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This Week at the Covington Farmer’s Market

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Wed Farmers Market signby Charlene LeJeune

I’m a little early today, friends, but I didn’t think you’d mind. I hope you’re having a happy happy Tuesday! We’re getting set up for an even happier Wednesday at the Covington Farmers’ Market. Lots of great music from the gazebo for ya and plenty of delicious food from which to choose. Unfortunately, Chomper’s BBQ will not be at the market today but will return with their wonderful pulled pork next week. No worries, though Kandy will have lots of crunchy egg rolls and those amazing shrimp and cream cheese rolls along with gorgeous salads. Or indulge in Nanette’s old-fashioned vegetable soup and tuna salad wraps. You’ll need your veggies from Mr. Houston and Eddie and honey from Earl. Dessert from Frankie can take many forms; she is preparing peach cobbler, cherry tarts, apple puff pastry turnovers and more. You won’t smell apple or cherry in Richards hand crafted soaps but he has lots of sweet scents. There now. Shopping done.

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 soon arrive bringing more of this glorious weather. Tents will spring from the ground with all manner of goodness. From the gazebo, will come the impressive tunes of Tom Marron, the Lola Deux Food Truck will pull up to the curb on Columbia Street with those amazing Parmesan White Truffle French Fries and all will be right with the world.

We have so much goodness under those tents and more to come in the weeks ahead. Alton and Sandra’s tables are loaded with new plant starts for your garden – pak choi, kale, Chinese cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, borage, mizuna and lots of aromatic herbs. That doesn’t include the bounty on the produce tables. Mr Houston has several varieties of pumpkin and squash. Greg also has pumpkins and persimmons. Try adding chunks of pumpkin to your next pot of chili for extraordinary flavor. Natalie offers a large crop of bell peppers, cucumbers, squash, and the large purple eggplant (and she’s been hinting at strawberries).

PatatesNick’s sweet potatoes are keeping company with lovely mini eggplants (perfect for roasting), red and green okra, his delicious braising mix and lots of heirloom peppers. J.R.’s tables are bursting with green eggplant, persimmons, yellow squash, green beans, green onions, and tomatoes. Eddie has curly leaf kale, bok choi, okra, and hot peppers. Nancy’s beautiful bouquets of lilies, sunflowers, zinnias are smiling all over John’s tat soi , kale, and radishes. (They may not add nutrition, but they certainly add happiness.) John also has cabbage leaves and broccoli leaves which are as tasty as any green and can be eaten in a salad or braised.

Ooops! I almost forgot to mention our new vendor, LA Gourmet. These guys have worked with the food banks in our area and are branching out to bring us locally grown grains, beans, and legumes. I bought a few things to try out, such as Indian corn grits and Lady Cream Peas. The grits are wonderful. I cooked them in the old fashioned way (you know, on the stove, not in the microwave.) They were oh so very creamy with a flavor that you can NOT find in plain white grits. Right now, my sister and I are dining on the Lady Cream peas. They don’t really get as creamy as red beans but hold their shape while delivering incredible taste. Check ‘em out. They also have red beans, black eyed peas, baby limas, long grain rice, and much more.

There’s so much more here – mushrooms, salad sprouts, jams and jellies, kombucha, water kefir, coconut water, scrumptious stuffed artichokes, hot & spicy beef jerky, sweet treats – surely you weren’t planning to sleep 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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This Week at the Covington Farmer’s Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Happy Tuesday, friends! I’ve requested a lovely day for tomorrow and for the rest of the week, full of sunshine, blue skies, and soft breezes delicately scented with honeysuckle. I can’t wait to get out there and enjoy the delicious dishes available and bring some home for lunch for the next few days.

Jeff is serving his famous Mac N Cheese with his smoky pulled pork this week. Enjoy a delicious pan seared salmon salad with shredded green papaya from Kandi. Nanette offers a tempting bowl of tomato basil soup making your mouth water for those lovely little red orbs from the garden. Frankie will have a wonderful treat of bread pudding and rum sauce. Remember the strawberries! When you have strawberries, you always have a great dessert!

Covington Farmers Market Wellness DaySaturday morning will be popping up its lovely head once again, so resist the urge to sleep in or you’ll miss WELLNESS DAY entirely !  Take time to stroll around the grounds soaking up the music of Amedee Fredericks, the Creole Man, while you talk to the vendors and check out the fresh veggies. We also have Wellness vendors on the side lawn in front of the Police Department – fitness experts, massage therapists, yoga instructors, nutritionists, health food stores, essential oils, vitamins, and much more! Nanette will serve samples of chicken curry for your enjoyment and the morning will be filled fun, friends, and loads of great information! What a day! What a day!

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Amedee “Creole Man” Frederick will play in the gazebo for the Covington Farmer’s Market this Saturday

Tabasco has been very busy overseeing the “ladies” and they have been producing like crazy. So don’t forget to pick up your eggs this week. Boiled, scrambled, deviled, or sunny-side up, they are delish! My grandkids were becoming tired of eggs for breakfast so instead of scrambling, I simply made deviled eggs. What a treat! It’s easy enough – boil eggs for 10 minutes and let cool. Heidi tells me that if you lean your egg carton to one side for a few minutes and then lean it to the other side for a few, the yolk tends to stay in the center of the white which makes for much prettier deviled eggs. After they’ve cooled, slice in half and gently scoop out the yolk. Smash the yolks together, along with a little mayo, chopped green onion, and a seasoning of your choice. We have some mighty good ones such as Spicy Lady’s Tandoori Spice, Mediterranean, and BBQ (this one is really tasty) or my Rub Me Tender, Perfect Poultry, or Ole Southwest. All are salt free.

Try your seasonings in ways you haven’t before; for instance, a small 1/4 tsp of BBQ is really nice in potato salad or Tandoori Spice (Spicy Lady) or Moroccan Melody (me) gives a whole new flavor to meatballs or hamburgers. It doesn’t take much seasoning to become your secret ingredient in mashed potatoes, mac n cheese, quiche, or in a little mayo on a sandwich.

