This Week at the Farmer’s Market

Here is Charlene’s Newsletter, which emails on Tuesdays:

Happy Tuesday, friends! I hope you are all high and dry. You’ll be glad to know that it will definitely be Wednesday tomorrow and that’s a good thing! Why? Because it’s Market Day, of course. Time to get out and enjoy great music and a wonderful lunch with us!

Before you know it, Saturday will arrive and, hopefully, the rain will NOT! But we intend to celebrate Labor Day regardless. Happy Flour Bakery will be doing our taste demo and you will get a chance to taste their Irish bread and their lovely cakes. Count me in!

LSU Ag Center “vegecators” will be out this Saturday to answer your gardening questions. Come and talk to them about your garden. Alton is getting his starter plants ready with Swiss chard, kale, and arugula, not to mention Sunkeeper tomatoes. Double K Farms will have their composted chicken manure and Northshore Natural Solutions has fertilizers made from worm castings and composted horse manure.

I try to make the rounds of the market each week. After all, how else am I going to let you know what’s out there? I find lovely little newsworthies like Mama Lea’s new Fiesta wrap made with walnuts, sun dried tomatoes, black beans, avocado, fresh cilantro, bell pepper, and lettuce. Just makes you want to “wrap” yourself up in one, right? I also found a fabulous new creation (or at least new on her table), Muhammara, a fantastic dip made with roasted red pepper and walnuts. So naturally I’ve been using it in lots of my cooking. I spread a couple of spoons over leg quarters from James and then baked the most delicious chicken. I’ll bet it would great on one of Celeste’s pastas, too.

Rebecca, Spanish R Us, had some lovely vanilla cupcakes topped with a swirl of chocolate frosting — not Honduran but definitely delicious! Nancy of Succotash Ferments made Strawberry Jun this past week as well as her wonderfully tasty Mango Lassi. I was picking up some chicken from James and noticed that he has a new mushroom, pioppino. The pioppino looks like a cross between shiitake and an oyster — and in perusing info on the web I found it’s “…firm in texture, the Pioppino provides a mildly nutty flavor when cooked and can be added to complement a variety of rice, risotto, and meat dishes.” I wonder how sautéed mushrooms tossed with a couple of spoons of Nur’s Muhammara would taste?

A few of Mr. Two’s huge shrimp basking on the grill would be mighty tasty dipped in Nathaniel & Erica’s spicy buttermilk dip. Come to think of it, that would really be nice instead of mayo on a hamburger — or any sandwich for that matter! Jubilee Farms will have lots of ground beef for those hamburgers, along with pork chops and sausage (Cajun, hot, Italian, or green onion). James’ chickens (whole or leg quarters) are not to be beat — on the grill or in the oven.

J.R. still has tomatoes and Mr. Houston had cucumbers (they went VERY fast). So you see, a stroll around the market is more than just exercise; it is an adventure! You simply have to be there this week. You know it’s just the best place to be for great food! 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 www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org