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This Week at the Farmer’s Market with Charlene LeJeune

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Happy Tuesday, friends! Tomorrow is looking especially nice so make your plans now to stop in, say hello, and grab a great lunch. Bhakti Farms is a great place to start. Johnny has created an assortment of burgers and sandwiches that are delicious and nutritious! And, don’t forget to get some of his spicy Cajun seasoning to put the Zippidy-Do-Da in a lot of your dishes — even your scrambled eggs—which I assume you will get from the Double K ladies.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lots of love,

Charlene LeJeune

Abundant Life Kitchen

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

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This Week at the Farmer’s Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Joy and happiness to you, my friends! The pollen and the rain have been monstrous the past few weeks but we have a cure in store…or at least at the trailhead. Fresh Double K eggs —boil ‘em, roast ‘em, stick ‘em in a stew—they’re just packed full of nutrition plus they’re delicious. Bhakti Farms has several wonderful sandwiches from which to chose and I believe Johnny’s special sauce has panacean properties. Of course, the sprouts add lots of nutrition. I don’t think I need to extol the benefits of Jerry’s raw honey and isn’t it just sooo delish on pancakes, toast, ice cream…?

Abeer is preparing tabouli for tomorrow and she’ll have grape leaves but the piéce de resistance is her baklava. I know, now you’re gonna have that thought roaming around in your mind until you can get some tomorrow. Shredded cabbage salad is an amazing pick-me-up no matter what the day brings. But then, so is Kandy’s lemongrass chicken salad, and, let’s face it, her shrimp cream cheese rolls can cure just about anything. Mignon has you covered with several tonics —a pineapple ginger coco-bucha fizz (just saying that makes you feel good) and a multi-floral probiotic tonic fizz.

Zac Maras will headline in the gazebo this week so prepare for some great music wafting throughout the market. Norma always has her fabulous quiche slices, perfect to bring home for a hearty brunch or Sunday breakfast. Grab a brownie or two while you’re there; you won’t regret it.

Northshore Greens still has celery and plenty of salad greens. Becky also makes sure to have fresh herbs to make your dishes delightful. Kale and chard were on Nick’s table this past weekend and there were plenty of carrots and lettuce. Vince says he will have broccoli soon but the yellow squash and zucchini were in abundance. Roasted veggies go so beautifully with roast chicken (Credo Farms) or grilled sausage (Jubilee) and so easy to fix. Just cut squash in slices, florets from cauliflower, and just leave the carrots whole (perfect size). Toss with a little olive oil and seasoning or use one of Jennifer’s butter blends (melted). Cover and roast until almost done, then remove the covering and finish cooking. While you’re getting your beautiful butter, check out Jennifer’s spring flavors of macaroons—salted caramel, strawberry shortcake, and lavender. For breakfast, she’s added a hash brown and egg pie and orange morning buns (oh my, doesn’t that sound delicious?)

With the temps getting milder, I’m sure you’re all ready to get outside so dust the cobwebs off your grill and pick up some of Jubilee Farm’s sausages. With choices like green onion, Italian, hot, chorizo, and Cajun, ya can’t go wrong! Liz and Paul have such a variety of beef, pork, and lamb products that you can surely find the perfect meat for the grill, unless you’re vegetarian but then, those veggies are really tasty grilled, too. Credo Farms has all cuts of chicken, ready for you to season and pop on the grill, in the oven, or into a stew.

You may wish to dust the cobwebs off your gardening tools as well and check out what starter plants Alton has to offer — yellow squash, zucchini, cucumber, tomato, and definitely herbs. There’s nothing like having an herb garden to snip fresh herbs for your meals.

There’s more to discover at your Covington Farmers’ Market but ya have to be here to discover them all.

Lots of love,

Charlene LeJeune

Abundant Life Kitchen

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 vendor Charlene LeJeune:

Happy Tuesday, sweet friends! Our Wednesday vendors will not be at the market tomorrow due to the severe weather forecasted. We’ll be pleased to serve you next week. 

Always a delight at the market, Mr. Funny Money and the Muscle Tones will greet Saturday with lively tunes streaming from the gazebo. So grab a cuppa from the pavilion to enjoy as you shop. Brussels sprouts, strawberries, spring mix…you’ll find them all at Faust Farm’s table. While you’re over there, stop in at Bhakti Farms for a delicious breakfast sandwich and vegan goodies to take home. Remember to stock up on Naturally Well’s Elderberry Syrup. There’s a ton of pollen out there, folks! 

From the Covington La Farmers Market Facebook page

Northshore Greens celery is crisp and delicious and Becky has lots of salad greens, too. Northshore is also the place to get fresh herbs such as, rosemary, oregano, dill…  Nick’s table is loaded with delicious sweet potatoes, turnips, carrots and a special salad mix. Now, I told you that Vince had beets last week, plus all those lovely cruciferous veggies and satsumas. It seems he also has golden beets! WOW! Sprouts, shoots, microgreens! Yes, Sam is branching out to meet your needs. 

Next door at Happy Flour, you’ll find fabulous sourdough loaves of rosemary parmesan, cranberry walnut, whole wheat, black garlic, and just plain sourdough plus honey wheat and oatmeal honey sandwich breads. Jennifer at Bear Creek Road will be there with imaginative and tasty breakfast sandwiches plus flatbreads, sourdough, and blended butters! And, speaking of butter, Mauthe’s did have butter last week and will again this week (hopefully).

Mauthe’s has more than butter, but then most of you are already familiar with their low-temp pasteurized milk and yogurt. Huckleberry Fred’s is back full time with lots of goat’s milk and cheese. I’ve recently sampled the garden herb—yum-ee! Makes for a great spread on toast, or added to roasted/steamed veggies for extra flavor. I imagine it would taste wonderful over some of Nick’s carrots or Faust’s Brussels sprouts. Huckleberry is also the place to get home-ground yellow cornmeal, corn flour, and yellow grits.