It will be an exciting Wellness Day here at the Covington Farmers’ Market. Spend the morning with us. Peruse the vendor tables. Chat with our Wellness Experts. Enjoy the music. You’ll be glad you didn’t sleep 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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Veggie Meals 2 Go - Hearts of Palm & Rice with Cream of Mushroom -- only at the Wednesday Market!

Veggie Meals 2 Go – Hearts of Palm & Rice with Cream of Mushroom — only at the Wednesday Market!

Happy 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 and cheese grits, incredible chicken salad and creamy mushroom soup, Vietnamese flavor-infused noodle salads, Honduran chicken tamales, and tasty Eggplant Casserole with onion, bell pepper, and fresh tomato sauce. Luscious red strawberries are calling your name and fresh green veggies are lining up to add flavor to your dishes. And then…there’s dessert. I think you all know my feelings on that subject. Let a rich coconut cream mini pie or fruity raspberry mini pie complete your meal. YUM!!

Cassie Krebs will be playing at the Saturday Market this weekend

Cassie Krebs will be playing at the Saturday Market this weekend

The week will soon blossom into Saturday and with it the delightful tunes of Cassie Krebs floating from the gazebo. So grab your coffee and celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with us. We have the ultimate St. Paddy’s Day meal – Corned Beef and Cabbage – brought to you by those lovely ladies of Nourish Foods, Nanette and Léa.

Trudy is back at the Saturday market with her famous Japanese Maples plus Lily of the Valley shrub with dainty little white flowers, Dwarf Curly Leaf Ligustrum and Coral Honeysuckle. Dennis’ trees and shrubs will begin blossoming as well, after all, winter can’t last forever, can it? In his little corner of the market, you’ll find Louis Phillipe fragrant Rose, Confederate Rose, Cucumber Magnolia, and Lynwood Gold Forsythia. Alton and Sandra are gearing up for spring and Alton promised to give me the low-down on the lineup this coming Saturday. Right now, they have chocolate, orange, and regular mint, lemon and regular thyme, rosemary, oregano, parsley, leaf celery, green onions, and squash – ready for planting. Newcomer, Stone Creek Nursery, is up to his knees in blueberry, blackberry, and raspberry plants.

We have a new vendor joining us on Saturdays – Spicy Lady. Cheryl mixes organic herbs and spices into blends that enrich your favorite dishes. Try her Rice Seasoning – a lovely blend of coriander, cinnamon, cumin, cardamom, black pepper, nutmeg, clove, and ginger. Melt a little butter and olive oil in a sauté pan, add a tablespoon or two of Rice Seasoning, and simmer for a minute or so before adding your cooked rice. It makes an ordinary side dish a main event! She has other “events” too, such as Tandoori Masala, Wasabi seasoning, Curry Powder, and a vegetable seasoning with the promise of more to come!

Althee's Jellies and Jams

Althee’s Jellies and Jams

Everything seems to be an event these days. Althee’s table is sporting jars of fruity jams and jellies – mayhaw, kumquat marmalade, blackberry jam, strawberry jam, and fig preserves. Nancy’s table is blooming with bouquets of beauty and the market landscape is once again dotted with Amanda’s popsicles of strawberry, pineapple, coconut, chocolate…. Buckle yourself into a mixed berry & lemon buckle from Bear Creek Road. Indulge in a raw juice from Simply Pure with all the nutrients of fresh fruits & vegetables cold pressed into a bottle. You really weren’t thinking of staying home, 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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Happy Mardi Gras! I hope you’re enjoying your day today and are making plans to join us for lunch tomorrow. It may not be Christmas but you can still make your list and check it twice:

Cup of cream of mushroom soup (Nanette)
Chicken salad wrap from Nanette for later in the week
Chicken porridge from Kandi for later in the week
½ lb Smoky pulled pork to chop up in my eggs for breakfast
Lemon olive oil from Nuccio’s (‘cause I’m out)
2 mini apple pies (‘cause Mr. Wonderful loves them)
Frozen stuffed peppers from Veggie Meals 2 Go (Oh! Did I forget to mention they are making their Wednesday debut) Check out the menu.
1 pint of red ripe strawberries
1 pint of Earl’s raw honey for my coffee

Ah! Aren’t Wednesdays wonderful? And Saturday will be just as wonderful with Ed Whiteman faithfully and graciously serving coffee and tea from the pavilion (thanks, Ed!), Chris Talley with lovely melodies in the gazebo, lovely fresh breezes sweeping the market, and Lola Deux pulled up to the curb on Columbia Street. Enchanting!

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 This Saturday

I don’t want to “throw” all our thrills out there at once but we have a special surprise for Saturday. Okay. Okay. I’ll spill the beans – the Covington Farmers’ Market will have its own ATM machine! I know it was supposed to be a surprise but it’s kinda like catching all your beads and dubloons in the air. You just have to shout about it!

Jasmine Aubert has created a new organic coconut “everything” soap. It cleans everything from you to your clothes. Whaaaat! Everything???!! But will it do the dishes? Yes!  While you’re over there, take a look at her shampoos – organic green tea shampoo and wild rose cream shampoo for colored and fragile hair.

I hope you had a chance to taste Bear Creek Road’s airy meringues, macaroons, and marshmallows last week. Jennifer also had a caramel pecan chocolate bar that she says will be on the menu again this week. She’s also featuring Potato Rosemary Boules and Mushroom Onion Focaccia. If you need more reason than that to get here, try a sample of Betty Rue’s new chewy, chocolaty, grain-free brownie or her chocolaty, nutty Rocky Road cookie! Sam’s Sprouts has been adding loads of new things to his sprout line. I tasted a ginger peanut butter coconut bar that was out of this world and the coconut chips are crunchy and perfect for snacking.

