Market 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.
Thursday Market is operating within its regular hours of 3pm to 7 pm to accommodate the return of Daylight Saving.
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Strawberry & Yogurt Parfait
If, for some reason, you need something to do with the first fresh fruit, sweet strawberries of the season besides pop them straight into your mouth, slice them up and add them to a cup of yogurt. You can find strawberries for the time being from Johndale Farm, Fletcher Farm, Faust Farm, and Mendez Farm. Pick up fresh dairy yogurt from Country Girls Creamery, G&M Goat Farm, Brown Hat Farm or dairy-free coconut yogurt from South of Eden. Top with fresh-from-the-market granola from Windfield Farm, South of Eden, or Nut-N-Seedy for some added crunch. I know what I’m having for breakfast!
Fried Okra and Heirloom Tomato Salad
Yup, okra is here, and we are ready to dig in. Check out this recipe from Louisiana Cookin that combines crispy fried okra with sweet heirloom tomatoes, both of which are available at all five CCFM markets. This recipe has them topped them with a rich, lemony mix of crème fraîche and buttermilk for a distinctly Southern taste that captures the flavors of the season. Find buttermilk at the Country Girls Creamery or cheat and make your own by adding a tablespoon of either lemon juice or white vinegar to a cup of milk and allowing it to sit for ten minutes to curdle.
Zucchini Baby Food Puree
Can’t make it in time to the Saturday CBD market for the Eat Local Challenge baby food demo? No worries! Try this zucchini recipe from Hankys Happy Home that only contains one ingredient - you guessed it, zucchini! Any variety of squash works, and you can mix and match. As you add more ingredients to your little one’s repertoire, you can add herbs like basil or mint to develop their palette and increase nutrition.
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The 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.