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This Week at the Farmers’ Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Happy Tuesday, my friends! Looks like a gorgeous day tomorrow, the kind of day that just says, “Hey, let’s grab lunch at the Covington Farmers’ Market!”  And you say, “Yeah, I’ve been wanting to try Johnny’s Bhakti Burger, you know, the beet and bean one, piled high with avocado, sprouts, and Johnny’s special sauce.”  “Well, Kandy does have that fabulous pho—breast meat chicken, simmered with healing spices (star anise, coriander, cinnamon, peppercorns and cloves) —and that’s just the broth!”  Just thinking of it makes the day brighter. 

Wednesday brings more of Joy’s amazing TAMALES! Plus she’s bringing Grab N Go meals—shrimp & cauliflower soup, chicken & sausage or seafood gumbo, Oysters Rockefeller! Tomato tart— how delicious—that’s what Jerome has for us and he is making apricot cake. mmmm mmmm! Hummus, stuffed grape leaves, tzatziki, and baklava, that’s what Mediterranean is made of and Abeer makes it delicious. Corey’s back and his pulled pork sandwiches, cole slaw, and smoked chicken are certainly worth the wait!

It’s satsuma season and Jerry has some sweet ones for us. Just the thing for an extra burst of vitamin C. Maybe Mr. Houston’s will have some green onions, great for adding your Double K eggs or sautéed greens or a sandwich.Which reminds me, don’t forget your Double K eggs! Mignon will be there with healthful beverages and tonics (Coco Ginger Kombucha and Abita Chics Seasonal shakeups with Maple Syrup (Adaptogenic Roast Immune Booster). Cinnamon sugar coated nuts from Nut N Better, like pecans, cashews, peanuts, etc. are a delicious treat to take back to work with you. Stick ‘em in your drawer so Bob in Accounting doesn’t come by and snag some.

Come Saturday Morning, and with it the Three Rivers Festival. Mr. Funny Money’s lively music will drift from the gazebo to get this party started! 

 You’ll find lots of nutritional support at your Covington Farmers’ Market. Take Succotash Ferments, for example. Nancy makes a mean kombucha with seasonal fruits and, with satsumas on the tree, she has a satsuma fennel kombucha. Add an extra punch to that apple a day with Samantha’s elderberry syrup from Naturally Well. Don’t forget Amanda and her fabulous juices. The mango juice is especially nice. Aminta’s microgreens are a very tasty way to add goodness to your diet. Sprinkled on salads (naturally), or sprinkled on anything…hamburger (you did get your ground meat from Jubilee, right?), soup (Norma Jean or Jennifer), eggs (Double K, Jubilee), Uh huh! 

Backwater Ducks’ Ross has really outdone himself; this week he’s added duck salami to the mix. What will that boy come up with next? It’s sure to be great! Lovely mushrooms from James just screaming to be added to salads or sautéed and served over grilled Jubilee pork chops or fried/grilled shrimp from Mr. Two. They have the product; you’ll have to do the cooking. 

Sourdough and Brioche rolls, black pepper biscuits, wonderful breads from Bear Creek Road and perfect for enjoying with your favorite soup (from Jennifer or Norma Jean), chicken stew, or just because you wanted to spread your Mauthe’s butter on something good. Jennifer also has pasta sauce that would easily turn into a pizza sauce to spread over Jim’s Low Carb cauliflower pizza crust. Really tasty crust which makes a good sandwich “bread” as well. Speaking of something good, 3 J’s Jerky has bacon jerky!! Can you imagine the flavor?? Gotta get in on the Cruffin craze that Happy Flour has fueled with their latest creation. If you haven’t heard, it’s a croissant, shaped like a muffin and filled with a stupendous almond vanilla cream. 

I’ll remind you again, friends, since the days are flying by faster than a child with a swiped cookie … the holidays are not far off. So now would be the time to talk to your favorite vendors and get your holiday orders in. Althee pies and quick breads, Happy Flour sourdough breads, Bear Creek Road’s amazing pies. Mauricio’s vegan divinity (ginger is my fave but he makes a divine chocolate as well), Rose’s pralines, Stacey’s pickled veggies, Mauthe’s cheese cake…You can’t possibly be thinking of 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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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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Wed Farmers Market signHappy, happy Tuesday! I am looking forward to a lovely day tomorrow with blue skies smilin’ at me (and you, too.) Why not join us for a delicious turkey and cheddar wrap with a nice steamy bowl of Hot & Sour soup from Nanette? Or perhaps you may enjoy a serving of crunchy egg rolls from Kandi. Jeff and Kristen will not be at either market this week, but we will see them here next week. Frankie will have mini pies and fruit breads and crunchy nut brittle – that’s, if you’re good. Natalie will be here with fresh strawberries and Mr. Houston will have yard eggs, red & green cabbages, broccoli, turnips, and greens.

