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

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Despite the chill of the last few days, Spring is definitely in the air. Everywhere you see trees stretching their bright green leaves to greet the season, some of them bursting into flames of white blossoms like huge candles lighting the way to the Covington Farmers’ Market. It’s a great day in the neighborhood, friends!

Joining us on Wednesday are three new vendors. You already know Dong and Inja, and their magnificent Korean pancakes, from the Saturday market. For Wednesday, they are preparing a boneless pork chop, breaded and fried with a tasty secret sauce. If you’ve missed Roma, our newest vendor will make your day. Rohini will be serving traditional Caribbean food including West Indian cuisine. This week she is featuring curried chicken and white rice. Berry Hill Farms’ has dressings, hummus, fruit breads, and jellies. Their veggie dip with onions, green peppers, black beans, corn, and celery is really, really, really good in your scrambled eggs. Check out the attached for the rest of the menu.

Sweet Jones will launch us into Easter Saturday with lively tunes springing from the gazebo. Then Max Messier, of Cocktail & Sons’ fame, will wow us with some Tasty Tipplers syrups and show us how to use them.

With all that springtime floating around, I’m sure you’re ready to get out and work the garden. Alton and Sandra’s starter plants – lemon cucumbers, spaghetti squash, creole tomatoes, morning glory, moon flowers, and more, are just begging to be part of your backyard oasis. New vendor, Bonnie Blue Nursery, is offering apple, pear, and chestnut trees – all heirloom varieties and some are extremely rare. Talk to Mike about what kind would be the right one for your home “orchard”. Trudy’s Japanese maples didn’t last long last weekend; they were selling like hot cakes.

Mini White Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake Bear Creek Road, LLC

Mini White Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake
Bear Creek Road, LLC

Earth Milk, known far and wide for healthy nut milks, has added some raw vegan items to her milks – raw Parmesan, raw nutella, and a raw hemp seed bar. Grab a few Spring Detox granola bars from Sacred Earth. A perfect way to being your day!

Stroll through the market to gather some weekly favorites – Dolese’s stuffed artichoke, Bechac’s famous dressings (great for marinades too!), Chompers’ amazing BBQ sauces, Nur’s pesto, golden sweet Blood Rive honey. With Easter coming up you’ll need eggs to dye and fresh strawberries for dessert.

Come and join us in our little corner of the city. We’ll be here with music and laughter, lots of great food, and an atmosphere that will put a song in your heart. Springtime is special at the Covington Farmers’ Market.

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 signby Charlene LeJeune

I’m a little early today, friends, but I didn’t think you’d mind. I hope you’re having a happy happy Tuesday! We’re getting set up for an even happier Wednesday at the Covington Farmers’ Market. Lots of great music from the gazebo for ya and plenty of delicious food from which to choose. Unfortunately, Chomper’s BBQ will not be at the market today but will return with their wonderful pulled pork next week. No worries, though Kandy will have lots of crunchy egg rolls and those amazing shrimp and cream cheese rolls along with gorgeous salads. Or indulge in Nanette’s old-fashioned vegetable soup and tuna salad wraps. You’ll need your veggies from Mr. Houston and Eddie and honey from Earl. Dessert from Frankie can take many forms; she is preparing peach cobbler, cherry tarts, apple puff pastry turnovers and more. You won’t smell apple or cherry in Richards hand crafted soaps but he has lots of sweet scents. There now. Shopping done.

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

Saturday will soon arrive bringing more of this glorious weather. Tents will spring from the ground with all manner of goodness. From the gazebo, will come the impressive tunes of Tom Marron, the Lola Deux Food Truck will pull up to the curb on Columbia Street with those amazing Parmesan White Truffle French Fries and all will be right with the world.

We have so much goodness under those tents and more to come in the weeks ahead. Alton and Sandra’s tables are loaded with new plant starts for your garden – pak choi, kale, Chinese cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, borage, mizuna and lots of aromatic herbs. That doesn’t include the bounty on the produce tables. Mr Houston has several varieties of pumpkin and squash. Greg also has pumpkins and persimmons. Try adding chunks of pumpkin to your next pot of chili for extraordinary flavor. Natalie offers a large crop of bell peppers, cucumbers, squash, and the large purple eggplant (and she’s been hinting at strawberries).

PatatesNick’s sweet potatoes are keeping company with lovely mini eggplants (perfect for roasting), red and green okra, his delicious braising mix and lots of heirloom peppers. J.R.’s tables are bursting with green eggplant, persimmons, yellow squash, green beans, green onions, and tomatoes. Eddie has curly leaf kale, bok choi, okra, and hot peppers. Nancy’s beautiful bouquets of lilies, sunflowers, zinnias are smiling all over John’s tat soi , kale, and radishes. (They may not add nutrition, but they certainly add happiness.) John also has cabbage leaves and broccoli leaves which are as tasty as any green and can be eaten in a salad or braised.

Ooops! I almost forgot to mention our new vendor, LA Gourmet. These guys have worked with the food banks in our area and are branching out to bring us locally grown grains, beans, and legumes. I bought a few things to try out, such as Indian corn grits and Lady Cream Peas. The grits are wonderful. I cooked them in the old fashioned way (you know, on the stove, not in the microwave.) They were oh so very creamy with a flavor that you can NOT find in plain white grits. Right now, my sister and I are dining on the Lady Cream peas. They don’t really get as creamy as red beans but hold their shape while delivering incredible taste. Check ‘em out. They also have red beans, black eyed peas, baby limas, long grain rice, and much more.

