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Be A Buddy, Not A Bully Marlise Eschete, Community Outreach Coordinator for The Parenting Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital, will discuss the topic of bullying. Parents and children are invited to come learn about the different types of bullying, how to prevent it and what to do if you’re experiencing it. This discussion takes place Thursday, September 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Covington Branch of the St. Tammany Parish Library.

Troubadours Songwriter Night takes place on Thursday, September 21 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Covington Brewhouse. Hosted by Tommy Ike Hailey of the Northshore Songwriters Circle, this event features songwriter rounds with an open mic at the end. Held every third Thursday of the month at the Covington Brewhouse, this month features the following regional artists: John West, Matthew Chauvin, Jim Nelson, Buzz Jackson, Tony Cobb and Timothy Achan Gates.

Covington Brewhouse will be doing a special cask tapping this Thursday night at The Tasting Room to celebrate Louisiana Craft Beer Week and the Covington Brewhouse team has a very special announcement to make at this event. Special entertainment will be provided by the Covington Troubadours Songwriter group. Celebrate Louisiana Craft Beer Week in Covington Brewhouse style.

The Covington Farmer’s Market takes place every week on Wednesdays at the Covington Trailhead and Saturdays at the Covington Police Department. Wednesday market is from 10 a.m. Until 2 p.m. And features prepared foods for lunchtime; Saturday market is from 8 a.m. Until 12 noon and features fresh produce, prepared foods, plants, live music and a food demo. This Saturday, enjoy the music of Crispin Schroeder with a food demo by Bear Creek Road.

Join Peg Usner, Artist at St. Tammany Art Association as she presents a talk and walk through her exhibition, “The Intimacy of Plein Air Painting.” Peg will explain the meaning behind the artwork titles, give brief narration of her creative process and describe the challenges of each piece. Doors open at 5 p.m., talk begins at 5:30. Free admission. STAA is located 320 N. Columbia St.

DOTD Open House Public Meeting on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at the Covington City Council Chambers, located at 222 East Kirkland Street, 4 – 6 p.m. (LADOTD) is conducting an open house public meeting for the proposed US 190B and Jefferson Ave. Roundabout project. The purpose of the meeting is to provide information about the project and to obtain input from interested parties with a multi-media presentation.

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Covington Farmers Market LogoGood afternoon, friends! It’s Tuesday again and time to start planning your journey into the world of deliciousity at the Covington Farmers’ Market. Remember to pick up your fresh veggies and eggs. Dive into a great lunch with Kandy’s cream cheese and shrimp rolls. Chomper’s will have an oh-so-scrumptious ranch macaroni salad to go with that pulled pork. Lea’s cool and “creamy” corn and cashew soup will add a spring to your step. A toasty beef tostada from Victoria (Frankie & Johnny) topped with lettuce and tomatoes is sure to get you through the day. And for a lovely light dessert – mixed fruit cobbler made by Frankie’s own hands. Cool off with a refreshing glass of mango lemonade or sweet jasmine tea and Lillie’s tasty teacakes. Ahhhh! Wednesdays!

Saturday, lovely Saturday, will be another great market day with the vibrant tunes of the Necessary Gentlemen. Then, meet our newest vendor, Margaret Montalban, of Nola Green Baby, as she samples and sells her organic baby food! WOW! What an addition to our market!  From my vantage point over by the cooking tent, I get a great view of Bardwell’s table with those long lovely cucuzzas. A versatile Italian squash, cucuzzas can be steamed, grilled, fried, baked, sauteed, stuffed, zoodled or used almost any other way you would use summer squash, as long as you peel it first. Think of it — ‘cuzza fries!

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Hold onto your hats, figs are here!!!!! That’s right, Nick set out the first figs of the season last week. Needless to say, if you weren’t there in the first 10 minutes, you were out of luck. But he is sure to have more this Saturday. Nancy Bartlett told me that they should have some very soon (if not this Saturday, next) and it looks like a very abundant crop this year, so get ‘em while you can and ENJOY to the max!

July Pie of the Month:  Blueberry Sazerac Pie by Bear Creek Road

July Pie of the Month: Blueberry Sazerac Pie by Bear Creek Road

Okra is joining us on the tables and I have a wonderful recipe for vegetarian okra and tomato stew. First, cut about 2 lbs. okra into one-half to one-inch slices. Place in a saucepan with water to cover, and boil for 10 minutes to remove slime; drain. In a large heavy skillet, sauté 1 onion, chopped, and 1 toe chopped garlic in a little olive oil (one of Spicy Lady’s will do nicely) until onions are clear, about four minutes over high heat. Add okra and diced, seeded Creole tomatoes to pan. Season to taste with salt (optional) my Moroccan Melody seasoning for a Mediterranean flare or kick it up a bit with Spicy Lady’s Creole seasoning. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until much of the liquid in pan has cooked away, 20 to 30 minutes; stir occasionally and scrape pan bottom as needed so mixture doesn’t stick.

There’s lots more waiting for you at the market. Jasmine has a fantastic probiotic face & body micro-exfollient — a cool drink of water for your skin. Blue L Essentials offers both a cooling and a warming aromatic oil blend that perfumes your skin and soothe your cares away. Or pick a scent from Aunt Bee’s silky bouquets of fragrant soaps. I feel so relaxed already.  Get lost in the taste of freshly baked bread, coconut flan (Spanish R Us), a bright morning cup of coffee, gluten-free doughnuts, blueberry muffins! Oh the wonders of 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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Covington Farmers Market LogoIt’s Tuesday, friends! One more day…more or less… to a tasty lunch, sweet breezes, and relaxing music – perfect for summertime lunching. You’ll get there and have a hard time deciding between Frankie & Johnny’s fried beef taco or Kandy’s fabulous shredded cabbage salad with its crunchy bits of carrot, chicken, red onion and herbs. Or will you be tempted by Nanette’s wonderful chicken salad wrapped in a spinach tortilla and dressed with baby spinach leaves or the smoky aroma of Jeff’s pulled pork, baked beans, and Mac N Cheese? 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.

