This Week at the Covington Farmer’s Market

Howdy, friends! It’s Tuesday with hardly a whiff of rain in sight for our Wednesday market. So what’s in your mind for lunch? Will you have a serving of Siria’s tamales with her special salsa? One of Kandy’s fabulous salads like pan-seared salmon? Or those luscious shrimp and cream cheese rolls. Frankie’s meatloaf, rice and gravy will make your day especially with a side of carrot salad.

Try a dabble of Jerry’s blueberry jam atop one of Lillie’s teacakes for dessert. Oh man, that’s nice! (Jerry has even produced a sugar free version.) Bring home a jar of Natalie’s fermented veggies, a delicious way to add beneficial bacteria back into your colon. Oh, remember to get your nitro-brewed iced coffee or green tea, too. You’ll be happy to know that Double K Farms feed their hens the best — none of that genetically modified stuff. The hens are happy and you will be, too. Lucy has a wonderful assortment of scented aluminum free deodorants. I especially enjoyed the Fresh Rose. She has one that will suit you perfectly.

Cassie Krebbs will be featured in the gazebo on Saturday to provide our musical entertainment. So grab a great cup of coffee or refreshing glass of juice or pint of milk (coffee, chocolate, whole) from Mauthe’s and get your shopping in. We’ve got lots of goodies to offer. LoLo and Christine from The Shack in Covington will be delight us in the demo tent this week serving up deliciousness from their menu.

If you haven’t already started your fall garden, now’s the time. Make your gardens very happy with Northshore Natural Solutions’ worm castings and composted horse manure. The lovely ladies at Double K Farms also have the ever poopular composted chicken manure that will have your gardens bountiful in no time.

Hmmm, now what to plant? Well for the veggie garden, look no further than Alton and Sandra. Sunkeeper tomatoes are bred for our Louisiana heat. You’ll also find green onions, onion & garlic chives, rosemary, lemon verbena… However, for the patio garden or landscape, Trudy has a lovely assortment of flowering and green plants in all sizes from small succulent plants to her famous Japanese maples. If you’d like something that you can enjoy without having to worry about how much water, Ms. Betty’s beautiful stag horn ferns are just the thing and Dennis’ taller plants create a perfect focal point in your landscaping.

Now, even though it’s almost too hot for anything but swimming, our produce vendors still have a lovely selection of veggies. Nick had sweet potatoes last week, freshly dug from his garden. He suggested I boil them rather than bake or roast them at this stage. He will dig up several varieties this year including Bayou Belle with its deep orange flesh, red/purple skinned with a sweetness similar to Evangeline. Unique white flesh and tan-skinned, Bonita, is a sweeter sweet potato developed by the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station. Can’t wait to try those! Cooking pears are out too!

While fresh veggies are certainly the way to go, pickled veggies add a dimension to crispness and taste that goes the extra mile. Dee has a large variety of “pickles” including asparagus, carrot sticks, and garlic. Her vegetable blends are undeniably unique – like her Merry Mix – a delightful blend of green beans, carrots, cucumbers, cauliflower and peppers. Looking for something great to add to your yogurt, try Mama Lea’s granola. She has 2 blends — one is coconut oil toasted coconut, almonds, pumpkin seeds, oats, maple syrup, and honey. The other one is grapeseed oil, pecans, walnuts, oats ,maple syrup and Honey. YUM!

Almond crusted chocolate muffins, from Windfield Farms, will certainly kick off your morning, The Peanut Farm has more than roasted or boiled peanuts, Frankie also whips up some of the most lovely quick breads – like lemon poppyseed or fig or blueberry. Betty Rue is famous for her gluten-free cookies and pizzas AND donuts…oooh yes! Mauricio’s ginger snap cookies come in a gluten-free version too, and I think you’ll find his lavishly decorated sugar cookies are popular with more than just the kindergarten set. Happy Flour Bakery has scaled down their chocolate cake to cupcake size each looking like a fresh spring blossom. They are as too-pretty-to eat as Mauricio’s creations but don’t you worry, I managed.

If you haven’t tried all these wonderful things at the Covington Farmers Market, you’re probably still in bed. tsk! tsk! I couldn’t possibly cover them all in one email. So, why don’t you come and spend the morning with us and find out for yourself.

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