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We are gearing up for another lovely market Wednesday. Bhakti Farms says they will be there tomorrow and apologizes for the gaps in their appearances. Caroline & Johnny will be there to grill you up a fabulous burger (mushroom or black bean & beet). Or, if you’ve no time to wait, just grab their delicious veggie sandwich or potato salad and some protein balls (mmmm mmmm). Kandy has her amazing salads all prepared for you —that lemongrass chicken & noodle is sooo delicious! Plus, she always has those incredible shrimp and cream cheese rolls — oh yeah! Abeer is back and she is cooking up Mujadara – a wonderful dish of rice and lentils topped with crispy onions! Eggplant moussaka and tzatziki and baklava too!

I had some knives sharpened last week. Ben really did a great job and I’m hoping he’ll have the scissors sharpener this week. Nice and sharp, that’s how I like ‘em. I really can’t stand cutting with a dull knife; it makes the task much harder. You can also find Jerry’s raw, organic honey on Kandy’s table. Last week, there was creamed cinnamon honey! Well, I’m not going to promise veggies. It seems our wires got crossed last week but I am hopeful to see them this week. However, you can always count on Kristen and the Double K hens to supply you with beautiful eggs!!

Saturday morning will be hoppin’ with the mighty tunes of the Abita Stumps poppin’ out from the gazebo like fireworks. So grab a cuppa joe from the coffee pavilion and head on over to Meme’s for one of her fabulously delicious veggie pancakes. If you’re not into veggie pancakes, sourdough waffles may hit the spot —and the spot to be is at Happy Flour! In true market fashion, and not to be outdone, Bear Creek Road will have some delightful breakfast sandwiches and Norma Jean’s enchilada pie and quiche slices are phenomenal! You may even catch a glimpse of Mr. Houston. No, he’s not back at the market but he does come out to see us once in a while.

Great balls of fire! It’s the 4th of July weekend and I’m sure many of you have plans to be outdoors, chillin’ and grillin’ and dodging raindrops but you have to expect that in SE Louisiana. But the Covington Farmers’ Market still opens and BBQ pits still fire up and people still celebrate! Lots of goodness around to stick on those grills, like tomatoes (yeah, really), peaches (uh huh), mushrooms (yum), squash & eggplant (of course) and corn on the cob (which Vince will have for the next two weeks). Personally, I would save the blueberries and watermelon (yes, we have ‘em!) and plums for a lovely cool treat to enjoy while you’re waiting for the food to cook.

Aaah the sausages from Jubilee Farms! Green Onion, Italian, Cajun, that’s what BBQ heaven is made of! Paul & Liz also have other grillin’ favorites like ground meat for burgers, pork ribs, pork chops, etc. And now, Gina & Andy have sausage —alligator, shrimp, and crawfish! Whaaaat! Oh, yeah! Bhakti Farms has our vegans covered with a black bean & beet burger—soooo delish! Mr. Two is well known for the gorgeous shrimp he sells.

A pie or cobbler from Althee will put smiles on lots of faces. One of Amanda’s fruity popsicles is a tasty treat on a warm summer day. Her juices are cool and refreshing as well. Pick up a few festive cookies from Vincent & Mauricio. The kids’ll love ‘em! A bottle of Sam’s Farmer’s Cocktail Sam juices adds a much needed kick to get you through the day.

You can’t possibly want to sleep in on this 4th of July Saturday (OK, technically the 3rd)!! Where would you get the fixins’ for a truly fantastic celebration! Lotsa goodness here 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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Happy Tuesday, friends! Tomorrow is looking especially nice so make your plans now to stop in, say hello, and grab a great lunch. Bhakti Farms is a great place to start. Johnny has created an assortment of burgers and sandwiches that are delicious and nutritious! And, don’t forget to get some of his spicy Cajun seasoning to put the Zippidy-Do-Da in a lot of your dishes — even your scrambled eggs—which I assume you will get from the Double K ladies.

