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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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Hi, friends and happy Tuesday! What a lovely day it is today and it looks like we will be blessed with sunshine tomorrow, which is great since we will be equally blessed with great food and great music.  Stop by and enjoy a delicious pulled pork sammy with green beans and cole slaw. Or perhaps you’d prefer a crisp salad of lemongrass chicken, crunchy vegetables, and noodles. Bring home one of Nanette’s chicken salad wraps (by lunchtime tomorrow you’ll be glad you did.) Frankie has old fashioned banana pudding this week and will have her decadent Chocolate Lasagna on Saturday. Mr. Houston has lots of great veggies and fresh yard eggs. Natalie will have fresh strawberries. No need to add anything else; just snip off the tops and enjoy!

LOLA Deux, LOLA Restaurant's food truck will be at the Covington Farmer's Market Saturday

LOLA Deux, LOLA Restaurant’s food truck will be at the Covington Farmer’s Market Saturday

Oh what a day this Saturday will be! Keith and Nealy Frentz and the Lola Deux Food Truck will be parked on Columbia Street and before you know it there will be a long line for those amazing fries. Chris Talley will serenade us from the gazebo so grab your coffee and enjoy the morning with us.

Seek out the lovely ladies from the Master Gardeners’ Club who will be with us every 3rd weekend of the month to answer your gardening questions. These “vege-cators” have lots of great information for the novice and seasoned gardener alike. Then make a beeline over to Alton and Sandra’s tables to get those starter plants.

Norma Jean has a delicious assortment of quiches each Saturday which usually includes the ever-popular Artichoke & Valbreso Cheese quiche. See what’s on “tap” at Earth Milk. With choices like Oat, Almond, Coconut, Hemp Seed, and Cinnamon Oat, Kristen offers a delicious alternative to dairy. Then, turn around and check out the selection of gourmet dog food from Tiger Bait.

Three Cheese and Spinach Polenta Tart from Bear Creek Road

Three Cheese and Spinach Polenta Tart from Bear Creek Road

Since you’re over that way, you should check out the new Three Cheese and Spinach Polenta Tart from Bear Creek Road. Farmhouse Dairy may have some fresh goat cheeses which when delicately draped in Robin’s Blackberry Cabernet pepper jelly make a delightful snack. A slice of Mauthe’s cheddar and a dollop of Robin’s Apple Bacon pepper jelly seated regally atop one of Lena’s toasted bread rounds is a treat not to be missed.

Lots of great food, veggies, and just all around fun…the Covington Farmers’ Market has it all. Our plans include lots of sunshine and blue skies; make sure your plans include joining 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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Happy Tuesday, friends! It may be a little chilly tomorrow but I’ve ordered lots of sunshine and blue skies to keep you warm. If that’s doesn’t do it, Nanette is fixing her awesome white bean and kale soup. Oh, boy! Bring home a Pho kit to make Kandy’s yummy, down-to-your-toes nourishing noodle soup at home. I know Jeff’s firecracker au gratin potatoes will keep you toasty and you can get pulled pork with that. Try a piece of Frankie’s chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and raspberry topping for dessert. It won’t warm you up but it will put a smile on your face!

LOLA Deux, LOLA Restaurant's food truck will be at the Covington Farmer's Market Saturday

LOLA Deux, LOLA Restaurant’s food truck will be at the Covington Farmer’s Market Saturday

Saturday will dawn bright and beautiful with Zac Maris makin’ music in the gazebo. ‘Bout that time, the Lola Deux Food Truck and the Fabulous Fries will pull up to the curb on Columbia Street for all to enjoy. Market days are really great, aren’t they?

Windfield Farms has a special treat as well, only we don’t know what to call them. Heirloom tomatoes and feta cheese blended into scrambled eggs, with garlic sauteed baby spinach, diced baby portabellas, and diced red onion stuffed in the middle and topped with a slice of fresh mozzarella and baked off in mushroom top muffin pans. Y’all wanna help us name them?

King Cake by Bear Creek Road, llcKing cakes are back on the menu at Bear Creek Road. Jennifer has both the traditional N.O. cinnamon and traditional French gateau des rois king cakes. Wow! King cake is everywhere you look these days. Robin’s king cake pepper jelly – complete with baby – is back as well. We also have a new vendor, Cocktail & Sons, with their amazing line of syrups. Max doesn’t create ordinary syrups and, as you may have guessed, there is a king cake syrup – complete with baby! He has several other flavors that are perfect to brighten up not only your cocktail but your coffee, tea, milk, or club soda. Picture this… a steamy cup of coffee with a dash or three of king cake syrup and a slice of Norma Jean’s carrot bread (or possibly cranberry). Can you imagine what you could create by adding a generous splash of syrup to plain old brownie or cake mix? Pizzazz!

Hot Tamale Mama will have gumbo next week so get there early before it sells out! Kombucha Girl has several new flavas like Elderberry Echinacea and Sassy Apple. Susan also has the Master Tonic to help keep your resolutions on track.

Make a New Year’s resolution to join us each week. With tables full of honey, pickles, gourmet coffee, stuffed artichokes, oranges, cauliflower, merliton, strawberries, cabbage, beets, tomatoes, greens, herbs and all manner of sweetness, you’ll be glad you did.

Lots of love,

Charlene LeJeune

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

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

LOLA Deux, LOLA Restaurant's food truck will be at the Covington Farmer's Market Saturday

LOLA Deux, LOLA Restaurant’s food truck will be at the Covington Farmer’s Market Saturday

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

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

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

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

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

Lots of love,
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

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

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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

Hi, friends! Well, this is surely a Tuesday that will put the happy into your week! Lovely blue skies dotted with soft white clouds….yep! the perfect I-need-a-nap-in-the-hammock kind of day. I’m working on the same kind of day for tomorrow as well. But if you can’t have that hammock, come on out to the Covington Farmers’ Market and pull up a chair at a table under the pavilion where you can bask in the comforting aroma of good food or closer to the gazebo where sweet music will massage your stress away. Food choices range from Kandy’s Noodle Salad or traditional crunchy egg rolls to Nanette’s tantalizing potato leek soup & chicken salad wraps or Jeff’s taste-tempting pulled pork and baked beans are waiting for you to enjoy. Finish with one of Frankie’s desserts. She’ll have old-fashioned banana pudding this week.

Oh, BTW. There’s a wonderful article about Kandy and Joe on nola.com’s Covington Town Talk – Check it out here. We are sooooo proud of you guys!

