This Week at the Covington Farmer’s Market

Happy Mardi Gras, friends! Stay safe today if you are venturing out into the crowds. Join us on Ash Wednesday as we usher in the Lenten season. It seems that seafood tends to be the protein of choice during this season but no worries since Kandy makes her shredded cabbage with shrimp —and it’s delicious! She also has a pan-seared salmon salad that will twinkle your taste buds. Frankie has another Lenten feast prepared - shrimp scampi with linguini and garlic bread. Mr. Houston will be there, as he is faithfully each week, with fresh produce. The Double K Farms ladies will be there with eggs — always a great start to the day! Jerry will be there with nutrition-packed raw honey and blueberry jam (he may even have a couple dozen eggs, too.) Chris Talley will be our Saturday songster with bright lively melodies jumping out of the gazebo. So grab your coffee and take some time to get to know your Covington Farmers’ Market vendors. You may even want to follow up that coffee with a delightfully refreshing kombucha from Succotash Ferments or milk from Mauthe’s (buttermilk, regular, chocolate, or coffee). There are some very good reasons to make the market your place to shop. First, you’re buying locally, feeding into the Covington economy. ANNND you get farm fresh produce. Fruits and vegetables you find at the grocery store are often several days old (even if locally sourced) before they even reach the produce aisle. There seems to be a move in this country towards eating what is regionally grown in season, eating lighter fruits & veggies that you get in spring and summer and heartier winter vegetables like squash and parsnips in the cooler autumn and winter months — makes sense to me! Generally, our produce vendors pick their fruits and veggies the day before, or the morning of, the market when they are at the peak of their ripeness and the plant’s nutrition is at its best. This way you get produce that not only tastes better, but it also provides the most nutrients possible. So, if you don’t do the majority of your shopping at the Covington Farmers’ Market, why not? Our produce is local, our chicken, shrimp, beef, pork, lamb, butter, milk, eggs are also local, free range, grass fed, and delicious. Heck, even our Blood River bees eat locally! The weather this year has been particularly brutal for our produce vendors and still their tables boast the rich colors that say, “Hey! I’m more than just a pretty face. I’m packed with nutrition and proud of it!” There’s lots of good to be had at our farmers’ market - fabulous food, great nutrition, terrific music, and a good time for all. BUT, you have to be here to take advantage of the benefits. 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