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Mama Lea’s Basic Meat Sauce

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One Onion
2-3 Toes of Garlic
One Bell pepper
2tb of Tomato paste
1lb of Ground Meat
½ cup of Red Wine
1 Large can of Whole Chef Tomatoes
1 Can of tomato sauce
1tb Of fresh Basil
1tb of fresh Parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
1tb of EVOO
Sauté onion, garlic and bell pepper. Add ground meat and cook down until meat is brown. Next, add the tomato paste. Reduce the paste for 2-3 minutes (this takes out some of the acidity). Add the wine and cook for 2-3 minutes more. Add tomatoes and crush them with your hands in the pot. Finally, add tomato sauce, basil, parsley, salt and pepper. Cook for 15-20 minutes. Serve over your favorite pasta.
Sourcing ( Covington Farmer’s Market)
Butter me up la-Celeste Sharp
Seasonal compound butter and hand made pasta
Grow Farm- Nicholas and Vincent Usner
Organic year around heirloom vegetables
Jubilee Farms- Paul and Liz Emenes
Grass fed Beef, Lamb and farmed raised Pork
Nature Beauty- Sandra and Alton Sanchez
Herbs and seasonal vegetable plants
Spicy Lady- Cheryl Gross
Spices, seasonings and spiced Oils
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The Wednesday Covington Farmer’s Market begins at 10 a.m. at the Covington Trailhead. Here’s a look at the week from Charlene Lejeune’s (Abundant Life Kitchen) Tuesday newsletter:

A glorious Tuesday to you, my friends! I hope you enjoyed your Labor Day holiday! You can extend that wonderful holiday spirit by taking lunch with us on the promenade at the Covington Trailhead. That’s right — our own little piece of holiday — until lunch hour is over and it’s back to work 🙁 Tried and true, Kandy’s lemongrass infused chicken salad is waiting to WOW you with flavor!. Frankie is preparing a special Monday Wednesday treat — red beans, rice, sausage & cornbread! Or enjoy a comforting lunch of pork filled hot tamales from Siria. There will be fresh yard eggs, blueberry jam, and veggies to delight one and all. Remember to get a bag of Lillie’s teacakes… for when you are very, very good. I may need two bags. 🙂

Saturday, sweeet, sweet Saturday will soon be here bringing a rare treat in the form of Amadee Frederick! It has been a while since we heard his jaunty tunes dance out from the gazebo. Then, our newest vendor, La Provence, will serve some of the specialties from their menu. LaProvence has recently changed hands and new owners (and new vendors), Cooper and Eric will offer their especially delicious pâté and crostini.

Special things are happening in the bakery department. Suzie tells me that she is baking apple crostadas (lovely little squares of pie crust folded around apple pie filling and topped with the Windfield crumble) AND brownies are back! Happy Flour bakers introduced an Italian olive oil bread at the demo last Saturday. Patrick tells me it is the perfect canvas for cured meats like salami and prosciutto or even chicken salad (I added that one).

Sam is back with his sprouts – crimson clover, mung bean, and broccoli! I noticed that Rebecca (Spanish R Us) has a pickled “relish” made with jalapeño, onions, carrots and cabbage. Try this atop grilled meats (burger, steak, chops) or seafood. Sounds like its very bold flavor would be quite tasty over a pound or two of Mr. Two’s mammoth shrimp, or even the li’l ones!

I happened to pass by La Serendipity Wine last Saturday just to chat and there was Jan, sitting on her stool, patiently shelling crowder peas. Yes, you heard me! Nick has crowder peas and, if we are very, very good, others like purple hull and rattlesnake will soon be available on tables all over the market! J.R. has cooking pears available and, as luck would have it, Spicy Lady will be here this week with the perfect spice for those little beauties. Cheryl has added a few new blends to her tea section; her cooking oil blends add life to an ordinary dish.