There’s so much more here – mushrooms, salad sprouts, jams and jellies, kombucha, water kefir, coconut water, scrumptious stuffed artichokes, hot & spicy beef jerky, sweet treats – surely you weren’t planning to 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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Hi, friends and Happy Tuesday! The weather is going to be wonderful tomorrow, just in time for lunch at the Market. So put your smiles on and meet us over at the Trailhead. Let’s begin with the most important – dessert! Frankie is baking up an unbelievable peach cobbler. Take home her Cinnamon French Toast with maple syrup and pecans for breakfast on Thursday (or Friday). Nanette’s soup of the day is tomato basil and I can see that smile already. Don’t forget to pick up something for the rest of the week. Pulled pork sandwich and fixins for Thursday and a noodle salad with lemongrass chicken for Friday. Of course you could pick up enough pulled pork and fixins for dinner and a sliced turkey wrap for Thursday. OR a couple of soups and turkey wraps for tomorrow’s supper and…well, you get the picture.

Nanette CFM

Nourish by Nanette

Well our Wednesday Covington Farmers’ market vendors are really making a name for themselves in the area. Nanette Shoenwe has also been featured in a Covington Town Talk article. I always knew you guys were special and now the rest of Covington knows!

It was a delightful day last Saturday with cool breezes and sunshine and I will accept nothing less for this coming Saturday, especially since The Lucky Dogs are in the gazebo. So grab your coffee and start your shopping and before you know it Sweet Daddy’s BBQ will be set up and ready to serve tangy dishes from their menu.

Now that the weather is promising cooler days, it’s time to get out in the garden. Alton and Sandra have gotcha covered with lots of great plant starters – Stonehead cabbage, Red Sails lettuce, Chinese cabbage, Brussels sprouts, Swiss chard, Birdseye peppers and a large selection of aromatic herbs. Dennis and Ms. Betty both have fantastic plants to make your patio an oasis.

greensGreens are popping up more and more with mustard greens on Mr. Houston’s table, bok choi, baby kale and arugula. J.R. should have plenty ore of those lovely green eggplant and I’m anxious to see more hot peppers on Nick’s table. Eddie has habanero, jalapeño, and cayenne peppers, butternut squash and more.

Lena is hoping to have more of her splendid corn grits this week. I love to serve them with any leftover pulled pork I have or topped with shrimp barbecued with my Shrimp on the Barbie seasoning. Makes a very quick, convenient and delicious supper. She also has her own special granola mix and amazing breads with freshly ground flour.

Baked goods from Windfield Farms bakery

Baked goods from Windfield Farms bakery

At Windfield Farms, Suzie’s counter is filled with delicious artisan breads. She always has a French batard, baguettes, and her secret formula health bread plus a different savory bread each week. You’ll also find magnificent muffins – blueberry, cranberry, chocolate and Glorious Morning (a delightful mix of carrot, apple, raisin and walnut)!

So much to discover and enjoy. 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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Tabasco, the Covington Farmers Market mascot Roux-ster

Tabasco, the Covington Farmers Market mascot Roux-ster

Hi, friends and Happy Tuesday! I hope you enjoyed your Labor Day holiday! I did. It’s always nice to have a holiday but then….. it’s time to get back to work. But work doesn’t have to be dreary especially on Wednesdays when you can enjoy a delightful lunch and great music at the Covington Farmers’ Market. Jeff’s fixing baked beans this week to go with his pulled pork. Talk with him about ordering a meal for your Saints First Official Game of the Season party. For that matter, talk with all our Wednesday vendors to see if they have a catering menu for this event. It’s a great idea even if you’re only gonna watch a movie. Big Branch may not have anything worth snacking on but he’s great on the cleanup! Hey! Here’s a thought… why not get a lunch while you’re there like a turkey salad wrap from Nanette or shrimp and cream cheese rolls from Kandi. It’s a radical concept but worth investigating especially when Frankie is baking Almond Puff Pastry Bear Claws and Cinnamon Rolls for dessert.

Keenan Knight

Keenan Knight will perform for the Saturday market

Saturday will follow at its usual pace with all its sunshine and weekend fun. Keenan Knight will be making magic in the gazebo and Sam’s Sprouts will be in the demo tent showcasing all his fine products. Try the coconut water; it’s really tasty and refreshing.

As I mentioned the Saints First Official Game of the Season is this Sunday – are you prepared?  Do you have snacks? We do!!! Susie has the most delightful lemon squares and raspberry crumble which can be cut in fourths, making perfect bite-sized finger tasters. Bear Creek’s luscious little macaroons in pistachio, lavender, raspberry, and grand marnier are a taste sensation! Hot Tamale Mama’s sensational spinach artichoke dip is also a great snacking treat with crackers or chips. Stroll around the market for an assortment of fine veggies. Veggies always make great dippers. Cheryl (Spicy Lady) has some wonderful seasonings that you can easily turn into dips with a little sour cream from Mauthe’s. Lena’s toasted bread rounds are the perfect “chip” for Farmhouse Dairy chèvre covered with Robin’s Rocking Pepper Jelly – pick a flavor, they are all delish! Chips and salsa from Spanish R Us are a must have and  a dish of pickled veggies are a crunchy delight. Dee has a great selection to choose a favorite from.

Make sure you grab some treats for your pets too from Tiger Bait Raw Whole Food for Pets!

Make sure you grab some treats for your pets too from Tiger Bait Raw Whole Food for Pets!

