ll be hooked on this delicious flavor and texture combination.
Tired of those boring salad recipes? Try this yummy, spicy salad using fresh ingredients which can be found at market now!
Healthy Hydration Never Tasted So Sweet!
Spring is an exceptionally abundant time to visit the market. We have an array of produce and consumables, new vendors coming on board, and you can feel the exuberant energy in the air. As the days continue to get warmer and humidity rises, drinking enough water is key to keeping the good times rolling. Dehydration can cause dizziness, fatigue, and headaches. While drinking water is not everyone's preference, it is key to staying healthy, hydrated, and energized. If plain water isn’t making the cut for you, try jazzing it up with fruits, vegetables, and herbs. We have an excellent selection to choose from during this time of year!
For National Shrimp Day, try this delicious shrimp scampi recipe which can be made using fresh shrimp from the market. While you’re at it, pick up some bread to serve alongside from one of our fresh bread vendors, or add fresh pasta from Costantini Pasta, new to the Thursday market!
Potato skins, but with a twist! Our program coordinator, Amanda, loves baking sweet potato skins using fresh and local sweet potatoes from CCFM vendors. Keep reading to find out how to make this tasty appetizer in your kitchen!
How do we love frittata? Let us count the ways. This recipe comes from a CCFM staff member who loves it for brunch, loves it for breakfast, and loves it for a cold snack straight from the fridge. It’s great as a savory tart and crustless too! Anytime can be a good time for frittata, but with spring produce in full swing the possibilities right now are endless. The best thing about it? Nearly every ingredient can be sourced straight from the market! Second best - it’s great for clearing out the fridge, adding the smaller bits of older, softer veg, creating something delicious, and avoiding waste.
The Crescent City Farmers Market operates weekly year-round throughout New Orleans. The CCFM hosts nearly 60 local small farmers, fishers, and food producers, and more than 150,000 shoppers annually.