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

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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