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

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Covington Farmers Market LogoWhatta Tuesday, friends! Lotsa great food on tap for tomorrow so make your plans to join us. As many of you know, Nanette’s last day with our market was on Saturday but have no fear. Her faithful apprentice, Lea, is debuting her first solo market meal with asparagus and brown rice soup. I can’t wait to taste it! But let’s not forget the other goodies available. After all, you’ll need something for the rest of the week. Take home a dinner of Chomper’s pulled pork, green beans & cheese grits. Enjoy a crunchy beef tostado topped with lettuce and tomato and salsa. Kandy’s pan-seared salmon salad is a lunchtime favorite. And, of course, dessert. Frankie has cherry cheese cake bars and blueberry buttermilk pies. You’ll be sooooo glad you came!

Tabasco, the Covington Farmers Market mascot Roux-ster

Tabasco, the Covington Farmers Market mascot Roux-ster

The P-town Ramblers will get things started on Saturday, crooning out snappy tunes from the gazebo. But even better than that awaits you in the cooking tent. Chompers BBQ will drive the smoker out to the Market for an old fashioned BBQ! Get your pulled pork and fixin’s for the 4th (it saves cooking) or pick up your favorite sauce for your own backyard/lakefront picnic! We will have a special 4th of July treat for the kiddies…Peters Farm & Fun Mobile Petting Farm will be at this Saturday’s market!!
It’s so easy to grill corn on the pit. Just soak in water for 15-20 mins and lay them on the grill! Jubilee Farms will have lots of Silver Cream corn but this is the last week. They will have plenty of watermelon and what’s a 4th of July celebration without watermelon?
summersquash-groupWith all of the squash we have available at the market these days, I thought I’d put my new spiralizer to use. I found several recipes for “zoodles” and I thought I’d marketize them. First, a simple saute of zucchini zoodles in Spicy Lady’s crushed red pepper, mustard & dill olive oil – lots of flavor with little effort. How about a salad made with squash (zucchini or yellow) zoodles, 1 -3 carrots (zoodled) depending on size, green onions (sliced), Norma’s muffaletta veggies (as much or as little as you like), cherry tomatoes sliced in half? Toss together and enjoy! Use thin strips of squash or eggplant in place of noodles in your lasagne. Grill slices or zoodles and then dress with skordalia (Vincent & Mauricio) or Bechac’s Roasted Garlic & Tomato dressing.
Norma has a crustless quiche for gluten-free folks. You’ll also want to stop by Betty Rue’s for gluten-free pizza, cookies, muffins and doughnuts! Hot Tamale Mama is offering creamy roasted tomato basil soup, slow cooked yellow waxed beans, or stuffed shells with Parmesan cream just in case you really don’t want to cook.
There really is nothing like a farmers’ market when the veggies are at their peak of flavor and variety. And they grill up so nicely while you’re grilling your burgers or chicken. You did pick up meat, right? No worries. We have a number of fine vendors of pork, beef, lamb, shrimp, and chicken – Mr. Two, Jublilee Farms, and James. If you can’t find anything to go on that grill, you must have slept in. We will be here celebrating the 4th. Hope you will join us!

Lots of love
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen
The Covington Farmers’ Market is open each Wednesday, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire and every Saturday from 8a.m. to 12p.m. on the side lawn of the Covington Police Station, 609 N. Columbia St. Call anisoin essay comparative essay thesis statement hiv and interactions with cialis is viagra bad if you have high blood pressure https://aaan.org/indications/prozac-and-lexapro-difference/27/ cheap masters essay editor site for college click fluconazole viagra essay on acceptance source https://leelanauchristianneighbors.org/disciplines/brainstorm-an-essay/57/ cialis is fun healthy food vs junk food essay https://www.arvadachamber.org/verified/application-letter-for-a-job/49/ uc berkeley sample essays the lottery essay ideas how long does it take nexium to heal an ulcer https://earthwiseradio.org/editing/finding-plagiarized-essays/8/ watch hammurabi essay topics collapsus de reventilation explication essay https://tffa.org/businessplan/apa-format-for-thesis-citation/70/ pharmaceutical name for viagra searle cytotec nediraj click see url cialis ayden best words to conclude an essay randy moss hall of fame speech lexapro and skin cutting https://earthwiseradio.org/editing/a2-photography-essay-example/8/ can cut levitra pill half (985) 892-1873 for information or visit http://www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org/