Gina Forsyth Old Feed Store Music SeriesCome Saturday morning, we’ll be setting up the tents and the goodies and the blue skies. Get out early (otherwise you’ll miss out on the veggies), grab your coffee and take a stroll around the market while you await melodic tunes of Gina Forsyth coming from the gazebo. Then get ready because it is the third week of the month and that means – Lola Deux! Try to save a few of those incredible Parmesan fries; they are excellent added to scrambled eggs.

Just because Labor Day has passed, doesn’t mean that grilling season is over. NO way!  Remember you can grill much more than chicken and burgers – eggplant, okra, sweet potatoes (Nick). I suppose you’d have to have a special pan but grilled green beans (Bardwell’s) would be really great. Put them to the back of the pit and let them slow roast then lightly coat with one of Chomper’s perfect BBQ sauces. Or leave them plain and dip into Nanette’s Green Goddess dressing.

I found a recipe online for roasted okra so that must mean you can grill them too. To remove the slime, place in a bowl and pour vinegar on them, tossing gently to coat. Let stand for 30 minutes, then drain and rinse well. Brush with one of Spicy Lady’s seasoned oils and pop ‘em on the grill. Place a small bowl of Bechac’s Roasted Garlic and Tomato dressing close by for dipping. Mmmmm! Mmmmm! Sweet potatoes on the grill, wrapped in foil, and slow cooked until tender, then topped with a little of Spicy Lady’s Spiced Cake seasoning and Mauthe’s butter. Or go savory and sprinkle with her Bangkok seasoning. Or generously drizzled with Bechac’s Bleu Cheese dressing. Ooooh, yeah! I love sweet potatoes any ole way!

Jubilee Farms sausage is always wonderful on the grill but for the next two weeks they will have smoked sausage. The heck with the grill, throw ‘em in some beans/peas like those Purple Hull Peas I’ve seen at Bartlett Farms. Liz and Paul will also have bacon – what a way to dress up your scrambled eggs and Parmesan fries!

Brown Butter Orange Tart from Bear Creek Road's Facebook page

Brown Butter Orange Tart from Bear Creek Road’s Facebook page

Bear Creek Road has two lovely new tarts – Brown Butter Orange and Potato Garlic & Rosemary. OMG, do these look spectacular! Nanette has rolled out a fabulous new munchie – NutNola – crunchy and chewy little bits of fruit and nuts. Yum! Her Pattie of the Week is Beet Mushroom “Burger” with Garlic Aioli. Check out the apple and almond butter calzones at Betty Rue – all that lusciousness rolled up in a gluten free pastry. Obviously, the Covington Farmers’ Market is the place you need to be. 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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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

Whadda ya know, friends, it’s Tuesday again! What a lovely day we’re having today and I know you’re all ready for another sensational week at the market. Our vendors are all ready too! Come and indulge in a Wednesday lunch filled with great food, terrific music, and gentle breezes. Enjoy a side of broccoli salad with your pulled pork today. Maybe you’ll be in the mood for Kandi’s noodle salad with lemongrass chicken or a cup of Nanette’s potato leek soup with your chicken salad wrap. Frankie’s serving taste-tempting mini fruit pies this week. If you miss them on Saturday, you can always get your non-toxic cleaning supplies on Wednesday.

Daniele Spadavecchia will be playing at the Covington Farmers Market this Saturday (dsjazz.com)

Daniele Spadavecchia will be playing at the Covington Farmers Market this Saturday (dsjazz.com)

Daniele Spadavecchia will usher in our Saturday morning with wonderful melodies sashaying from the gazebo. And if that isn’t enough to fire you up, Lola Deux will be firing up the food truck where they will dispense armloads of Parmesan fries to adoring fans! I know…I know…I’ll give you a minute. So grab your coffee and one of Suzie’s orange scones and settle in. You don’t want to miss this!

Hopefully, you haven’t missed the figs that have been stationed at various tables. I bought some last Saturday to make fig preserves for Mr. Wonderful ‘cause I know how much he enjoys them. Slice them or quarter them and serve with Farmhouse Dairy fresh chèvre for a very fancy appetizer and maybe add a sparkling bottle of Serendipity Blanc du Bois and a lovely loaf from Lena, Suzie, or Crystal.

It’s amazing what just a stroll around the market will uncover. Emily has a variety of healthy broths for you – beef, chicken, vegetable, goose/turkey and maybe even some fish and crawfish left. She also has some excellent suggestions for what do do with your broth. Reduce it to make sauces and gravies. Use broth instead of water to make rice or quinoa. Drink it hot, full strength in a mug with a sprinkling of salt. I know you think that’s crazy in the middle of summer but some of those office buildings can be pretty cold.

Bear Creek Rd July Pie of the Month: Blackberry Financier Tart with Elderflower

Bear Creek Rd July Pie of the Month: Blackberry Financier Tart with Elderflower

Jennifer, Bear Creek Road, has several extracts and oils for you to use in your cooking. I tried a few drops of the vanilla citrus in my water and WOW! what a difference it made to plain old water! She also suggests you try it in your tea, or next time you make brownies….hmm, maybe I should have gotten more.

Now you wouldn’t think there is much at the market to make a salad with but you’d be wrong. A fruit salad is always welcome on a warm summer eve. Try combining blueberries (Justin still has some) and peaches (Clecklers) drizzled with Nanette’s creamy peach maple dressing. YUM – EEE! Dee’s perfectly pickled veggies added a delightful spice to her Bloody Marys last week. Don’t forget she has lots of new pickles – beets, okra, string beans, bread n butter, and more – for sandwiches or snacking or salads (although, probably not your fruit salad).

New summertime kombucha flavors from Kombucha Girl Living Beverages

New summertime kombucha flavors from Kombucha Girl Living Beverages

Kombucha Girls’ summer flavors have been out – wonderful flavors, maaahvelous flavors like Hibiscus Mint and Piña Colada. Double your pleasure, double your fun with a bar of Aunt Bee’s new Doublemint soap. The scent takes me back to a younger time and that’s just with it sitting on the counter. Norma Jean’s salad of the month is a tasty Greek salad with ripe olives, red onion, bell pepper, zucchini, tomatoes, and feta cheese and Sam is now making chocolate coconut chips! And his sprouted almond butter can be had with coconut, cacao, or just plain almonds. See what a stroll around the market can uncover?

There’s lots of wonderful to discover at the market so set your alarm clock for fantastic, ‘cause if you sleep in, all you gonna do is dream about it! What fun is that????