Bartlett Farm's own Braising Mix - fresh baby Bok Choi. Mizuna , and Tat Soi mixed and washed. Ready to go for salad or sauté or soup!

Bartlett Farm’s own Braising Mix – fresh baby Bok Choi. Mizuna , and Tat Soi mixed and washed. Ready to go for salad or sauté or soup!

Our produce vendors haven’t been slacking. Nick (Grow.Farm) has broccoli rabe, Tuscan kale, heirloom turnips and bags of mixed chards. He also has those flavorful sweet potatoes. John’s (Bartlett Farm) table includes carrots, beets, mixed bags of lettuce and beautiful floral bouquets. Mr. Houston (Father & Son Farm) has Brussels sprouts, red sails lettuce, a variety of kales, collards, oak leaf lettuce, and mustard. Ken has huge heads of cauliflower and broccoli, greens and a yellow variety of carrot that I’m told is quite sweet.

All of this is only 1 and 4 days away. Set your countdown clocks, your alarm clocks, your biological clocks, whatever clocks you have to. You don’t want 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 www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org

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Hi, friends and happy Tuesday! What a lovely day it is today and it looks like we will be blessed with sunshine tomorrow, which is great since we will be equally blessed with great food and great music.  Stop by and enjoy a delicious pulled pork sammy with all the fixins’ or flavorful salad of papaya noodles topped with pan seared salmon. Nanette is preparing sliced turkey wraps and a tasty beer & cheese soup to entice you and Elizabeth will have her world famous muffalettas. Frankie has key lime pies just ready and waiting for you. Don’t forget to bring home some fresh vegetables and red, ripe strawberries. So grab a glass of blueberry lemonade or sweet jasmine tea and sit a spell with us.

Chocolate peppermint meringues from Bear Creek

Chocolate peppermint meringues from Bear Creek Road, who will be doing the food demo Saturday

This Saturday will be Valentine’s Day and I hope you’re planning to bring your sweetie to the Covington Farmers’ Market. We promise to have a smorgasbord of heartfelt treats to woo her… or him… or them (you know… the kiddies). Tony Green will serenade us from the gazebo while we anxiously await Jennifer from Bear Creek Road to set up her tasting delights! Here’s a hint: fluffy pink marshmallows or meringues – light and airy enough to put a smile on Cupid’s face. Jennifer says there will be chocolate pecan bark as well as her regular assortment of yummies. Remember this will be the last week for king cake. Hmmm. I wonder if they freeze well.

Theresa's Italian Cookies Fig Cake (Buccellato)

Theresa’s Italian Cookies Fig Cake (Buccellato)

Our remarkable vendors have really outdone themselves this Mardi Gras season. We have the traditional king cakes with brightly colored sugars adorning sweet cinnamon bread, Mauthe’s phenomenal king cheesecake, Robin’s incredible king cake pepper jelly, and now we have Theresa’s version – the Sicilian Fig Cake. These are available in small slices or a whole cake and will be around long after Fat Tuesday rolls through.

Saturday  will also bring a new vendor – Veggie Meals 2 Go (yes, Collins, they even prepare vegan meals). Stop by to check out their menu which brags Stuffed potato skins, Potato and mixed veggie casserole, Lentil soup, Zucchini lasagna, herb sautéed vegetables, and much more. You can find them by Jubilee Farms and Chomper’s BBQ.

Sweet Home, Sweet Earth, non-toxic cleaning & bath products by Michele Arseneaux-Billie

Sweet Home, Sweet Earth, non-toxic cleaning & bath products by Michele Arseneaux-Billie

I hope you a chance to try Michele’s new balms – Baby Butt Balm and Bye Bye Boo Boo Balm. Now don’t worry if you aren’t a baby or don’t have one, her baby balm will soothe other skin irritations as well. I hope you also have a chance to check out Norma Jean’s Cuisine – delicious breads, walnut paté, simply perfect Artichoke & Valbreso Cheese quiche, tasty soups, and sweet kumquat marmalade. Then swing by Betty Rue for a taste sensation – lemon petit fours with a blueberry lavender filling and creamy fondant made with agave syrup or the new Rocky Road cookies. Oh, sooo good!  Heart healthy, skin healthy, garden happy, tummy lovin’, and just all around fun…the Covington Farmers’ Market has it all. Our plans include lots of sunshine and blue skies; make sure your plans include joining 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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Hi, friends and a very Happy Tuesday to you! I’ve got my rose colored glasses on and it looks like we will have an awesome day tomorrow. But then, how could it be otherwise with fantastic music and a terrific lunch to enjoy? Nanette is busy whipping up a creamy tomato basil soup to accompany her delicious chicken salad wrap. Chomper’s BBQ is serving roasted poblano corn bread, pulled pork and mac N cheese.

Christina Salls will be performing at the Covington Farmers Market Saturday

Christina Salls will be performing at the Covington Farmers Market Saturday

Christina Salls will be serenading us this Saturday so grab your coffee and a muffin and stroll around, enjoying the day and all the market has to offer. We have a very special treat this weekend, Chef Robert Vasquez of Opal Basil on the Trace will preview his Valentine’s Day menu. If you’ve been to Opal Basil, you’ll already know that Chef Robert is a master of pulling flavors together to create a masterpiece for your palate. If you’re not familiar, then you are truly in for a treat!

Sacred Earth Bars Goji BerriesSacred Earth has created a new granola bar to add to their repertoire. The latest has a higher protein content with all the goodness of sunflower butter and goji berries. This bar, as with all her treats, is loaded with plant based protein, essential fatty acids, greens, veggies and probiotics. To add more nutrition, try one of Simply Pure’s cold pressed raw juices. They are never pasteurized, with no added sugars, preservatives and loads of vitamins, trace minerals, enzymes and yum.

