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This Week at the Farmer’s Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Happy, Happy October, friends! Well, almost. No matter, the weather is lovely and inviting you to a delightful lunch at the Covington Farmers’ Market. Didn’t I tell you to get some soup mixes from Henderson’s Hearth last week? You didn’t??!! No problem. Check ‘em out this week ‘cause these cooler days (and cooler nights) will be with us for at least this week. I’ve tried the Celtic Blend and the Creamy Rice (excellent!). I’m anxious to try the Black Bean.

Henderson’s Hearth is ready for fall! Covington Farmer’s Market (click for link)

Mr. Houston is always there with his veggies – count on peppers and eggplant. This cooler weather is sure to make the Double K hens happy and when the hens are happy, the eggs are plentiful. I usually opt for one of Kandy’s amazing salads but she also makes tasty spring rolls as well filled with shrimp or chicken, lettuce, cilantro, and noodles. It’s like a salad in a wrap. (You may as well pick up some of her creamy shrimp rolls or you’ll be thinking about them all day and probably Thursday as well.)

Hummus, grape leaves, chicken & spinach pies fill Abeer’s table but there’s also Eggplant Moussaka this week. Corey is smoking up a gorgeous pork roast, perfect for making his pulled pork sandwiches and he will be making his tasty cole slaw! Mignon has developed a delightful tonic, strengthening your body in readiness for the winter season. It’s a subtle blend of wild cherry bark, sarsaparilla, anise seed, star anise, and slippery elm. Baby Bhakti has arrived! Congratulations to Johnny and Caroline! Jerome will wow us this week with a creamy Three-Cheese Quiche. I know! Can’t wait to taste it!

As Saturday rolls around, the delightful tunes of the Steve Anderson Band fall from the gazebo and flood the market with music. (I was going to say spring but we are well past that.) So grab your coffee or milk or kombucha or fresh juice and take a stroll around the market to see what’s new.

Last of the summer veggies from GROW.farm (click for link)

These cooler temps just seem to put the fall veggies in gear and, if we are lucky, we’ll be seeing some greens soon. Or you can try growing your own. Simply grab a bag of good potting mix and find a sunny location. Poke a few holes in the top and you are ready to plant starter plants from Alton & Sandra — lettuces, kales, parsley (gotta have some herbs), thyme. You may want to ask him about Culantro which apparently tastes like cilantro but looks like a thistle. Get some mushrooms too. You don’t need to plant these; James has already done the work. You just need to cook and enjoy!

Greg is bringing pumpkins! I’ll have to pull out my soup recipes and check out different ways to cook this fabulous veg. Hmmm. Pie comes to mind….muffins…and breads…I wonder if our lovely artisan bakers will take advantage of that. Even if they don’t, a fantastic loaf from Happy Flour or Bear Creek Road will pair perfectly with your soup or the mix of Henderson’s soup mix you got on Wednesday, especially when wearing a spread of Jennifer’s blended butters. For my vegan friends, Jim’s Low-Carb Cauliflower Crust is perfect. Plus, it has so much flavor, anything else would get in the way.

We may not have full out greens yet, but we do have microgreens. Aminta grows an amazing selection of this mini powerhouses. Sprouts also contain a wealth of nutrition, so check out Sam’s. Nutrition powerhouses can come in liquid form, too, and Nancy’s strawberry kefir is fabulous! Try the kombucha flavors as well. And nothing says delicious like a fresh glass of juice from Amanda.

Remember to pick up your Elderberry Syrup from Naturally Well and your raw honey from Blood River, Nick, or Serenity Lane. Indulge in tasty beef jerky from 3 J’s and peruse the Moringa Teas from Exnihilo Farms (and the rabbit).

No matter where you look, you’ll find something wonderful at our Market. Whether you’re looking for doggie treats (Tiger Bait), or treats for yourself (Rose’s creamy pralines), or delicious prepared foods (Norma Jean or Tessier Gourmet), you’ll never regret NOT 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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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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This Week at the Saturday Covington Farmers Market 3-15-14Happy Tuesday, friends! Yes, another week has come around and Market Day is almost here. (I know. I’m smiling, too.) You’ll smile even more as you survey the luncheon menus on the tables – pulled pork sandwiches, incredible veggie wraps, Asian inspired noodle salads, and fresh pasta and sauces that Cynthia learned to make while living in Italy. And then…there’s dessert. I think you https://mjcs.org/sitejabber/phd-thesis-chapter-length/48/ viagra cyalis levitra compared enter site phd dissertation in computer science chloroform acetone essay https://www.aestheticscienceinstitute.edu/medical/thyroxine-200-mcg/100/ can i get viagra from planned parenthood go site https://thejeffreyfoundation.org/newsletter/thesis-reference-harvard/17/ source link https://themauimiracle.org/bonus/viagra-commercial-youtube/64/ carnitine accutane muscle pay someone to write dissertation essay safety construction site go to site essay title generator free https://shepherdstown.info/conclusion/microcredit-bangladesh-essay/17/ meldonium athlete use watch https://mswwdb.org/report/introductory-paragraph-in-a-compare-and-contrast-essay/96/ free online writing software https://sfiec.edu/pdf/?docx=education-thesis-topics-ideas 6 paragraph essay form https://heystamford.com/writing/buy-literature-review-papers/8/ fractal thesis https://tffa.org/businessplan/utk-dissertation-template/70/ essay price greatness responsibility writing a dbq essay synthroid and infertility https://mindworkspsychology.org/treat/cialis-5-mg-a-giorni-alterni/70/ governor general essay writing competition do insurance companies cover the cost of viagra all know my feelings on that subject.