As I said last week. The Covington Farmers’ Market is always an adventure in delicious…delightful…delectable! Take your time…stay a while…no one’s rushing you. It takes a little time to see all the goodness we have to offer. 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

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Howdy, friends! It’s Tuesday with hardly a whiff of rain in sight for our Wednesday market. So what’s in your mind for lunch? Will you have a serving of Siria’s tamales with her special salsa? One of Kandy’s fabulous salads like pan-seared salmon? Or those luscious shrimp and cream cheese rolls. Frankie’s meatloaf, rice and gravy will make your day especially with a side of carrot salad.

Try a dabble of Jerry’s blueberry jam atop one of Lillie’s teacakes for dessert. Oh man, that’s nice! (Jerry has even produced a sugar free version.) Bring home a jar of Natalie’s fermented veggies, a delicious way to add beneficial bacteria back into your colon. Oh, remember to get your nitro-brewed iced coffee or green tea, too. You’ll be happy to know that Double K Farms feed their hens the best — none of that genetically modified stuff. The hens are happy and you will be, too. Lucy has a wonderful assortment of scented aluminum free deodorants. I especially enjoyed the Fresh Rose. She has one that will suit you perfectly.

Cassie Krebbs will be featured in the gazebo on Saturday to provide our musical entertainment. So grab a great cup of coffee or refreshing glass of juice or pint of milk (coffee, chocolate, whole) from Mauthe’s and get your shopping in. We’ve got lots of goodies to offer. LoLo and Christine from The Shack in Covington will be delight us in the demo tent this week serving up deliciousness from their menu.

If you haven’t already started your fall garden, now’s the time. Make your gardens very happy with Northshore Natural Solutions’ worm castings and composted horse manure. The lovely ladies at Double K Farms also have the ever poopular composted chicken manure that will have your gardens bountiful in no time.

Hmmm, now what to plant? Well for the veggie garden, look no further than Alton and Sandra. Sunkeeper tomatoes are bred for our Louisiana heat. You’ll also find green onions, onion & garlic chives, rosemary, lemon verbena… However, for the patio garden or landscape, Trudy has a lovely assortment of flowering and green plants in all sizes from small succulent plants to her famous Japanese maples. If you’d like something that you can enjoy without having to worry about how much water, Ms. Betty’s beautiful stag horn ferns are just the thing and Dennis’ taller plants create a perfect focal point in your landscaping.

Now, even though it’s almost too hot for anything but swimming, our produce vendors still have a lovely selection of veggies. Nick had sweet potatoes last week, freshly dug from his garden. He suggested I boil them rather than bake or roast them at this stage. He will dig up several varieties this year including Bayou Belle with its deep orange flesh, red/purple skinned with a sweetness similar to Evangeline. Unique white flesh and tan-skinned, Bonita, is a sweeter sweet potato developed by the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station. Can’t wait to try those! Cooking pears are out too!

While fresh veggies are certainly the way to go, pickled veggies add a dimension to crispness and taste that goes the extra mile. Dee has a large variety of “pickles” including asparagus, carrot sticks, and garlic. Her vegetable blends are undeniably unique – like her Merry Mix – a delightful blend of green beans, carrots, cucumbers, cauliflower and peppers. Looking for something great to add to your yogurt, try Mama Lea’s granola. She has 2 blends — one is coconut oil toasted coconut, almonds, pumpkin seeds, oats, maple syrup, and honey. The other one is grapeseed oil, pecans, walnuts, oats ,maple syrup and Honey. YUM!

Almond crusted chocolate muffins, from Windfield Farms, will certainly kick off your morning, The Peanut Farm has more than roasted or boiled peanuts, Frankie also whips up some of the most lovely quick breads – like lemon poppyseed or fig or blueberry. Betty Rue is famous for her gluten-free cookies and pizzas AND donuts…oooh yes! Mauricio’s ginger snap cookies come in a gluten-free version too, and I think you’ll find his lavishly decorated sugar cookies are popular with more than just the kindergarten set. Happy Flour Bakery has scaled down their chocolate cake to cupcake size each looking like a fresh spring blossom. They are as too-pretty-to eat as Mauricio’s creations but don’t you worry, I managed.