It seems the fascination for king cakes never diminishes in this region. And in keeping with that theme, Robin has a new pepper jelly flavor – King Cake – and, yes, it really does taste like one! The lovely thing about this particular jelly is that a dollop of goat cheese (Farmhouse, of course) topped with a smidge of jelly makes any ordinary cracker outstanding! Just think how it will taste on one of Lena’s toasted bread rounds. It satisfies the desire for sweet, salty, and savory and is absolutely delicious! No worries if that doesn’t appeal; Jennifer and Suzie still have traditional king cakes and Mauthe’s offers king cheesecake! Enjoy with a nice cup of Coast Roast coffee or refreshing cup of Carob Café (Rosalie Apothecary) and friends.

Opal Basil is the food demo for the Saturday market

Opal Basil is the food demo for the Saturday market

The weather seems to be having a positive effect on our produce. Each week veggies appear on the tables, looking like they’ve just walked out of the pages of some specialty produce magazine. Brussels sprouts and broccoli, carrots and chard, mustard and more are all right here ready and waiting for you to take notice. Alton and Sandra’s tables are brimming with flavorful herbs to make your dishes sing!

As always, there is so much more to see and experience at the Covington Farmers’ Market. The catch is that you have to be here to get the full benefit. See ya!

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, happy Tuesday! This time last year our Tuesday was frozen over with the threat of snow on Wednesday and the promise of a balmy 70°on the Saturday. Gotta love the weather in southeast Louisiana in the winter.  But our skies tomorrow will be crisp and clean without a cloud in the whole big blue expanse. OK, there may be a cloud or two but a few little marshmellow-y delights up there will only add to the enjoyment. And enjoyment it will be when you bite into a yummy muffaletta or crispy crunchy shrimp & cream cheese roll. You may prefer a raw salad and a nice bowl of soup or a pulled pork sandwich with corn bread pudding. Whatever you do, save room for one of Frankie’s pies. She’s making chocolate mint cream and lemon ice box mini pies among other things. Keep in mind that Nanette’s almond date bars are perfect for breakfast. I’m not sure how you’ll decide. I just buy several so I’ll have some to last me till Saturday. Take home a carton of red ripe strawberries ‘cause you know you’ll want some later.

Gina Forsyth will be playing this Saturday at the Covington Farmer's Market

Gina Forsyth will be playing this Saturday at the Covington Farmer’s Market

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 Gina Forsyth wafting from the gazebo and the smoky goodness of Chomper’s BBQ. Jeff is rolling out the smoker and you don’t want to miss that!

Farmhouse Dairy at the Covington Farmer's Market

Farmhouse Dairy at the Covington Farmer’s Market

Tiffany and Andy, Farmhouse Dairy, have been very busy with all the new kids being born. But they will be there on Saturday with fresh goat milk and goat cheese which is a good thing cause you’ll need it for the “Big Game”. Try this, fill some of these fluffy little tat soi leaves with a spoon of creamy goat cheese and top with a dollop of Robin’s or Althee’s pepper jelly. It doesn’t matter what flavor; the problem will be choosing only one. Of course, you can also fill them with a spoonful of Nur’s tabouli or Hot Tamale Mama’s spinach artichoke dip for a definite change of pace.

Nurs Kitchen dipping plate with their humus

Nurs Kitchen dipping plate with their humus

What do you do with the bottoms of the tat soi leaves that you stuffed with cheese? They also fill very nicely with cheese and pepper jelly or use them as dippers. Dipping carrots abound as well as cauliflower and broccoli. Spanish R Us has several different salsa variations and refried beans. Soriedad even makes the chips to go with. Add a few of Dee’s pickled veggies and Lena’s toasted bread rounds to your tray and you are done!

Althee's Jellies and Jams

Althee’s Jellies and Jams

Make your own meatballs with ground beef, lamb, pork (Farmbouse Dairy, Jubilee Farms, Mt. Herman Pork). In a crockpot, mix together with a jar (more or less depending on how many meatballs you have) of Chomper’s Original BBQ Sauce and a jar of Althee’s Blackberry jelly and add your cooked meatballs. For spicier fare, use one of Robin’s pepper jellies. Italian or green onion sausage, baked in the oven and sliced, also works well.

We have lots of goodies to fill your Game Day trays and your Every Day eating dishes – loads of delicious veggies, ripe strawberries, fresh milk, artisan breads, creamed honey, plump shrimp, luscious brownies, muffins, mini pies, nut brittle, and cookies. Lolly Marie has beautiful chocolates that no one can resist. A large overstuffed artichoke from Angel will satisfy lots of guests (or just one). 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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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

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Wed Farmers Market signHi, friends and happy almost Thanksgiving! Don’t let that dreary scene outside your window get you down; we have a lovely day planned 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.

Get ready to enjoy the intense flavor of Nanette’s creamy vegetable soup tomorrow. Soooo delicious but you may have difficulty deciding between it and her butternut squash bisque. (Hint: bring home a pint of each for later in the week.) Jeff promises to have baked apples to go with his pulled pork. A whole muffaletta will certainly last til the end of the week and you won’t have to worry about what to fix while you’re Black Friday shopping. Kandi’s chicken porridge goes a long way to satisfying an empty tummy. One of Frankie’s delicious banana, pumpkin, or blueberry bread will be welcomed at any Thanksgiving table. Top your dessert with some of Natalie’s strawberries – surprisingly sweet for this time of year. Don’t forget Nanette’s slaw salads or veggies from Natalie and Mr. Houston for your side dishes. (Yes, Collins, even vegans must have “side” dishes.)

Saturday will roll around and you’ll be tempted to sleep in. Black Friday can be exhausting. But…we’ll have 70 degrees of sunshine, deep blue skies, smiling faces – how can you resist? Get a fresh cup of coffee and enjoy the music of Zac Maris. AND, as a refreshing change from leftovers, Chomper’s BBQ will have their grill rig at the market for the cooking demo this week. Can’t wait, can you?