Lots of love
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

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

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Wed Farmers Market signHowdy, friends!  It’s Tuesday again. Wrangle them tastebuds in and get ready to head on over to the Covington Farmers’ Market for a mighty tasty lunch. OK, I jumped the gun a bit; there’s 20 more hours before you can bask in swift breezes, lots of sunshine, finger-snappin’, toe-tappin’ music and lots of great food. Can’t wait, can you?

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

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

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

Keith & Nealy Frentz displaying the Lola Deux Food Truck

Keith & Nealy Frentz displaying the Lola Deux Food Truck

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

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

Juices from Simply Pure at the Covington Farmer's Market

Juices from Simply Pure at the Covington Farmer’s Market

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

The Clecklers have fresh beans and peas ready for the pot. JR has the onions and bell peppers to chop up in them and Spicy Lady and I have all kinds of different seasoning to add life and love to ‘em. Pass by Jubilee Farms to see if he has Andouille sausage to throw in them beans. If not, green onion sausage will work right well. Pick up a few ears of fresh corn while you’re there. What are you waiting for? Lasso your calendar and hog tie the date! We’ll see you there!

Lots of love,
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

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

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luther_kent_picRockin’ The Rails continues this Thursday with the legendary Luther Kent (“Blood, Sweat & Tears” and “Trick Bag”). Bring a chair and watch the free show at the Covington Trailhead Stage. The event features wine and beer sales that benefit local non-profits, a food table and other local interest information. Lola Deux (the Lola Food Truck) is open for service during the show (until they sell out!). Rockin’ the Rails is every Thursday in April, 5 – 7:30 pm. www.covla.com

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

LOLA Deux, LOLA Restaurant's food truck will be at the Covington Farmer's Market Saturday

LOLA Deux, LOLA Restaurant’s food truck will be at the Covington Farmer’s Market Saturday

It’s just a wonderful feeling when Saturday finally rolls around and you pop out of bed and head to the Market. What!? No pop!? That’s probably because you haven’t had your coffee yet. Smell the aroma of freshly brewed coffee – what will Kevin roast for us this week? – fantasize about Lola Deux’s Parmesan fries soon to be there ….mmmm… You’ll surely be more than poppin’ when you hear the sweet crooning of The Lucky Dogs sailing out from the gazebo. Oooooo! You’re beginning to sound like popcorn now.

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

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

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

There is something about Market Day that rejuvenates the spirit. Maybe it’s the anticipation of creamy yogurt, aged goat cheeses, blossoming plants ready for the soil, fresh veggies, golden sweet honey, or the clean refreshing scent of Aunt Bee’s oatmeal lavender soap. Maybe it’s just that for a few hours, our little corner of the city is filled with music and laughter and people and all really is right with the world. No worries; we’ll save you a spot. Come enjoy spring at the Covington Farmers’ Market.

Lots of love,
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

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

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Happy Mardi Gras! I hope you’re enjoying your day today and are making plans to join us for lunch tomorrow. It may not be Christmas but you can still make your list and check it twice:

Cup of cream of mushroom soup (Nanette)
Chicken salad wrap from Nanette for later in the week
Chicken porridge from Kandi for later in the week
½ lb Smoky pulled pork to chop up in my eggs for breakfast
Lemon olive oil from Nuccio’s (‘cause I’m out)
2 mini apple pies (‘cause Mr. Wonderful loves them)
Frozen stuffed peppers from Veggie Meals 2 Go (Oh! Did I forget to mention they are making their Wednesday debut) Check out the menu.
1 pint of red ripe strawberries
1 pint of Earl’s raw honey for my coffee

Ah! Aren’t Wednesdays wonderful? And Saturday will be just as wonderful with Ed Whiteman faithfully and graciously serving coffee and tea from the pavilion (thanks, Ed!), Chris Talley with lovely melodies in the gazebo, lovely fresh breezes sweeping the market, and Lola Deux pulled up to the curb on Columbia Street. Enchanting!

LOLA Deux, LOLA Restaurant's food truck will be at the Covington Farmer's Market Saturday

LOLA Deux, LOLA Restaurant’s food truck will be at the Covington Farmer’s Market This Saturday

I don’t want to “throw” all our thrills out there at once but we have a special surprise for Saturday. Okay. Okay. I’ll spill the beans – the Covington Farmers’ Market will have its own ATM machine! I know it was supposed to be a surprise but it’s kinda like catching all your beads and dubloons in the air. You just have to shout about it!

Jasmine Aubert has created a new organic coconut “everything” soap. It cleans everything from you to your clothes. Whaaaat! Everything???!! But will it do the dishes? Yes!  While you’re over there, take a look at her shampoos – organic green tea shampoo and wild rose cream shampoo for colored and fragile hair.

I hope you had a chance to taste Bear Creek Road’s airy meringues, macaroons, and marshmallows last week. Jennifer also had a caramel pecan chocolate bar that she says will be on the menu again this week. She’s also featuring Potato Rosemary Boules and Mushroom Onion Focaccia. If you need more reason than that to get here, try a sample of Betty Rue’s new chewy, chocolaty, grain-free brownie or her chocolaty, nutty Rocky Road cookie! Sam’s Sprouts has been adding loads of new things to his sprout line. I tasted a ginger peanut butter coconut bar that was out of this world and the coconut chips are crunchy and perfect for snacking.

Bartlett Farm's own Braising Mix - fresh baby Bok Choi. Mizuna , and Tat Soi mixed and washed. Ready to go for salad or sauté or soup!

Bartlett Farm’s own Braising Mix – fresh baby Bok Choi. Mizuna , and Tat Soi mixed and washed. Ready to go for salad or sauté or soup!

Our produce vendors haven’t been slacking. Nick (Grow.Farm) has broccoli rabe, Tuscan kale, heirloom turnips and bags of mixed chards. He also has those flavorful sweet potatoes. John’s (Bartlett Farm) table includes carrots, beets, mixed bags of lettuce and beautiful floral bouquets. Mr. Houston (Father & Son Farm) has Brussels sprouts, red sails lettuce, a variety of kales, collards, oak leaf lettuce, and mustard. Ken has huge heads of cauliflower and broccoli, greens and a yellow variety of carrot that I’m told is quite sweet.

All of this is only 1 and 4 days away. Set your countdown clocks, your alarm clocks, your biological clocks, whatever clocks you have to. You don’t want to miss out!