Crispin Schroeder will play at the Covington Farmers Market this Saturday

Crispin Schroeder will play at the Covington Farmers Market this Saturday

Those blue skies will be smilin’ again come Saturday morning and the melodic tunes of Crispen Schroeder will shine out from the gazebo. I know most of you have tasted Dong’s scrumptious Korean pancakes (‘cause I’ve seen them floating around the market like they were Lola’s parmesan fries). Well, Dong will sample and sell Korean BBQ this coming week. Can’t wait to taste it!

Crystal (Betty Rue Gluten-Free) is now offering finishing salts. I wasn’t sure what a finishing salt was so I looked it up and found that they enhance the depth of natural flavors in your meal. “As you eat, food and salt combine—first a flash of salt… then the food… a flicker of salt and now fuller food flavors, and then a faint spark of salt catches at the richest and most complex flavors of the food. With finishing salt, the relationship of salt and food evolves with every bite. The rewards are increased intensity of flavor, greater flavor complexity, exciting new textures and even aromas, and a heightened awareness of the very process of tasting food.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Rosalie Apothecary has many different tea blends to suit your tastes. I tried one this weekend called Carob Café and found the flavors of roasted carob and cacao, dandelion root and clove very soothing. You can even make a coffee substitute by brewing this blend stronger. Try her other blends, such as Hibiscus & Spearmint, Gypsy Cold Care, or Mulling Spice. Since they are loose teas, she even has cute little muslin bags to brew with. Perfect!

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Tiger Bait Raw Whole Foods – Dehydrated Chicken Treats for Dogs & Cats

You can’t forget your little four legged buddies. Tiger Bait raw pet foods now offers dried chicken strips for your furry friend. I’m sure your pet will LOVE the raw foods they have. Hopefully, Andy and Tiffany will be back at the market this week. Right now they have their hands full as their nanny goats are beginning to have their kids. Ishmael of Mt. Hermon Pork tells me that they will have both green onion and Italian sausage available this week. He also told me of plans he has to make some gourmet type sausages which sound amazing!

I had a chance to taste some of Lena’s biscotti this past weekend; it was deeelish! She makes them with whole grains and almonds and they are crispy and perfect for dipping into a steamy cup of coffee. She also has those magnificent toasted bread rounds which are great instead of chips for dipping into Nur’s roasted red pepper or chipotle hummus or Hot Tamale Mama’s spinach artichoke dip.

Coffee Beans from Coast Roast

Coffee Beans from Coast Roast

We have lots and lots and lots of great things here at the Covington Farmers’ Market such as fabulous lip and skin balm from Michele (Sweet Home, Sweet Earth), or homemade marshmallows from Betty Rue, or a great gourmet coffee from Coast Roast, but you won’t find them if you’re not here. Come join us for a great start to your day!

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 morning, friends, and happy Tuesday! I’m having computer problems so this will be short. Our usual group will be at the market tomorrow. Jeff will have smoky pulled pork, BBQ chili, corn bread (no croutons), mac & cheese or cole slaw. Nanette is fixing a comfortingly delicious chicken noodle soup for those of you are in need of a little TLC. Elizabeth will be there with those amazing muffalettas. Kandi & Joe’s chicken porridge is sure to warm you through and through. Ease those seasonal coughs and colds with Earl’s raw, local honey or just use it sweeten your coffee or tea.

Jerry Hess will play in the gazebo Saturday

Jerry Hess will play in the gazebo Saturday

I am looking forward to a wonderful day at the Saturday market, friends, with Jerry Hess in the gazebo. Pat Lester will park his Foodwagon on Columbia Street and serve samples of his Chili. He will also sell Bratwurst with Peppers and Onions, hot dogs and more!

KingcakeKing cakes are on the menu at Bear Creek Road. Jennifer tells me that she will have both cinnamon and traditional French almond king cakes. Don’t stop there! Robin is adding a king cake pepper jelly to her lineup – complete with baby!

