This Week at the Covington Farmer’s Market

Here’s a sneak peek at the Wednesday and Saturday Covington Farmer’s Markets, from Charlene LeJeune of Abundant Life Kitchen:

Good morning, friends. Where did this weather come from and how long can we keep it? Thankfully, it will at least be around long enough for an outdoor lunch tomorrow! So join us as we revel in the tunes of the Farmers’ Market String Band and the delightful tastes from our market vendors. Frankie is planning to rock your world with shrimp boil foil pack, a tasty mix of shrimp, corn on the cob, & red potatoes with the flavors of New Orleans added in. Hot tamales from Siria make a wonderful lunchtime repast especially when accompanied by St. August’s kombucha or iced coffee. Maybe we’ll get really lucky and Kandy will start out our fall day with chicken porridge??!! What will Jessica and Lucy have in their dumplings this week. Every week these ladies have delighted us with adventurous new tastes! Oh yes, blue skies are certainly smilin’ on us!

Always a treat, Joe Manuel will sing us into Saturday with catchy tunes cascading from the gazebo. Ed will be faithfully serving coffee from the pavilion, so grab a cup as you make your way around the market to find out what is new and wonderful.

Last year I had asked my trio of writers to stand in for me and I was reminded of this little snippet from Ignatio.

Our family uses stuff from the Farmers Market every week. I will tell you about some things we have used recently. Last week, we had livers for dinner from Mr James. They aren’t my favorite, but my little sisters like them if they can dip them in ketchup. I know they are very healthy, containing many vitamins. My Mama fries them in butter on the stove.

Caterina used some of Mr Sam’s sprouts in an omelet that she made today (egg, cheese, apple, and sprouts). On Saturday night my Mama made soup with sausage from Jubilee Farms and Arugula from Bartlett farms (of course she used her own broth, too). My little sister Lucia got Orange juice from Amanda. Perpetua also got a strawberry popsicle from Amanda just as the market was closing. It’s her favorite thing from the market and she can eat it after she takes an afternoon nap.

Thanks again, Ignacio! Just so you know…Amanda still has her famous popsicles and strawberry is just one of the amazing flavors. James still has chicken livers (and chicken, too) and Sam has sprouts (also baby turnip greens and coconut chips). Jubilee Farms has sausage (lotsa sausage, pork, beef, and lamb); Emily is still making her broth and, in spite of a rainy summer, John has arugula! (Oh, and Nancy mentioned that sunflowers may just be joining the zinnias and dianthus.) John also boasted the first satsumas of the season! What a wonderful surprise that was!

Bear Creek Road’s famous macaroons are now sporting halloween attire – black lavender skeletons, orange pumpkin spice pumpkins and ghostly maple. Spicy Lady will be at the market again this week with lovely tea blends such as chamomile safflower and lemongrass lavender rose, as well as all her other incredible salt-free seasonings.

Nick has sweet potato greens that I am told are amazing just sautéed in butter – Mauthe’s or Celeste has perfect sautéing butter. Celeste also wanted me to let you know that she will have gift baskets — build your own from a selection of her tasty pastas, butters, and oils! Great for anytime gifts, but with holidays approaching…

So put your list together ‘cause we have lots of goodness at the Covington Farmers’ Market. No matter what your favorites are, I’m sure you’ll find an added bonus at the market unless, of course, you sleep in.

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