I missed out on Nanette’s Lemon Lentil soup on Wednesday and got lucky – she had some on Saturday. Needless to say, I enjoyed a bowl of lemon lentil soup along with slice or two of Bear Creek’s Guiness bread (it was a small bowl sine #3 granddaughter got a whiff and wanted to share. Good thing I love her!) We have so may lovely artisan breads at the market which are just aching to enjoy your soup with you. I don’t think it matters what kind of soup is on the menu, bread makes it wonderful. Bread is also really nice sliced and topped with a spoon or two of Nur’s eggplant and tomato dip and popped into the oven for snacking heaven. Her hummus (in regular, cilantro, red pepper, and chipotle) is also a great snacking treat with crackers, chips or veggies. Nur suggests adding hummus instead of mayo to your potato or egg salad for a great change of pace.

With all the selection available at the market, it will be hard to choose. You’ll probably have to get more than one. Take your time…no one’s rushing you.

Lots of love,
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

P.S. You’ll find a terrific story about Covington at seethegood.com!

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 signGood afternoon, friends, and happy, happy Tuesday! Yes, it really is Tuesday – already. But that only means that tomorrow is Market Day and our vendors are quite busy baking and cooking, veggie picking and soap-making. Earl is even out there playing with the bees — very carefully, of course.

Cheese grits, cole slaw, and green beans will accompany Jeff’s pulled pork this week. Sliced turkey wraps are on Nanette’s menu, along with a tasty lemon lentil soup. Mmmmmm! I’ll add Kandi’s shredded cabbage with chicken to my lunch list (I like to make sure I’m covered for the week) and then dive into dessert. Frankie is making a raspberry cream cheese pastry that has my mouth watering already. I’ll probably also need a couple of bottles of Samantha’s elderberry syrup; I think my allergies have allergies.

Cassie Krebs will be playing music at the Covington Farmer's Market this Saturday

Cassie Krebs will be playing music at the Covington Farmer’s Market this Saturday

Before you know it, Saturday will arrive along with Isabella’s Pizzaria and the official traveling pizza oven. What a lovely treat for this Labor Day weekend! And that’s not all. Cassie Krebs will be in the gazebo singing and playing and adding a bright note to our Labor Day celebration. You’re gonna love it!

Believe it or not, the temperatures have been slowly lowering which means you can get out in the garden more and start planting some of the gorgeous plants our vendors have available. Check out Alton’s selection of fine herbs which seem to do well no matter what the weather is like. In the next few weeks, he’ll have more vegetable starts for your fall garden. isabellaslogo(No worries, I’ll keep you updated.) Stone Creek Nurseries still has blueberry bushes ready for planting. Dennis has fig trees and ornamental bushes and I noticed a stunning banana plant (Rojo Banana) with dark striped leaves. Hmmm, I wonder if it produces striped bananas? Wouldn’t that be a conversation starter!

Now, if you’re still not ready to get outside in the garden, Miss Betty has a few extraordinary houseplants that will create a zen-like atmosphere in any room. One notable plant, the Foxtail Fern, has emerald green fronds that are fluffy and tail-like in appearance. But what makes it even more lovely are the thousands of miniature white blossoms that fashioned an even fluffier “tail.” If you don’t feel like watering, a bouquet of Nancy’s wildflowers really perk up a room. Of course, a little water when you put them in the vase will make them last a LOT longer. An even easier way to bring that garden inside is with Aunt Bee’s homemade soaps and fragrances like Orange Patchouli, Rosemary Lavender (I love those two scents together) and Tomato Leaf which has an aroma that is delicate and beautiful but nothing like a tomato.

Chomper's Original BBQWhat would a Labor Day celebration be without a barbecue? Chomper’s has fabulous sauces made especially for the grill. Gina’s Roasted Garlic and Tomato dressing makes a wonderful marinade or dipping sauce. There’s chicken from James, shrimp from Mr. Two, sausage from Jubilee Farms, and eggplant, zucchini, and squash from our produce vendors that are always grilling favorites. While you’re out there manning the pit, you’ll need a few snacks so check out Dee’s Crescent City Pickles or chips, dip, and salsa from Spanish R Us. You can sleep in on Monday.

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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Covington Farmers Market picHowdy, 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. Kandi and Joe will be back tomorrow for all of you who have been craving their crunchy shrimp and cream cheese rolls. Take a container of Nanette’s white bean and kale soup back to work to counteract off those icy offices – not to mention put a smile on your face. Jeff’s pulled pork, mac n cheese, and cole slaw will make your day…or your evening. And if you have leftover pork (or get enough to make sure you do) Eddie and Mr. Houston both have some great squashes that would love to be stuffed. Not to be outdone, Frankie is teasing me with temptations of the raspberry cream cheese pinwheel pastries she plans to have tomorrow.

Alex Owens and John Eubanks will provide our musical entertainment on Saturday in the gazebo that used to be under the oak tree. That’s right. The old oak tree, the regal guardian of the Farmers’ Market and the Police Department, has been felled. I wasn’t there for the “event” but I hope there was some sort of acknowledgement for its life of service. We have certainly enjoyed the shade and comfort provided by this faithful giant. So as you grab your coffee, raise a toast to the fallen and prepare to commemorate events that took place here 10 years ago that no one wants to celebrate. But celebrate we should because none of us were untouched by Katrina’s wrath, but together we have rebuilt our city and helped to heal those scars. With that in mind, we offer a New Orleans favorite with a twist – Pastalaya – prepared by our very own J.R. Bardwell. Thanks, J.R.!

Now, even though it’s almost too hot for anything but swimming, our produce vendors still have a lovely selection of veggies. Evangeline sweet potatoes lined Nick’s tables with hot peppers, heirloom eggplant, okra and lemongrass filling in the spaces. On Mr. Houston’s table, there are bell peppers, Cumshaw squash, okra, eggplant and great white and yellow stuffing squashes. Eddie’s tables are laden with okra, banana peppers, squash, and eggplant (and, if you’re lucky, Karen made some cookies.)

