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This Week at the Farmers Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Covington Farmers’ Market weekly newsletter by Charlene LeJeune:

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! Well, it seems many of our market vendors are taking advantage of the holiday to enjoy with family. However, Mr. Houston is usually there and he has green onions, turnips, and greens. Kristen will also be there, and a good thing, too. You can’t make potato salad or deviled eggs without eggs! Mignon will also be there and she has created a fabulous Rose Pomegranate Jun. She will also have her 7 flower herbal tonic. Gotta try it. I hope you all have a very blessed and healthy Thanksgiving!

With the Christmas season officially kicked off,  join us as lively tunes Joe Barbara go dashing from the gazebo. Stop by the pavilion and say hi to Kayleigh and grab a steamy cup of coffee or tea provided by Coffee Rani. 

Stacey is canning those amazing pickled veggie combinations; Althee makes some delicious single -serve pies and quick breads. What more could you ask for? Jams and jellies, of course, for which both ladies are famous!

Don’t forget your greens! There’s nothing that sassies up a good turkey sausage gumbo more than chopped greens. Northshore Greens will have some lovely stir fry bunches (great for gumbos and soups as well). Becky also promises lots of herbs—rosemary, thyme, parsley, savory, bronze fennel.

Have we got the veggies for you!! Kale, Swiss chard, collards, cauliflower, broccoli, cherry tomatoes…..and strawberries! Persimmons are still popular over at Nick’s and he has bags of satsumas as well. And the sweet potatoes!!! I decided to try the purple fleshed ones and they are spectacular …but then so are the others. Buttercrunch, romaine and salad bowl (unless the deer get ‘em first) lettuces, that’s what you’ll find on Eddie’s table, plus cabbages, green onion, radishes, and a couple of varieties of kale. Ken (or rather his grandson) is back with navels, satsumas, and grapefruit. Amanda has taken advantage of the seasonal fruit with juice blends like Satsuma Orange, Ginger Lemonade, and a delightful Strawberry, Pineapple, Orange. What a way to get your Vitamin C! Baby kale, baby arugula, and daikon radishes fill Sam’s table. No worries, he still has sprouts.

Nick has eggplant and Mr. Two has shrimp —sounds like the start of a fabulous casserole. Huckleberry Fred’s will be there and their goat cheese blends are amazing. Delicious, spreadable, creamy—OK, don’t forget the bread. Our artisan bakers have the perfect choice for you. If you’re not fond of goat cheese (or even if you are), you’ll surely want to check into Vincent’s skordalia. It makes a super garlic bread, especially when you sprinkle chopped herbs on top. Just ask Vincent for a taste and you’ll see what I mean. While you’re over there, ask about Tessier Gourmet’s soups. There was a luscious Tomato Basil and a Vegetarian Chili last week. Even more reason for bread with goat cheese, skordalia, or simply butter (Mauthe’s). 

The Covington Farmers’ Market is a great place to be on a Saturday morning, especially after a holiday. There’s so much more than I can report in one little newsletter. Set your alarm for delicious and we’ll 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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Farmers Market Recipe: Sweet Potato Spiced Lentils & Cumin Roasted Cauliflower

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By Chelsea Cochrane

Bring on the fall veggies! Autumn harvests are full of warming foods, well-paired with rich spices like ginger, turmeric and cumin. Sweet potato is a favorite for a reason – its versatile flavor and texture can go sweet or savory and adds something special to almost any dish.

Try out this delicious recipe using fresh sweet potatoes from Grow.Farm, sweet bell peppers from Faust Farms and fresh turmeric from Sam Sprouts. All at the Covington Farmer’s Market!

Sweet Potato Spiced Lentils & Cumin Roasted Cauliflower

Ingredients for the lentils:

  • 1 cup dried lentils
  • 2 cups vegetable broth & 1 cup water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 Tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 lb sweet potato, cubed in 1/2 inch cubes – from Nick at Grow.Farm
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet peppers – from Faust Farms
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 – 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 – 2 Tablespoons of minced fresh turmeric – from Sam’s Sprouts
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • a dash of fresh ground nutmeg
  • 1 Tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • sea salt & fresh ground black pepper

For the cauliflower:

  • 1 whole head of cauliflower
  • 4 – 5 cloves garlic, peeled, whole
  • 2 – 3 Tablespoons of cooking oil
  • 2 – 3 Tablespoons of cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon course sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper

Directions for lentils:

  1. Bring lentils with bay leaf, broth, water & a little salt to a boil then reduce heat to medium low – simmer for 20-30 minutes, until lentils are tender. Drain most of excess liquid.
  2. Heat a large skillet on medium high. Add oil and sweet potatoes with a little salt and pepper. Sautee, tossing occasionally, until potatoes are browned mostly evenly.
  3. Lower heat to medium. Add in onion, peppers, & celery. Sautee until fragrant.
  4. Add in garlic, spices & herbs. Add more salt & pepper to taste.
  5. Once everything has cooked well together add to lentils. Let simmer on low covered for a few minutes for flavors to combine.
  6. Serve like this or over rice.

Directions for the roasted cauliflower:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Clean outer leaves off cauliflower head but keep head whole! Rinse well.
  3. Shove whole cloves of garlic between cauliflower florettes.
  4. Rub with cooking oil, covering entire head.
  5. Sprinkle with cumin, salt & pepper.
  6. Roast for 30 – 45 minutes, or until browned and beginning to get crispy.
This Week at the Farmer's Market

This Week at the Farmers Market by Charlene LeJeune

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The following is the Covington Farmer’s Market weekly newsletter by Charlene LeJeune.