From the Covington La Farmers Market Facebook page

Sweet, raw honey from Blood River always tastes great with the artisan breads from our bakers. Tiger Bait specializes in raw treats for your pets. Vincent & Mauricio now have cinnamon, ginger, and chocolate divinity! Heavenly for sure! There’ s a lot more to find at your Covington Farmers’ Market but ya gotta be there to enjoy. Hope to 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

Check out our Facebook page – facebook.com/thecovingtonlafarmersmarket
On Instagram — @covingtonlafarmersmarket

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 vendor Charlene LeJeune:

Top of the Tuesday to you, friends! What a lovely St Paddy’s Day we’ll have! Gorgeous skies, great music and delicious meals. Of course, you’ll want your eggs, and the Double K hens are ready to serve. As good as those little gals are, they still can’t produce honey. That’s where Jerry’s little buzzers come in. And, son of a gun, these days they’re even producing creamed cinnamon honey! 😉

Shrimp Salad is on Joy’s menu this week and she will have Crawfish Bisque and California Shrimp, Corn & Crab Bisque as Grab N Goes. Yummy egg rolls and spring rolls from Kandy just may suit your fancy tomorrow. Or perhaps you are more in the mood for one of her refreshing salads. If you had Johnny’s Beet & Bean burger last week, change things up a bit and go for the Mushroom Burger this week. You won’t be disappointed. Abeer has prepared all her usuals like hummus and tsatziki and baba ghanoush but the star of the menu is her Eggplant Moussaka. Jerome’s got a great line up of goat cheese & spinach quiche, crepes, and ratatouille. MMMM! Did I mention the chocolate cake?

Hear ye! Hear ye! Bring your dull knives and your scissors that no longer cut to the market ‘cause we have a specialist in sharpening joining our ranks. Yes, David will be at our Wednesday market for all your sharpening needs. As for sharpening, give your immune system an edge with Mignon’s juns and tonics.

Lucky us! The Lucky Dogs will be in the gazebo this Saturday market. No, Ed will not be serving coffee in the pavilion with Kayleigh this week since he is a Lucky Dog. So grab your coffee and turn around, wave to Ed, and enjoy the music while you shop. Faust Farms is back with spring mix, Brussels sprouts, and (of course) strawberries. Northshore Greens’ still has greens (lettuce and celery, etc.) plus their fragrant herbs. I noticed they even had dried herbs as well. 

Tomato Ann’s tomatoes are coming in like mad – flavorful cherry tomatoes, lovely heirlooms. She also makes a mean tomato basil soup. Kale, sweet potatoes, turnips are all nicely camped at Nick’s. I saw beets on Vince’s table, keeping company with the cabbage, cauliflower and satsumas. Gorgeous nutritious sprouts at Sam’s and he is still making his amazing green juice. 

Amanda’s fresh orange juice has become a staple at the market and she has added Orange/Mango, Strawberry/Pineapple/Orange and even has just plain Mango (really good). Stop by Mauthe’s for cow’s milk, yogurt, butter, and cream. And for milk with a flair (namely kefir) Nancy blends the most delicious strawberry kefir. You’ll benefit tremendously from her raw krauts and kombucha blends. Cameron prepares tempeh with varying ingredients each week to the delight of many a vegan. His new cultured “butters” are just as delightful.

No matter where you are at our market, you’ll find something to interest and tantalize. From grass fed beef, pork, lamb, duck, and chicken to mushrooms, honey, and eggs, there’s something for everyone. Won’t you join us for a simply fabulous morning?

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
On Instagram — @covingtonlafarmersmarket

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 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

Check out our Facebook page – facebook.com/thecovingtonlafarmersmarket
On Instagram — @covingtonlafarmersmarket

Farmers Market Recipes

Farmers Market Recipe – Daikon & Sweet Potato Soup PLUS Honey Lime Vinaigrette

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Seasonal recipes inspired by fresh ingredients found at the Covington Farmers’ Market, by Chelsea Cochrane

Why Eat Daikons? Daikon is a winter radish variety resembling a large white carrot. Its flavor is described as mild compared to other radish varieties – crisp, slightly sweet and spicy. The daikon pairs excellently with Asian root spices like ginger and turmeric, and other vegetables of the season such as sweet potatoes, carrots and kale in stir frys and soups. Daikons are especially high in vitamin C, essential to a healthy immune system. It’s also an excellent source of folate, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and copper. Best of all, daikon radishes are in season and available at our local Farmers Market!

Daikon radishes and fresh turmeric root from Sam’s Sprouts at the Covington Farmers Market

Tip: Save the greens! Daikon radish greens have a slight bitterness and spiciness that resembles mustard greens. Save them to use in soups, stir frys and smothered greens!

Daikon Radish & Sweet Potato Veggie Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium daikon radishes, sliced in half-moons
  • 1 medium sweet potato, cubed
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 2-4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 cup purple cabbage, chopped
  • 2 Tbs fresh turmeric, minced (optional)
  • 2 Tbs fresh ginger, minced (optional)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth, 2 cups water
  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • 1 Tbs rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp soy sauce or liquid aminos
  • shredded amethyst basil (garnish)

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Sautee veggies in large soup pot with turmeric, ginger and spices.
  2. Once veggies are tender and fragrant, add broth and water.
  3. Bring to boil then reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  4. Add kale, vinegar and soy sauce, stir in. Taste for spices and serve immediately.

Honey Lime Vinaigrette

Fun delicious salad dressing are so good and easy to make you’ll never buy another dressing again!

Ingredients:

  • juice of 2-3 limes, about 1/2 cup
  • 2 tablespoons local honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • dash paprika
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Instructions:

  1. Mix all ingredients in an air-tight jar, such as mason jar.
  2. Shake vigorously.
  3. Serve over your favorite greens.
  4. Enjoy!
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 vendor Charlene LeJeune:

Whatta change from last week, friends! I can feel my toes again! Kandy is back and bringing her extra special salads with her! Jasmine tea, too! After last week, I’m sure you are in desperate need of eggs. No worries; Kristen’s bringing lots of ‘em. There will be Jerry’s raw honey as well. 

From the Covington La Farmers Market Facebook page

Spinach & Goat Cheese Quiche – what a delicious dish and it’s on Jerome’s menu this week. He will also have those tasty Madeleines. YUM! Joy is cooking up a storm — boudin balls, empanadas, stuffed artichoke… Sorry I can’t make your choices easy but Johnny’s coming in with his fabulous mushroom burger and Curry Bhakti Bowl and all those delicious raw vegan treats! Check out Mignon’s jun and tonics (non alcoholic). Eddie will be out there with lots of gorgeous veggies.