Surely you won’t forget your veggies – zucchini, bell peppers, squash, potatoes, and tomatoes – or yard fresh eggs. Frankie is baking up a sensational blueberry buttermilk pie for dessert. Oh, YUM! Aren’t Wednesdays wonderful??!!

bear creek roadSaturday 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 Alex Owen and John Eubanks coming from the gazebo. Coffee Rani’s Food Truck will be parked at the curb on Columbia Street with a selection of treats to savor. Make sure you get here early to get your coffee and enjoy the morning, the music, the many market delights. Sadly, this is Nanette’s last week at the market. Please stop by her table and wish her luck as she travels home to be closer to family. We will miss you loads, Nanette!

Picture this, you and your sweetie have planned a delightful BBQ on the patio surrounded by the bright yellow bougainvillea and lovely green ferns you got from Ms. Betty. You have the pit fired up and ready for the chicken (James) or the burgers from ground beef (pork and/or lamb) from Jubilee. Chomper’s Twisted sauce is waiting patiently to be liberally applied. Skewers of veggie kababs with onions, peppers, shrimp, or what have you) are also waiting for the perfect time to jump on. And, when your sweetie thinks it just can’t get any better, you bring out the peaches, halved, and lay them on the grill. Serve with a nice bottle of La Serendipity Blanc de Bois wine, nicely chilled, or ice-cold peach acai kombucha or hibiscus mint water kefir (Kombucha Girl). Now, wasn’t that relaxing?

I found a great recipe for white squash on the internet that sounded exquisite. It involved patty pan (white) squash sliced across its width, placed in a baking dish alternating with basil leaves and dressed with olive oil and baked. Sounds great but hot and doesn’t work easily when grilling your squash, soooooo…slice your squash across the width and grill, then place slices in a serving dish. Add some olive oil to a quarter cup of Nur’s basil pesto to thin it out and drizzle over the slices. Alternate “dressing” and squash until all is gone and serve. For a taste change, you could do the same with Nur’s sun dried tomato pesto.

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 http://www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org/

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Happy Tuesday, friends! I surely hope you were able to get out to the Farmers’ Market today for the Give NOLA Day celebration. Our Farmers’ Market String Band’s melodies were enveloping the Trailhead with great music and other great bands will take over this afternoon and evening. Our regular vendors were there plus lots of worthy causes like the SPCA, Basket of Hope, Danielle Inn, Boy Scouts, and more. To donate or peruse a list of the non-profit organizations that will benefit from your donations go to givenola.org.

Now don’t worry if you didn’t make it, our market vendors (minus the worthy causes) will return tomorrow with lots of good eats and great music. I got a sneak peek at what is on the menu for tomorrow and even brought home some tasty morsels like Lilie’s teacakes. I know you’ll love Kandy’s fantastically crunchy egg rolls but today I opted for the spring rolls with lemongrass chicken, noodles, and special dippin’ sauce. How about a delicious pulled pork sammie with cheese grits, baked beans and cole slaw? Just puts a song in your heart doesn’t it?   May is National BBQ Month after all, so make sure you get a jar the best BBQ sauce available anywhere so you can have that wonderful flavor anytime! Nanette’s gotcha covered with a choice of tuna or chicken salad wraps and lentil cilantro soup. Frankie & Johnny’s is  offering beef toastados or bean burritos WOW! My heart’s singing….my feet are swinging… and Frankie has cashew brittle. ‘Nough said!

First of the Radishes! Bear Creek Road

First of the Radishes!
Bear Creek Road

As we head into Saturday, thoughts will naturally turn to Mother – after all her special day is almost here. Last Chance Bluegrass Band will start us off with toe-tappin’, happy face music swinging from the gazebo. Then, get ready for Chef Robert Vasquez of Opal Basil on the Trace in Mandeville (Boy, I sure hope you brought mom along) and samples of his Breakfast Burritos made with pork from Jubilee Farm and select produce from our very own Market! Thanks, Chef Robert for incorporating so many products from the market in your cuisine.

There’s a gift for Mom growing over at Dennis’ “grove on the corner”. Create a patio oasis for Mom with Cigar plants, beautiful Verbena, and purple Fire Spikes (the hummingbirds love them, too).  Add Rose Yarrow, Blue Plumbago, and Gardenia plants from Trudy and lacey Maiden Hair fern or purple Bougainvillea from Miss Betty for a touch of elegance.

Well, Mom, no matter what “music” is in your heart, we’re sure to have something to help it sing – a colorful bouquet of wildflowers from Nancy, a Cajun buttermilk tart from Pam, a pound of international coffee from Coast Roast, a plum almond tart from Bear Creek Road (this is her last week until after baby comes), Althee’s fig preserves, a pint of strawberries or blueberries, Aunt Bee’s fragrant soaps, …. how my heart sings!!!

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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Greetings and facilitations, friends! With Wednesday almost a reality, make plans to take your tastebuds on an culinary excursion that will carry you through the end of the week!

Begin your delicious experience with Frankie & Johnny’s beef tostados topped with fresh lettuce and tomatoes. Then take home a hearty Chomper’s dinner of pulled pork with Firecracker au gratin potatoes, greens beans and slaw. Chicken salad with crunchy bits of celery, wrapped in a tortilla and dressed with fresh green spinach leaves from Nanette will put pizzazz into Thursday’s lunch. Celebrate the noon meal on Friday with Kandy’s classic noodle salad featuring lemongrass chicken, cucumbers, fresh cilantro and Nuoc Mam dressing. You have a mighty selection of desserts available such as Lillie’s teacakes, Duke’s old fashioned fudge or trail mix and Frankie is preparing chocolate ganache morsels with creamy peanut butter centers. Let the adventure begin!

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 Three Rivers Cooperative. Becky Cortez and Lisa Pate of The Purple Seed will show us how to make the special avocado dressing to go with their Mediterranean Quinoa salad (for tasting and sale).

A long walk (I do a lot of visiting on Saturdays) around the market always manages to produce surprises. LA Gourmet, usually known for their wonderful beans, rice, and corn grits, has the unique distinction of having the first blueberries of the season. Not to be outdone, though, Bonnie Blue Farms (apple trees) had both dewberries and lusciously sweet mulberries. There aren’t very many so make sure you get here early.

