• 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
  • Smiles are free at the CCFM
    Smiles are free at the CCFM
  • Find some buds at the CCFM
    Find some buds at the CCFM


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You are one in a Mirliton | September 16, 2019

Fresh & Local:

You are one in a Mirliton

That’s why we need you! We are currently seeking volunteers for our Backyard BBQ fundraiser at Central City BBQ on October 13th. Support the Crescent City Farmers Market by lending your time and hands with event set up, kids’ activities, run of show, chef assistance, and break down. Reward yourself after three hours of service with FREE ENTRY to our all inclusive event!

Want to get more involved in the markets and our food access programming? Fall is a great time to volunteer at markets - the crisp, cool air makes markets busy and cheerful places to be. Come hang out and talk about your favorite seasonal recipes while you work alongside staff to set up and break down market and beverage service, lead children’s activities, as well as engage with customers and vendors. See the inside workings of our various fresh food access programs, and while you’re here, pick up all the fresh fruits and veggies (and seafood, meat, dairy, bread, etc.) you need.

Check out our calendar of available volunteer opportunities and sign up for a spot directly through the calendar. Check back often as we also use this calendar to post volunteer opportunities at various events we attend around town and host ourselves. We are always posting new shifts for market events :)

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CCFM Backyard BBQ

The Crescent City Farmers Market Backyard BBQ is back for round two. Join us at Central City BBQ on Sunday, October 13th from 4-7pm for this family-friendly fundraiser benefiting the Crescent City Farmers Market. The Backyard BBQ will feature over 20 local farm-supporting restaurants, a whole pig roast, local beers, garden-to-glass cocktails, live music, silent auction, and fall-themed kids activities.

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Enjoy small plates featuring local, seasonal ingredients from: Aglio, Bacchanal, Barracuda, Carmo, Clancy’s, Cochon Butcher, Del Fuego Taqueria, Gabrielle, Jack Rose, LUVI, Marjie’s Grill, Max Well, Mosquito Supper Club, Saba, Turkey and the Wolf, Toups Meatery, SevenThree Distilling Co. and more.

Your support will help to sustain the mission and programs of the Crescent City Farmers Market and preserve and grow our local food system.

Tickets are on sale now! Tickets start at $60 for adults and $5 for children and include all the eating, drinking, and dancing you can do! Don’t sleep on our Patron Party tickets, which offer one hour early entry, special acknowledgement and thank you gift!

If you are interested in participating or donating a silent auction item please contact us here.

First Okra Experience

Ahh, okra. When I think of southern foods, okra is one of the first things that comes to mind. As a northern native, the thought of cooking okra has always intimidated me. It is only tasty when it’s fried? Do you cut off the top? How do you select the finest-tasting okra the market has to offer?

My go-to method for cooking veggies is roasting them in the oven with a lil cajun seasoning. It brings out the flavor, keeps the nutrition, and is so simple to do. Faced with only question marks in my head while buying my first pound of okra, I naturally decided to chop them up and throw them in the oven with some onions and yams. I’m pleased to report that it turned out delicious! The outside of the okra became crispy, and its signature sliminess was reduced to a hearty, creamy texture. My next adventure with okra will surely involve a stir-fry of sorts!

- Sierra Carvalho, Outreach Coordinator, Serve LA

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Vendor of the Week:

Empower. Repurpose. Eradicate.

Did you know 40% of the food produced in the U.S. becomes fodder for the landfill? Did you know 1 in 5 New Orleanians faces food insecurity daily? No Hunger NOLA knows and they’re doing something about it! A non-profit, culinary initiative with a mission to “eradicate hunger and food access disparities in New Orleans neighborhoods”. No Hunger NOLA rescues would-be food waste to make flavorful preserves, marmalades, pickles and ferments like grapefruit marmalade, honey pickled peppers and green chile pepper jelly. CCFM welcomes this conscientious vendor to our Mid City Market the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month. Come on by and say hi! Pick up something yummy for yourself and help to make a difference for someone else!

Tuesday’s Green Plate Special:

Congregation Coffee Roasters

You can catch avid market shoppers - Congregation Coffee Roasters at the Green Plate Special tent this month. Congregation Coffee Roasters is a small start-up company conceived in the back of a shotgun house in New Orleans, April 2015. Congregation Coffee Roasters’ (whose name is inspired by the collective noun for a group of alligators) mission is to provide New Orleans and the Gulf Region with quality roasted whole bean specialty coffee. In addition to serving some of the best coffee in NOLA, Congregation Coffee Roasters also features a seasonal, rotating menu of breakfast and lunch items at both of their brick-and-mortars. Come check out what they are cookin’ every Tuesday in September!

Green Plate Special Vendor

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Recipe of the Week:

Don’t Get Slimed. Roast it This Time!

Okra. You either love it or hate it. What makes this veggie so polarizing? The slime… great for thickening your gumbo but not so great on your palate. Roasting okra is a quick and easy preparation that brings out the nutty, grassy flavor of okra and can diminish the dreaded slime. So whether you love it or hate it, check out this simple recipe and roast some up! You never know, roast okra might become your new favorite side dish!

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.