If you haven’t tried all these wonderful things at the Covington Farmers Market, you’re probably still in bed. tsk! tsk! I couldn’t possibly cover them all in one email. So, why don’t you come and spend the morning with us and find out for yourself.

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 covingtonfarmersmarket.org

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It IS Tuesday, friends, and it will be all day long. But don’t despair!! It will be Wednesday before you know it and our Covington Farmers’ Market will be set up and raring to go! Stop by for a delightful lunch, soft breezes, and toe-tapping tunes. Pick up a pack of Lillie’s faaabulous tea cakes. I really enjoy them with my coffee or as a dessert or just because I was very, very good. If you haven’t tried Siria’s hot tamales, treat yourself — and add a side of that marvelous jello cream dessert that she makes. KANDY is back! yeah! But what shall I have? the shrimp cream cheese rolls? shredded cabbage salad? traditional egg rolls? No matter, it will be fun choosing. Frankie’s wonderful oven barbecued chicken is back on the menu with apple baked beans, cole slaw and cornbread! Jeremy & Natalie of St. August Brew are expanding their menu with fermented and pickled veggies and also nitro-brewed green tea. One particular version adds blueberries, hibiscus and lemonade to the tea for an deliciously refreshing beverage!

And then…it’s Saturday. Don’t even consider sleeping in or you will miss out on Daryl, Daryl, Daryl and Daryl with toe tapping tunes dancing out from the gazebo. Chef Fikret Kazan will roll out his Wood Burning Pizza Oven to the curb on Columbia Street with more of his amazing pizzas.

Keep up with what’s happening at the market through our Facebook page facebook.com/thecovingtonlafarmersmarket or on Instagram @covingtonlafarmersmarket. Lotsa great info there!

We are in the “in-betweens” for our produce vendors but you’ll still find the plenty of goodness out there. Natalie is back with hydroponic lettuce. Those lovely leaves are perfect in a salad but also as a wrap for chicken or shrimp or egg salad. Or just fill that leaf with Tessier’s spinach artichoke dip or Frankie’s spinach chestnut dip, or spread with any of Nur’s hummus (red pepper, chipotle, cilantro, or traditional).

Bardwells’ is sporting green tomatoes for your enjoyment and pleasure. You’ll find an interesting diversion in the form of dried Asian persimmons on Nick’s table. You’ll find cabbage, apples, turnips and green chilies on Mama Lea’s table — all deliciously fermented and healthy too!

Both Windfield Farms and Happy Flour bakeries have wonderful artisan breads available. AND Althee and Robin have the most incredible jams and jellies that accent any bread you choose. For a happy change of pace, Vincent’s skordalia makes a tasty garlic bread.

Take your time strolling around the grounds. Get in line for one of Ericka’s veggie pancakes (you’ll thanks yourself for that treat). You’ll also want to take home a jar of dipping sauce to go with that or a pint of ready-to-cook mix — just so you can have another one on Sunday. Remember to pick up a bottle of elderberry syrup. For some reason, allergies seem to be worse this past month and this stuff is fantastic!! Plenty of good times and good food to be had at Covington Farmers’ Market. We’d love it if you joined us.

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 covingtonfarmersmarket.org See a pdf of this week’s market menu here.

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What a lovely Tuesday, friends, and Wednesday is looking very promising. Join us for a magnificent lunch…delight in the breezes …relax to the tunes of our market musicians. Frankie is preparing her much-sought-after meatloaf and creamed potatoes for lunch tomorrow to be accompanied by black eyed peas and cornbread muffins. It is wonderful for lunch; it is wonderful for supper.