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Greek Yogurt Tart with Strawberries and Blueberries Bear Creek Road, LLC

I checked in with Tiffany (Farmhouse Dairy) to see how things are in the goat farming world. She has an artisanal goat cheese called Deja Vu that I know that you’ve seen before. It is a gorgeous goat cheese that is aged with vegetable ash and has beautiful streaks of gray running through it. Wouldn’t that be amazing on some toasted bread rounds (Lena) or topping the new potatoes that showed up on Nick’s and Mr. Houston’s tables?

Over at the Bartlett’s, Nancy’s flowers melded in a chorus of color. Bright yellow sunflowers, soft peach lilies, the reds and oranges of the zinnias interspersed with delicate blues flowers collaborated for perfect bouquet status. John also had a unique Asian kale that has reddish stalks with pale green leaves and sprigs of yellow blossoms growing throughout.

I am so familiar with Nur’s cuisine that I didn’t even see the latest new pesto – cilantro – until the market was almost over. Now I know you’re thinking that cilantro can be overpowering but this was not. It was tasty and delicious and addicting. There’s soooo much here to enjoy like Spicy Lady’s new toppings – one for pizza and another for popcorn. Oh, man. There is nothing at the Covington Farmers’ Market that is ordinary! Come by and see for yourself.

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  1p.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 LogoHappy Tuesday, friends! Where would we be without Wednesdays and Saturdays? Hopelessly lost in the never-ending turnstile of ordinary. BREAK FREEEEE! Join us for a relaxing, delicious lunch and great music. Bring some home to enjoy throughout the week.

Start your feast with a chorizo & egg taco from Frankie & Johnny complete with salsa, lettuce and tomato. A fantastic salad of shredded green papaya noodles topped with pan seared salmon from Kandy and supper is already done! One of Nanette’s turkey salad spinach wraps will provide a wonderful lunch for the morrow; and for the evening meal, dive into Chomper’s dinner special with pulled pork and fixins. Hydroponic lettuce from Natalie combined with beets from Mr. Houston offer a bright change to traditional salad. The great thing about Natalie’s lettuce is that the roots are still intact. Simply let the roots sit in a small amount of water and your lettuce will last about 2 weeks – outside the fridge! As for the beets, roast them in their skins, tops removed, well-scrubbed, wrapped in foil at 400 degrees for about 50 mins. Then cool, slice and add a few green onions Or skip the roasting and slice them raw. Personally, I would use gloves when handling beets but you may looove the beautiful maroon hue they give the skin.

You’ll absolutely need dessert or just a little something for a quick cookie break during the day. Lillie’s teacakes are amazing for that afternoon fix. Duke’s trail mix or old fashioned fudge is a great pick-me-up. Frankie will not let us down with a wonderful treat of rum raisin bread pudding!

Saturday morning will be popping up its lovely head once again, so resist the urge to sleep in or you’ll miss the Abita Stumps in the gazebo! What a day! What a day! Erin Broussard, of Covington Brewhouse will be in the demo tent sampling the Brewhouse’s flagship beer and also a seasonal brew.

Roasted Tomato and Gruyere on Creamy Polenta Bear Creek Road, LLC

Roasted Tomato and Gruyere on Creamy Polenta
Bear Creek Road, LLC

Tomatoes are back! Yeah! I love tomatoes and Ann has all kinds from heirloom reds (tomato sandwiches to die for) to yellows (less acidic) to greens (for frying) to chocolates which have a deep rich flavor that in no way resembles a Hershey bar but is perfect in a salad. The market is simply teeming with salad bounty in the form of several varieties of lettuce, cabbages, bok choi, carrots, radishes, and kale. Add Norma Jean’s muffuletta veggies or pickled veggies from Crescent City Cannery for a wonderful crunch. Sam’s Sprouts are also a nutritious way to top your salad. He has mung bean, lentil, onion, clover, and a mix of clover, radish, broccoli, fenugreek and onion. Drizzle with Nanette’s Lemon Feta Dressing or Bechac’s Honey Creole or Spicy Lady’s Crushed Pepper Dill Olive Oil or Spanish R Us’ avocado salsa.

It’ll be a wonderful day in the neighborhood! We hope you will join us.

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 http://www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org/

 

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Greetings, friends! I know it’s hard to believe it hasn’t even been a week since the fierce rains wrecked havoc on St. Tammany and the surrounding parishes. Many of you are still reeling from the damage done and today certainly is not a happy Tuesday. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Wednesday will dawn and the Farmers’ Market Band will gather in the gazebo spinning lively tunes to brighten your lunch. Our vendors have prepared many delicious choices to entice you, such as Kandy’s fabulous traditional egg rolls (plus special dipping sauce). Nanette is preparing white bean and kale soup to soothe the soul. Chomper’s BBQ will serve green beans and Jeff’s secret recipe cornbread with his pulled pork. Hopefully, some of Natalie’s strawberry crop survived the deluge; Mr. Houston’s veggies did fare well since he was at the market last Saturday. If you need a little more balm for the soul (or are just in need of great dessert), a spoon of Frankie’s old fashioned banana pudding will put a smile on your face. What the heck! Go on and eat the whole thing. Just thinking of it makes me feel better already.

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

The days will soon blossom into Saturday and we will be blessed with the delightful tunes of the Lucky Dogs floating from the gazebo. So grab your coffee and celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with us. The Lola Deux food truck will pull up to the curb at Columbia Street and, if we are lucky, they will serve ultimate St. Paddy’s Day meal – Corned Beef and Cabbage. If not, we will all still enjoy those incredible Parmesan white truffle fries.

Bear Creek Road has Casatiello Bread for an early Easter celebration, complete with a bright red Easter egg in the center. Nick has gorgeous greens – Swiss Chard, Tronchuda kale, baby carrots, baby kale leaves, fresh parsley, Siberian kale and more. Mr. Houston’s crop also managed to pull through with red sails lettuce, turnips, green onions, carrots, and Brussels sprouts. Sam’s table is “sprouting” with a pea mix, alfalfa and clover sprouts. Norma Jean delighted us with an amazing assortment of quiches – beautiful and tasty!

Woke up with a scratchy throat? No worries. The Kombucha Girl has her Daily Defender available. Daily Defender is a blend of aged kombucha, raw cider vinegar infused with garlic, lemon, ginger, and cayenne, and sweetened with local honey.

