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This Week at the Covington Farmer’s Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Happy Tuesday, friends! I know you’re counting down the minutes to fresh vegetables, lively music, and tastes to delight your tummy. Our Wednesday vendors are busy as I write, preparing delicious mouthwatering meals for tomorrow. The day will be lovely, one of those “I-need-to-get-out-of-the-office” kinds of day. So mosey on down to the Trailhead where Rebecca’s tasty Honduran hot tamales await. Kandi’s grilled salmon salad and a cold glass of sweet jasmine tea will hit the spot on a warm spring afternoon. May is National BBQ Month so I’ll celebrate with some slow-smoked pulled pork which will make a wonderful lunch on Thursday. And (sine I like to plan ahead) for Friday, a cup of Nanette’s potato leek soup and a Mediterranean salad! Frankie is busy cooking up cashew and peanut brittle along with lemon ice box pies and key lime mini pies for tomorrow! There’s so much more, but you won’t enjoy any of it unless you’re there.

Sweet Jones will play at the Saturday market this week

Sweet Jones will play at the Saturday market this week

As we head into Saturday, thoughts will naturally turn to Mother – after all her special day is almost here. And we have a special morning in store! Listen to Sweet Jones’ sweet melodies dancing out from the gazebo. Take the time to stroll around the market to see what’s new. Visit a few vendors that you haven’t yet visited. In the meanwhile, Jubilee Farm will grill up samples of their grass fed pork sausages for tasting and sale. Yes, it’s a wonderful day in the neighborhood!

With the rain taking a little break, we’ll be seeing more and more veggies on the tables. Those veggies love the rain – but even they are ready for a break. Sunflower shoots are back! You’ll also find broccoli, cucumbers and heirloom squash sharing Nick’s table. I saw white squash, beets, cucumbers, and carrots on Mr. Houston’s table. And wouldn’t a bouquet of Nancy’s lilies make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift?

New vendor Big Branch Soaps - Facebook.com

New vendor Big Branch Soaps – Facebook.com

We have a new vendor at the market – Big Branch Soaps. They offer a delightful assortment of non-toxic products such as, laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, aluminum free deodorant (great for sensitive skin), and linen air freshener. That’s not all they offer, so you’ll just have to get over there (next to Robin’s pepper jellies) and visit. Take your time over there, we have many great vendors in that area and they are kinda bunched together. Wouldn’t want you to miss anyone.

Landscape your patio into a showplace with small trees and bushes from Dennis or exotic bushes and plants from Trudy. Or color your patio brilliant with the soft yellow and pink blossoms of Ms. Betty’s bougainvillea. Mom may also enjoy picking blueberries or blackberries from her own bushes from Stone Creek Nurseries.

Pie of the Month: Ricotta Lemon Meringue with Walnut from Bear Creek Road Bakery

Pie of the Month: Ricotta Lemon Meringue with Walnut from Bear Creek Road Bakery

Well, Mom, where do your fancies lie? Off in a luxurious bath with sweetly scented soaps or lounging on a shady patio of bright colors and deep green with a cup of coffee and (OK, do I really have to say it?). Yes, along with my coffee there will be treats! And I may be partial to a few but let’s face it – THEY ARE ALL FABULOUS! Lemon squares, almond bars, granola bars,  and lovely macaroons (I’ll take one of each, please), delicate meringue with cream filling, grain free brownies, large rounds of oatmeal raisin or chocolate chip, crunchy dipping biscotti, wedding cookies, Frankie’s famous nut brittles, Amanda’s popsicles…. what’s on your Mother’s Day wish list?

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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This Week at the Covington Farmer’s Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Happy Tuesday, friends!

Blue skies smilin’ at me…nothin’ but blue skies do I see. Yes, I’m about as sick of this rain as you are. I hope you all weathered Monday’s fierce storms with no damage.

Pulled pork from Chompers BBQ - food demo this Saturday

Pulled pork from Chompers BBQ – food demo this Saturday

We will have an incredible line-up of deliciousness on Wednesday – smoky pulled pork and potato salad from Chompers, a hearty minestrone soup from Nanette, Kandi & Joe’s exotic pan seared salmon salad, Frankie’s amazing banana pudding, or a tasty tamale from Rebecca, and toe-tapping music from the Wednesday Market Gang. Is it any wonder why those blue skies are smilin’?

Pot Luck String Band at the Covington Farmer's Market this Saturday

Pot Luck String Band at the Covington Farmer’s Market this Saturday

The sun will be out in full force this Saturday and so will your Farmers’ Market Vendors. And with that sunshine will come the lively tunes of the Pot Luck String Band singing out from the gazebo. Jeff and Kristen with Chompers BBQ will park their smoker on Columbia Street and start dishing out incredible pulled pork. You can sample all of their delightful BBQ sauces (even the new Cajun Carolina sauce) to see which you like the best. So, what are ya waitin’ for? Oh yeah, there’s still a few days left till Saturday.

Even if you missed out on Wellness Day last weekend, we still have all of our regular vendors and they have lots of good things in store for you. Sam has been offering fresh coconut milk (really fresh…he cracks the coconuts right there!) You can even enjoy the by-product in the form of crunchy coconut chips. Johnadale Farms is not only offering strawberries but strawberry jelly and jam plus blackberries and blueberries.

Strawberry Hibiscus Tea Meringue Pie from Bear Creek Road

Strawberry Hibiscus Tea Meringue Pie from Bear Creek Road

Jennifer (Bear Creek Rd) makes a tasty tart of tomato, eggplant and mozzarella and who can resist her little clouds of rainbow meringue – lavender vanilla bean, chocolate mocha? Brighten up your morning with Sacred Earth’s very popular Spring Detox granola bar. Stop by Kombucha Girls for an uplifting drink. Susan and Liz have many flavors available – both kombucha and water kefir. Right next door are the ever-popular Popsicles in summery flavors from strawberry to pineapple to avocado or coconut. They sure are a favorite on a sunny day. Snowballs are here! Yes, Stephanie shaves ice with a hand cranked snowball machine for a cool, satisfying treat.

Now that the sunshine is back, you’re probably in the mood to get out and grill. Well, this is the place for it. You’ll have to try out Chomper’s BBQ’s new Cajun Carolina BBQ sauce, quite the change from their tomato based blends. I’m thinking it will be great on grilled pork chops or sausage (Jubilee Farms). You might want to check out their hogshead cheese. Delish! Don’t wait; they won’t have it for long. A spoonful of my delicious sauerkraut (cultured veggies) would go nicely with those grilled sausages too. Ground beef, lamb, or goat (Farmhouse Dairy) makes perfect burgers for the grill. Try mixing in a little of Bechac’s Bleu Cheese dressing. Spicy Lady makes a snappy BBQ seasoning that’s perfect on meats or veggies.

Speaking of snappy, Dee has crunchy dilled green beans, mildly spicy pickled garlic, and tangy pickled asparagus for your snackin’ pleasure – gotta have something to munch on while you’re grillin’. While you’re over that way, treat yourself to some of Spanish R Us’ refried beans, salsa, guacamole, and chips. Now that’s snackin’!

Lots of yummy veggies for the grill as well, such as heirloom yellow squash, red potatoes, and bell peppers, and we will be seeing lots more coming soon. In fact, the Bardwells should be back this week or next. Cynthia is back, too, with fresh homemade pasta, assorted baked pasta dishes, and (of course) her wonderful meat sauces. Oh, man. There’s soooo much here to enjoy. Come by and spend the morning with us. You can sleep in on Sunday.

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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This Week at the Covington Farmer’s Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Happy Tuesday, friends! I’ve requested a lovely day for tomorrow and for the rest of the week, full of sunshine, blue skies, and soft breezes delicately scented with honeysuckle. I can’t wait to get out there and enjoy the delicious dishes available and bring some home for lunch for the next few days.