Take your time as you stroll around the market. It’s a great time to visit with the vendors and make your list of what you would like to have over the next month – you know Christmas parties, football games, holiday treats for the office, gifts…

Our hearts are thankful for the kids whose laughter wafts through our market, for the blend of wares that makes our market unique, for our vendors who are here rain or shine, but mostly we are very thankful for you, our faithful patrons who show up week after week. Please have a very 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! We’ve got a simply beautiful day planned for tomorrow with plenty of sunshine and blue skies so be sure to get out to the Market to enjoy it.

Wed Farmers Market signIt won’t be really cold tomorrow but it may be a bit “chili” – Chomper’s chili, that is, and a nice piece of cornbread. A cup of Nanette’s heartwarming soup will put a spring in your step and a song in your heart and I’m for anything that will put a little spring anywhere at this time of year. Treat yourself to a plate of Kandi’s shrimp and cream cheese rolls or a whopping fat muff from Nuccios (half or whole). You will not be disappointed. I enjoy a lot of the foods served at the Wednesday Market but I really can’t enjoy all of these delicious meals in one day. My fix is to bring some home. That way Mr. Wonderful can enjoy the market as well. He’s such a sweetie, I might even buy him one of Frankie’s pies. Oh! What the heck! I’ll get him two; he may want to share.

Come Saturday morning there will be (hopefully) milder temperatures (is it spring yet?) Sweet Jones will delight us with tunes from the gazebo beginning at 9:30. So settle in with a fresh cup of coffee and visit with vendors while you await Eric Acquistapace, of Acquistapace’s Covington Supermarket. He will be serving samples of his amazing Cajun Fried Turkey. You may want to order one; it’s the perfect solution to the harried rush of cooking at Thanksgiving which will be here before you know it (like next week!)

Kombucha Girl Living BeverageMove over Coca-Cola! The Kombucha Girls have a special treat this week – Living Sodas! Buy it by the glass with your choice of Satsuma-Cranberry or Maple-Double Vanilla Pear Living Blends. You choose your flavor and they mix them with sparkling mineral water for a healthy “live” soda of probiotics, prebiotics, enzymes, organic acids, and B vitamins.

Enten Farms’ duck eggs add incredible richness and fluffiness to cakes and cookies. It’s not just eggs they have but whole ducks too and Meaux’s incredible mustards! Meaux mustard is perfect on a sandwich so you may need to pick up a loaf from Windfield Farms or 7Grain. Check out Bear Creek Road’s caramelized onion and roasted garlic focaccia bread or the chocolate bourbon pecan pies. Thanksgiving will never be the same!

Windfield Farm Bakery - pumpernickel bread

Windfield Farm Bakery – pumpernickel bread

Spanish R Us has added pickled cucumbers (delish), refried beans (double delish), and guacamole (even more delish) to their line up! And there’s more, much more at the Covington Farmers’ Market – raw honey, gourmet coffee, luscious, creamy, delectable desserts…what will you discover?

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 signHi, friends and Happy Tuesday! What a contrast to last night’s storm and we get to enjoy this beauty all week long! So, where will you be tomorrow? Surely not stuck in some dreary office…not with gorgeous blue skies and sunshine smiling down? Surely not with Nanette’s sweet potato, white bean and kale soup awaiting you? Or Kandi’s tempting shrimp & cream cheese rolls OR Jeff’s pulled pork & potato salad OR Nuccio’s hot-from-the-oven muffaletta. Can you really forego a bag of Frankie’s nut brittle? What will you do on Thursday without an Immunity Booster oatmeal bar from Sacred Earth for breakfast? Anticipating a rough day? Get a Stress Release bar as well. Can you get through until Saturday with the fresh veggies you have? Well then, you and Shirley need to get to the Market tomorrow! Oh, what the heck! Bring her along on Saturday too.

LOLA Deux, LOLA Restaurant's food truck

LOLA Deux, LOLA Restaurant’s food truck

The music has been truly wonderful at the Market over the past few weeks and this Saturday will be no different with Joe Manuel in the gazebo! So grab a delicious cup of coffee and mosey on over to the Lola Deux Food Truck to see what incredible morsel they’ve prepared for us this week. You may as well get some Parmesan White Truffle French Fries while you’re there; if not, you know you’ll be back later.

As I sit here at the computer, composing and typing, I am enjoying the remnants of a stew I made last Friday. Now, I use the phrase “I made” quite loosely because in reality I just threw the ingredients together. First I put the green onion sausage (Jubilee Farms) in the oven to bake while I chopped my kale. Into the crock pot it went along with about a cup of water and I just let it simmer for a few hours. Then, I cut the cooked sausage into bite-sized pieces and into the crockpot they went, joined by a container of Nur’s white bean salad. I let it simmer for another hour (I think. I sorta lost track of the time since I didn’t have to do anything) and then sat down to a nice bowl of stew. Yes, it was just me; Mr. Wonderful is not into greens. And now the flavors have been melding for a few days and I warmed it up to enjoy for lunch. Before eating I added a few spoons of Nur’s chipotle hummus and OMGwhiz! The flavors are amazing. I may have to add hummus to a few more of my dishes.

Speaking of flavors, I noticed that Robin has a new taste in pepper jellies – Lemon Basil – perfect over fried fish or as a vinaigrette. Yes, jelly does make a wonderful vinaigrette – a couple of tbsp of jelly, 2 tbsp of vinegar, 2 tbsp of light olive oil (Nuccio’s Lemon is sure to go nicely) and a dash of Dijon mustard, whip it together and Voila! You’re in luck; the veggies are beginning to line up on the produce tables ready to take their turn in your salad – arugula, tat soi, sprouts, tomatoes, green onions. You can also include fresh zucchini and squash in your salad or just sauté them and serve with a drizzle of Nanette’s Lemon Feta dressing or Gina’s Bleu Cheese dressing. The sharp flavors contrast nicely with the mild taste of the squash.

