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This Week at the Farmers Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Covington Farmers’ Market weekly newsletter by vendor Charlene LeJeune:

Hope you’re staying dry today, friends! Tomorrow promises to be much better and a trip to the market is the medicine of the day. Unfortunately, Eddie will not be there for the next month or so because he is busy planting a spring crop for us. Don’t quote me on this, but I believe squash and zucchini will be on the table soon. Remember to get your eggs from Kristen and honey from Jerry. Last week he had creamed honey, both plain and cinnamon and perfectly spreadable on your biscuits or toast or pancakes, etc. Joy is bringing back her Salmon Plate from last week and boy, did that look delicious! She’ll also have bread pudding and crunchy boudin balls. Abeer is preparing Ouzi this week but you may want to also grab some green bean Moussaka or Mujadara for later in the week.

From the Covington La Farmer’s Market Facebook page

Kandy is whipping up some of her amazing cream cheese and shrimp rolls — oh, man, those are so good. Her delightful, refreshing salads are always on the menu. Aside from the lovely mushroom or beet & bean burgers Johnny fixes, he also has Chickpea Salad and a Ginger Quinoa Salad to tickle your taste buds. Jerome’s crepes are super! Delicious! And you have a choice of fillings. Treat yourself to a warm sarsaparilla tonic from Mignon. She also serves it cold. See—I told you a trip to the market was good medicine.

You will never guess who is in the gazebo this coming Saturday! Go on, guess. No….no…ok, I’ll tell you — our very own Madeleine from Happy Flour and her sister, Violet! Now, don’t go thinking there won’t be bread ‘cause Patrick is on the job and I hear they are planning a lovely sourdough made with some of Cameron’s black garlic. I just love how our vendors  use each other’s products in their own. Norma Jean has been preparing her vegan wraps with Sam’s Sprouts from quite some time now and Bhakti Farm’s burgers are always topped with them. 

From the Covington La Farmer’s Market Facebook page

Celery has been a main attraction at Northshore Greens. Of course, they also have a wonderful selection of salad greens and herbs. Nick’s store of sweet potatoes doesn’t seem to be dwindling and the carrots he has don’t last in our house. I barely have time to cook them but when I do, the easiest way is to sauté them in Mauthe’s butter with some chopped onions. Soooo good! I see that Vincent (Ken) has some turnips and greens on the table and you may as well take advantage of the citrus. Don’t know how much longer it will be available.

I know you’re all excited to get your gardens started in the weeks ahead as the temperatures start to get milder. Check out Alton’s tables for some herbs to get you started. Before long, he will have veggies galore from which to choose. Make your next stop at Double K; Kristen always has that garden gold manure available. Veggies and herbs love the stuff! Usually that just-getting-back-into-gardening is followed by oh-my-goodness-what-was-I-thinking muscle aches. No worries. Serenity Lane has you covered with Grandpa’s Liniment (this stuff really works!)

From the Covington La Farmer’s Market Facebook page

Althee has lots of delicious fruits—all in jars—and just as tasty as you can want. You’ll also find yummy pies and quick breads on her table. Stacey is the queen of pickled veggies but her real gift is in the combinations she creates. Whether you’re looking for eggs or veggies or milk or honey or bread, there’s lots of goodness to find 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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This Week at the Farmer's Market

This Week at the Farmers Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Covington Farmers’ Market weekly newsletter by Charlene LeJeune:

What lovely Tuesday, friends! Looking like a gorgeous week ahead and a perfect time to get out to your Covington Farmers’ Market especially when Jerome is preparing more of his delicious Spinach &Goat Cheese Quiche plus he’ll have Madeleines. Kandy is back and with her she is bringing an all time favorite—chicken porridge! This simple little dish makes an amazing breakfast, lunch or dinner. Step it up a notch with a side of scrambled eggs (Double K naturally) or just make a well in your serving and crack an egg to fill, then bake for about 15 min and enjoy! Did you love Joy’s empanada’s last week? Well, they are back for round 2 this week. Chicken pasta is also on the menu and don’t forget to pick up one of her “grab n go” meals for later in the week! There may still be a bit of a chill in the air but, no worries, a lovely mushroom burger from Bhakti and a dash of Johnny’s Cajun Sauce and you will be nice and toasty. Grab a pack or two of his protein balls for a special treat during the afternoons. Any more blueberry spread, Jerry, or do we need to wait for the next crop to start ripening? What a way to spend a Wednesday morning!

Amedee Frederick is in the “house” and this Saturday his jaunty tunes will be spilling from the gazebo and saturating the market with song. Time to get your veggie pancake from Meme ‘cause they truly are delicious. 

A stop at Tessier Gourmet for a container of spinach artichoke dip can give you more than just a fabulous tasting dip for your chips, carrots, tat soi ends (gorgeous little dippers), or whatever. (It’s especially fantastic with whatever.) Add a couple of tablespoons to your Jubilee ground beef and kick up your burgers (or meatballs) another level or two. Think about how amazing your burgers would be if you made them with Jubillee’s green onion sausage instead. Remove the casing from the sausage and mix in a tablespoon (or two) of dip —ooooh! la! la! Magnifico! It can work the same for sautéed mushrooms or veggies (broccoli, cauliflower) plus it’s a great way to hide the fact that you’re eating spinach. Also delicious on a slice or two of one of the artisan breads our fabulous bakers create — pop ‘em in the oven and enjoy the wow!

While you’re there checking out the bread selection, take a look at the tasty breakfast sandwiches Jennifer at Bear Creek Road has each week. A healthy selection of sourdoughs await at Happy Flour, including Rosemary Parmesan but also some sweet treats like the awesome Cruffin! (yeah! that’s spelled correctly)

Our produce vendors are full swing into the season and, with a plethora of fresh veggies to offer, you’re sure to find just what you need. The sweet potatoes are delicious, the greens are nutritious, and the fruits are really scrumptious! The strawberries this year seem especially sweet; the oranges possibly have more vitamin C and the honey… 

Naturally Well’s elderberry syrup is pretty much a must for this time of year, especially with the stress challenges we’ve faced. Keep up your body’s immunity with a dose a day. You can also boost immunity and good gut bacteria with Nancy’s nutritious raw sauerkraut and kombucha. She had a special ferment last week using the cheddar cheese cauliflower and white cauliflower from our vendors. Sam’s sprouts and microgreens from Aminta are more tasty little weapons in your arsenol. 

