This Week at the Covington Farmer’s Market

Top of the Tuesday to you, friends! It looks like we will have a toasty Wednesday tomorrow but our market vendors will be here with great eats and our faithful market band will be here with terrific tunes. Check out our new vendor. Comidas Sandra. I can personally vouch for her Baleada Simple, a homemade flour tortilla spread with refried beans and topped with cream and queso seco and, yes, it was as delicioso as it sounds! Siria will be preparing those fabulous tamales — always a favorite at my house. Frankie’s contribution to our Wednesday lunch feast is tasty chopped steak with onion gravy, creamy mashed potatoes, green beans and cornbread! Hopefully Mr. Houston still has watermelon but, if not, there are lots of other healthy veggies. Lotsa great food! Will tomorrow never come?

Make sure you’re here bright and early on Saturday ‘cause you won’t want to miss a minute of Zac Maris and his fantastic voice joyfully singing in the gazebo. Aaannd, that’s when the veggie selection is best. Okra is finding it’s way onto the produce tables this week and there are sure to be some figs out there too. Althee has some all nicely preserved making them the perfect accompaniment for toast or biscuits.

Don’t you know it. I was not at the market last Saturday and two (2!!) new vendors join the ranks. Happy Flour Bakery offers Irish soda bread and blueberry scones plus luscious chocolate cake (can chocolate be anything but luscious?) and bacon cheddar scones (can’t wait to try ‘em). Nancy (of Kombucha Girl fame) is branching out on her own with a lovely healthful milk kefir. A little birdie also told me that she is planning fermented veggies as well. One can only hope. Both milk kefir and fermented veggies offer a delicious way to return beneficial bacteria to your system.

Nick shared his recipe for butternut squash pie and I hope I’m not forgetting a step because it sounds soooo good. He peels and seeds the squash then cuts into chunks for roasting. Roast until tender, then puree in a blender – not totally smooth. Fry several strips of bacon (Jubilee Farms, of course). Remove bacon and pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the fat which will be used to sauté onions and pepper chunks. Stir together the puree, bacon crumbles, onion & peppers and pour into a pie shell (preferably homemade), top with Havarti cheese and bake until bubbly and cheese is melted. Doesn’t that sound amazing?!!!

With the temps elevated, there is NOTHING more satisfying than one of Amanda’s fruity Popsicles on a warm Saturday morning or a cup of Nice Cream (Creole Cream Cheese, naturally). While Amanda’s popscicles are legendary, you can’t beat the power of freshly squeezed orange juice. I usually bring my jar for more than just a cupful. Mr. Wonderful sure loves his juice. I’m also a big fan of her peach lemonade. How refreshing!

What’s on your list? Milk, eggs, a few cookies, perhaps a muffin or two, Jubilee Farms’ Italian sausage, James’ free range chicken, Windfield Farms’ French batard, butter and creamed honey (yes, Kevin has some)…you don’t want to forget anything. Whether you’re here for the veggies or the goodies or the gorgeous plants, you won’t find a better place to be than the Covington Farmers’ Market. 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 covingtonfarmersmarket.org