Covington Farmers’ Market weekly newsletter by Charlene LeJeune:
Happy September, friends! Well, there’s our year speeding along and rather than ponder what the rest of the year will bring, I prefer to think about what our Wednesday market will bring. Look for light, nourishing salads on Kandy’s table plus her wonderful spring rolls —a little salad in a wrap. Eggplant, muscadines, and peppers crowd Mr. Houston’s table. Abeer is whipping up her usual (hummus, stuffed grape leaves, spinach pie..) and will also have Green Bean Moussaka this week. Take home a slice of Jerome’s Spinach & Goat Cheese Quiche or Quiche Lorraine making a wonderful dinner or lunch for tomorrow. Don’t forget a jar of jun from Mignon. Kristen will be back with lots of eggs.
Have you tried Henderson’s Brownie Mix? Sounds like a great idea to me! Corey is bring us more smoked goodness, chicken and pork, this week. There will be Brisket Chili and Potato Salad to accompany. BBQ Frito Pie is also available.
Stop by Backwater Farms for duck breast. Basically, score the skin and season both sides generously with salt. With a little olive oil in a hot pan, sear the skin side cooking about 8 min. Remove excess fat from the pan, then sear the other side for about 2 min. Pop into a 400 F oven to roast until medium rare, remove and rest for 7 min before slicing. While you’re waiting for ducky to rest on a separate plate, open a jar of Henderson’s Blueberry Thyme jam or Raspberry Citrus, scoop into your pan, add a little water and warm it up. Slice the breast and lay it in the pan to get nice and coated with your sauce. Serve. You’ll find the full recipe (sans sauce) below. I had a chance to sample Johnny’s Bhakti Bowl this past week – fabulous! I think I’ll try the Curry Veggie Bowl this week…can’t wait!
Saturday will dawn bright and early and no matter who is in the gazebo, there will be fresh coffee in the pavilion and laughter and smiles all around.
We welcome a new vendor to the market, 3 J’s Jerky. Micah has a delicious selection of low sodium jerky like a pineapplely Hawaiian, spicy Habanero, tasty Teriyaki, and (for those of discerning tastes) Original. Check ‘em out! Happy Flour is now offering (along with their amazing breads) basil pesto. This pesto is lovingly made with basil from Sam (who has 2 varieties). Basil Pesto is great to have in the fridge but what do you do with it? Glad you asked. It makes a great base for pizza, just slice bread from Happy Flour or Bear Creek Road and spread it on. Now top with mozzarella and tomatoes or other veggies, leftover meats, artichoke hearts— let your imagination run wild. Or, let’s say you forgot to pick up Tomato Sauce from Bear Creek and you are forced into using store bought sauce……give me a sec, I’m trying to wrap my head around that……….drop a spoon or two of pesto into it to give that sauce some flavor. Or, let’s say you only have pasta, just toss the cooked pasta with a few spoons of pesto and Voila! Sauce! Use as little or as much as you like.
Credo Farms will be out this Saturday. So stock up on your free-range chicken (whole or parts) since she is at the market only every other week. Good time to check out the mushrooms that James offers. Mushrooms really pair well with chicken. Along with Italian or purple Basil, Sam also has lots of nutritious sprouts and veggies and maybe even a few Chanterelles. Cameron says he may have some black garlic this week so grab some while you can. No worries, he will have more again in a month or so. In the meantime, he has some fabulous vegan butters, homemade chili oil (lotsa spice) and will have more gunpowder chutney (a delicious Indian seasoning).
Head over to Succotash Farms for some of Nancy’s Strawberry Kefir or one of her probiotic-rich raw krauts. Then just turn around to a magnificent array of color from Nick zinnias. A rainbow bouquet will really brighten up any office or kitchen table or living room coffee table—anywhere you’ll need a smile. While you’re over there, pick up a bottle of Naturally Well’s elderberry syrup to give your immune system a big boost!
Can’t possibly imagine why anyone would want to sleep in when there is so much to discover at your Covington Farmers’ market! It would be a shame to miss the delish!
Lots of love,
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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