This Week at the Covington 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 at the 600 Block of Columbia Street (Covington Police Department). Charlene LeJeune of Abundant Life Kitchen provides a weekly preview on Tuesdays:

Hi, friends, July is quickly fading, unfortunately not the heat. No worries, though, 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.
Kandy is back and has a refreshing selection of summer perfect salads. Yeah, I know. It’s always a tough decision so you may as well just get two. Empanadas filled with black bean, sweet potato, spinach, cilantro & lime, that’s what Cati’s makin’. Get there early for your eggs and Kristen may even still have some figs. Barry’s back as well so you can bask in the deliciousness of golden falafel patties resting comfortably on a bed of cole slaw and hummus. Bring home some boiled shrimp and/or crabs from Papa Lou’s…….you know you want some. She also makes this fantastic ceviche with shrimp that is phenomenal on a salad. Remember the blueberry jam; what says summer more than a spread of blueberry on a slice of toast.
Saturday will start with a bang as Maddie Monroe strums out popular musical tunes from the gazebo. Then get your coffee (iced or not) from the pavilion or hold out for nice bottle of kombucha from Nancy or a cool, refreshing fruit juice from Amanda. But wait! What about breakfast??? No worries; we gotcha covered. You’ll find a delightful repast in all corners of our lovely market. Bear Creek’s Jennifer has a few delicious selections such as her hash brown and egg tart. Or you may want a little south of the border flavor with Rebecca’s breakfast pupusa. It starts with scrambled egg atop a pupusa (or tortilla), then add your favorites like salsa, refried beans, sour cream….
Perhaps you’ll want to go totally vegan such as Nathaniel’s veggie pancake. The mix also comes in a handy container so that you can take some home and have pancakes midweek. Another vegan repast would be one of Barry’s Fal-awfully good falafel “sandwiches”. Norma Jean always has some delightfully different quiches to try like her Artichoke & Valbreso Cheese quiche. Of course, you could just be totally radical and go for Papa D’s kettle corn or one of Susie’s cranberry or Morning Glory muffins—it’s a Saturday morning, after all.
You asked for it and your wish has been granted; Lucy’s Pumice Power soap is finally ready. This is the perfect sudsy solution to gardeners’ dirty hands (or anyone whose hands carry the residue of their hard work.)
Sweet peppers and eggplants abound and just begging to be stuffed. Eddie has several colors of peppers—green. chocolate, red, yellow— plus beautiful butternut squash, tomatoes. On Nick’s table you’ll find okra, actually 20 varieties of okra and his gorgeous Nician squash have made an appearance bringing a rich flavor similar to butternut squash. Greg still has watermelon and honeydew melon, so cooling on a hot summer evening. Now, if you’re not a purist and don’t want to go through the trouble of fridging, slicing, and deseeding, you can still get that refreshing melon flavor in a delicious glass of Amanda’s watermelon lime juice or with a scoop of Althee’s watermelon jelly. No mess, no fuss, total delish!
So don’t forget to set your clock for stupendous! Fight the urge to sleep in…Saturday afternoon naps are really wonderful. The tastes are fantastic; the flavors abundant and the 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