Saturday will roll around soon enough and you can enjoy the delightful tunes of Cassie Krebs floating from the gazebo. So grab your coffee and orange almond biscotti from Teresa’s Italian and spend some time with us. It may be a little early for St. Joseph’s Day, but why wait? Teresa always bakes up a treasure trove of Italian cookies – seed cookies, anise cookies, fig cookies, biscotti – perfect for dipping. Man, they’re good enough to make you forget all your troubles. But, if you’re still chasing the blues after that, Southy’s Soup will be in the demo tent serving up a Lenten favorite, Gumbo Z’Herbes.  Then, check out Coast Roast’s international coffee of the week – just the thing for dipping cookies.

Miss Betty’s back at the Saturday market and she brought her lovely bougainvillea bushes with her. Staghorn ferns, spider plants, bromeliads, all conspire to bring a smile with their bright colors and blossoms. Soon Dennis’ trees and shrubs will begin blossoming as well, after all, winter can’t last forever, can it? (Pu-leeeeze don’t say yes.) Alton and Sandra had tomato bushes last week and should have Creole and Roma tomato plants ready soon…maybe even this weekend. I guess tomatoes are like lemons; just mentioning them immediately brings that taste to your senses.

Produce tables seem to bloom as well with the spring crop of veggies coming in. Nick’s baby carrots were a big hit last Saturday and cabbages on John’s table reminds us St. Patty’s Day will soon be here. With Brandon and Marietta visiting family, Jordan will be taking care of the farm. He had an assortment of salad flowers (tendergreens, baby broccoli, and arugula) AND dandelion greens. Doesn’t he know that people try to rid their lawns of that invasive plant? He rattled off all the benefits but I’m afraid I just stood there, not writing anything down. So, I had to look it up. Dandelion greens offer enormous health benefits providing more calcium, Vitamin A, and Vitamin K than broccoli, more iron and riboflavin than spinach, and make for a very delicious green in your smoothie. Who knew….well, now we both do!

Norma Jean will be honoring Louisiana foods by adding several new items: a Muffaletta veggie wrap (her marinated veggies w/ herbed cheese in spinach tortilla) and small bags of decadent Louisiana style sugared bourbon pecans (as if the Italian cookies weren’t enough!). Right next door, Sam has a sprout & greens salad with a delightfully light dressing. He also mentioned he will have sprouted pea and bean flours and bags of golden pine pollen. I don’t have to say much about the Kombucha Girls. I see jars of that effervescent liquid stroll past me all the time. Still, it’s well worth taking the time to speak with Susan and Liz about why you should be strolling past with a jar as well.

Everything seems to be blooming these days. Tiffany (Farmhouse Dairy) tells me that with all the new baby goats born this February, she will have feta and goat’s milk again. Althee’s table is blooming with fruity jams and jellies – mayhaw, kumquat marmalade, mango jam, fig preserves and canned figs (why wait until the end of July?). Rebecca (Spanish R Us) is back with spicy salsas, empanadas, and tamales. The market landscape is again dotted with Amanda’s popsicles of strawberry, pineapple, coconut, chocolate…. To top that off, more than a few of Lolly Marie’s candied apples passed me by, all dripping with chocolate and caramel and… (I’m sorry; give me a minute). Now that I’ve destroyed all MY resolve, can YOU possibly resist a day at the Market? Join us, won’t 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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Columbia Street Natural Foods, 415 N. Columbia Street, will be providing the food demo at the Covington Farmers Market this Saturday

Columbia Street Natural Foods, 415 N. Columbia Street, will be providing the food demo at the Covington Farmers Market this Saturday

Hi, friends and happy Tuesday! Now, I know some of you are staring out the window and wondering a bit about my sanity. I’ll admit it is a bit wet. But I had a silent discussion with the weather gods and mentioned that if they didn’t rain on our markets, I wouldn’t think ugly things about them.  Looking at the forecast for this week, it looks like Margaret, Bob, and Carl are safe. So we will be blessed with sunshine tomorrow, which is great since we will be equally blessed with great food and great music.  Hot, steamy, and delicious soup, smoky pulled pork (with all the fixins’), pan seared salmon salad with green papaya noodles, traditional Roma meatballs and homemade pasta, and lots of other goodies await; all we need is you.