Now over in the Bardwell’s “camp”, you’ll find tomatoes, hot and sweet peppers, potatoes, and green beans. And Nancy tells me the Bartletts will be back with okra, red potatoes, and gorgeous sunflowers. I love to see those smiling blooms across the market from me.

If you haven’t tried any of Enten Farms’ Meaux Mustard, I have it on good authority that Blueberry Meaux Mustard  makes an amazing rub for chicken or pork tenderloin. That sounds soooo delish. Check out the fare at Norma Jean’s. She has a creamy jalapeño cheese dip that my friends gave a high thumbs-up. You’ll also find her dish of the month – a spinach wrap spread with garlic mayo then filled with fresh spinach, avocado, boiled egg, and tomato. 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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rooster+vintage+image+graphicsfairy007aWhat a lovely Tuesday, friends! The sun is smiling with light breezes blowing and it will probably rain later. But, rain or shine, we will be at the Market and we have a covered pavilion, tempting delights, our fabulous Market Band. So just come and relax and enjoy a good meal.

I reminded Nanette of a delicious chowder that she had made last year – summer squash & corn chowder – and it is on the menu for tomorrow. Yesss! Unfortunately, Kandy and Joe will not be at the market this week but we will have them back next week. Good thing ’cause I’ve been looking forward to the noodle salad with lemongrass chicken. Jeff will have his famous pulled pork along with cole slaw and firecracker potatoes. And for dessert, an old fashioned banana pudding from Frankie. I could get lost in days like this!

eggplant-harvestIt will be another lovely Saturday at the market (I refuse to have anything else especially since I wasn’t here last week). The Three Rivers Cooperative will get us started with ooodles of tunes dancing from the gazebo. Pat Lester will park his food truck on Columbia Street ready to dazzle us with a special treat. Since I was out last Saturday, I had my protege “emailer in training”, Ignacio, do a little scoping out of the goodies to be had this week. I think he did a magnificent job!

Hot Tamale Mama has MUSHROOMS IN PARMESAN CREAM WITH CRAWFISH AND ANDOUILLE SAUSAGE.  (I’ve had this myself and it is scrumptious! – cl) and  Chicken and Andouille Gumbo which is a cajun stew that is good on rice. She also has a Classic Lasagna with ground chuck, ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.

Bechac’s has BEEF JERKEY for $5. (Delicious by itself or cut up in a salad – cl)

Screaming Oaks Mushroom Farm features Shiitake, oyster, lion's mane, and Milky mushroom

Screaming Oaks Mushroom Farm features Shiitake, oyster, lion’s mane, and Milky mushroom

James has MILKY MUSHROOMS which he says are really dense and portabella-like. They would be good in soup, and good to sauté with onions and garlic. (These, or his oyster mushrooms, will wonderful sautéed with my Magical Mushroom Tour seasoning and roasted chicken from James. P.S. you’ll have to do the roasting – cl)

Sam will have SPROUTED HONEY ROASTED PEANUT BUTTER next week. (You should see Robin or Althee for some outstanding jelly to go with that. Come to think of it, you’ll need bread too – Lena, Susie, or Crystal… aaaah, the perfect peanut butter sammie -cl.)

Bear Creek Road's August Pie of the Month: Salted Caramel S'Mores Ice Box Pie

Bear Creek Road’s August Pie of the Month: Salted Caramel S’Mores Ice Box Pie

Jubilee farms has PLENTY OF FRESH PORK SAUSAGE: CAJUN, HOT ITALIAN, AND GREEN ONION. (Any of these are perfect on the grill! – cl)

Bartlett Farms said that they would have some new Fall produce in September. Also, the bread lady (Windfield Farms) who is right across from us said that she will have new fall breads soon.

As you can see, I’m not the only one who thinks the Farmers’ Market offerings are the best. You can have all this goodness for yourself but….you have to be here to enjoy it!

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 signHappy Tuesday, friends! I’m looking forward to a lovely day at the market tomorrow. Come by for a delicious lunch, fresh veggies, sweets and treats. Kandi and Joe’s pan seared salmon salad and jasmine tea will make you smile. Frankie is preparing homemade pound cake with fresh fruit topping. Slide through lunch with Jeff’s pulled pork or chicken salad sliders. And, there’s always a scandalously good Mediterranean salad with pita bread from Nanette to tempt you. Earl’s back with raw honey too!

Start off Saturday early with a cup of coffee! We’ll have Zac Maris in the gazebo, so make yourselves at home and stay a while. Nealy and Keith Frentz will drive their food truck, Lola Deux, to the Market and you know what that means! Parmesan fries! OK…deep breaths…you still have 4 more days.

Keith & Nealy Frentz displaying the Lola Deux Food Truck, which will be at the Covington Farmer's Market this Saturday

Keith & Nealy Frentz displaying the Lola Deux Food Truck, which will be at the Covington Farmer’s Market this Saturday

There was the loveliest scent of basil wafting from Norma’s tent last week and, sure enough, she has fresh basil – so great on pizzas or salads. A spread of skordalia (Vincent & Mauricio) on a slice of fresh market bread (Lena, Susie, Crystal) would be right tasty with a chiffonade of fresh basil on top.

Hot peppers have been sneaking onto Nick’s table and will be multiplying over the next few weeks. Right now he has goat’s horn, lemon drop, white habanero, and yellow cayenne. He also has brightly colored sweet peppers – purple, yellow, orange, red, and even green. Check out Spicy Lady’s smorgasbord of flavor and you’re sure to find something that will brighten up whatever you’re cooking – whether it be vegetables or meats.

