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The Box Meal Plan

Every market day, we seek out recipes to make it easy for you to use all the items in the box. We recommend looking through previous posts if you don't like this week's recipes.
Posted 4/1/2011 4:56pm by Bill Pastellak.

Come on out to Party in the Garden at Hollygrove Market & Farm on May 16th, 2011 from 6pm to 9pm. We'll have delicious cuisine from fine local restaurants including: Martinique Bistro, Lilette, Crescent Pie & Sausage Co., La Petite Grocery, Le Foret, Sylvain, Cafe Amelie, Pravda, & more! We'll also have live music by The Swamplilies and cocktails, wine, and beer from the best local mixologists, brewers, and vintners.

There will be a live auction, silent auction, and raffle. Raffle tickets are $5 a piece or 5 for $20 and can be purchased at any of the markets. The raffle prizes are as followed:

 

First Prize: North Shore Farm Tour ending with a farm yard dinner for (4) at Covey Rise Farms

Second Prize: Dinner for (2) at a local restaurant

Third Prize: Garden Gift Basket

 

Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door (tickets are limited). You can purchase tickets online or at any of our markets. All food & beverages are included with the cost of the ticket. All proceeds will go directly toward supporting the programs activities of Hollygrove Market & Farm. For more information, please email info@hollygrovemarket.com or call 504-483-7037.

Posted 3/23/2011 4:37pm by Bill Pastellak.

In the past few weeks, the staff of Hollygrove Market & Farm has been meeting with Doug Jacobs of the Tulane University Changemaker Institute to talk about the possibility of installing one of his Aquaponic Modular Production System (AMPS) on-site. The design, a project of Doug and waterswheel.org, utilizes Tower Gardens in a vertical aeroponics & aquaculture system to grow variety of vegetable and fruit crops & while growing fish, all without the need for soil or fertilizer.

AMPS

The aeroponic system, located near our community gardens, will provide the market with hundreds of heads of lettuce per month while demonstrating innovative urban farming techniques.

With the assistance of a solar powered water pump, the fish waste water is pumped through the aeroponics system, providing all the nutrients the plants need. Not just an interesting design, this system is highly productive and will be a key component of Hollygrove Market & Farm's urban farming operations.  We look to have the system up and running in the next 3-4 months here at the market and farm. For more detailed information on this system and its many applications, you can contact Doug Jacobs at djacobs@tulane.edu.

Posted 3/21/2011 12:02pm by Bill Pastellak.

Finally! After two long years, Hollygrove will finally accept credit/debit cards. No more runnin' to the ATM before you come to the market. In even bigger news, Hollygrove Market has just been approved to accept food stamps, so you will be able to use your EBT card in just a matter of weeks. We'll keep you posted when our EBT machine comes online...

Posted 3/17/2011 1:35pm by Bill Pastellak.

1631 Seventh Street • New Orleans, LA 70115
504-895-6763 (phone) • 504-895-6637 (fax) • www.jerichohousing.org


Jericho Road Episcopal Housing Initiative, a neighborhood-based non-profit cultivating the revitalization of Central City, seeks a Fruit Tree Orchard Volunteer and Maintenance Coordinator (“the Coordinator”).
Jericho Road’s fruit tree orchard, located on previously vacant lot in the heart of Central City’s Faubourg Livaudais neighborhood, contains 33 fruit trees, from Kumquats and Limes to Persimmons and Figs. Planted in late fall 2010, the new trees require proper care to green and tall, and the neighborhood residents need a structured introduction to the orchard.

Responsibilities will include:
•Providing ongoing tree maintenance (watering, fertilizing, pruning, minimal harvesting).
•Clearing trash on and around site, and keeping all tools and materials organized.
•Organizing and leading events, such as:
oFertilizing Work Day
oKids Workshop
oSpringtime Picnics
•Contacting (emailing and calling) resident volunteers prior to event.
•Opening up orchard for visitors during afternoon hours.

The Coordinator will be expected to work 40 hours per month, arranging weekend orchard events every 3 – 4 weeks. He/she will work directly with a Jericho Road staff member to organize all work. A small compensation will be provided. The Coordinator will be expected to commit to work from April 18th to August 15th, 2011, at which time the position and responsibilities will be reviewed.