Eddie has returned with cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and maybe even some sunflower plants! Welcome home, Eddie! I know we’ll start seeing more veggies over the next few weeks. He mentioned spaghetti squash and colorful bell peppers. I love all those different colors, don’t you!? You won’t be seeing peppers on Abeer’s table this week but you will be able to enjoy her Green Bean Moussaka with the delightful flavors of onions, tomatoes, and green beans all simmered together. You’ll find other favorites there as well, tzatziki, grape leaves and baklava.

Jasmine tea is a lovely way to soothe a hectic morning and to go with that, I suggest Kandy’s lemongrass chicken salad—so many exotic flavors blended into a refreshing meal. If you’re dining with friends, try an appetizer of traditional egg rolls to share (or just make a meal of them for yourself.) Kandy is also your go-to for a jar of Jerry’s raw clover honey. Since it’s Father’s Day this Sunday, you may want to secretly borrow Dad’s pocket knife, fillet knife, or cooking knife and have it professionally sharpened by our very own knife sharpener. Boy, won’t Dad be surprised?!

The perfect prelude to Father’s Day is a day at the market with the Lucky Dogs in the gazebo. So grab your coffee from Kayleigh and enjoy the music while you stroll around the grounds to find just that perfect thing for Dad. Don’t forget to wave and smile at Ed—yeah, he’s in the band!

Soooo, what to get Dad? Does he like to garden? Then you will want to visit Dennis for landscaping trees and bushes, unique items such as Butterfly Ginger, Elderberry bushes, Angel Trumpet and all time faves like Brown Turkey Fig trees, Southern Living Oak or beautiful Magnolia trees. Ms. Betty has gorgeous Staghorn Fern, Maidenhair Fern, Aloe plants and more. A stroll through Trudy’s “garden” will show amazing ginger plants, huge hostas, Toad Lilies, Peacock Spikemoss…she always has such an interesting assortment. If he enjoys cooking, a trip to Alton’s will be a boon. Alton has a glorious selection of culinary herbs — oregano, thyme, sage, rosemary, peppermints, purslane, mmmm mm!

Now, if Dad likes a bit of crunch, then Stacey’s is the place to be. Her pickle blends are so tasty and sure to please. We like the pickled baby corn but you’ll find cauliflower pickles, asparagus pickles, watermelon rind and more! But if he’s in to sweets (and who isn’t) then you must stop at Vincent & Mauricio’s for some ginger cookies, or peanut butter cookies, or the always delicious vegan divinity that Mauricio prepares. There’s even an assortment of dips, made by Tessier Gourmet that Dad is sure to love! And how can you think of sweets without thinking of Amanda’s fruity popsicles? She has all kinds of flavor choices, plus she even has fresh juices. A fabulous assortment of baked goodies is to be had at our bakers’ tables. Surely, you can’t not bring him one of Norma’s ever-so-chocolaty brownies.

Be sure to check out Serenity Lane for skin care products for Dad…yes, dads do like nice skin. Gerard & Judy also have a fabulous shave ‘cream’ and the amazing Grandpa’s Liniment which is absolutely fantastic for aches and pains at any age!

Of course we have eggs! Of course we have veggies! Of course we have the things grills are made for! This is your Covington Farmers’ Market, after all! See you there!

Lots of love,

Charlene LeJeune

Abundant Life Kitchen

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

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Welcome to June, my friends! Wednesday’s almost here and the s for a great lunch? Start with a serving of Kandy’s amazing shrimp and cream cheese rolls. Oh man, that plus a glass of jasmine tea will really get you through the day! While you’re there, get a jar of Jerry’s raw, organic clover honey.

Remember to grab your Double K eggs (those hens have been very busy). Johnny’s mushroom burger is always a great choice for lunch. He also has a fabulous assortment of raw goodies — protein balls, Bhakti balls, and Black Forest Chocolate Cheesecake. Don’t forget your knives and scissors; Dave will be there to sharpen them up.

Jake and the Oldies occupy the gazebo this Saturday morning with lots of great music, getting our morning off to a fine start. Meme’s veggie pancakes will be another great addition to your morning as you stroll around the market grounds investigating all our vendors have to offer.

Our produce tables are beginning to groan with lots of lovely squashes and zucchini. Zucchini fritters are a delicious way to use those lovely veg. The recipe calls for zucchini but yellow squash will work just fine.