Okra from Grow.Farm

Okra from Grow.Farm

The Bardwells have quite the spread of vegetables – green beans, red potatoes, okra, eggplant – but you have to get there early; they’ve been selling out before 9:30.  The same at Mr. Houston’s table – butternut squash, yellow squash and zucchini, eggplant, and cucumbers go pretty fast as this time of year. Eddie has also been selling out pretty early even with a large offering of banana peppers, okra, eggplant, and some figs…hmmm. I’m going to have to find a few recipes.

Blood River Honey Kevin tells me he will have buckwheat honey this week and Coast Roast Kevin will be back after welcoming his new arrival with freshly roasted coffee. Unfortunately, I will not be at the market this Saturday so I will miss out on all the wonderful things to be had. But you can enjoy your Saturday filled with wonderful music and great friends and the best ever foods.

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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Chef Robert Vasquez will provide the food demo this Saturday with Jubilee Farms

Chef Robert Vasquez of Opal Basil will provide the food demo this Saturday with Jubilee Farms

Hi, friends, July is quickly fading and August is arriving on Saturday and the kiddies are getting ready to return to school. No matter, after all the market goes on regardless of the day, the month, or the weather. So, get your tasty buds ready for some incredibly delicious food and meet us at the market.

Kandi is offering several lovely salads that are summer perfect. Jeff is preparing smoked chicken salad sliders and Nanette has sliced turkey and also a crunchy vegetable wrap for us tomorrow. And, there’s music and dessert and fresh veggies and dessert so why would you go anywhere else?

Jimmy Robinson will play at the Covington Farmer's Market Saturday

Jimmy Robinson will play at the Covington Farmer’s Market Saturday

Saturday will start with a bang as Jimmy Robinson strums out a little bluesy, a little folksy, some classical, even a little jazz from the gazebo. Then get ready for amazing as Chef Robert Vasquez of Opal Basil and Vive Foods in Mandeville, teams up with Jubilee Farm for a Farmers’ Market tailgate party. This is a day you won’t soon forget!

We still have lots of great veggies but you have to get here early. Last week, mostly everything was gone by 10 am! But, don’t fret. We’ve still have lots and lots of wonderful if you get here later. Try some of our prepared dishes, such as Angel’s bountifully stuffed artichokes. Hot Tamale Mama has a new dish – Mushrooms in Parmesan Cream with crawfish ad andouille sausage. Oh my! Just makes want to dive right in, doesn’t it? Norma Jean always has some delightfully different quiches to try like her deliciously flavorful Southwest quiche. Nanette has several sauce starters just waiting for your cooked chicken or meatballs or shrimp or chunky vegetables – just vary the ingredients for a unique dish every time.

Well, I know this is short but I’m running behind schedule today. But don’t let that stop you from coming out to explore on your own. The tastes are fantastic; the flavors abundant and he smiles are everywhere. How many more reasons do you need to be at the market each week?

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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Toasty 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. Check out the attached menu and plan ahead.

Jerry Hess will play in the gazebo Saturday

Jerry Hess will play in the gazebo Saturday

Bright and early Saturday (cause that’s when the veggie selection is best) grab your iced latte from Coast Roast and get your veggies while the gettin’s good. The delightful music of Jerry Hess will be drifting up through the leaves of the old oak tree (what’s left of them) and there will be merriment in the air. A market first – it’s Vendor Demo Day – a time for our vendors to showcase their product.

So last Saturday I had this idea that I would do a goodie letter featuring all the wonderful goodies from our market. This would require intensive research.  I hope you all appreciate the things I have to suffer through on your behalf. (I know, I know…I couldn’t even type it with a straight face.) Well, I needed a starting point and Teresa’s Italian is a great place to start. Whether it’s Teresa’s biscotti or Lena’s, I am a big fan. I love a great cup of coffee and a hefty package of biscotti for dippin’. It’s kind of a Calgon moment for me without the bathwater. Check out Teresa’s mini mixed bags of cookies. Not mentioning any names but praline, lemon crunch and collocate are involved. May as well get 2 bags; friends love them too!

Windfield Farms

Windfield Farms

When I got to Windfield Farms, I noticed that Suzie had the grandkiddies with her. Who else would I ask for a reference (like I actually needed guidance)? They proceeded to point out just about everything on the table and I have to admit to getting lost in the Ooey Gooeys, the Fuddy Duddies, and the lemon bars – sweet creamy squares of lemony goodness – and the raspberry crumble, and the pecan squares. (I don’t know about you but I need a minute).

Next, I travelled to Frankie’s table with her incredible mini fruit pies and crunchy nut brittle. Frankie’s brittle is unlike that hard, chunky, tooth-crackin’ stuff that passes for candy. This is delicate and nutty and absolutely delicious. Then she tells me what her special is for this Saturday (and Wednesday too) – peaches and cream cake and cream cheese icing!!! I think I need another birthday.  After that, it’s over to Althee’s for some blackberry jelly. Technically, this isn’t considered a “goodie” but who hasn’t gone in for a spoon of jelly when you just need a little sweet and Mr. Wonderful ate all the cookies.

I mentioned Lena’s biscotti before which is lovingly made from whole grains and is delicious even without the coffee (but where’s the fun in that?). She also makes an amazing cinnamon roll and toasted bread rounds. I hear ya, but don’t discount the tasty goodness of a buttery, crunchy slice on which to spread Sam’s chocolate sprouted almond butter.

