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This Week at the Covington Farmers Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Oyster Mushrooms from James Shoop, "Chickin' Jim" at the Covington Farmers Market

Oyster Mushrooms from James Shoop, “Chickin’ Jim” at the Covington Farmers Market

Hi, friends and happy Tuesday! Is it Tuesday? The days and weeks have flown by so fast, it’s hard to remember. And there aren’t too many shopping days left and sometimes just thinking of all the holiday activities is exhausting.
But, Wednesday is on the horizon, and even though sleigh bells are jingling (somewhere in the world), you need to take some time to treat yourself to a lovely lunch at the Market. Indulge in a delicious soup, hot tamales, smoked turkey or crispy egg rolls. Enjoy your meal with a steamy cup of coffee from Frankie or save the coffee to have with your dessert – peanut brittle, cashew brittle, chocolate caramel truffles, or Raspberry Oreos. It’s OK to indulge; Mr. Houston and Marietta will have the most luscious greens and greens just kinda make everything healthy.
NO snow falling outside but friends will be calling you on Saturday to come and enjoy the music of Linzzi Zaorski. Then get set for The Kombucha Girl in the cooking tent. Susan and Liz will serve samples of their holiday kombucha and show you ways to enhance this special tea with bitters and other ingredients. So grab your coffee and do some Christmas shopping with us.
The scent of fresh brewed coffee is sooooo inviting (like popcorn popping) and Kevin always has an amazing gourmet roast for us. What an awesome gift! How wonderful it would be to have fresh herbs on the table fragrantly waiting to be snipped and added to your dishes! Alton and Sandra will make a special basket of herbs (or anything else) Oh! Go ahead and order two – one gift, one for your table. Fresh goat’s milk cheeses (Farmhouse Dairy) or cow’s milk cheeses (Mauthe’s) on a tray, a jar of any kombucha flavor plus a bottle of bitters (Kombucha Girl), a basket of seasonings and herb blends (Herbs N Spice), a bag of all natural beauty products – more awesome gifts with one thing in mind, to make someone smile. Why stick with traditional? Dennis’ winter plants include Cassias, Confederate Rose, Clumping Bamboo, Candelabras, and fig trees. Think outside the stocking!
Aside from having great gifts, it’s always great to see old friends and new appearing at the market. Betty Rue is back with their famous gluten free cookies, cookie mixes, and ancient grain flour. Crystal has developed dairy free egg nog that is absolutely fantastic! Gotta try it. You may or may not be aware that we have some special food and treats for your four-legged buddies. Tiger Bait (don’t ya love it?!) is offering raw pet food. I’ve read their pamphlet and you will be amazed at the love and thought going into their pet food and treats. You have to stop by their table so you can see for yourself. While you’re over that way (toward the corner of Theard & Columbia), you can see that strawberries are back! What a lovely treat for a Christmas dinner – or any dinner – for that matter.
Another great stop is at Sam’s Sprouts. He has a few unique sprout blends and a few light & tasty dressings to add to them. He also mentioned a few ways that he uses sprouts in his own cooking. Sprouts make a fabulous addition to scrambled eggs or delicious stir fry. Sam uses his lentils, peas, and beans blend in a sprout-tastic chili. Who knew?! The ladies at Rosalie Alley Apothecary have several wonderful tea blends. The hibiscus-mint medley, rose orange spice, and dandelion chai all sound (and smell) so soothing. But what really caught my eye is their Carob Café with roasted cacao nibs, roasted dandelion root with carob and a hint of clove. Their mulling spice tea will have your bells ring-ting-tingling too.
The Covington Farmers’ Market is a remarkable place to be on any morning. C’mon…. it’s lovely weather to spend a market day together 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

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Market Vendors Susan Tarasova and Liz Bragdon of Kombucha Girl Living Beverages, will serve Vintage Cocktails, Shrub, Bitters and Living Beverages this week at the Covington Farmers Market

