This Week at the Covington Farmer’s Market

Yes, friends, it’s Tuesday and if Wednesday’s only half as good, we’ll be seeing a smiling sunny day filled with gentle breezes, blue skies, delicious food, topped off with a smattering of great music! How could you miss a market day like that? Especially since you can pick up lunch plus meals for the evening and later in the week. Picture this! It’s Thursday morning, you hit the snoooze button so many times it no longer crows. Now you’re late for work with no time to make lunch. No worries…you thought ahead. A pass by the fridge and now the difficulty is in choosing Kandy’s lemongrass chicken & noodle salad, Siria’s wonderful hot tamales, or Terrence’s Yacamein stoup. You’re out the door in the time it takes to get dressed. And you won’t be stressing over dinner since you picked up a couple of plates of Frankie’s BBQ pork with green beans and cole slaw. You can save Chris’ chicken & andouille etoufee with jasmine rice, maque choux, and honey drizzled carrots for another night. Welcome to my week!!! Saturday will finally stroll around, taking its sweet time as it always does. So grab your coffee and enjoy the music while you browse the vendor tables. The Coffee Rani truck will soon pull up to the curb with all the promises their fantastic food can bring! I know! I can’t wait either! May is always a very busy month what with graduations, ring ceremonies, dance recitals, ball games and what have you. So you want to make sure that you have quick easy meals to prepare. Well, your first stop should be to Tessier Gourmet (formerly Hot Tamale Mama) for an amazing selection of prepared meals. Next scope out Mama Lea’s incredible home cooked Meals-To-Go menu. Or, try making your own “hamburger helper” meals. Start with a package of Jubilee Farms’ ground beef, green onion or Italian sausage. Brown it (I cut the casing off the sausage when I do this). Season with a little salt and your favorite Spicy Lady seasoning, add chopped onions and bell pepper and let it sauté for a few minutes. Usually at this point I add about half a cup of Mauthe’s heavy cream, maybe some squash, broccoli, or chopped greens (depending on your taste.) Let this mixture simmer until the cream thickens up and your veggies are cooked to desired doneness. Then toss in a package of Celeste’s pasta - cooked which only takes 5-7 minutes.) Serve. Hamburger Helper look out! By making my own, I get to add how much or how little seasoning, including salt, that I want. Plus I have the added bonus of altering the flavor by choosing a different seasoning. You can make this a veggie meal simply by eliminating the meat. Roast your veggies of choice — squash, broccoli, green beans, mushroom. Saute onions and peppers (any kind) in a bit of Mauthe’s butter or Vincent’s Skordalia, add your salt and seasoning of choice (Nur’s pesto makes a great seasoning, too) and salute another 5 minutes, pour in your cream and simmer to thicken. Now toss in Celeste’s pasta (already cooked). Let it sit for a few minutes to gather in all the delicious flavors and serve. If we’re lucky, Barbara Cleckler will be here this weekend with gorgeous peaches, plums, and maybe even tomatoes! Kombucha Girl, Nancy, has refreshing springtime flavors like Orange Mango Beet, Blueberry Pomegranate, and Hibiscus Spearmint! Amanda is well known for her fresh squeezed orange juice but she also has some amazing juices such as Watermelon Lime, Green Detox juice, and faaa-bulous Beet Lemonade. Mama Lea says she will have spinach artichoke frittatas this week. Don’t forget to check out her home cooked Meals-To-Go menu. Althee still offers her no sugar added jellies and jams plus lots of flavors you don’t see anywhere else, like Goumi Jelly and Lemon Marmalade. Isn’t it wonderful to have a market like ours? Don’t forget you can like us on our NEW Facebook page facebook.com/thecovingtonlafarmersmarket or on Instagram @covingtonlafarmersmarket.  We’re here every week, rain or shine. Hope to see you here! 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