With all the great food and nutrition and delicious here at the market, why would you choose to sleep in? I don’t know either. 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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This Week at the Farmer's Market

This Week at the Farmers’ Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Covington Farmers’ Market weekly newsletter by Charlene LeJeune:

Does a day get any better that this, friends? Well, yes, it could be Wednesday and time for a fabulous lunch at the market! Still a bit of chill in the air and a perfect day to bring home Pho from Kandy. All those spices and veggies and chicken in a delightful broth. But wait! You certainly don’t want to forget the chicken porridge—breakfast, lunch, dinner. Oh yes! If it’s soup you’re in the mood for, Joy has a few choices that will knock your socks off! She will also be serving baked trout this week!! A Bhakti Bowl from Johnny will certainly hit the spot — so tasty. It heats up nicely, too, just in case you want to stock up for the week. A choice of quiches from Jerome — spinach and goat cheese or Quiche Lorraine— Oh my goodness, what a lovely day it will be! 

Mr. Houston’s garden is blooomin’ and he has turnips and green onions, and greens (mustard I think). But any greens are delicious, sautéed with some chopped green onions. Then scramble a Double K egg or two and pour ‘em in and cook til done. Now that’s a breakfast! Of course you’ll need some of Jerry’s blueberry jam for your biscuits and don’t forget the satsumas. Abeer is making magic with her super hummus and grape leaves. I always bundle these two together ‘cause I love to dip my grape leaves into the hummus. Hmmm. I’ll bet her meat pies would be especially tasty dipped into some of her creamy tzatziki! Mignon will have more of her Sarsaparilla Tonic this week; great to get that immune system boosted.

The Lucky Dogs will be tuning up in the gazebo this Saturday, so NO SLEEPING IN! Shout out a loud “Mornin’ Ed!” since he is part of the band and a hearty, “Howdy, Jose!” since this duo had been tag-team serving (pre-Covid) in the pavilion forever.   

Norma has her terrific soups that you’ve come to know and love plus she always has her amazing breakfast quiches. Now you know that our fabulous bakers (Happy Flour and Bear Creek Road) have a fantastic variety of breads. This is important since bread pairs so wonderfully with lots of meals — soups, stews, a dish of Tessier Gourmet’s incredible Eggplant Parmesan or Chicken Andouille Gumbo. It’s also really tasty just spread with one of Althee or Stacey perfect jams and jellies drizzled with Blood River raw honey or toasted with scordalia from Vincent & Mauricio. 

The veggies are pouring in; the greens they are a-comin’! Natalie boasts broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Sam has baby kale (so nice to chop up and add to any soup, especially if it came from a can.) Nick has his awesome sweet potatoes. I wait for them every fall; they are so flavorful. Gourmet salad mix, Bibb lettuce and fragrant herbs (sage, thyme, rosemary, winter savory, bronzing fennel, parsley, cilantro, and dill) from Northshore Greens, all ready for your holiday cooking. Mr. Houston has turnips, green onions, mustard greens and more. Mushrooms —sautéed, or sliced —they’re a holiday treat and James has such a magnificent selection. Mushrooms are not only delicious but offer extraordinary health benefits plus they make a tasty substitute for meat.

Make sure you have your shopping list in order for Thanksgiving. A lovely pork or beef roast or leg of lamb from Jubilee Farms is a nice change of pace from traditional turkey. Duck breast and/or thighs from Ross is certainly a wonderful way to go. I’m not sure but if you talk to him, you may be able to pre-order a whole duck. Remember to pick up your shrimp from Mr. Two (can’t make stuffed merliton or eggplant without). Goat cheese from Huckleberry Fred’s (just because it spreads so nicely on bread, melts so nicely in casseroles, and just plain tastes delicious!)

Remember your eggs, butter, milk, and cream (can’t make cakes and pies without). Of course, if you pre-order pies from Jennifer or Althee or Tessier Gourmet or Mauthe’s (I hope I’m not forgetting someone), you won’t have to do anything but pick it up. So you really don’t want to sleep in. Can’t get this in the grocery!

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 Farmer's Market

This Week at the Farmers’ Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Covington Farmers’ Market newsletter by Charlene LeJeune:

Happy Flour Bakery at the Covington Farmers Market

Well, friends, here we are at the end of October and another tropical system threatens to disturb our market! Nevertheless, in true market tradition and weather permitting, we will be there with tasty food and great music. Now we all know that Kandy’s creamy shrimp rolls are THE BOMB! but have you tried her traditional egg roll lately? Amazing! Jerry’ honey is sweet and wonderful and he may even have satsumas this week. Cross your fingers; I’m sure ready for some tangy sweet citrus. Can’t leave the market without you Double K eggs. Those hens eat good, no GMO feed for them!

Chicken Sausage Jambalaya headlines on Joy’s table and all her Grab N Go meals are ready for you to grab and go. Check out the mushroom burger at Bhakti Farms. Sooo good! Ever delicious quiches will star on Jerome’s table and madeleines for dessert…mmm mmm mmm Mediterranean delights fill Abeer’s table — grape leaves, hummus, tzatziki (which is wonderful for your chicken rolls to take a dip in). 

Faust Farms is back!

Liven up your Saturday morning with The Abita Stumps in the gazebo. Then grab a fresh coffee or tea from the pavilion and make your way around the market. There’s so much goodness out there. You know that Faust Farms is back and they are loaded with their ever popular spring mix. Also on the table will be eggplant, heirloom tomatoes, Brussels sprouts (YES!), broccoli and green bell peppers. Nick may still have persimmons this week but arugula and shelled crowder peas will definitely be there. (‘bout time for some sweet potatoes, eh Nick?) Northshore Greens is back, too. Becky says they will have arugula, spinach, their fabulous stir fry mix, Asian greens, and herbs. Maybe Tomato Ann will be back with lots of heirloom tomatoes.

And, if you like a little crunch in your salad, Stacey has a wide selection of pickled veggies that make for an excellent addition to salad. Now for a dressing, I found a creamy recipe for goat cheese dressing. Combine 4 oz. goat cheese, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp white wine or balsamic vinegar, 4 tbsp water, salt & pepper. Naturally, you will want to use Huckleberry Fred’s cheese blends and Blood River honey. You could also add a tbsp of mayo, especially if you make your own. (It’s really easy)

Screaming Oaks Mushroom Farm

Can you imagine topping that with some grilled shrimp? Well Mr. Two’s fresh off the boat shrimp will serve well. Season well and pop ‘em in the oven. Mushrooms also make a fantastic topping for your salad or any dish – stewed pork chops, grilled sausage, roast chicken (not sure if Credo is there this week). James has a fabulous assortment of gourmet mushrooms from which to choose. Use them fresh or sautéed and then top with Sam’s sprouts or Aminta’s microgreens.

Oh, the things we have for you! Honey, eggs, artisan breads, vegan foods, prepared foods, cookies and more! No matter the rain, no matter the cold, especially the gorgeous days, we are here. Where will you be?