Bear Creek Road March Pie of the Month: Raspberry Cream Danish Pie with Lemon and White Chocolate

Bear Creek Road March Pie of the Month: Raspberry Cream Danish Pie with Lemon and White Chocolate

Trudy is back at the Saturday market with her famous Japanese Maples. She also brought along several Lily of the Valley shrubs bursting with dainty little white flowers plus an assortment of succulents that seem to thrive on neglect (my kind of plant). I think Spring is in the air!

Rain or shine, the Covington Farmers’ Market is open and we’ll be wearing our brightest smiles with great tunes drifting from the gazebo, plenty of good things spread out on the tables, and a sprinkling of laughter on the breeze. You really weren’t thinking of sleeping in, 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

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Covington Farmers Market LogoHappy Tuesday, friends! I hope you’re prepared for a lively lunch at the market tomorrow. The farmers market band is busy tuning up their instruments and our vendors are busy cooking delicious meals in anticipation of your arrival. Chomper’s BBQ has firecracker au gratin potatoes and broccoli salad to accompany smokey pulled pork. A nice bowl of Nanette’s late winter vegetable soup and her exotic Mediterranean salad are excellent luncheon fare. I’ll also need to get a container of Kandy’s chicken porridge (perfect for breakfast). Where shall I go from here? Frankie’s peach cobbler? Lillie’s tea cakes? Natalie’s strawberries? Duke’s Hawaiian beef jerky? Yard eggs from Mr. Houston? I guess I’ll decide when I get there.

Just a blink and Saturday will be here with sunshine and blue skies and Daniele Spadavecchia’s delightful tunes twinkling out from the gazebo. In the cooking tent, Wildcrafters of Covington will sample and showcase their fresh fruit and vegetable juices! It’ll be a wonderful day in the neighborhood.

I took a little stroll around the market as I usually do each week to see what’s new and interesting. I met Spiderman, Superman, Super Girl and Kermit the frog hanging from the “merry-go-round” in front of Vincent and Mauricio’s tent, sending out invitations to all the kiddies to partake in their cookie goodness and get a balloon in the process. Pam, our Hot Tamale Mama, is also baking Cajun Buttermilk Tarts – crunchy outer crust housing a sweet, creamy buttermilk center. She has traditional vanilla, sassy almond and cranberry, chewy coconut, and Ghirardelli chocolate fillings…..I see you licking your lips.

I found a few things that have always been here but I never really noticed, like Mauthe’s buttermilk. How can I have missed that? I am not a milk drinker but buttermilk adds richness and flavor to pancakes, biscuits, and cornbread. So I picked up a pint. What a difference it made to my cornbread for last night’s supper! Think how delicious your pancakes would be if you added buttermilk to Lena’s (7Grain) pancake mix (which can also double as a biscuit mix.) No matter whether you make pancakes or biscuits, don’t forget the honey. Kevin’s Blood River honey has a distinctive flavor that is so different from what you can get anywhere.

I even made a quickie salad dressing today with just buttermilk and Nur’s sun dried tomato pesto. It was just a simple salad with lettuce (Nick, John, Mr. Houston, Natalie, Eddie), tomato (Ann), and sprouts from the market. Sam has a variety of sprouts. He recently added pea shoots to his “menu”. He says they are incredible in a salad or in a fresh juice of shoots, carrots, and celery.

Chocolate Streusel Topped Dutch Chocolate Poundcake  Bear Creek Road, LLC

Chocolate Streusel Topped Dutch Chocolate Poundcake Bear Creek Road, LLC

Speaking of Nur’s sun dried tomato pesto, one of my granddaughers’ favorite “pizzas” is made with a slice of bread generously spread with pesto and topped with artichoke hearts and mozzarella cheese. Five minutes in a 400 degree oven and Voila! pizza. Both Lena and Susie (Windfield Farms) have bread and ready made pizza crust so you shouldn’t have much trouble making your own versions. Saadet (Nur’s Kitchen) says that her husband simply spread Nur’s Shakshooka on a pizza round and popped it in the oven for a wonderful pizza. You could also top it with some of Farmhouse Dairy’s feta cheese. Betty Rue’s gluten free pizzas are all ready for the oven, topped with roasted tomato, eggplant, and feta or sun dried tomato, Shiitake mushroom, and feta. Can’t get any easier than that!

There are so many interesting and wonderful products here at the Market. Walk around. See what strikes your fancy…what makes your heart sing…what makes your tummy happy. We’re always happy to see 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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Howdy, friends, and happy Tuesday! A trip to the Farmers’ Market on market day is one of those simple pleasures in life that shouldn’t be taken for granted and especially not when there is such fine music and wonderful dishes awaiting you. Jeff is smoking turkey legs for tomorrow and serving them with baked beans and cheesy grits. (Don’t worry, he’ll have pulled pork as well.) I really enjoyed Kandy’s chicken porridge this week – for breakfast. It’s warm and creamy and filling and absolutely wonderful! Nanette’s potato leek soup is a heavenly lunch meal especially with a Mediterranean salad as a side dish. That may be a little too much food but you can always save half the salad for dinner. And then…and then… a slice of Frankie’s Chocolate Lasagne – a devilishly sinful creation with layers of Oreo cookie, Cool Whip, cream cheese, chocolate pudding, and chocolate chips. WOW!

The rest of the week will drift lazily by because Saturday is never in a hurry to get here unless, of course, you’re scheduled to work. But we hope you not ‘cause then you’d miss the vibrant tunes of James Killeen wafting from the gazebo and the healthy goodness of select menu items from Columbia Street Natural Foods. Can’t wait to see what they’ll fix!

I’d like to introduce a new vendor to the Saturday market, Not Yo’ Mama’s Milk. Kristen offers several raw, organic, non-dairy milks that are really delicious. I tried several of them last week and will have a tough time deciding which to get first. I’m used to using almond milk so I decided to taste the others. The Oat Milk had a lovely, comforting flavor and the Hemp milk was delightfully different with it’s slightly nutty appeal. Check it out this week; I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Well, this odd weather we’ve been having has had a remarkable effect on the farmers’ crops and we are the fortunate beneficiaries. Tomato harvest has been perfect and Ann’s table is filled with yellow Lorenzos, green and red heirlooms, and beefy green tomatoes that are begging to be fried. Variations of green abound on John’s table with fresh parsley, Swiss chard, mixed lettuce greens, spinach and tat soi with colorful piles of carrots and turnips to add variety. You’ll find Red Sails lettuce sailing among the Siberian kale, red cabbage, turnips, green onions and Brussels sprouts on Mr. Houston’s table.

