• 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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We’ve got it Fig-ured Out! | July 18, 2022

Fresh & Local:

We’ve got it Fig-ured Out!

Figs are here y’all, but be warned - the season is just as short as it is sweet. If you’re a fig lover like us, get ‘em while you can. Fresh figs should be plump and soft, without bruising or splits and are most flavorful when served at room temperature. They’re highly perishable, so store them in your fridge and wash them right before eating, just like you would a strawberry. Sweet figs pair well with rich dairy so dishes with yogurt, cheese or custard are a sure bet. They’re great in baked goods and other sweets, and also stand up to a more savory treatment, as in a salad or pizza with a salty cured meat, and a bracing sour/vinegar component. If you’re looking to save the season, they make excellent preserves and are great dried.

Thanks to the geographic diversity of our vendors (different vendors are in season at slightly different times), you can expect to find figs for sale at market for 3-4 weeks. Find fresh figs and fig preserves from Figue Envie at the Thursday Mid-City and Tuesday Uptown markets - the fig balsamic preserves are a must try! Monica’s Okra World and Isabel’s Produce and Tamales at all three weekly markets also carry a more limited quantity. This versatile fruit is a special treat, so don’t miss out!

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Last Call for Kitchenware!

In August we will host our first annual CCFM kitchenware sale fundraiser. In preparation, the cookware donations have been pouring in! Thank you so much to all who have donated. If you haven't donated, there's still time! Drop your gently used pots, kitchenware, barware, small cooking appliances, cookbooks, and dishes to CCFM! We are accepting donated items at the CCFM Welcome Tent at our Tuesday Uptown Market until July 26! Drop off your old air-fryer and help raise money for Market Umbrella and Crescent City Farmers Markets! Questions? Email admin@marketumbrella.org.

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We’re Hiring!

Join the Market Umbrella team and help us build a stronger food system and healthier community! We are looking to fill three full-time positions: (1) a Finance & Business Manager, (2) an Administrative & Communications Manager, and (3) a Greaux the Good Manager to assist with the new Greaux the Good statewide SNAP match program. We welcome you to apply, especially if you’re passionate about agriculture and want to work with an organization with a focus on food access and nutrition education. For more information and to apply, click here!

Calling all prepared food vendors!

The Crescent City Farmers Market is lookin’ to get cookin’!

Preference is put on applicants who: are underrepresented business owners, provide food that is culturally significant to New Orleans or Louisiana, produce culturally significant products from a diversity of cultures, and who prioritize using local ingredients when possible. Apply here!

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Vendor of the Week:

Figue Envie

Figue Envie is making their annual market appearance! Owners and fig farmers, Mandy and Byron met while serving in Mali as agricultural volunteers in the Peace Corp. Now the husband and wife are teachers in New Orleans, but they spend their summer vacations connecting with their farming roots. After tending to fig trees on family land since 2006, they purchased a new plot which has allowed them to quadruple their production. You can now find their fresh figs and delicious preserves at the Uptown and Mid-City markets.

Recipe of the Week:

Fig and Goat Cheese Flatbread

With fig season being short and oh so sweet, this recipe is a seasonal favorite and current staple for MU staff. Being able to source half the ingredients from market, we might as well call this a summer market flatbread. With few ingredients, little preparation time, and figs, this recipe is a must try!

What’s your favorite dish to make after visiting the Crescent City Farmers Market? Share your recipes with us on Instagram or Facebook and it might be featured in our weekly newsletter!

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About Us

Market UmbrellaMarket 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.

Crescent City Farmers MarketThe Crescent City Farmers Market operates weekly year-round throughout New Orleans. The CCFM hosts nearly 60 local small farmers, fishers, and food producers, and more than 150,000 shoppers annually.