Lots of love,
Charlene Lejeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

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

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Nuccio’s Louisiana Kitchen – Muffulettas

Happy Tuesday, friends! Are you ready for a lovely Market Day? I am! I’m looking forward to a steamy bowl of Nanette’s vegetable soup. I don’t know what she does to those veggies but she makes plain old veggie soup into a gourmet delight! Jeff will have baked beans and coleslaw to go with his smoky pulled pork (a nice pint of cheese grits will make a lovely breakfast tomorrow morning!) Another mouth-watering temptation is a serving of Kandi’s shrimp and cream cheese rolls with dipping sauce – so crispy…so creamy…so yummy! Pick up a muffaletta for lunch or dinner – half a muff is large enough to share with someone special. Dessert is as easy as a mini pie from Frankie or fresh strawberries from Natalie. Mr. Houston has a wonderful assortment of veggies to go with your evening meal – broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, mustard greens and more.

Live music by Timothy Gates

Live music by Timothy Gates

​Prepare for swirls of sunshine and blue skies on Saturday as Keith and Nealy Frentz pull the Lola Deux, up to the curb on Columbia Street as the lyrical music of Timothy Gates drifts from the gazebo. So grab your coffee and do some exploring to discover what’s new at the Market. I missed being at the market last weekend and have a lot to catch up on.

I may not be up to date on new delights at the Market but I will tell you that our produce tables will be brimming with fabulously healthy vegetables. No doubt you’ll also find favorites such as Angel’s overstuffed artichokes, Bechac’s dressings for a raw spinach salad, Lolly Marie’s delicious chocolate truffles, pure cane syrup from Dennis, Dee’s crunchy pickled veggies (asparagus, carrots, cauliflower, and more), take-home meals from Hot Tamale Mama, creamy artichoke quiche from Norma Jean or a pound of freshly roasted, exotic Coast Roast coffee. Where in the world will Kevin’s coffee take us this week – Panama, Mexico, Ethiopia, Bali?

Mauthe's cream cheese king cake

Mauthe’s Dairy – Cream Cheese King Cake

So, I’m sitting here enjoying a nice cup of coffee (Mexican), cruising Facebook and writing this newsletter, and what happens? I get a message from Mauthe’s Dairy….with photos! They’re making king cakes – or rather king cheesecakes!  Take a look for yourself, after all a picture is worth a thousand words. It’s large enough to share but Mr. Wonderful is going to have to be VERY VERY good (that’s if it makes it home). Oh, well. I guess my New Year’s resolutions will have to wait until after Mardi Gras.

So come join us at the Farmers’ Market this week. We’ll brighten your week, tweak your taste buds, and take your senses on a culinary adventure! We’ve got the smiles. We’ve got fresh veggies. We’ve got a smorgasbord of delights. We’ve got Tabasco. Let the fun begin!

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, happy Tuesday, friends! It hardly feels like December and that makes Wednesday a perfect day to sit out at the market, enjoy a lovely day of music and food and relaxation. After all, it’s just a little over a week until Christmas and a delightful lunch will do you good.

Linnzi Zaorski

Linnzi Zaorski

Keep in mind this is the last Saturday before Christmas so you’ll want to stock up on things you’ll need for your holiday celebration! What a great day we’ll have on Saturday with Linnzi Zaorski and her enchanting voice singing us a gift from the gazebo. So grab a steamy, delicious cup of java and enjoy the morning with us. Keith and Nealy Frentz will be there in the Lola Deux food truck with all kinds of deliciousness. I love watching trays of Parmesan Fries travel past on their way to putting a smile on someone’s face. If you’re having trouble finding a gift for the chef in your life, you’re in luck. Jeff Young, The Catholic Foodie, will be at the market this Saturday with his newly released cookbook Around the Table with the Catholic Foodie: Middle Eastern Cuisine. Enjoy fascinating stories of food and faith in the Holy Land as author Jeff Young shows you how to prepare the savory cuisine of that region.

LOLA Deux, LOLA Restaurant's food truck

LOLA Deux, LOLA Restaurant’s food truck

As I mentioned before, Christmas will soon be upon us and this is your last Saturday to get your Farmers’ Market gifts and treats. Look no further for the perfect gift for Uncle What’s-His-Name or Aunt I-Have-Everything-I-Could-Ever-Want. We have a selection of goodies that will make a wonderful gift. (Yeah, I knew you were wondering when I’d get around to them.) Teresa’s Italian has a mixed bag of cookies that include such favorites as biscotti, fig cookies, anise cookies, luscious praline cookies, those crunchy lemon cookies and more – all there in one convenient bag! Or you can pick a bag of your favorites.

Windfield Farm Bakery

Windfield Farm Bakery

Just turn around and you are right there by Windfield Farms and such decadent munchies as Pumpkin Ooey Gooeys, Lemon Bars, Raspberry Crumble and Chocolaty Brownies. I enjoyed a pumpkin ooey gooey just this week, slighty warmed in the oven and topped with a light dollop of Mauthe’s yogurt. What a treat! Make a box of Suzie’s muffins – Morning Glory, Chocolate, and/or Blueberry. Let your giftee know that each muffin can be frozen so you can prolong the enjoyment. Two more steps and you are treated to truffles and candied apples and soft caramels from Lolly Marie. If you haven’t already tried her white chocolate ginger truffles, do yourself a favor and don’t wait any longer.

Create a box of gluten-free cookies and muffins from Betty Rue with peanut butter chocolate chip, gingerbread, chocolate crinkle, and oatmeal raisin. She even has several grain-free choices such as her chocolaty Santa cookies with little flecks of peppermint stick dancing throughout or the newest flavor, chocolate chip. The flour that Crystal uses in her cookies is a unique blend of ancient grains not traditionally found in your typical boxed gluten free cookies so a bag of cookie mix is especially nice for those who like to bake their own cookies!

Bear Creek Road Bakery December Pie of the Month - Eggnog creme brûlée with gingerbread crust and candied orange

Bear Creek Road Bakery December Pie of the Month – Eggnog creme brûlée with gingerbread crust and candied orange

Over at Bear Creek Road, the goodness is flowing from every corner with delicious gingerbread pie with apple berry filling or chocolate bourbon pecan pie. Jennifer has a table full of sweetness with caramel cookies, cranberry squares (really good), decadent fudge brownies and more. Nanette has some amazing raw cookies like my favorite almond date bars (great by itself or sprinkled over yogurt) or chocolate coconut balls! Norma Jean bakes up some tasty loaf breads – a perfect size for two people.