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 Recipes

Farmer’s Market Recipe: Crowder Peas & Duck Cassoulet

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Fresh recipes inspired by local ingredients found at the Covington Farmer’s Market by Chelsea Cochrane

An example of a traditional cassoulet from the Toulouse Office de Tourisme, France

Usually I share quick and easy recipes with you, designed to whip up in under an hour. This is not one of those recipes.

Cassoulet traditionally is a rich, slow-cooked casserole that originates in southern France and usually contains water fowl, pork and white beans. In the classic French style, this is typically a two-day ordeal. As a general rule for optimal flavor and consistency you want to cool the dish down completely twice and cook it three times. This can get a bit tedious. I’ve modified this recipe slightly to fit my own cooking style, but have included options to expand upon for a more traditional flavor.

Purple hull Crowder Peas from Nick at the Covington Farmers Market

One cooking tradition I like to uphold is using locally sourced ingredients. Historically most long-established recipes would change slightly from province to province depending on what crops and game were available in that area. Why buy food from halfway across the country when you can get it fresh at your local market?

This recipe uses fresh crowder peas from Nick at Grow.Farm. If you see them there, don’t pass them up. Shelling peas together as a family is one of those life-long memories you don’t want to miss out on. Grab extra to dry and have year-round! Crowder peas are very close to black-eyed peas in the cow pea family, known for their rich nutty flavor and versatility.

Crowder Peas & Duck Cassoulet

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz uncured bacon, cubed, from Jubilee Farms
  • 10-12 oz quartered duck legs from Backwater Duck Farm
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup minced carrot
  • 1/2 pound oyster or other favorite mushroom, chopped, from Screaming Oaks Mushroom Farm
  • 6 – 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound shelled fresh crowder peas, rinsed, from Grow.Farm
  • 6 – 8 cups chicken broth from Credo Farms
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Heat a large dutch oven or other oven-proof pot on the stove-top at medium-high heat.
  • Once pot is hot add bacon cubes. Let sit for a few minutes before stirring, then sit again. Try to get an even brown on all sides. Remove from pot and cool.
  • Repeat process with the duck legs. Once evenly browned set aside to cool.
  • Reduce heat slightly to medium and sautee onion, pepper, celery and carrots in debris and fat left from the meats. Add a little salt and pepper.
  • Cover & cook until veggies are soft. Add mushrooms and garlic. Cover again.
  • There are two options here. You can add the peas, meat and stock back in, bring it up to a boil for a minute then soak overnight, ready to cook in the morning. Or, you can remove the veggies from the pot and cook the peas in the stock for 30 minutes, then add the veggies and meats back in. Either way works. Slip in that bay leaf here at some point, too.
  • And either way once the peas have cooked enough to soften you’ll want to cool the dish down completely, one last time, before it goes in the oven. This can be accomplished by a.) being patient or b.) placing the whole pot in an ice-bath in your sink.
  • Once cooled fish out any bones from the duck legs. The meat should have fallen off by now. Add your herbs and nutmeg. Salt & pepper to taste.
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place your dutch oven or large oven-proof pot in the middle of the oven, uncovered.

I bet you think because it’s going in the oven the hard part is over, right?

Truth is, this classic French recipe requires a little more doting to achieve a true traditional flavor. You see, as this dish cooks it creates a delicious crust on top. Original recipes call to occasionally pierce this crust, gently scoop out some of the liquids underneath and pour it over the crust, returning it back to the oven to form another fantastic layer of crust. Traditionally this step is done seven times! I think a few times suffice, but definitely don’t skip it. Those layers add a wonderful richness and depth to this dish, and it would surely be lacking without them.

Continue baking until much of the liquid is cooked out and several layers have formed a nicely browned crust, about 45 minutes. Serve with a vinaigrette salad, red wine and a nice toasted fresh bread.

Bon appétit!

Farmers Market Recipes This Week at the Farmer's Market

This Week at the Farmers Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Bhakti Farms’ black bean vegan burger at Wednesday’s and Saturday’s market

A wonderfully happy Tuesday to you, friends! We are hours away from a bodacious market! Come and enjoy the sweet breezes and fabulous music of our Farmers Market Band who faithfully show up each week to fill our market with song! Joy is back and bringing with her a plethora of fine foods for you to grab ’n go. But if you want a hot meal, she offers chicken burritos or tamales or boudin. Tasty, beautifully spiced, Jordanian foods fill Abeer’s table. Don’t neglect getting your eggs. The Double K hens have been busy just for you, just like Jerry’s bees have been. The honey is flowing sweetly these days. Pho will once again be on Kandy’s table. Ahh! Nourishing broth, mung beans, cilantro, noodles, and chicken — doesn’t get better than that. Unless, of course, you get the creamy shrimp rolls.

Corey is busy smoking brisket and ribs for tomorrow and he will have more of his delicious cole slaw. Bhakti Farms is back as well. Johnny will be there with Bhakti Bowls (these are soooo delicious) and I’m sure he’ll have plenty of photos, too. Have you tried the nuts over at Nut N Better (Henderson Hearth). They are really wonderful, coated in cinnamon sugar with just the right amount of sweetness. Indulge in a bag and then get the shortbread mix from Henderson’s. You won’t regret it and they are very easy to make. Get a taste of jun or one of Mignon’s lovely tonics. Delightful! Jerome is making his 3 cheese quiche again; it must have been a big hit. There’s chocolate cake, too, just in case your sweet tooth is calling.

James Corbett Farms at the Covington Farmers Market

Saturday will soon arrive bringing the Dirty Rain Revelers into the gazebo. Let’s hope they don’t bring Hurricane Delta with them! I’m just gonna pretend she won’t be joining us.

Nick says he will have arugula this week and maybe he’ll have persimmons as well. Greg filled his table with pumpkins and honey last week. It is definitely October. I promised a recipe with pumpkin and this one is a doozy — Pumpkin Alfredo! See the recipe below. Now you will have to bake this pumpkin and puree the flesh ‘cause you will need 1 cup for the recipe. If you have more, freeze it. This is sure to become a favorite. Remember to pick up some of Aminta’s microgreens to sprinkle over the Pumpkin Alfredo just to give it that bit of flair!

Happy Flour Bakery has t-shirts!

Sam has lot of nutritious sprouts on the table and I believe he has ginger! Oh boy! Pumpkin Honey Beer Bread will headline on Jennifer’s table but may be pushed out by her fabulous black pepper biscuit with grilled chicken, bacon, and spicy apricot marmalade. Apple Turnovers have been a definite hit at Happy Flour — probably because they are apple-icious! Walnut pate, enchilada pie, brownies, and those amazing quiches are what Norma is serving this week. And, of course, Amanda’s fresh juices really hit the spot with delightful flavors like watermelon lime, peach lemonade, or her fabulous mango juice. Or just get one of her fruity popsicles and that will light up your face. 

