This Week at the Covington Farmer’s Market

The Covington Farmer’s Market takes place every Wednesday at the Covington Trailhead from 10 am to 2 pm, and every Saturday at the 600 Block of Columbia Street (Covington Police Department) from 8 am to 12 noon. Charlene LeJeune sends out the Covignton Farmer’s Market Newsletter every Tuesday:

Glorious Tuesday, friends, even if the skies are cloudy. OK, and rainy but you can’t rain on my parade because tomorrow is Market Day and our vendors are quite busy baking and cooking and veggie picking… Jerry is even out there playing with the bees — very carefully, of course.  
You’ll love the shrimp and shredded cage salad that Kandy has to offer—so light and refreshing and delicious. Happy Flour will be there with their incredible breads and perhaps even scones. You can always count on boiled shrimp from Papa Lou’s and she is always coming up with something delicious in addition. Mr. Houston has muscadines but you’ll have to make your own wine. Jerry will be there with his fabulous blueberry jam and raw honey.   
Before you know it, Saturday will arrive along with Betty Brock, owner and operator of YUM YUM GIMME SUM Mobile Food Truck, on Columbia Street. What a lovely treat for this Labor Day weekend! And that’s not all. Jerry Hess will be in the gazebo singing and playing and adding a bright note to our Labor Day celebration. You’re gonna love it! Treat yourself to one of Gabe’s invigorating massages under the cooling environment of a beautiful oak.
Believe it or not, the temperatures have been s l o w l y 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. He has a variety of basil that I have never seen before, African Blue Basil. This little gem is an excellent pollinator with a wonderful flavor that will make an incredible pesto! Aton assures me that he will be adding to his collection of herbs with vegetable starters each week. 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 or patio. 
So now that you had a chance to sample Jubilee Farms’s sausages last week, I’m sure you’ll want some for the pit this weekend. Liz and Paul also have ground beef for burgers and pork chops, ribs that love the grill. Your next stop should be James for chicken and then over to the Smoky Heifer for sauce. This sauce is full of all-natural homemade ingredients – no high fructose corn syrup. He has a traditional flavor and a spicy one for your enjoyment and pleasure. Fabulous on meats, fabulous on veggies, fabulous on pizza. Yes. Papa D told me topping a pizza crust with Smoky Heifer spicy sauce, chunks of pineapple, and ripe olives. Ask him to see a photo while you’re getting your official football game snack of the vendors —kettle corn!
Now if you are planning to grill some of Mr. Two’s huge shrimp, check out the seasonings at Spicy Lady. Cheryl has a seasoning for everything – even those peaches you may want to try grilling. You’ll find okra, squash, and eggplant on the produce tables. Lovely on the grill. Nick tells me he will have hot peppers next week and also the heirloom crowders (get there early).
Then the piece de resistence — ice cream! Billy has some fabulous new flavors like orange nib. OH MY GOODNESS, was it good! And for a fruity adventure into the refreshing, try one of Amanda’s famous popsicles! I can’t say OH MY GOODNESS enough. Delightful. Wonderful. Marvelous. Fabulous. You get my point. There’s really no excuse not to be there. It won’t be any fun without 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