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Live Music at the Covington Brewhouse Following Rockin’ the Rails

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Live local musicians and fresh local brews at the Covington Brewhouse every Thursday in the month of April following the City of Covington’s free concert series at the Trailhead, Rockin’ the Rails.   This week, enjoy Jeff Cryer’s tribute to Earth, Wind and Fire on the Trailhead stage 5 – 7 :30 pm (see more Rockin’ the Rails info on back).  After, walk across the street to the Covington Brewhouse to pick up a beer and some bbq from Chomper’s BBQ and enjoy more tunes from local musicians.  covingtonbrewhouse.com

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It’s the fourth Thursday of the month, and that means live music at the Covington Brewhouse.  Visit the tasting room for some tasty local brews and listen to local musicians playing their favorite tunes.  Chompers BBQ will be out serving pulled pork and jalapeno poppers.  Bring an instrument and join the jam!  6 – 8 p.m.

For the month of April, the Brewhouse jam sessions will happen every Thursday, after the Rockin’ the Rail concerts at the Covington Trailhead!

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Live Music at the Covington Brewhouse Thursday, March 10, 2016

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It’s the second Thursday of the month and time for some live local music at the Covington Brewhouse from 6-8 p.m. Enjoy the tunes while sipping on the newest seasonal brew, the Spring Pale Ale, also featuring food by Chompers BBQ.  Bring an instrument and join the jam!     covingtonbrewhouse.com

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Music & Entertainment in Downtown Covington This Week

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This week is Live Music Thursdays at the Covington Brewhouse, where you can enjoy local musicians playing great music while sipping delicious Brewhouse brews. This week, Chomper’s BBQ will provide mouth watering BBQ during the jam. Bring along your instrument and sit in on a set! covingtonbrewhouse.com

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Columbia Street Rock N Blues Cafe hosts Steak Night and Comedy Night on Thursdays and Ladies Night on Fridays with Melo-D. Saturday night, it’s the Todd O’Neil Band. Bobby Blaze hosts Karaoke Wed. and Sun. rocknbluescafe.com

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Femme Festivale returns to The Green Room Friday for “femme festivale II!” 1st Wave Saturday Night Dance Party from 11 p.m. to close! Karaoke on Thursdays and Sunday Funday with live music early + DJ Spicy Fox.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No matter what your New Year’s resolutions, or lack of, this is the place to be. Whether it’s kombucha and cultured veggies or cookies and pies, you can’t go wrong at the Covington Farmers’ Market. See ya there!

Lots of love,

Charlene LeJeune

Abundant Life Kitchen

 
The Covington Farmers’ Market is open each Wednesday, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire and every Saturday from 8a.m. to 12p.m. on the side lawn of the Covington Police Station, 609 N. Columbia St. Call (985) 892-1873 for information or visit www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org

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Hi, friends and happy Tuesday! What a gorgeous day Wednesday will bring. So don’t waste it inside. Come and spend your lunchtime with us. Nanette is fixing fall vegetable soup this week and with the cooler temperatures moving in, you’ll want extra. I’m looking forward to that and Kandi’s chicken and shredded cabbage salad. I’ll also pickup some pulled pork. I have an idea to make a pot pie with chopped pork, roasted diced sweet potatoes, and onions. Keep your fingers crossed. I may even put some broccoli in there. Big congrats to Jeff and Kristen who are featured in the November 2nd issue of Covington Town Talk. Check it out!  Covington Town Talk

Last Chance Bluegrass Band plays at the Covington Farmer's Market Saturday

Last Chance Bluegrass Band plays at the Covington Farmer’s Market Saturday

After that, it’s time for dessert. Tea cakes make a wonderful cookie for your 10:00 break (or Elevenses, second breakfast, lunch…) Frankie is baking up some her special peach cobbler just because it’s Wednesday.

Cooler temperatures will usher in our Saturday and the Three Rivers Festival. Chompers BBQ will do the honors in the cooking tent with the Last Change Bluegrass Band in the gazebo.

Lots of veggies at the market these days – cabbage, turnips, beets, bell peppers, hot peppers, kale, lettuce, tat soi, bok choi, carrots, green onions, sweet potatoes, eggplant… after all, we are a Farmers’ Market. But there are a few other things. You’ll find smoked sausage and bacon at the Jubilee Farms table in addition to their green onion, Italian, Cajun, and hot sausage – all made without additives! We have all the fixins’ for merliton stuffing – fresh merliton, green onion, bread (to make bread crumbs), broth, shrimp and seasoning. I’ll bet Jubilee’s green onion sausage would be a nice change to a holiday classic.