If you would like to apply, please send a letter of interest explaining your qualifications to:
Alison Ecker
Program Manager – Vacant Land Management
Jericho Road Episcopal Housing Initiative
1631 Seventh Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
Applications will be accepted until March 28th, 2011.
Questions – please call or email:
Alison Ecker
(504) 895 – 6763 (ext. 6)
alisonecker@jerichohousing.org

Posted 3/10/2011 12:43pm by Bill Pastellak.

Do you have a fruit-bearing tree or edible plant on your property but neither the time, energy or materials to harvest it? If yes, volunteers from The New Orleans Fruit Tree Project would be happy to do it for you!

To further fulfill its mission of increasing the access of fresh, local produce to underserved populations in New Orleans, Hollygrove Market & Farm is pleased to announce The New Orleans Fruit Tree Project. This program will allow for city-wide harvesting of local fruits and edible plants from community space and private residential property. After homeowners and volunteers receive their share, surplus produce will all be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank.

fruit donations

Over 1,500 lbs. of donated citrus headed off to Second Harvest Food Bank

Please register your tree or edible plant here and a staff person from Hollygrove Market & Farm will contact you with more information. If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering please email Megan Nuismer at megan@hollygrovemarket.com.

 

Click Here to Register Your Tree or Vegetable Garden 

Posted 2/2/2011 10:19am by Alyssa Denny.

Thanks to a scholarship from the New Orleans Food and Farm Network, I spent last weekend in Chattanooga at the 20th annual Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG) Conference.  I was surprised to find out that the first SSAWG gathering was in New Iberia Louisiana.

On our Thursday field trip, we visited the Sequatchie Cove Farm (http://sequatchiecovefarm.com).  The whole operation is so beautiful that I felt like packing up my bags and taking the plunge to move out to the opportunity of the rural farm. They're raising the cleanest and happiest looking pigs, cows & sheep. After studying the art of cheese making in France, they got their creamery up and running with fantastic results. They believe in a whole farm system with help from their neighbors who take great care is breeding their animals.


The inside portion of the conference started on Friday. I spent some time hearing interesting things from mychorizal specialist Tradd Cotter of Mushroom Mountain (http://www.mushroommountain.com/index.asp). Cotter is great . . . he recently discovered a mummified carpenter ant with mychorizaea spouting from its head.  The mushroom matter had infiltrated its brain taking over from the inside out.  Further research proved that the specimen was actually the queen.  Interestingly, after the Gulf oil spill Tradd tried to no avail to start mycoremediation projects in our region.  I told him that we can, and probably should still participate in these types of remediation projects. After all, accidents at refineries and chemical plants happen every day around here. Knowing about the networks below ground and how we can encourage them will undoubtedly raise the health of our plants and all of our depleted soil.

Overall, the conference was a tight knit group of farmers, marketers, and educators getting together to share things that worked as well as things that didn't in order to learn from each other.

Tags: SSAWG
Posted 1/20/2011 2:20pm by Bill Pastellak.

Here at Hollygrove Market we like to celebrate the small victories. In the pasproduce bint couple months, one of our biggest little victories is the phasing out of the chincy looking folding tables and plastic tableclothes in exchange for rustic, reclaimed wooden furniture to hold our produce. Our friends over at the Preservation Salvage Store graciously donated their time and materials to make our store a little more pleasing on the eyshelfe, and we'd like to thank them for it.

This week, they outdid themselves, constructing a gorgeous display shelve and produce bin using nothing more than some reclaimed floorboards and scrap cedar planks. So next time you need some building materials for home improvement projects, head over to the Preservation Resource Center Salvage Store.

Posted 1/19/2011 11:44am by Bill Pastellak.

By Linda Michurski

Crescent Pie and Sausage is going to be your new favorite local hang-out. The place screams local with their constantly changing new selections of NOLA Brewery beer along with their unique selection of displayed photographs taken by a New Orleans native. Their specialty is, you guessed it, homemade pizza pie, and sausage that is smoked in house. And you have a front row seat as the chefs toss piessatsuma drink high into t he air until they form the perfect crust. In the spirit of local and seasonal food, the  owners Bart Bell and Je ff   B aron have created some special dishes that include fresh produce from  Hollygrove Market & Farm. I  was fortunate enough to get a sneak preview of some of their new seasonal creations along with a few favorites off their existing menu.

