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

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Happy Tuesday, friends! I’ve requested a lovely day for tomorrow and for the rest of the week, full of sunshine, blue skies, and soft breezes delicately scented with honeysuckle. I can’t wait to get out there and enjoy the delicious dishes available and bring some home for lunch for the next few days.

Jeff is serving his famous Mac N Cheese with his smoky pulled pork this week. Enjoy a delicious pan seared salmon salad with shredded green papaya from Kandi. Nanette offers a tempting bowl of tomato basil soup making your mouth water for those lovely little red orbs from the garden. Frankie will have a wonderful treat of bread pudding and rum sauce. Remember the strawberries! When you have strawberries, you always have a great dessert!

Covington Farmers Market Wellness DaySaturday morning will be popping up its lovely head once again, so resist the urge to sleep in or you’ll miss WELLNESS DAY entirely !  Take time to stroll around the grounds soaking up the music of Amedee Fredericks, the Creole Man, while you talk to the vendors and check out the fresh veggies. We also have Wellness vendors on the side lawn in front of the Police Department – fitness experts, massage therapists, yoga instructors, nutritionists, health food stores, essential oils, vitamins, and much more! Nanette will serve samples of chicken curry for your enjoyment and the morning will be filled fun, friends, and loads of great information! What a day! What a day!

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Amedee “Creole Man” Frederick will play in the gazebo for the Covington Farmer’s Market this Saturday

Tabasco has been very busy overseeing the “ladies” and they have been producing like crazy. So don’t forget to pick up your eggs this week. Boiled, scrambled, deviled, or sunny-side up, they are delish! My grandkids were becoming tired of eggs for breakfast so instead of scrambling, I simply made deviled eggs. What a treat! It’s easy enough – boil eggs for 10 minutes and let cool. Heidi tells me that if you lean your egg carton to one side for a few minutes and then lean it to the other side for a few, the yolk tends to stay in the center of the white which makes for much prettier deviled eggs. After they’ve cooled, slice in half and gently scoop out the yolk. Smash the yolks together, along with a little mayo, chopped green onion, and a seasoning of your choice. We have some mighty good ones such as Spicy Lady’s Tandoori Spice, Mediterranean, and BBQ (this one is really tasty) or my Rub Me Tender, Perfect Poultry, or Ole Southwest. All are salt free.

Try your seasonings in ways you haven’t before; for instance, a small 1/4 tsp of BBQ is really nice in potato salad or Tandoori Spice (Spicy Lady) or Moroccan Melody (me) gives a whole new flavor to meatballs or hamburgers. It doesn’t take much seasoning to become your secret ingredient in mashed potatoes, mac n cheese, quiche, or in a little mayo on a sandwich.

It will be an exciting Wellness Day here at the Covington Farmers’ Market. Spend the morning with us. Peruse the vendor tables. Chat with our Wellness Experts. Enjoy the music. You’ll be glad you didn’t 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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Veggie Meals 2 Go - Hearts of Palm & Rice with Cream of Mushroom -- only at the Wednesday Market!

Veggie Meals 2 Go – Hearts of Palm & Rice with Cream of Mushroom — only at the Wednesday Market!

Happy Tuesday, friends! Yes, another week has come around and Market Day is almost here. (I know. I’m smiling, too.) You’ll smile even more as you survey the luncheon menus on the tables – pulled pork and cheese grits, incredible chicken salad and creamy mushroom soup, Vietnamese flavor-infused noodle salads, Honduran chicken tamales, and tasty Eggplant Casserole with onion, bell pepper, and fresh tomato sauce. Luscious red strawberries are calling your name and fresh green veggies are lining up to add flavor to your dishes. And then…there’s dessert. I think you all know my feelings on that subject. Let a rich coconut cream mini pie or fruity raspberry mini pie complete your meal. YUM!!

Cassie Krebs will be playing at the Saturday Market this weekend

Cassie Krebs will be playing at the Saturday Market this weekend

The week will soon blossom into Saturday and with it the delightful tunes of Cassie Krebs floating from the gazebo. So grab your coffee and celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with us. We have the ultimate St. Paddy’s Day meal – Corned Beef and Cabbage – brought to you by those lovely ladies of Nourish Foods, Nanette and Léa.

