This Week at the Farmers Market by Charlene LeJeune

The following is the Covington Farmer’s Market weekly newsletter by Charlene LeJeune.

Hello, friends, what a lovely day it is! I thought I heard we were supposed to have a cool front coming through; I think I missed it. No matter, our market is open hot or cold, rain or shine. So we hope to see you out there to enjoy the music, fellowship with some friends, and indulge in a great lunch. Abeer has some of her awesome Jordanian dishes like Ouzi or Eggplant Moussaka. A slice of creamy Quiche Lorraine from Jerome will have you imagining an exotic lunch at a Parisian bistro. Blueberry jam and honey, that’s what you’ll find at Jerry’s table.

Kandy will have her luscious shrimp and shredded cabbage salad and her lemongrass infused chicken and noodle salad —always delightful especially with a cool glass of jasmine tea. Double K will hopefully have lots of eggs, though the hens get a little testy during the summer heat. Mr. Houston will have lots of eggplant and peppers. Be sure to enjoy a Bhakti Burger (beet & bean burger with special source, avocado, and loads of sprouts). Get your duck meat or broth from Ross. Joy will have some Grab N Go meals and boiled crabs! Plus she will have frozen Seafood Gumbo and Shrimp & Cauliflower Soup. Stop for a minute at Golden Mist and get a taste of fizzy jun that Mignon makes. A perusal of Henderson’s mixes will leave you in a quandary. Which one? Easy…pick one…next week, try another!

The delightful melodies of Firmin Oliviera will shine from the gazebo this Saturday morning. So grab your coffee or tea from the pavilion. Maybe you’d prefer Nancy’s kombucha or fresh juice from Amanda (she has peach lemonade!) Your choice doesn’t matter; they all go perfectly with breakfast—Meme’s Veggie Pancakes, a slice of quiche from Noma Jean, breakfast sandwich from Jennifer, apple turnover from Patrick & Madelieine…. and set off for a tour of the market. There’s always something wonderful to find.

Bushy plants and trees from Dennis create accents in your garden. Delicious soups and meals from Tessier Gourmet are perfect when you’re strapped for time. There’s skordalia, hummus, and incredible cookies from Vincent and Mauricio. You’ll find all manner of cows’ milk products from Mauthe’s including yogurt and buttermilk. Huckleberry Fred’s has a fantastic selection of goat cheese blends that add flavor to any dish. Plus they have goat’s milk. Black garlic (Cameron), pralines from Rose, jams and jellies a la Althee, whole rabbits for the pot from Exnihilo Farms and a green onion soup mix that would be a fantastic seasoning as well. Bhakti Balls, Protein Balls, and raw vegan desserts from Johnny to satisfy your sweet tooth. Chicken jerky for your favorite dog (or cat) from Tiger Bait. gorgeous starter plants from Alton.

Whew….let me catch my breath.

With allergies on the rampage (year round it seems), isn’t it a good thing we have Samantha’s Elderberry Syrup year round!? Get another nutritional boost with Succotash Ferments’ kraut, kombucha, hot sauce, and kefir. Aminta not only has microgreens (also packed with nutrients) but also has seeds available for you to grow your own. Sam’s Sprouts are certainly delicious and have been used by a couple of our vendors in creating their dishes. Great to have at your beck and call is Serenity Lane’s Bug Bite cream. Those nasty bugs just love to torment us in the summer heat and Bug Bite cream offers tremendous relief!

Along with her amazing breakfast foods, you’ll find that Jennifer has fabulous artisan breads, butter blends, homemade pasta, and pies. So too, Happy Flour offers a number of sourdough and sandwich breads like oatmeal honey, cinnamon raisin, parmesan and rosemary. Trudy has a lovely assortment of bushes, flowering plants, and houseplants full of gorgeous colors. Ms. Betty also has beautiful house plants and she is most famous for her staghorn ferns. Brownies, walnut pate, falafel, wraps, enchilada pie…yep! that’s our Norma Jean.

All in all, there are so many terrific things to find at the Covington Farmers’ Market. And YES! you will find veggies. So, why don’t you come and spend the morning with us. It will definitely put a smile on your face.

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
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