It’s so easy to stock up on the fixins’ for a delightful breakfast at our Wednesday market. Start out with fresh eggs from Double K Farms. Simply scramble your eggs as you usually would, then top with salsa from Siria or her fabulous guacamole. It’s quite delicious on eggs over easy as well. Taylor Farms blueberry jam atop your toast is amazing. What a way to jumpstart your day! For a tasty side, peel a few of Mr. Houston’s red potatoes, cut into small cubes and boil until almost done. Then into a hot fry pan with a little oil and onion and saute until slightly browned and the taters are finished. Chopped bell pepper would add a little pizzazz. I know that many of you will be pleased to hear that Lucy (Blue L Essentials) is now including her famous All Purpose Cleaner to her table of non toxic home & body care.

Saturday will soon dance its way through the market, celebrating the end of the week with pleasant melodies from Chris Talley. So grab your iced coffee from the pavilion, say “hi!” to Ed and take a stroll around the market. Then join us at the demo tent for a taste of Rob’s Rockin’ Dogs. Who knew? Gourmet hot dogs! Can’t wait!

On that stroll through the market, discover treasures like Tessier Gourmet’s heat-n-eat tamales. Pam’s tamales are, simply put, culinary genius. I mean, who else would pair portabella mushroom & beet or chickpeas & kalamata olives and create a gourmet tamale that tastes great? And then there’s her Eggplant Parmesan, Mac N Cheese, Asian Slaw…

While the veggies are taking their end of season slow down (although I did hear that Nick has a few greens), you can still find wonderful things, amazing things here at the Covington Farmers’ Market. Add incredible flavor to plain rice by cooking it in Emily’s bone broth rather than water. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the outcome. Try rubbing your veggies with Vincent and Mauricio’s skordalia before roasting or grilling. Spread skordalia over your choice of artisan breads (Windfield Farms or Happy Flour) and toast for terrific garlic bread.

James has been having a lovely selection of mushrooms (oyter, shiitake and lion’s mane) and each offers incredible taste to a dish. Slice and sauté oyster mushrooms in a pat or two of Mauthe’s sweet cream butter. Sauté with onions, bell pepper, or garlic, or all three, maybe even throw in a few tomatoes (I think J.R. may still have some) and serve over Butter Me Up pasta. Celeste always has a new flavor to try.

Jazz up your Mauthe’s yogurt with a couple of spoonfuls of Robin’s peach bourbon pepper jelly. WOW! Now that’s the way to kickstart your morning. For a gentler nudge into the day, try a few spoons of Althee’s blackberry jelly or monkey butter.

What can I say? There’s always something wonderful and amazing awaiting you at the Covington Farmers’ Market. DO NOT SLEEP IN…you can take a nap on Saturday afternoon.

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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Over the bridge and through the streets, to Wednesday we will go! That’s right, friends; Wednesday’s almost here! Come and indulge in a delicious lunch filled with great food, terrific music, and gentle breezes.

Are you ready for one of Kandy’s fantastic salads like her noodle salad with lemongrass chicken. I went all United Nations a few weeks ago when I mixed Kandy’s shredded cabbage salad with Siria’s guacamole. Oh My Goodness, they got along so well! How delicious! You’ll find fig preserves on Double K’s tables along with fresh eggs. You’ll find the lovely blueberry jam that Jerry makes plus wildflower honey on Taylor Farms’ table. Then see Randolph for a bag of delicately sweetened tea cakes made with Lillie’s very own recipe. Mr. Houston has fresh veggies straight from the farm and Chris promises a tasty chicken Creole with chilled carrot salad. Frankie’s bringing the boiling pot to you with shrimp foil packs — spicy little packs filled with boiled shrimp, corn on the cob, Andouille sausage & red potatoes! A nice glass of Jeremy’s nitro-brewed iced coffee would fit in real nice.

Steppin’ Up will usher in our Saturday morning with wonderful melodies sacheting from the gazebo. Have I got great news for you! Blood River Honey has creamed honey… Yeah. You heard me right! Boy oh boy! This is gonna be a great day in the neighborhood!