Grate 3 medium zucchini (about 3 cups) into a colander, salt and leave for 30 mins or up to an hour to drain in the sink. Then squeeze out extra moisture either by wringing the mixture with your hands and placing in a clean bowl OR by putting into a clean tea towel and wringing it. Mix 2 eggs (James, Jubilee, Double K), grated zucchini, 2 thinly sliced green onions, 1 minced garlic clove, 1 tbsp finely chopped dill (Northshore), 1/2 cup feta (Huckleberry Fred), salt and pepper together in a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle 1/2 cup wholewheat flour plus 1/2 tsp baking powder over the top (around the entire bowl, not in one spot) then mix until just combined but don’t over mix. Heat a small amount of olive oil in frying pan on medium heat. Place a tablespoon of the mixture in the pan and flatten with the back of the spatula. Cook for 3-4 minutes each side until golden and crispy. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel. Enjoy! Makes a wonderful side dish, snack, or hor d’oeuvre.

That fritter mixture also makes a very nice stuffing for peppers, squash, or squash blossoms which our produce vendors offer. You can “beef” it up, so to speak, by adding chopped shrimp (Mr. Two), ground beef, lamb, or pork (Jubilee) or add another level of flavor by using Jubilee Italian sausage. OR roll the mix into balls instead of patties (you may need a little more flour), then into some breadcrumbs or flour before browning in oil to make excellent “meatballs” to go with Jennifer’s classic tomato sauce and homemade wholewheat sourdough or egg pasta. WOW!

Delicious abounds over at Norma’s table ‘cause you know she has a delightful assortment of goodies from enchilada pie to vegan wraps to chocolatey brownies. Happy Flour has found a way to twist zucchini into a pastry with their Zucchini Feta Danish. They’ll have peach and strawberry danish as well.

Strawberry Kefir is always a treat and you’ll be able to get that from Succotash Ferments for the next few weeks. Now that you can enjoy the outdoors more, be sure to stop by Serenity Lane. Talk to Judy and Gerard about their skin care products to help you keep a healthy glow.

Our Covington Farmers’ Market is certainly special. You’ll just have to come out and see for yourself. I can’t wait to find out what’s new this week!

Lots of love,

Charlene LeJeune

Abundant Life Kitchen

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

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March 31, 2021

What a lovely day outside, my friends. Now, I don’t care what the weather says I’’m believing for sunny skies —or at least dry ones—or tomorrow. So, come on out and help us bid goodbye to March and hello to April! Abeer is preparing that fabulous Mediterranean dish, Ouzi, for tomorrow — a delightful pastry filled with rice, ground beef, peas, carrots, almonds and pine nuts! Tsatziki, hummus, and Baba Ghanoush will also be on her table. Bring your knives and scissors for David to sharpen and while you wait, sharpen your taste buds on one of Jerome’s amazing crepes and chocolate cake.

A scrumptious array of vegetarian burgers and goodies are waiting to astound you at Bhakti Farms. Stop by Mignon’s to find her latest tonics and Jun. She always has something tasty and loaded with health benefits. One of Kandy’s delicious salads or spring rolls is always a great choice and, of course, a glass of calming jasmine tea. But, if you want decadence, go for the shrimp and cream cheese rolls. Remember to pick up your Double K eggs (it is Easter week, after all) and some of Jerry’s sweet honey. Fingers crossed that we’ll be seeing Eddie and some wonderful veggies in the next few weeks.

Manuel’s Hot Tamales will be firing up the gazebo this Easter Saturday and before you know it their music will fill the market. So grab a hot coffee or cold tea from the pavilion and get shoppin’!

Have you started on your garden yet? Well, no worries, Alton has lots of starter plants all ready for you — tomato, mirliton, herbs — with more coming as the weeks go by. Now that you have your veggie plants sorted, what about the front garden…the patio…the backyard? Maiden hair fern, stag horn fern, and beautiful bougainvillea can be found at Ms. Betty’s. And just down the “road” in either direction, you’ll find amazing plants at Trudy’s and Dennis’. Beautify your home inside and out!