And then, it’s Saturday and the good news is that the weather will be wonderful! More good news is Jazz Break is in the gazebo pouring out jazzy tunes and making happy everywhere! Now for breakfast. But what will you choose? Bhakti Farms makes an amazing egg sandwich. Norma’s black bean enchilada pie is a tasty change from the norm. Protein bars from Tessier Gourmet; veggie pancakes from Meme; chicken waffle from Jennifer, Ginger Divinity from Vincent & Mauricio (yes, for breakfast), turnovers from Happy Flour— oh man! I’m stuffed! I better take a long stroll around the market, enjoying the weather and music, and see what’s there.

James always has wonderful mushrooms — do you have a favorite recipe? He has gourmet mushrooms of all kinds — chestnut, shiitake, oyster, and Lion’s Mane —each filled with nutrients and flavor.  For further  delicious, check out Cameron’s cultured butter. He has a black garlic flavor — a one-two punch off tasty nutrition. Nutrition doesn’t come easier than Nancy’s raw sauerkraut, unless it’s her strawberry kefir or golden milk or kombucha. 

From the Covington La Farmers Market Facebook page

We definitely have STRAWBERRIES – nothing like a fresh strawberry or two, just bursting with sweet ripe goodness. Citrus is making its rounds as well and there is nothing like biting into a sweet, fresh orange (peel removed, of course). And then, there are the veggies — greens, tomatoes, green onions, sweet potatoes, radishes. But there’s much more to enjoy and we invite you to join us for a lovely day at the 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

Check out our Facebook page – facebook.com/thecovingtonlafarmersmarket
On Instagram — @covingtonlafarmersmarket

Wednesday Market Menu 2-24-2021

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:

Heck of a Tuesday, friends! Clouds may be gathering, threatening to disturb our Wednesday market but don’t let that deter you. After all, who wouldn’t brave a few drops for a tasty black bean and beet burger from Bhakti Farms? I don’t know how Johnny does it but the flavor of those burgers is outstanding! Jerome is bringing back Croques Monsieur this week and will have crepes as well — a temptation for the tongue. Abeer has loaded the menu with favorites like grape leaves and hummus, Mujudara (a delightful blend of lentils, rice, and herbs, topped with caramelized onions), and Eggplant Moussaka.

From the Covington La Farmers Market Facebook page

Experience one of Mignon’s fabulous “chics”, a tasty faux coffee that offers many nutritional benefits. Eddie will be there with gorgeous veggies, including broccoflower that unique cross of broccoli and cauliflower. Double K eggs will be available as will the sweet, raw honey from Jerry’s little buzzing friends.

The melodious voice of Michaela Lauer will drift from the gazebo, getting the Saturday market into full swing. So grab your coffee, tell that sweet Kayleigh “Howdy” and who knows, you may even get a glimpse of Ed there in the pavilion. Then, a stroll around the market will show you the most amazing things we have to offer.

The produce our vendors bring continues to invite — beautiful rainbow chard, emerald green broccoflower, a luscious assortment of kales and lettuces, daikons, cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower, turnips, sweet potatoes, and maybe even a few persimmons. A sprinkling of sprouts from Sam will add nutrients to any salad or sandwich. But, if you don’t feel like making that sandwich, both Norma Jean and Bhakti Farms have wraps or sandwiches each topped with Sam’s sprouts. A slice of Norma’s delicious enchilada pie will have you wishing you have room for another. Tessier Gourmet has added some wonderful items to her menu, like a homestyle Chicken Pot Pie, Split Pea Soup, and a new protein bar.

From the Covington La Farmers Market Facebook page

Whether it’s cold and flu season or the allergy season that follows, you definitely want to stay stocked up on Naturally Well’s Elderberry Syrup. And, just across from there, you’ll find Nancy’s amazing collection of pre-and probiotics in the forms of kombucha, kefir, and raw sauerkraut. With the sweet strawberries available, her strawberry kefir has been exceptional. And red, ripe, delicious strawberries are also in abundance. You’ll find lemons, grapefruit, satsumas, and oranges, too just adding to the delights of the season.

Jubilee Farms is at the market each week with grass fed beef, lamb, and pork. The sausage, whether green onion, Cajun, Italian, or breakfast, is amazing; the pork chops tender. Mr. Two has faithfully had wonderful shrimp each week for us and you’ll find duck from Ross at Backwater Foie Gras’ table and chicken from Credo Farms. Our bakers are fabulous, egg production is abundant, the milk and honey are flowing and I hope you are there to enjoy the benefits.

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
On Instagram — @covingtonlafarmersmarket

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:

Another beautiful Tuesday, friends, and just in time ‘cause I was hoping’ for a Wednesday! Wednesday means lively music and great food! Bhakti Farms has a delightful new sandwich. It’s chock full of veggies —carrots, Sam’s Sprouts (cause they’re the best) avocado, veganaise, and Johnny’s secret sauce on Dave’s killer bread! Plus they also serve a hot chai masala made with chai tea, and homemade cashew/coconut milk. Divine! Or try one of their new salads like the chickpea salad —a fabulous blend of chickpeas, tomatoes, red onion, parsley, and seasonings.

from the Covington La Farmers Market FB page

Oooh! It’s chilly enough to enjoy Kandy’s fantastic pho. Her special broth is delicious all on its own, but when you add the herbs, noodles, mung beans, and chicken, it becomes a warming, soothing, dare I say healing (at least to the soul) meal. Spinach pies or chicken rolls? No matter, Abeer is making both and I’ll venture to say that dipping them into her hummus or tsatziki would only add to the flavor. Try one of Mignon’s “chics”, a different type of “coffee” made with mushrooms and roasted chicory roots. Delish! Welcome to Wednesday, Eddie! He will be bringing us wonderful veggies in season –  mustard, kale, lettuces, green onions, and more. And, of course, Wednesday wouldn’t be complete without Double K eggs and Jerry’s raw honey (he even has organic honey). Maybe he even has some satsumas left!

