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This Week at the Covington Farmer’s Market

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Hi, friends and Happy Tuesday! The weatherman promises a bright and beautiful day tomorrow and I’m gonna hold him to it. Regardless, we will be at the market with great music and great food. In fact, Chris has decided to cook his fabulous smothered chicken with mac n cheese and Cajun peas! Of course, Kandy will have a selection of her amazing salads, like noodles and lemongrass chicken. Frankie’s contribution will be tender roast pork with rice & gravy, string beans & carrot salad. Siria will be there too, with hot tamales and that lovely fruit salad she has been making. Yes, there will be veggies! Yes, there will be eggs! Yes, the teacakes and fudge and the blueberry jam will be there! Where will you be?

Saturday morning will awaken with the lively music of Crossing Canal floating out from the gazebo (I don’t mean that literally, regardless of the rain.) Then, Chef Gavin of MERIBO Restaurant in Covington will prepare a cool summer salad. So grab your coffee and one of Lea’s breakfast quiches and spend a relaxing morning with us. Quiche du jour — spinach and artichoke.

Lea also has a new sandwich – Davis’ wheat bread covered with an avocado spread, eggs, and spinach. Sounds like a winner! She also has sauerkraut for those of you who have been searching for raw fermented veggies. Among your regular favorites from Tessier Gourmet, Pam has potato salad and Mac N Cheese with Béchamel sauce. I see a new favorites list starting.

Every week brings a new discovery on the produce tables. I can say, “We have squash, we have peppers, we have eggplant…” but until you see the variety on the tables, you cannot appreciate the diversity. Tomatoes from grape to beefsteak, eggplant from single serve to large Louisiana green to traditional aubergine. The Chanterelles are here but get them soon; they won’t hang around for long. Saute in Mauthe’s butter or one of Celeste’s flavored butters, then package in small containers and freeze so you’ll have some until the next batch comes in. The Shiitakes and the Oysters want me to mention them as well.

We have a new vendor who’s going to make your gardens very happy. Northshore Natural Solutions has fertilizers made from worm castings and composted horse manure. Tell me your plants aren’t smiling right now just thinking about it.

Last week I had a chance to taste Nice Cream’s Rockin’ Robin pepper peach ice cream and OMGG!!! it was so deliciously creamy with a hint of heat that enhanced the flavor of the peaches. Billy may have a little more of that left BUT he has replaced it with a raspberry version made with Rockin’ Robin’s Raspberry Chambord (a rich raspberry liquor). And that’s not all!! He has developed the most amazing Creole Cream Cheese ice cream EVER! I’m not sure if I’ll be shot for revealing this but he uses Mauthe’s whole milk, heavy cream, Creole cream cheese and another very secret ingredient of Mauthe’s making and Billy’s genius. OK, I’m ready for Market Day! How about 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 covingtonfarmersmarket.org

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What a glorious Tuesday, friends, and I am ready for Market Wednesday! Check out the menu and decide what you will have tomorrow (and what you can enjoy the rest of this week). For me, Kandy’s crunchy egg rolls are a nice change from my favorite salad. Chris is whipping up a delicious seafood bisque that is sure to bring a smile especially when you’re dipping French bread into the gravy. Natalie will be here with fresh strawberries to satisfy my sweet tooth. Lillie’s tea cakes are the bomb and absolutely perfect for a midmorning snack with my coffee. Frankie’s spaghetti with Bolognese sauce is back by popular demand and served with a garden salad, green beans, and cornbread. Mr. Houston always has freshly picked veggies – green cabbages, broccoli, turnips, and greens. Don’t forget to pick up some navel oranges from Duke and yard eggs from Kristen.

Prepare for swirls of sunshine and crispy blue skies on Saturday with lots of “crispy” tunes from Kenny Acosta in the gazebo. Then get ready for mouthwatering goodness when Steve and Elizabeth Nuccio  arrive with fabulous Muffalettas to sample (and for take home.)