Jeff is serving his famous Mac N Cheese with his smoky pulled pork this week. Enjoy a delicious pan seared salmon salad with shredded green papaya from Kandi. Nanette offers a tempting bowl of tomato basil soup making your mouth water for those lovely little red orbs from the garden. Frankie will have a wonderful treat of bread pudding and rum sauce. Remember the strawberries! When you have strawberries, you always have a great dessert!

Covington Farmers Market Wellness DaySaturday morning will be popping up its lovely head once again, so resist the urge to sleep in or you’ll miss WELLNESS DAY entirely !  Take time to stroll around the grounds soaking up the music of Amedee Fredericks, the Creole Man, while you talk to the vendors and check out the fresh veggies. We also have Wellness vendors on the side lawn in front of the Police Department – fitness experts, massage therapists, yoga instructors, nutritionists, health food stores, essential oils, vitamins, and much more! Nanette will serve samples of chicken curry for your enjoyment and the morning will be filled fun, friends, and loads of great information! What a day! What a day!

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Amedee “Creole Man” Frederick will play in the gazebo for the Covington Farmer’s Market this Saturday

Tabasco has been very busy overseeing the “ladies” and they have been producing like crazy. So don’t forget to pick up your eggs this week. Boiled, scrambled, deviled, or sunny-side up, they are delish! My grandkids were becoming tired of eggs for breakfast so instead of scrambling, I simply made deviled eggs. What a treat! It’s easy enough – boil eggs for 10 minutes and let cool. Heidi tells me that if you lean your egg carton to one side for a few minutes and then lean it to the other side for a few, the yolk tends to stay in the center of the white which makes for much prettier deviled eggs. After they’ve cooled, slice in half and gently scoop out the yolk. Smash the yolks together, along with a little mayo, chopped green onion, and a seasoning of your choice. We have some mighty good ones such as Spicy Lady’s Tandoori Spice, Mediterranean, and BBQ (this one is really tasty) or my Rub Me Tender, Perfect Poultry, or Ole Southwest. All are salt free.

Try your seasonings in ways you haven’t before; for instance, a small 1/4 tsp of BBQ is really nice in potato salad or Tandoori Spice (Spicy Lady) or Moroccan Melody (me) gives a whole new flavor to meatballs or hamburgers. It doesn’t take much seasoning to become your secret ingredient in mashed potatoes, mac n cheese, quiche, or in a little mayo on a sandwich.

It will be an exciting Wellness Day here at the Covington Farmers’ Market. Spend the morning with us. Peruse the vendor tables. Chat with our Wellness Experts. Enjoy the music. You’ll be glad you didn’t 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

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Happy Tuesday, friends! Can you believe another week has gone by already? With time slipping by so quickly, you don’t want to skip any of our markets. Tomorrow’s will offer a creamy mushroom vegetable soup that will win your tastebuds approval, pulled pork & cheese grits – always a favorite, crispy egg rolls plus dipping sauce (don’t forget a glass of jasmine tea), traditional Honduran tamales, luscious lemon blueberry bread, and fresh ripe strawberries. Indulge in a pint of raw honey, fresh vegetables, and fragrant soaps and lotions. (Check the Market Menu below!)

LOLA Deux, LOLA Restaurant's food truck will be at the Covington Farmer's Market Saturday

LOLA Deux, LOLA Restaurant’s food truck will be at the Covington Farmer’s Market Saturday

A cup of coffee and one of Suzie Bancks’ faaaabulous Morning Glory muffins will pair very nicely with the lively music of Joe Manuel on Saturday morning aannd – Lola Deux’s Food Truck, complete with Parmesan fries and all sorts of other goodies. Yippee!

It really brightens my day to see a sassy bunch of sunflower faces smiling at me from across the market. Nancy’s bouquets always add sunshine to any room they are set in. Trudy had a native azalea this past weekend whose color was so lovely and rich it defies description. If you’re lucky, she’ll have more of those this weekend. Alton and Sandra’s colors are strictly green – perfect little garden-ready plants such as apple melon, Jubilee melon, spaghetti squash, San Marzano tomato, Creole tomato, grape tomato, cherry tomato, watermelon and more.

Joe Manuel will play music in the gazebo at the Covington Farmer's Market Saturday

Joe Manuel will play music in the gazebo at the Covington Farmer’s Market Saturday

There are lots more good things to find at the market these days. Coast Roast always has a unique international coffee for your enjoyment. Kevin personally roasts those beans to perfection and is a wealth of information on coffee. Norma Jean offers mouthwatering quiches filled with eggs, cheese, and seasonal vegetables. Check out her other dishes while you’re there.

We have several new vendors at the Saturday Market. Emily is offering various broths – organic vegetable, chicken (she uses chicken bones from James), beef (from grass fed cows), and fish (using wild caught fish). A student of Sally Fallon, she exclusively uses Nourishing Broth recipes so you know they’re great! You’ll find romaine, iceberg, red sails, and butter crunch lettuces, as well as green onions, one tops, kale, and celery (yes, I said celery) gracing the table of a new produce vendor, Eddie.

Robin has put together two pepper jellies that are sweetened with stevia for those who are watching their sugar levels. I did a personal taste test and both (apple bacon and green bell pepper) passed the test with flying colors. Bear Creek Road has a hummingbird cake that is definitely not for the birds. It’s filled with pecans, coconut, banana and pineapple. YUM! With all this goodness to be had, surely you’re not considering sleeping in? I didn’t think so.

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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Chompers BBQ - food demo this Saturday

Chompers BBQ – food demo this Saturday

Happy Tuesday, friends! I’ll bet you just can’t wait until lunchtime tomorrow. I know how you feel. Your taste buds are tingling with thoughts of pulled pork, cheese grits, ’n cornbread or crispy egg rolls and dipping sauce. Feast on a pupusa stuffed with jalapeño and cheese; enjoy a bowl of lentil and cilantro soup or a turkey salad wrap. Indulge in penne pasta tossed with asparagus and cherry tomato – so elegant you have to say to-mah-to.  Spoil your sweet tooth with super-sweet strawberries or key lime pie (in perfect snacking size of course). Don’t forget to get some honey, ‘cause if you’re like me the pollen has you nominated for Sneezer of the Year!

We3 will play in the gazebo this Saturday

We3 will play in the gazebo this Saturday

Come Saturday Morning, it will be delightfully sunny, especially with Chomper’s BBQ pulling the smoker up to the curb. Enjoy smoky pulled pork and taste test all of their tangy BBQ sauces.  And, floating out from the gazebo, will be the toe-tapping tunes of We3. What a way to start the weekend!

Pencil us in for Wellness Day at the Market coming up on April 25th. Our Wellness vendors will line up on the lawn on Columbia Street, just behind the cooking tent. I know you’ll enjoy speaking with nutritionists, fitness gurus, and chiropractors. Others will share the health benefits of vitamins, massage, and essential oils. Maybe you’d better use a pen.

Fresh flower bouquet from Bartlett Farm

Fresh flower bouquet from Bartlett Farm

Spring is definitely here and I’m sure you’re all wanting to spend more time outdoors and grilling is the first thing that comes to mind. We’ve got grilling meats all over the place! James’ free range chickens are excellent roasted or grilled. Jubilee Farms is offering both beef and pork – steak, sausage, chops, oh my! Mt Vernon Pork has sausage and chops fit for the grill and Farmhouse Dairy is well known for their delicious cuts of lamb and goat as well as beef. Don’t forget, Chomper’s is doing the food demo, so you know right where to go for the best sauce. Right next to Farmhouse, you’ll find Enten Farms and their mighty selection of Meaux Mustard. This week be sure to stop by and demo their latest flavor – Meaux Blueberry Mustard – a wonderfully unique mustard with a subtle fruitiness that will pair well with pork or even (so I’m told) on your biscuits.