Mike Artel will delight us with his special brand of melodies this Saturday morning as our market gets into full swing. What a wonderful way to enliven your stroll around the market! Start off with a hot coffee from the pavilion. Then head on over to Meme’s for a mouth-watering veggie pancake. Then, off on your journey to secure the best, freshly picked veggies. After all, that’s why you come to the Covington Farmers’ Market, right?  You’ll find chard, sweet potatoes, arugula, mustard, daikon radish, turmeric, green onion, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, sprouts, tomatoes, and more at our produce stalls. By the way, Tomato Ann has used some of her tomatoes to prepare a lovely, non-dairy, tomato-basil soup that she will have each week. Yum!

But we are more than veggies and fresh eggs and artisan breads. You’ll find some lovely prepared foods as well. Tessier Gourmet is well known for her Eggplant Parmesan, Chicken Andouille Gumbo, Spinach Artichoke Dip, tamales, and much more. And where would you go for creamy delicious quiche on Saturday but to Norma Jean? Her seasonal soups are also a big favorite and you should not forget about the brownies! Huge and chocolatey! Bhakti Farms is another place to be for vegetarian deliciosity, from their famous black bean and beet burger to their newest ginger quinoa salad, you will be wowed!

from the Covington La Farmers Market FB page

Specialties are our specialty! Stacy has the most creative mix of  pickled veggies — Garlic & Thyme Mushrooms, Spicy Asparagus, Lemony Cauliflower. Fruits of all sorts can be found in the jelly jars at both Althee’s and Stacy’s tables. Cameron is well known for tempeh and black garlic. Recently, he has been delving into the realm of cultured butters. In addition to a traditional cultured butter, Cameron has also developed a black garlic version and Korean Gochujang (no way I’m trying to pronounce that but it rolls off his tongue with ease). Lucy is back and so are her fabulous shampoo bars and deodorants. With fragrances like Lavender Lemongrass and Rosemary Peppermint, Plumeria, Honeysuckle, you’ll never small better! When you think of skin care, your thoughts naturally turn to Serenity Lane where Gerard & Judy have developed a fabulous line of skin and hair products. You’ll also find specialty essential oil blends.

James is adding mushroom powder to his table which is great for boosting the flavor of cream sauces, scrambled eggs, and stir fry. Pralines? Yep, Rose makes the best. Cookies? Fabulously decorated sugar cookies from Mauricio and peanut butter or ginger cookies (not as flamboyantly decorated but just as tasty) and ginger or chocolate vegan divinity.  Deeevine!

Oh the delights of the Covington Farmers’ Market! Lots of delicious each week — citrus fruits, strawberries, raw honey, or chicken jerky for your precious 4 legged pals. Yep, you’ll find it all here; the catch is that you have to be here to get the full benefit. See ya!

Lots of love,
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

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

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This Week at the Farmers’ Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Heartfelt salutations, dear friends! Market Day is almost upon us…you can feel that tingling way down in your toes as you consider the lunch possibilities. First, you’ll need your Double K eggs. Those hens are really so diligent in keeping us supplied. Hopefully, Jerry will have satsumas and he always has rich, sweet honey! Croque Monsieur is on Jerome’s menu— a delicious grilled sandwich with ham, a sauce made with gruyere cheese and more cheese. oooh! la! la! Apricot cake, too! Welcome back, Abeer! Now we can enjoy her delicious hummus and baklava again. She’ll have both green bean and eggplant moussaka as well. 

Golden Light Candle Sale at the Covington Farmers’ Market Wed & Sat

Tomorrow may just be the time for you to try Johnny’s veggie Bhakti Bowl, a truly delicious, warming bowl with rice and squash and flavor, lots of flavor. Mignon will have her fabulous “chics” and jun. Her handmade beeswax candles are fast becoming quite the item around the market. Chicken pasta, empanadas, and boudin balls are the stars on Joy’s table. Kandy’s salads are always a treat and it’s hard to choose just one but the good thing is that they are just as good the next day. So, while you may not  be able to decide what’s for lunch on Wednesday, you can can enjoy any of these lunches on Thursday or Friday and they make great suppers, too!

Last Chance Bluegrass Band will be coming to you from the gazebo as Saturday marches in! So grab yourself a hot cuppa coffee (or tea) from the pavilion to enjoy while you’re making groceries. Huckleberry Fred’s will be there every other week for the next month or so. They will be there this week and along with goat milk and cheese blends. Plus, they are now offering yellow grits and cornmeal (ground with their own little hands, I think). Cow’s milk is available each week from Mauthe’s. You’ll also find buttermilk, heavy cream and, Mr. Wonderful’s and the grandkids favorite, chocolate milk.

Beautiful mushroom selections from Screaming Oaks Mushroom Farm at the Covington Farmers Market

Credo Farms will be at the market on Saturday so you can stock up on chicken or even try some of her lovely fragranced, homemade soaps. She’s generally there on the 2nd and 4th weeks each month. And right next door is James of the amazing mushrooms fame. These are not the little button mushrooms available in any grocery store, these are gourmet types like Lion’s Mane, Chestnut, Oyster, Shiitake, jam packed with micronutrients! 

Sweet potatoes are soooo delicious but most of the recipes you find are filled with sugar. Why not try something different, like Garlic Parmesan Sweet Potatoes. What you’ll need is a container of sweet potatoes (Nick). This will work with any of the varieties that he has. Peel and cut them into similarly sized pieces or slice them.  In a bowl, combine 2 tbsp melted butter (Mauthe’s), 1 tbsp olive oil, 2 tsp minced garlic, 4 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese, 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning, and a bit of fresh thyme (Northshore Greens). Add your sweet potatoes and toss to coat. Bake at 400F for 30-35 minutes. Enjoy! Hmmm. That recipe may work just as well with cauliflower or broccoli (Ken, Eddie).

Sweet potatoes & satsumas from Nick at GROW.farms

I noticed that Sam had lots of daikon radish last week so I went searching for recipes and came across Daikon Radish Pancakes. Whaaat! Yes, you heard me right and they sound so delicious and a lovely accompaniment to any meal or (if you make them a little smaller) the perfect hor d’oeuvre. You’ll need 1 cup grated daikon (squeezed dry), 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, 1/4 cup room temp water, 2 tbsp black sesame seeds, pinch white pepper, 1/2 tsp salt and 1 green onion (Ken, Eddie). For the complete recipe, see below.

