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

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Blessings of the season to you, friends! The market will be open tomorrow on the eve of Christmas Eve. I know you’re all getting ready for family and friends and lots of great food. All the more reason to stop by for a refreshing salad of lemongrass chicken and rice noodles and bring home a creamy shrimp and corn chowder to chase away the rush of the day. I’ve already ordered my fixins from Chompers so I’m all set for whatever the rest of the week brings. Since I refuse to let dreary weather get the best of me, I’ll need a little assistance from Frankie…hmmm, maybe mini banana pudding or fig cake or…. I’ll probably need some of Lillie’s teacakes too!

First carrots of the season from Bartlett Farm

First carrots of the season from Bartlett Farm

I thought we’d celebrate our last Saturday of this year with the reason you all come to the Farmers’ Market – the veggies! A quick perusal of the tables last weekend shows that the veggies are not taking a holiday, so much the better for us. You’ll find produce tables trimmed in gorgeous greens – tat soi, bok choi, cabbage, broccoli, kale, mustard, and adorned with sweet juicy oranges, grapefruit, strawberries and kumquats and snowdrifts of white cauliflower. (That’s about as close to snow as I really want to get this year.) Fortunately, Nick still has those fabulous Evangeline sweet potatoes. You don’t have to do much with them; just poke them and pop them in the oven until nice and tender. Then slice and arrange them in a casserole dish and top with slices of satsuma (live a little) and marshmallows from Betty Rue. Oh, yea!

Bear Creek Road, LLC's December Pie of the Month:  Cherry Citrus Linzer Torte

Bear Creek Road, LLC’s December Pie of the Month: Cherry Citrus Linzer Torte

Then, if we’re lucky, Spanish R Us will have that fantastic Tres Leche cake that has become a seasonal favorite. Jennifer has created cream cheese mint leaves and roses that are destined to become tradition in your family. And if that’s not enough to tempt you, she’ll have her newest tarts Ratatouille with Romano cheese and herbed tomato sauce and Apple Pie Tart (white wine braised apples in a sharp cheddar cheese butter crust.) Mauthe’s silky smooth cheese cake will mellow out the year with creamy goodness and have Father Time turning back the clock so he can enjoy it again!

What a fun-filled day we’ll have but it really wouldn’t be the same without you! Hope to 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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This Week at the Covington Farmer’s Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Hi, friends and Happy Tuesday! The weather is going to be wonderful tomorrow, just in time for lunch at the Market. So put your smiles on and meet us over at the Trailhead. Let’s begin with the most important – dessert! Frankie is baking up an unbelievable peach cobbler. Take home her Cinnamon French Toast with maple syrup and pecans for breakfast on Thursday (or Friday). Nanette’s soup of the day is tomato basil and I can see that smile already. Don’t forget to pick up something for the rest of the week. Pulled pork sandwich and fixins for Thursday and a noodle salad with lemongrass chicken for Friday. Of course you could pick up enough pulled pork and fixins for dinner and a sliced turkey wrap for Thursday. OR a couple of soups and turkey wraps for tomorrow’s supper and…well, you get the picture.

Nanette CFM

Nourish by Nanette

Well our Wednesday Covington Farmers’ market vendors are really making a name for themselves in the area. Nanette Shoenwe has also been featured in a Covington Town Talk article. I always knew you guys were special and now the rest of Covington knows!

It was a delightful day last Saturday with cool breezes and sunshine and I will accept nothing less for this coming Saturday, especially since The Lucky Dogs are in the gazebo. So grab your coffee and start your shopping and before you know it Sweet Daddy’s BBQ will be set up and ready to serve tangy dishes from their menu.

Now that the weather is promising cooler days, it’s time to get out in the garden. Alton and Sandra have gotcha covered with lots of great plant starters – Stonehead cabbage, Red Sails lettuce, Chinese cabbage, Brussels sprouts, Swiss chard, Birdseye peppers and a large selection of aromatic herbs. Dennis and Ms. Betty both have fantastic plants to make your patio an oasis.

greensGreens are popping up more and more with mustard greens on Mr. Houston’s table, bok choi, baby kale and arugula. J.R. should have plenty ore of those lovely green eggplant and I’m anxious to see more hot peppers on Nick’s table. Eddie has habanero, jalapeño, and cayenne peppers, butternut squash and more.