Simply Pure Juice has a new juice – Black and Gold lemonade with activated charcoal and also two wellness shots (smaller versions of their larger juices). W1 has green apple, lemon, ginger, turmeric, cayenne – perfect as we enter into the cold and flu season! With that in mind, you should visit Sacred Earth for their Autumn Immune granola bar. The Autumn Immune bar is filled with raw, organic ingredients such as oats, coconut oil, sunflower seed butter, dates, flax seed, reishi and much more. Then arm yourself with Samantha’s elderberry syrup or elderberry glycerin tincture, a natural immune booster and you are ready for the season.

I can never report on everything we have to offer at the market. You’ll have to come and see for yourself. We’ll be here as always, with smiles on and a bountiful harvest. We’d love to see you.

Lots of love,

Charlene LeJeune

Abundant Life Kitchen

 
The Covington Farmers’ Market is open each Wednesday, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire and every Saturday from 8a.m. to 12p.m. on the side lawn of the Covington Police Station, 609 N. Columbia St. Call (985) 892-1873 for information or visit www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org

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Hi, friends, and an absolutely amazing Tuesday to you! Just looking out the window you can feel those cool breezes. Of course, it would be so much better to be out there delighting in bright blue skies, familiar melodies drifting from the gazebo, and loads of smiles and good food. And the only place to get all of those is at the Wednesday Covington Farmers’ Market.

Chompers BBQ will sample and serve at the market Saturday!

Chompers BBQ will sample and serve at the market Saturday!

Jeff promises his famous BBQ pulled pork tomorrow along with cheese grits, cole slaw, and broccoli salad. Kandy will have wonderful Vietnamese style salads and crunchy egg rolls (which #3 granddaughter has requested). Nanette is stirring up a pot of pumpkin soup which go deliciously with her chicken salad or tuna salad wraps. Frankie is baking everyone’s favorite bread pudding with rum sauce. Earl’s honeybees have been working overtime for golden sweetness to add to your morning coffee. Mr. Houston’s table will be filled with end of summer/beginning of fall veggies and all is right with the world.

Reed Alleman performs in the gazebo Saturday morning at 9:30!

Reed Alleman performs in the gazebo Saturday morning at 9:30!

Saturday’s dawn will take your breath away…that’s if you get up that early. No matter, we’ll do our best to keep you in tunes and tastes. For starters, we have Reed Alleman in the gazebo beginning at 9:30 with lots of toe tappin melodies.  And to keep things moving right along, Chomper’s will have the smoker parked on the curb dishing up his world-famous pulled pork and fixings.

This may be the last week that Jubilee Farms has a selection of smoked sausages. Their uncooked sausages are great too. I browned a couple of links of Italian and added it to a crockpot along with chopped onion, bell pepper, garlic, and peeled tomatoes (JR still has some) and just let it cook its little heart out. I added some salt and seasoning for a real delicious pasta “sauce”.  With the leftover links (it’s only me and Mr. Wonderful) I stuffed bell peppers. Don’t tell Paul but I had to take the meat out of the casing to do this. But it was so easy. I just browned the sausage, added chopped onion and cooked rice (you could also add shredded squash – yellow, butternut, zucchini). I stuffed Nick’s colorful mini sweet peppers and they made perfect bite sized nuggets of deliciousness. If you don’t want the meat, try stuffing with Norma Jean’s Spring Cheese or Nur’s Tabouli. The peppers are thin-skinned so they only take a few minutes under the broiler and WOW! what flavor!

Bear Creek Road September Pie Of the Month Plum Brandy Almond Upside-down Torte

Bear Creek Road September Pie Of the Month Plum Brandy Almond Upside-down Torte

Fall is definitely in the air and we are seeing it on the tables. John has radishes, baby kale, and arugula, and Nancy had to give her sunflowers an extra week to grow. JR’s green onions are making their fall debut. And if you see pie making in your future, JR has Asian pears and Mr. Houston has perfect pie pumpkins. See Spicy Lady for a little cinnamon, nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice. Robin’s making her Cranberry Pecan pepper jelly again and it makes a terrific glaze for roasted pumpkin, butternut squash, or sweet potatoes.

