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

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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

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This Week At The Farmers Market By Charlene LeJeune

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This Week At The Farmers Market 3-22-14Happy Tuesday, friends! The sky was sooo blue this morning with the pine trees popping out of it like little cardboard cutouts. Spring is definitely in the air; the trees are budding, my front garden is coming back to life and all is right with the world. I hope you’re ready for great food, great weather, and absolutely great music tomorrow ‘cause we will surely have it.

Take a moment, close your eyes, and conjure up visions of the deliciousness that awaits you at the Trailhead. Chompers BBQ’s smoky meats, mac n cheese, and cole slaw; Nanette’s crunchy veggie wraps; Kandi’s luscious cream cheese and shrimp rolls, Cynthia’s comforting ravioli, meatballs, and cannoli… HOLD ON A MINUTE!!!! It’s not Wednesday yet! I’m sorry, but there’s more. I bought a bag of Frankie’s cashew brittle last week. I thought I could just break off a little piece (you know, just a ventolin the same as pro air source link enter site viagra voor vrouwen 2011 go here source link critical essay films lasix infiltration prednisone 20 mg oral tablet education in the past and nowadays essay viagra administration persuasive essays notes follow url source link can nexium cause dark stools ambiente ed energia rinnovabile behaviour in groups essay case study examples clinical psychology comment trouver du cialis sans ordonnance list thesis topics english literature etodolac discontinued ventolin use by date aspects of research paper free dissertation methodology examples research papers on television apply texas essay little piece) to enjoy while I was out running my errands. Two errands later, the bag was gone. Don’t shed any tears, though. I still had one of Nanette’s incredibly delicious and guilt free almond date bars and six sinful white chocolate truffles filled with ginger cream from Lolly Marie’s. I had to add another half hour to my daily walk (yes, I’m exercising again) but it was worth it. The choices are just too too scrumptious; you’ll probably have to bring some home for supper (and for Thursday…and for Friday). Speaking of take home, check out Cynthia’s Bring Home Menu attached, you’ll find a good deal and a good meal there.

It’s just a wonderful feeling when Saturday finally rolls around and you pop out of bed and head to the Market. What!? No pop!? That’s probably because you haven’t had your coffee yet. Smell the aroma of freshly brewed coffee; fantasize about Lola Deux’s Parmesan fries soon to be there ….mmmm… I’ll bet you’re popping now, right? The Abita Stumps will be crooning from the gazebo at 9:00 and a good time will be had by all. It may only be March, but we all know that April showers bring May mosquitoes (aaahhh, southeast Louisiana). Fortunately, Brian Massery of the LA Mosquito Control Office will be at the Market with information for backyard mosquito control.

I was out of town this past Saturday at the Annual Double Diamond Invitational Bowling Tournament and Shopping Spree and, as much fun as I had spending Mr. Wonderful’s money, I miss being at the market and discovering what’s new on the tables. So, I’m going out on a limb (or maybe just on a wish) that there will be more produce on the tables. I’m especially hoping for a few beets, more carrots, cabbages, possibly some potatoes. I’ll make the rounds this weekend for sure. I plan to get a few more tomato bushes, herbs, and some other veggies (hopefully, eggplant, peppers, squash) from Alton and Sandra. I’ve got the Egg Ladies’ Chick-A-Poo tea brewing so my garden should be in full swing soon.

There is something about a clear blue sky and sunshine that rejuvenates the spirit. Maybe it’s the anticipation of a bouquet of zinnias from Nancy, blossoming plants ready for the soil, fresh veggies, golden sweet honey, or the clean refreshing scent of Aunt Bee’s vetiver soap. Maybe it’s just that for a few hours, our little corner of the city is filled with music and laughter and people and all really is right with the world. No worries; we’ll save you a spot. Come enjoy spring at the Covington Farmers’ Market.

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.orgCucina Cinzia Take Home Menu