Bear Creek Road, LLC Mardi Gras Macaroons

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Mardi Gras Macaroons

Ken’s table, known for it’s navels, grapefruit, and satsumas, is also sporting broccoli, beets, fennel, kohlrabi, spinach, mustards and kale. Nick’s collection of heirloom lettuces include Merlot, Bronze Butterhead, and Ice Queen (a lovely butterhead variety that would hold up nicely under your chicken salad). There’s also more of that tasty Tronshuda kale, Daikon radishes, carrots and Swiss chard.  Not to be outdone, Eddie’s table is brimming over with red and yellow onions, collards, mustard, carrots and turnips. Natalie has been experimenting with hydroponics and has beautiful Romaine, Red Oak and Green Oak lettuces available. They even have the roots still attached which helps them last a little longer.

Now for the sad news… this coming week will be the last week Theresa’s Italian Cookies will be available at the Market. I know, I know, I can hardly believe it myself. They have been an icon here at the Covington Farmers’ Market longer than I can remember. But, there is still an amazing selection of cookies and treats here not to mention an incredible variety of foods and beverages of all kinds. So make your list; get here early. We’ll have music and laughter in abundance. Don’t even think about sleeping 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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Happy Tuesday, friends! It may be a little chilly tomorrow but I’ve ordered lots of sunshine and blue skies to keep you warm. If that’s doesn’t do it, Nanette is fixing her awesome white bean and kale soup. Oh, boy! Bring home a Pho kit to make Kandy’s yummy, down-to-your-toes nourishing noodle soup at home. I know Jeff’s firecracker au gratin potatoes will keep you toasty and you can get pulled pork with that. Try a piece of Frankie’s chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and raspberry topping for dessert. It won’t warm you up but it will put a smile on your face!

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 dawn bright and beautiful with Zac Maris makin’ music in the gazebo. ‘Bout that time, the Lola Deux Food Truck and the Fabulous Fries will pull up to the curb on Columbia Street for all to enjoy. Market days are really great, aren’t they?

Windfield Farms has a special treat as well, only we don’t know what to call them. Heirloom tomatoes and feta cheese blended into scrambled eggs, with garlic sauteed baby spinach, diced baby portabellas, and diced red onion stuffed in the middle and topped with a slice of fresh mozzarella and baked off in mushroom top muffin pans. Y’all wanna help us name them?

King Cake by Bear Creek Road, llcKing cakes are back on the menu at Bear Creek Road. Jennifer has both the traditional N.O. cinnamon and traditional French gateau des rois king cakes. Wow! King cake is everywhere you look these days. Robin’s king cake pepper jelly – complete with baby – is back as well. We also have a new vendor, Cocktail & Sons, with their amazing line of syrups. Max doesn’t create ordinary syrups and, as you may have guessed, there is a king cake syrup – complete with baby! He has several other flavors that are perfect to brighten up not only your cocktail but your coffee, tea, milk, or club soda. Picture this… a steamy cup of coffee with a dash or three of king cake syrup and a slice of Norma Jean’s carrot bread (or possibly cranberry). Can you imagine what you could create by adding a generous splash of syrup to plain old brownie or cake mix? Pizzazz!

Hot Tamale Mama will have gumbo next week so get there early before it sells out! Kombucha Girl has several new flavas like Elderberry Echinacea and Sassy Apple. Susan also has the Master Tonic to help keep your resolutions on track.

Make a New Year’s resolution to join us each week. With tables full of honey, pickles, gourmet coffee, stuffed artichokes, oranges, cauliflower, merliton, strawberries, cabbage, beets, tomatoes, greens, herbs and all manner of sweetness, you’ll be glad you did.

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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Well, friends, here it is 2016. I hope all is well with you in this new year. Funny thing, this year looks remarkably similar to last year. We still have great music. We still have great food such as Kandy’s chicken porridge, creamy and delicious, or Jeff’s pulled pork with cheese grits. Grits taste even better when topped with a portion of smoky pork, don’t you think? It will be a bit chilly tomorrow and a bowl of Nanette’s chicken soup will warm you from head to toe and chase away the blues as well (incredible feel good powers there). Hold on to your hats (and tummies), Frankie is baking cherry vanilla chocolate chip cake. I definitely heard some resolutions breaking just then. No worries, a pint or two of fresh strawberries and a pint of raw honey and you’ll be back on track. Hopefully, the feathery ladies have been plenty happy and Mr. Houston will have more yard eggs.

Equipped with a few of her new songs and some old favorites, Michaela Lauer will sing us into the new year on Saturday. So grab your coffee (or one of Amanda’s or Simply Pure’s fresh juices) and visit the vendors while Chomper’s BBQ stokes up the flames on the smoker where his fabulous pulled pork is the star. Try it for yourself — and don’t forget the cole slaw!

At least one of your New Year’s resolutions should be to visit the Farmers’ Market more often….and bring your friends. It’s the perfect place to meet old friends and make new ones. It’s also the perfect place if you’ve made any of those New Year’s resolutions. Who can beat freshly picked veggies for that new plan to eat healthier?

With all the holiday fare available, I was eating far too much. So eating light was on my mind as I was shopping. I thought at first to just make just a very light broth from green onions with maybe a few noodles in there. Well, I’m standing at my table watching my green onions and thinking of that nice broth, and another thought struck. Wouldn’t some carrots go nicely in there?

So I head off in search. John had some wonderful carrots with the tops that would be great. The tops can substitute for parsley if needed but not to worry both John and Nick had fresh parsley. Nick also had carrots — smaller with the tops cropped. He told me they are awesome sautéed in a little butter until just tender. Oh wow! Then I looked over at the kale and voiced the thought that maybe some kale would go well in my soup. So Nick pulls out Tronchuda kale for tasting. This is a rare heirloom variety that is very tender, kinda like baby spinach. It would be terrific in a salad as well (even the stems which were nice and crunchy like celery and not at all tough and chewy).