Market Vendors Susan Tarasova and Liz Bragdon of Kombucha Girl Living Beverages, will serve Vintage Cocktails, Shrub, Bitters and Living Beverages this week at the Covington Farmers Market

Hi, friends and Happy Wednesday! As I look outside my window, there is a light drizzle in the middle of a sunshiny day! How typical of southern Louisiana!  I think we actually had a cool front come through on Saturday. If you listen carefully, though, it won’t be thunder you’ll hear – it’s the sound of toe-tapping music on the breeze calling you to the Market. It’s lunchtime…It’s a perfect day for a visit to the Market. Don’t miss out on a lovely summer soup and salad. Surely, you hear it too.
Roma will have that sensational Tandoori Chicken platter with rice and raita (a lovely yogurt sauce.) You’ll want to grab frozen curry for later in the week. Perhaps it’s Kandi’s crunchy shrimp with cream cheese egg rolls calling your name – absolutely scrumptious – you’ve got to taste ‘em to believe how good they are. Jeff’s pulled pork speaks for itself – another great idea for later in the week.
It will be another lovely Saturday at the market (I refuse to have anything else). Jon Hebert will get us started with wonderful tunes drifting from the gazebo. Market Vendors Susan Tarasova and Liz Bragdon of Kombucha Girl Living Beverages, will serve Vintage Cocktails, Shrub, Bitters and Living Beverages. Talk to Susan and Liz about the health benefits of Kombucha and water kefir. They’re a treasure trove of knowledge. So grab a cup of coffee and one of Lena’s cinnamon rolls and relax a while with us.
Peaches are still available at the market…think peach pizza. I know, I know – you’re thinking she’s gone wacko again, but give me a minute. Picture one of Lena’s plain pizza rounds or a nice hefty slice of bread (7grain or Windfield Farms), laying there looking very lonely. So in the spirit of cooperation, you give it a generous coating of Mauthe’s cream cheese or one of Farmhouse Dairy’s velvety chevres. Then pile on the peaches – peeled and sliced, of course. Top with a sprinkling (or two) of brown sugar and pop it into a hot oven until it’s bubbly and delicious. Oh BTW, you’ll want to put that on a pan so all that deliciousness doesn’t drip onto the bottom of the oven. While that’s baking, brew a fresh pot of coffee (surely, you remembered to get a bag from Coast Roast.) Voila! Breakfast! Whoa! I feeeel good! Like I knew that I would! You could be singing all day long.
I know that the summer veggies are starting to wind down but there are still tomatoes to be found and squashes to be stuffed. I’ve seen new potatoes on the tables; they are sooo tasty when they are freshly harvested and roasted with a drizzle of Nuccio’s Cajun Olive Oil.  It doesn’t matter what you serve them with – hamburger, roast, chicken, shrimp – and a side salad of tomato & cucumber bathed in Jennifer’s Basil Vinaigrette. Heaven! I’m in heaven! (Sorry, I promise I won’t burst into song again.)
Well, another birthday has come and gone and I don’t really feel any older. Steering clear of mirrors, I make my traditional pledge to eat better – and I do (no, really, I do) – but have you seen the cookie selection at the market? Oh, my goodness! Chocolate chip, wedding cookies, anise cookies, lemon crunchies, fig cookies, sinful almond croissants, oatmeal raisin (actually, they don’t count; aren’t they good for you?). There I go…falling off the wagon already. Ok, so technically I never really got on. Most of the time, I’m pretty good… but there are those times when it’s not visions of sugar plums dancing in my head but the thought of Suzie’s whoppin’ fat market cookies, Nanette’s raw almond bars, or Teresa’s orange almond biscotti. Enough of that, now, or I’ll never make it through the week.
But, it’s not the cookies that drew me to the market or kept me coming back. It’s the vendors and their passion for their products. It’s finding out what plant is suited to your garden or what makes grass finished beef best. It’s learning to add a little orange olive oil to the brownie mix or pineapple pepper jelly on your chicken or bleu cheese dressing to your hamburger. It’s the promise of freshly made cheeses, dressings, salsas, hummus. It’s local produce and fresh eggs, laughter, music, Tabasco’s rousing Cock-A-Doodle-Do…is it Market Day yet?