Our artisan bakers have some wonderful things in store for you. Jennifer at Bear Creek Road will have Italian Easter Bread—gorgeous little rounds, similar in appearance to king cakes, with a colored egg in the center. Casatiella, a bread made with salami and gruyere cheese, and Easter French macaroons and Jewish Challah loaves will also be available.

Scottish shortbread cookies and decorated sugar cookies will be the stars at Happy Flour. Patrick tells me he and Madeleine are also creating a black garlic and black sesame sourdough bread that will accompany any Easter meal. And don’t forget to check out the cartoon character parade of sugar cookies that Vincent and Mauricio create!

Veggies galore fill the grounds — cabbages, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, broccolini flowers, pea shoots, microgreens, sprouts, salad mixes, Brussels sprouts, not to mention strawberries and satsumas. And that’s not all you’ll find. There’s raw honey, kombucha, fresh juices, kefir, milk, goat cheeses, cheesecake, and more. So whether you’re celebrating the Resurrection or the Easter Bunny, the place to be is here at our Covington Farmers’ Market! See you there!

Lots of love,

Charlene LeJeune

Abundant Life Kitchen

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

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How are you, my friends, on this very bright and glorious Tuesday? I know, I know! But, just like the rest of us, you’ll just have to count down the hours until the Wednesday market begins. So now the question is…what do you get? This is not a problem for me since I usually pick up something for dinner and also for lunches during the week. “Incredibly edible” eggs—of course. Blueberry jam for breakfast shakes. A few Creoles and yellow squash from Mr. Houston. Over to Kandy’s for a glass of jasmine tea and some of her yummy creamy shrimp rolls. Now, I know that sounds good but until you’ve bitten into that crunchy wrapper and experienced the creaminess of the cheese coating a whopping fat shrimp inside, well, that’s just a whole ‘nother level, huh? Another fabulous lunch time treat is one of Barry’s falafels topped with his special hummus and cole slaw – they really are fal-awfully good!
Jayna Morgan will get things started on Saturday, crooning out snappy tunes from the gazebo. So grab a cup of iced coffee or tea from the coffee pavilion, say “hello” to Ed (and Jose) and get your shopping done as the scent of Pappa D’s kettle corn draws you in. Nathaniel and Erika are firing up the griddle for their amazing veggie pancakes which have become a staple at the market. Rebecca will also have the pan hot, preparing her fabulous breakfast pupusas. Or indulge in Norma Jean’s roasted red pepper enchilada packed with flavor. 
Take home a prepared Tessier Gourmet meal such as Eggplant Parmesan along with Sweet & Spicy Cole Slaw or Roasted Beet & Citrus. You will also find her uniquely different tamales, plus, (something new) delicious meatballs – vacuum packed and ready for gravy. La Provence has the perfect red gravy to complement them.
Blueberries and peaches still abound at the market and are now being joined by figs and plums. Eddie had cantaloupe this week and you know what that means! Watermelon isn’t far behind! Deliciously healthy compensation for the heat & humidity. 
Jennifer (Bear Creek Road) says she will feature grilled veggie & hummus pie this month. Better trot on over there and check it out. She’s also fixing sourdough pizza and bagels! And if you haven’t already tried Stacy’s Canned Creations, take a stroll on over. You’ll find delights such as Brown Sugar Beer Mustard, Mexican radishes, Pickled Merliton, Cajun Zucchini & Squash and Spicy Asparagus—no need to wait for a party. Lucy has developed several new soaps that are sure to catch your fancy – Unicorn Bubblegum (not just for the kiddies), Oatmeal, Goat Milk & Honey, and Coffee – a lovely scrubbing soap that leaves your skin silky smooth.
Thank you, Collins, for the reminder to eat local, in-season veggies… “Eating in-season foods that are easy to find in your area involves much less time between the point of harvest to getting it in your belly, which means greater nutrient density. Studies have proven the nutrient content of seasonal and local produce is superior—when comparing in-season broccoli to out-of-season (which had to be internationally shipped), the broccoli that was in season had twice as much vitamin C as the broccoli that wasn’t.”
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, Jublilee Farms, and James’gfFarms. If you can’t find anything to go on that grill, you must have slept in. 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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Covington Farmers Market LogoHappy Tuesday, friends! Well the summer is almost gone; the kids will be back in school very soon. But don’t you worry; the Covington Farmers’ Market is open Wednesdays and Saturdays regardless of the date or the weather. So, get your tasty buds ready for some incredibly delicious food and meet us at the market.
There are some wonderfully cool salads on the tables this week. Always refreshing is Kandy’s pan-seared salmon salad on a bed of papaya noodles. Another favorite is Lea’s Mediterranean salad with pita bread. The beef tostada that Victoria makes is crunchy, delicious, and filling. Chomper’s pulled pork, mac n cheese, and cole slaw are legendary. There’s music courtesy of the Farmers’ Market band and dessert (such as teacakes from Lillie and banana split cake from Frankie), jams, fresh veggies, and yard eggs. That’s right – all at the Covington Trailhead 10 am till 2 pm.
Saturday will start with a bang as our own Jerry Hess sings out some folksy tunes from the gazebo. Then get ready for MERIBO Italian Restaurant from downtown Covington. The chef will offer us a sample from their amazing menu. I checked the menu on line and found some truly unique pizzas and dishes such as wild boar ravioli, Meridionale pizza, and Lacinato kale salad. Mmmmm! Mmmm! Saturday can’t come soon enough.