There’s something great on every table – even those no goodies. 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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Hi, friends and happy Tuesday! Are you ready for Market Day? I am. I’m looking forward to all the delicious meals and usually pick up a few for later in the week. This week, Nanette will be serving a lemony cilantro lentil soup that just begs to be tasted. I suspect it will be a bit chilly tomorrow and a hot, toasty muffaletta will hit the spot.  Spice your lunch up a bit with one of Rebecca’s hot tamales and a touch of avocado salsa. Kandi is serving that delicious chicken porridge once more – a wonderful treat on a nippy day. Frankie always has scrumptious desserts to delight you and Natalie has STRAWBERRIES! I know. They’re not only an earlier variety but sweet as well.

LOLA Deux, LOLA Restaurant's food truck

LOLA Deux, LOLA Restaurant’s food truck

We’ll be sharing our Saturday with the Three Rivers Festival this weekend and we have a triple treat for you! Steve and Elizabeth Nuccio will be in the demo tent sampling and selling their famous muffalettas. Then, on Theard Street, right across from the market, you will find the Lola Deux Food Truck and those fabulous Parmesan Fries! And, wafting from the gazebo will be the lively tunes of the Last Chance Bluegrass Band. WOWEE!

Time just keeps moving on (faster and faster) and Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. See Enten Farms about a nice plump duck for your Thanksgiving holiday meal or Bruce Lambert (Two Kids Farm) for pasture raised turkeys and geese. If you don’t want to do the cooking, see Jeff (Chomper’s BBQ) and make sure you get your smoked turkey and side dishes on order.

Last Chance Bluegrass BandThere are lots of veggies for the perfect side dish, such as green beans (the casserole is the inimitable Thanksgiving dish), sweet potatoes (you’ll have to candy them yourself), merliton or eggplant plus some shrimp (for stuffing, of course), broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and green onions. For your salad, there are lettuces, arugula, mizuna, mixed greens, shoots, and sprouts. Top them with fabulous dressings from Gina (Bechac) or Nanette. If your family is like ours, dirty rice is a must so don’t forget the ground meat. I’m sure James will have chicken livers for those of you who add them.

Don’t stop there! Mauthe’s New Orleans style cheesecake is the to-die-for-perfect dessert. The only problem is getting it to last until Thanksgiving Day (hmmm…better get two). A taste of one of Jennifer’s pies will convince you that your day will not be complete without a Bear Creek Road pie. Talk to her about what flavors are available.

Soups are a delicious addition to the meal and Norma Jean, Nanette, and Pam (Hot Tamale Mama) have some of the absolute tastiest around! What would your meal be without bread to go with it? Toasted bread, spread with butter or rosemary Skordalia (Vincent and Mauricio) is a great accompaniment to the meal (and even better when it’s already baked.) If you can save a slice or two, warm in the oven and then spread with Althee’s muscadine jelly or plum jam and breakfast is done! Don’t take a chance, order early!

Lion's Mane Mushrooms from Screaming Oaks Mushroom Farm

Lion’s Mane Mushrooms from Screaming Oaks Mushroom Farm

We offer several varieties of mushrooms and choosing which kind can be confusing. Here’s a little hint. Shiitakes have a savory, meaty flavor. Oyster mushrooms have a more subtle nutty taste while the Lion’s Mane is more reminiscent of seafood, especially when cooked. Any of these delicacies will go nicely, gently sautéed in butter or olive oil and tossed into steamed broccoli for an amazing side dish that will have your guests coming back for seconds. Kick the flavor up a notch – 1) simmer in one of Nanette’s lovely sauces, 2) add cream and a tablespoon of my Shrimp on the Barbie seasoning to your sauté and cook until thickened, 3) make a sauce with Robin’s Pepper Jelly by mixing with a little warm water to thin out the jelly and adding to your sauté. Come to think of it, a little pepper jelly sauce would go beautifully with carrots, green beans, cauliflower, cabbage, or sweet potatoes.

I can never report on everything we have to offer at the market. You’ll have to come and see for yourself. We’ll be here as always, with smiles on and a bountiful harvest. 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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Hi, friends and Happy Tuesday! It’ll be a perfect day tomorrow for lunch at the market. I know. I know. You’re looking out the window at the moment and wondering about where my mind is. That’s today; tomorrow you’ll want to pull up a chair at a table under the pavilion where you can bask in the comforting aroma of good food or closer to the gazebo where sweet music will massage your stress away. Food choices from Noodle Salad (chicken marinated overnight then grilled with lemongrass & served on a bed of rice noodles) to tantalizing salads & wraps, taste-tempting turkey legs right from the grill, better-than-Central-Grocery muffalettas are calling your name. Finish with one of Frankie’s pies. She’ll have peach and apple tarts this week and they look delish!

LOLA Deux, LOLA Restaurant's food truck

LOLA Deux, LOLA Restaurant’s food truck

Saturday, sweet Saturday…I suppose that sounds so good because it’s the perfect ending to the week. Get out early, grab your coffee and take a stroll around the market while you await melodic tunes coming from Sonic Migrations on the gazebo. Then get ready because it is the third week of the month and that means – Lola Deux! Everywhere you look there will be lots of good food, Popsicles, and Parmesan fries everywhere! Try to save a few; they are excellent added to scrambled eggs.

Kudos to Farmhouse Dairy! Tiffany and Andy were featured on Flip My Food with Chef Jeff this morning, showing him around the dairy with a quick lesson on making their fantastic goat milk chevre. Tiffany makes it look easy but I’ll stick to getting it from her. Tiffany also uses goat milk to make an incredible cajeta – a Mexican caramel sauce. It makes a great topping for pound cake, ice cream, or (my favorite) a spoon.

As I mentioned last week, Alton and Sandra are getting their autumn lineup of garden plants ready for planting – kale, beets, dill, aloe, lettuces, garlic chives, rosemary and more. Stop by and see what’s new this week. Then, it’s over to visit Tabasco (our other celebrity) for a few of Grammy’s Chick-a-poo “tea bags”, more commonly known as garden fertilizer. You may as well start your garden off right. After all that hard work, cool off with a refreshing glass of Serendipity Wine.