Even though the weather isn’t outrageously cold, one of Mama Lea’s or Norma Jean’s tasty soups are very welcome. Whether you choose one of their delicious soups or something else for supper, warm bread is always a welcome addition. Our artisan bakers have some amazing choices for you — sprouted whole grain, multi-grain, baguettes, batard, or one of their other fine creations. You certainly won’t be disappointed. Don’t forget Mauthe’s butter…..or Blood River Honey….or Althee’s blackberry jelly….. or Robin’s peach bourbon pepper jelly. (Yea, I see you smilin’.)

Spicy Lady’s has added some wonderful new herbs to her table – lavender, rose, and hibiscus. You’ll also find a mulling spice which opens the door to so many options. Try a spicy-sweet topping on your pancakes (Lena’s mix, of course), by placing 2 tablespoons mulling spices in a cheesecloth or tea infuser bag or tied up in a coffee filter and add to 1-1/2 cups Blood River honey in a saucepan. Simmer on low for about five minutes, then cover and place in the fridge for 24 hours before discarding spices. Voila! Pancake syrup. OR, simmer 2 cups of apple cider vinegar with 2 tablespoons spices for about a minute. Remove from heat and those spices to soak into the vinegar for a remarkable salad dressing.

My new thing is roasting vegetables and we have a tremendous selection of perfect roasters. Carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potatoes and more. Drizzle with any of Spicy Lady’s herbed oils and bake. What could be simpler — or more tasty. Between James’ fantastic chickens and Jubilee Farms’ extensive selection of grass fed meats, you will have no trouble creating an incredible meal. Heck! For you vegans out there, the roasted veggies alone are worth it!

We have lots and lots of great things here at the Covington Farmers’ Market such as Ericka’s amazing Korean pancakes or Hot Tamale Mama’s Parmesan shells or Angel’s stuffed artichoke. But you won’t find them if you’re not here. Come join us for a great start to your day!

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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Down Dogs & Drafts at Covington Brewhouse

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Join Liz Bragdon and the great crew at the Covington Brewhouse Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 11 a.m.  for Down Dogs & Drafts.  Stretch the old week away and welcome the new surrounded by friends, kegs, and the charm of downtown Covington.  In addition to your favorite Brewhouse brews, also featured is Kombucha Girl Living Beverages water kefir on tap!  Yoga Class is 11 – 12, drinking beer is noon to close.  Tickets are $12, per person, price includes class and two brews!  Limited to 25 people.
Tickets available at Tasting Room or call 985-893-2884.

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Down Dogs & Drafts At Covington Brewhouse

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The weather is cooler and the Yoga is on!  Liz Bragdon and the great folks at Covington Brewhouse invite you to Down Dogs & Drafts on Sunday, September 25, 2016 – Gospel Soul Music Edition.  Stretch the old week away and welcome the new surrounded by friends, kegs, and the charm of Downtown Covington.  Sweat, find your Warrior, rediscover your balance, embrace your Down Dog and drop into some delicious moments of inner peace to the spirit-stirring, soul-shaking sounds of old school Gospel music.  In addition to your favorite Brewhouse brews,  you’ll also enjoy Kombucha Girl Living Beverages water kefir on tap.  Drink it up straight or mix with your favorite beer.  The Yoga Class is 11 a.m. – 12 noon, drinking is from noon to close.
Tickets are $12, and includes the class and two beers.  This event is limited to twenty five people, so pre-purchasing is strongly recommended.  You can pick up tickets at the Tasting Room or call Erin at 985-893-2884.
The weather is still very warm to hot (but not as bad as July!), so you’ll want to dress cool, maybe bring a small towel to wipe off and a larger one to cushion your body for savasana.  Water bottles are a must.  The Brewhouse has plenty of water on tap to replenish you if you run dry.  DDD is the final Sunday of the month – if you can’t make this one, we’ll see you soon!  covingtonbrewhouse.com

