Happy New Year from the Farmer’s Market

Happy New Year, friends! I feel that 2020 is going to bring exciting things for our Covington Farmers’ Market. I do hope you’ll join us each week to enjoy the “fruits of the land” as it were. Many of us have made resolutions for 2020 and maybe you already dove into that can of cookies (or maybe never dove out). One thing is sure, you will find freshly picked produce at it’s ripest. 

I am anticipating a delightful Saturday with lively music from Jerry Hess floating from the gazebo to a tasty breakfast to veggies and fruit and all manner of goodness. Breakfast?? Yes, that’s what I said. You’ll find something wonderful to suit your tastes whether a fabulous veggie pancake from Meme’s or sassy tortilla wrap from Spanish R Us, Kimberly’s wildly flavorful vegan tacos, Windfield Farms’ fantastic egg salad croissant (muffins, too), tasty sourdough pancakes from Happy Flour, or the crispy falafels that Norma makes. The bad news is I can’t help you make a choice. The good news is that you have a wonderful variety to satisfy week after week.

Now that your tummy is full, let’s check out the produce. Gorgeous bundles of Swiss chard and tat soi on Nick’s table plus the added bonus of Southeast Louisiana’s best varieties of sweet potato. Ken boasts bags of satsumas, navel & regular oranges, kumquats and the hugest broccoli and cauliflower I’ve ever seen. There are radishes hiding among the mustard, collards, and kale at Eddie’s tent and a marvelous selection of greens, turnips, green onions, and cabbage at Mr. Houston’s. Sweet Pontchatoula strawberries are to be had at Johnadelle’s and tangy strawberry kefir at Succotash Ferments.

Aminta should be back with her fabulously nutritious microgreens. At Sam’s tent you’ll find a smorgasbord of sprouts, shoots, and microgreens for your salad or snacking. Sam will even juice them for you – WOW, talk about a nutrition punch! And, he’s still got white turmeric. You’ll find oyster mushrooms in yellows and grays and pinks plus lion’s mane, shiitakes, and chestnut mushrooms on James’ tables. 

Interspersed among these vegetable/fruit powerhouses, are bonuses such as yard eggs, raw honey, fresh juices, cow’s milk (butter, yogurt, cream cheese), doggie treats, artisan breads (yes, cookies & muffins, too), goat’s milk (feta, chèvre, and Greek yogurt), jams and jellies, natural skin care products, prepared foods, pickled eggs, and even a massage. We’ll have starter plants for your spring garden (it’s not that far away), humongous shrimp from Mr. Two, grass-fed beef, lamb, and pork from Jubilee Farms, and especially Papa D’s kettle corn. We look forward to seeing you each week. You really don’t want to sleep in and miss it all!

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