Before you know it, Saturday will dawn and tents will pop up like flowers in a spring garden. Daniele Spadavecchia’s lovely voice will serenade us from the gazebo. Columbia Street Natural Foods will set up in the demo tent to share several fine and healthy selections from their menu. That reminds me that it’s been quite a while since we’ve hosted a Wellness Day at the Market. We’ll have to do something to remedy that.

Since we seem to be getting a glimpse of sunshine, it’s probably a good time to get your Spring Garden ready. Alton and Sandra will have more starter plants this week and along with their aromatic herbs, they have merliton, spinach, red sails and buttercrunch lettuces. They may even have Swiss chard. I’m planning to get my garden started with some herbs – lemon thyme and orange mint and maybe a little parsley – which seem to thrive in my garden. Herbs seem to be hardy enough to survive my lack of gardening skills. Heidi (Grammy’s Eggs) will have her famous chicken poop tea – why buy those unnatural fertilizers? Oh, and she’ll have eggs, too.

Don’t forget to check out Sam’s Sprouts. This weekend he had sprouted almond butter and should have his sprouted peanut butter for Saturday. And, I heard on the wind (now you’re really questioning my sanity) that he soon will have chocolate hazelnut butter. He will have sprouts – radish, red clover, and legume – and pine pollen tincture. You’ll have to ask him about the tincture, my hands couldn’t write it all down.

Norma Jean’s Cuisine is doing well with that luscious walnut paté she makes, as well as her seaweed salad. Now she’s offering a Muffaletta Salad with all your favorite muff veggies marinating in a special sauce. Delisioso! (Collins, that one was for you!) Heart healthy, skin healthy, garden happy, tummy lovin’, and just all around fun…the Covington Farmers’ Market has it all. If it’s sunny, we’ll be here. If it’s rainy, we’ll be here. If it’s snowing, I’ll probably find me a tropical island, but otherwise you’ll see our smiling faces! Make plans to 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 www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org

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Covington Farmers Market LogoHi, friends and Happy Tuesday! What a lovely day we will have tomorrow – the sky did all its raining today! I hope you have plans to join us for a terrific lunch – so many wonderful meals from which to choose. Come and celebrate the first shades of autumn with us.

Saturday brings a little change of pace and since we are forecast to have a lovely morning; you can spend more time with us. We’ll do our best to keep you in tunes and tastes. For starters, we have the Steve Anderson Group in the gazebo beginning at 9:30.  And to keep things moving right along, Jubilee Farms, market vendors, will set up in the cooking tent to prepare and serve samples of their local grass fed beef. I hear toes tapping and lips smacking already.

Oh, my! What a Saturday we had last week! Thanks to all of you who braved the weather and came out to visit. It may surprise some of you newcomers to the market, but we are open rain or shine. As I woke that morning to raindrops on my windowpane, I thought, “Hmmm, what a nice day to stay in bed and….oh my goodness! It’s Saturday!” Well, naturally, I leapt from my bed – which more resembled a groan and a roll than a leap. But then, I was up and on my way.

Believe it or not, when I arrived at the market, tents were being set up in hopes of the heavy rain becoming no more than a light drizzle. Splashing through the puddles, I had a lot of fun while I got my shopping done – eggs, peaches (this could be the last week), collards (Brandon had some), cucumbers…I am set for the week. We’re starting to see a lot more greens on the tables – arugula, turnip, mustard, and Asian greens such as tat soi, bok choy and pak choi. As I mentioned, Brandon had some collard greens but he was not sure if there would be enough for the coming week or if we would have to wait a little longer. No matter, there are plenty other greens to fill in the gap. Greens are great to add to soups, stews, or beans. Chop them fine and they seem to melt right into your dish, releasing oodles of flavor.

My Mr. Wonderful is generally very easy to please as long as I don’t try to make him eat too healthy. He doesn’t realize that just by eliminating boxed foods and cooking with fresh-picked fruits & vegetables from the Farmers’ Market, he is already eating healthier than most people. (Uh…I’d appreciate it if no one mentioned that to him.) Anyway, I prepared Chicken & Sausage Gumbo for supper last night. I browned my roux then added my onions, bell pepper, and okra and cooked it nice and slow just as Ms. Lil taught me. (I figured I wouldn’t mention the okra to Mr. W since I had ground them to an indistinguishable state.) Then I added sausage and chicken and a tablespoon of my Shrimp on the Barbie seasoning. It added a great flavor even though it wasn’t seafood gumbo. I wanted to add some delicious greens to the pot like Suzie Banck always does but decided I’d better ask Mr. W first. Is it OK if I add greens to the WHOLE pot or should I take yours out first? No eye roll…no nasty look, just whatever, Charlene, which means just don’t put too much, so I didn’t. He didn’t say so, but since he had a whole bowl, I take it he enjoyed it.

The rain did turn into a drizzle and it was a great morning after all. We’ll be back again this week with a full complement of vendors and lots of great food. Tabasco will be there, regally perched on his “mobile home”, happy to greet his loyal fans. We’ll have music and fresh veggies and delicious food and lots of smiles and other great things. Hopefully, we’ll have 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