Hot Tamale Mama will have vegetable or chicken pot pies this Saturday but get there early. Norma Jean’s wraps have been a big hit, especially her spinach wraps with fresh spinach, avocado, tomato, chopped egg  and garlic mayo. Lemongrass stalks (Nick) and whole head of garlic give an amazing flavor to one of James’ chickens – just fill the inside and roast as usual.

The next weeks will be incredible as new veggies are harvested and brought to the tables. Alton will have a wide assortment of plants for you to start your garden (if you haven’t already). We’ll have music and veggies and delicious food and lots of smiles. 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.

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Good afternoon, friends!  Come celebrate the 1st of July with us on Wednesday with a delightful lunch. Stay a while and relax with music and friends or take something back to work (or home). Either way, remember to stock up for the rest of the week. Maybe this week, it’s time for a summer noodle salad from Kandi topped with crunchy cucumbers, lemongrass infused chicken, and sprigs of cilantro. A tasty wrap of sliced turkey and spinach is a delicious alternative (or addition), as is Rebecca’s spicy Honduran style hot tamales. Pulled pork, baked beans, and cole slaw will get you in the mood for July 4 and there’s always something delicious at Frankie’s table. Samantha will be joining the Wednesday market for the summer with the perfect medicine for summertime allergies – elderberry syrup. It really does work!

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

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

The Farmers’ Market String Band will get things started on Saturday, crooning out snappy tunes from the gazebo. But even better than that awaits you in the cooking tent. Chompers BBQ will drive the smoker out to the Market for an old fashioned BBQ! That means smoky pulled pork AND smoked cheese stuffed jalapeños (with peppers from the Bardwells.) Yummy, yummy, yummy!

Take a leisurely stroll around the market soaking up the ambiance and getting acquainted with new vendors or those you haven’t seen in a while. You may want a refreshing beverage to take along with you. At the pavilion, you’ll find coffee and tea supplied by Coffee Rani (big time supporters of our market). See Kevin (Coast Roast) for freshly roasted coffee beans or a specialty coffee. Last week he had iced lattes, so cooling on a warm day. Kombucha Girls have new water kefir flavors using mint, peach, and watermelon. Amanda’s juices are always fresh and delicious (so are the Popsicles) and Simply Pure offers juice combinations that are out of this world. A nice bottle of La Serendipity Blanc de Bois wine, nicely chilled, goes a long way to easing cares at the end of a long day.

figs1We have a new blueberry vendor at the market. Justin will not only have lots of those sweet little blue orbs but blueberry jam as well. He’s not the only one with berries, both James and Greg have them, cozily packaged, and waiting for you. Greg also has figs – but get there early. Figs never seem to last very long on the tables. Jubilee Farms and Mr. Houston both have lots of watermelon for 4th of July celebrations —— after your celebration with us, of course.

Samosa potato patties with cilantro chutney, beet carrot and seed salad with ginger dressing and zucchini fries from Slice of Heaven Farm

Samosa potato patties with cilantro chutney, beet carrot and seed salad with ginger dressing and zucchini fries from Slice of Heaven Farm

Here’s another treasure from our friends at Slice of Heaven farms – zucchini fries. Cut your zucchini into thin strips, dredge in flour and seasoning (Spicy Lady or yours truly), dip in milk (Mauthe’s or Farmhouse Dairy) and roll in Panko crumbs and nutritional yeast and roast at 425 for 20 minutes. If you don’t have nutritional yeast, Parmesan cheese makes a delicious substitute.

There really is nothing like a farmers’ market when the veggies are at their peak of flavor and variety. And they grill up so nicely while you’re grilling your burgers or chicken. You did pick up meat, right? No worries. We have a number of fine vendors of pork, sausage, beef, lamb, goat, shrimp, and chicken – Mr. Two, Farmhouse Dairy, Jublilee Farms, and James. If you can find anything to go on that grill, you must have slept in. We will be here celebrating the 4th. Hope you will join us!

Lots of love
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

The Covington Farmers’ Market is open each Wednesday, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire and every Saturday from 8a.m. to 12p.m. on the side lawn of the Covington Police Station, 609 N. Columbia St. Call (985) 892-1873 for information or visit www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org

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Happy Tuesday, friends!

Blue skies smilin’ at me…nothin’ but blue skies do I see. Yes, I’m about as sick of this rain as you are. I hope you all weathered Monday’s fierce storms with no damage.

