This Week at the Farmer’s Market

The Covington Farmer’s Market takes place every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Covington Trailhead and every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the 600 block of Columbia Street (Covington Police Department).  Charlene LeJeune writes the weekly market newsletter, which goes out every Tuesday.

Howdy, 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?
Frankie is fixin’ up a hearty meal of meatloaf, creamed potatoes, mixed vegetables and corn bread. Kandy promises to have chicken porridge tomorrow in addition to her maaah-velous salads. Don’t forget a dozen eggs from Double K’s hard working hens and some greens from Mr. Houston. Try a great breakfast treat that I have enjoyed. I use Emily’s chicken bone broth (Saturdays) in a pot (naturally) plus seasoning—sometimes Norma Jean’s cilantro pesto, sometimes different Spicy Lady seasonings depending on my mood and a little salt. When that comes to a boil, I add some chopped kale and let that cook for a few minutes, then crack an egg or two into the simmering broth. Poach for several minutes until the eggs reach your desired “doneness”. Enjoy!
Saturday will bring the music of Manuel’s Hot Tamales zinging out from the gazebo into all corners of the market as you stroll around to see what our vendors have for you. Last week, I walked into the market greeted by Trudy’s lovely purple Plumbago blossoms and bright orange lilies. And as I made my way around the market, I enjoyed Ms. Betty’s bougainvillea and perused the different succulents she has to offer. Enjoyed the discovery of some unique plants to add pizzazz to your garden/patio/backyard — Little Gem magnolias, Chinese parasol tree, Rojo banana and a Crepe Myrtle with striking red leaves!
As you well know, we have lots of blueberries at the market. Remember to pick up some yogurt from Mauthe’s or goat milk yogurt from Brown Hat and granola from Windfield Farms just in case you have a few berries left by the time you get home. What a wonderful breakfast dish that would make! If the berries didn’t make it home…no worries, yogurt topped with Susie’s granola is tip top, too.
Barbara Cleckler has fresh field peas ready for the pot. Nick has those delicious Haricots Verts green beans which stir fry so nicely. Saute sliced squash or zucchini or peppers in a bit of seasoned butter, such as tomato lemon, from Celeste. YUM! James’ mushrooms would also taste delightfully different sautéed in one of Celeste’s creations. Lion’s Mane is back! While you’re over there, get a sample of La Serendipity’s wine from Jan. Jan also has some absolutely beautiful gladiolas – purple, red, yellow, white! 
As I strolled I discovered that Greg has real Creole tomatoes as well as blueberries and that Jubilee Farms will have sweet corn for the next few weeks. Lucy has a new essential oil blend of lavender and vetiver to soothe and calm. Her colorful soaps boast fragrances of Sweet Rain, Orange Blossom and Jasmine Clouds. So 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