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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Farmers-Market-clipartHi, friends and Happy Wednesday! I’m sure you’re all excited; after all it is Wednesday Market Day! Get your tasty buds ready for some incredibly delicious food. What will it be this week? Spicy West Indian cuisine, traditional Vietnamese fare, smoky barbecue, delicious wraps, or tacos served with Mexican dirty rice (what a taste sensation that must be)? Better yet, get some of each and treat yourself for the rest of the week.

Start exercising those toes this week ‘cause on Saturday the Black Bottom Bog Stompers will be in the gazebo at 9:30. There’ll be lots of toe-tappin’ music so make sure yours are in shape. Sounds like a great time to me. To top that off, we’ll have Lena Brannon of 7Grain in the demo tent to show you different ways of incorporating her products (whole grains and more) into delicious recipes.

Squash abounds at the market at this time of year and there are lots of varieties from which to choose. So what do you do with it – other than roast it or stuff it? No worries, Melanie (Herbs and Spice) has the perfect seasoning that will tantalize those tastebuds! Take any squash (yellow, Delicata, butternut, Nician) and cut it (them) in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Place the squash face down in a baking dish with an inch of water. Bake at 350°F until soft. Turn the squash over (with tongs). Combine a packet of Sweet Cinnamon Sprinkle (Herbs and Spice) with ¼ cup softened butter (Mauthe’s is best) and spread over the top of the squash (don’t forget the cavity). This will be an especially good recipe when acorn squash and pumpkins start appearing.

I did a lot more socializing at the market this past weekend and found out quite a bit (I’ll have to have my granddaughter watch my table more often). Did you know that folks from as far away as Mississippi and Alabama come to our market to buy Trudy’s beautiful Japanese Maples? She has several varieties and is well known (by those who grow them) because her maple trees are not only reasonably priced but they live after they’ve been planted. Impressive, Trudy! You go, girl! biology extended essay topics iberostar is it possible to have an allergic skin reaction to lipitor cheap essay writer service que hace el sildenafil en el cuerpo iliad essay question allegra eustachian tube macbeth essays on symbolism hq s online kamagra term papers on fairy tales https://academicminute.org/paraphrasing/admission-paper-writers-sites-au/3/ https://leelanauchristianneighbors.org/disciplines/cheap-cheap-essay-writing-for-hire-gb/57/ websites for essay writing graduate application essays samples https://sfiec.edu/pdf/?docx=essay-on-generation-gap-in-urdu knust mba thesis click here taking viagra with warfarin viagra for twenty six year old levitra ridgeley follow url concession assertion thesis side effects of females taking viagra follow site famvir and flexiril go source url kan viagra kbes p apoteket uden recept watch viagra in russland rezeptfrei presentaciones sildenafil homework help kenya I know we have a great market and it’s nice to hear that others find us special as well. Lolly Marie’s chocolates make exquisite gifts for birthdays or thank you’s or just cause you need to feel special (hmmm, I think I feel a birthday coming up). She hand makes them with creamy Belgian chocolate and a variety of melt-in-your-mouth centers.

Our vendors just never quit coming up with ingenious new products. OK, so maybe Althee’s fig preserves and fig jam are not necessarily ingenious (but very tasty) but her tomato jam will have you thinking of ways to use it – perhaps spread half a block of cream cheese (or Farmhouse Dairy’s goat cheese) with the tomato jelly and the other half with one of her pepper jellies. Party time! Ask Althee for a taste; you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Spanish R Us has a coconut flan that is sure to delight. Farmhouse Dairy now offers special cuts of goat meat in addition to their cheeses. Two Kids Farm makes an amazing zucchini bread! Bushwood Farms has a sweet potato marmalade which makes a delicious glaze when spread over a pork loin and baked!

How many more reasons do you need to be at the market each week? My thoughts exactly!

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