Ishmael is back with pasture raised pork. You’ll find him at the back of the market next to Farmhouse Dairy where you can pick up beef, lamb, or goat meats (and tangy goat cheeses) and just a few paces away from Enten Farms and duck meat! You can find all kinds of meats here. James and John both have chicken. Paul at Jubilee Farms also has pork and beef. Mr. Two is over by the gazebo with shrimp. Isn’t our market wonderful?

We’re seeing lots of pumpkins at the market just in time for a Halloween decorating. Mr. Houston, Greg and Suzie all have them. Oh…wait…Suzie has pumpkin Ooey Gooeys and you can decorate them with faces if you want. She will also have carrot cake muffins this week. I think that means you’ll need milk, ‘cause how you can have such treats without milk? And we have all kinds of milk – cow’s milk from Mauthe’s, goat’s milk from Farmhouse Dairy, and now freshly made almond milk from Sam’s Sprouts. WOW! How can you and Shirley resist? We’ll 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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Hi, friends and Happy Tuesday! It’ll be a perfect day tomorrow for lunch at the market. I know. I know. You’re looking out the window at the moment and wondering about where my mind is. That’s today; tomorrow you’ll want to pull up a chair at a table under the pavilion where you can bask in the comforting aroma of good food or closer to the gazebo where sweet music will massage your stress away. Food choices from Noodle Salad (chicken marinated overnight then grilled with lemongrass & served on a bed of rice noodles) to tantalizing salads & wraps, taste-tempting turkey legs right from the grill, better-than-Central-Grocery muffalettas are calling your name. Finish with one of Frankie’s pies. She’ll have peach and apple tarts this week and they look delish!

LOLA Deux, LOLA Restaurant's food truck

LOLA Deux, LOLA Restaurant’s food truck

Saturday, sweet Saturday…I suppose that sounds so good because it’s the perfect ending to the week. Get out early, grab your coffee and take a stroll around the market while you await melodic tunes coming from Sonic Migrations on the gazebo. Then get ready because it is the third week of the month and that means – Lola Deux! Everywhere you look there will be lots of good food, Popsicles, and Parmesan fries everywhere! Try to save a few; they are excellent added to scrambled eggs.

Kudos to Farmhouse Dairy! Tiffany and Andy were featured on Flip My Food with Chef Jeff this morning, showing him around the dairy with a quick lesson on making their fantastic goat milk chevre. Tiffany makes it look easy but I’ll stick to getting it from her. Tiffany also uses goat milk to make an incredible cajeta – a Mexican caramel sauce. It makes a great topping for pound cake, ice cream, or (my favorite) a spoon.

As I mentioned last week, Alton and Sandra are getting their autumn lineup of garden plants ready for planting – kale, beets, dill, aloe, lettuces, garlic chives, rosemary and more. Stop by and see what’s new this week. Then, it’s over to visit Tabasco (our other celebrity) for a few of Grammy’s Chick-a-poo “tea bags”, more commonly known as garden fertilizer. You may as well start your garden off right. After all that hard work, cool off with a refreshing glass of Serendipity Wine.

Lion's Mane Mushrooms from Screaming Oaks Mushroom Farm

Lion’s Mane Mushrooms from Screaming Oaks Mushroom Farm

Just because Labor Day has past, doesn’t mean that grilling season is over. NO way!  Remember you can grill much more than chicken and burgers (although they are wonderful on the Barbie.) Squash and zucchini enjoy basking on the pit and you can dress them many ways. Dilute a couple of tablespoons of pepper jelly (Robin or Althee) with a touch of vinegar and marinate your veggies before adding to the grill. Top your grilled eggplant with some of Nanette’s curry sauce or my Delhi Delight, toast up a few bell peppers or hot peppers then stuff with Hot Tamale Mama’s spinach artichoke dip, Nanette’s spinach and cashew cream dip, Farmhouse Dairy’s chevre, or one of Mauthe’s soft cheeses. Mmmmm! Mmmmm! Sweet potatoes on the grill, wrapped in foil, and slow cooked until tender, then topped with a little cinnamon and Mauthe’s butter. Ooooh, yeah!

We have a new vendor at the market – Bear Creek Road – artisan pies and cookies. Ask Jennifer about her Pie of the Month club. I hear that October’s pie is Pumpkin Truffle Custard Pie with Sage Crust and November is an Apple Plum Pie with Oatmeal Stuese. OK, these are obviously more than pies. Jennifer is a true pastry artist and I can see myself daintily nibbling on a canvas of Pumpkin Truffle or Apple Plum. Alright, it’s been a while since I have daintily nibbled anything but if the caramel cookie I sampled on Saturday is any indication… Obviously, the Covington Farmers’ Market is the place you need to be. 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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Tabasco the Covington Farmers Market reaux-ster says “No GMO!”

Hi, friends and Happy Tuesday! Isn’t the weather delightful today – lovely sunshine – at least in my neck of the woods. It looks like another gorgeous day tomorrow.  Make your way to the Covington Trailhead ‘round about lunchtime and treat yourself to a “picnic” lunch, soft breezes, lively music, and, of course, great meals. Nuccio’s will be joining us this Wednesday with their famous muffalettas – and Liz will have flavored olive oils and olive salad as well. And, if that’s not your thing, enjoy Kandi’s scrumptious shrimp and cream cheese rolls, Mediterranean salad from Nanette, Jeff’s smoky pulled pork, Cynthia’s meatball sliders, topped off with a glass of Raspberry Lemonade. No matter what you get, it’s always something good. Remember to take something home for dinner.