Lena is hoping to have more of her splendid corn grits this week. I love to serve them with any leftover pulled pork I have or topped with shrimp barbecued with my Shrimp on the Barbie seasoning. Makes a very quick, convenient and delicious supper. She also has her own special granola mix and amazing breads with freshly ground flour.

Baked goods from Windfield Farms bakery

Baked goods from Windfield Farms bakery

At Windfield Farms, Suzie’s counter is filled with delicious artisan breads. She always has a French batard, baguettes, and her secret formula health bread plus a different savory bread each week. You’ll also find magnificent muffins – blueberry, cranberry, chocolate and Glorious Morning (a delightful mix of carrot, apple, raisin and walnut)!

So much to discover and enjoy. Of course, you’ll never discover everything that’s new and tasty without being here. You must come and enjoy the adventure with us. We’ve ordered beautiful weather for 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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This Week at the Covington Farmer’s Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Blessings of the season to you, friends. Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and I know you’re all getting ready for family and friends and lots of great food. Stop by for some of Frankie’s goodies, Earl’s raw honey (makes a great gift) and fresh veggies from Mr. Houston.

Crispin Schroeder will play at the Covington Farmers Market this Saturday

Crispin Schroeder will play at the Covington Farmers Market this Saturday

Saturday will be the last market of 2014. Weren’t we just celebrating the 4th of July?  Come and enjoy a refreshing cup of coffee with us while you shop for the goodies you’ll need for your New Year’s party. Chrispin Schroeder will sing out the old year from the gazebo while Jeff and Kristen get the rig into place to smoke up some amazing pork. Make sure you get extra for sandwiches. Lena and Suzie have wonderful breads to make that sandwich perfect.

Chompers BBQ - food demo this Saturday at the Covington Farmers Market

Chompers BBQ – food demo this Saturday at the Covington Farmers Market

I thought we’d finish out this year with the reason you all come to the Farmers’ Market – the vegetables! A quick perusal of the tables last weekend shows that the veggies are not taking a holiday, so much the better for us. I saw the first beets of the season on John’s table along with turnips, carrots, radishes, chard, spinach, kale, tat soi, bok choi, broccoli and iceberg lettuce (sounds like we may need a little dressing too.)

Beets from Bartlett Farm at the Covington Farmer's Market

Beets from Bartlett Farm at the Covington Farmer’s Market

Dinosaur kale, collards, mustard, chard cabbage, spinach, broccoli, carrots and green onions were loaded onto Mr. Houston’s table and a few feet away Ken Savage offers huge, gorgeous cauliflower, oranges, sweet kumquats, red navel oranges, grapefruit, and satsumas. While you’re over there, check out Spanish R Us. Soriedad is baking a fantastic Tres Leche cake, almost too pretty to eat – almost. She’s making coconut flan too.  Remember to get refried beans and salsas for your party!

Baby Swiss from Grow.Farm at the Covington Farmer's Market

Baby Swiss from Grow.Farm at the Covington Farmer’s Market

Fortunately, Nick still has those fabulous Evangeline sweet potatoes. You’ll also find heirloom turnips, chard, curly mustard, flat leaf kale, and persimmons plus quail eggs. Don’t forget your New Year’s cabbage from Natalie and some strawberries too! Johnadale Farms is back again with their strawberries – we’ve got goodness all around! Dennis has pure cane syrup made from his own sugar cane fields. Stop by and check it out!

Alton and Sandra have some absolutely gorgeous camellia bushes that will not be available for long. Look over their table for the most fragrant herbs for your garden – rosemary, lemon thyme, chocolate mint and more.

We hope you’ll join us for the last market of the year. By next Saturday, a whole new year will have begun along with the hopes and plans that a new year always brings. We wish you peace and prosperity in 2015. Thank you for your patronage, your friendship, and your recipes; we look forward to another year with 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