Lion's Mane Mushrooms from Screaming Oaks Mushroom Farm

Lion’s Mane Mushrooms from Screaming Oaks Mushroom Farm

Just because Labor Day has past, doesn’t mean that grilling season is over. NO way!  Remember you can grill much more than chicken and burgers (although they are wonderful on the Barbie.) Squash and zucchini enjoy basking on the pit and you can dress them many ways. Dilute a couple of tablespoons of pepper jelly (Robin or Althee) with a touch of vinegar and marinate your veggies before adding to the grill. Top your grilled eggplant with some of Nanette’s curry sauce or my Delhi Delight, toast up a few bell peppers or hot peppers then stuff with Hot Tamale Mama’s spinach artichoke dip, Nanette’s spinach and cashew cream dip, Farmhouse Dairy’s chevre, or one of Mauthe’s soft cheeses. Mmmmm! Mmmmm! Sweet potatoes on the grill, wrapped in foil, and slow cooked until tender, then topped with a little cinnamon and Mauthe’s butter. Ooooh, yeah!

We have a new vendor at the market – Bear Creek Road – artisan pies and cookies. Ask Jennifer about her Pie of the Month club. I hear that October’s pie is Pumpkin Truffle Custard Pie with Sage Crust and November is an Apple Plum Pie with Oatmeal Stuese. OK, these are obviously more than pies. Jennifer is a true pastry artist and I can see myself daintily nibbling on a canvas of Pumpkin Truffle or Apple Plum. Alright, it’s been a while since I have daintily nibbled anything but if the caramel cookie I sampled on Saturday is any indication… Obviously, the Covington Farmers’ Market is the place you need to be. 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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Happy Tuesday, friends! I’m looking forward to a lovely day at the market tomorrow. Come by for a delicious lunch, fresh veggies, sweets and treats. Kandi and Joe will be back this week with their Vietnamese specials and jasmine tea. Frankie is preparing strawberry shortcake made with old fashioned pound cake. And, there will be pulled pork sandwiches with baked beans and coleslaw, a scandalously good Mediterranean salad with pita bread, and meatball sliders to tempt you.

Start off Saturday early with a cup of coffee! We’ll have the Christine Salls in the gazebo, so make yourselves at home and stay a while. Nealy and Keith Frentz will drive their food truck, Lola Deux, to the Market and you know what that means! Delicious!

I love tomatoes and we have a lot from which to choose at the market. Simple usually works best and a tomato & cucumber salad is soooo refreshing. Try dressing with Bechac’s Bleu Cheese dressing or just oil, vinegar, and a sprinkling of my Shrimp on the Barbie seasoning and a pinch of pink salt.

I know you’ve all enjoyed some of Nourish’s (Nanette) fine raw food creations such as her wonderful slaw salad, almond date cookies, and “meatballs” and zucchini pasta. Well, beginning this weekend, Nanette will debut an offshoot of Nourish.  Keeping in the all-natural tradition, Nourish Too offers salad dressings, soups, granola, and simmer sauces. I know…I had to ask too. Simmer sauces are delightful little sauces to which you add meat or veggies, simmer 20 minutes or so and enjoy.

In that same tradition, Kombucha Girls Living Beverages offers kombucha, bitters, water kefir and shrubs. Whether you consider them medicinal or just plain tasty, bitters are known to stimulate digestive secretions (saliva, acids, enzymes, hormones, bile) which help to break down food for absorption, and ensure your body receives the proper nutrition from the foods you eat. Flavors include Honeysuckle-Jasmine-Rose, Dandelion-Burdock, Bourbon Vanilla Spice or Café Nola. A shrub is an intense, tart-sweet vinegared-fruit concentrate that you mix with ice, water or even alcohol, to create a refreshing beverage.

We are not your typical market and while we abound in fresh vegetables and farm eggs, there is so much more. It’s definitely worth a stroll around the grounds to get a sense of the many facets of the Covington Farmers’ Market. We’re not the only ones who noticed either. Check out the great article by Sharon Edwards in the New Orleans Advocate on Farmers Markets. She has lots of wonderful things to say about our market. It is posted online at: http://www.theneworleansadvocate.com/community/sttammany/9859923-171/tammany-times-farmers-market-week

Lots of love,
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

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

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Picture courtesy City of Covington Office of Cultural Arts & Events

Happy, Happy Tuesday, friends! What a lovely day we’re having today and I know you’re all ready for another sensational week at the market. Our vendors are all ready too! Come and indulge in a wonderfully satisfying Wednesday lunch with us. BTW, I’ve requested a refreshing breeze for tomorrow.

Jeff will have the pit stoked up and smoking with his incredible pulled pork…he may even throw in a few turkey legs if he can find them. There will be fresh veggies and tasty, organic meal replacement bars from Sacred Earth, sausage cannelloni and eggplant capanata (on Wed and Sat).  Crunchy veggie wraps, creamy cream cheese and shrimp rolls, spicy chicken tamales invite you to partake. Frankie may have her bacon cheddar beer bread for sale, as well as fried pies. Remember to get your jelly for toast or biscuits in the morning.

You won’t be singin’ the blues on Saturday but Amedee Frederick will! After a long hiatus, I am thrilled that Amedee Frederick will be back in the gazebo! I surely have missed his soulful blues. And for a double dip, fantastic treat, Lola Deux will be parked at the curb ready to dispense armloads of Parmesan fries to adoring fans! I know…I know…I’ll give you a minute. You can’t miss this!

I soooo enjoyed being back at the market this past weekend. I know that I mentioned TWO perfectly maaaahvelous treats but to be honest, there are THREE! Figs, yes figs, are here for only a few short weeks. Fortunately, it looks like it was a bumper crop. I know both Nick and John had them but there is the possibility that more vendors have them. Get here early because you know they will go fast! If however, you miss out, there’s always next week or you can get the next best thing – fig jam and preserves from Althee. You may want to pick up a jar or two to have in the pantry for later in the year when you’re craving a little reminder of summer.

Our produce tables were laden this week with cucuzzas, tomatoes, peaches, purple hull peas, okra, asparagus beans, cucumbers, edamame, eggplant of all shapes and sizes, peppers, potatoes and more. It’s amazing what just a stroll around the market will uncover. First of all, I had to check out J.R.’s new haircut….and shave. It took me a moment to recognize him but we still love him, no hair and all. Looking around, I discovered a new vendor – Crescent City Cannery – a delightfully colorful mix of pickled veggies. Debbie’s table was loaded with unique combinations of vegetables including a “Mary Mix” with green beans, carrots, and okra, asparagus, or onions – a perfect addition to any Bloody Mary or Virgin Mary cocktail.