Check out Tessier Gourmet for incredible prepared meals such as Eggplant Parmesan, Chicken Andouille Gumbo, Shepherd’s Pie, and more. So delicious, so easy. While you’re there grab a bag of Mauricio’s amazing vegan divinity or ginger cookies.

Sooo many wonderful things to enjoy. Whatta market! Stay safe, my friends!

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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Pumpkin Alfredo

  • 1 pound fettuccine cooked to al dente, reserve 1 cup of pasta water (check with Jennifer to see what homemade pasta she has)
  • 6 tablespoons butter (Mauthe’s, naturally)
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree not pie filling (Greg)
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup half & half (you can substitute Mauthe’s heavy cream or you can also make your own half & half with a pint of cream and a pint of whole milk)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese off the block
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley (a plant from Alton should do, just leave it in a sunny window or plant it outside your back door for fresh parsley anytime)

Bring a stockpot of water to a boil over high heat. Add a teaspoon of salt to the boiling water, then add fettuccine. Cook until al dente (check package instructions). Reserve about 1 cup of the pasta water.

Meanwhile, melt butter over medium-low heat. Stir in garlic and cook for about a minute, careful not to burn. Stir in half & half, Parmesan, pumpkin and nutmeg. Stir until sauce is heated through and cheese is melted. Stir in pasta water, about 1/4 cup at a time, until sauce is desired consistency (I used about 1/2 a cup, and it was thick and creamy. For a thinner sauce, use more pasta water).

Add pasta and cook over medium-high heat until sauce is smooth and pasta is well coated; about 1-2 minutes.
Divide into bowls and garnish with fresh chopped parsley and fresh grated Parmesan, if desired.

This Week at the Farmer's Market

This Week at the Farmer’s Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Covington Farmer’s Market weekly e-newsletter provided by Charlene LeJeune:

Happy, Happy October, friends! Well, almost. No matter, the weather is lovely and inviting you to a delightful lunch at the Covington Farmers’ Market. Didn’t I tell you to get some soup mixes from Henderson’s Hearth last week? You didn’t??!! No problem. Check ‘em out this week ‘cause these cooler days (and cooler nights) will be with us for at least this week. I’ve tried the Celtic Blend and the Creamy Rice (excellent!). I’m anxious to try the Black Bean.

Henderson’s Hearth is ready for fall! Covington Farmer’s Market (click for link)

Mr. Houston is always there with his veggies – count on peppers and eggplant. This cooler weather is sure to make the Double K hens happy and when the hens are happy, the eggs are plentiful. I usually opt for one of Kandy’s amazing salads but she also makes tasty spring rolls as well filled with shrimp or chicken, lettuce, cilantro, and noodles. It’s like a salad in a wrap. (You may as well pick up some of her creamy shrimp rolls or you’ll be thinking about them all day and probably Thursday as well.)

Hummus, grape leaves, chicken & spinach pies fill Abeer’s table but there’s also Eggplant Moussaka this week. Corey is smoking up a gorgeous pork roast, perfect for making his pulled pork sandwiches and he will be making his tasty cole slaw! Mignon has developed a delightful tonic, strengthening your body in readiness for the winter season. It’s a subtle blend of wild cherry bark, sarsaparilla, anise seed, star anise, and slippery elm. Baby Bhakti has arrived! Congratulations to Johnny and Caroline! Jerome will wow us this week with a creamy Three-Cheese Quiche. I know! Can’t wait to taste it!

As Saturday rolls around, the delightful tunes of the Steve Anderson Band fall from the gazebo and flood the market with music. (I was going to say spring but we are well past that.) So grab your coffee or milk or kombucha or fresh juice and take a stroll around the market to see what’s new.

Last of the summer veggies from GROW.farm (click for link)

These cooler temps just seem to put the fall veggies in gear and, if we are lucky, we’ll be seeing some greens soon. Or you can try growing your own. Simply grab a bag of good potting mix and find a sunny location. Poke a few holes in the top and you are ready to plant starter plants from Alton & Sandra — lettuces, kales, parsley (gotta have some herbs), thyme. You may want to ask him about Culantro which apparently tastes like cilantro but looks like a thistle. Get some mushrooms too. You don’t need to plant these; James has already done the work. You just need to cook and enjoy!

Greg is bringing pumpkins! I’ll have to pull out my soup recipes and check out different ways to cook this fabulous veg. Hmmm. Pie comes to mind….muffins…and breads…I wonder if our lovely artisan bakers will take advantage of that. Even if they don’t, a fantastic loaf from Happy Flour or Bear Creek Road will pair perfectly with your soup or the mix of Henderson’s soup mix you got on Wednesday, especially when wearing a spread of Jennifer’s blended butters. For my vegan friends, Jim’s Low-Carb Cauliflower Crust is perfect. Plus, it has so much flavor, anything else would get in the way.

We may not have full out greens yet, but we do have microgreens. Aminta grows an amazing selection of this mini powerhouses. Sprouts also contain a wealth of nutrition, so check out Sam’s. Nutrition powerhouses can come in liquid form, too, and Nancy’s strawberry kefir is fabulous! Try the kombucha flavors as well. And nothing says delicious like a fresh glass of juice from Amanda.

Remember to pick up your Elderberry Syrup from Naturally Well and your raw honey from Blood River, Nick, or Serenity Lane. Indulge in tasty beef jerky from 3 J’s and peruse the Moringa Teas from Exnihilo Farms (and the rabbit).

No matter where you look, you’ll find something wonderful at our Market. Whether you’re looking for doggie treats (Tiger Bait), or treats for yourself (Rose’s creamy pralines), or delicious prepared foods (Norma Jean or Tessier Gourmet), you’ll never regret NOT sleeping in.

Lots of love,
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

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

Check out our Facebook page – facebook.com/thecovingtonlafarmersmarket
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Snappy happy Tuesday, friends! What a day! Now, don’t you worry about tomorrow. I’ve ordered sunshine and blue skies but I think I’ll be overruled on my request for temperatures in the 70s. No matter; we’ll still be at the Covington Trailhead with lots of great food and music. Nanette says she’s preparing her creamy wild rice and mushroom chowder that is so wonderful when the temps are a wee bit chilled. Kandy will not be there, but Chomper’s will offer a choice of smoked sausage po-boys or pulled pork. Frankie’s peach cobbler is on the menu again. Not sure whether or not we’ll have strawberries tomorrow with the weather I’m seeing outside the window at this moment. I know I’d have a hard time surviving out in all this rain and I’m not a sweet li’l berry.