Tiger Bait Raw Food & Treats for Pets

Tiger Bait Raw Food & Treats for Pets

Tiger Bait has a special, limited edition treat this Saturday only. Indulge your pet with a wonderful treat made with lamb, cranberry, goat and pumpkin – this week only and only at the Covington Farmers’ Market!

Nick has wild-caught catfish once again and though I’ve never tried to grill them, they still “barbecue” nicely with my Shrimp on the Barbie seasoning (it’s also great on Mr. Two’s shrimp.) Perhaps there’s something calling your name – farm fresh eggs, Suzie’s harvest muffins, Lena’s 7 grain bread, Sam’s sprouts and coconut chips, Hot Tamale Mama’s chicken andouille gumbo (frozen), Angel’s plump stuffed artichoke, Kevin’s gourmet coffee… Just follow the music; we’ll be there waiting with fresh coffee and juice and all manner of good things.

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 visitwww.covingtonfarmersmarket.org

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Veggie Meals 2 Go - Hearts of Palm & Rice with Cream of Mushroom -- only at the Wednesday Market!

Veggie Meals 2 Go – Hearts of Palm & Rice with Cream of Mushroom — only at the Wednesday Market!

Happy Tuesday, friends! Yes, another week has come around and Market Day is almost here. (I know. I’m smiling, too.) You’ll smile even more as you survey the luncheon menus on the tables – pulled pork and cheese grits, incredible chicken salad and creamy mushroom soup, Vietnamese flavor-infused noodle salads, Honduran chicken tamales, and tasty Eggplant Casserole with onion, bell pepper, and fresh tomato sauce. Luscious red strawberries are calling your name and fresh green veggies are lining up to add flavor to your dishes. And then…there’s dessert. I think you all know my feelings on that subject. Let a rich coconut cream mini pie or fruity raspberry mini pie complete your meal. YUM!!

Cassie Krebs will be playing at the Saturday Market this weekend

Cassie Krebs will be playing at the Saturday Market this weekend

The week will soon blossom into Saturday and with it the delightful tunes of Cassie Krebs floating from the gazebo. So grab your coffee and celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with us. We have the ultimate St. Paddy’s Day meal – Corned Beef and Cabbage – brought to you by those lovely ladies of Nourish Foods, Nanette and Léa.

Trudy is back at the Saturday market with her famous Japanese Maples plus Lily of the Valley shrub with dainty little white flowers, Dwarf Curly Leaf Ligustrum and Coral Honeysuckle. Dennis’ trees and shrubs will begin blossoming as well, after all, winter can’t last forever, can it? In his little corner of the market, you’ll find Louis Phillipe fragrant Rose, Confederate Rose, Cucumber Magnolia, and Lynwood Gold Forsythia. Alton and Sandra are gearing up for spring and Alton promised to give me the low-down on the lineup this coming Saturday. Right now, they have chocolate, orange, and regular mint, lemon and regular thyme, rosemary, oregano, parsley, leaf celery, green onions, and squash – ready for planting. Newcomer, Stone Creek Nursery, is up to his knees in blueberry, blackberry, and raspberry plants.

We have a new vendor joining us on Saturdays – Spicy Lady. Cheryl mixes organic herbs and spices into blends that enrich your favorite dishes. Try her Rice Seasoning – a lovely blend of coriander, cinnamon, cumin, cardamom, black pepper, nutmeg, clove, and ginger. Melt a little butter and olive oil in a sauté pan, add a tablespoon or two of Rice Seasoning, and simmer for a minute or so before adding your cooked rice. It makes an ordinary side dish a main event! She has other “events” too, such as Tandoori Masala, Wasabi seasoning, Curry Powder, and a vegetable seasoning with the promise of more to come!

Althee's Jellies and Jams

Althee’s Jellies and Jams

Everything seems to be an event these days. Althee’s table is sporting jars of fruity jams and jellies – mayhaw, kumquat marmalade, blackberry jam, strawberry jam, and fig preserves. Nancy’s table is blooming with bouquets of beauty and the market landscape is once again dotted with Amanda’s popsicles of strawberry, pineapple, coconut, chocolate…. Buckle yourself into a mixed berry & lemon buckle from Bear Creek Road. Indulge in a raw juice from Simply Pure with all the nutrients of fresh fruits & vegetables cold pressed into a bottle. You really weren’t thinking of staying home, were 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 www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org

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Happy Mardi Gras! I hope you’re enjoying your day today and are making plans to join us for lunch tomorrow. It may not be Christmas but you can still make your list and check it twice:

Cup of cream of mushroom soup (Nanette)
Chicken salad wrap from Nanette for later in the week
Chicken porridge from Kandi for later in the week
½ lb Smoky pulled pork to chop up in my eggs for breakfast
Lemon olive oil from Nuccio’s (‘cause I’m out)
2 mini apple pies (‘cause Mr. Wonderful loves them)
Frozen stuffed peppers from Veggie Meals 2 Go (Oh! Did I forget to mention they are making their Wednesday debut) Check out the menu.
1 pint of red ripe strawberries
1 pint of Earl’s raw honey for my coffee

Ah! Aren’t Wednesdays wonderful? And Saturday will be just as wonderful with Ed Whiteman faithfully and graciously serving coffee and tea from the pavilion (thanks, Ed!), Chris Talley with lovely melodies in the gazebo, lovely fresh breezes sweeping the market, and Lola Deux pulled up to the curb on Columbia Street. Enchanting!

LOLA Deux, LOLA Restaurant's food truck will be at the Covington Farmer's Market Saturday

LOLA Deux, LOLA Restaurant’s food truck will be at the Covington Farmer’s Market This Saturday

I don’t want to “throw” all our thrills out there at once but we have a special surprise for Saturday. Okay. Okay. I’ll spill the beans – the Covington Farmers’ Market will have its own ATM machine! I know it was supposed to be a surprise but it’s kinda like catching all your beads and dubloons in the air. You just have to shout about it!

Jasmine Aubert has created a new organic coconut “everything” soap. It cleans everything from you to your clothes. Whaaaat! Everything???!! But will it do the dishes? Yes!  While you’re over there, take a look at her shampoos – organic green tea shampoo and wild rose cream shampoo for colored and fragile hair.

I hope you had a chance to taste Bear Creek Road’s airy meringues, macaroons, and marshmallows last week. Jennifer also had a caramel pecan chocolate bar that she says will be on the menu again this week. She’s also featuring Potato Rosemary Boules and Mushroom Onion Focaccia. If you need more reason than that to get here, try a sample of Betty Rue’s new chewy, chocolaty, grain-free brownie or her chocolaty, nutty Rocky Road cookie! Sam’s Sprouts has been adding loads of new things to his sprout line. I tasted a ginger peanut butter coconut bar that was out of this world and the coconut chips are crunchy and perfect for snacking.

Bartlett Farm's own Braising Mix - fresh baby Bok Choi. Mizuna , and Tat Soi mixed and washed. Ready to go for salad or sauté or soup!

Bartlett Farm’s own Braising Mix – fresh baby Bok Choi. Mizuna , and Tat Soi mixed and washed. Ready to go for salad or sauté or soup!

Our produce vendors haven’t been slacking. Nick (Grow.Farm) has broccoli rabe, Tuscan kale, heirloom turnips and bags of mixed chards. He also has those flavorful sweet potatoes. John’s (Bartlett Farm) table includes carrots, beets, mixed bags of lettuce and beautiful floral bouquets. Mr. Houston (Father & Son Farm) has Brussels sprouts, red sails lettuce, a variety of kales, collards, oak leaf lettuce, and mustard. Ken has huge heads of cauliflower and broccoli, greens and a yellow variety of carrot that I’m told is quite sweet.