Just along the sidewalk on Theard Street, you’ll find that Mauthe’s selection of dairy products has grown to include buttermilk, cheesecake, and ice cream and Nancy will have bright, happy bouquets of sunflowers next week. Southy tells me that he will have cool and refreshing watermelon soup. So many people don’t yet realize that soups are for summer too. A salad and a cold soup, such as watermelon or gazpacho, are perfect fare for our warm summer evenings. More pleasant in the kitchen, too, since it doesn’t require heat to prepare. Just as easy to prepare without adding heat to your kitchen are some of Hot Tamale Mama’s tamales – black bean& corn or eggplant portabella – in boil-in-bag pouches.

I had such a terrific time coming across so many new treats like watermelon or lemon basil pepper jelly (Robin) and regular watermelon jelly (Althee), whole sprouted peanuts with honey butter glaze (Sam), silky balms (Jasmine, Sweet Home Sweet Earth, and Aunt Bee), Meaux mustard from Enton Farms (green heat and Creole brown), along with some old favorites – local raw honey, fresh squeezed orange juice. I’m planning another wonderful day for this week. Set your alarm clock for fantastic; you really can’t miss this!

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 4-16-14Happy Tuesday, friends! Another week has gone by already and tomorrow promises sunshine and blue skies – the perfect day to enjoy lunch at the market.

Cynthia is offering a Tuscan style meatloaf. Baked inside a tasty combination of ground veal, pork, and beef, you’ll find a Mortadella wrapped boiled egg (surprise!) This week Jeff (Chomper’s BBQ) will introduce a green bean salad with green beans (of course), grilled corn, and roasted red peppers in a light vinaigrette. I tasted the prototype last week and all I can say is DELISH! With the weather being so nice tomorrow, get there early. The vendors ran out of all my favorites last week. That sounds like a bad thing, doesn’t it? Nah, I had the opportunity to expand my favorites list and maybe I’ll get “lucky” again this week.

A cup of coffee and one of Suzie Bancks’ faaaabulous Morning Glory muffins will pair very nicely with the lively music of Gina Forsythe on Saturday morning pay someone to do your dissertation https://opendoorsatl.org/definition/ideas-for-research-papers/9/ go site liquid clomid rui best collection of orwell essays go essay on nurse patient relationship busy railway station essay examples free finance dissertations tempo de durao do sildenafil essay on importance of book reading essay in project management plavix ppi's strictly ballroom essay sample essay about myself for spm harvard dissertations theses cialis tablete 5 mg https://ergonetwork.org/publications/book-guest-paper-term/91/ creative writing colleges watch cialis wesley college coursework teaching literacy skills https://themauimiracle.org/bonus/what-are-the-side-effects-of-the-ed-drug-levitra/64/ head to head trials bystolic to kill a mockingbird argument essay https://www.aestheticscienceinstitute.edu/medical/how-long-can-a-dog-stay-on-prednisone/100/ https://hudsonpubliclibrary.org/library/consumer-report-compare-and-contrast-essay/92/ https://www.thehasse.org/does/prescription-cialis-prices/45/ taking viagra 3 days in a row see https://willcoxwinecountry.org/linkedin/bscs-thesis-title/47/ aannd – Lola Deux’s Food Truck, complete with Parmesan fries and all sorts of other goodies. Yippee! I’m really happy for you and not myself since I won’t be there. It’s Easter this weekend and a big reunion weekend for my family. In fact, I’ve been practicing and I think I’m a shoe-in to win the annual egg cracking contest this year.

Lots of good things to find at the market these days.  Coast Roast always has a unique international coffee for your enjoyment. Kevin personally roasts those beans to perfection and is a wealth of information on coffee. Clara’s adding catfish to her selection of fish, both saltwater and freshwater. She will also have fresh crabmeat but it’s best to call and order ahead (504-669-4379). Hot Tamale Mama has added a Garden Vegetable Lasagna and Artichoke & Roasted Garlic tamales. WOW! Stop by and check it out. Betty Rue’s offering a gluten-free chocolate pasta and a strawberry basil sauce with pink peppercorn and caramelized onion. She also has sweet potato gnocchi with a sage butter sauce. Frankie is making mini spinach quiches and Cynthia has striped pasta, three cheese ravioli. And let’s not forget Dong’s Buchimgae (savory Korean pancakes). It’s the little things that make life interesting and we are certainly interesting at the Covington Farmers’ Market!

Now, we need to get down to serious business. As you know, it’s the time of year when women (and men) are trying on new swimsuits and moaning about how they are going to fit into them (please ignore the uncontrollable sobs). So, as you stroll around the market, think refreshing and light, such as cool summer soups (even in the spring) from Southy’s Soups. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the selection. We like to keep you healthy and there are lots of gorgeous veggies for your salads too – spinach, mizuna, tendergreens, lettuce, Swiss chard… With carrots, radishes, spring onions, sprouts, and maybe some fresh strawberries to top off your salad, the possibilities are endless. Gina will have her famous Bechac’s Bleu Cheese salad dressing to drizzle on top or choose Roasted Garlic & Tomato, or Honey Creole. Try something a little different on your salad, such as traditional tomato salsa or avocado salsa (Spanish R Us), black bean salsa (Hot Tamale Mama), or muffaletta veggies (Norma Jean). Nanette always has some incredible raw food wraps (you know…salad in a blanket). Healthy doesn’t have to taste healthy.

There’s a whole lot of delicious going on at the Market. If you’re lucky, the Easter Bunny will bring you a few of Lolly Marie’s gourmet chocolates, Betty Rue’s devil’s food chocolate cake pops, Teresa’s decorated cookies, or Suzie’s raspberry crumble. I love you, Easter Bunny.

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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Keith & Nealy Frentz displaying the Lola Deux Food Truck