Hello, friends, what a lovely day it is! I thought I heard we were supposed to have a cool front coming through; I think I missed it. No matter, our market is open hot or cold, rain or shine. So we hope to see you out there to enjoy the music, fellowship with some friends, and indulge in a great lunch. Abeer has some of her awesome Jordanian dishes like Ouzi or Eggplant Moussaka. A slice of creamy Quiche Lorraine from Jerome will have you imagining an exotic lunch at a Parisian bistro. Blueberry jam and honey, that’s what you’ll find at Jerry’s table.

Kandy will have her luscious shrimp and shredded cabbage salad and her lemongrass infused chicken and noodle salad —always delightful especially with a cool glass of jasmine tea. Double K will hopefully have lots of eggs, though the hens get a little testy during the summer heat. Mr. Houston will have lots of eggplant and peppers. Be sure to enjoy a Bhakti Burger (beet & bean burger with special source, avocado, and loads of sprouts). Get your duck meat or broth from Ross. Joy will have some Grab N Go meals and boiled crabs! Plus she will have frozen Seafood Gumbo and Shrimp & Cauliflower Soup. Stop for a minute at Golden Mist and get a taste of fizzy jun that Mignon makes. A perusal of Henderson’s mixes will leave you in a quandary. Which one? Easy…pick one…next week, try another!

The delightful melodies of Firmin Oliviera will shine from the gazebo this Saturday morning. So grab your coffee or tea from the pavilion. Maybe you’d prefer Nancy’s kombucha or fresh juice from Amanda (she has peach lemonade!) Your choice doesn’t matter; they all go perfectly with breakfast—Meme’s Veggie Pancakes, a slice of quiche from Noma Jean, breakfast sandwich from Jennifer, apple turnover from Patrick & Madelieine…. and set off for a tour of the market. There’s always something wonderful to find.

Bushy plants and trees from Dennis create accents in your garden. Delicious soups and meals from Tessier Gourmet are perfect when you’re strapped for time. There’s skordalia, hummus, and incredible cookies from Vincent and Mauricio. You’ll find all manner of cows’ milk products from Mauthe’s including yogurt and buttermilk. Huckleberry Fred’s has a fantastic selection of goat cheese blends that add flavor to any dish. Plus they have goat’s milk. Black garlic (Cameron), pralines from Rose, jams and jellies a la Althee, whole rabbits for the pot from Exnihilo Farms and a green onion soup mix that would be a fantastic seasoning as well. Bhakti Balls, Protein Balls, and raw vegan desserts from Johnny to satisfy your sweet tooth. Chicken jerky for your favorite dog (or cat) from Tiger Bait. gorgeous starter plants from Alton.

Whew….let me catch my breath.

With allergies on the rampage (year round it seems), isn’t it a good thing we have Samantha’s Elderberry Syrup year round!? Get another nutritional boost with Succotash Ferments’ kraut, kombucha, hot sauce, and kefir. Aminta not only has microgreens (also packed with nutrients) but also has seeds available for you to grow your own. Sam’s Sprouts are certainly delicious and have been used by a couple of our vendors in creating their dishes. Great to have at your beck and call is Serenity Lane’s Bug Bite cream. Those nasty bugs just love to torment us in the summer heat and Bug Bite cream offers tremendous relief!

Along with her amazing breakfast foods, you’ll find that Jennifer has fabulous artisan breads, butter blends, homemade pasta, and pies. So too, Happy Flour offers a number of sourdough and sandwich breads like oatmeal honey, cinnamon raisin, parmesan and rosemary. Trudy has a lovely assortment of bushes, flowering plants, and houseplants full of gorgeous colors. Ms. Betty also has beautiful house plants and she is most famous for her staghorn ferns. Brownies, walnut pate, falafel, wraps, enchilada pie…yep! that’s our Norma Jean.

All in all, there are so many terrific things to find at the Covington Farmers’ Market. And YES! you will find veggies. So, why don’t you come and spend the morning with us. It will definitely put a 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
Check out our Facebook page – facebook.com/thecovingtonlafarmersmarket
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This Week at the Covington Farmer’s Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Wed Farmers Market signWhat a lovely Tuesday! We’re enjoying another gorgeous day today and Wednesday is looking very inviting. So come on out…enjoy a magnificent lunch…delight in the breezes …music and veggies await you. Jeff says he will have those wonderful jalapeño poppers on the menu this week and Nanette’s ready for tomorrow with black bean soup and chicken salad wraps. Kandi will be there will those amazing salads and crispy egg rolls and jasmine tea. Frankie is preparing her fabulous blueberry lemonade and let’s not even mention the chocolate raspberry cake… But that’s not all, Mr. Houston and Eddie will be there with fresh veggies and the scent of Big Branch soaps will freshen your day.

olgacartoonRaise your hand if you were at the market last Saturday. Didn’t you just love the frosty temperatures and the crispy breezes that just lasted all morning long???? I can’t promise the same thing of this weekend, but I can promise that we’re gonna have a great time! I can promise the snappy tunes of Olga Wilhelmine will dance out of the gazebo to brighten your morning. You thought that was the best part, right? Not a chance! Rick and Maryann Haase (devoted Farmers’ Market friends) have volunteered to roast up some hot dogs in the cooking tent. So, I hope you didn’t make plans to go somewhere else.

