Market 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.
Who doesn't love ratatouille? (The movie and the meal!) While it may sound like a very intimidating dish, it's actually not that challenging to make. Classic ratatouille is made up of eggplant, tomatoes, squash, and zucchini, making it the perfect dish to celebrate the taste of summer. Beautiful and healthy, you can't go wrong! If you don't have the patience to slice all of the veggies into thin disks, you can chop them up into chunks for a modified dish. Just be sure to adjust the cooking time. Enjoy!
While there are a million ways to cook veggies, roasting them in the oven is one of the easiest. Roasting squash allows it to caramelize and get tender (but not too soft!). The recipe calls for thyme, but other herbs such as rosemary or oregano sprigs work just as well. You can eat these as a side dish, using a piece of bread to sop up the pan juices or throw them on rice or pasta. Garden tip: it’s not too late to start squash or any of the herbs mentioned here. Speed up the process and pick up starts from Mizell farm at the Drive-Thru market on Sundays. Cheers to these sunny, first-of-the-season veggies!
Even though we’re all stuck inside, spring has sprung all around us! This stew is a sweet reminder that we can still enjoy a taste of spring. The recipe calls for pantry staples like beans, garlic, and frozen peas. (If you don’t have dried beans, canned beans work just as well). Radishes and other springy vegetables give this stew some crunch and color. If you don’t have all of the veggies that the recipe suggests, don’t fret! We’re sure it will be just as good with fewer ingredients or some substitutions. Bon appétit!
This dinner is a one-pot wonder: it is both exciting and comforting, easy to cook, and able to feed a family. The rice is cooked in rich coconut milk and enlivened by lime and spring onions. The greens (chard, kale, or whatever you please) steam right on top. The recipe calls for coconut flakes, but if you don’t have any, don’t worry about it! We’re sure dinner will be just as good. This meal is great for modifications, too: you can add any herbs, protein, or vegetables to the pot for an even heartier dish. Enjoy!
Have you eaten all of your shelf-stable quarantine snacks while unapologetically binging a Netflix series about a certain mix of big cat lovers? No worries, Bon Appetit has you covered. Instead of stocking up on canned salsa, make your own! It is incredibly easy and super tasty. Get all the bits roasty toasty, give them a blend, and chow down.
Check out this recipe from Modern Honey! The name says it all. Carrots are packed with beta-carotene, fiber, vitamin K, potassium and antioxidants while local honey gives your immune system the boost it needs. Heat ‘em up and eat ‘em up!
In our opinion, lentils are an underrated ingredient. Packed with fiber, iron, folate, and other essential nutrients, these little legumes cook relatively quickly and yield a lot. They’re as hearty as they are versatile: feel free to add hydroponic tomatoes, sweet potatoes, cilantro, or maybe a dash of red wine to this recipe. With the right seasoning, this pantry staple gives rice a run for its money.
The 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.