Polenta tart with Spicy Garlic Tomato, Mozzarella and Herbs Bear Creek Road, LLC

Polenta tart with Spicy Garlic Tomato, Mozzarella and Herbs
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Then over to our newest vendor – the tomato lady – Ann. The problem here is that there is an enormous selection of succulent tomatoes – small cherry tomatoes (yellow, chocolate, and red), larger tomatoes of red, green, and chocolate. Put her on your list to check out. She’s right next to John where you’ll find not only carrots but beets, raddichio, fennel, and radishes. I used the tops of the fennel in my soup. It adds a surprising flavor that doesn’t taste like the bulb at all.

Walking back to my table, I stopped by Emily to get some broth (you know, just to help my soup along). She didn’t have vegetable but she did have duck bone broth. There goes another thought – I really should get my mind under control. (Nah!) Since I had leftover duck (from my son-in-law) plus turkey and chicken, I decided to make turducken soup. Another hit! It didn’t take much…just a healthy portion of chopped onions, parsley, the leftovers and duck broth in the crockpot and Voila! turducken soup! (OK, maybe it took a few hours of simmer time.)

No matter what your New Year’s resolutions, or lack of, this is the place to be. Whether it’s kombucha and cultured veggies or cookies and pies, you can’t go wrong at 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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Happy end of the year, friends! What a year we’ve had waltzing through the 2015 seasons! Come and spend some time with us remembering the old year, anticipating the new one. I’m sure you’re as exhausted as I am and are looking forward to a quiet meal with good music and good friends.

With so many mouths at my house for the holidays, I’ll need something to feed them all. (You don’t think I’m gonna cook every day, do you?) The best part is that I have choices like minestrone soup, Mediterranean salad, pulled pork with mac n cheese, and cole slaw.  And of course, to keep them quiet, almond cookies, vanilla butter cookies, teacakes, fresh strawberries, and honey for their pancakes.

Happy New Year!!!! Wow, 2015 went by so fast, I don’t think I even got a year older. I truly hope you can join us for a great day on Saturday.

Thinking through the year, what would it have been like without Norma Jean’s quiches, Angel’s artichokes, fresh yard eggs, the greatest BBQ sauces, Bechac’s famous dressings, and straight-from-the-hive honey? Imagine a cold and flu season without elderberry syrup? Heck NO!

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie from Bear Creek Road, LLC

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie from Bear Creek Road, LLC

Do you remember Althee’s amazing mayhaw jelly, strawberry jams, tomato jelly, and fig preserves and Robin’s seasonal King Cake or cranberry pecan pepper jelly? specialty breads from Bear Creek Road? old artisan favorites from Windfield Farms? whole grain goodness from 7Grain? Sacred Earth granola bars? Meaux mustard? Dee’s pickled onions?

Recall the Saturdays when the gazebo was filled with the melodies of precious market bands? the lawn around the gazebo was dotted with plates of Korean pancakes or Lola’s Parmesan fries? waiting for the newest flavors of kombucha? the expectation of vegetables of the season to fill the tables? perusing Spicy Lady’s latest blends? sampling Nanette’s tasty soups and simmer sauces, checking out Alton and Sandra herbs and plant starts?

Share a fun-filled day with us, making new memories! Have a very blessed and safe New Year.

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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Ho, ho, ho, friends, and a very merry Tuesday! Sorry about the lost emails; I believe I have the problem fixed. Good thing because there is so little time left before Christmas and I think you deserve a break – I know I do. Let me tempt you with a hot bowl of ginger carrot soup and/or a tasty turkey wrap. What about a crunchy shredded cabbage salad or creamy shrimp rolls or both (there is the rest of the week, after all.) Take home a smoky pulled pork dinner or just the pulled pork (it is sooo delicious served over grits). Don’t forget honey for your morning tea and tea cakes to go with your after dinner coffee. Or perhaps, a few almond, blueberry, cranberry cookies will draw your attention. Natalie will have strawberries. You’ll have to hide them so that you don’t snack your way through the rest of the day.

Holy Night, Batman! This is the last Saturday before Christmas and we’ll be celebrating with Olga Wilhelmine wrapping us in song from the gazebo. So grab a steamy, delicious cup of java and enjoy the morning with us. Keith and Nealy Frentz will be there in the Lola Deux food truck with all kinds of deliciousness. Trays of Parmesan Fries (and dippin’ sauce) deck the path in front of my tent on their way to putting a smile on someone’s face like it’s Christmas morning.

Maybe all they want for Christmas is a little bag (or big) with an assortment Sacred Earth’s granola bars…a selection of bath and body products from Blue L Essentials…a jar of creamed Blood River honey…a fragrant bouquet of Aunt Bee’s soaps…a pound of Coast Roast gourmet coffee beans… a bag of oranges, satsumas, or kumquats from Ken… It doesn’t take much to make wishes come true.

What would you give for a basket of decadent munchies as Windfield’s Pumpkin Ooey Gooeys, Lemon Bars, Raspberry Crumble and Chocolaty Brownies? Surprise someone with an oh-so-wonderful mixed bag of Teresa’s Italian cookies (oh, go on, surprise yourself, too.) Create a treasure box of gluten-free cookies and muffins from Betty Rue with peanut butter chocolate chip, gingerbread, chocolate crinkle, oatmeal raisin, pumpkin and lemon blueberry.

Loaves of bread to feed the masses for your Christmas feast! At the market this Saturday: Sourdough, Venetian, and Brioche Bear Creek Road, LLC

Loaves of bread to feed the masses for your Christmas feast! At the market this Saturday: Sourdough, Venetian, and Brioche
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You’ll get lots of smiles from a basket of breads, grits, and pancake mix from 7Grain. Jennifer of Bear Creek Road has already prepared little baskets of her scrumptious breads. You’ll hear those sleigh bells ringling with a gift of locally grown grains, beans, and legumes from LA Gourmet. The problem will be which to include – Indian corn grits, Lady cream peas, yellow corn meal, long grain rice, red beans, black eyed peas, baby limas…..

They won’t be calling you Mr. Grinch when they receive favorite jams and jellies in their stockings. Choose from Althee’s fruity selection including my faves – blackberry, kumquat marmalade, mayhaw and many more. On the spicier side, Robin’s Rockin’ pepper jellies like lemon basil, cranberry pecan or the ever popular apple bacon are sure to please. If we’re lucky, she’ll have that amazing King Cake pepper jelly ready in time for holiday gift giving.