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We still have lots of great veggies but you have to get here early. Some items worth noting — J.R. still has tomatoes – orange, red, and Creole so I’m one happy camper! I found bright yellow Scotch bonnet peppers on Nick’s table which also boasted a delightful assortment of other unique heirloom peppers, such as Nardello – a long slim green pepper that looks like it should be HOT – it’s not. It would make a perfect salad pepper and also a great dipping pepper. John has diverse varieties of figs like Hardy Chicago (with a strawberry-like taste), Champagne fig, and LSU purple – all screaming sweet and delicious! And, of course, there are all varieties of peppers, squash, eggplant and more. I’m also seeing some new potatoes.
While our produce vendors are superb, let’s not forget about our artisan bakers. Windfield Farm’s French batard and health grain breads are much beloved ‘round here and I think you’ll find a different specialty bread on their counter each week!
Lena (7Grain) grinds her own flour for her sprouted grain breads — a market favorite. If you haven’t tasted her almond biscotti you don’t know what you’re missing. It takes to coffee like a duck to water! Coast Roast is sure to have the perfect coffee for your biscotti or any of the other flavorful cookies, muffins, and desserts to be found on the tables.
I also discovered that Rebecca (Spanish R Us) has cornbread. I didn’t think to ask if it was spicy but it looked very inviting and I was sure Mauthe’s sweet cream butter would sachet right over there and make itself at home melting all over it and I do believe there was some discussion that Blood River Honey would have added a sweetness that butter couldn’t match. I don’t want to take sides so I choose both!
All of our market breads are a magnificent canvas not only for the rich taste of butter and honey but also for the amazing variety of jams and jellies that Althee and Robin have to offer. Sooooo, how many more reasons do you need to be at the market each week? Sleeping in is NOT an option!
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 http://www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org/

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Covington Farmers Market LogoIt’s Tuesday, friends! One more day…more or less… to a tasty lunch, sweet breezes, and relaxing music – perfect for summertime lunching. You’ll get there and have a hard time deciding between Frankie & Johnny’s fried beef taco or Kandy’s fabulous shredded cabbage salad with its crunchy bits of carrot, chicken, red onion and herbs. Or will you be tempted by Nanette’s wonderful chicken salad wrapped in a spinach tortilla and dressed with baby spinach leaves or the smoky aroma of Jeff’s pulled pork, baked beans, and Mac N Cheese? Our vendors are offering some incredible dishes that are hard to pass up, which is why I usually pick up several and enjoy them throughout the week. Sometimes, I even let Mr. Wonderful share in the bounty.

Surely you won’t forget your veggies – zucchini, bell peppers, squash, potatoes, and tomatoes – or yard fresh eggs. Frankie is baking up a sensational blueberry buttermilk pie for dessert. Oh, YUM! Aren’t Wednesdays wonderful??!!

bear creek roadSaturday morning will roll around (as it usually does at that time of the week), just as bright and lovely as ever. Prepare yourself now for the delightful tunes of Alex Owen and John Eubanks coming from the gazebo. Coffee Rani’s Food Truck will be parked at the curb on Columbia Street with a selection of treats to savor. Make sure you get here early to get your coffee and enjoy the morning, the music, the many market delights. Sadly, this is Nanette’s last week at the market. Please stop by her table and wish her luck as she travels home to be closer to family. We will miss you loads, Nanette!

