Covington Farmer’s Market

Blessings of the season to you, friends! The market will be open tomorrow and on Christmas Eve. I know you’re all getting ready for family and friends and lots of great food. All the more reason to stop by for a revitalizing salad of lemongrass chicken and rice noodles that Kandy so lovingly creates. And don’t forget Kandy’s chicken porridge —it makes the BEST breakfast! Frankie’s working overtime to bring you chopped steak with onion gravy, creamed potatoes, lima beans with tomatoes and her fabulous peach cobbler. Oh my! Momma’s tasty beef hot tamales will delight your tastebuds. I know you’ll enjoy Chris’ all-star line-up that includes cabbage rolls and Cajun stuffed peppers. Kristen will be there with fresh yard eggs and get your greens and turnips from Mr. Houston. Lillie has tree and snowflake shaped cookies that will be perfect added to a Christmas basket for my mother-in-law! The Shop on Main Street has a delightful selection of jerky beautifully packaged for gifting. Choose from Cajun, Hawaiian, or Turkey — or try all three!

I thought we’d celebrate our Christmas Eve Saturday with the reason you all come to the Farmers’ Market – the veggies! A quick perusal of the tables last weekend shows that the veggies are not taking a holiday, so much the better for us and our holiday cooking. You’ll need Nick’s sweet potatoes, of course. What would a holiday meal be without sweet potato casserole? Cabbages abound and Mr. Houston is sporting red cabbage as well as green. What a slaw! What a slaw! John has Napa cabbage, carrots, and bags of mixed lettuces for a phenomenal salad.

Eddie’s table overflows with greens and lemons and satsumas. We have strawberries aplenty with sweet ripe berries from Natalie. And Johnadale’s has joined us with strawberries, too! While Ken’s table has been full of citrus, it also boasts gorgeous heads of broccoli and cauliflower. Did you know that you can stuff a cauliflower just like you stuff an artichoke? Yes, and it’s just as tasty. But, if you are in the mood for the real thing, Angel has an artichoke that is perfect for the season — it’s as overstuffed as Santa!

Not in the mood for cooking? Just too busy? Need a side dish to bring? Check out Mama Lea’s Christmas Menu. She offers some delicious items such as poached pears with Boursin cheese over butter lettuce, a mixed green salad with candied pecans, dried cherries and fresh shaves of Parmesan cheese with a balsamic dressing, or  roasted Brussels sprouts with leeks, garlic and walnuts. She also offers a Cajun shrimp cornbread stuffing that sounds amazing! But get your order in today!

Cookies, of course you’ll need cookies…Mauricio has been baking the most adorable gingerbread cookies ever, deliciously decorated little houses, gingerbread men and gingerbread ladies. I couldn’t wait, so I got one of Mauthe’s silky smooth cheese cakes last week. Needless to say, it did not make it through the weekend.

Remember to get your eggs (Ishmael, Double K Farms, Houston), pancake mix, corn grits (Lena) and fresh bread for toasting (Windfield, 7Grain) and especially bacon from Jubileee Farms. You can’t have a Christmas morning without splurging on breakfast. Oh, it tis the season to be jolly! What a fun-filled day we’ll have but it really wouldn’t be the same without you! Hope to see you 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 covingtonfarmersmarket.org