All of this is only 1 and 4 days away. Set your countdown clocks, your alarm clocks, your biological clocks, whatever clocks you have to. You don’t want to miss out!

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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This Week at the Covington Farmer’s Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Wed Farmers Market signHappy, happy Tuesday! I am looking forward to a lovely day tomorrow with blue skies smilin’ at me (and you, too.) Why not join us for a delicious turkey and cheddar wrap with a nice steamy bowl of Hot & Sour soup from Nanette? Or perhaps you may enjoy a serving of crunchy egg rolls from Kandi. Jeff and Kristen will not be at either market this week, but we will see them here next week. Frankie will have mini pies and fruit breads and crunchy nut brittle – that’s, if you’re good. Natalie will be here with fresh strawberries and Mr. Houston will have yard eggs, red & green cabbages, broccoli, turnips, and greens.

Crispin Schroeder will play at the Covington Farmers Market this Saturday

Crispin Schroeder will play at the Covington Farmers Market this Saturday

Those blue skies will be smilin’ again come Saturday morning and the melodic tunes of Crispen Schroeder will shine out from the gazebo. I know most of you have tasted Dong’s scrumptious Korean pancakes (‘cause I’ve seen them floating around the market like they were Lola’s parmesan fries). Well, Dong will sample and sell Korean BBQ this coming week. Can’t wait to taste it!

Crystal (Betty Rue Gluten-Free) is now offering finishing salts. I wasn’t sure what a finishing salt was so I looked it up and found that they enhance the depth of natural flavors in your meal. “As you eat, food and salt combine—first a flash of salt… then the food… a flicker of salt and now fuller food flavors, and then a faint spark of salt catches at the richest and most complex flavors of the food. With finishing salt, the relationship of salt and food evolves with every bite. The rewards are increased intensity of flavor, greater flavor complexity, exciting new textures and even aromas, and a heightened awareness of the very process of tasting food.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Rosalie Apothecary has many different tea blends to suit your tastes. I tried one this weekend called Carob Café and found the flavors of roasted carob and cacao, dandelion root and clove very soothing. You can even make a coffee substitute by brewing this blend stronger. Try her other blends, such as Hibiscus & Spearmint, Gypsy Cold Care, or Mulling Spice. Since they are loose teas, she even has cute little muslin bags to brew with. Perfect!

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Tiger Bait Raw Whole Foods – Dehydrated Chicken Treats for Dogs & Cats

You can’t forget your little four legged buddies. Tiger Bait raw pet foods now offers dried chicken strips for your furry friend. I’m sure your pet will LOVE the raw foods they have. Hopefully, Andy and Tiffany will be back at the market this week. Right now they have their hands full as their nanny goats are beginning to have their kids. Ishmael of Mt. Hermon Pork tells me that they will have both green onion and Italian sausage available this week. He also told me of plans he has to make some gourmet type sausages which sound amazing!

I had a chance to taste some of Lena’s biscotti this past weekend; it was deeelish! She makes them with whole grains and almonds and they are crispy and perfect for dipping into a steamy cup of coffee. She also has those magnificent toasted bread rounds which are great instead of chips for dipping into Nur’s roasted red pepper or chipotle hummus or Hot Tamale Mama’s spinach artichoke dip.

Coffee Beans from Coast Roast

Coffee Beans from Coast Roast

We have lots and lots and lots of great things here at the Covington Farmers’ Market such as fabulous lip and skin balm from Michele (Sweet Home, Sweet Earth), or homemade marshmallows from Betty Rue, or a great gourmet coffee from Coast Roast, but you won’t find them if you’re not here. Come join us for a great start to your day!

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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Blessings of the season to you, friends. Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and I know you’re all getting ready for family and friends and lots of great food. Stop by for some of Frankie’s goodies, Earl’s raw honey (makes a great gift) and fresh veggies from Mr. Houston.

Crispin Schroeder will play at the Covington Farmers Market this Saturday

Crispin Schroeder will play at the Covington Farmers Market this Saturday

Saturday will be the last market of 2014. Weren’t we just celebrating the 4th of July?  Come and enjoy a refreshing cup of coffee with us while you shop for the goodies you’ll need for your New Year’s party. Chrispin Schroeder will sing out the old year from the gazebo while Jeff and Kristen get the rig into place to smoke up some amazing pork. Make sure you get extra for sandwiches. Lena and Suzie have wonderful breads to make that sandwich perfect.

Chompers BBQ - food demo this Saturday at the Covington Farmers Market

Chompers BBQ – food demo this Saturday at the Covington Farmers Market

I thought we’d finish out this year with the reason you all come to the Farmers’ Market – the vegetables! A quick perusal of the tables last weekend shows that the veggies are not taking a holiday, so much the better for us. I saw the first beets of the season on John’s table along with turnips, carrots, radishes, chard, spinach, kale, tat soi, bok choi, broccoli and iceberg lettuce (sounds like we may need a little dressing too.)

Beets from Bartlett Farm at the Covington Farmer's Market

Beets from Bartlett Farm at the Covington Farmer’s Market

Dinosaur kale, collards, mustard, chard cabbage, spinach, broccoli, carrots and green onions were loaded onto Mr. Houston’s table and a few feet away Ken Savage offers huge, gorgeous cauliflower, oranges, sweet kumquats, red navel oranges, grapefruit, and satsumas. While you’re over there, check out Spanish R Us. Soriedad is baking a fantastic Tres Leche cake, almost too pretty to eat – almost. She’s making coconut flan too.  Remember to get refried beans and salsas for your party!

Baby Swiss from Grow.Farm at the Covington Farmer's Market

Baby Swiss from Grow.Farm at the Covington Farmer’s Market

Fortunately, Nick still has those fabulous Evangeline sweet potatoes. You’ll also find heirloom turnips, chard, curly mustard, flat leaf kale, and persimmons plus quail eggs. Don’t forget your New Year’s cabbage from Natalie and some strawberries too! Johnadale Farms is back again with their strawberries – we’ve got goodness all around! Dennis has pure cane syrup made from his own sugar cane fields. Stop by and check it out!

Alton and Sandra have some absolutely gorgeous camellia bushes that will not be available for long. Look over their table for the most fragrant herbs for your garden – rosemary, lemon thyme, chocolate mint and more.

We hope you’ll join us for the last market of the year. By next Saturday, a whole new year will have begun along with the hopes and plans that a new year always brings. We wish you peace and prosperity in 2015. Thank you for your patronage, your friendship, and your recipes; we look forward to another year with 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 www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org

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Wed Farmers Market signHi, friends and Happy Tuesday! What a contrast to last night’s storm and we get to enjoy this beauty all week long! So, where will you be tomorrow? Surely not stuck in some dreary office…not with gorgeous blue skies and sunshine smiling down? Surely not with Nanette’s sweet potato, white bean and kale soup awaiting you? Or Kandi’s tempting shrimp & cream cheese rolls OR Jeff’s pulled pork & potato salad OR Nuccio’s hot-from-the-oven muffaletta. Can you really forego a bag of Frankie’s nut brittle? What will you do on Thursday without an Immunity Booster oatmeal bar from Sacred Earth for breakfast? Anticipating a rough day? Get a Stress Release bar as well. Can you get through until Saturday with the fresh veggies you have? Well then, you and Shirley need to get to the Market tomorrow! Oh, what the heck! Bring her along on Saturday too.