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

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Greetings, friends! I know it’s hard to believe it hasn’t even been a week since the fierce rains wrecked havoc on St. Tammany and the surrounding parishes. Many of you are still reeling from the damage done and today certainly is not a happy Tuesday. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Wednesday will dawn and the Farmers’ Market Band will gather in the gazebo spinning lively tunes to brighten your lunch. Our vendors have prepared many delicious choices to entice you, such as Kandy’s fabulous traditional egg rolls (plus special dipping sauce). Nanette is preparing white bean and kale soup to soothe the soul. Chomper’s BBQ will serve green beans and Jeff’s secret recipe cornbread with his pulled pork. Hopefully, some of Natalie’s strawberry crop survived the deluge; Mr. Houston’s veggies did fare well since he was at the market last Saturday. If you need a little more balm for the soul (or are just in need of great dessert), a spoon of Frankie’s old fashioned banana pudding will put a smile on your face. What the heck! Go on and eat the whole thing. Just thinking of it makes me feel better already.

Keith & Nealy Frentz displaying the Lola Deux Food Truck, which will be at the Covington Farmer's Market this Saturday

Keith & Nealy Frentz displaying the Lola Deux Food Truck, which will be at the Covington Farmer’s Market this Saturday

The days will soon blossom into Saturday and we will be blessed with the delightful tunes of the Lucky Dogs floating from the gazebo. So grab your coffee and celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with us. The Lola Deux food truck will pull up to the curb at Columbia Street and, if we are lucky, they will serve ultimate St. Paddy’s Day meal – Corned Beef and Cabbage. If not, we will all still enjoy those incredible Parmesan white truffle fries.

Bear Creek Road has Casatiello Bread for an early Easter celebration, complete with a bright red Easter egg in the center. Nick has gorgeous greens – Swiss Chard, Tronchuda kale, baby carrots, baby kale leaves, fresh parsley, Siberian kale and more. Mr. Houston’s crop also managed to pull through with red sails lettuce, turnips, green onions, carrots, and Brussels sprouts. Sam’s table is “sprouting” with a pea mix, alfalfa and clover sprouts. Norma Jean delighted us with an amazing assortment of quiches – beautiful and tasty!

Woke up with a scratchy throat? No worries. The Kombucha Girl has her Daily Defender available. Daily Defender is a blend of aged kombucha, raw cider vinegar infused with garlic, lemon, ginger, and cayenne, and sweetened with local honey.

Bear Creek Road March Pie of the Month: Raspberry Cream Danish Pie with Lemon and White Chocolate

Bear Creek Road March Pie of the Month: Raspberry Cream Danish Pie with Lemon and White Chocolate

Trudy is back at the Saturday market with her famous Japanese Maples. She also brought along several Lily of the Valley shrubs bursting with dainty little white flowers plus an assortment of succulents that seem to thrive on neglect (my kind of plant). I think Spring is in the air!

Rain or shine, the Covington Farmers’ Market is open and we’ll be wearing our brightest smiles with great tunes drifting from the gazebo, plenty of good things spread out on the tables, and a sprinkling of laughter on the breeze. You really weren’t thinking of sleeping in, were 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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Down Dogs & Drafts at the Covington Brewhouse

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Post-Christmas, Pre-New Year’s Yoga Time! You know you’ll need it! Join Liz Bragdon & the great folks at the Covington Brewhouse on Sunday, December 27, at 11 a.m. for Down Dogs & Drafts. Stretch the old week away and welcome the new surrounded by friends, kegs, and the charm of Downtown Covington. Sweat, find your Warrior, rediscover your balance, embrace your Down Dog and drop into some delicious moments of inner peace – then have a few beers with us!  Kombucha Girl Living Beverages water kefir is on tap! Drink it up straight or mix with your fave beer.  The seasonal beer selection is Winter Warmer, but every delicious Covington Brewhouse flavor you love will be flowing! Yoga Class is 11-12 , and beer-drinking is from 12 ’til close.  Please wear layers, bring a yoga mat, a water bottle, and a small towel.
Tickets are $12, and this event is limited to 25 people, so pre-purchasing is strongly recommended. Pick your tickets up at the Tasting Room or call Erin: 985-893-2884 

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This Week at the Farmer’s Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Hi, friends and happy Tuesday! I’ve requested an especially nice day 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. In fact, why not bring home a little something so you won’t have to cook, such as those marvelous shrimp and cream cheese rolls, pulled pork sandwiches, tuna salad wraps… Frankie will have large pecan, sweet potato, and pumpkin pies so you won’t have to fix dessert.