Olga Wilhelmine will be at the Covington Farmer's Market this Saturday

Olga Wilhelmine will be at the Covington Farmer’s Market this Saturday

We’ve got a great Saturday planned as well with Olga Wilhelmine and her jaunty melodies in the gazebo and our faithful Ed Whiteman serving coffee and tea from the pavilion. (Thanks, Ed!) New truck on the block, Old School Eats, will pull up to the curb on Columbia St. and delight us with their deliciosity. They’ll be in the big red school bus; you can’t miss ‘em! Saturday couldn’t be more wonderful – at least until next week!

It’s sad to see not to see Theresa’s Italian cookies at the market but Vincent and Mauricio still have those cute kiddie cookies and balloons available. Hot Tamale Mama is still there, though, with amazing hot tamales, stuffed shells, spinach artichoke dip.… and Johnadelle’s has returned to the market loaded down with fresh strawberries. Slice up a few of those strawberries and add them to your Mauthe’s yogurt or as a topping on one of their divinely luxurious cheesecakes. And then, get another (‘cause you know you’ll have to share.) Probably should get a pound of Coast Roast gourmet coffee (what’s cheesecake without coffee?) Last week, Kevin had a very exotic Yellow Bourbon bean. Not sure how he’s going to top that!

I know the “ladies” have been a little slack on their laying duties but they seem to be back on track and we have plenty of eggs at the market again. Ishmael of Mt. Herman Pork is back with fresh yard eggs and Duroc pork – chops, tenderloin, ribs. Try some ribs on the grill with a glaze of Robin’s Apple Bacon or Blackberry Cabernet pepper jelly.

Tabasco, the Covington Farmers Market mascot Roux-ster

Tabasco, the Covington Farmers Market mascot Roux-ster

I stocked up on a few bottles of Samantha’s elderberry syrup because I’m beginning to see pollen on the trees (and in the cracks of the sidewalks). Then, I spent a few minutes over at Aunt Bee’s soaps sniffing and chatting and sniffing. What lovely bouquets of fragrance Bridgett has created. Get lost in her Vervain & Olive Blossom, a wonderfully clean scent, or the floral Wild Fig and Cassis, and, for the gentlemen, a manly Beau Brummel. Wait. Wait. Just one more whiff.

Just 19 more hours till Wednesday and 4 whole days to Saturday. Set your countdown clocks, your alarm clocks, your biological clocks, whatever clocks you have to. You really don’t want to miss out!

Lots of love,
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

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

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Wed Farmers Market signby Charlene LeJeune

I’m a little early today, friends, but I didn’t think you’d mind. I hope you’re having a happy happy Tuesday! We’re getting set up for an even happier Wednesday at the Covington Farmers’ Market. Lots of great music from the gazebo for ya and plenty of delicious food from which to choose. Unfortunately, Chomper’s BBQ will not be at the market today but will return with their wonderful pulled pork next week. No worries, though Kandy will have lots of crunchy egg rolls and those amazing shrimp and cream cheese rolls along with gorgeous salads. Or indulge in Nanette’s old-fashioned vegetable soup and tuna salad wraps. You’ll need your veggies from Mr. Houston and Eddie and honey from Earl. Dessert from Frankie can take many forms; she is preparing peach cobbler, cherry tarts, apple puff pastry turnovers and more. You won’t smell apple or cherry in Richards hand crafted soaps but he has lots of sweet scents. There now. Shopping done.

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

Saturday will soon arrive bringing more of this glorious weather. Tents will spring from the ground with all manner of goodness. From the gazebo, will come the impressive tunes of Tom Marron, the Lola Deux Food Truck will pull up to the curb on Columbia Street with those amazing Parmesan White Truffle French Fries and all will be right with the world.

We have so much goodness under those tents and more to come in the weeks ahead. Alton and Sandra’s tables are loaded with new plant starts for your garden – pak choi, kale, Chinese cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, borage, mizuna and lots of aromatic herbs. That doesn’t include the bounty on the produce tables. Mr Houston has several varieties of pumpkin and squash. Greg also has pumpkins and persimmons. Try adding chunks of pumpkin to your next pot of chili for extraordinary flavor. Natalie offers a large crop of bell peppers, cucumbers, squash, and the large purple eggplant (and she’s been hinting at strawberries).

PatatesNick’s sweet potatoes are keeping company with lovely mini eggplants (perfect for roasting), red and green okra, his delicious braising mix and lots of heirloom peppers. J.R.’s tables are bursting with green eggplant, persimmons, yellow squash, green beans, green onions, and tomatoes. Eddie has curly leaf kale, bok choi, okra, and hot peppers. Nancy’s beautiful bouquets of lilies, sunflowers, zinnias are smiling all over John’s tat soi , kale, and radishes. (They may not add nutrition, but they certainly add happiness.) John also has cabbage leaves and broccoli leaves which are as tasty as any green and can be eaten in a salad or braised.

Ooops! I almost forgot to mention our new vendor, LA Gourmet. These guys have worked with the food banks in our area and are branching out to bring us locally grown grains, beans, and legumes. I bought a few things to try out, such as Indian corn grits and Lady Cream Peas. The grits are wonderful. I cooked them in the old fashioned way (you know, on the stove, not in the microwave.) They were oh so very creamy with a flavor that you can NOT find in plain white grits. Right now, my sister and I are dining on the Lady Cream peas. They don’t really get as creamy as red beans but hold their shape while delivering incredible taste. Check ‘em out. They also have red beans, black eyed peas, baby limas, long grain rice, and much more.

There’s so much more here – mushrooms, salad sprouts, jams and jellies, kombucha, water kefir, coconut water, scrumptious stuffed artichokes, hot & spicy beef jerky, sweet treats – surely you weren’t planning to sleep in!!!

Lots of love,
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

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

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Wed Farmers Market signGood afternoon, friends, and happy, happy Tuesday! Yes, it really is Tuesday – already. But that only means that tomorrow is Market Day and our vendors are quite busy baking and cooking, veggie picking and soap-making. Earl is even out there playing with the bees — very carefully, of course.

Cheese grits, cole slaw, and green beans will accompany Jeff’s pulled pork this week. Sliced turkey wraps are on Nanette’s menu, along with a tasty lemon lentil soup. Mmmmmm! I’ll add Kandi’s shredded cabbage with chicken to my lunch list (I like to make sure I’m covered for the week) and then dive into dessert. Frankie is making a raspberry cream cheese pastry that has my mouth watering already. I’ll probably also need a couple of bottles of Samantha’s elderberry syrup; I think my allergies have allergies.

