This Week at the Covington Farmer’s Market

What a lovely Tuesday, friends, and Wednesday is looking very promising. Join us for a magnificent lunch…delight in the breezes …relax to the tunes of our market musicians. Frankie is preparing her much-sought-after meatloaf and creamed potatoes for lunch tomorrow to be accompanied by black eyed peas and cornbread muffins. It is wonderful for lunch; it is wonderful for supper.

It’s so easy to stock up on the fixins’ for a delightful breakfast at our Wednesday market. Start out with fresh eggs from Double K Farms. Simply scramble your eggs as you usually would, then top with salsa from Siria or her fabulous guacamole. It’s quite delicious on eggs over easy as well. Taylor Farms blueberry jam atop your toast is amazing. What a way to jumpstart your day! For a tasty side, peel a few of Mr. Houston’s red potatoes, cut into small cubes and boil until almost done. Then into a hot fry pan with a little oil and onion and saute until slightly browned and the taters are finished. Chopped bell pepper would add a little pizzazz. I know that many of you will be pleased to hear that Lucy (Blue L Essentials) is now including her famous All Purpose Cleaner to her table of non toxic home & body care.

Saturday will soon dance its way through the market, celebrating the end of the week with pleasant melodies from Chris Talley. So grab your iced coffee from the pavilion, say “hi!” to Ed and take a stroll around the market. Then join us at the demo tent for a taste of Rob’s Rockin’ Dogs. Who knew? Gourmet hot dogs! Can’t wait!

On that stroll through the market, discover treasures like Tessier Gourmet’s heat-n-eat tamales. Pam’s tamales are, simply put, culinary genius. I mean, who else would pair portabella mushroom & beet or chickpeas & kalamata olives and create a gourmet tamale that tastes great? And then there’s her Eggplant Parmesan, Mac N Cheese, Asian Slaw…

While the veggies are taking their end of season slow down (although I did hear that Nick has a few greens), you can still find wonderful things, amazing things here at the Covington Farmers’ Market. Add incredible flavor to plain rice by cooking it in Emily’s bone broth rather than water. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the outcome. Try rubbing your veggies with Vincent and Mauricio’s skordalia before roasting or grilling. Spread skordalia over your choice of artisan breads (Windfield Farms or Happy Flour) and toast for terrific garlic bread.

James has been having a lovely selection of mushrooms (oyter, shiitake and lion’s mane) and each offers incredible taste to a dish. Slice and sauté oyster mushrooms in a pat or two of Mauthe’s sweet cream butter. Sauté with onions, bell pepper, or garlic, or all three, maybe even throw in a few tomatoes (I think J.R. may still have some) and serve over Butter Me Up pasta. Celeste always has a new flavor to try.

Jazz up your Mauthe’s yogurt with a couple of spoonfuls of Robin’s peach bourbon pepper jelly. WOW! Now that’s the way to kickstart your morning. For a gentler nudge into the day, try a few spoons of Althee’s blackberry jelly or monkey butter.

What can I say? There’s always something wonderful and amazing awaiting you at the Covington Farmers’ Market. DO NOT SLEEP IN…you can take a nap on Saturday afternoon.

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 www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org