LOLA Deux, LOLA Restaurant's food truck

LOLA Deux, LOLA Restaurant’s food truck

The music has been truly wonderful at the Market over the past few weeks and this Saturday will be no different with Joe Manuel in the gazebo! So grab a delicious cup of coffee and mosey on over to the Lola Deux Food Truck to see what incredible morsel they’ve prepared for us this week. You may as well get some Parmesan White Truffle French Fries while you’re there; if not, you know you’ll be back later.

As I sit here at the computer, composing and typing, I am enjoying the remnants of a stew I made last Friday. Now, I use the phrase “I made” quite loosely because in reality I just threw the ingredients together. First I put the green onion sausage (Jubilee Farms) in the oven to bake while I chopped my kale. Into the crock pot it went along with about a cup of water and I just let it simmer for a few hours. Then, I cut the cooked sausage into bite-sized pieces and into the crockpot they went, joined by a container of Nur’s white bean salad. I let it simmer for another hour (I think. I sorta lost track of the time since I didn’t have to do anything) and then sat down to a nice bowl of stew. Yes, it was just me; Mr. Wonderful is not into greens. And now the flavors have been melding for a few days and I warmed it up to enjoy for lunch. Before eating I added a few spoons of Nur’s chipotle hummus and OMGwhiz! The flavors are amazing. I may have to add hummus to a few more of my dishes.

Speaking of flavors, I noticed that Robin has a new taste in pepper jellies – Lemon Basil – perfect over fried fish or as a vinaigrette. Yes, jelly does make a wonderful vinaigrette – a couple of tbsp of jelly, 2 tbsp of vinegar, 2 tbsp of light olive oil (Nuccio’s Lemon is sure to go nicely) and a dash of Dijon mustard, whip it together and Voila! You’re in luck; the veggies are beginning to line up on the produce tables ready to take their turn in your salad – arugula, tat soi, sprouts, tomatoes, green onions. You can also include fresh zucchini and squash in your salad or just sauté them and serve with a drizzle of Nanette’s Lemon Feta dressing or Gina’s Bleu Cheese dressing. The sharp flavors contrast nicely with the mild taste of the squash.

Ishmael is back with pasture raised pork. You’ll find him at the back of the market next to Farmhouse Dairy where you can pick up beef, lamb, or goat meats (and tangy goat cheeses) and just a few paces away from Enten Farms and duck meat! You can find all kinds of meats here. James and John both have chicken. Paul at Jubilee Farms also has pork and beef. Mr. Two is over by the gazebo with shrimp. Isn’t our market wonderful?

We’re seeing lots of pumpkins at the market just in time for a Halloween decorating. Mr. Houston, Greg and Suzie all have them. Oh…wait…Suzie has pumpkin Ooey Gooeys and you can decorate them with faces if you want. She will also have carrot cake muffins this week. I think that means you’ll need milk, ‘cause how you can have such treats without milk? And we have all kinds of milk – cow’s milk from Mauthe’s, goat’s milk from Farmhouse Dairy, and now freshly made almond milk from Sam’s Sprouts. WOW! How can you and Shirley resist? We’ll 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 www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org

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Wed Farmers Market signHi, friends and Happy Tuesday! I don’t think our weather will be quite as chilly as it was last Saturday but we will get to enjoy a smiling sun and cool, laughing breezes that will bring a song to your heart. In addition we’ll have great music and great food! Frankie’s baking up a few red velvet cakes in sizes that are perfect for a snack without regrets. Sip a cup of jasmine tea or blueberry lemonade while you peruse the lunch selection. Remember to take something home for supper or Thursday’s lunch.

Sometimes it feels like the week is just creeping along, but it’s only in anticipation of the coming Saturday. Picture this! The gazebo will be filled with sound as The Lucky Dogs flood the market with music. And that’s the only flooding that will happen unless it’s the smiles and laughter raining within our boundaries. So grab a steamy cup of java and get ready for the Paleo Tiger Tailgate! Chef Robert Vasquez, Lindsey Jo Vasquez and Monica Bravo will bring their LSU Concession Stand, Bravo for Vive, to the Market. You’ll get a chance to taste and buy Pulled Pork Lettuce Wrap, Kale Salad, Opal Basil Water and Paleo Tiger Trail Mix. With LSU T-shirt or without, it’s sure to be a tasty adventure!

Oh boy! The fall crops are beginning to show up in delicious, colorful droves. On Nick’s table you’ll find hot peppers, heirloom sweet peppers, arugula, persimmons, Evangeline sweet potatoes and radishes. Bardwell’s still has tomatoes and red potatoes available in addition to persimmons (Japanese and Fuji), Asian pears, eggplant, and rattlesnake beans. John’s table was filled with mustard greens, radishes, edamame beans, mizuna, Tatsoi, and lots of beautiful fall flowers. Mr. Houston has mustard greens, flat leaf kale, eggplant, zucchini, and yellow squash. Natalie has a table full of large purple eggplant, round zucchini, yellow squash, cucumbers and long zucchini. Greg Miller is back with a truck load of pumpkins and an unexpected treat – dried chanterelle mushrooms!

I received a tip last week about an amazing pie from Bear Creek Road. It seems Jennifer has made a black bottom chicory pie and Ann’s description was too delicious. So, I weighed the pros and cons and the pros won out (big surprise, huh?) Well, it was everything I was promised – perfect crust filled with luxuriously creamy chicory chocolate filling topped with whipped cream (homemade) and chocolate shavings. I know, I know….I’ll give you a minute.

 

OK, where was I? Oh yeah. While you’re over by the oak tree, you should investigate all the other goodies in the vicinity, such as Sam’s Sprouts (he has roasted peanut butter and almond butter as well). Then check out the large variety of garden plants that Alton and Sandra have to offer. I think I’m going to need another aloe plant and some lemon thyme and perhaps some rosemary. I do love cooking with herbs.  Enjoy a glass (quart, half gallon) of “booch” from The Kombucha Girls with favorites like green apple or ginger. Pick up a dozen eggs from Nick or the Egg Ladies. Check out Nourish Too’s new simmer sauce – a spicy chocolate habanero sauce made with some of Nick’s chocolate habaneros. Lea told me that one of her customer tosses potatoes with Green Goddess dressing, tops with cheese, and bakes. Doesn’t that sound really yummy?

Don’t forget to visit Farmhouse Dairy for a wonderful assortment of goat cheeses, farm raised meats (beef, goat, lamb) and the cajeta which keeps calling my name. Enten Farms is right there as well with duck meat, duck and chicken eggs and their delicious homemade mustards. Robin’s Rockin’ Pepper Jellies can add zing to any dish or snack. You could probably even spice up your ice cream with a sauce of pineapple, lemon, peach, or mayhaw pepper jellies. Just add a little water to a couple spoonfuls of jelly and mix until smooth and unlumpy (is that a word?). Hmmm. Why haven’t I thought about that before?

Go a little further down the path past Bear Creek Road to Tiger Bait and treat your pet to a fabulous meal of raw pet food. Talk to Jessica about the benefits of feeding your pet a raw diet. You’ll want to have plenty of Samantha’s Elderberry Syrup on hand for those nasty winter colds which seem to appear long before winter shows up. Pick up your eggs and fertilizer from the Egg Ladies and then enjoy one of Dong’s incredible Korean pancakes. They have become as popular as Lola Deux’s Parmesan fries. Trudy won’t be here much longer with her collection of Japanese maples and other patio/garden plants so get them while you can.

Whether you’re at the Wednesday Market or Saturday’s, a stroll around the market is sure to uncover something tempting and terrific, such as Norma’s sweet and salty walnuts, Angel’s overstuffed artichokes, or Dee’s pickled asparagus. Come join us and create your own adventure!

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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Pick up some muscadine shrub and Kombucha from the Kombucha Girls at the Saturday Covington Farmers Market!

Pick up some muscadine shrub and Kombucha from the Kombucha Girls at the Saturday Covington Farmers Market!