There’s something great on every table. We’re just jam-packed with great gift ideas…great food…great music…great people – yourself included! Join us; it wouldn’t be the same 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 www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org

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Hi, friends and happy Tuesday! I’ve requested an especially nice day for tomorrow. So if you are beginning to be stressed by the thought of holiday shopping, join us for a delicious lunch and let the music and the warm sunshine soothe those cares away. In fact, why not bring home a little something so you won’t have to cook, such as those marvelous shrimp and cream cheese rolls, pulled pork sandwiches, tuna salad wraps… Frankie will have large pecan, sweet potato, and pumpkin pies so you won’t have to fix dessert.

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Saturday will roll around and you’ll be tempted to sleep in. Black Friday can be exhausting. RESIST THAT URGE! The Steve Anderson Group will be in the gazebo providing great music for our post-Thanksgiving market. And if you’re still in shopping mode, Poppy Tooker will be at the Market signing her latest Cookbook.

Nick says he has wild-caught catfish again which is a perfect change from turkey/ham overload. But, if you still have leftover turkey or ham, Hot Tamale Mama has organic smothered collard greens that will make those leftovers Oh! so nice. Bear Creek Road has several new sandwiches that are absolutely amazing – cranberry chutney, spicy almonds, herb goat cheese and spinach and roasted acorn squash spread, grilled onions and mushrooms and roasted tomatoes on herbed focaccia bread. Ye, dive in and get lost in goodness!

Remember that Robin’s Rockin’ cajun pecan pepper jelly makes a tangy spread for leftover turkey sandwiches as does Meaux Mustard’s Honey Mustard. Makes you wish you cooked more turkey, huh? Salad mixes from John are a tasty base for leftovers and Gina has the greatest dressing to add flavor and variety – Bleu Cheese, Roasted Garlic and Tomato, and Honey Creole. Nanette’s simmer sauces will add even more variety to any leftovers or fresh veggies.

We have so many things to be thankful for…Market Days, terrific food, incredible music, and family and friends to share it with. Happy Thanksgiving!

 
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! Are you all ready for Farmers’ Market Day tomorrow? Not sure what the weatherman has in store for us, but I am planning on bright sunshiny skies so we can all enjoy plenty of great music and delicious food such as Nanette’s creamy mushroom and wild rice chowder. Oh, yum!  And of course,  you’ll want to pick up a kit to make that traditional Vietnamese noodle soup – pho – a great accompaniment to any sandwich. Don’t forget dessert because Frankie is whipping up some fantastic treats like baked Brie bites with jam and apple cake with cream cheese icing. Eddie and Mr. Houston will have plenty of fresh veggies. Aren’t Wednesdays wonderful?!

Pot Luck String Band at the Covington Farmer's Market this Saturday

Pot Luck String Band at the Covington Farmer’s Market this Saturday

I almost don’t want to tell you about Saturday because it’s still 3 whole days away!  With the Pot Luck String Band in the gazebo and Ristorante del Porte serving market sweet potatoes with creme fraiche, you wont be counting the days…you’ll be counting the minutes. We are going to have a terrific Saturday morning so grab your coffee and enjoy your shopping and socializing.

Is there anything more comforting than a farmers’ market around the holidays? There! I said the “H” word but get ready because Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. Mauthe’s will start taking orders for their holiday cheese cake. You may as well get one of the “little” ones, you know, for quality control purposes. So, now is the time to get with your favorite vendors to make sure you have all the special treats you want – for parties, for family meals, or just because you didn’t feel like cooking.

Theresa’s Italian usually has a couple or their variety bags each week but they go fast. However, with a little planning and preordering, your cookies are ready and waiting for you even if you get here late! I don’t have to tell you want wonderful artisan breads come from the ovens of Windfield Farms, 7Grain, and Bear Creek Road, do I? Make sure your favorites are available by placing your orders early. That goes double for Angel’s amazing stuffed artichoke – the perfect appetizer.

I’ll let you in on a little secret. Meaux Mustard is planning another super mustard. True enough. Besides the incredible tastes like Honey Mustard (with a bit of local honey), Green (with more than a hint of wasabi), sweet  & savory Blueberry, and a traditional Creole, there will be a new must have in your pantry. But you’ll just have to wait like the rest of us. It’s amazing what a little spoon of Meaux Mustard can do to ordinary chicken salad or even roast chicken for that matter. And what a nice little tangy surprise when you add a bit to your ground meat. No more plain ole hamburgers here.

Speaking of no more plain ole, Andy (Farmhouse Dairy ) has Waygu beef. Yes, the kind you’ve seen on Iron Chef. Well, you don’t have to be an Iron Chef to cook it because it is absolutely wonderful with just a little salt and pepper. But, if you’re like me and can’t leave well enough alone – a spoon of Meaux Mustard or Reed’s Remoulade sauce or any number of Spicy Lady’s seasonings will have you singing Ooo! La! La! It’s a little pricey but occasionally (I don’t want to spoil him) Mr. Wonderful is worth it. Andy doesn’t bring out a lot or special cuts so order ahead!

Oh, the things we have for you! A treat around every booth but you have to be here to enjoy it with us. Don’t be a stranger!

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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October Pie Of The Month: Pumpkin and Spice Swirl Cheesecake with Pecan Praline

Hi, friends and a perfectly happy Tuesday to you! We’re looking at a lot of happy little suns showing on the forecast for the rest of the week so bring your happy little smiles and enjoy a great lunch with us. Kandi is sure to have pan seared salmon salad on a crunchy bed of papaya noodles – goes really great with a glass her jasmine tea. Chomper’s is back with firecracker au gratin potatoes and green beans to go along with smokey pulled pork. Put Nanette’s Mediterranean salad on your lunch list but be sure to get a cup of her creamy split pea soup for later in the week. Then indulge in a piece of decadent piece of chocolate cake with raspberry and chocolate icing for dessert. Yummee! And don’t forget your veggies!

Gal Holiday will sing us into Saturday with catchy tunes cascading from the gazebo. And on Columbia Street, the Coffee Rani Food Truck will be pulled up to the curb with lots of their specialties. So grab a spiced pumpkin latte from Coast Roast and enjoy the morning with us!