Johnadale has plenty of strawberries. I’d try to find a recipe but, let’s face it, they really don’t last long enough to make it into a recipe since they are delightful without any fanfare. But if you wanted to enjoy your berries in a “recipe” stroll on over to Succotash Ferments. Nancy makes an exquisite kefir with them. 

Stay a while, enjoy the music, shop around to find something different; we’ve got pralines, we’ve got sprouts and mircogreens, we’ve got jams and jellies; we’ve got honey, we’ve got divinity; we’ve got amazing pickled veggies; we’ve even got chewy puppy treats! Don’t even think about 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

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Sam Sprouts at the Covington Farmers Market

Daikon Radish Pancakes

Pancakes

  • 1 cup daikon radish, grated and squeezed dry
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup room temp water
  • 2 tablespoons black sesame seeds
  • 1 pinch white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt, for drawing out moisture

1 scallion, chopped (optional)

Dipping Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce 
  • 1 teaspoon wasabi 

DIRECTIONS

  • Prepare the Daikon Radish. You will need around 400 grams (14 oz or just under a pound) of raw, unpeeled Daikon radish for this recipe. Start by peeling the radish, then finely grate it with a grater or finely chop it with a knife. Add the salt, mix well to combine, and let stand for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, take handfuls of the grated daikon and squeeze out as much liquid as possible; transfer the squeezed daikon into another bowl.
  • Prepare the Batter. Add the all purpose flour in two batches, stirring in between additions. Follow that with room temperature water and mix well until a batter forms.
  • Fry the Pancakes. In a non-stick pan, heat up a touch of oil on medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, spoon the batter on and shape them into round disks. Sprinkle on some black sesame seeds on the uncooked side of each pancake, and when the bottom becomes golden-brown, carefully flip them and fry until both sides are golden-brown. Remove them from the pan and let drain on a paper towel.
  • Prepare the sauce. Make the sauce by simply mixing soy sauce and wasabi.
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This Week at the Farmers Market by Charlene LeJeune

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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 Farmers’ Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Glad tidings of great joy, friends! Are you all ready for the big day? Presents all (or mostly) purchased or made? Are they all wrapped, or is waiting until Christmas Eve to wrap a family tradition? One thing you won’t need to worry about is what’s for lunch. Probably a good idea to grab extras and give yourself extra time shopping. Joy is preparing tasty Stuffed Chicken Breast for tomorrow. She’ll also have her delicious Grab N Goes which are perfect to take home. They are frozen; just defrost and serve, or keep frozen for another time you are just too pooped to cook. Abeer will have Baba Ghanoush this week, such a lovely dip for parties as does her hummus. She’ll also have Green Bean Moussaka. Bhakti Farms has several amazing choices — mushroom burger and the every-popular beet & black bean burger and their Bhakti Bowls are wonderful!

Do not forget eggs from Kristen. I find I always need extra around the holidays for baking and special meals. Sweet, raw honey from Jerry makes a lovely gift, especially if the receiver is yourself. Perfect on pancakes, biscuits, toast, corn muffins… Check out Golden Light’s goodies for the week. Mignon has some fabulous tonics to help your immune system through the season. She has made some beautiful beeswax (locally sourced) candles.

Before you know it, though, it will be the day after and the market will be open. Michaela Lauer’s sweet voice drifts from the gazebo bringing joy to the world! So begin at the pavilion with a warm cup of coffee, then make your way around the market. We have so many wonderful vendors with fabulous products. Of course, the place to start is breakfast. Meme’s veggie pancakes have always been a market favorite. Norma’s amazing quiches are delicious as are her brownies!! (Yes! Brownies do make a wonderful breakfast!)  

Veggies abound — kale, lettuces, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, sweet potatoes — Oh, the joys of the season! The strawberries are sooo sweet this year. Wouldn’t they make a tasty addition to your holiday fare? Mauthe’s had egg nog last week and I’m hoping they will again this week. It was born of a collaboration with Billy, of HooDoo Ice Cream fame, so you know it’s gotta be good. 

As I said, lotsa great offerings on our vendors’ tables. Good time to get your sweets and treats for game days (and there are many of them) and the upcoming New Year celebration. It’s been a difficult year, friends, and we thank you for your consistent patronage. I hope that our market has brought some measure of comfort throughout this year. I pray that the blessings of this season follow you into the new year. Hopefully, you will join us.

Lots of love, 
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

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

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This Week at the Farmers’ Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Tis the season, friends, to be jolly, to be thankful, to enjoy the blessings of the market! And blessings there will be! Jerome is preparing more of his delightful sweet potato and carrot soup and the creamiest quiches as well. Tis also the season for pho! pho! pho! So take your jolly ole self over to Kandy’s table where you can get the best pho ever made. It will warm you down to your toes…right through your holiday socks! Abeer has hummus and tzatziki and tabouli back on the menu and Mujadara, a classic Arabic dish featuring lentils and rice, herbs, topped with caramelized onions. It’s a delicious vegetarian main dish!

Joy is planning on a delightful chicken pasta dish sure to make you glad you made it to the market. You must be on the NICE list, ‘cause she is also making her amazing stuffed artichoke. You must have been extra special nice since Corey’s smoker has been doing double duty. Smoked ham and Gouda plus smoked chicken leg quarters are both on the menu!

More than just a little nice, Johnny has his fabulous beet and black bean burger, lovingly grilled, and topped with avocado slices, sprouts, and Johny’s secret sauce. What a glorious Wednesday it is going to be!

Make sure you have enough Double K eggs and Jerry’s honey or blueberry jam for your biscuits or for last minute Christmas gifting?

Lots of love,
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

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

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This Week at the Farmers Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Almost happy Wednesday, friends. That’s right! Wednesday is just a ring ting tingle away and we’d be pleased to have you join us for lunch. Abeer is planning to have Ouzi, that scrumptious pastry filled with rice, ground beef, peas, carrots, almonds and pine nuts — and baklava! Fabulous pho is on Kandy’s table and that will warm your insides and have you feeling all jovial inside. And then, there’s her chicken porridge. Yep, I feeling real perky already! Chili is on Joy’s menu for tomorrow and she’ll have steamed broccoli and bread pudding to enjoy with that. 