Tessier Gourmet has some great new choices such as lemon lentil soup and herbed zucchini and fire melon salsa. Mmmm. Tasty. Tasty. They must be — all the super heroes are hanging around (literally) keeping company with such movie stars as Donald and Daisy Duck, Mickey & Minnie, the minions…all lovingly had decorated by Mauricio.

I can’t believe it but we still have melon at the market but we may have some for another week or so. And, not only watermelon but also honey dew melon — so delicious, so sweet, so refreshing. Celeste at Butter Me Up has a delightful assortment of butters that will add flavor and variety to sautés with such wonderful things as mushrooms, squashes, eggplant, peppers, or those nifty cuccuzzas that J.R. has. Nathaniel and Ericka’s vegetable pancakes are a uniquely delicious way to incorporate squash into your diet. Enjoy freshly made at the market or take a pint of batter home to make at your leisure.

Remember that Emily has a variety of healthy broths for you to add pizzazz to rice, soups, beans, or gravies. A nice bottle of La Serendipity Blanc de Bois wine, nicely chilled, adds a little romance to your meals. Norma Jean is back with those amazing quiches, her dive-into delicious walnut pate and all the other delights you’ve come to expect from her. Every week Nancy’s table is blooming with beauty. Trudy, Ms. Betty and Dennis bring perfect to your patio. Tiger Bait has wonderful raw treats for your 4-legged friends. There’s kettle corn, pork skins, jams and jellies. There’s spices and goodies and ice cream and popscicles! Discover at the market so set your alarm clock for fantastic, ‘cause if you sleep in, all you gonna do is dream about it! What fun is that????

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 covingtonfarmersmarket.org

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Hi, friends and Happy Tuesday! The weatherman promises a bright and beautiful day tomorrow and I’m gonna hold him to it. Regardless, we will be at the market with great music and great food. In fact, Chris has decided to cook his fabulous smothered chicken with mac n cheese and Cajun peas! Of course, Kandy will have a selection of her amazing salads, like noodles and lemongrass chicken. Frankie’s contribution will be tender roast pork with rice & gravy, string beans & carrot salad. Siria will be there too, with hot tamales and that lovely fruit salad she has been making. Yes, there will be veggies! Yes, there will be eggs! Yes, the teacakes and fudge and the blueberry jam will be there! Where will you be?

Saturday morning will awaken with the lively music of Crossing Canal floating out from the gazebo (I don’t mean that literally, regardless of the rain.) Then, Chef Gavin of MERIBO Restaurant in Covington will prepare a cool summer salad. So grab your coffee and one of Lea’s breakfast quiches and spend a relaxing morning with us. Quiche du jour — spinach and artichoke.

Lea also has a new sandwich – Davis’ wheat bread covered with an avocado spread, eggs, and spinach. Sounds like a winner! She also has sauerkraut for those of you who have been searching for raw fermented veggies. Among your regular favorites from Tessier Gourmet, Pam has potato salad and Mac N Cheese with Béchamel sauce. I see a new favorites list starting.

Every week brings a new discovery on the produce tables. I can say, “We have squash, we have peppers, we have eggplant…” but until you see the variety on the tables, you cannot appreciate the diversity. Tomatoes from grape to beefsteak, eggplant from single serve to large Louisiana green to traditional aubergine. The Chanterelles are here but get them soon; they won’t hang around for long. Saute in Mauthe’s butter or one of Celeste’s flavored butters, then package in small containers and freeze so you’ll have some until the next batch comes in. The Shiitakes and the Oysters want me to mention them as well.

We have a new vendor who’s going to make your gardens very happy. Northshore Natural Solutions has fertilizers made from worm castings and composted horse manure. Tell me your plants aren’t smiling right now just thinking about it.