August is National Goat Cheese Month so here are a couple of ideas to enjoy the goodness of goat cheese. First, stop by Farmhouse Dairy and choose one of their chevres. Then, head on over to the Clecklers for some peaches. You’ll also need some Blood River honey or Peach Bourbon Pepper Jelly (Robin) or both and some granola. Cut your peaches in half, add a lovely scoop of chèvre, drizzle with honey and sprinkle with nuts or granola (Nanette, Susie, Lena). For a spicy change, add a small dollop of Peach Bourbon pepper jelly. (This really is just toooo easy for words.) The rest of that granola will make a nice crunchy topping for Mauthe’s yogurt. Yuummmm!

Farmhouse Dairy at the Covington Farmer's Market

Farmhouse Dairy at the Covington Farmer’s Market

Or, try a refreshing salad with large chunks of watermelon (Greg Miller), quartered figs (I think Greg, Nick, and John still have some), a few blueberries (Justin may not have any more), crumble some goat cheese and chiffonade of fresh mint leaves (Alton) on top. You don’t even need salad dressing.

While you’re at Alton’s trying to decide between regular mint, chocolate mint, or orange mint, check out the starter plants he has for fall planting – in particular, the heat resistant tomato plants.

Black bottom chicory pie is back on the table at Bear Creek Road. Yes, I did pick one up and, yes, I did get lost in the creamy chocolatelyness and, yes, I almost got lost in the homemade whipped topping but I caught sight of the peach ginger buckle…I won’t go into details. Did I mention that next week, Jennifer will have a new savory pie – mushroom Parmesan with polenta crust.

Tired of plain old roasted veggies? Try rubbing them with Vincent and Mauricio’s skordalia before roasting or grilling. Top with pieces of Gina’s new beef jerky. Wonderful flavors of mesquite, sweet hardwood, teriyaki, and pepperoni will add an exciting new taste to your veggies. Who knows? The kids may even like ‘em. What can I say? There’s always something new and wonderful awaiting you. And we’ll be here as well with…

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 at the Covington Farmer’s Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Wed Farmers Market signGood afternoon, friends and great news – it’s Tuesday again! That means just one more day to a tasty lunch, sweet breezes, and relaxing music – perfect for summertime lunching. Now I know you’re thinking it’s gonna be pretty hot, and it is, but there always seems to be a fair breeze whipping up under the Covington Farmers market pavilion.

But it’s more than fair breezes enticing you to the Market for a lunch of Rebecca’s authentic Honduran food. It’s our amazing vendors and their love of food that has you dreaming of Kandi’s shredded cabbage salad with its crunchy bits of carrot, chicken, red onion and herbs and inviting you to partake of Nanette’s savory summer Minestrone soup with lovely chunks of squash, green beans, tomatoes, and great northern beans swimming in a savory broth seasoned with oregano and basil or tempting you with the prospect of Jeff’s pulled pork and a side of cheese grits and a luscious new creation – ranch macaroni salad.

WatermellonYou’ll get there and have trouble deciding between Frankie’s bread pudding with rum sauce or the new egg custard pies with eggs so fresh you can see the yellow. Don’t forget the veggies – zucchini, bell peppers, squash, potatoes, and watermelon. 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.

Saturday 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 Joe Barbara coming from the gazebo. Pat Lester’s Food Wagon will be parked at the curb on Columbia Street. Make sure you get here early to get your coffee and enjoy the morning, the music, the many market delights.

Bartlett Farm has heirloom tomatoes galore!!

Bartlett Farm has heirloom tomatoes galore!!

New vegetables are joining the ranks each week. Nick has a selection of heirloom eggplant with names that are as inviting as the vegetable, such as Ping Tong, Pandora Striped, Louisiana Green, and L’il Sailor. They could get you in trouble, though. “Hey, John and Mary, how ‘bout joining us for dinner tonight? We’re cooking up a batch of L’il Sailors – so nice and tasty!” (OK, OK, I’ll stop.) Mr. Houston has 2 varieties of watermelon – traditional and one called Moon & Stars. You may even get lucky and get a few of Natalie’s ghost eggplant.

purple hull peasEddie has yard-long beans and purple hull peas in the shell and you’ll find cuccuzzas hanging around Bardwell’s table. The Clecklers have sweet Alabama peaches and Pink Lady peas. John has a tasty mix of fuzzy yellow tomatoes, bright orange and long skinny reds that look more like a red pepper than a tomato. Didn’t matter to me; they were real good. Fancy names or not, there’s still lots of good eats on the tables.

