Covington Farmers’ Market weekly newsletter by vendor Charlene LeJeune:
Well, friends, here it is Tuesday again and I hope you’re ready for a great day tomorrow at the market. Farmers’ Market Band will be there to entertain you as you enjoy your lunch. Don’t forget to grab your eggs from Kristen. Those Double K hens are always hard at work to deliver nutrition-packed, versatile little orbs. Mignon will feature raw honey & fresh berry Kefir Water, a refreshing beverage similar to a fine sparkling seltzer. For lunch, Joy has Crawfish Boudin Balls this week and Chicken Pasta and her Salmon Plate. The choice will be difficult, but you will need lunch for Thursday (or Wednesday night dinner). A tasty mushroom burger can be on the grill in minutes at Bhakti Farms, just a whisper away from a truly delicious meal. You’ll want to check out their vegan goodies too.
If you can’t make up your mind, Kandy’s shrimp and cream cheese rolls never disappoint. One bite and you are transported into creamy deliciosity. You can take your salad “on the go” with Kandy’s spring rolls but I suggest you take time to enjoy then with the dip that’s included and savor all the flavor. Spinach and goat cheese quiche from Jerome is fast becoming a favorite — rich and creamy — and can do triple duty as a wonderful breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Jerome promises chocolate cake for this Wednesday as well. And if that doesn’t cure your chocolate cravings, Johnny has some awesome brownie bites. He’s squeezed a lot of flavor into those little balls of chocolate goodness. Have you tried Jerry’s Cinnamon Creamed Honey? It boosts the enjoyment of your coffee, tea, biscuit, spoon….
Joe Barbara is in the gazebo this Saturday and that means lots of great music dancing around the market. So get your coffee, tea, kombucha, or juices and give the market a stroll-through. Those veggie pancakes from Meme will be calling your name and they are sooo delish!
Vince has huge heads of cabbage and gorgeous cauliflower. Now, I’m a big fan of both but I’m thinking’ that cauliflower is gonna make a fabulous side dish. I’ll just cut into florets and roast till they’re tender. The sauce is the easiest part. Pour a jar of Bear Creek Road’s blended butters, melted, over those lovely florets or just dip as you go. Your biggest problem is deciding whether you want the Sun Dried Tomato Olive or Garlic Parmesan. I’ll make it even harder by reminding you that Cameron creates cultured butter with his black garlic. Oh wow! The flavors! No reason to choose, get one of each…one for the cauliflower….one for the carrots….one for the cabbage or turnips or mushrooms…
Last week, Nick had green garlic! At first I thought they were green onions or maybe leeks but not so. How delicious! I used part of the green tops in my eggs; it starts off tasting just like a green onion and then the garlic comes through but very mildly and delightfully. I can’t wait to try the whole stalk (even the roots) in my greens…dropped into soups…sautéed with mushrooms…added to chicken salad… But don’t stop with the green garlic. Northshore Greens has celery and every part is edible. Chop the green tops, combine with olive oil and freeze in ice cube trays for adding to your dishes as needed, just like you do with parsley. The crunchy bottoms make enormously tasty dipping sticks. Norma’s walnut pate comes to mind as does Tessier Gourmet’s Black Bean Salsa or Spinach Artichoke Dip.
Feed your sweet tooth all over the market with jams and jellies from Stacey and Althee. Althee also prepares beautiful quick breads and cobblers. Find generously portioned muffins and cruffins at both Happy Flour and Bear Creek Road. Dive into decadence with cheese cake from Mauthe’s or brownies from Norma. So much goodness packed into one market. You’re gonna love it — unless, of course, you decide to sleep in. Hope to see you there!
Lots of love,
Abundant Life Kitchen
The Covington Farmers’ Market is open each Wednesday, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire and every Saturday from 8a.m. to 12p.m. on the side lawn of the Covington Police Station, 609 N. Columbia St. Call (985) 892-1873 for information or visit www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org
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