Hi, friends and Happy Tuesday!  Can you believe that by tomorrow it will be October already? Fortunately for us, the weather is mild, the sun is smiling, and the Wednesday vendors are cooking up lunchtime deliciousness. Mr. Houston and Natalie are in the fields picking veggies so they’re at their peak, the musicians are tuning up their fingers and all is right with the world – at least for a few hours. We have lots of great food so come and enjoy the morning with us.

The Steve Anderson Group will energize us on Saturday morning with lots of great music. You’ll want your coffee, of course, and possibly a muffin or hand pie. There are a plethora of great choices to be had. Jennifer (Bear Creek Road) is baking a convenient and delicious pumpkin crème hand pie. I got a taste last week and they are Yumm-eee! Suzie will have her famous Harvest muffins filled with oodles of goodness. Taryn’s Crabcakes will be in the demo tent this week with those lovely, tasty crabcakes to sample.

It was a delightful day last Saturday with cool breezes and sunshine and I took the opportunity to walk around to see what’s new and delicious. Look for duck eggs (and ducks too) at Enten Farms – great for holiday baking (yep, holidays will be here before ya know it). Enten Farms also offers homemade mustards – hot, honey mustard, creole. And right next door to them, you can get your goat milk and artisan goat cheeses from Farmhouse Dairy. Your football guests will love snacking on goat chevre, spiced up with a covering of Robin’s Apple Bacon Pepper Jelly. OOOO my! Use sliced zucchini or yellow squash as chips….or you can just use chips.

While I was in that area, I got to talking with Michele (Sweet Home, Sweet Earth) about her laundry soap. She tells me that she does something top secret with it (which I cannot divulge because your clearance isn’t high enough) so that it will not clump in your washer. OK, so it isn’t THAT top secret; I just didn’t write down the details.

Then, I made my way over to Bechac’s for a taste test of her dressings. Did you know that you can use her Roasted Garlic & Tomato as a dipping sauce for chicken or fresh veggies?  Well, you can and that makes it a no-brainer for football parties, tailgating, or just sitting down with a good book and a glass of muscadine or blueberry-pomegranate kombucha.

Still have a wonderful selection of veggies out there. John has green beans, edamame, sweet peppers, and radishes. The Bardwells have tomatoes, sweet potatoes, sweet peppers, green onions, and green eggplant. Mr. Houston has flat leaf kale, pumpkins, eggplant, mustard greens, and cucumbers. Nick has a variety of colorful and spicy hot peppers, Evangeline sweet potatoes, crowder peas, and quail eggs. Natalie (Faust Farm) has large purple eggplant, a large round zucchini (great for stuffing), yellow squash, cucumbers, and traditional zucchini. Alton and Sandra have fresh herbs for the garden and for cooking – basil, dill, rosemary, garlic chives, thyme and mint. Of course, you’ll never discover everything that’s new and tasty without being here. You must come and enjoy the adventure with us. We’ve ordered beautiful weather for 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 www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org

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Hi, friends. What a lovely Tuesday this is! You can feel autumn breezing in and bringing blue skies and smiles. So why not come and celebrate the first shades of fall with us. Jeff promises his famous BBQ chicken tomorrow along with baked apples and stuffed jalapeños. Frankie has baked some luscious pumpkin spiced bread. And that’s not all. We’ll have pan seared salmon salad, crunchy egg rolls, plump meatball sliders, whoppin’ fat muffalettas, raw oatmeal bars, and more. Mr. Houston has pumpkins just in case you see pie making in your future. Pick up a jar of honey from Earl to go with your morning toast. I hope that Natalie will be back with her veggies this week.

The Abita Stumps will be at the Covington Farmer's Market Saturday

The Abita Stumps will be at the Covington Farmer’s Market Saturday

Saturday’s dawn will take your breath away…that’s if you get up that early. No matter, we’ll do our best to keep you in tunes and tastes. For starters, we have the Abita Stumps in the gazebo beginning at 9:30 with toe tappin melodies.  And to keep things moving right along, Gina Bechac Vesper will prepare Bechac’s world-famous House Salad with chicken and your choice of Bleu Cheese, Roasted Garlic & Tomato, or Honey Creole Vinaigrette.

I recently discovered that Jubilee Farms has a wonderful selection of sausages. I’m not a big fan of hot sausage so I opted for the Cajun blend which just a little kick to it. I like to brown  the sausages, then let them have a spa day in a little gravy made with the pan drippings and a little flour. Serve it with rice and a nice side salad. Mmmm Mmm. Then there’s the Italian. I haven’t tried this one yet but it is on my list for this weekend, as is the green onion. That Italian will go very nicely sliced in half and browned and tossed into a hot pot of my Oluve Artichoke pasta sauce. The green onion is just waitin’ for a chance to show off at a tailgate party. They don’t mind sizzlin’ on the grill and listenin’ to a sizzlin’ game. Or, slice either flavor into 1” rounds and brown in a hot skillet. Add sliced onions, bell pepper, and yellow squash and sauté until tender. Serve over one of Cynthia’s delightful pasta flavors or Lena’s whole grain pasta.

And what would that sausage be without bread to go with it. Whether you’re making a sandwich or soppin’ up gravy, either Suzie or Lena will have the bread for you – freshly baked and yummy! Remember to pick up your favorite dip – salsa, spinach artichoke, hummus or tasty pickled vegetables…no tailgate party is complete without them.

Autumn usually brings more than the lighter temperatures we’ve been enjoying. The next weeks will be incredible as new veggies are harvested and brought to the tables. But while you’re waiting for the new, stop by to see what’s still available. There are a few tomatoes, eggplant, and crowder peas still available.  There’s raw honey, gourmet coffee, Korean fare, overstuffed artichokes and lots and lots of cookies! We’ll have music and veggies and delicious food and lots of smiles. Hopefully, we’ll have 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 www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org

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Farmhouse Dairy at the Covington Farmer's Market

Farmhouse Dairy at the Covington Farmer’s Market

You’re probably already settling back into the school days routine – drop off, work, pick up, ball practice, ballet, piano lessons, cheerleading, homework, baths, dishes…OK…breathe! So when do you have time for preparing evening meals? No worries; it’s under control. We have our own version of fast food called The Covington Farmers’ Market and that goes double on Wednesdays where you can pick up wonderful meals to last throughout the week. Check out our attached menu.

Before you know it, Saturday will arrive with Snow in the gazebo – Robert Snow and the Hot Tamales, that is, so don’t get any ideas about cooler weather just yet. However, hot or cold, rain or shine YOU will definitely want to be out there on Saturday because we have TWO special demos for you. First, Donna Caire will present “Growing Wild in St. Tammany” and, no, this is not a parenting course. Donna is a recent graduate of the Louisiana Master Naturalist program and she is going to have samples of plants that grow wild in St. Tammany Parish such as lyre leaf sage, blue vervain, elderberry, ruellia, pine, French mulberry, plaintain, golden rod, turk’s cap, pine, wild strawberries, etc. Learn about the medicinal and edible properties of these plants and discover other opportunities in the area to learn more about wild plants. And, to go along with that, Linda Franzo of the Passionate Platter will also be on-site whipping up Vibrant Vinaigrettes for greens and grains. You’re gonna love it!

If you forgot to pick up supper on Wednesday (or you’ve already eaten it all), then pass by Spanish R Us for pupusas or enchiladas, just heat and serve. Or stroll over to Hot Tamale Mama and try out those magnificent stuffed shells or her vegetarian tamales. What can be easier than heat and eat? A dinner with whole grain pasta (7Grain) topped with Tomato Blossoms & Mushroom Dreams Sauce (yours truly) takes no time at all. Cynthia offers delicious Italian pasta, sauces, and ravioli for more quick dinners.