A Rainbow of kombucha from Kombucha Girl Living Beverages

A Rainbow of kombucha from Kombucha Girl Living Beverages

Althee tells me she is adding no sugar added jams to her repertoire starting with mango and blueberry and will soon add strawberry as well. Hot Tamale Mama is stunning the tamale world with her latest creation – red beans and rice tamales! I haven’t tasted them yet but Pam has a knack for making the ordinary extraordinary. She also has a new oyster mushroom and lentil soup. 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 www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org

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Wed Farmers Market signHappy 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 potatoes, squash, bell peppers, and he may even have some tomatoes and eggplant. Come and join us for a relaxing lunch. Kandi’s pan seared salmon salad and a glass of sweet jasmine tea make a perfect lunch. Bring home dinner with a pound of Jeff’s pulled pork, cole slaw, Mac N Cheese, and baked beans. Or try Nanette’s refreshing cucumber yogurt soup which will go very nicely with her summery Mediterranean salad. A Honduran hot tamale (they are pretty big), salsa and chips and you have lunch for Thursday or even Friday. And, of course, you can’t be without dessert and Frankie’s gotcha covered with strawberry dream pie or her incredible Marguerita pie. Ooh my!

Make plans to come out on Saturday and enjoy the toe-tappin’ melodies of Chris Talley coming from the gazebo. So grab your coffee or one of Sacred Earth’s new caffeine bars and enjoy the music while you do your shopping. Oh, you heard me right. Enough caffeine for a full cup of coffee, balanced with fresh herbs and oats in a scrumptious breakfast bar. Then, get ready for some barbecue because VooDoo Foods will have their rig parked on Columbia Street, ready to dish out some great BBQ. They will also have homemade Worcestershire Sauce and Twangy sauce. Not sure what Twangy sauce is but it does sound tasty doesn’t it?

Summer Squash from GROW.farm

Summer Squash from GROW.farm

I took a slow walk around the market last week and it surely has blossomed this past week. I guess it’s all the rain we’ve been having. But even a quick stroll around will reveal a treasure trove of veggies. Eddie’s Veggies table was filled with golden wax beans, Maxibell green beans, yellow zukes and banana peppers (soooo good sautéed with onions and Italian sausage and served over spaghetti – easy peasey). The Clecklers not only had tomatoes but peaches as well. I cut up a peach to add to my tea for a flavor boast. Mr. Houston told me he would have tomatoes and possibly eggplant for this week along with squash and. J.R. said he will have cherry tomatoes, potatoes, rattlesnake snap beans, zucchini, yellow & white squash, and cucumbers.  John promised bell peppers, eggplant, red and Yukon Gold potatoes, great juicing carrots, and , if you get there early, some heirloom tomatoes.

Carrots from Bartlett Farm at the Covington Farmer's Market

Carrots from Bartlett Farm at the Covington Farmer’s Market

Don’t forget about grilling! We’ve got a smorgasbord of meats and veggies that are ready and waiting for a few grill marks. Marinate your chicken in Bechac’s Roasted Garlic & Tomato Dressing for an hour or so before grilling for tender tasty chicken. YUM! Careful, a dab of goat cheese in the middle of your burgers will have you crowned Master Griller and you will be in charge of the pit from then on.

I had a chance to try Spicy Lady’s Wasabe Seasoning on Saturday and I’ll admit to a bit of trepidation since I always associated wasabe with lots of heat. It was delicious, not too hot, and I thought that it would be really great mixed with a little of Cheryl’s oils and tossed on grilled veggies, potatoes, mushrooms, shrimp, or what have you.

Breads love it on the grill. Suzie will have Spinach Feta this week which probably won’t work too well on the pit but her Health Grain bread or French baguettes toast up wonderfully, especially with a little of Vincent & Mauricio’s Skordalia spread over it. Lena’s home ground wheat breads just dying to get toasted and Crystal’s gluten free sourdough breads are sure to please even those who are not concerned about gluten. Spread some of Bear Creek’s garlic and herb butter on several slices and pop those babies on the grill. Or just toast ‘em plain and add a little Meaux Mustard for a jazzy sandwich. With four flavors – Local Honey, Creole, Green Heat, or Blueberry – you may have a tough time choosing.

Bear Creek Road Pie of the Month: Dark Chocolate Strawberry Pâté Tart with Lavender Meringue

Bear Creek Road Pie of the Month: Dark Chocolate Strawberry Pâté Tart with Lavender Meringue

You won’t want to stop there. After all, Lolly Marie is boasting those yummy caramels, white ginger truffles, and chocolate raspberry truffles plus caramel apples. There’s so much more out here – a beautiful spring breeze, delightful music, great food. What more can you ask for?

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 at the Covington Farmer’s Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Wednesday Covington Farmers Market at the Covington Trailhead

Wednesday Covington Farmers Market at the Covington Trailhead

A very happy Tuesday, friends! Look at this day! What a gorgeous day to just enjoy being outdoors! And tomorrow will be more of the same. Do yourself a favor and get to the Covington Farmers’ Market; we have lots of great stuff for you! If you don’t know about the great dishes served up on Wednesday such as, Chomper’s pulled pork sandwiches with baked beans and potato salad, Kandi’s delicious noodle salad with lemongrass chicken, Rebecca’s spicy chicken tamales, Nanette’s amazing chicken salad wraps, Frankie’s old fashioned banana pudding, or Irma’s burritos with beans onions, mushrooms, and cheese.

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

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

Start your Easter celebration early with a visit to the Saturday Market. Norma Jean Marcon is serving a Lenten favorite – Gumbo Z’Herbes – and you don’t want to miss that. The gazebo will be hopping with the bluesy melodies of the Last Chance Bluegrass Band. Jeff and Kristen send a hearty “Thank You!” to the Saturday market for the response they received as they served up wonderful pulled pork in the cooking tent.