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Saturday will roll around and you’ll be tempted to sleep in. Black Friday can be exhausting. RESIST THAT URGE! The Steve Anderson Group will be in the gazebo providing great music for our post-Thanksgiving market. And if you’re still in shopping mode, Poppy Tooker will be at the Market signing her latest Cookbook.

Nick says he has wild-caught catfish again which is a perfect change from turkey/ham overload. But, if you still have leftover turkey or ham, Hot Tamale Mama has organic smothered collard greens that will make those leftovers Oh! so nice. Bear Creek Road has several new sandwiches that are absolutely amazing – cranberry chutney, spicy almonds, herb goat cheese and spinach and roasted acorn squash spread, grilled onions and mushrooms and roasted tomatoes on herbed focaccia bread. Ye, dive in and get lost in goodness!

Remember that Robin’s Rockin’ cajun pecan pepper jelly makes a tangy spread for leftover turkey sandwiches as does Meaux Mustard’s Honey Mustard. Makes you wish you cooked more turkey, huh? Salad mixes from John are a tasty base for leftovers and Gina has the greatest dressing to add flavor and variety – Bleu Cheese, Roasted Garlic and Tomato, and Honey Creole. Nanette’s simmer sauces will add even more variety to any leftovers or fresh veggies.

We have so many things to be thankful for…Market Days, terrific food, incredible music, and family and friends to share it with. 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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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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Happy Hour Just Got Healthier: Happy Hour Yoga “Heart-Opening Yoga & Heart Healthy Brews” at Our Place Studio

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Our Place Happy Hour Yoga 1-23-15What’s Happy Hour Yoga? A beginner-friendly full-body releasing, tension-melting Yoga Class, followed by cocktails & mocktails created with healthy Kombucha Girl Living Blends. This event’s theme is ‘Heart-Opening Yoga & Heart-Healthy Brews.’ Join us from 6:30 – 7:30 pm on Friday January 23rd at Our Place Studio in Covington, for Yoga focused on heart-opening and tension-releasing poses. Then, from 7:30 – 8:30 pm, enjoy a complimentary, heart-healthy mocktails & cocktails tasting.

At the end of the week, our tendency is to wind down with a drink or plunk down on the couch (or both). Why not do something good for your body to help let go of the week’s accumulated tensions and tightness? Stretch, open, release, and breathe with gentle poses that help open the heart-space, soften and release the shoulders, and encourage freer mobility in the spine and throughout your body. Class always ends with relaxation and simple breathing and visualization. Then, enjoy a mocktail/ cocktail tasting featuring hand-crafted, living blends brewed by Kombucha Girl Living Beverages from heart-healthy fruits and herbs. Why should your cocktail (or mocktail) be boring and full of chemicals, dyes, and unnecessary sugars? Explore the possibilities of creating healthier beverages at home with the guidance of Susan Tarasova, founder of Kombucha Girl Living Beverages. Liz Bragdon, long-time Yoga Instructor & Kombucha Girl partner, will be leading the Yoga Class. Only 12 spots are available for this event, which is already starting to fill up. The cost is $25/person and pre-paid reservations are required. To reserve your space or find out more, call Our Place Studio: 985.875.1182.

Our Place Studio is located at 338 N. Vermont Street in downtown Covington, offering personalized fitness training & nutritional guidance. www.opcovington.com

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

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Hi, friends and happy Tuesday! We’ve got a simply beautiful day planned for tomorrow with plenty of sunshine and blue skies so be sure to get out to the Market to enjoy it.