Last week I had a chance to taste Nice Cream’s Rockin’ Robin pepper peach ice cream and OMGG!!! it was so deliciously creamy with a hint of heat that enhanced the flavor of the peaches. Billy may have a little more of that left BUT he has replaced it with a raspberry version made with Rockin’ Robin’s Raspberry Chambord (a rich raspberry liquor). And that’s not all!! He has developed the most amazing Creole Cream Cheese ice cream EVER! I’m not sure if I’ll be shot for revealing this but he uses Mauthe’s whole milk, heavy cream, Creole cream cheese and another very secret ingredient of Mauthe’s making and Billy’s genius. OK, I’m ready for Market Day! How about you?

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 covingtonfarmersmarket.org

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Blessings of the season to you, friends! The market will be open tomorrow and on Christmas Eve. I know you’re all getting ready for family and friends and lots of great food. All the more reason to stop by for a revitalizing salad of lemongrass chicken and rice noodles that Kandy so lovingly creates. And don’t forget Kandy’s chicken porridge —it makes the BEST breakfast! Frankie’s working overtime to bring you chopped steak with onion gravy, creamed potatoes, lima beans with tomatoes and her fabulous peach cobbler. Oh my! Momma’s tasty beef hot tamales will delight your tastebuds. I know you’ll enjoy Chris’ all-star line-up that includes cabbage rolls and Cajun stuffed peppers. Kristen will be there with fresh yard eggs and get your greens and turnips from Mr. Houston. Lillie has tree and snowflake shaped cookies that will be perfect added to a Christmas basket for my mother-in-law! The Shop on Main Street has a delightful selection of jerky beautifully packaged for gifting. Choose from Cajun, Hawaiian, or Turkey — or try all three!

I thought we’d celebrate our Christmas Eve Saturday with the reason you all come to the Farmers’ Market – the veggies! A quick perusal of the tables last weekend shows that the veggies are not taking a holiday, so much the better for us and our holiday cooking. You’ll need Nick’s sweet potatoes, of course. What would a holiday meal be without sweet potato casserole? Cabbages abound and Mr. Houston is sporting red cabbage as well as green. What a slaw! What a slaw! John has Napa cabbage, carrots, and bags of mixed lettuces for a phenomenal salad.

Eddie’s table overflows with greens and lemons and satsumas. We have strawberries aplenty with sweet ripe berries from Natalie. And Johnadale’s has joined us with strawberries, too! While Ken’s table has been full of citrus, it also boasts gorgeous heads of broccoli and cauliflower. Did you know that you can stuff a cauliflower just like you stuff an artichoke? Yes, and it’s just as tasty. But, if you are in the mood for the real thing, Angel has an artichoke that is perfect for the season — it’s as overstuffed as Santa!

Not in the mood for cooking? Just too busy? Need a side dish to bring? Check out Mama Lea’s Christmas Menu. She offers some delicious items such as poached pears with Boursin cheese over butter lettuce, a mixed green salad with candied pecans, dried cherries and fresh shaves of Parmesan cheese with a balsamic dressing, or  roasted Brussels sprouts with leeks, garlic and walnuts. She also offers a Cajun shrimp cornbread stuffing that sounds amazing! But get your order in today!

Cookies, of course you’ll need cookies…Mauricio has been baking the most adorable gingerbread cookies ever, deliciously decorated little houses, gingerbread men and gingerbread ladies. I couldn’t wait, so I got one of Mauthe’s silky smooth cheese cakes last week. Needless to say, it did not make it through the weekend.

Remember to get your eggs (Ishmael, Double K Farms, Houston), pancake mix, corn grits (Lena) and fresh bread for toasting (Windfield, 7Grain) and especially bacon from Jubileee Farms. You can’t have a Christmas morning without splurging on breakfast. Oh, it tis the season to be jolly! What a fun-filled day we’ll have but it really wouldn’t be the same without you! Hope to see you 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 covingtonfarmersmarket.org