A jar of raw clover honey, fresh from Jerry’s bees will make a wonderful teacher’s gift, unless of course your child’s teacher is a computer — then you’re off the hook. Just enjoy that honey yourself.  Can’t go wrong with a mushroom burger from Bhakti Farms. Johnny just makes it amazing. Jerome will have his creamy quiches tomorrow. I usually opt for the Quiche Lorraine since I’m not a big fan of spinach. I bring it home usually for lunch on Thursday and it heats up beautifully. Remember your eggs from Double K; those little hens are working hard to fulfill the demand. Mr. Houston had carrots on Saturday. They are so delicious sprinkled with some chopped green onion and then roasted in a little butter.

Here comes Saturday. Here comes Saturday Right down “Farmers’ Market Lane.” We’re gonna bring you lot-sa goodness starting from the gazebo. Okay so that really doesn’t rhyme but with Chris Talley and the Three Rivers Cooperative dashing out tunes, it will still be a merry day! So grab your coffee from the pavilion, give Kayleigh a big smile, and see what the market has to offer. 

So by now you’ve got all your Christmas shopping done, right? NO??!! Well, then stop by Serenity Lane. Judy and Gerard have fantastic skin care products plus they have brought back their Cleopatra’s Spa Treatment set, luxurious bath salts, and the Tub Teas, especially for gift giving. Their lip balms, hand and foot creams, make fabulous stocking stuffers. Credo Farms’ elegant handmade soaps are beautifully wrapped for gift giving. Remember, she’ll have chicken, too, and a marvelous Mineral Seasoning made with kelp, oregano, thyme, basil and several other spices.

A gift of golden raw honey from Blood River Honey or Nick is always much appreciated. Barbara’s gorgeous monkey pine wreaths make a fabulous gift (even for yourself) and while you’re there, indulge in a bag of whoppin’ fat pecans. (Psst, they make a nice gift, too.) 

Can you imagine how delighted you would be to receive Happy Flour’s shortbread cookies from Madeleine and Patrick? It’s a gift that’s sure to make you teacher’s pet or mommy’s favorite. Jennifer is making Stollen for the holiday season. It’s a delicious holiday bread made with raisins, candied orange & lemon peel, and tasty spices. She has even created gift boxes with Christmas cookies and cocoa bombs! You’ll be a friend for life after giving a package of 3 J’s jerky. They have a delicious assortment of flavors. You won’t need to bribe your four legged friends to love you, but why not treat them to a package of Tiger Bait jerky (not recommended for human consumption)?

We’ll have more than just fabulous gifts; we’ll have fabulous foods. Gorgeous fresh fruits and veggies in every corner of our market — greens, salad mixes, eggplant, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots, strawberries, oranges, satsumas, grapefruit and mushrooms. James even has satsuma juice! Jubilee Farms will have their wonderful sausages, including a smoked chorizo. Kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut, and more will be on Nancy’s table. There will be delightful goat cheese blends at Huckleberry Fred’s. Eggs available at Double K and Jubilee Farms. We’re just jam-packed with great gift ideas…great food…great music…great people – yourself included! Join us; it wouldn’t be the same without 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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Farmers’ Market Recipe: Twice Baked Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

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by Chelsea Cochrane

Sweet potatoes are back again at the Covington Farmers’ Market! I don’t know about you, but my favorite sides for Thanksgiving dinner seem to center around sweet potatoes (after Mom’s baked mac-n-cheese, of course). There’s just so much you can do with them – from sweet to savory, creamy or crispy, or anywhere in-between. This recipe combines the best of all worlds.

Are Sweet Potatoes Really Healthier Than Regular Potatoes?

In reality, all potatoes are highly nutritious, and they each have something unique to offer. Potatoes, when prepared properly (read “not fried”) are a healthy source of complex carbs, vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. Both sweet and white potatoes are comparable in nutritional content, although sweet potatoes are slightly higher in calories, carbs, fiber and sugar. In terms of vitamins and minerals, sweet potatoes are higher in calcium and vitamin A, while a regular potato is higher in vitamins C, B1, B3, potassium and folic acid. A great article here from Nutritics breaks down the nutrients in raw, baked and boiled potatoes.

Potatoes also get a bad rap for their carbohydrate content, but not all carbs can be bad carbs. All potatoes contain naturally occurring carbs called resistant starch, which is similar to dietary fiber. Resistant starch has been linked to health improvements within the gastrointestinal tract and digestive system.

So enjoy your potatoes, of any variety, especially when they are fresh, locally harvest by our area farmers. Because we all know, nothing is more nutritious than when it’s fresh from our local farms!

Twice Baked Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 6 medium sweet potatoes (Grow.farm or Sam’s Sprouts)
  • 1 pound bacon (Jubilee Farms)
  • 8 oz plain crumbled goat cheese from Huckleberry Fred’s Creamery
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions (Houston’s table)
  • 2 Tablespoons of butter
  • 1 Tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoons hot pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon each cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg
  • Salt & fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Poke a few holes in the sweet potato skin with a fork and bake for 45 min to an hour, or until soft. Remove and allow to cool enough to handle.
  3. While this is baking, cook up your bacon. Crispy bacon works best for this.
  4. Slit potatoes from one end to the other. Remove as much of the insides as possible and place in a large bowl. Set skins aside.
  5. Mash sweet potato insides with butter. Work in about 6 ounces of cheese crumbles, sugar and spices, and about half the green onions. Salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Add this mix back into the potato skins, being careful not to tear them. Position them so that the slit side is up on a baking sheet. Let the mix overflow a bit. Top with remaining goat cheese crumbles.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for another 15 – 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve topped with remaining green onions.
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Farmers’ Market Recipe: Satsuma Vinaigrette with Fresh Greens Salad

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by Chelsea Cochrane

Greens, greens, and more greens! Don’t you just love greens season? Kale, mustard, collards, lettuces and radish greens, they’re everywhere at the Covington Farmers’ Market! And they’re never better than when they are fresh picked by our local farmers. Check out Sam’s Sprouts, Faust Farm and Grow.Farm, to name a few.