Cassie Krebs will be playing music at the Covington Farmer's Market this Saturday

Cassie Krebs will be playing music at the Covington Farmer’s Market this Saturday

Before you know it, Saturday will arrive along with Isabella’s Pizzaria and the official traveling pizza oven. What a lovely treat for this Labor Day weekend! And that’s not all. Cassie Krebs will be in the gazebo singing and playing and adding a bright note to our Labor Day celebration. You’re gonna love it!

Believe it or not, the temperatures have been slowly lowering which means you can get out in the garden more and start planting some of the gorgeous plants our vendors have available. Check out Alton’s selection of fine herbs which seem to do well no matter what the weather is like. In the next few weeks, he’ll have more vegetable starts for your fall garden. isabellaslogo(No worries, I’ll keep you updated.) Stone Creek Nurseries still has blueberry bushes ready for planting. Dennis has fig trees and ornamental bushes and I noticed a stunning banana plant (Rojo Banana) with dark striped leaves. Hmmm, I wonder if it produces striped bananas? Wouldn’t that be a conversation starter!

Now, if you’re still not ready to get outside in the garden, Miss Betty has a few extraordinary houseplants that will create a zen-like atmosphere in any room. One notable plant, the Foxtail Fern, has emerald green fronds that are fluffy and tail-like in appearance. But what makes it even more lovely are the thousands of miniature white blossoms that fashioned an even fluffier “tail.” If you don’t feel like watering, a bouquet of Nancy’s wildflowers really perk up a room. Of course, a little water when you put them in the vase will make them last a LOT longer. An even easier way to bring that garden inside is with Aunt Bee’s homemade soaps and fragrances like Orange Patchouli, Rosemary Lavender (I love those two scents together) and Tomato Leaf which has an aroma that is delicate and beautiful but nothing like a tomato.

Chomper's Original BBQWhat would a Labor Day celebration be without a barbecue? Chomper’s has fabulous sauces made especially for the grill. Gina’s Roasted Garlic and Tomato dressing makes a wonderful marinade or dipping sauce. There’s chicken from James, shrimp from Mr. Two, sausage from Jubilee Farms, and eggplant, zucchini, and squash from our produce vendors that are always grilling favorites. While you’re out there manning the pit, you’ll need a few snacks so check out Dee’s Crescent City Pickles or chips, dip, and salsa from Spanish R Us. You can sleep in on Monday.

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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Chef Robert Vasquez will provide the food demo this Saturday with Jubilee Farms

Chef Robert Vasquez of Opal Basil will provide the food demo this Saturday with Jubilee Farms

Hi, friends, July is quickly fading and August is arriving on Saturday and the kiddies are getting ready to return to school. No matter, after all the market goes on regardless of the day, the month, or the weather. So, get your tasty buds ready for some incredibly delicious food and meet us at the market.

Kandi is offering several lovely salads that are summer perfect. Jeff is preparing smoked chicken salad sliders and Nanette has sliced turkey and also a crunchy vegetable wrap for us tomorrow. And, there’s music and dessert and fresh veggies and dessert so why would you go anywhere else?

Jimmy Robinson will play at the Covington Farmer's Market Saturday

Jimmy Robinson will play at the Covington Farmer’s Market Saturday

Saturday will start with a bang as Jimmy Robinson strums out a little bluesy, a little folksy, some classical, even a little jazz from the gazebo. Then get ready for amazing as Chef Robert Vasquez of Opal Basil and Vive Foods in Mandeville, teams up with Jubilee Farm for a Farmers’ Market tailgate party. This is a day you won’t soon forget!

We still have lots of great veggies but you have to get here early. Last week, mostly everything was gone by 10 am! But, don’t fret. We’ve still have lots and lots of wonderful if you get here later. Try some of our prepared dishes, such as Angel’s bountifully stuffed artichokes. Hot Tamale Mama has a new dish – Mushrooms in Parmesan Cream with crawfish ad andouille sausage. Oh my! Just makes want to dive right in, doesn’t it? Norma Jean always has some delightfully different quiches to try like her deliciously flavorful Southwest quiche. Nanette has several sauce starters just waiting for your cooked chicken or meatballs or shrimp or chunky vegetables – just vary the ingredients for a unique dish every time.

Well, I know this is short but I’m running behind schedule today. But don’t let that stop you from coming out to explore on your own. The tastes are fantastic; the flavors abundant and he smiles are everywhere. How many more reasons do you need to be at the market each 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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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 signHowdy, friends!  It’s Tuesday again. Wrangle them tastebuds in and get ready to head on over to the Covington Farmers’ Market for a mighty tasty lunch. OK, I jumped the gun a bit; there’s 20 more hours before you can bask in swift breezes, lots of sunshine, finger-snappin’, toe-tappin’ music and lots of great food. Can’t wait, can you?

Big Branch Soaps - Revitalize Bar Soap - Sweet Orange, Geranium, Rosehip All Natural Soap

Big Branch Soaps – Revitalize Bar Soap – Sweet Orange, Geranium, Rosehip All Natural Soap

Nanette will be there with her crunchy delicious veggie wraps and tomato basil soup. Enjoy one of Rebecca’s remarkable chicken tamales or wrap yourself around a smoky pulled pork sandwich and fixins’ from Jeff. Kandi has the most incredible salmon salad (not to mention the crispy egg rolls) your mouth will ever bite into. Pace yourself, now, ‘cause you’ll need to save room for a slice of Frankie’s remarkable brownies! She has Hershey chocolate and walnut brownies tomorrow. What a way to finish a summertime meal! Don’t forget cleanup. Big Branch Soaps is now at the Wednesday market with laundry and dish detergents and lovely lotions for the hands no matter what kind of work you do. Cleanup on the veggies, too, with potatoes, tomatoes, squash, and cucumbers and Greg may even have some peaches and blueberries.

Keith & Nealy Frentz displaying the Lola Deux Food Truck

Keith & Nealy Frentz displaying the Lola Deux Food Truck

Bring Dad along on Saturday to enjoy an early Father’s Day. We’ll all be enjoying Michael Millet in the gazebo. Keith and Nealy Frentz will add pizzazz to the morning when Lola Deux Food Truck pulls up to the curb. WOW! I know…just take a deep breath, go get your coffee (Kevin’s got a great lineup of fancy coffees, lattes, etc. at the Coast Roast tent) and get in line for those delightful Parmesan fries. Can ya handle it, Dad?

If you’re really not in the mood for coffee, how about an uplifting juice from Simply Pure or Amanda? If you haven’t tried beet juices, you don’t know what you’re missing. There’s this great little thing about beet juices like the power to increase blood flow through the blood vessels. But if beet just isn’t your thing, there’s a whole passel of fresh juices ripe for the choosing.