Pulled pork from Chompers BBQ - food demo this Saturday

Pulled pork from Chompers BBQ – food demo this Saturday

We will have an incredible line-up of deliciousness on Wednesday – smoky pulled pork and potato salad from Chompers, a hearty minestrone soup from Nanette, Kandi & Joe’s exotic pan seared salmon salad, Frankie’s amazing banana pudding, or a tasty tamale from Rebecca, and toe-tapping music from the Wednesday Market Gang. Is it any wonder why those blue skies are smilin’?

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

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

The sun will be out in full force this Saturday and so will your Farmers’ Market Vendors. And with that sunshine will come the lively tunes of the Pot Luck String Band singing out from the gazebo. Jeff and Kristen with Chompers BBQ will park their smoker on Columbia Street and start dishing out incredible pulled pork. You can sample all of their delightful BBQ sauces (even the new Cajun Carolina sauce) to see which you like the best. So, what are ya waitin’ for? Oh yeah, there’s still a few days left till Saturday.

Even if you missed out on Wellness Day last weekend, we still have all of our regular vendors and they have lots of good things in store for you. Sam has been offering fresh coconut milk (really fresh…he cracks the coconuts right there!) You can even enjoy the by-product in the form of crunchy coconut chips. Johnadale Farms is not only offering strawberries but strawberry jelly and jam plus blackberries and blueberries.

Strawberry Hibiscus Tea Meringue Pie from Bear Creek Road

Strawberry Hibiscus Tea Meringue Pie from Bear Creek Road

Jennifer (Bear Creek Rd) makes a tasty tart of tomato, eggplant and mozzarella and who can resist her little clouds of rainbow meringue – lavender vanilla bean, chocolate mocha? Brighten up your morning with Sacred Earth’s very popular Spring Detox granola bar. Stop by Kombucha Girls for an uplifting drink. Susan and Liz have many flavors available – both kombucha and water kefir. Right next door are the ever-popular Popsicles in summery flavors from strawberry to pineapple to avocado or coconut. They sure are a favorite on a sunny day. Snowballs are here! Yes, Stephanie shaves ice with a hand cranked snowball machine for a cool, satisfying treat.

Now that the sunshine is back, you’re probably in the mood to get out and grill. Well, this is the place for it. You’ll have to try out Chomper’s BBQ’s new Cajun Carolina BBQ sauce, quite the change from their tomato based blends. I’m thinking it will be great on grilled pork chops or sausage (Jubilee Farms). You might want to check out their hogshead cheese. Delish! Don’t wait; they won’t have it for long. A spoonful of my delicious sauerkraut (cultured veggies) would go nicely with those grilled sausages too. Ground beef, lamb, or goat (Farmhouse Dairy) makes perfect burgers for the grill. Try mixing in a little of Bechac’s Bleu Cheese dressing. Spicy Lady makes a snappy BBQ seasoning that’s perfect on meats or veggies.

Speaking of snappy, Dee has crunchy dilled green beans, mildly spicy pickled garlic, and tangy pickled asparagus for your snackin’ pleasure – gotta have something to munch on while you’re grillin’. While you’re over that way, treat yourself to some of Spanish R Us’ refried beans, salsa, guacamole, and chips. Now that’s snackin’!

Lots of yummy veggies for the grill as well, such as heirloom yellow squash, red potatoes, and bell peppers, and we will be seeing lots more coming soon. In fact, the Bardwells should be back this week or next. Cynthia is back, too, with fresh homemade pasta, assorted baked pasta dishes, and (of course) her wonderful meat sauces. Oh, man. There’s soooo much here to enjoy. Come by and spend the morning with us. You can sleep in on Sunday.

Lots of love,
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

The Covington Farmers’ Market is open each Wednesday, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire and every Saturday from 8a.m. to 12p.m. on the side lawn of the Covington Police Station, 609 N. Columbia St. Call (985) 892-1873 for information or visit www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org

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Chompers BBQ - food demo this Saturday

Chompers BBQ – food demo this Saturday

Happy Tuesday, friends! I’ll bet you just can’t wait until lunchtime tomorrow. I know how you feel. Your taste buds are tingling with thoughts of pulled pork, cheese grits, ’n cornbread or crispy egg rolls and dipping sauce. Feast on a pupusa stuffed with jalapeño and cheese; enjoy a bowl of lentil and cilantro soup or a turkey salad wrap. Indulge in penne pasta tossed with asparagus and cherry tomato – so elegant you have to say to-mah-to.  Spoil your sweet tooth with super-sweet strawberries or key lime pie (in perfect snacking size of course). Don’t forget to get some honey, ‘cause if you’re like me the pollen has you nominated for Sneezer of the Year!

