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

Keith & Nealy Frentz displaying the Lola Deux Food Truck, which will be at the Covington Farmer's Market this Saturday
Keith & Nealy Frentz displaying the Lola Deux Food Truck, which will be at the Covington Farmer’s Market this Saturday

Hi, friends! Well, this is surely a Tuesday that will put the happy into your week! Lovely blue skies dotted with soft white clouds….yep! the perfect I-need-a-nap-in-the-hammock kind of day. I’m working on the same kind of day for tomorrow as well. But if you can’t have that hammock, come on out to the Covington Farmers’ Market and pull up a chair at a table under the pavilion where you can bask in the comforting aroma of good food or closer to the gazebo where sweet music will massage your stress away. Food choices range from Kandy’s Noodle Salad or traditional crunchy egg rolls to Nanette’s tantalizing potato leek soup & chicken salad wraps or Jeff’s taste-tempting pulled pork and baked beans are waiting for you to enjoy. Finish with one of Frankie’s desserts. She’ll have old-fashioned banana pudding this week.

Oh, BTW. There’s a wonderful article about Kandy and Joe on nola.com’s Covington Town Talk – Check it out here. We are sooooo proud of you guys!

Gina Forsyth Old Feed Store Music SeriesCome Saturday morning, we’ll be setting up the tents and the goodies and the blue skies. Get out early (otherwise you’ll miss out on the veggies), grab your coffee and take a stroll around the market while you await melodic tunes of Gina Forsyth coming from the gazebo. Then get ready because it is the third week of the month and that means – Lola Deux! Try to save a few of those incredible Parmesan fries; they are excellent added to scrambled eggs.

Just because Labor Day has passed, doesn’t mean that grilling season is over. NO way!  Remember you can grill much more than chicken and burgers – eggplant, okra, sweet potatoes (Nick). I suppose you’d have to have a special pan but grilled green beans (Bardwell’s) would be really great. Put them to the back of the pit and let them slow roast then lightly coat with one of Chomper’s perfect BBQ sauces. Or leave them plain and dip into Nanette’s Green Goddess dressing.

I found a recipe online for roasted okra so that must mean you can grill them too. To remove the slime, place in a bowl and pour vinegar on them, tossing gently to coat. Let stand for 30 minutes, then drain and rinse well. Brush with one of Spicy Lady’s seasoned oils and pop ‘em on the grill. Place a small bowl of Bechac’s Roasted Garlic and Tomato dressing close by for dipping. Mmmmm! Mmmmm! Sweet potatoes on the grill, wrapped in foil, and slow cooked until tender, then topped with a little of Spicy Lady’s Spiced Cake seasoning and Mauthe’s butter. Or go savory and sprinkle with her Bangkok seasoning. Or generously drizzled with Bechac’s Bleu Cheese dressing. Ooooh, yeah! I love sweet potatoes any ole way!

Jubilee Farms sausage is always wonderful on the grill but for the next two weeks they will have smoked sausage. The heck with the grill, throw ‘em in some beans/peas like those Purple Hull Peas I’ve seen at Bartlett Farms. Liz and Paul will also have bacon – what a way to dress up your scrambled eggs and Parmesan fries!

Brown Butter Orange Tart from Bear Creek Road's Facebook page
Brown Butter Orange Tart from Bear Creek Road’s Facebook page

Bear Creek Road has two lovely new tarts – Brown Butter Orange and Potato Garlic & Rosemary. OMG, do these look spectacular! Nanette has rolled out a fabulous new munchie – NutNola – crunchy and chewy little bits of fruit and nuts. Yum! Her Pattie of the Week is Beet Mushroom “Burger” with Garlic Aioli. Check out the apple and almond butter calzones at Betty Rue – all that lusciousness rolled up in a gluten free pastry. Obviously, the Covington Farmers’ Market is the place you need to be. See ya there!

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