Wed Farmers Market signIt won’t be really cold tomorrow but it may be a bit “chili” – Chomper’s chili, that is, and a nice piece of cornbread. A cup of Nanette’s heartwarming soup will put a spring in your step and a song in your heart and I’m for anything that will put a little spring anywhere at this time of year. Treat yourself to a plate of Kandi’s shrimp and cream cheese rolls or a whopping fat muff from Nuccios (half or whole). You will not be disappointed. I enjoy a lot of the foods served at the Wednesday Market but I really can’t enjoy all of these delicious meals in one day. My fix is to bring some home. That way Mr. Wonderful can enjoy the market as well. He’s such a sweetie, I might even buy him one of Frankie’s pies. Oh! What the heck! I’ll get him two; he may want to share.

Come Saturday morning there will be (hopefully) milder temperatures (is it spring yet?) Sweet Jones will delight us with tunes from the gazebo beginning at 9:30. So settle in with a fresh cup of coffee and visit with vendors while you await Eric Acquistapace, of Acquistapace’s Covington Supermarket. He will be serving samples of his amazing Cajun Fried Turkey. You may want to order one; it’s the perfect solution to the harried rush of cooking at Thanksgiving which will be here before you know it (like next week!)

Kombucha Girl Living BeverageMove over Coca-Cola! The Kombucha Girls have a special treat this week – Living Sodas! Buy it by the glass with your choice of Satsuma-Cranberry or Maple-Double Vanilla Pear Living Blends. You choose your flavor and they mix them with sparkling mineral water for a healthy “live” soda of probiotics, prebiotics, enzymes, organic acids, and B vitamins.

Enten Farms’ duck eggs add incredible richness and fluffiness to cakes and cookies. It’s not just eggs they have but whole ducks too and Meaux’s incredible mustards! Meaux mustard is perfect on a sandwich so you may need to pick up a loaf from Windfield Farms or 7Grain. Check out Bear Creek Road’s caramelized onion and roasted garlic focaccia bread or the chocolate bourbon pecan pies. Thanksgiving will never be the same!

Windfield Farm Bakery - pumpernickel bread

Windfield Farm Bakery – pumpernickel bread

Spanish R Us has added pickled cucumbers (delish), refried beans (double delish), and guacamole (even more delish) to their line up! And there’s more, much more at the Covington Farmers’ Market – raw honey, gourmet coffee, luscious, creamy, delectable desserts…what will you discover?

Lots of love,
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

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

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Covington’s First Wellness Fair This Weekend – Presented by Covington Massage & Wellness Centre

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Covington Massage & Wellness Centre Wellness Fair 2013On November 9th & 10th, Covington Massage & Wellness Centre will host their first Wellness Fair. Events include presentations from various practitioners on health related topics, and Massage Therapists will be offering chair massage for $1/minute throughout the day. Light healthy refreshments will be served between classes and various wellness products and gift certificates for massage services will be available for purchase throughout the weekend.

The event begins Saturday November 9th at 10 am with a presentation on Chakra Balancing by Paige Schneider, a local Yoga Instructor, Reiki Practitioner, and Metamorphosis Technique Teacher. At 12 pm Marie Humphries & Dina Pace will present the basic uses of Essential Oils and a Medicine Cabinet Makeover. From 2:30 – 3:30 pm, Tammy Shea will present “Paleo 101: The Basics of the Paleo Diet and Lifestyle”, and from 4:30 – 5:30 pm, Donna Caire (LMT and certified abdominal massage therapist) will be giving a presentation on the importance of massaging the belly. The day will end with a Meeting of the Alliance of Northshore Massage Therapists hosted by Melissa Pearson from 6 – 7 pm. This is a quarterly meeting of Licensed Massage Therapists who practice in the Northshore area. Contact Melissa at melissakpearson@gmail.com if you are interested in joining the group.

