Hi, friends and Happy Tuesday! The weatherman promises a bright and beautiful day tomorrow and I’m gonna hold him to it. Regardless, we will be at the market with great music and great food. In fact, Chris has decided to cook his fabulous smothered chicken with mac n cheese and Cajun peas! Of course, Kandy will have a selection of her amazing salads, like noodles and lemongrass chicken. Frankie’s contribution will be tender roast pork with rice & gravy, string beans & carrot salad. Siria will be there too, with hot tamales and that lovely fruit salad she has been making. Yes, there will be veggies! Yes, there will be eggs! Yes, the teacakes and fudge and the blueberry jam will be there! Where will you be?
Saturday morning will awaken with the lively music of Crossing Canal floating out from the gazebo (I don’t mean that literally, regardless of the rain.) Then, Chef Gavin of MERIBO Restaurant in Covington will prepare a cool summer salad. So grab your coffee and one of Lea’s breakfast quiches and spend a relaxing morning with us. Quiche du jour — spinach and artichoke.
Lea also has a new sandwich – Davis’ wheat bread covered with an avocado spread, eggs, and spinach. Sounds like a winner! She also has sauerkraut for those of you who have been searching for raw fermented veggies. Among your regular favorites from Tessier Gourmet, Pam has potato salad and Mac N Cheese with Béchamel sauce. I see a new favorites list starting.
Every week brings a new discovery on the produce tables. I can say, “We have squash, we have peppers, we have eggplant…” but until you see the variety on the tables, you cannot appreciate the diversity. Tomatoes from grape to beefsteak, eggplant from single serve to large Louisiana green to traditional aubergine. The Chanterelles are here but get them soon; they won’t hang around for long. Saute in Mauthe’s butter or one of Celeste’s flavored butters, then package in small containers and freeze so you’ll have some until the next batch comes in. The Shiitakes and the Oysters want me to mention them as well.
We have a new vendor who’s going to make your gardens very happy. Northshore Natural Solutions has fertilizers made from worm castings and composted horse manure. Tell me your plants aren’t smiling right now just thinking about it.
Last week I had a chance to taste Nice Cream’s Rockin’ Robin pepper peach ice cream and OMGG!!! it was so deliciously creamy with a hint of heat that enhanced the flavor of the peaches. Billy may have a little more of that left BUT he has replaced it with a raspberry version made with Rockin’ Robin’s Raspberry Chambord (a rich raspberry liquor). And that’s not all!! He has developed the most amazing Creole Cream Cheese ice cream EVER! I’m not sure if I’ll be shot for revealing this but he uses Mauthe’s whole milk, heavy cream, Creole cream cheese and another very secret ingredient of Mauthe’s making and Billy’s genius. OK, I’m ready for Market Day! How about you?
Lots of love,
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