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.
Homemade Creole Pumpkin Purée
Farmer Timmy Perilloux’s family carefully saved Creole Pumpkin seeds for 100 years, and the fruits of their labor have made their debut at market. This crop is uniquely improved by this year’s drought, able to grow and sustain itself without rotting in the damp environment (call it the silver lining of an otherwise challenging year for farmers).
Roast the seeds and bake the flesh for a versatile pumpkin purée. While there is an abundance of articles (one, for example), comparing recipes with canned vs. fresh pumpkin purée, at CCFM, nothing beats engaging with the farmers that grow our food. Real pumpkin is more fresh-tasting and can be less expensive when the whole pumpkin is used. Leftover purée can be frozen for future use and doesn’t contain artificial ingredients or unknown fillers. Pumpkin purée can be used in everything from baby food to desserts; mix it into dog food for a special treat for your furry friends. This article from Epicurious suggests 37 potential uses for your purée.
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.