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Recipe Archive

Garlic and Lemon Roasted Romanesco Cauliflower
Garlic and Lemon Roasted Romanesco Cauliflower

Neon green, spiky, geometrically-intriguing Romanesco. You’ve seen it at the market, but do you know how to cook it? Romanesco, also sometimes called broccoflower, is a cultivar of cauliflower, so a member of the brassica family, along with broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, and kale. Despite its unusual shape, it can be cooked in the same way you would cook cauliflower - raw, blanched, boiled or roasted. Pick up a head from Perilloux Produce and try>this quick and easy recipe with garlic and lemon to bring out all those delicious earthy flavors, and wait for the oohs and aaahs when you bring this remarkable veggie to the table.

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Strawberry & Yogurt Parfait
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!

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Fried Okra and Heirloom Tomato Salad
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.

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Zucchini Baby Food Puree
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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Soupe de Pêches Blanches
Soupe de Pêches Blanches

This is probably one of the best (and easiest) recipes to prepare and enjoy. This chilled peach soup from Mimi Thorisson is light, sweet, refreshing and perfect for sanctuary from a sunny afternoon. Grab some Chilton County Peaches from the market (starting tomorrow) and some ice cream from Country Girls Creamery or G&M Goat Farm and you are set.

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Market UmbrellaMarket 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 MarketThe 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.