Just walk past the produce vendors and you know that Spring has indeed arrived and is here to stay at least until June (or perhaps the end of April). If that doesn’t convince you, Trudy’s feathery native azaleas will be adding their colorful song to Ms. Betty’s bright bougainvillea and Nancy’s perky floral bouquets and, of course, there is a lovely bouquet of fragrance in Aunt Bee’s hand crafted soaps. Alton and Sandra’s table will be filled with plants just aching to get into your garden – tomatoes, okra, cantaloupe, watermelon, cucumbers, and more!

Norma Jean Marcon is serving Gumbo Z’Herbes for the food demo Saturday

Norma Jean Marcon is serving Gumbo Z’Herbes for the food demo Saturday (“Zherbes” by Jperlow – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons -)

Take home a container of Nur’s Shaqshooka, a tasty eggplant, garlic, and tomato dish that is absolutely delicious over pasta. Spicy Lady, Cheryl, is mixing up new spices/seasonings to add lots of flavor to pasta, beef and burger, and your Mexican dishes. She’s also brewing spiced infused vinegars.

This week when you visit Mauthe’s tent to get your regular chocolate milk for the kiddies; pick up a new treat just for you (that’s right, no sharing!) Jamie will have an incredible coffee milk to add to the repertoire (yes, you did hear me correctly.) Think of how perfectly that will go with a hot cross bun from Bear Creek Road or one of Betty Rue’s hot cinnamon rolls or dipping Teresa’s Orange Almond Biscotti. Jennifer also has lovely Easter Casatiello Mini Loaves.

As the market comes to a close on this Easter Saturday, we remember a dear friend and market vendor, Doug Thorburn. Doug has been a seasonal vendor with us for the last 12 years, bringing his passion for blueberries along with pints and pints of the sweet treat. Doug passed away quietly this past week and I, for one, am saddened that he will not be spending this season with 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 visitwww.covingtonfarmersmarket.org

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Good Dog NaturallyThe recent controversy over whether or not propylene glycol should be in dog food (it is a component of antifreeze and a preservative approved for use in food by the FDA) is a good reason to visit Good Dog Naturally when considering pet food options. Good Dog Naturally takes the time to carefully research the foods that they carry to ensure that they are from reputable sources with trusted ingredients.

Tiger Bait Raw Whole Food for PetsYou will find safe and nutritious, wholesome foods and treats for your cat or dog. There are several options of high protein dehydrated foods, including Sojos and Honest Kitchen. Local favorite Tiger Bait offers raw food and treats, from locally sourced, food grade ingredients. Pets love the dehydrated chicken treats – only 1 ingredient! Tiger Bait raw food is produced locally and formulated for both dogs and cats. Stop in to learn about the full range of raw foods that are offered, and why a high-protein raw food diet may benefit your pet.

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

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Wed Farmers Market signHappy Tuesday, friends! 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. So, take a moment, close your eyes, and conjure up visions of the deliciousness that awaits you at the Trailhead like Chompers BBQ’s smoky pulled pork and cole slaw; Nanette’s crunchy veggie wraps; Kandi’s luscious cream cheese and shrimp rolls, Rebecca’s spicy hot tamales (may as well get some salsa and chips). Snack on fruity pies from Frankie and rich red strawberries from Natalie. Pick up your fresh veggies, raw honey, and crafted soaps and body “seasonings” all while you enjoy the morning with us.

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 Saturday

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 – what will Kevin roast for us this week? – fantasize about Lola Deux’s Parmesan fries soon to be there ….mmmm… You’ll surely be more than poppin’ when you hear the sweet crooning of The Lucky Dogs sailing out from the gazebo. Oooooo! You’re beginning to sound like popcorn now.

Burton Maplewood FarmTap into designer maple syrup from a guest artisan at the Saturday market. Burton’s Maplewood Farm, located in Southern Indiana, produces 100% pure maple syrup from their very own trees. They’ve also allowed some of their golden goodness to age in rum, bourbon, and brandy barrels for an exquisite taste treat. So get them on your list as a MUST SEE because they will only be here for one week!

What better time than spring to get that garden started and Alton & Sandra can get you started right with Creole, Brandywine, or yellow cherry tomato plants, Mirliton vines, and maybe even a couple of varieties of Basil. Ms. Betty will be back this week with bougainvillea blooming in bright pinks and yellows, crepe myrtle, and glamorous maidenhair fern.

Strawberry Covington Farmers MarketStroll through the market to gather some weekly favorites – Dolese’s stuffed artichoke, Bechac’s famous dressings (great for marinades too!), Nur’s exotic tabouli and hummus. Did you know that a natural compound in celery is found to offer promising results in lowering blood pressure? Combine that with the quality natural ingredients in Nur’s hummus and you are really on a roll! Don’t forget your eggs! The hens are really happy these days and so are the ducks and the quail! Farm fresh strawberries are available – and you don’t even have to pick them!

There is something about Market Day that rejuvenates the spirit. Maybe it’s the anticipation of creamy yogurt, aged goat cheeses, blossoming plants ready for the soil, fresh veggies, golden sweet honey, or the clean refreshing scent of Aunt Bee’s oatmeal lavender 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.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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Wed Farmers Market signHi, friends and happy almost Thanksgiving! Don’t let that dreary scene outside your window get you down; we have a lovely day planned for tomorrow. So if you are beginning to be stressed by the thought of holiday shopping, join us for a delicious lunch and let the music and the warm sunshine soothe those cares away.

