• Check out what’s fresh at the CCFM
    Check out what’s fresh at the CCFM
  • Kid Chef Eliana visits the CCFM
    Kid Chef Eliana visits the CCFM
  • Sunny day at the CCFM
    Sunny day at the CCFM
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    Smiles are free at the CCFM
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    Find some buds at the CCFM


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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Summer | June 17, 2019

Fresh & Local:

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Summer

We’re more than halfway through this year’s Eat Local Challenge, y’all, and we’re loving every minute! The ELC encourages New Orleanians to eat only what is grown, caught, or foraged within 200 miles for the month of June. Alongside the food portion of the challenge are a variety of fun events to celebrate local food.

At CCFM, we are honoring the Eat Local Challenge by holding special activities every Saturday at the CBD market. So far we have made homemade ice cream using Country Girls Creamery creamline milk and fresh J&D blueberries, used finger paint and corn, okra, and potatoes to make veggie stamp art, and voted on our favorite dipping sauces for Louisiana’s freshest Creole tomatoes. In the coming weeks you can expect a farmer story time, summer spring rolls, a market scavenger hunt, and a book signing with Liz Williams of her new book Unique Eats and Eateries of New Orleans.

Learn more about the Eat Local Challenge and sign up (for FREE), and we’ll see you at the market for fun activities soon!

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pick of the week

Picks of the Week:

Stop and Smell the Flowers

Humans of the Market

“My grandma and my grandaddy, they had a house. My grandma has 12 kids. I was one of the first grandbabies, and I was the first little boy. My grandaddy, all he did was stay in the fields so I just rode along with him on the tractor as a little baby, in and out of the field on the back of the truck. As I got older, and I got into school, I forgot all about the farm. I started playing basketball and football. Eventually I came back to it after I graduated. Over the years, my grandfather passed, and that’s when it really got me away from it, but my uncle kept it going. He’s the reason this all is here. I’ve been in Oklahoma, all over the world pretty much. I’ve worked in North Dakota, but I eventually came back home three years ago. I’ve been doing this the past three years, but really I’ve been doing it my whole life. My uncle passed and left everything to me, so I’ve really got to hold it in the road… I got girls, daughters, so I spend a lot of time around the house, riding four wheelers with my daughters, mud rising. I like to play in the dirt. I’m a country boy; I keep it country. My baby girl is probably gonna be the only one who wants to farm. I’ve got one in New Orleans. She’s going to school at Tulane, and I know that’s not something that’s in her genes, but my baby girl loves everything. She’s five, and she knows what eggplant is, what bell pepper is, even what cilantro is. She wants to do everything, cut the watermelon and pick the corn. You know, she’s in tune with it.”

- Terrance Travis,
Indian Springs Farmers Associations

Pop-Up Farmers Market in New Orleans East

Join us in New Orleans East for a pop-up market to celebrate the start of summer! The event will take place on Monday, June 24th, from 9am-12pm at 5646 Read Blvd. between the New Orleans East WIC office and the New Orleans East hospital. All are welcome to come shop. Vendors will accept Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers - and we will double them at the welcome tent! SNAP EBT, CCFM Market+ vouchers, and cash/credit are also accepted. We’re also excited that partners Eat Fit NOLA and Louisiana Breast & Cervical Health Program will be joining us to offer kids activities and information about women’s health screening services. Check out our Facebook event for more information.

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Now Recruiting

In partnership with Serve Louisiana, Market Umbrella is currently recruiting for an AmeriCorps member to serve as our Program Outreach and Community Awareness Coordinator. Corps Members serve full time for 11 months starting September 1st. Benefits include a living allowance of $14,000, an education award of $6,095, health insurance, student loan forbearance, child care reimbursement, in-depth personal and professional development, and valuable networking opportunities. For more information and to apply, visit servelouisiana.org and apply by June 30th.

Congrats, Margee!

Congratulations to one of our own! This week, Gambit released their 40 Under 40 in New Orleans, and we were delighted to see many familiar faces including vendor Marguerite Green of Sprout NOLA. Marguerite, better known as Margee, is an environmental educator, urban farmer, community partner at the Refresh Farmers Market, a farm to school collaborator of Market Umbrella’s, and in the running for Commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. Sprout NOLA is on summer break, but you can find them at the Thursday, Mid-City market in the Spring and Fall with beautiful flowers, naturally grown veg, and happy smiles.

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vendor of the week

Vendor of the Week:

Cherry Creek Orchards and Indian Village Harvest Farm

Hello peaches! Warm welcomes to our new and returning peach vendors Indian Village Harvest Farm and Cherry Creek Orchards, respectively. Cherry Creek Orchards is a long beloved vendor at CCFM and after 100% crop loss in 2018, we are happy to say they are juicy and abundant this year. You can find these Pontotoc, Mississippi peaches at the Uptown, Ochsner, Mid-City, Bucktown, and CBD markets through the summer. We are happy to announce that northern Louisiana peaches have made their home at the market by way of Indian Village Harvest Farm. That’s right - Ruston peaches! Find them at the Uptown and CBD markets through the season.

Tuesday’s Green Plate Special:


Kinoko is a sushi pop up that focuses on plant-based sushi and Japanese cuisine. Chef Kelseay Dukae offers a creative and healthy take on sushi, using ingredients such as jackfruit for “sneauxcrab” for her spin on the traditional crunchy roll. Most recently, she was a contestant on the Fox Network show Masterchef, owned a health food concept and ran a sushi bar here in the city and is now back to curating pop ups. Kinoko translates to mushroom in Japanese, so expect this mushroom lover to present an interesting twist on mushrooms and sushi!

Green Plate Special Vendor

recipe of the week

Recipe of the Week:

Watermelon and Cucumber Salad

For the perfect dish to beat the summer heat, try out this simple watermelon and cucumber salad from Dinner at the Zoo. Keep it local by purchasing all the ingredients from the market, like juicy watermelon from Indian Springs Farmers Association and fresh goat cheese feta from Brown Hat Dairy or G&M Farms.

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 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.

Crescent City Farmers MarketThe 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.