Saturday will follow at its usual pace with all its sunshine and weekend fun. Keenan Knight will be making magic in the gazebo.  Chef Robert Vasquez of Opal Basil on the Trace will take a turn in the demo tent and you are really going to enjoy his food. It’s amazing what he does with ingredients from the market. So grab your coffee and stay awhile. It would be a shame to miss out!

Alton & Sandra have been busy with plants for fall. They have kale, buttercrunch lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, garlic chives and more so get your garden in shape now. Remember to get your fertilizer from the Egg Ladies. Did you know that their chickens are fed with non GMO feed? That’s right. Tabasco put his foot down and said, “No GMO!”  Way to go, Tabasco!

Since we are getting into football season and there is a game every week, you’ll need some things to make your tailgating or home party easy. So… let’s see… start with salsa and chips from Spanish R Us – always easy and always a favorite. Everyone loves finger foods so sliced veggies and dips are perfect. Hot Tamale Mama makes that wonderful spinach and artichoke dip and Nanette has a new spinach and cashew cream dip and don’t forget hummus – roasted red pepper, chipotle, cilantro and regular (Nur). Speaking of sliced veggies, Dee has a wonderful selection of pickled veggies in combinations of peppers, garlic, asparagus, carrots, and even cucumber – bright, colorful, and perfect for dippin’ or crunchin’. You’ll find her right across from Blood River Honey.

Now, for the main course…a nice crockpot filled with mini meatballs (beef, pork, lamb, or goat from Farmhouse Dairy or Jubilee Farms) swimming in my Dehli Delight sauce, or shrimp basking in Nanette’s delicious cauliflower alfredo sauce or artichoke mushroom sauce is sure to please. Grill the tastiest hamburgers flavored with my Rub Me Tender seasoning, salt, and a couple of tablespoons of Nur’s sundried tomato pesto, marinate chicken (James or John) in Bechac’s Roasted Garlic & Tomato dressing and grill to perfection, generously rub pork ribs (Juliblee Farms) with Chomper’s Pig Rub and add them to the pit, or prepare a casserole of shrimp, zucchini chunks, and eggplant chunks bathed in butter and seasoned with my Shrimp on the Barbie seasoning.

Did I forget dessert??? Of course not! We have lemon squares, raspberry crumble, nut brittle and more, mini pies, muffins and cookies galore. There are almond date bars, orange almond biscotti, wedding cookies, chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, gluten free sandwich cookies, blueberry muffins, and maybe even old fashioned banana pudding. With all the selection, it will be hard to choose. Take your time…no one’s rushing 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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Cucumbers from Bartlett Farm

Good afternoon, friends, and Happy Tuesday! Vacations are wonderful but it’s great to get back into a routine again. After two weeks, I feel so out of touch but I’m sure there will be great lunches – crispy egg rolls, lovely raw salads and wraps, a few Honduran tamales, delicious pulled pork and perhaps Jeff will even surprise us with smoked chicken salad. Enjoy your lunch with a refreshing cup of jasmine tea, strawberry fruit pinch, or blueberry lemonade. Don’t forget to pick up your fresh veggies. Squashes are perfect to stuff with a little pulled pork or chicken salad and bake. Or fill with Nanette’s corn and black bean salad for a vegetarian flair that will even satisfy meat lovers. Enjoy raw or baked. Make your own “spaghetti” with zucchini. I usually cut the zuke lengthwise into ¼” thick (or so) slices, then cut each of those slices into ¼” long pieces. You can stir fry it before adding sauce or use it raw.

Saturday, lovely Saturday, will be another great market day with fresh watermelon slices from Jubilee Farms in the cooking tent. I know one slice won’t be enough but don’t fret, they will have some for sale as well. We will also be treated to the vibrant tunes of Linnzi Zaorski. Her sassy 1940s style brightens up our morning. So grab your coffee, put your dancin’ shoes on and have a great time with us.

I’m looking forward to seeing if there are any new veggies to be had. I am certain there will be eggplant. Bread and fry eggplant rounds and top them with some of my O-luv Artichoke sauce, Cynthia’s Bolognese sauce, or with Bechac’s Bleu Cheese dressing. Yum!

I know there will be fresh beans, okra, squashes, heirloom and Creole tomatoes, blueberries and peaches, tomatillos, and peppers. I was kinda strapped for a great recipe when I came across Marietta’s recipe for spaghetti squash from Slice of Heaven Farm. Thanks, Marietta, this sounds wonderful!

Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. Scrape out seeds. Place open side down in a baking sheet with a half inch of water in it. Bake for 40 mins at 350°F.  Once the squash is done, take it out and scrape out the inside “noodles” with a fork and spoon.  Prepare a pan on medium high heat and melt a tablespoon of butter with a tablespoon of minced garlic. Add the “noodles” and toss in the butter and garlic. Add a splash of dry white wine. (If you’re not big on wine, I’m sure that vegetable or chicken broth will work.) Sauté until the wine is evaporated, about 4-5 minutes. Finish with minced parsley and grated parmesan. Serve hot. Doesn’t that sound delicious?

Another good idea I came across has to do with okra. Lots of our vendors will have okra this week and I know many of you stay away from it because it tends to be slimy. Slice your okra, place in a single layer on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven at 350°F for 10 minutes on each side. It can then be put in recipes for gumbo, or whatever you like. Best yet – NO SLIME!!

I can’t wait to get back to the Market, to the brightly colored flowers and green plants, cool summer soups, freshly baked breads, a cookie selection to delight the most discriminating tastebud, sweet honey, jars of beautifully fermented veggies, your friendly faces, laughing children, the scent of herbal soap wafting on the breeze along with Tabasco’s endearing cock-a-doodle-doo. It’s so good to be home!

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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Oyster Mushrooms – Screaming Oaks Mushroom Farm – James Shoop

Hi, friends and Happy Tuesday! We’re already gearing up for tomorrow…this rain will be gone and the sun will be shining. It will be a day to get out and enjoy that sunshine and a great lunch. The grandkiddies have already decided what they will order. I will decide when I get there.

