This Week At The Covington Farmer’s Market

Whatta Tuesday, friends! And whatta Wednesday we’re planning! Frankie and Chris are collaborating on a FISH FRY! OOOH, yes. You heard me right. They are planning a wonderful lunch of fried catfish, baked beans, cole slaw, and one of Frankie faaabulous cookies! Terrence of Sweet (the fudge guy) is taking a little detour and preparing an Asian Cajun dish called Yacamain, a delightful soup combining noodles, beef, and hard boiled eggs. (Of course, a piece of his orange dreamsicle fudge would really finish that meal, just sayin’). Kandy will have her nourishing lemongrass chicken salad and those marvelous spring rolls, and Siria makes the most wonderful tamales you could want. Oh, man, the great thing about so many choices is that you can choose one of each. After all, you’ll need Wednesday’s supper, and then there’s Thursday and Friday… you  get the picture. Sprinkle Wednesday with Mr. Houston’s fresh veggies (he’s got snow peaas), Kristen’s yard eggs, Taylor Farms honey, Leannie’s pepper jellies, St. August’s iced coffee, and Lillie’s teacakes and, you guessed it, — Whatta Wednesday! Come Saturday morning, our gazebo will be filled with the delightful melodies of Jessica Kerber beginning at 9:30. Then Mexican Caterer, Letissia Perez, will prepare and serve her wonderful Tostadas. So grab your cuppa joe and maybe one of Lea’s mini fritattas and stroll around the grounds to see what’s new. Last week I watched as Sam kept loading greens onto his table along with his sprouts. It seems he has daikon radishes and chicory greens and is planning on dandelion greens very soon. Get the greens or have him “brew” you a glass of green juice sweetened with green apple or pineapple juice. That Sam is a wonder, isn’t he? The coconut chips are back with a twist. New flavor involves peanut butter, coconut sugar and a smidge of sea salt. Check out the trail mix combining nuts and seeds (soaked in juice & dehydrated), dates, and roasted cinnamon coconut chips. Right across from Sam is Betty Rue’s gluten free goodies. Everything from the pizza crust to the cookies to this amazing little cake doughnuts are made with Crystal’s special gluten-free flour blend. The best thing is that her whole family is gluten free so there’s no cross over of unwanted grains. It’s hard to choose between the blueberry muffins or the oatmeal raisin cookies, the extra chocolatey chocolate crinkle cookies, ginger snap cookies or the doughnuts…but I think you know my solution to that dilemma. But, if gluten is not a problem for you, Suzie has an amazing array of baked goods, including artisan breads. My favorite is pumpernickel but you’ll find a variety of delicious breads. Mauthe’s butter (Jaime promised they’d have plenty this week) from grass fed cows on that bread is a no brainer unless, of course, your choice is Blood River honey. We should have another new vendor to enter our ranks this week with Kettle Corn! Kettle Corn, fried pork skins, Nice Cream, Amanda’s popsicles, muffins, cookies, buttermilk tarts — does it get any better than this? Johnadele’s will have strawberries until Mother’s Day, the blueberries will be taking off and soon we will have peaches. How can your mornings get any better?  I don’t know either. That’s why I’ll be spending them at the Covington Farmers’ Market. How about you? 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