Get ready to enjoy the intense flavor of Nanette’s creamy vegetable soup tomorrow. Soooo delicious but you may have difficulty deciding between it and her butternut squash bisque. (Hint: bring home a pint of each for later in the week.) Jeff promises to have baked apples to go with his pulled pork. A whole muffaletta will certainly last til the end of the week and you won’t have to worry about what to fix while you’re Black Friday shopping. Kandi’s chicken porridge goes a long way to satisfying an empty tummy. One of Frankie’s delicious banana, pumpkin, or blueberry bread will be welcomed at any Thanksgiving table. Top your dessert with some of Natalie’s strawberries – surprisingly sweet for this time of year. Don’t forget Nanette’s slaw salads or veggies from Natalie and Mr. Houston for your side dishes. (Yes, Collins, even vegans must have “side” dishes.)

Saturday will roll around and you’ll be tempted to sleep in. Black Friday can be exhausting. But…we’ll have 70 degrees of sunshine, deep blue skies, smiling faces – how can you resist? Get a fresh cup of coffee and enjoy the music of Zac Maris. AND, as a refreshing change from leftovers, Chomper’s BBQ will have their grill rig at the market for the cooking demo this week. Can’t wait, can you?

Take your time as you stroll around the market. It’s a great time to visit with the vendors and make your list of what you would like to have over the next month – you know Christmas parties, football games, holiday treats for the office, gifts…

Our hearts are thankful for the kids whose laughter wafts through our market, for the blend of wares that makes our market unique, for our vendors who are here rain or shine, but mostly we are very thankful for you, our faithful patrons who show up week after week. Please have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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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Wednesday Covington Farmers Market at the Covington Trailhead

Hi, friends and a happy Tuesday it is! And I, for one, am looking forward to a lively and lovely Wednesday. Last week vendor tables were brimming with delicious food and picnickers were scattered across the lawn under the awning enjoying that food and the pleasant melodies that flowed from the gazebo. Take advantage of another day like that and come out to join us!

Let’s get a little crazy this week and start with dessert first! (I think we all know my feelings on that subject.) A jar of Earl’s honey is perfect on a breakfast muffin or toast. Nanette’s raw cookies are wonderful! My favorite is the almond date bar but she also has chocolate coconut balls to feed the chocolate lover in you. And Frankie’s apple pie or old fashioned banana pudding – incredible flavor! Your next step could be one of Rebecca’s (Spanish R Us) delicious chicken tamales. Jeff says he will have a few smoked turkey legs along with the pulled pork and his amazing cole slaw. If you don’t have room for a muffaletta right now, pick one up for supper or later in the week. Elizabeth also has those cute little bottles in gift sets of two with a small dish for bread dippin’. If you’re not ready for the holidays yet, pick one up for someone special to enjoy today (just make sure you act surprised when you open it.) Kandi’s crunchy eggrolls are a great picnic food along with a glass of jasmine tea. Jasmine tea is said to promote relaxation and reduce stress. Nanette is preparing a tummy warming butternut squash soup and chicken salad wraps. Yummm!

photo: Pot Luck String Band at Marsolan's Feed & Seed Store

photo: Pot Luck String Band at Marsolan’s Feed & Seed Store

The weatherman promises clear skies and cooler temps on Saturday and the magnificent Pot Luck String Band will kick us into gear with some lively tunes from the gazebo. Grab your coffee and start your shopping so you’ll be ready when Market vendors, Frieda and Pierce Bauder of Enten Farm offer for sampling and sale a delicious duck gumbo. You’ll also be able to get your duck meat, eggs, and gourmet mustards.

Mount Herman Pork is here with all cuts of pork and will soon have sausage as well. All their meat is pasture raised Duroc pork which, as everyone knows, is the Black Angus of pork. Remember to pick up a couple of pounds of shrimp from Mr. Two. Barbecue some with my Shrimp on the Barbie seasoning or simmer in Nanette’s Artichoke & Mushroom Sauce.

Our tea vendor is back with a delightfully fragrant selection of herbal teas. I picked up an invigorating blend of hibiscus and spearmint which I am enjoying in one of my fancy teacups (because that’s how Aunt Carroll says to do it). Of course that is not the cup I use for coffee. Coast Roast gourmet coffees must be savored in a mug because a dainty little teacup will not stand up to the bold flavors. Emily Post may not agree but there are also rules for dipping. Teresa’s Italian seed cookies are a perfect accompaniment for your tea but for coffee the Orange Almond Biscotti or Anise Cookies are a must!

Oyster Mushrooms from Screaming Oaks Mushroom Farm, James Shoop

Oyster Mushrooms from Screaming Oaks Mushroom Farm, James Shoop

Since I’ve already ventured out into the realm of goodies, Betty Rue’s double chocolate muffins are incredibly decadent, especially with that luscious buttercream frosting on top. But last weekend those little devils were topped with a swirl of blue and white buttercream that I swear had pixie dust in it. Anyway….it tasted like pixie dust and I was fairly floating all the rest of the day. Jennifer (Bear Creek Road) tells me that she will no longer have Apple Cheddar Pie or the Peaches n Cream Deep Dish Cookies. Now, before you get all weepy on me, her replacements sound scrumptious: Pear Frangipane Pie and Cranberry Cream Cookies. No sad faces here!