We3 will play in the gazebo this Saturday

We3 will play in the gazebo this Saturday

Come Saturday Morning, it will be delightfully sunny, especially with Chomper’s BBQ pulling the smoker up to the curb. Enjoy smoky pulled pork and taste test all of their tangy BBQ sauces.  And, floating out from the gazebo, will be the toe-tapping tunes of We3. What a way to start the weekend!

Pencil us in for Wellness Day at the Market coming up on April 25th. Our Wellness vendors will line up on the lawn on Columbia Street, just behind the cooking tent. I know you’ll enjoy speaking with nutritionists, fitness gurus, and chiropractors. Others will share the health benefits of vitamins, massage, and essential oils. Maybe you’d better use a pen.

Fresh flower bouquet from Bartlett Farm

Fresh flower bouquet from Bartlett Farm

Spring is definitely here and I’m sure you’re all wanting to spend more time outdoors and grilling is the first thing that comes to mind. We’ve got grilling meats all over the place! James’ free range chickens are excellent roasted or grilled. Jubilee Farms is offering both beef and pork – steak, sausage, chops, oh my! Mt Vernon Pork has sausage and chops fit for the grill and Farmhouse Dairy is well known for their delicious cuts of lamb and goat as well as beef. Don’t forget, Chomper’s is doing the food demo, so you know right where to go for the best sauce. Right next to Farmhouse, you’ll find Enten Farms and their mighty selection of Meaux Mustard. This week be sure to stop by and demo their latest flavor – Meaux Blueberry Mustard – a wonderfully unique mustard with a subtle fruitiness that will pair well with pork or even (so I’m told) on your biscuits.

Tiger Bait Raw Food & Treats for Pets

Tiger Bait Raw Food & Treats for Pets

Tiger Bait has a special, limited edition treat this Saturday only. Indulge your pet with a wonderful treat made with lamb, cranberry, goat and pumpkin – this week only and only at the Covington Farmers’ Market!

Nick has wild-caught catfish once again and though I’ve never tried to grill them, they still “barbecue” nicely with my Shrimp on the Barbie seasoning (it’s also great on Mr. Two’s shrimp.) Perhaps there’s something calling your name – farm fresh eggs, Suzie’s harvest muffins, Lena’s 7 grain bread, Sam’s sprouts and coconut chips, Hot Tamale Mama’s chicken andouille gumbo (frozen), Angel’s plump stuffed artichoke, Kevin’s gourmet coffee… Just follow the music; we’ll be there waiting with fresh coffee and juice and all manner of good things.

Lots of love,
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

The Covington Farmers’ Market is open each Wednesday, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire and every Saturday from 8a.m. to 12p.m. on the side lawn of the Covington Police Station, 609 N. Columbia St. Call (985) 892-1873 for information or visitwww.covingtonfarmersmarket.org

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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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Chanterelles from Grow.Farm at the Covington Farmer's Market

Chanterelles from Grow.Farm at the Covington Farmer’s Market

Howdy, friends! Great news! I checked the weather channel and it appears there is a glorious day of sunshine for Market Day tomorrow. We’ve got lots of great food for you to enjoy so come out and join us. Frankie says she will have old fashioned banana pudding this week. Jeff is offering ready-to-serve meals for your Labor Day picnic or party (or even for a day off). You may want to check with him about what’s included. What the heck! Check with all our vendors to see if they offer pre-ordered meals. What can be easier than that?

Eddie Arnold and Friends will provide our musical entertainment on Saturday. So grab your coffee and stay awhile ‘cause Chomper’s BBQ smoker will be puttin’ out some good eatin’ in the demo tent. Along with that delicious pulled pork, you can choose your favorite BBQ sauce or rub for your own grillin’ adventures.

OK, I haven’t discussed goodies in a while so I think it’s about time. You know my heart will always belong to Teresa’s Orange Almond Biscotti but many times I turn to a raw alternative and enjoy one of Nanette’s raw almond bars. We each have our favorites whether it’s a frozen fruit Popsicle from Amanda, cream cheese ice cream from Mauthe’s, or a chocolate covered banana pop from Lolly Marie. Perhaps your heart lies with Frankie’s cashew brittle, one of Suzie’s velvety smooth lemon bars, banana nut bread from Lena, or gluten-free Oreo sensations from Betty Rue! We have lots of goodies from which to choose. Trust me….it’s a subject I am WELL versed in.