Kombucha Girl Living Beverage

Kombucha Girl Living Beverage at the Covington Farmer’s Market

Kombucha Girls have a fabulous new shrub – orange-peach-vanilla bean. It tastes just like a Dreamsicle. Their new bitters flavor, Bogue Falaya is inspired by the woodsy, aromatic cypress trees that grow along our beautiful Bogue Falaya and the evergreen & citrus notes of fall and winter seasons. For a healthy treat, try some of Sam’s Sprouts new coconut chips. He has several flavors including mild BBQ, spicy BBQ, sweet mild and jalapeño.

Make a New Year’s resolution to try something new each week like Blood River’s creamed honey, Spanish R Us’ refried beans, Norma Jean’s quiche, Kumquat Marmalade from Althee, Enten Farms Meaux Mustard, or a soothing tea from Rosalie Apothecary. Let us help you get through the week or the weekend full of flavor!

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’S VOTING DAY! I hope you got out to vote today!

pulled pork from Chompers BBQ at the Wednesday market

pulled pork from Chompers BBQ at the Wednesday market

Are you all ready for Farmers’ Market Day tomorrow? It will be a lovely day with gentle breezes…and great music…and amazing food….like crunchy traditional egg rolls. You’ll want to pick up a kit to make a traditional Vietnamese noodle soup – pho – delicious and tasty and perfect on a cold evening. Nanette will have a hot and tasty soup as well plus a crunchy broccoli slaw salad.

What about this fantastic pulled pork sandwich dressed with cole slaw with a side dish of cheese grits? Or a hefty muffaletta from Nuccio’s?  Or one of Rebecca’s Honduran tamales? Yes, we even have veggies and goodies!

Lakehouse Catering Truck

Lakehouse Catering Truck

We are going to have a terrific Saturday morning with Vintage Jazz in the gazebo. So grab your coffee and enjoy your shopping and socializing. We’ll have a new food truck at the market this week featuring Cayman Sinclair of The Lakehouse. Can’t wait to see what they’re serving.

Is there anything more comforting than a farmers’ market around the holidays? (Thanksgiving will be here before you know it) Of course up north where the markets shut down for 6 months out of the year they’re not so lucky, but here in Covington each new week brings flavorful new veggies. Looks like Nick will have those cute little sunchokes this week, baby swiss chard, sunflower microgreens and Blue Lake green beans. Sam has radish, red clover, bean and pea sprouts to add spark to your salad. John offers a gorgeous Napa cabbage which makes wonderful wraps. Fill with chicken salad or Nur’s red lentil balls, then dip the crunchy ends in hummus for a tasty and healthy treat. Don’t worry, John also has Asian greens, radishes, and kale and Nancy’s sunflowers and mixed flower bouquets really brighten up a table. Bardwell’s may still have a few tomatoes and persimmons as we move into next week but they will have eggplant, sweet potatoes, yellow squash and zucchini. Natalie has some plump, green cabbages along with the yellow squash and cucumbers and zucchini. Mr. Houston’s table was filled with red sails lettuce, pumpkins, and butternut squash. Ken is here with satsumas, broccoli, mustard greens, and turnips. Get there early – veggies don’t last long on the tables.

I got a chance to taste test Meaux Mustard from Enten Farms. The flavors of each were rich and tangy – honey with a bit of local honey, green with more than a hint of wasabi and a traditional Creole. These are a must have in your pantry. When you think of mustard, you usually think on a sandwich and we have just the selection of breads for you. Start with a pound of ground meat (beef, pork, lamb) to fashion your favorite hamburgers. I usually add a healthy teaspoon or two of my Rub Me Tender Salt Free Seasoning, along with a couple of tablespoons of Nur’s sundried tomato pesto. But let’s try something a little different by adding a couple of tablespoons of Meaux Honey Mustard instead of the pesto. Grill to perfection and build your sandwich using one of the artisan breads from 7 Grain or Windfield Farms. Choose from 7Grain Loaf, 7 Grain Baguette, or a 7 Grain Sandwich Flat (Lena) or Health Grain, French Batard, or the Rosemary bread (in two weeks, she’ll have pumpernickel) from Windfield. Spread generously with traditional Creole or Green Meaux Mustard, add your hamburger (cut to fit the bread), top with sliced tomato, sliced cheddar (Mauthe’s), salad greens and even a few sprouts or shoots. Can you say Yum EEE? Add a few tablespoons of any of these mustards to mayo or yogurt for a tangy dipping sauce for fried or grilled shrimp (Mr. Two).

Oh, the things we have for you! A treat around every booth but you have to be here to enjoy it with us. Don’t be a stranger!