Now that you have your Nuccio’s flavored olive oils and dipping saucer, you’ll need something to dip. No….not cookies BUT we have a tasty assortment of breads available. Visit our bakers and choose an artisan loaf from Suzie (Windfield Farms) or one of Lena’s (7Grain) 7-grain baguettes or sprouted wheat breads. For an added flavor boost to your oil, add a spoon of Nur’s pesto – basil or sun dried tomato depending on the oil you have. Lena also has a multi-grain granola which has organic oats and eight other grains including barley, rye, and triticale berries – certified organic and non-GMO.

We’re planning on two perfect mornings. Won’t you 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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This Week At The Covington Farmer's Market 4-23-14Happy Tuesday, friends! I’ve requested a lovely day for tomorrow and for the rest of the week, full of sunshine, blue skies, and soft breezes delicately scented with honeysuckle. I can’t wait to get out there and I’ll need all the great weather I can get since I’m nursing the sting of another year losing the annual Easter egg-cracking contest. I suspect the winner used a ceramic egg…but I can’t prove it.

Alecia (Egg Ladies) will not have ceramic eggs but fresh green and brown ones, ready for the boiling pot or frying pan or cake pan, mmmmmm! And that’s not fake BBQ you’ll smell as you drive up; Jeff will have the smoker going to produce his incredible pulled pork. Check out his dinner-to-go deal on the menu. BBQ is not the only thing for lunch. Kandi has crunchy egg rolls and sweet jasmine tea and Cynthia’s has plump cheesy ravioli and Bolognese sauce. Nanette has added a new salad with black beans & yellow corn, dressed a cilantro lime vinaigrette and served with a pepperjack tortilla. All you need now is dessert – fried fruit pies? mini fruit pies? luscious chocolate truffles? caramel apples? nut brittle? almond date bars?

Saturday morning will be popping up its lovely head once again so resist the urge to sleep in or you’ll miss the delightful sounds of the Pot Luck String Band. Foot tappin’ music, biscotti for dippin’, fresh coffee for sippin’, great food to be tastin’…who can sleep at a time like this? Especially when Chef Ronald Bonnette, of Annadele’s Plantation Restaurant and B&B, will be in the demo tent with a sampling from his menu! What a day! What a day!

I know there were a lot of new and exciting things last Saturday at the market. There always is something new and exciting at the market but since I wasn’t there, I’ll have to wing it. I don’t know about you, but all this fresh air and sunshine just makes me want to get out and grill! You did remember to get your BBQ sauce or rub on Wednesday? No? No prob… Jeff will be there Saturday with plenty for all. Ground beef, chicken, pork, lamb are all perfect candidates for the pit. Why not put a little sauce (or rub) into those hamburgers before you grill ‘em. Yum! Of course, you know I can’t be satisfied with that so, as an alternative, why not try adding Bechac’s Bleu Cheese or Roasted Garlic & Tomato dressing to your ground beef or pork for a WOWEE burger. Or, a spoon of Robin’s Rockin’ Remoulade sauce (actually Grumpy makes it) in your burger mix for an outta sight burger. I tried it for lunch today and it was deee-lish! I’ll bet marinating chicken in either the remoulade sauce or garlic & tomato dressing would make a great change-up from the traditional. Remember, your veggies grill up real nice, too.

OK, so now my mind is wandering around the barbecue pit (I’m counting on lots of good weather.) What could be better to go with your burger but a “bun”? Both Suzie (Windfield Farms) and Lena (7Grain) have amazing breads from which to choose. Slice a loaf, thick or thin – whatever your preference, spread liberally with a bit of Skordalia (Vincent & Mauricio) or Mauthe’s sweet cream butter, and pop those slices on the grill. Don’t forget the other side! Then, a few pieces of lettuce, tendergreens, or spinach leaves, maybe a few sprouts, a little dollop of Enton Farms brown mustard, and Voila! burger heaven. It doesn’t matter if you’re grilling chicken; the bread won’t mind and you’ll be mighty pleased. Finish that with a serving of fresh strawberries; what could be better? Well…cookies come to mind but….

Barbecue is not limited to meat and chicken but seafood goes great on the grill as well. Pick a fish (drum, seabrim, catfish) from Carla & Pete or a couple of pounds of Mr. Two’s shrimp, a package of my Shrimp on the Barbie seasoning, and butter (Mauthe’s) and…. Seriously, you forgot to grill the bread? Zucchini and yellow squash will be showing up soon and broccoli on the grill is so good even your kids can’t say “no”. Well, one of mine could but we’ll just put sprouted peanut butter (Sam’s Sprouts) on grilled bread and he’ll be happy. No matter where your tastes lie, you’ll find something to enjoy at the Covington Farmers’ Market. Surely, you can’t sleep in now?! Hmmm… I wonder how well chocolate chip cookies grill…

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 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 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

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Cov Farmers Market 3-1-14Happy Tuesday, friends! It feels like we were just singing Christmas carols and now we’re struttin’ to Mardi Gras music. I’m too old for time to pass so quickly but march on it does. Nevertheless, I am always grateful for time at the Market. There’s a gentle, peaceful atmosphere here that seems to overcome the hurried pace of the rest of the week.  Come spend some time with us; we have no roses to stop and smell, but we do have lots of good food and smiling’ faces.