Music will usher in our Saturday morning with the contemporary folk tunes of Reed Alleman. So grab your coffee and spend a relaxing morning with us. Chef Robert Vasquez of Opal Basil on the Trace and Café Vive will delight us with a menu that he creates from the specials he buys from our market. With all the choices before him, I’m wondering where his creativity will take him.

Will he make crepes topped with fresh fruits like peaches and blueberries or even a scoop of Althee’s new low sugar Mulberry Jelly? Personally, I’d be just as happy with Mauthe’s yogurt or cream cheese topped with any or all of those. But, delicious as that is, it certainly doesn’t require the creativity for which Chef Vasquez is known. Perhaps he will choose eggplant (yes, we will have them this week) for his canvas, roasting them with carrots, tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, bell peppers, and onions for a quick and easy ratatouille. Maybe he’ll really be daring and surprise us!

We have a few new vendors at the market. First, on both Wednesdays and Saturdays, Sacred Earth makes meal replacement bars. Made with organic ingredients, these bars are gluten, dairy, soy, and nut free but definitely not taste free. They are delicious. Stop by and check them out. Next, we have Emmanuel Pig Farm featuring pasture raised pork. Their meat is aged for 7 days before being frozen.

Jessica of Two Kids Farm has homemade stevia extract along with an assortment of fresh veggies. Cucumber pickles decorated Norma Jean’s table for a little while before she sold out. She says she will also feature a different variation on lentil salad each week. While you’re over there, check out the gorgeous gladiolas from Alton and Sandra. I know a bouquet of glads make certainly make me glad! (OK, I’ll stop.)

Gina and I were discussing different ways her customers use her dressings, such as using Roasted Garlic and Tomato in a shrimp salad or drizzling Bleu Cheese over roasted veggies right before they’re done and back in the oven just long enough to let the cheese melt. Our discussion turned to how nice it would be to have Angel’s artichoke stuffing to use to stuff pork chops or chicken breast. Angel said she would be happy to take orders….hmmmmm…I’m thinking Angel’s stuffing, sandwiched between thick rounds of fried eggplant, finished with a “sauce” of Bleu Cheese dressing. And then, slice up a few of Nick’s heirloom tomatoes – so exquisitely simple. They need nothing else.

I’ve been babbling on and on and haven’t mentioned a third of the delights you’ll find at the Market. You’ll just have to come out and see for yourself. Just remember to stop by and say, “hello”. Personally, I can’t wait to find out what’s new this week!

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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Tabasco, the Covington Farmers Market Mascot Roux-ster

Happy Tuesday, friends! Prepare for swirls of sunshine and blue skies tomorrow with maybe a wisp of cloud. It may be a little chilly but the sunshine will take care of that quickly. Good food, good music, good friends – oh my!

We have a new vendor joining our ranks. Cynthia of Cucina Cinzia has canolli (ricotta, sugar and imported vanilla), hand-crafted fresh pasta and a lovely Bolognese sauce to go with. Last week her pasta choices included sage, broccoli, roasted tri pepper, roasted red pepper and traditional. Stop by for a taste. She will be at the Trailhead on Wednesday with a lunch special and on Saturday you’ll find her in the back next to Farmhouse Dairy. Also on Wednesday, you’ll find our other incredible vendors with hot bean soup, smoky pulled pork, crispy egg rolls (and Pho for home), tummy-tantalizing gourmet chocolates (raspberry, mint, caramel), crunchy nut brittle (pecan, cashew, peanut), tangy pepper jellies, and lots of fresh veggies. Any one of Robin’s pepper jellies will make a delicious spicy vinaigrette – 2 tablespoons of pepper jelly, 2 tablespoons of vinegar, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and a dash of Dijon mustard, whip it together and Voila!

We are thrilled to have the Deslondes entertaining us on Saturday. So enjoy a great cup of coffee, a pumpkin muffin (Betty Rue) and spend some time visiting with your favorite vendors while you await our treat of the day – Susie Banck’s incredible king cake. Stop by the demo tent for a taste and pick up one to take home. You won’t regret it.

Check out what’s happenin’ on the veggie scene. You really can’t beat freshly picked veggies. Even the local produce at the supermarkets is picked early so they can get it to the stores and still have a shelf life. Our vendors pick the day before so it’s as fresh as it gets without going into the garden yourself. We’ve got a variety on the tables including a few lettuce mixes, butterhead, romaine, oak leaf (very unique shape), etc. Spinach and kale abound as well as turnips and green onions. The Asian greens have been joined by an Asian beet – Chioga beet – which looks like a bullseye when sliced. Picture that on your salad! Sam’s Sprouts can top that with red clover, mung bean, or pea sprouts. Serve with one of Angel’s huge stuffed artichokes or a steamy hot bowl of Southy’s red lentil chili, sit back and enjoy!

James has lots of oyster mushrooms lately. Sauté them in Maute’s butter with onions, garlic, and a pound of Mr. Two’s shrimp and you have an incredible meal. Add a side salad with lettuce spinach, sprouts, sliced green onions and a little goat cheese from Tiffany (Farmhouse Dairy), a drizzle or two of Bechac’s Honey Creole Dressing, and finish with “croutons” (Lena’s toasted focaccia sticks broken into chunks). Dong will have those tasty little Buchimgae (don’t ask me to pronounce it) that he had last weekend. Simply put, it’s a Korean pancake made with flour, water, onions, pumpkin, and garlic chives. Yumm-eee!

So where will you be this week? Do you need your week brightened, your taste buds tweaked, an adventure for your senses? We’ve got the smiles. We’ve got fresh veggies. We’ve got a smorgasbord of culinary delights. We’ve got Tabasco. Let the adventure begin!

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 to sign up for Charlene’s fantastic weekly e-newsletter.

Wednesday Covington Farmers Market Menu 1-22-14