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.
Happy New Year! | January 1, 2024
Fresh & Local:
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year! For many of us, the new year offers the opportunity to reflect and renew or begin healthful self-care habits. The farmers market is a bountiful resource of good-for-you options. Eating local helps to support local economies and producers, strengthening your community and the planet as a whole. Freshly picked produce not only tastes better, but it is more nutrient dense, making the farmers market a one-stop shop for new years' nourishment.
Many cultures and countries have particular "lucky" New Year's Day foods, and the southern United States is no exception. Greens, pork, and cornbread, as well as black-eyed peas, cowpeas, or beans, are some of the typical symbolic foods served on New Year's Day. "Peas for pennies, greens for dollars, and cornbread for gold,". Pork is considered a sign of prosperity in some cultures because pigs root forward, this is why many southern New Year's Day dishes contain pork or ham. Cabbage and sweet potatoes frequently join the New Year's Day table. Add a bit of luck to start off 2024 with local, healthy food.
Picks of the Week:
It’s a New Year, so We Eat Cabbage
May the new year bring you peace, love, health, and happiness. It’s a new year in Louisiana, so we are going to eat cabbage today. Cabbage is related to the Brassica family (kale, broccoli and cauliflower) and is packed with vitamins and fiber. Break out a heavy pot for this Smothered Cabbage with Smoked Sausage, or get your greens in this smothered cabbage and greens. Whichever way you prefer to cook it, you are in luck because cabbage weathers the winter months in Louisiana, you can expect to find them at market for months to come. Happy New Year!
January Marketeers Meetup
Bring out the kiddos and join us this Sunday, January 7 at the market for a kid-friendly activity! Meet us at the More Than a Market Tent. Marketeers Club is a free membership program for market shoppers under the age of 12. Members are invited to participate in monthly market activities and receive a special token of appreciation during their birthday month—$5 in tokens to spend at the market! To enroll your kids in Marketeers Club, fill out this simple membership form.
CCFM King Cake Guide
While the rest of the country is settling in for winter, here in Louisiana we’re gearing up for Carnival season! You know what that means… King cakes! Starting Sunday, January 7, vendors will have King cakes of all sorts and kinds for you to sample. Keep an eye out for our full King Cake Guide detailing pre-order options and all offerings you can expect to find at market.
Better Than Ever in 2024
Tips to reach your New Year’s Resolutions:
Vendor of the Week:
Mr. Timmy Perilloux, a market favorite, is back at all three CCFMs! A native of the river parishes, Mr. Timmy lives and farms in Montz, Louisiana. Every fall, he hosts hay rides and sells his family’s 100-year-old heirloom native pumpkins. His larger-than-life produce encompasses almost everything from beets to carrots to cauliflower bigger than your head. Come on out to any CCFM to sample from Mr. Timmy’s produce-laden truck!
Recipe of the Week:
Hoppin John with Collards
Bring some good luck and wealth into your new year by making this delicious Hoppin John with collards! Whether you believe in the superstition or not, you’ll be glad to start your new year with such a hearty, warming dish. This recipe from Savory Nature is seasoned with a ham hock, the trinity plus the pope, and just a bit of cayenne pepper. Black eyed pea season is sadly behind us, but you can certainly pick up your collard greens from market. Several vendors carry greens, check who will be at market each week by clicking here.
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.