Just a blink and Saturday will be here with Spider Murphy and his delightful tunes from the gazebo. Chomper’s BBQ will be delighting us as well but from the cooking tent instead. Jeff and Kristen will serve samples from their new catering menu. Hmmmm, that sounds like a wonderful idea – BBQ at your next gathering. What an idea!

It was such a beautiful day at the market last Saturday; the weather was perfect, the music was lively and the kids were having a ball…a really fun family day. As I was doing my visiting and shopping, I saw that Alton and Sandra had camellia bushes with just the hint of blossoms on them. Looking at them, I was transported back to my childhood (which took more than just a few seconds) and left me wishing even more for spring. The table sagged with sprouting plants – herbs, beets, kales, merliton, swiss chard, lettuce – all begging to be planted. I have my beds cleaned out and ready, so I’ll be happy to oblige this Saturday.

You’ll be pleased to note that Tiffany’s and Andy’s goats have had their kids and Farmhouse Dairy’s goat cheeses and creamy soaps are available once again. I know many of you have been waiting on that but you can’t rush Mother Nature. While you’re over in that section, check out Cynthia’s salmon & dill pasta, cannelloni with cheese, or fragrant infused herb pasta – any one of them would be a  great addition to one of her sauces. Robin’s Rockin’ Pepper Jellies has an incredible Remoulade Sauce, a tasty dippin’ sauce for your jumbo shrimp (Mr. Two). I’ll bet it would make a very good substitute for tartar sauce on fried fish (Pete and Clara). Clara also has had stuffed crabs for the past few weeks and, I believe, there will be crabmeat this weekend.

In case any of you have had a hard time finding Jasmine (The Lab Shop), you’ll find that she has moved to the other side of the market, right next to Nur’s Kitchen. She has a large selection of natural cosmetics and skin care products, such as Serum Repair Lotion for damaged skin, an exfoliating mineral bath beads, natural mineral eye shadows and more. Try her coconut soap for cleaning just about anything.

With the promise of spring in the air (or maybe it’s just in my mind), we’ll start seeing many springtime veggies on the tables. I can’t wait. John and Mr. Houston both had kohlrabi this week. John says you can cut them up, toss them in a little oil (such as one of Nuccio’s or Lena’s herbed oil), sprinkle with a little pink salt, and roast them. Sounds like a delicious side dish for any meal.

There are so many interesting and wonderful products here at the Market. Walk around. See what strikes your fancy…what makes your heart sing…what makes your tummy happy. We’re always happy 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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Columbia Street Natural Foods, 415 N. Columbia Street, will be providing the food demo at the Covington Farmers Market this Saturday

Columbia Street Natural Foods, 415 N. Columbia Street, will be providing the food demo at the Covington Farmers Market this Saturday

Hi, friends and happy Tuesday! Now, I know some of you are staring out the window and wondering a bit about my sanity. I’ll admit it is a bit wet. But I had a silent discussion with the weather gods and mentioned that if they didn’t rain on our markets, I wouldn’t think ugly things about them.  Looking at the forecast for this week, it looks like Margaret, Bob, and Carl are safe. So we will be blessed with sunshine tomorrow, which is great since we will be equally blessed with great food and great music.  Hot, steamy, and delicious soup, smoky pulled pork (with all the fixins’), pan seared salmon salad with green papaya noodles, traditional Roma meatballs and homemade pasta, and lots of other goodies await; all we need is you.

Before you know it, Saturday will dawn and tents will pop up like flowers in a spring garden. Daniele Spadavecchia’s lovely voice will serenade us from the gazebo. Columbia Street Natural Foods will set up in the demo tent to share several fine and healthy selections from their menu. That reminds me that it’s been quite a while since we’ve hosted a Wellness Day at the Market. We’ll have to do something to remedy that.

Since we seem to be getting a glimpse of sunshine, it’s probably a good time to get your Spring Garden ready. Alton and Sandra will have more starter plants this week and along with their aromatic herbs, they have merliton, spinach, red sails and buttercrunch lettuces. They may even have Swiss chard. I’m planning to get my garden started with some herbs – lemon thyme and orange mint and maybe a little parsley – which seem to thrive in my garden. Herbs seem to be hardy enough to survive my lack of gardening skills. Heidi (Grammy’s Eggs) will have her famous chicken poop tea – why buy those unnatural fertilizers? Oh, and she’ll have eggs, too.

Don’t forget to check out Sam’s Sprouts. This weekend he had sprouted almond butter and should have his sprouted peanut butter for Saturday. And, I heard on the wind (now you’re really questioning my sanity) that he soon will have chocolate hazelnut butter. He will have sprouts – radish, red clover, and legume – and pine pollen tincture. You’ll have to ask him about the tincture, my hands couldn’t write it all down.

Norma Jean’s Cuisine is doing well with that luscious walnut paté she makes, as well as her seaweed salad. Now she’s offering a Muffaletta Salad with all your favorite muff veggies marinating in a special sauce. Delisioso! (Collins, that one was for you!) Heart healthy, skin healthy, garden happy, tummy lovin’, and just all around fun…the Covington Farmers’ Market has it all. If it’s sunny, we’ll be here. If it’s rainy, we’ll be here. If it’s snowing, I’ll probably find me a tropical island, but otherwise you’ll see our smiling faces! Make plans to 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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