Keith & Nealy Frentz displaying the Lola Deux Food Truck

Happy, happy Tuesday, friends! It hardly feels like December and that makes Wednesday a perfect day to sit out at the market, enjoy a lovely day of music and food and relax. After all, it’s just one week until Christmas and you look like you could use a break.  It’s hard to believe but this will actually be the LAST WEDNESDAY MARKET OF 2013! I know it will be difficult to make it through three whole weeks without a Wednesday market but we will at least have Saturdays to help us get by.
This is also the last Saturday before Christmas and we will have violinist, Madeline Hill, in the gazebo treating us to the lovely melodies of the season. So grab a steamy, delicious cup of java and enjoy the morning with us. Keith and Nealy Frentz will be there in the Lola Deux food truck with all kinds of deliciousness. My tent is close to the food truck and it’s always interesting to see how many orders of Parmesan Fries travel past on their way to putting a smile on someone’s face. (Too bad you can’t wrap them up; you’d have no trouble in checking off all the names on your gift list.)
Lolis Eric Elie, screenwriter and author, will be there as well, signing his new cookbook, Treme. Sounds like that would make a terrific gift. Some of you may remember Norma Jean who was one of the first vendors when the Covington Farmers’ Market opened its “doors”. If not, no worries. Norma Jean is back at the market with her nut patés – walnut, pecan, or almond. These guilt-free snack spreads have an absolutely amazing taste. Spread on celery, bok choy stems, or some of Lena’s crunchy toasted bread rounds, they’re a fantastic addition to your holiday table.
Like I said, it’s just one more week until Christmas and I hope you have all (or most) of your shopping done by now. If not, what better place to finish checking off your list than at the Market? This whole place is one giant gift for me…delightful friends; freshly baked breads; rich, gourmet coffee; nutrient-packed produce; grass-finished beef and pork; luscious fruit pies; sweet honey; spa-quality soaps, hand creams, and bath salts; ready-for-the-garden herbs, plants and trees; free range chicken; slammin’ salad dressings; plump, juicy ducks for roasting; decadent cheesecake; international delights from Turkey, Honduras and Korea; fruity jellies and jams; creamy goat cheeses, goat meat and lamb; fresh mushrooms, citrus, and juices; sinfully delicious nut brittles and gourmet chocolates; something special for your precious pet; incredible prepared foods; whoppin’ huge shrimp; and, if we’re lucky, Nick will have wild-caught catfish. (Whew! I’ll need a minute to catch my breath.)
Oh, my! Did I really forget to mention THE COOKIES???? Can’t forget those! It’s a little known fact but cookies have been proven to reduce stress and assist in task completion. (Trust me; I’ve made a careful study of this.) Market cookies work the best and any flavor will do – oatmeal raisin, orange almond biscotti, anise cookies, market cookies, chocolate chip, chocolate crinkles, wedding cookies, make-your-own cookie mixes….(I think I’ll need another minute.) Perhaps there is someone on your list who is terribly stressed out or just needs a smile (another benefit of my extensive study.)
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.  If I don’t get a chance to see you…have a very Merry Christmas!
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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Keith & Nealy Frentz displaying the Lola Deux Food Truck

Keith & Nealy Frentz displaying the Lola Deux Food Truck

Hi, friends and Happy Wednesday!
It looks like another fine day at the market today. So grab your friends and head on over for a fabulous lunch! Hot tamales, traditional egg rolls, smoked chicken salad, crispy raw salad with a cool refreshing soup, freshly picked veggies, peanut brittle, banana nut bread, homemade granola – it is market day, after all. Get out and enjoy a glorious afternoon with us.
The music has been truly wonderful at the market over the past few weeks and this Saturday will be no different with Joe and Julie Manuel in the gazebo! So grab a delicious cup of coffee and mosey on over to the Lola Deux Food Truck to see what incredible morsel they’ve prepared for us this week. You may as well get some Parmesan White Truffle French Fries while you’re there; if not, you know you’ll be back later.
Last Saturday, Serapil (Nur’s Kitchen) showed me the eggplant that she had purchased. She said she would fry them and dip them in a yogurt sauce. I supposed my face showed my astonishment (Turkish people fry foods???) because she laughed, then elaborated. She said she loosely peels the slender Japanese eggplant and slices them into thirds lengthwise. You can do the same with zucchini, bell pepper (no need to peel), and yellow squash. Deep fry in hot oil very quickly – just about two minutes – drain them on paper towels and season with salt and black pepper. Place the slices overlapping each other onto a plate alternating eggplant, zucchini, bell pepper…you get the idea. Then simply dollop a spoon or two of Nur’s Tatziki on top or make your own sauce by smashing several garlic cloves with a little salt until you make sort of a paste and combine with Mauthe’s yogurt. How easy is that?!
At this moment my table is adorned with a vase of bright yellow marigolds I bought from Nancy about 10 days ago. I can’t believe they’re still smiling and happy and spilling sunshine all over my kitchen. Who knew they’d last so long! With all that sunshine spilling over from Nancy’s flowers, it’s no wonder that John’s garden is overflowing with tat soi, bok choy, kale, mustards, arugula and lettuce. In fact it seems to have spread through all the market gardens bringing bell peppers, kale, collards, Asian greens, sweet potatoes, okra and even zucchini and yellow squash.  If you’re lucky, you’ll find a few persimmons as well.
Lettuce, arugula, Asian greens, green onions, peppers, all spell one thing – SALAD! What would a great salad be without sprouts? That’s right, you guessed it, sprouts have returned to the market! Sam (Sprout Station) had an assorted box of clover, radish, chia and broccoli sprouts. He won’t have that blend again for a couple of weeks but the selection next week will include green peas, chickpeas, red & green lentils, adzuki and mung beans. So happy, so healthy, so perfectly Farmers’ Market.
Now you’ll need to dress that salad with something special, such as one of Jennifer’s basil vinaigrettes – tomato, raspberry, Thai, red pepper… simply bursting with flavor. Believe it or not, jelly also makes a wonderful vinaigrette – a couple of tbsp of jelly, 2 tbsp of vinegar, 2 tbsp of light olive oil (one of Nuccio’s are sure to go nicely) and a dash of Dijon mustard, whip it together and Voila! Althee has some incredibly unique flavors to try, such as quince, grapefruit marmalade, tomato (yes! Tomato jelly, you have to try it!) and Robin’s fabulous pepper jellies include blackberry, pineapple rum, cabernet… Top that with roasted chicken breast or boiled shrimp, add one of Southy’s tasty soups, and you have a meal. Is it just me or is the promise of tremendous taste tempting you as well?
Don’t forget Gina’s famous Bechac’s Bleu Cheese or Roasted Garlic Tomato dressings or Honey Creole Vinaigrette. Her inventive customers have used the Roasted Garlic Tomato as a remoulade sauce for shrimp (Mr. Two has those whoppin’ fat ones) or grilled veggies, and the Honey Creole for chicken. Just coat your chicken pieces in the dressing, then roll in bread crumbs and bake! I know…my mouth is watering, too. Finish your meal with a Windowsill Pie and sit back – full and satisfied.
The end of October is quickly approaching and Greg Miller has gorgeous plump pumpkins to fill your fall needs. You’ll find honey on his table as well, the perfect accompaniment to warm sliced bread (7Grain, Windfield Farms). The best part is you don’t have to go far. We’re right up the road so don’t be a stranger!
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