• Check out what’s fresh at the CCFM
    Check out what’s fresh at the CCFM
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    Kid Chef Eliana visits the CCFM
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    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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Time to Pinch Some Tails | March 11, 2019

Fresh & Local:

Time to Pinch Some Tails

Most New Orleanians will agree that Mardi Gras is the most magical time of the year, but we think they might be wrong (hear us out). The most magical time of year is the forty days that follow, when we have the best excuse to pinch some tails and suck some heads. With Mardi Gras behind us, it’s time to start thinking about those tasty Friday fish fries and seafood boils.

That being said, Crescent City Farmers Market now features five prominent Louisiana seafood vendors across seven markets:

  • Pete and Clara’s Seafood (Uptown, Ochsner, Downtown)
  • Four Winds Seafood (Uptown, Ochsner, Bywater, Mid-City, Bucktown, Downtown)
  • Des Allemands Outlaw Katfish (Uptown, Ochsner)
  • A&B Seafood (Bucktown)
  • Anna Marie Shrimp (Uptown, Bucktown)

That’s right; CCFM is a one-stop shop for all of your favorites including gulf shrimp, blue crabs, catfish, drum, and crawfish. Find your seabream, croaker, and flounder too! Fresh, local seafood is just one of countless perks of living in the South, and now that Lent is here it’s time to dig in.

* While our fishers expect to be at the listed markets, weather plays a big part in a fisher’s life. Due to weather and seasonality, some products may not be available. Call your favorite seafood vendor to place an order!

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Picks of the Week:

What’s Good?

Pay today, treat yourself tomorrow! Our app is a great way to organize your market trip, and ensure you pick up the staple items for your weekly meals. Place an order for Gonsoulin Land and Cattle’s delicious grass-fed beef, then come by market to pick up your order and find inspiration for your sides. Download the app on your Android or Apple device, browse items, and purchase in advance for quick and easy pick-up at your choice of market. Save 25% off your first order with coupon code “FIRSTORDER”!

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pick of the week

Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry is opening the application process for the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program. Through this program, eligible seniors (age 60+ with income at or below 185% of poverty level) receive $20 in coupons to shop at local farmers markets and roadside farm stands. Coupons are good for fruits, vegetables, fresh herbs, and honey, and are a great way to bring new shoppers to the farmers market.

Catholic Charities Food for Families will be accepting applications for Orleans Parish residents from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM at the following locations:

  • Friday, March 15: Daughters of Charity - New Orleans East, 5630 Read Blvd.
  • Monday, March 18: Fischer Senior Village, 1400 Semmes St.
  • Saturday, March 23: JenCare Senior Medical Center, 4710 S. Carrollton Ave.
  • Thursday, March 28 : Bethel A.M.E. Church, 1437 Caffin Ave.
  • Monday, April 1: My Redeemer Baptist Church, 2829 Washington Ave.

For more information, call: (504) 245-7207.

Stop and Smell the Flowers

Rub-a-dub-dub, veggies in the tub. In the realm of self-care, bubble baths top the list. In fact, why not add a few ingredients from the market to your tub? Mint to help you detox and unwind. Rosemary for your aches and pains. Basil for some added energy. Garlic for… Wait - garlic? Yes! Adding garlic to your bath is relaxing, rejuvenating, and detoxifying. Just ask Murf from Gonsoulin Land and Cattle (fitting, right?). Murph loves to marinate in nice savory bath loaded with herbs and garlic just like a little beef roast. Amorphous Gardens and Indian Springs Farmers Association have been spotted with fresh garlic, so you are in luck. Make a little farmers market soup with yourself as the main ingredient!

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Vendor of the Week:

Pete & Clara’s Seafood

Pete & Clara's Seafood is everything beautiful about the Crescent City Farmers Market: a family in white boots that know the waters and the community they feed alike. Chris knows what you want before you even ask, and Pete has guided you through cleaning your first soft shell crab. The Gericas have been with the market since its inception and as many of you know, our long time vendor Clara passed away in 2017, forever leaving a void in our hearts. The Gericas have always been, and will remain, a fundamental pillar in the growth and stability of our market. Clara was a friend to all and only had the the best interests for others in mind, making her a great vendor representative at CCFM. Pete and Chris Gerica thrive on at the Uptown, Ochsner, and Downtown markets and the shop CCFM app with only the top quality seafood available.

Tuesday’s Green Plate Special:

Max Well Cafe

By way of MiNO Foundation, we welcome Max Well Cafe to the GPS every Tuesday in March. Born and raised in Mid-City and a graduate of Warren Easton High School, Alex Anderson grew up surrounded by the cultural influences that shape New Orleans. Her earliest memories include cooking alongside her grandmother and watching the care that goes into creating a meal. Those experiences in the kitchen with family shaped her passion for cooking and love for serving others.

Alex Anderson is amongst the most recent recipients of the Made in New Orleans scholarship. In 2016, someone Alex credits as “seeing more in me than I ever saw in myself” told her about the scholarship as her desire to learn and grow fueled her passion. While in New York studying at the International Culinary Center, Alex worked at the Michelin Star restaurant NIX, and it was during that time that she made the decision to be a lifelong vegan and devote her culinary career to that practice. Alex graduated in 2018 with honors from the International Culinary Center and is back in New Orleans to fulfill her vocation of serving the New Orleans vegan community. Alex’s culinary focus is centered around health and wellness, and she is currently the head chef at Max Well Cafe on Magazine Street.

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Recipe of the Week:

Strawberry Orange Green Smoothie

Looking for a healthy way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Try this recipe for a green smoothie full of ingredients you can find at the market. Pick up your strawberries, citrus, and greens at all of our markets.

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 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 in four New Orleans neighborhoods. The CCFM hosts nearly 80 local small farmers, fishers and food producers, and more than 100,000 shoppers annually.