What pairs better with fresh greens than citrus? Satsumas are in full swing at the market too, so juicy and sweet you may not need the honey in this vinaigrette. But I use it anyway, because any excuse to use local honey is good by me.

Satsuma Vinaigrette with Fresh Greens Salad

Ingredients:

Vinaigrette:
Juice from 1 large satsuma
1/2 cup safflower or other mild oil
2 Tbs balsamic vinegar
1 tsp dried rosemary crushed
1 Tbs local honey
dash of sea salt
Salad:
6 cups of mixed greens – there’s plenty to choose from – grab a mix or make your own!
1 satsuma, peeled & segmented
a couple of baby radishes, washed & shredded
a few fresh basil leaves, shredded (I like to use purple basil for salads)
optional – 1/4 cup pecan pieces

Directions:

  • I like to combine all the ingredients for my salad dressing in a mason jar with a lid so I can give it a good shake. This helps to mix the oil, vinegar and juice together nicely.
  • The salad dressing can be made in advance and kept refrigerated before use. It should keep fine for 1 – 2 weeks in the fridge.
  • When you’re ready for salad, mix and enjoy!
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This Week at the Farmers’ Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Here we are, precious friends, tippy toeing into November! I’m looking forward to a Happy Wednesday for you gorgeous blue skies, Farmers’ Market musicians sharing lively music so you can sit and enjoy the great food under the pavilion. Of course, you can take it back to the office, but then you miss out on the ambience..

Oooo, aren’t you glad you picked up one of Henderson Hearth’s lovely soup mixes like the hearty potato or creamy rice? Whaaat?!! You didn’t!?? Well then, make sure you make your way to the market this week. Better get more than one ‘cause even though it’s not that cold out, a steamy bowl of soup really warms your heart. Just like Kandy’s chicken porridge. Yeah! It’s back on the menu!! It makes the perfect lunch or dinner or a phenomenal breakfast, especially when topped with one of Double K’s eggs — scrambled, fried, or poached. Sooo good! Yes, Kristen will be there with plenty eggs.

Jerry has promises to have some juicy sweet satsumas. And, he has lots of honey and blueberry jam! I think Mr. Houston may have some greens this week, I suppose it depends on what Zeta left. If you missed out on Joy’s chicken & sausage jambalaya due to that nasty storm, don’t stress! She’ll have it again this week. Green Bean Moussaka is the feature of Abeer’s menu and she will have lots of her usual goodies like chicken rolls, spinach pie, hummus, baklava….aaaah baklava!

Jerome quiches are fabulous, and he will have 3 variations — 3 cheese, Quiche Lorraine, and a very flavorful spinach & goat cheese quiche! The beet and black bean burger that Johnny makes is amazing, especially since it’s topped with avocado, Johnny special sauce, and sprouts! Ya just can’t beat Market Day.

Saturday pulls up the end of the week, just as it always does and this week we’ll have Sam Giberga serving melodies freely from the gazebo in much the same way that Meme’s veggie pancakes flow from Erika & Nathaniel’s tent. Those veggie laden pancakes have been tantalizing market goers for many years. Bhakti Bowls from Johnny & Caroline are a tasty breakfast or lunch; the only problem is…which one do you choose? You’ll also find their new pumpkin pie, sweetened with some of Nick’s honey. While you’re over there, stop by Exnihilo Farms for whole rabbit. You’ll also find Moringa Tea which offers many health benefits. Studies have revealed that moringa powder is loaded with phytochemicals, protein, calcium, beta-carotene, vitamin C and potassium. Now you know that Ross has duck thighs, breasts and other duckie goodies but now he also has duck prosciutto!!! How fabulous! Talk about fabulous, Jubilee Farms meats are the best. They offer the “other” meats —lamb, pork, beef and the most delicious sausages on the planet!

Make sure you get your Thanksgiving orders in with your favorite vendors, particularly Mauthe’s cheesecake. You don’t want to have to wing it with some store bought thing. Happy Flour has a new creation — the Cruffin. Yes, I spelled that right. It is a lovely croissant, shaped like a muffin, and filled with a delightful vanilla almond cream. I’ll give y’all a moment to savor the thought of both of those, although savoring in person is always best.

Jennifer (Bear Creek Road) has French Onion soup this week. You’ll want to pick up one of her flatbread or sourdoughs to go with that….and one of her blended butters – oh yeah! You’ll also want to peruse the tempting array on Norma Jean’s table — soups, wraps, quiche, walnuts.  

The fall veggies are starting to appear and it’s exciting to visit the produce vendors to see what new goodie they’ve added.  You’ll find sweet potatoes on Nick’s table accompanying the arugula. Northshore Greens will have a variety of different greens and Becky says they will have more lettuces in the next few weeks. Faust Farms’ fabulous spring mix is on their table and their Brussels sprouts were very tasty. Sam’s table is full of sprouts and he also has his Farmer’s Cocktail. And, for even more green, Aminta’s microgreens fill the bill.

Mr. Pete will be roasting chestnuts, Nancy will have fermented goodness, Mauricio will have those amazing vegan divinity and there will be tastiness everywhere! We’d love to see you.

Lots of love, 
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

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

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This Week at the Farmers Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Well, friends, this week’s (and probably the next few weeks’) newsletter will be short. Looks like we will have some fine weather so take advantage of it and get out to the market — even if it’s just to pick up rather than stay and eat. Our Farmers’ Market band will keep you in tune while you’re here.

A nice glass of jasmine tea will rejuvenate you while you try to make a decision on which of Kandy’s salads you’ll have. Bring a container of pho home, too. It is a very soothing and delicious soup. Abeer is planning to have Ouzi this week and her spinach pies. Get a container of tzatziki to dip your pie into. Lots of eggs in the Double K barns and that means freshness to you. Pick up a jar of honey from Jerry so you can drizzle it over the Irish Brown Bread from Henderson’s Hearth. Of course, you’ll have to do the baking but it’s an easy mix and just think about the aroma of fresh bread baking wafting through the house. Yeah, you know what I mean.