It’s very difficult for me most Saturdays, setting up shop right across from Lena and right next to Betty Rue. Those luscious grain free brownies just scream for a bite, or maybe it’s the chocolate mint cookies, or the peanut butter chocolate chip or the blueberry muffins – it’s hard to tell which one yells the loudest. I’d tell you that I don’t listen but you wouldn’t believe me. The cacophony continues from the Spicy Lady’s table where resides creamy, extra chocolatey bites of incredible that have you satisfied and calling for more at the same time.

I’m also conveniently located between Stephanie’s hand-cranked snow cones and Amanda’s fruity Popsicles. What wonderful place to be! What better on these toasty summer days than a refreshing cup of shaved ice with sweet syrup poured over the top? Some would argue that one of Amanda’s Popsicles is far better but most would have a hard decision to make (unless you opt for both). Fortunately, Bear Creek is a little further down from me but not far enough that I haven’t been lured by the exotic creations Jennifer has to offer. This past Saturday (and probably next as well) she built a gorgeous tart generously topped with peaches and cherries and all manner of sweetness that you could very easily get lost in. You’ll also find a box of special creation candies – lemon meringue fudge; coffee-flavored, chocolate covered marshmallows; milk caramels; a chocolate mint; and caramelized orange rind covered in chocolate. I think I need a cold shower.

Of course, I had to stop by Robin’s pepper jellies cause there’s always a wonderful new taste adventure  (like pineapple rum) and I wasn’t disappointed. A little Mauthe’s cream cheese topped with a smidgen  of pepper jelly on a toasted cracker just hits the spot. I also don’t feel like I’ve cheated on my “diet” because everyone knows that the capsaicin in the jelly burns off any calories that you’ve consumed.

Whether you’re here for the veggies or the goodies or the gorgeous plants, you won’t find a better place to be than the Covington Farmers’ Market. 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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Wed Farmers Market signGood afternoon, friends and great news – it’s Tuesday again! That means just one more day to a tasty lunch, sweet breezes, and relaxing music – perfect for summertime lunching. Now I know you’re thinking it’s gonna be pretty hot, and it is, but there always seems to be a fair breeze whipping up under the Covington Farmers market pavilion.

But it’s more than fair breezes enticing you to the Market for a lunch of Rebecca’s authentic Honduran food. It’s our amazing vendors and their love of food that has you dreaming of Kandi’s shredded cabbage salad with its crunchy bits of carrot, chicken, red onion and herbs and inviting you to partake of Nanette’s savory summer Minestrone soup with lovely chunks of squash, green beans, tomatoes, and great northern beans swimming in a savory broth seasoned with oregano and basil or tempting you with the prospect of Jeff’s pulled pork and a side of cheese grits and a luscious new creation – ranch macaroni salad.

WatermellonYou’ll get there and have trouble deciding between Frankie’s bread pudding with rum sauce or the new egg custard pies with eggs so fresh you can see the yellow. Don’t forget the veggies – zucchini, bell peppers, squash, potatoes, and watermelon. Our vendors are offering some incredible dishes that are hard to pass up, which is why I usually pick up several and enjoy them throughout the week. Sometimes, I even let Mr. Wonderful share in the bounty.

Saturday morning will roll around (as it usually does at that time of the week), just as bright and lovely as ever. Prepare yourself now for the delightful tunes of Joe Barbara coming from the gazebo. Pat Lester’s Food Wagon will be parked at the curb on Columbia Street. Make sure you get here early to get your coffee and enjoy the morning, the music, the many market delights.

Bartlett Farm has heirloom tomatoes galore!!

Bartlett Farm has heirloom tomatoes galore!!

New vegetables are joining the ranks each week. Nick has a selection of heirloom eggplant with names that are as inviting as the vegetable, such as Ping Tong, Pandora Striped, Louisiana Green, and L’il Sailor. They could get you in trouble, though. “Hey, John and Mary, how ‘bout joining us for dinner tonight? We’re cooking up a batch of L’il Sailors – so nice and tasty!” (OK, OK, I’ll stop.) Mr. Houston has 2 varieties of watermelon – traditional and one called Moon & Stars. You may even get lucky and get a few of Natalie’s ghost eggplant.

purple hull peasEddie has yard-long beans and purple hull peas in the shell and you’ll find cuccuzzas hanging around Bardwell’s table. The Clecklers have sweet Alabama peaches and Pink Lady peas. John has a tasty mix of fuzzy yellow tomatoes, bright orange and long skinny reds that look more like a red pepper than a tomato. Didn’t matter to me; they were real good. Fancy names or not, there’s still lots of good eats on the tables.

A Rainbow of kombucha from Kombucha Girl Living Beverages

A Rainbow of kombucha from Kombucha Girl Living Beverages

Althee tells me she is adding no sugar added jams to her repertoire starting with mango and blueberry and will soon add strawberry as well. Hot Tamale Mama is stunning the tamale world with her latest creation – red beans and rice tamales! I haven’t tasted them yet but Pam has a knack for making the ordinary extraordinary. She also has a new oyster mushroom and lentil soup. With all this great food hanging around, please tell me you’re not planning to sleep in. We’d hate for you 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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Wed Farmers Market signHowdy, friends!  It’s Tuesday again. Wrangle them tastebuds in and get ready to head on over to the Covington Farmers’ Market for a mighty tasty lunch. OK, I jumped the gun a bit; there’s 20 more hours before you can bask in swift breezes, lots of sunshine, finger-snappin’, toe-tappin’ music and lots of great food. Can’t wait, can you?