The Wellness Fair begins again on Sunday, November 9th, starting with Kelly McGee presenting Applications for Herbal Medicine with basic information about teas, tinctures, infusions and topical applications from 10:30 – 11:30 am. From 12 – 12:45 pm Susan Tarasova of Kombucha Girl Living Beverage will talk about the benefits of drinking and eating fermented foods and beverages. At 1 pm Danny Burke, a local Hanna Somatic Educator, will present a 30 minute discussion of Somatics followed by a 90 minute Somatics movement class. From 3:30 – 4:15 pm, Cerenna Timphony presents The Sugar Blues, addressing the effects of sugar consumption on emotional health. Terri Puglia presents the quantum energetic technology of the Amethyst BioMat from 4:30 – 5:15 pm.

There is no fee to attend, however a $5-10 donation per class is suggested. Anyone interested in attending the presentations should reserve a seat by calling 985-875-2030, or e-mail Kelly McGee at kem_lmt@yahoo.com. For more information on presenters and the

event, check www.covingtonmassagewellness.com or their Facebook page www.facebook.com/CovingtonMassageWellnessCentre.

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Kommunity Power Food Drive This Week To Benefit The Covington Food Bank

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Kommunity Power - Kombucha Girl Living BeverageKommunity Power, Ignite! October 21 – 28, Kombucha Girl Living Beverages is sponsoring a Food Drive for the Covington Food Bank with the support of our awesome downtown Covington businesses. There are specific needs right now: baby formula, baby food, baby/toddler diapers, baby wipes, and fresh produce. Fact: Did you know? Sharing and giving actually boost your immune system – everyone benefits when we share with each other. Let’s do this! The following businesses are accepting donations on behalf of the Food Bank. Pop in and give them some donations and love! A few are offering special thank you gifts to folks who donate. This list of participating businesses is still growing, so look for our flyers and boxes sporting the Kommunity Power! logo all over town, beginning Monday, October 21.

Current List of Participating Businesses:
~PLUS! Check what businesses are offering thank you gifts for donating~

Columbia Street Natural Foods Market ~ 415 N. Columbia St.  ~ Gift: $2 off any supplement purchase when you bring in baby items such as of formula, diapers, and wipes!
Covington Farmer’s Market ~ Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the Trailhead and Saturday, Oct. 26, next to the Courthouse
Our Place Studio ~ 338 N. Vermont St. ~ Gift: $5 off massage for persons who bring in 3 items or more
Shop Soul Boutique ~ 529 E. Boston St. ~ Gift: $5 off $20 purchase for every three items donated
Wino’s and Tacos ~ 321 N. Columbia St.

For more information, call the Kombucha Girls: Susan Tarasova / 985.502.4128 & Liz Bragdon / 985.778. 3448 kombuchagirlbeverages@gmail.com

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Raw Food Recipes Inspired by: Nourished by Nanette at the Covington Farmers Market

Raw-vacado Wraps

AvocadoIngredients:

2 perfectly ripe avocados

3 tomatoes, diced

spicy pepper, diced, to taste

1/4 yellow onion, diced

3 cloves fresh garlic, minced

fresh cilantro, chopped, to taste

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2 tsp fresh lime juice

6-8 large lettuce leaves

Directions:

In a medium sized bowl, mash the avocado.

Add remaining ingredients and stir until well mixed.

Spread onto lettuce leaves and wrap. Enjoy!

How to Make Your Own Raw Almond Milk

Raw AlmondsIngredients:

1 cup of raw almonds

water

honey as sweetener to taste (optional)

Directions:

Place the almonds in a bowl and cover with about an inch of water. Let sit uncovered in a cool, dark place where it won’t be disturbed for up to two days. The longer is soaks the creamier it is.

Drain and rinse the almonds in cool water. Place the almonds in a blender with 2 cups of water and blend at the highest speed for about 2 minutes. Pulse the blender to break up any chunks.

Strain this mixture with a cheese cloth or nut bag, pressing all of the liquid out of the almond meal. You should get about two cups. The left-over almond meal can be used to make all kinds of treats!

Sweeten to taste. Raw homemade almond milk can only last about two days refrigerated, but taste best freshly made and chilled.