Juices from Simply Pure at the Covington Farmer's Market

Juices from Simply Pure at the Covington Farmer’s Market

Hot Tamale Mama is your go-to place when you don’t feel like cooking. She has a delicious selection of prepared foods, such as chicken pot pie, vegetarian lasagne, stuffed noodles, and hot tamales. While you’re over there, let Dad indulge in a bag of Theresa’s lemon crunch cookies or almond macaroons. Or bring home one of Angel’s flavorful stuffed artichokes. That’s a meal in itself. On the lighter side, one of Nur’s Turkish salads such as green lentil and quinoa or tabouli is sure to please.

The Clecklers have fresh beans and peas ready for the pot. JR has the onions and bell peppers to chop up in them and Spicy Lady and I have all kinds of different seasoning to add life and love to ‘em. Pass by Jubilee Farms to see if he has Andouille sausage to throw in them beans. If not, green onion sausage will work right well. Pick up a few ears of fresh corn while you’re there. What are you waiting for? Lasso your calendar and hog tie the date! 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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Wed Farmers Market signHi, friends and Happy Tuesday!  Are you ready for a great lunch? Well, tomorrow’s almost here bringing all kinds of goodness from your market vendors. I usually go with a plan…what do I want for the rest of the week? Wednesday’s lunch – maybe a Mediterranean salad with pita bread and hummus. Since Frankie is serving fresh fruit kabobs with sour cream & brown sugar dipping sauce, I’ll get that for breakfast on Thursday with a delightful pan seared salmon salad from Kandi for lunch. Friday morning will see pork with hash browns (I’ll have to do those myself) on the breakfast menu (I’m very non-traditional) and a Creole tomato sandwich for lunch – YUM! I believe that Natalie will be back with fresh veggies so I may add a few slices of crunchy cucumber “chips” on the side.

Cat Lane & Reaper Cheaters will play at the Covington Farmer's Market this Saturday

Cat Lane & the Reaper Cheaters will play at the Covington Farmer’s Market this Saturday

Saturday morning will awaken with the lively music of Cat Lane and the Reaper Cheaters flowing from the gazebo. So grab your coffee and spend a relaxing morning with us. Wildcrafter Smoothie and Juice Bar in Covington will be in the demo tent sampling and selling their delicious and healthy drinks. Can’t wait to try those!

corn-corn-on-the-cob-corn-kernels-food-eatMake a fresh salad with chunks of cucumber, zucchini, yellow squash, banana peppers, and tomato with a splash or two of one of this markets amazing salad dressings such as Gina’s Roasted Tomato & Garlic or Nanette’s Spicy Raspberry Vinaigrette. You’ll need a healthy beverage with that, so try Sam’s ultra-fresh coconut water, Amanda’s new green juice, Simply Pure’s Tiger Stripes, or Susan’s Peach Kombucha. Good news! Kombucha Girls has their Master Tonic available again! Can’t beat fresh juices on a warm spring day! Cool off with a refreshing fruit popsicle from Amanda or a hand-shaved snowball from Stephanie.

Liz told me this past weekend that Jubilee Farms will have organic, non-GMO corn available this week and next. So take advantage and get lots of ears while you can. Newly-picked corn grilled in the husk sharing your plate with sliced zucchini and green onion sausage right off the pit – uh-huh, I know you’re smilin’ too. Your veggies are great roasted as well – tomatoes, onions, peppers, squash, and eggplant tossed with olive oil and a salt-free seasoning (Spicy Lady, me) and popped into the oven until they reach perfect deliciousness. Serve with a smile.

BlueberriesI haven’t even mentioned a fourth of the delights you’ll find at the Market like Lolly Marie’s creamy caramels, Bear Creek Road’s soft pretzels stuffed with seasonal fruit, coffee milk from Mauthe’s, blueberries, peaches, or plums. You’ll just have to come out and see for yourself.  Just remember to stop by and say, “hello”. Personally, 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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Happy Tuesday, friends! There’s a lovely day at the market for you tomorrow, full of music and fresh veggies and wonderful food. Take some time to have lunch with us. Feast on a new creation from Kandi – a shredded cabbage salad with shredded carrots, chicken, red onions, cilantro, mint, and Chinese cilantro all lightly seasoned with a side of fish sauce. And so tasty too! Nanette is making a refreshing watermelon gazpacho to lighten your meal. Add one of her remarkable chicken salad wraps to go. Jeff is preparing that crunchy broccoli salad that’s so delicious to go with his smoky pulled pork. Maybe a few chicken tamales would be more to your liking. Finish with a slice of lemon blueberry bread from Frankie (and save the rest for during the week). And then I suppose you do have to get back to work…heavy sigh. But wait! Don’t forget your veggies! Pick up some new potatoes and bell peppers from Mr. Houston or a few Creoles and peaches from Greg Miller. Natalie will be back next Wednesday with zucchini, cucumbers, bell peppers, and yellow squash.

I am planning for a lucky Saturday with the Lucky Dogs bouncing out their tunes from the gazebo while gentle breezes and friendly smiles sprinkle your morning. Grab your coffee and stay awhile. Norma Jean Marcon of Norma Jean’s Cuisine will demonstrate how to make the perfect Salade Nicosia using the bounty of the Covington Farmers’ Market.

Fresh picked chanterelles at the Covington Farmers Market

Fresh picked chanterelles at the Covington Farmers Market

And bounty we do have! Last week, Nick put out baskets of heirloom tomatoes – tiny orbs of yellow, pink, red, and chocolate all sharing their pint of space. There are tomatoes a plenty from JR Bardwell, John Bartlett, the Clecklers, and Greg Miller. Yes, Greg is back and he also has peaches and Chanterelles. Yippee! But he’s not the only one. Chanterelles also joined James’ lions mane, oyster, and shiitake mushrooms and I found them on Nick’s and John’s tables as well. I’ll have a new seasoning on Saturday that will take those mushrooms on a magical mushroom tour (or somewhere close to there). Or, you can try one of Spicy Lady’s seasonings. Cheryl is sure to have one to go with any veggie at the market and still keep your taste buds hoppin’.

Potato Yukon Gold from Bartlett Farm

Potato Love – Yukon Gold from Bartlett Farm

You will find many varieties of squash around the tables and I’m sure you’re looking for unique ways to prepare them. I came across a couple of sandwiches that would fit the bill perfectly. I’ll post the photos below. The first one comes from our terribly missed friends at Slice of Heaven (now inconveniently located in Oregon). Brandon and Marietta used sautéed greens, which may be a little hard to find at our market these days but sprouts (Sam) or shoots (Nick) will be a wonderful substitute. He then added cheese (Mauthe’s or Farmhouse Dairy), onions, pesto, red peppers and grilled for a very tasty veggie sandwich. Nur sautéed tomatoes and zucchini and spread her bread with hummus. You know that we have the best bread around so no matter which you choose, you will come out a winner. Each sounds so delicious and simple and you can vary the veggies to suit your tastes.