Big Branch Soaps - Revitalize Bar Soap - Sweet Orange, Geranium, Rosehip All Natural Soap

Big Branch Soaps – Revitalize Bar Soap – Sweet Orange, Geranium, Rosehip All Natural Soap

Nanette will be there with her crunchy delicious veggie wraps and tomato basil soup. Enjoy one of Rebecca’s remarkable chicken tamales or wrap yourself around a smoky pulled pork sandwich and fixins’ from Jeff. Kandi has the most incredible salmon salad (not to mention the crispy egg rolls) your mouth will ever bite into. Pace yourself, now, ‘cause you’ll need to save room for a slice of Frankie’s remarkable brownies! She has Hershey chocolate and walnut brownies tomorrow. What a way to finish a summertime meal! Don’t forget cleanup. Big Branch Soaps is now at the Wednesday market with laundry and dish detergents and lovely lotions for the hands no matter what kind of work you do. Cleanup on the veggies, too, with potatoes, tomatoes, squash, and cucumbers and Greg may even have some peaches and blueberries.

Keith & Nealy Frentz displaying the Lola Deux Food Truck

Keith & Nealy Frentz displaying the Lola Deux Food Truck

Bring Dad along on Saturday to enjoy an early Father’s Day. We’ll all be enjoying Michael Millet in the gazebo. Keith and Nealy Frentz will add pizzazz to the morning when Lola Deux Food Truck pulls up to the curb. WOW! I know…just take a deep breath, go get your coffee (Kevin’s got a great lineup of fancy coffees, lattes, etc. at the Coast Roast tent) and get in line for those delightful Parmesan fries. Can ya handle it, Dad?

If you’re really not in the mood for coffee, how about an uplifting juice from Simply Pure or Amanda? If you haven’t tried beet juices, you don’t know what you’re missing. There’s this great little thing about beet juices like the power to increase blood flow through the blood vessels. But if beet just isn’t your thing, there’s a whole passel of fresh juices ripe for the choosing.

Juices from Simply Pure at the Covington Farmer's Market

Juices from Simply Pure at the Covington Farmer’s Market

Hot Tamale Mama is your go-to place when you don’t feel like cooking. She has a delicious selection of prepared foods, such as chicken pot pie, vegetarian lasagne, stuffed noodles, and hot tamales. While you’re over there, let Dad indulge in a bag of Theresa’s lemon crunch cookies or almond macaroons. Or bring home one of Angel’s flavorful stuffed artichokes. That’s a meal in itself. On the lighter side, one of Nur’s Turkish salads such as green lentil and quinoa or tabouli is sure to please.

The Clecklers have fresh beans and peas ready for the pot. JR has the onions and bell peppers to chop up in them and Spicy Lady and I have all kinds of different seasoning to add life and love to ‘em. Pass by Jubilee Farms to see if he has Andouille sausage to throw in them beans. If not, green onion sausage will work right well. Pick up a few ears of fresh corn while you’re there. What are you waiting for? Lasso your calendar and hog tie the date! 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!  Are you ready for a great lunch? Well, tomorrow’s almost here bringing all kinds of goodness from your market vendors. I usually go with a plan…what do I want for the rest of the week? Wednesday’s lunch – maybe a Mediterranean salad with pita bread and hummus. Since Frankie is serving fresh fruit kabobs with sour cream & brown sugar dipping sauce, I’ll get that for breakfast on Thursday with a delightful pan seared salmon salad from Kandi for lunch. Friday morning will see pork with hash browns (I’ll have to do those myself) on the breakfast menu (I’m very non-traditional) and a Creole tomato sandwich for lunch – YUM! I believe that Natalie will be back with fresh veggies so I may add a few slices of crunchy cucumber “chips” on the side.

Cat Lane & Reaper Cheaters will play at the Covington Farmer's Market this Saturday

Cat Lane & the Reaper Cheaters will play at the Covington Farmer’s Market this Saturday

Saturday morning will awaken with the lively music of Cat Lane and the Reaper Cheaters flowing from the gazebo. So grab your coffee and spend a relaxing morning with us. Wildcrafter Smoothie and Juice Bar in Covington will be in the demo tent sampling and selling their delicious and healthy drinks. Can’t wait to try those!

corn-corn-on-the-cob-corn-kernels-food-eatMake a fresh salad with chunks of cucumber, zucchini, yellow squash, banana peppers, and tomato with a splash or two of one of this markets amazing salad dressings such as Gina’s Roasted Tomato & Garlic or Nanette’s Spicy Raspberry Vinaigrette. You’ll need a healthy beverage with that, so try Sam’s ultra-fresh coconut water, Amanda’s new green juice, Simply Pure’s Tiger Stripes, or Susan’s Peach Kombucha. Good news! Kombucha Girls has their Master Tonic available again! Can’t beat fresh juices on a warm spring day! Cool off with a refreshing fruit popsicle from Amanda or a hand-shaved snowball from Stephanie.

Liz told me this past weekend that Jubilee Farms will have organic, non-GMO corn available this week and next. So take advantage and get lots of ears while you can. Newly-picked corn grilled in the husk sharing your plate with sliced zucchini and green onion sausage right off the pit – uh-huh, I know you’re smilin’ too. Your veggies are great roasted as well – tomatoes, onions, peppers, squash, and eggplant tossed with olive oil and a salt-free seasoning (Spicy Lady, me) and popped into the oven until they reach perfect deliciousness. Serve with a smile.

BlueberriesI haven’t even mentioned a fourth of the delights you’ll find at the Market like Lolly Marie’s creamy caramels, Bear Creek Road’s soft pretzels stuffed with seasonal fruit, coffee milk from Mauthe’s, blueberries, peaches, or plums. You’ll just have to come out and see for yourself.  Just remember to stop by and say, “hello”. Personally, I can’t wait to find out what’s new this week!