Corey has brisket and ribs and he’ll be serving that with his world-renowned brisket chili (yeah, it’s good) and amazing smoked Gouda mac n cheese. Johnny will have all his usual and if you haven’t tried any of it, I recommend you begin with the beet and black bean burger. Yum! Joy says she will have boiled crabs this week and boudin and burritos! Gonna be a beautiful day in the neighborhood, my friends!

Sam Sprout’s white turmeric

Joe and Julie Manuel’s knee-slappin’, foot-stompin’ tunes will dance out from the gazebo this Saturday. So grab your coffee and something great for breakfast like one of Jennifer’s lovely breakfast sandwiches. Veggie pancakes are Meme’s specialty and she makes them delicious…I bet the kids won’t even know there’s veggies in them. Over at Norma’s there’s enchilada pie, slices of quiche…but, what the heck, go straight for the brownie. Patrick and Madeleine have been perfecting their apple turnovers and they usually have a muffin. But don’t get so carried away with the goodies that you miss out on the amazing selection of breads at both Happy Flour and Bear Creek Road.

Sprouts and more on Sam’s table and, yes, he still has the green juice…Sam, you gotta come up with a name for that. Nick will have arugula and heirloom eggplant and crowder peas (he may even have them shelled). Aminta has lots of nutritious microgreens. 

Lucy’s famous deodorants are back at the market!

Well, if you’re looking for fruit, you’ll have to get it in a jar. No worries, though, Althee and Stacey have you covered. They each offer some of the same jams and jellies plus they each have some flavors that are uniquely theirs. Gotta check that out. Or, you can opt for the fresh squeezed fruits like orange juice or the frozen variety in the form of popsicles from Amanda.

You’ll really need to take a stroll around the market where you’re sure to find something to tickle your fancy. Of course, if you eyes are still in bed, you will miss out on all this magnificence. Won’t you join us?

Lots of love, 
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

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

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This Week at the Farmers Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Welcome Tuesday and welcome to you, friends! Looks like we dodged another one. Please keep our neighbors across the state in your prayers; our luck means they caught the brunt. Fortunately, fair winds and blue skies are planned for this week so let’s get out and enjoy!

Those fair winds have  blown a smorgasbord of goodies onto Joy’s table — beef & bean burrrr-itos or boudin, bread pudding… uh huh! Kandy’s beautiful shrimp and shredded cabbage salad is as refreshing as the day, especially with a glass of jasmine tea. Abeer’s delicious spinach or meat pies go great with a side of tzatziki or hummus. The hens at Double K Farms have been enjoying the weather which means you can enjoy the results!

Now over at Driskell’s, there’s Frito Pie (yes, it’s as good as it sounds) or a brisket sandwich with brisket chili. All things quiche are happening over at Jerome’s table — 3 different kinds plus Madeleines (so good!) A cone of cinnamon sugar nut (pecans, walnuts, cashews) from Nutt N Better will see you through the afternoon. Don’t forget to check out the selection of soup and baking mixes from Henderson Hearth. Johnny makes a fantastic veggie Bhakti Bowl. Do yourself a favor and pick up a bag of his tasty Bhakti Balls as well. You’ll want those for when the cinnamon sugar nuts are gone! And, of course, our fabulous Farmers’ Market band will be tossing out lively tunes from the gazebo. 

The toe-tapping, fun-loving, just plain great music of Vintage Jazz will fill the gazebo as we drift into Saturday. Is that a bit of fall I feel in the air? Stupendous! So grab your coffee from the pavilion, say “Hey!” to Kayleigh and get yourself one of Jennifer’s breakfast sandwiches or an apple turnover from Patrick & Madeleine, or a creamy slice of Norma’s quiche to enjoy while you shop. It’s gonna be a great day at the market! 

It was so nice to see green on the produce tables this past week. I can’t wait for more. Aminta’s microgreens are a good choice to fill the gap and are great on a sandwich. James has been having a smorgasbord of fresh mushrooms each week. You’ll be delighted and amazed at the variety.   

Jubilee Farms is the place to go for your meats. I’ll admit I’m partial to the Cajun & Italian sausages they have but you really can’t beat their pork chops. Over the months, I’ve met many people who also enjoy their meats. I’ve heard recipes using the ground pork, chorizo, and lamb. I wish I could remember some of those recipes. For shrimp, no one beats Mr. Two for quality and price!

Norma’s soups are back (not sure they were ever gone) and she has some wonderful selections like her curried coconut cauliflower. That sounds fabulous especially with a slice of sourdough from Happy Flour or Bear Creek Road or even a toasted slice of cauliflower crust from  Jim’s Low-Carb. 

Greg Miller may have a few gorgeous pumpkins left but he says he will definitely have persimmons. Nick also has some lovely persimmons along with beautiful heirloom eggplant and arugula. You’ll find sprouts and arugula at Sam’s table and next week, he will have turmeric. Sorry about last week’s message. It was turmeric and not ginger that Sam has.

Make your way around to Succotash Ferments where Nancy has a nutritious selection of healthy beverages such as kombucha, kefir, and golden milk. Don’t worry, she has fabulous raw krauts and kimchi. If you just turn around, you’ll find Naturally Well’s Elderberry Syrup — get your immune boost before the cold gets here! You won’t even be thinking healthy when you enjoy one of Amanda;s fruity popsicles. 

Bhakti Farms can cook you up a delicious Bhakti Bowl or one of his amazing beet & bean burgers. Amazing! Epic! Exnihilo Farms will be there with rabbit meat and some wonderful moringa tea. Of course we have your staples — Mauthe’s milk, yogurt, butter. Huckleberry Fred’s lovely goat cheese blends, milk too. Eggs from Double K. Raw honey from Blood River—exquisitely sweet! Culinary masterpieces at Tessier Gourmet — Eggplant Parmesan, Sweet & Spicy Cole Slaw or Roasted Beet & Citrus, Spinach Artichoke Dip. Along with incredible cookies, Vincent & Mauricio also fix a spread called skordalia. This is a unique spread made with oil and garlic and makes just the most fabulous garlic bread ever!

Well, there really are lots of marvelous things at our Covington Farmers’ Market. Trick is not to sleep in or you will 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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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.