Well, there I was perusing the produce and found some lovely new things on the tables. We have lots of persimmons around and are they sweet, sweet, sweet! I found the following recipe online and it calls for 3/4 cup of sugar. It may be too sweet (can you believe I’m actually saying that?) so taste the “batter” before adding the sugar.

1 cup very ripe persimmon pulp • 3/4 cup sugar • 3 eggs (market eggs are best), beaten

1cup flour • 1 tsp baking powder • 1 tsp Spicy Lady’s cake seasoning • 1 cup Mauthe’s milk

1/4 lb Mauthe’s butter, melted

Combine persimmon pulp with sugar (or hold the sugar til last). Beat in eggs. Mix in milk, then butter. Sift or stir flour with baking powder, and Spicy Lady’s cake seasoning. Mix with persimmon mixture. Pour batter into a well greased 9-inch square cake pan. Bake in a 315-325°F oven for approx 60 minutes or until knife comes out clean.  Doesn’t that sound too good (and simple) not to make? If you’re planning on doing any baking over the holidays (yes, they are right around the corner), check out the seasonings at Spicy Lady. She has Cake Seasoning, Apple Pie Seasoning, and Pumpkin Pie Seasoning.

Nick had some Silverskin peas and red crowder peas in the shell. I got some of both and decided to roast them. So with a little olive oil, a sprinkling of salt, and a dash or two of my Rub Me Tender Seasoning and a short 20 minute stint in a 350 degree oven, I had the most wonderfully crunchy snack. Of course, if you don’t want to shell beans, Eddie has some already shelled.

Lillie’s Daughter Tea Cakes made her market debut last week with delightful little rounds of shortbread that are perfect for dipping in coffee. The only problem you have now is trying to decide on the tea cakes, or Teresa’s biscotti, or Susie’s lemon squares to go with Coast Roast’s coffee of the week.

Every week I discover something delicious here at the market. I tried Norma Jean’s black bean wrap with black beans, avocado, and cheese. Oh! So good! Bear Creek has caramel pecan sticky buns that you really can’t pass up (and I really tried hard). Reed (of Rockin’ Robin fame) says he is making his sassy remoulade sauce again. It makes a great salad dressing as well as a tangy dipping sauce for shrimp.

No matter what your favorites are, I’m sure you’ll find an added bonus at the market. Game day sure would be nice with a stuffed artichoke to enjoy and a few of Tasha’s pralines wouldn’t hurt either! So let the day greet you with music and smiles, lots of good food and good friends. 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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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

Whadda ya know, friends, it’s Tuesday again! What a lovely day we’re having today and I know you’re all ready for another sensational week at the market. Our vendors are all ready too! Come and indulge in a Wednesday lunch filled with great food, terrific music, and gentle breezes. Enjoy a side of broccoli salad with your pulled pork today. Maybe you’ll be in the mood for Kandi’s noodle salad with lemongrass chicken or a cup of Nanette’s potato leek soup with your chicken salad wrap. Frankie’s serving taste-tempting mini fruit pies this week. If you miss them on Saturday, you can always get your non-toxic cleaning supplies on Wednesday.

Daniele Spadavecchia will be playing at the Covington Farmers Market this Saturday (dsjazz.com)

Daniele Spadavecchia will be playing at the Covington Farmers Market this Saturday (dsjazz.com)

Daniele Spadavecchia will usher in our Saturday morning with wonderful melodies sashaying from the gazebo. And if that isn’t enough to fire you up, Lola Deux will be firing up the food truck where they will dispense armloads of Parmesan fries to adoring fans! I know…I know…I’ll give you a minute. So grab your coffee and one of Suzie’s orange scones and settle in. You don’t want to miss this!

Hopefully, you haven’t missed the figs that have been stationed at various tables. I bought some last Saturday to make fig preserves for Mr. Wonderful ‘cause I know how much he enjoys them. Slice them or quarter them and serve with Farmhouse Dairy fresh chèvre for a very fancy appetizer and maybe add a sparkling bottle of Serendipity Blanc du Bois and a lovely loaf from Lena, Suzie, or Crystal.

It’s amazing what just a stroll around the market will uncover. Emily has a variety of healthy broths for you – beef, chicken, vegetable, goose/turkey and maybe even some fish and crawfish left. She also has some excellent suggestions for what do do with your broth. Reduce it to make sauces and gravies. Use broth instead of water to make rice or quinoa. Drink it hot, full strength in a mug with a sprinkling of salt. I know you think that’s crazy in the middle of summer but some of those office buildings can be pretty cold.

Bear Creek Rd July Pie of the Month: Blackberry Financier Tart with Elderflower

Bear Creek Rd July Pie of the Month: Blackberry Financier Tart with Elderflower

Jennifer, Bear Creek Road, has several extracts and oils for you to use in your cooking. I tried a few drops of the vanilla citrus in my water and WOW! what a difference it made to plain old water! She also suggests you try it in your tea, or next time you make brownies….hmm, maybe I should have gotten more.

Now you wouldn’t think there is much at the market to make a salad with but you’d be wrong. A fruit salad is always welcome on a warm summer eve. Try combining blueberries (Justin still has some) and peaches (Clecklers) drizzled with Nanette’s creamy peach maple dressing. YUM – EEE! Dee’s perfectly pickled veggies added a delightful spice to her Bloody Marys last week. Don’t forget she has lots of new pickles – beets, okra, string beans, bread n butter, and more – for sandwiches or snacking or salads (although, probably not your fruit salad).

New summertime kombucha flavors from Kombucha Girl Living Beverages

New summertime kombucha flavors from Kombucha Girl Living Beverages

Kombucha Girls’ summer flavors have been out – wonderful flavors, maaahvelous flavors like Hibiscus Mint and Piña Colada. Double your pleasure, double your fun with a bar of Aunt Bee’s new Doublemint soap. The scent takes me back to a younger time and that’s just with it sitting on the counter. Norma Jean’s salad of the month is a tasty Greek salad with ripe olives, red onion, bell pepper, zucchini, tomatoes, and feta cheese and Sam is now making chocolate coconut chips! And his sprouted almond butter can be had with coconut, cacao, or just plain almonds. See what a stroll around the market can uncover?

There’s lots of wonderful to discover at the market so set your alarm clock for fantastic, ‘cause if you sleep in, all you gonna do is dream about it! What fun is that????

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

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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