Don’t forget the bread – baguette, ciabatta, whole wheat, harvest grain – warmed in the oven and spread with fresh creamery butter (Mauthe’s), Vincent’s Skordalia, velvety chevre (Farmhouse Dairy), or a fruity jam or jelly (Robin or Althee). Amazing! Angel’s awesome stuffed artichokes make a fantastic appetizer or a meal in itself.

For another quick meal, try barbecuing some shrimp. Peel your shrimp, sprinkle with a tablespoon or more of my Shrimp on the Barbie seasoning, top with pats of Mauthe’s butter and “barbecue” in the oven. While that’s baking, prepare as many servings as you need of Lena’s organic corn grits or heat up a carton or two of Hot Tamale Mama’s New Orleans Cheese Grits. When all is finished, scoop a serving of grits into a bowl, top with a generous portion of BBQ shrimp and enjoy! You did pick up bread, right?

Hot Tamale Mama, Norma Jean, and Nanette all prepare extraordinary summer soups that make for quick meals. Just add a salad and bread and you’re good to go. Now, wasn’t that easy? Or, just as easy, you can try one of Nanette’s new simmer sauces. Just add meat or veggies, simmer, and serve. Your week does NOT have to be stressful. Why not make us part of your routine?

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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Chanterelles from Grow.Farm at the Covington Farmer's Market

Chanterelles from Grow.Farm at the Covington Farmer’s Market

Howdy, friends! Great news! I checked the weather channel and it appears there is a glorious day of sunshine for Market Day tomorrow. We’ve got lots of great food for you to enjoy so come out and join us. Frankie says she will have old fashioned banana pudding this week. Jeff is offering ready-to-serve meals for your Labor Day picnic or party (or even for a day off). You may want to check with him about what’s included. What the heck! Check with all our vendors to see if they offer pre-ordered meals. What can be easier than that?

Eddie Arnold and Friends will provide our musical entertainment on Saturday. So grab your coffee and stay awhile ‘cause Chomper’s BBQ smoker will be puttin’ out some good eatin’ in the demo tent. Along with that delicious pulled pork, you can choose your favorite BBQ sauce or rub for your own grillin’ adventures.

OK, I haven’t discussed goodies in a while so I think it’s about time. You know my heart will always belong to Teresa’s Orange Almond Biscotti but many times I turn to a raw alternative and enjoy one of Nanette’s raw almond bars. We each have our favorites whether it’s a frozen fruit Popsicle from Amanda, cream cheese ice cream from Mauthe’s, or a chocolate covered banana pop from Lolly Marie. Perhaps your heart lies with Frankie’s cashew brittle, one of Suzie’s velvety smooth lemon bars, banana nut bread from Lena, or gluten-free Oreo sensations from Betty Rue! We have lots of goodies from which to choose. Trust me….it’s a subject I am WELL versed in.

If you’re ready for fall planting, Alton will have lettuces, beets, kale, Swiss chard and pole bean plants. Trudy has a frilly Brazilian petunia that the hummingbirds just love. Dennis has fig trees (some even with green fruit). There was a gorgeous selection of bromeliads at Ms. Betty’s. There are a few fall veggies already hitting the tables. Mr. Houston had mustard greens and just a few bundles of kale. This week, Nick will have Evangeline sweet potatoes! YUM! So, why don’t you come and spend the morning with us. It will definitely put another 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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Live Music by Timothy Gates at the Covington Farmer's Market this Saturday!

Live Music by Timothy Gates at the Covington Farmer’s Market this Saturday!

What a lovely Tuesday! We’re enjoying another gorgeous day today and Wednesday is looking very inviting. So come on out…enjoy a magnificent lunch…delight in the breezes …music and veggies await you.

Timothy Gates will be in the gazebo on Saturday morning. There’ll be lots of toe-tappin’ music so make sure your toes are in shape. Bruce Lambert of Two Kids Farm, will prepare for tasting and selling, goose gumbo. This sounds amazing. You can’t miss out on a fantastic new way to cook your goose…sorry, I couldn’t resist.

I took stock of the produce tables last week and we have lots of gorgeous veggies out there. Unless Sunday’s rain wiped them out, you may get lucky enough to pick up some figs. but this will probably be the last week. Sadder still is that this will be Slice of Heaven’s last week at the market. Brandon and Marietta are moving and they will be sorely missed. Please join us in wishing them the best of luck in their new home.

This coming week, John will have bell peppers, potatoes and possibly even some okra. Nick’s selection of hot peppers (chocolate habanero, rooster spur, lemon drop, scotch bonnet, and jalapeno) was truly amazing and I could kick myself for not getting a photo. He also has purple hull peas, lovely red potatoes and maybe even some heirloom crowder peas. Bardwell’s tables were crowded with green eggplant, cucuzzas, Asian pears, tomatoes, and green onions. You’ll find yellow zucchini, potatoes, eggplant, and cucumbers at Mr. Houston’s table.

Since it is National Goat Cheese Month AND a lot of our vendors have eggplant and I found a delightfully easy recipe online for Eggplant & Goat Cheese spirals. Cut the top and bottom from a large eggplant and then slice it lengthwise into ¼” slices. Lay slices on a double thickness of paper towels and sprinkle generously with salt. Let stand about 20 minutes. Rinse with cold water and pat dry. Brush the eggplant with a little olive oil (Lena’s herbed oil is superb!) and grill until the eggplant begins to soften. Turn and continue grilling until lightly browned.  Prepare a mixture of 3 cloves minced garlic, finely chopped green onion, lemon thyme, and parsley. Spread this mixture over the tops of the eggplant and let stand for about two hours. Then spread with your favorite goat cheese from Farmhouse Dairy. One of Norma Jean’s goat cheese spreads would do nicely here as well and I believe Mauthe’s makes a velvety spreadable cheese. Drizzle each with balsamic vinegar, roll into a tight spiral and secure with a toothpick. Enjoy!

Check out what’s happening over at Kombucha Girls. They have wonderful summer blends of water kefir and kombucha – flavors such as Ginger Peach, Green Apple and Summer Berry kombucha, Watermelon Gingerade, and Rose Kefir. You can find them on Facebook. In fact, you can even find the Covington Farmers Market on Facebook. Visit our page and Like us!

Here are more things to keep in mind as you stroll around the market. Nur’s eggplant, tomato and garlic dip is delicious as a snack on toasted bread rounds (7Grain or Windfield Farms) or try it over pasta. Amanda’s fresh juices are perfect on a Saturday morning. Add a feel-good treat to your daily regimen with lavender-mint castile soap from Sweet Home Sweet Earth, a garden of fragrance from Aunt Bee, creamy goat milk soaps from Farmhouse Dairy, or uplifting natural skin care from Jasmine. Remember to get your coffee from Coast Roast, raw honey from Blood River, crunchy salad sprouts from Sam Sprouts, and one of Angel’s mouthwatering stuffed artichokes. You can’t miss a week. There’s always something new and wonderful awaiting you. And we’ll be here as well with…

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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Hi, friends, it is Tuesday, right? The days are going by so fast it’s hard to keep track of them. I’m sure you’re all excited; after all it is almost Market Day! Get your tasty buds ready for some incredibly delicious food. What will it be this week? Shall I tempt you with a few photos?

Need I say more?

Saturday will start with a bang! Danielle Spadavecchia will be in the gazebo, so get here early, grab your coffee and do your shopping ‘cause we have a special treat in the demo tent – Mauthe’s Dairy! The lovely ladies from Mauthe’s will delight us with their soon-to-be-famous Creole Cream Cheese Ice Cream made with their own Creole cream cheese.