Cool Serving Ideas for Living Beverages

From Kombucha Girl Living Beverage, at the Covington Farmers Market

1. Add to fresh juices and smoothies

2. Combine with fresh fruit and freeze into popsicles or ice cubes. Get creative with your favorite living beverages/fruit combinations and create a cool, probiotic treat.

3. Add to homemade salad dressings    Kombucha that has become more vinegary tasting adds a nice light flavor to homemade salad dressings.

4. Use instead of water to make jello   The trick to this is to make sure you do not heat your living beverage above 100 degrees, otherwise you will have a non-living beverage.

5. Use as a mixer for cocktails

General Healthy Living

The World of Living Foods & Beverages: Our Place Studio’s Share the Health Series

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Kombucha, Kefir Water, Shrub & Bitters are all available from Kombucha Girl Living Beverages at the Covington Farmers Market

Kombucha, Kefir Water, Shrub & Bitters are all available from Kombucha Girl Living Beverages at the Covington Farmers Market

by Susan Tarasova and Nanette Schoenewe

A living beverage is one that has been produced in such a way that the healthy enzymatic activity and microbial life of the particular beverage is retained and even enhanced. Living beverages include cultured and fermented beverages such as yoghurt, kefir, kvass, jun, and Kombucha. Raw or “live” foods are foods that are either a) raw or b) have been minimally “cooked” at such a low temperature as to insure that their essential nutrients and enzymes are not compromised.
Fermentation, which is part of the living beverage process, is the oldest method of food preservation, and when executed properly can yield products with an actual increase in nutrients, bioavailability of vitamins and minerals, and probiotic life. These probiotic microbes help aid in proper digestion, protect our systems from pathogens, help detoxify harmful compounds, produce vitamins and nutrients, and are essential in maintaining a healthy immune system. When pathogens (harmful micro organisms) out number probiotics (life-supporting micro organisms) we become more prone to disease. The main causes of microbial imbalances include stress, antibiotics, and as recent research is proving, pesticides found in our (non-organic) food and environment. Needless to say, we can all benefit from some form of probiotic supplementation.
Raw foods (all vegan – i.e., plants, nuts, and seeds only) can be combined in countless combinations of flavors, even made into sauces and dough, dehydrated or simply mixed and enjoyed, and are more easily digested by the body, retain their nutrients, vitamins and full fiber content. Nanette Schoenewe of Nourished by Nanette, a raw food catering service, recommends a reasonable goal of 70% raw in our diet. Remember everyone…salads are raw! Just watch what you put on them for extra flavor – think herbs, lemon juice, even vinegars and avoid highly processed food products.
Kombucha Girl Living Beverages produces three main probiotic-rich brews: kombucha, water kefir, and kvass.
Kombucha helps restore overall system balance and is an effective digestive aid. The beneficial components of kombucha include probiotics, B-vitamins, organic acids, enzymes, and antioxidants.
Water Kefir – High-mineral water kefir can serve as an excellent broad-spectrum probiotic supplement. It contains approximately 30 different strains of probiotics. In addition to probiotics, the beneficial components also include B-vitamins (especially B-12 and folic acid), enzymes, and minerals.
Kvass is traditionally made from rye bread, but there are variations using fruits and vegetables. Kvass is probiotic-rich and the nutrients found in whatever fruit or vegetable is being fermented become more bioavailable as a result of the fermentation process.
Susan Tarasova, owner and kombucha girl of Kombucha Girl Living Beverages, sells her products every Saturday at the Covington Farmers Market. In addition to these probiotic beverages, KGLB also offers hand-crafted shrub and bitters. Check out the weekly Kombucha Girl Living Beverage newsletter on their Facebook page every Wednesday for the complete Living Beverage Menu and other information regarding their products. Nanette Schoenewe of Nourished by Nanette also sells her delicious raw food wraps, dips, “pastas” (made with veggies!) salads and other raw treats at the Wednesday and Saturday markets.