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This Week at the Farmer’s Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Hi, friends and happy Tuesday! Are you ready for Market Day? I am. I’m looking forward to all the delicious meals and usually pick up a few for later in the week. This week, Nanette will be serving a lemony cilantro lentil soup that just begs to be tasted. I suspect it will be a bit chilly tomorrow and a hot, toasty muffaletta will hit the spot.  Spice your lunch up a bit with one of Rebecca’s hot tamales and a touch of avocado salsa. Kandi is serving that delicious chicken porridge once more – a wonderful treat on a nippy day. Frankie always has scrumptious desserts to delight you and Natalie has STRAWBERRIES! I know. They’re not only an earlier variety but sweet as well.

LOLA Deux, LOLA Restaurant's food truck

LOLA Deux, LOLA Restaurant’s food truck

We’ll be sharing our Saturday with the Three Rivers Festival this weekend and we have a triple treat for you! Steve and Elizabeth Nuccio will be in the demo tent sampling and selling their famous muffalettas. Then, on Theard Street, right across from the market, you will find the Lola Deux Food Truck and those fabulous Parmesan Fries! And, wafting from the gazebo will be the lively tunes of the Last Chance Bluegrass Band. WOWEE!

Time just keeps moving on (faster and faster) and Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. See Enten Farms about a nice plump duck for your Thanksgiving holiday meal or Bruce Lambert (Two Kids Farm) for pasture raised turkeys and geese. If you don’t want to do the cooking, see Jeff (Chomper’s BBQ) and make sure you get your smoked turkey and side dishes on order.

Last Chance Bluegrass BandThere are lots of veggies for the perfect side dish, such as green beans (the casserole is the inimitable Thanksgiving dish), sweet potatoes (you’ll have to candy them yourself), merliton or eggplant plus some shrimp (for stuffing, of course), broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and green onions. For your salad, there are lettuces, arugula, mizuna, mixed greens, shoots, and sprouts. Top them with fabulous dressings from Gina (Bechac) or Nanette. If your family is like ours, dirty rice is a must so don’t forget the ground meat. I’m sure James will have chicken livers for those of you who add them.

Don’t stop there! Mauthe’s New Orleans style cheesecake is the to-die-for-perfect dessert. The only problem is getting it to last until Thanksgiving Day (hmmm…better get two). A taste of one of Jennifer’s pies will convince you that your day will not be complete without a Bear Creek Road pie. Talk to her about what flavors are available.

Soups are a delicious addition to the meal and Norma Jean, Nanette, and Pam (Hot Tamale Mama) have some of the absolute tastiest around! What would your meal be without bread to go with it? Toasted bread, spread with butter or rosemary Skordalia (Vincent and Mauricio) is a great accompaniment to the meal (and even better when it’s already baked.) If you can save a slice or two, warm in the oven and then spread with Althee’s muscadine jelly or plum jam and breakfast is done! Don’t take a chance, order early!

Lion's Mane Mushrooms from Screaming Oaks Mushroom Farm

Lion’s Mane Mushrooms from Screaming Oaks Mushroom Farm

We offer several varieties of mushrooms and choosing which kind can be confusing. Here’s a little hint. Shiitakes have a savory, meaty flavor. Oyster mushrooms have a more subtle nutty taste while the Lion’s Mane is more reminiscent of seafood, especially when cooked. Any of these delicacies will go nicely, gently sautéed in butter or olive oil and tossed into steamed broccoli for an amazing side dish that will have your guests coming back for seconds. Kick the flavor up a notch – 1) simmer in one of Nanette’s lovely sauces, 2) add cream and a tablespoon of my Shrimp on the Barbie seasoning to your sauté and cook until thickened, 3) make a sauce with Robin’s Pepper Jelly by mixing with a little warm water to thin out the jelly and adding to your sauté. Come to think of it, a little pepper jelly sauce would go beautifully with carrots, green beans, cauliflower, cabbage, or sweet potatoes.

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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This Week Farmers Market 3-26-14Happy 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 BBQ chicken and fixins’ or crispy egg rolls and dipping sauce. Will you feast on ravioli or cannelloni, seared salmon salad or crunchy veggie wrap? Remember to try Robin’s spicy pepper jellies, Marcie’s sprouted nut butters, and Marietta’s homemade granola. And then….dessert. I know, I know…with almond date bars, raspberry truffles, banana bread, caramel apples, mini cherry pie, and cashew brittle from which to choose, it’s a sweet tooth’s dilemma. What the heck! Get one of each. Problem solved!

Come Saturday Morning, a delightful tune for a delightful day, especially with Vintage Jazz sending finger-snappy jazz melodies from the gazebo. Spanish R Us Restaurant (I wonder if they’re any relation to our Rebecca?) in Covington will serve samples from their menu. It’s looking like a day you don’t want to miss.

Southy is cooking up a special March soup this week with cabbage, potatoes, and carrots. It’s a little late for St. Paddy’s Day so we’ll just call it Irish Soup. Go on and pick up a bag of sweet jalapeño gluten free cornbread balls from Betty Rue to enjoy with that or try Lena’s organic cornbread mix and make it yourself. Spread your cornbread liberally with Vincent’s Rosemary Skordalia or Mauthe’s sweet cream butter – heaven. Southy will have asparagus soup for those of you who aren’t Irish. Right next door, Johnadelle’s is back with fresh strawberries. There aren’t many so get there early.

We’ve got chickens all over the place! James will have more chickens this week which have been free range raised and supplemented with non-GMO feed. John also has free range chickens and you can get them in pieces/parts. Justin is offering both chicken and duck. Jessica doesn’t have chicken or duck but she will have huge goose eggs. Just one is equal to 3 (count ‘em, 1-2-3) chicken eggs and since they have been laying very nicely, there will be none for the roasting pan. Jubilee Farms is offering both beef and pork – steak, roast, chops, oh my! Since we’re discussing meat, Farmhouse Dairy is well known for their delicious cuts of lamb and goat meats and even their goat cheese. Now that almost all the new babies have been born, Tiffany and Andy have goat’s milk as well. I sure hope they’re getting some sleep now. You know how those “kids” are.

If you haven’t already tried them, make it a point to sample Dong’s tasty Buchimgae (I still can’t pronounce it) – you know, his Korean pancakes made with flour, water, onions, pumpkin, and garlic chives. Served with dipping sauce, they are a big hit! So were Betty Rue’s cake pops, sinfully rich chocolate devil’s food cake lollipops with peanut butter frosting, rolled in sprinkles and calling my name. Perhaps there’s something calling your name – farm fresh eggs, Suzie’s harvest muffins, Lena’s toasted bread rounds, Sam’s sprouts and nut butters, Norma Jean’s muffaletta veggie wrap, 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 visit www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org

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

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

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

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