This Week at the Covington Farmer’s Market by Charlene LeJeune

Happy Tuesday, friends! Can you believe another week has gone by already? With time slipping by so quickly, you don’t want to skip any of our markets. Tomorrow’s will offer a creamy mushroom vegetable soup that will win your tastebuds approval, pulled pork & cheese grits – always a favorite, crispy egg rolls plus dipping sauce (don’t forget a glass of jasmine tea), traditional Honduran tamales, luscious lemon blueberry bread, and fresh ripe strawberries. Indulge in a pint of raw honey, fresh vegetables, and fragrant soaps and lotions. (Check the Market Menu below!)

LOLA Deux, LOLA Restaurant's food truck will be at the Covington Farmer's Market Saturday
LOLA Deux, LOLA Restaurant’s food truck will be at the Covington Farmer’s Market Saturday

A cup of coffee and one of Suzie Bancks’ faaaabulous Morning Glory muffins will pair very nicely with the lively music of Joe Manuel on Saturday morning aannd – Lola Deux’s Food Truck, complete with Parmesan fries and all sorts of other goodies. Yippee!

It really brightens my day to see a sassy bunch of sunflower faces smiling at me from across the market. Nancy’s bouquets always add sunshine to any room they are set in. Trudy had a native azalea this past weekend whose color was so lovely and rich it defies description. If you’re lucky, she’ll have more of those this weekend. Alton and Sandra’s colors are strictly green – perfect little garden-ready plants such as apple melon, Jubilee melon, spaghetti squash, San Marzano tomato, Creole tomato, grape tomato, cherry tomato, watermelon and more.

Joe Manuel will play music in the gazebo at the Covington Farmer's Market Saturday
Joe Manuel will play music in the gazebo at the Covington Farmer’s Market Saturday

There are lots more good things to find at the market these days. Coast Roast always has a unique international coffee for your enjoyment. Kevin personally roasts those beans to perfection and is a wealth of information on coffee. Norma Jean offers mouthwatering quiches filled with eggs, cheese, and seasonal vegetables. Check out her other dishes while you’re there.

We have several new vendors at the Saturday Market. Emily is offering various broths – organic vegetable, chicken (she uses chicken bones from James), beef (from grass fed cows), and fish (using wild caught fish). A student of Sally Fallon, she exclusively uses Nourishing Broth recipes so you know they’re great! You’ll find romaine, iceberg, red sails, and butter crunch lettuces, as well as green onions, one tops, kale, and celery (yes, I said celery) gracing the table of a new produce vendor, Eddie.

Robin has put together two pepper jellies that are sweetened with stevia for those who are watching their sugar levels. I did a personal taste test and both (apple bacon and green bell pepper) passed the test with flying colors. Bear Creek Road has a hummingbird cake that is definitely not for the birds. It’s filled with pecans, coconut, banana and pineapple. YUM! With all this goodness to be had, surely you’re not considering sleeping in? I didn’t think so.

Lots of love,
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

The Covington Farmers’ Market is open each Wednesday, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire and every Saturday from 8a.m. to 12p.m. on the side lawn of the Covington Police Station, 609 N. Columbia St. Call (985) 892-1873 for information or visit www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org

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