If you’re ready for fall planting, Alton will have lettuces, beets, kale, Swiss chard and pole bean plants. Trudy has a frilly Brazilian petunia that the hummingbirds just love. Dennis has fig trees (some even with green fruit). There was a gorgeous selection of bromeliads at Ms. Betty’s. There are a few fall veggies already hitting the tables. Mr. Houston had mustard greens and just a few bundles of kale. This week, Nick will have Evangeline sweet potatoes! YUM! So, why don’t you come and spend the morning with us. It will definitely put another smile on your face.

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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Carrots from Slice of Heaven Farm, photo from Slice of Heaven Farm

Carrots from Slice of Heaven Farm, photo from Slice of Heaven Farm

Happy 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 onions, potatoes, squash, sweet corn, beets… Come and join us for a relaxing lunch of hot tamales, or a raw veggie wrap, maybe a little smoky BBQ, ravioli in Bolognese sauce, or sinfully delicious shrimp and cream cheese rolls – with dippin’ sauce and a serving of old fashioned, homemade banana pudding. Don’t forget some boiled peanuts for later. I know it’s hard to decide what to get, but just pick up extra and you have dinner (or lunch tomorrow).

Make plans to come out on Saturday and enjoy the toe-tappin’ melodies of the Last Chance Bluegrass Band coming from the gazebo. So grab your coffee and enjoy the music while you do your shopping. Then, get ready for some barbecue because Chompers BBQ will have the smoker going and serving that phenomenal pulled pork, coleslaw, and macaroni ‘n cheese. I know you’re going want to pick up a rub or sauce for your own barbecues at home. Remember, they’re great on veggies as well.

Spring (that’s right, it is still spring) is the perfect time for grilling and BBQ’ing and you’ll want to make sure that you don’t tire of the same old, same old stuff on the barbie. For burgers, we have a terrific selection of ground beef, pork, and lamb, so start with whichever is your fave – or make a combination of all three. Season with a bit of pink salt and ground black pepper and then start to build on that. Add some of my Moroccan Melody with your lamb burgers, OR a tablespoon or 2 of Hot Tamale Mama’s spinach artichoke dip with ground beef or pork, OR a splash of one of Chomper’s BBQ sauces, OR snuggle a spoon of Farmhouse Dairy’s Garlic Chevre into a burger, OR add a tsp of Chomper’s Pork or Beef Rub and generously top with Bechac’s Bleu Cheese Dressing after grilling!

Burgers are done, but what about the chicken? I’ve never grilled duck (Enton’s) or goose (Two Kids Farms, Enton’s) but I imagine you would do it the same as chicken….anybody?…anybody? Of course, the obvious go-to would be Chomper’s BBQ sauce or Chicken Rub. But what about using some Lemon Pepper Jelly or Garlic Pepper Jelly as a glaze at the end of grilling? Hmmmm. I think I might like that. OR, marinate that chicken (duck or goose) in Bechac’s Roasted Garlic & Tomato or Honey Creole Dressing for an hour or so before grilling. YUM! Serve with Hot Tamale Mama’s Twice Baked Potatoes.

Sliced tomatoes also make a lovely topper for a burger along with sliced onions. And, with me being me, I probably will eliminate the burger and just have a tomato and onion sandwich. (I may have mentioned before that it’s my all-time favorite sandwich). If you haven’t had one, now is the time to try it because we have both fresh tomatoes (Cleckler) and beautiful onions (Brandon, Bardwells). Brandon had both red and yellow onions. Of course, the key to the sandwich is fresh bread (Windfield Farm and 7Grain) and the perfect homemade basil or garlic mayo (email me if you are interested in mayo).

You won’t want to stop there; there’s so much more out here – a beautiful spring breeze, delightful music, great food. What more can you ask for? Well…I can think of one thing but Mr. Wonderful just laughs when I mention Hawaii. See you at the Market!

 I know it’s a little early, but it takes time for geese and turkeys to grow large enough for a holiday meal. So, with that in mind, Two Kids Farm is planning ahead for the holidays. They are offering pasture and corn raised geese and turkeys – fresh, not frozen. If you are interested, stop by their tent, email them (brucejudo@live.com), or call Bruce at 504-455-9882

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