 

Enjoying a Satsuma Margarita cocktail made from fresh Louisiana satsuma juice, tequila and lime was how my evening began. My drink was a vibrant orange color reminiscent of Tang, the famous drink of the astronauts who first walked on the moon. A one of a kind soup followed, consisting of a mustard green and Parmesan broth perfectly balanced with the scent of smoked crimini mushrooms. The finishing touch, a Ryal's Dairy farm fresh poached egg floating a midst a sea of greens. Seasonal vegetables were the stars of my side dish of roasted turnips, green tomatoes, kumquats, and beets with a golden brown honey Satsuma sauce.
pizza toss
The Crescent Salad was a meal in itself; an array of mixed local greens surrounded by sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, mushrooms and grilled chicken and garnished with blue cheese, bacon and walnuts. The pie crust for the Margherita Pizza that I saw tossed in the air before it landed in the oven, was as light as a feather yet it held on tight to the homemade mozzarella and fresh creole tomatoes. The smells and tastes of the final dish, Merguez lamb sausage with harissa chili paste brought me back to my college days spent in Morocco. Hollygrove arugula with lemon and coarse salt was the well-paired side to this amazing creation.

My entire meal was a culinary journey through the South. As a native yankee girl, vegetables like turnips, mustards and green tomatoes would normally make me want to run in the other direction. Crescent Pie and Sausage makes me want to keep running back for more. To learn more about the restaurant, including hours and menu, visit them on the web at
www.crescentpieandsausage.com.


 

The Menu

 

-Curried Buternut Squash and Ricotta Pie

 

-Grilled Homemade Merguez Lamb Sausage and Arugula with Lemon 

 

-Hot Coppa Salami Pizza Pie garnished with Hollygrove Arugula 

 

-Margherita Pizza Pie with Housemade Mozzarella, Creole Tomatoes and Fresh Basil 

 

-Side of Roasted Turnips, Green Tomatoes, Kumquats and Satsuma Honey 

 

-Mustard Green and Parmesan Broth with a Soft Poached Farm Fresh Egg from Ryal's Dairy


-Satsuma Margarita

Posted 1/17/2011 1:35pm by Bill Pastellak.

On this glorious, sunny MLK Jr. Day, also a national day of service, AmeriCorps VISTAs from Rebuilding Together came out to lend a helping hand here at Hollygrove Market & Farm. The VISTAs were hard at work screening compost for the the new growing space dedicated to Grow Dat Youth Farm.

Rebuilding Volunteers

Rebuilding Together volunteers hard at work screening compost for Grow Dat Youth Farm's plot at Hollygrove Market & Farm

Grow Dat’s mission is to nurture a diverse group of young leaders through the meaningful work of growing food. They will work collaboratively to produce healthy food for local residents and to inspire youth and adults to create personal, social and environmental change in their own communities. Grow Dat is a place where people from different backgrounds and disciplines come together in research and practice to support public health, local economies, and a sustainable food system in South Louisiana.

The Grow Dat Youth Farm will begin its pilot year at the Hollygrove Market and Farm, while site development on our permanent site at City Park takes place. They hired 13 teenagers who will be employed from February through June to grow food that they sell and donate. Starting in February, Grow Dat's participants will begin working on their plot in Hollygrove Market & Farm in addition to helping out at the Saturday Market.

Posted 1/14/2011 11:00am by Bill Pastellak.


Do you have old electronics or cans of paint hanging around your home? Bring them this Saturday to Hollygrove Market and Farm, and The Green Project will happily take them off your hands! The Green Project will dispose of your paint and recycle it into their 100% recycled paint at their warehouse. The Green Project also partners with Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council and your old electronics will either be donated to schools and nonprofits or recycled into new electronics. Visit http://www.thegreenproject.org/recycling.php to see the complete list of acceptable electronics.

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