Speaking of soon-to-be-famous, the Covington Farmers’ Market is mentioned in the New York Daily News by Alex Palmer as one of his stops on a tour of Louisiana. Check this out:

“Another place where the region embraces both its culinary past and future, is an hour-and-a-half drive east in St. Tammany parish. The wealthiest parish in the state, is home to a rich culinary scene, including the Covington Farmer’s Market, which offers great products and local characters. Shoppers can buy fresh eggs from “The Egg Ladies,” kombucha and bitters from “Kombucha Girl,” and Gulf shrimp from a career shrimper selling the day’s catch from an ice chest in back of his truck.”

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/southern-louisiana-adventure-food-nature-lovers-article-1.1867917#ixzz38tZNEKpq

The article goes on to mention 3 wonderful supporters of the Covington Farmers’ Market – chefs Keith & Nealy Frentz (Lola’s), David & Torre Solazzo (Del Porto’s) and La Provence. We all know that it is a unique and wonderful market. It’s just nice to know that we can WOW them as far away as New York.

We’ll have plenty of tomatoes this week, so don’t forget to stock up on your dressings from Lena and Gina. Lena makes a delicious herbed oil dressing that adds amazing flavor to your salads as well as being great for dipping bread. Gina’s Bechac Bleu Cheese needs no description being an old family recipe that has long been a St. Tammany favorite. Her other dressings (Roasted Garlic & Tomato and Honey Mustard) spice up any vegetable or meat.

There are also lots of mushrooms to be had with chanterelles still in season and a steady offering of shiitakes and oysters. Peaches will be around for another week or two but I think the figs are done for this year; we were fortunate to have such an abundant crop. Cooking pears are going to making an appearance for the next few months.

The flowers are fantastic; the flavors abundant. How many more reasons do you need to be at the market each week? My thoughts exactly!

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 www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org

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Chubba's Snowballs at the Covington Farmer's Market this Saturday

Chubba’s Snowballs at the Covington Farmer’s Market this Saturday

Happy Tuesday to you, friends! Boy, the weeks are absolutely flying by; school will be back in session before you know it. Not that that has anything to do with the Covington Farmers’ Market, ‘cause we are here rain or shine, July or December, and we have lots of good meals and treats for you. New to both the Wednesday and Saturday markets is Samantha and her excellent Elderberry Syrup and Tincture. Elderberry syrup is filled with antioxidants, potassium, beta-carotene, calcium and is a natural remedy for preventing and recovering from colds, flu, sore throats. Stop by and check it out while you’re getting a fine lunch and enjoying the breezes I’ve requested for tomorrow. The rain, by special arrangement, will hold out until late afternoon.

Bright and early Saturday (cause that’s when the veggie selection is best) grab your coffee and get your veggies while the gettin’s good. Mr. Weatherman, who is not known for his reliability, says we will have temps in the 90s but that won’t bother us because Chubba will be in the cooking tent with SNOWBALLS! No word on flavors yet – but does it really matter? Ms. Olga Wilhelmine’s fine voice will emanate from the gazebo somewhere around 9:30 and the day is off to a fantastic start.

You know we have the most gorgeous and tasty veggies around but we are more than just pretty produce. Trudy’s Japanese maples have been known to draw people from as far away as Mississippi and Alabama because you can plant them and they live! Miss Betty’s beauties are sure to brighten up dens as well as patios and Dennis offers many trees and garden plants. I can see Nancy’s sunflowers smiling at me from across the market. Now if it’s herbs you’re lookin’ for, Alton and Sandra are your go-to people. Of course, if you just want the scent of the garden, Aunt Bee’s soaps are a special treat.

We have specialty items like walnut paté, gourmet coffee beans, hummus, bean sprouts, skordalia, raw crackers, pickled veggies, organic oatmeal bars, homemade mustard, overstuffed artichokes, kombucha, water kefir, cultured veggies, and salt free seasonings. And the mushrooms…bold shiitakes, delicate oyster, and wild chanterelles…imagine them gently sautéed in Mauthe’s butter with onions and garlic, then tossed into pasta (Cynthia, 7Grain) – doesn’t that sound amazing? Southy’s superb summertime soups add pizzazz to a plain salad or sandwich unless your sandwich is spread with Meaux Mustard (Enton Farms)! And the cookies…well what can I say except “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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Picture courtesy City of Covington Office of Cultural Arts & Events

Happy, Happy Tuesday, friends! What a lovely day we’re having today and I know you’re all ready for another sensational week at the market. Our vendors are all ready too! Come and indulge in a wonderfully satisfying Wednesday lunch with us. BTW, I’ve requested a refreshing breeze for tomorrow.

Jeff will have the pit stoked up and smoking with his incredible pulled pork…he may even throw in a few turkey legs if he can find them. There will be fresh veggies and tasty, organic meal replacement bars from Sacred Earth, sausage cannelloni and eggplant capanata (on Wed and Sat).  Crunchy veggie wraps, creamy cream cheese and shrimp rolls, spicy chicken tamales invite you to partake. Frankie may have her bacon cheddar beer bread for sale, as well as fried pies. Remember to get your jelly for toast or biscuits in the morning.

You won’t be singin’ the blues on Saturday but Amedee Frederick will! After a long hiatus, I am thrilled that Amedee Frederick will be back in the gazebo! I surely have missed his soulful blues. And for a double dip, fantastic treat, Lola Deux will be parked at the curb ready to dispense armloads of Parmesan fries to adoring fans! I know…I know…I’ll give you a minute. You can’t miss this!

I soooo enjoyed being back at the market this past weekend. I know that I mentioned TWO perfectly maaaahvelous treats but to be honest, there are THREE! Figs, yes figs, are here for only a few short weeks. Fortunately, it looks like it was a bumper crop. I know both Nick and John had them but there is the possibility that more vendors have them. Get here early because you know they will go fast! If however, you miss out, there’s always next week or you can get the next best thing – fig jam and preserves from Althee. You may want to pick up a jar or two to have in the pantry for later in the year when you’re craving a little reminder of summer.

Our produce tables were laden this week with cucuzzas, tomatoes, peaches, purple hull peas, okra, asparagus beans, cucumbers, edamame, eggplant of all shapes and sizes, peppers, potatoes and more. It’s amazing what just a stroll around the market will uncover. First of all, I had to check out J.R.’s new haircut….and shave. It took me a moment to recognize him but we still love him, no hair and all. Looking around, I discovered a new vendor – Crescent City Cannery – a delightfully colorful mix of pickled veggies. Debbie’s table was loaded with unique combinations of vegetables including a “Mary Mix” with green beans, carrots, and okra, asparagus, or onions – a perfect addition to any Bloody Mary or Virgin Mary cocktail.

Just along the sidewalk on Theard Street, you’ll find that Mauthe’s selection of dairy products has grown to include buttermilk, cheesecake, and ice cream and Nancy will have bright, happy bouquets of sunflowers next week. Southy tells me that he will have cool and refreshing watermelon soup. So many people don’t yet realize that soups are for summer too. A salad and a cold soup, such as watermelon or gazpacho, are perfect fare for our warm summer evenings. More pleasant in the kitchen, too, since it doesn’t require heat to prepare. Just as easy to prepare without adding heat to your kitchen are some of Hot Tamale Mama’s tamales – black bean& corn or eggplant portabella – in boil-in-bag pouches.

I had such a terrific time coming across so many new treats like watermelon or lemon basil pepper jelly (Robin) and regular watermelon jelly (Althee), whole sprouted peanuts with honey butter glaze (Sam), silky balms (Jasmine, Sweet Home Sweet Earth, and Aunt Bee), Meaux mustard from Enton Farms (green heat and Creole brown), along with some old favorites – local raw honey, fresh squeezed orange juice. I’m planning another wonderful day for this week. Set your alarm clock for fantastic; you really can’t miss this!

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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