Those aren’t the only veggies gracing the tables. Mr Houston has purple bell peppers, JR has eggplant, John Bartlett has Yukon Gold potatoes (and the red ones too), Eddie has fresh garlic, Nick has cute little heirloom squash, and Natalie is back with zucchini, cucumbers, squash and more.

Screaming Oaks Mushroom Farm table last Saturday - mushrooms, blueberries & chickens!

Screaming Oaks Mushroom Farm table last Saturday – mushrooms, blueberries & chickens!

What will make your market merry? Mushrooms, raw honey, avocado salsa, Japanese maples, fresh juices, Kombucha, special treats for your pets, muffins, fresh bread, and cookies all wrapped up in a glorious Saturday morning!  I know, I know…I can hardly believe it myself. If you’re not there, you’re gonna 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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Happy 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 enjoy the delicious dishes available and bring some home for lunch for the next few days.

Jeff is serving his famous Mac N Cheese with his smoky pulled pork this week. Enjoy a delicious pan seared salmon salad with shredded green papaya from Kandi. Nanette offers a tempting bowl of tomato basil soup making your mouth water for those lovely little red orbs from the garden. Frankie will have a wonderful treat of bread pudding and rum sauce. Remember the strawberries! When you have strawberries, you always have a great dessert!

Covington Farmers Market Wellness DaySaturday morning will be popping up its lovely head once again, so resist the urge to sleep in or you’ll miss WELLNESS DAY entirely !  Take time to stroll around the grounds soaking up the music of Amedee Fredericks, the Creole Man, while you talk to the vendors and check out the fresh veggies. We also have Wellness vendors on the side lawn in front of the Police Department – fitness experts, massage therapists, yoga instructors, nutritionists, health food stores, essential oils, vitamins, and much more! Nanette will serve samples of chicken curry for your enjoyment and the morning will be filled fun, friends, and loads of great information! What a day! What a day!

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Amedee “Creole Man” Frederick will play in the gazebo for the Covington Farmer’s Market this Saturday

Tabasco has been very busy overseeing the “ladies” and they have been producing like crazy. So don’t forget to pick up your eggs this week. Boiled, scrambled, deviled, or sunny-side up, they are delish! My grandkids were becoming tired of eggs for breakfast so instead of scrambling, I simply made deviled eggs. What a treat! It’s easy enough – boil eggs for 10 minutes and let cool. Heidi tells me that if you lean your egg carton to one side for a few minutes and then lean it to the other side for a few, the yolk tends to stay in the center of the white which makes for much prettier deviled eggs. After they’ve cooled, slice in half and gently scoop out the yolk. Smash the yolks together, along with a little mayo, chopped green onion, and a seasoning of your choice. We have some mighty good ones such as Spicy Lady’s Tandoori Spice, Mediterranean, and BBQ (this one is really tasty) or my Rub Me Tender, Perfect Poultry, or Ole Southwest. All are salt free.

Try your seasonings in ways you haven’t before; for instance, a small 1/4 tsp of BBQ is really nice in potato salad or Tandoori Spice (Spicy Lady) or Moroccan Melody (me) gives a whole new flavor to meatballs or hamburgers. It doesn’t take much seasoning to become your secret ingredient in mashed potatoes, mac n cheese, quiche, or in a little mayo on a sandwich.

It will be an exciting Wellness Day here at the Covington Farmers’ Market. Spend the morning with us. Peruse the vendor tables. Chat with our Wellness Experts. Enjoy the music. You’ll be glad you didn’t sleep in!

Lots of love,
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

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

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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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Chompers BBQ - food demo this Saturday

Chompers BBQ – food demo this Saturday

Happy 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 pulled pork, cheese grits, ’n cornbread or crispy egg rolls and dipping sauce. Feast on a pupusa stuffed with jalapeño and cheese; enjoy a bowl of lentil and cilantro soup or a turkey salad wrap. Indulge in penne pasta tossed with asparagus and cherry tomato – so elegant you have to say to-mah-to.  Spoil your sweet tooth with super-sweet strawberries or key lime pie (in perfect snacking size of course). Don’t forget to get some honey, ‘cause if you’re like me the pollen has you nominated for Sneezer of the Year!

We3 will play in the gazebo this Saturday

We3 will play in the gazebo this Saturday

Come Saturday Morning, it will be delightfully sunny, especially with Chomper’s BBQ pulling the smoker up to the curb. Enjoy smoky pulled pork and taste test all of their tangy BBQ sauces.  And, floating out from the gazebo, will be the toe-tapping tunes of We3. What a way to start the weekend!

Pencil us in for Wellness Day at the Market coming up on April 25th. Our Wellness vendors will line up on the lawn on Columbia Street, just behind the cooking tent. I know you’ll enjoy speaking with nutritionists, fitness gurus, and chiropractors. Others will share the health benefits of vitamins, massage, and essential oils. Maybe you’d better use a pen.

Fresh flower bouquet from Bartlett Farm

Fresh flower bouquet from Bartlett Farm

Spring is definitely here and I’m sure you’re all wanting to spend more time outdoors and grilling is the first thing that comes to mind. We’ve got grilling meats all over the place! James’ free range chickens are excellent roasted or grilled. Jubilee Farms is offering both beef and pork – steak, sausage, chops, oh my! Mt Vernon Pork has sausage and chops fit for the grill and Farmhouse Dairy is well known for their delicious cuts of lamb and goat as well as beef. Don’t forget, Chomper’s is doing the food demo, so you know right where to go for the best sauce. Right next to Farmhouse, you’ll find Enten Farms and their mighty selection of Meaux Mustard. This week be sure to stop by and demo their latest flavor – Meaux Blueberry Mustard – a wonderfully unique mustard with a subtle fruitiness that will pair well with pork or even (so I’m told) on your biscuits.

Tiger Bait Raw Food & Treats for Pets

Tiger Bait Raw Food & Treats for Pets

Tiger Bait has a special, limited edition treat this Saturday only. Indulge your pet with a wonderful treat made with lamb, cranberry, goat and pumpkin – this week only and only at the Covington Farmers’ Market!

Nick has wild-caught catfish once again and though I’ve never tried to grill them, they still “barbecue” nicely with my Shrimp on the Barbie seasoning (it’s also great on Mr. Two’s shrimp.) Perhaps there’s something calling your name – farm fresh eggs, Suzie’s harvest muffins, Lena’s 7 grain bread, Sam’s sprouts and coconut chips, Hot Tamale Mama’s chicken andouille gumbo (frozen), 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 visitwww.covingtonfarmersmarket.org

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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