Picture this, you and your sweetie have planned a delightful BBQ on the patio surrounded by the bright yellow bougainvillea and lovely green ferns you got from Ms. Betty. You have the pit fired up and ready for the chicken (James) or the burgers from ground beef (pork and/or lamb) from Jubilee. Chomper’s Twisted sauce is waiting patiently to be liberally applied. Skewers of veggie kababs with onions, peppers, shrimp, or what have you) are also waiting for the perfect time to jump on. And, when your sweetie thinks it just can’t get any better, you bring out the peaches, halved, and lay them on the grill. Serve with a nice bottle of La Serendipity Blanc de Bois wine, nicely chilled, or ice-cold peach acai kombucha or hibiscus mint water kefir (Kombucha Girl). Now, wasn’t that relaxing?

I found a great recipe for white squash on the internet that sounded exquisite. It involved patty pan (white) squash sliced across its width, placed in a baking dish alternating with basil leaves and dressed with olive oil and baked. Sounds great but hot and doesn’t work easily when grilling your squash, soooooo…slice your squash across the width and grill, then place slices in a serving dish. Add some olive oil to a quarter cup of Nur’s basil pesto to thin it out and drizzle over the slices. Alternate “dressing” and squash until all is gone and serve. For a taste change, you could do the same with Nur’s sun dried tomato pesto.

With all this great food hanging around, please tell me you’re not planning to sleep in. We’d hate for you 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 http://www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org/

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Despite the chill of the last few days, Spring is definitely in the air. Everywhere you see trees stretching their bright green leaves to greet the season, some of them bursting into flames of white blossoms like huge candles lighting the way to the Covington Farmers’ Market. It’s a great day in the neighborhood, friends!

Joining us on Wednesday are three new vendors. You already know Dong and Inja, and their magnificent Korean pancakes, from the Saturday market. For Wednesday, they are preparing a boneless pork chop, breaded and fried with a tasty secret sauce. If you’ve missed Roma, our newest vendor will make your day. Rohini will be serving traditional Caribbean food including West Indian cuisine. This week she is featuring curried chicken and white rice. Berry Hill Farms’ has dressings, hummus, fruit breads, and jellies. Their veggie dip with onions, green peppers, black beans, corn, and celery is really, really, really good in your scrambled eggs. Check out the attached for the rest of the menu.

Sweet Jones will launch us into Easter Saturday with lively tunes springing from the gazebo. Then Max Messier, of Cocktail & Sons’ fame, will wow us with some Tasty Tipplers syrups and show us how to use them.

With all that springtime floating around, I’m sure you’re ready to get out and work the garden. Alton and Sandra’s starter plants – lemon cucumbers, spaghetti squash, creole tomatoes, morning glory, moon flowers, and more, are just begging to be part of your backyard oasis. New vendor, Bonnie Blue Nursery, is offering apple, pear, and chestnut trees – all heirloom varieties and some are extremely rare. Talk to Mike about what kind would be the right one for your home “orchard”. Trudy’s Japanese maples didn’t last long last weekend; they were selling like hot cakes.

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Mini White Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake
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Earth Milk, known far and wide for healthy nut milks, has added some raw vegan items to her milks – raw Parmesan, raw nutella, and a raw hemp seed bar. Grab a few Spring Detox granola bars from Sacred Earth. A perfect way to being your day!

Stroll through the market to gather some weekly favorites – Dolese’s stuffed artichoke, Bechac’s famous dressings (great for marinades too!), Chompers’ amazing BBQ sauces, Nur’s pesto, golden sweet Blood Rive honey. With Easter coming up you’ll need eggs to dye and fresh strawberries for dessert.

Come and join us in our little corner of the city. We’ll be here with music and laughter, lots of great food, and an atmosphere that will put a song in your heart. Springtime is special 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.org