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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Inspired by fresh local ingredients in season at the Covington Farmer’s Market

Summer Squash from GROW.farm

Summer Squash from GROW.farm

Squash and Zucchini Patties
1 yellow squash, shredded
1 zucchini, shredded
small bunch parsley, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1/2 bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup whole wheat flour or substitute
Salt & pepper seasoning to taste

Tzatziki Sauce
1 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 large cucumber, chopped

Tim's Home-made Tzatziki

Tim’s Home-made Tzatziki

2-3 cloves garlic, minced
Fresh mint to taste (3-5 leaves) chopped
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne
salt to taste
juice and pulp from 1 lemon
juice and pulp from 1 lime
feta cheese (garnish)

Directions:
Make the Tzatiki first.  Chop all of your elements that need to be chopped fine and throw them into the mixing bowl with the cup of yogurt.  Add your spices, mint and citrus juice, whip vigorously, and chill.

Now for the patties.  Chop all of the vegetables finely and throw them into a mixing bowl.  Add any herbs and spices at this time.  Some excellent choices are basil, oregano, paprika, cayenne, salt and turmeric.  Mix in the 1/4 cup of flour and stir.  As the mixture begins to thicken, add water as necessary, and/or more flour.  Once the mixture can be formed into patties, saute them up and serve topped with the chilled tzatziki sauce, feta cheese and a fresh sprig of mint. Enjoy!

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 signHappy Tuesday, friends! We’re looking forward to a great day tomorrow full of music and fresh veggies and good food.  Mr. Houston’s garden has been bloomin’ with cucumbers (eatin’ and picklin’), green potatoes, squash, bell peppers, and he may even have some tomatoes and eggplant. Come and join us for a relaxing lunch. Kandi’s pan seared salmon salad and a glass of sweet jasmine tea make a perfect lunch. Bring home dinner with a pound of Jeff’s pulled pork, cole slaw, Mac N Cheese, and baked beans. Or try Nanette’s refreshing cucumber yogurt soup which will go very nicely with her summery Mediterranean salad. A Honduran hot tamale (they are pretty big), salsa and chips and you have lunch for Thursday or even Friday. And, of course, you can’t be without dessert and Frankie’s gotcha covered with strawberry dream pie or her incredible Marguerita pie. Ooh my!

Make plans to come out on Saturday and enjoy the toe-tappin’ melodies of Chris Talley coming from the gazebo. So grab your coffee or one of Sacred Earth’s new caffeine bars and enjoy the music while you do your shopping. Oh, you heard me right. Enough caffeine for a full cup of coffee, balanced with fresh herbs and oats in a scrumptious breakfast bar. Then, get ready for some barbecue because VooDoo Foods will have their rig parked on Columbia Street, ready to dish out some great BBQ. They will also have homemade Worcestershire Sauce and Twangy sauce. Not sure what Twangy sauce is but it does sound tasty doesn’t it?

Summer Squash from GROW.farm

Summer Squash from GROW.farm

I took a slow walk around the market last week and it surely has blossomed this past week. I guess it’s all the rain we’ve been having. But even a quick stroll around will reveal a treasure trove of veggies. Eddie’s Veggies table was filled with golden wax beans, Maxibell green beans, yellow zukes and banana peppers (soooo good sautéed with onions and Italian sausage and served over spaghetti – easy peasey). The Clecklers not only had tomatoes but peaches as well. I cut up a peach to add to my tea for a flavor boast. Mr. Houston told me he would have tomatoes and possibly eggplant for this week along with squash and. J.R. said he will have cherry tomatoes, potatoes, rattlesnake snap beans, zucchini, yellow & white squash, and cucumbers.  John promised bell peppers, eggplant, red and Yukon Gold potatoes, great juicing carrots, and , if you get there early, some heirloom tomatoes.

Carrots from Bartlett Farm at the Covington Farmer's Market

Carrots from Bartlett Farm at the Covington Farmer’s Market

Don’t forget about grilling! We’ve got a smorgasbord of meats and veggies that are ready and waiting for a few grill marks. Marinate your chicken in Bechac’s Roasted Garlic & Tomato Dressing for an hour or so before grilling for tender tasty chicken. YUM! Careful, a dab of goat cheese in the middle of your burgers will have you crowned Master Griller and you will be in charge of the pit from then on.

I had a chance to try Spicy Lady’s Wasabe Seasoning on Saturday and I’ll admit to a bit of trepidation since I always associated wasabe with lots of heat. It was delicious, not too hot, and I thought that it would be really great mixed with a little of Cheryl’s oils and tossed on grilled veggies, potatoes, mushrooms, shrimp, or what have you.

Breads love it on the grill. Suzie will have Spinach Feta this week which probably won’t work too well on the pit but her Health Grain bread or French baguettes toast up wonderfully, especially with a little of Vincent & Mauricio’s Skordalia spread over it. Lena’s home ground wheat breads just dying to get toasted and Crystal’s gluten free sourdough breads are sure to please even those who are not concerned about gluten. Spread some of Bear Creek’s garlic and herb butter on several slices and pop those babies on the grill. Or just toast ‘em plain and add a little Meaux Mustard for a jazzy sandwich. With four flavors – Local Honey, Creole, Green Heat, or Blueberry – you may have a tough time choosing.

Bear Creek Road Pie of the Month: Dark Chocolate Strawberry Pâté Tart with Lavender Meringue

Bear Creek Road Pie of the Month: Dark Chocolate Strawberry Pâté Tart with Lavender Meringue

You won’t want to stop there. After all, Lolly Marie is boasting those yummy caramels, white ginger truffles, and chocolate raspberry truffles plus caramel apples. There’s so much more out here – a beautiful spring breeze, delightful music, great food. What more can you ask for?

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! 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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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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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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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