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    Check out what’s fresh at the CCFM
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    Kid Chef Eliana visits the CCFM
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Bean Madness is Back! | March 18, 2019

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Bean Madness is Back!

The Krewe of Red Beans has launched a spoof of the college-basketball March Madness tournament called "Bean Madness". Thirty-two NOLA chefs and restaurants will be competing to see who makes the best red beans. Judging takes place in the form of 31 single-elimination tastings that will occur all over New Orleans from March 20th to April 8th.

The event raises money for New Orleans nonprofits, including Market Umbrella and Crescent City Farmers Market! To donate, visit www.redbeansnola.com and create a "bracket" - which is you predicting who will win each match. It’s a fun way to follow the tournament, and if you fill out a bracket and donate, then you might win the grand prize-- lots of restaurant gift cards + a prize package from Camellia Beans, Cajun Country Rice, and the Krewe of Red Beans!

When you donate, you will have the option to give your donation to the market! Just click on our logo :) It takes just a few minutes and is a fun way to support your favorite farmers market.

Bean tastings at market:

  • Thursday, March 21st 5:00-7:00pm @ Mid-City, 3700 Orleans Ave.
  • Friday, March 22nd 4:30-6:30pm @ Bucktown Harbor, 325 Metairie Hammond Hwy.
  • Saturday, March 23rd 10:00am-12:00pm @ Downtown, 750 Carondelet St.

The Final Fork!
Friday, April 5th 4:30-6:30pm @ Bucktown Harbor, 325 Metairie Hammond Hwy. Block-party feat. live music and beans!

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Picks of the Week:

Market+ WIC Program Sign Up at Market!

We are still enrolling for our Market+ WIC program, where we give WIC recipients $48 per month in fruit and veggie vouchers. WIC is a supplemental nutrition program for pre- and postpartum moms and families with children under five who meet designated income requirements. Our Market+ program increases the buying power of WIC shoppers by giving them extra money to spend on fruits and vegetables from our markets. Those who have not participated in the program in the past and who utilize Orleans Parish WIC offices may come to any of our markets to sign up. Help us spread the word and increase access to fresh, local produce for everyone in our community!

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Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry is opening the application process for the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program. Through this program, eligible seniors (age 60+ with income at or below 185% of poverty level) receive $20 in coupons to shop at local farmers markets and roadside farm stands. Coupons are good for fruits, vegetables, fresh herbs, and honey, and are a great way to bring new shoppers to the farmers market.

Catholic Charities Food for Families will be accepting applications for Orleans Parish residents from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM at the following locations:

  • Monday, March 18: Fischer Senior Village, 1400 Semmes St.
  • Saturday, March 23: JenCare Senior Medical Center, 4710 S. Carrollton Ave.
  • Thursday, March 28 : Bethel A.M.E. Church, 1437 Caffin Ave.
  • Monday, April 1: My Redeemer Baptist Church, 2829 Washington Ave.

For more information, call: (504) 245-7207.

Stop and Smell the Flowers

What some people call self-care I think of as life choices that allow me to spend time with people I love, do meaningful work that I enjoy, and eat good food. My wife Cheryl and I are lucky to be able to work together, which is generally an amazing gift. Not only does it allow us to spend a LOT of time together, it also allows us to take care of each other. During our work day, Farm Lunch is an important part of our self care routine, a tradition that has carried over from the last farm that Cheryl managed. We always have a hot meal, featuring the food we grow. And at the end of the day, I usually feel like I’ve accomplished something, which has not always been the case at other jobs I’ve had. And when I’m not working, I can typically be found canoodling with our dogs.

- Annie Moore, River Queen Greens

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Vendor of the Week:

Grow Dat Youth Farm

On their seven-acre site in the middle of City Park, Grow Dat Youth Farm operates a two-acre sustainable farm. In addition to growing produce, the nonprofit runs a program for youth to expand their community leadership skills while learning about sustainable farming and food justice. Stop by the Saturday market where you can buy carrots, kale, salad mixes, fresh herbs and more from the youth themselves!

Tuesday’s Green Plate Special:

Max Well Cafe

By way of MiNO Foundation, we welcome Max Well Cafe to the GPS every Tuesday in March. Born and raised in Mid-City and a graduate of Warren Easton High School, Alex Anderson grew up surrounded by the cultural influences that shape New Orleans. Her earliest memories include cooking alongside her grandmother and watching the care that goes into creating a meal. Those experiences in the kitchen with family shaped her passion for cooking and love for serving others.

Alex Anderson is amongst the most recent recipients of the Made in New Orleans scholarship. In 2016, someone Alex credits as “seeing more in me than I ever saw in myself” told her about the scholarship as her desire to learn and grow fueled her passion. While in New York studying at the International Culinary Center, Alex worked at the Michelin Star restaurant NIX, and it was during that time that she made the decision to be a lifelong vegan and devote her culinary career to that practice. Alex graduated in 2018 with honors from the International Culinary Center and is back in New Orleans to fulfill her vocation of serving the New Orleans vegan community. Alex’s culinary focus is centered around health and wellness, and she is currently the head chef at Max Well Cafe on Magazine Street.

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Recipe of the Week:

Spicy Shrimp Tacos

Shrimp tacos are delicious and, for those who observe Lent, approved for meatless Fridays! Check out this recipe from A Sweet Pea Chef to create your own. Pick up shrimp from Four Winds Seafood available at our Uptown, Ochsner, Bywater, Mid-City, Bucktown and Downtown markets. If you want to go all out, pair your tacos with a homemade pico de gallo with tomatoes from Tomott’s or Cajun Growers and onions from Indian Springs Co-op.

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


About Us

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.