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! I don’t think our weather will be quite as chilly as it was last Saturday but we will get to enjoy a smiling sun and cool, laughing breezes that will bring a song to your heart. In addition we’ll have great music and great food! Frankie’s baking up a few red velvet cakes in sizes that are perfect for a snack without regrets. Sip a cup of jasmine tea or blueberry lemonade while you peruse the lunch selection. Remember to take something home for supper or Thursday’s lunch.

Sometimes it feels like the week is just creeping along, but it’s only in anticipation of the coming Saturday. Picture this! The gazebo will be filled with sound as The Lucky Dogs flood the market with music. And that’s the only flooding that will happen unless it’s the smiles and laughter raining within our boundaries. So grab a steamy cup of java and get ready for the Paleo Tiger Tailgate! Chef Robert Vasquez, Lindsey Jo Vasquez and Monica Bravo will bring their LSU Concession Stand, Bravo for Vive, to the Market. You’ll get a chance to taste and buy Pulled Pork Lettuce Wrap, Kale Salad, Opal Basil Water and Paleo Tiger Trail Mix. With LSU T-shirt or without, it’s sure to be a tasty adventure!

Oh boy! The fall crops are beginning to show up in delicious, colorful droves. On Nick’s table you’ll find hot peppers, heirloom sweet peppers, arugula, persimmons, Evangeline sweet potatoes and radishes. Bardwell’s still has tomatoes and red potatoes available in addition to persimmons (Japanese and Fuji), Asian pears, eggplant, and rattlesnake beans. John’s table was filled with mustard greens, radishes, edamame beans, mizuna, Tatsoi, and lots of beautiful fall flowers. Mr. Houston has mustard greens, flat leaf kale, eggplant, zucchini, and yellow squash. Natalie has a table full of large purple eggplant, round zucchini, yellow squash, cucumbers and long zucchini. Greg Miller is back with a truck load of pumpkins and an unexpected treat – dried chanterelle mushrooms!

I received a tip last week about an amazing pie from Bear Creek Road. It seems Jennifer has made a black bottom chicory pie and Ann’s description was too delicious. So, I weighed the pros and cons and the pros won out (big surprise, huh?) Well, it was everything I was promised – perfect crust filled with luxuriously creamy chicory chocolate filling topped with whipped cream (homemade) and chocolate shavings. I know, I know….I’ll give you a minute.

 

OK, where was I? Oh yeah. While you’re over by the oak tree, you should investigate all the other goodies in the vicinity, such as Sam’s Sprouts (he has roasted peanut butter and almond butter as well). Then check out the large variety of garden plants that Alton and Sandra have to offer. I think I’m going to need another aloe plant and some lemon thyme and perhaps some rosemary. I do love cooking with herbs.  Enjoy a glass (quart, half gallon) of “booch” from The Kombucha Girls with favorites like green apple or ginger. Pick up a dozen eggs from Nick or the Egg Ladies. Check out Nourish Too’s new simmer sauce – a spicy chocolate habanero sauce made with some of Nick’s chocolate habaneros. Lea told me that one of her customer tosses potatoes with Green Goddess dressing, tops with cheese, and bakes. Doesn’t that sound really yummy?

Don’t forget to visit Farmhouse Dairy for a wonderful assortment of goat cheeses, farm raised meats (beef, goat, lamb) and the cajeta which keeps calling my name. Enten Farms is right there as well with duck meat, duck and chicken eggs and their delicious homemade mustards. Robin’s Rockin’ Pepper Jellies can add zing to any dish or snack. You could probably even spice up your ice cream with a sauce of pineapple, lemon, peach, or mayhaw pepper jellies. Just add a little water to a couple spoonfuls of jelly and mix until smooth and unlumpy (is that a word?). Hmmm. Why haven’t I thought about that before?

Go a little further down the path past Bear Creek Road to Tiger Bait and treat your pet to a fabulous meal of raw pet food. Talk to Jessica about the benefits of feeding your pet a raw diet. You’ll want to have plenty of Samantha’s Elderberry Syrup on hand for those nasty winter colds which seem to appear long before winter shows up. Pick up your eggs and fertilizer from the Egg Ladies and then enjoy one of Dong’s incredible Korean pancakes. They have become as popular as Lola Deux’s Parmesan fries. Trudy won’t be here much longer with her collection of Japanese maples and other patio/garden plants so get them while you can.

Whether you’re at the Wednesday Market or Saturday’s, a stroll around the market is sure to uncover something tempting and terrific, such as Norma’s sweet and salty walnuts, Angel’s overstuffed artichokes, or Dee’s pickled asparagus. Come join us and create your own adventure!

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