Trudy is back at the Saturday market with her famous Japanese Maples plus Lily of the Valley shrub with dainty little white flowers, Dwarf Curly Leaf Ligustrum and Coral Honeysuckle. Dennis’ trees and shrubs will begin blossoming as well, after all, winter can’t last forever, can it? In his little corner of the market, you’ll find Louis Phillipe fragrant Rose, Confederate Rose, Cucumber Magnolia, and Lynwood Gold Forsythia. Alton and Sandra are gearing up for spring and Alton promised to give me the low-down on the lineup this coming Saturday. Right now, they have chocolate, orange, and regular mint, lemon and regular thyme, rosemary, oregano, parsley, leaf celery, green onions, and squash – ready for planting. Newcomer, Stone Creek Nursery, is up to his knees in blueberry, blackberry, and raspberry plants.

We have a new vendor joining us on Saturdays – Spicy Lady. Cheryl mixes organic herbs and spices into blends that enrich your favorite dishes. Try her Rice Seasoning – a lovely blend of coriander, cinnamon, cumin, cardamom, black pepper, nutmeg, clove, and ginger. Melt a little butter and olive oil in a sauté pan, add a tablespoon or two of Rice Seasoning, and simmer for a minute or so before adding your cooked rice. It makes an ordinary side dish a main event! She has other “events” too, such as Tandoori Masala, Wasabi seasoning, Curry Powder, and a vegetable seasoning with the promise of more to come!

Althee's Jellies and Jams

Althee’s Jellies and Jams

Everything seems to be an event these days. Althee’s table is sporting jars of fruity jams and jellies – mayhaw, kumquat marmalade, blackberry jam, strawberry jam, and fig preserves. Nancy’s table is blooming with bouquets of beauty and the market landscape is once again dotted with Amanda’s popsicles of strawberry, pineapple, coconut, chocolate…. Buckle yourself into a mixed berry & lemon buckle from Bear Creek Road. Indulge in a raw juice from Simply Pure with all the nutrients of fresh fruits & vegetables cold pressed into a bottle. You really weren’t thinking of staying home, 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 all the fixins’ or flavorful salad of papaya noodles topped with pan seared salmon. Nanette is preparing sliced turkey wraps and a tasty beer & cheese soup to entice you and Elizabeth will have her world famous muffalettas. Frankie has key lime pies just ready and waiting for you. Don’t forget to bring home some fresh vegetables and red, ripe strawberries. So grab a glass of blueberry lemonade or sweet jasmine tea and sit a spell with us.

Chocolate peppermint meringues from Bear Creek

Chocolate peppermint meringues from Bear Creek Road, who will be doing the food demo Saturday

This Saturday will be Valentine’s Day and I hope you’re planning to bring your sweetie to the Covington Farmers’ Market. We promise to have a smorgasbord of heartfelt treats to woo her… or him… or them (you know… the kiddies). Tony Green will serenade us from the gazebo while we anxiously await Jennifer from Bear Creek Road to set up her tasting delights! Here’s a hint: fluffy pink marshmallows or meringues – light and airy enough to put a smile on Cupid’s face. Jennifer says there will be chocolate pecan bark as well as her regular assortment of yummies. Remember this will be the last week for king cake. Hmmm. I wonder if they freeze well.

Theresa's Italian Cookies Fig Cake (Buccellato)

Theresa’s Italian Cookies Fig Cake (Buccellato)

Our remarkable vendors have really outdone themselves this Mardi Gras season. We have the traditional king cakes with brightly colored sugars adorning sweet cinnamon bread, Mauthe’s phenomenal king cheesecake, Robin’s incredible king cake pepper jelly, and now we have Theresa’s version – the Sicilian Fig Cake. These are available in small slices or a whole cake and will be around long after Fat Tuesday rolls through.

Saturday  will also bring a new vendor – Veggie Meals 2 Go (yes, Collins, they even prepare vegan meals). Stop by to check out their menu which brags Stuffed potato skins, Potato and mixed veggie casserole, Lentil soup, Zucchini lasagna, herb sautéed vegetables, and much more. You can find them by Jubilee Farms and Chomper’s BBQ.

Sweet Home, Sweet Earth, non-toxic cleaning & bath products by Michele Arseneaux-Billie

Sweet Home, Sweet Earth, non-toxic cleaning & bath products by Michele Arseneaux-Billie

I hope you a chance to try Michele’s new balms – Baby Butt Balm and Bye Bye Boo Boo Balm. Now don’t worry if you aren’t a baby or don’t have one, her baby balm will soothe other skin irritations as well. I hope you also have a chance to check out Norma Jean’s Cuisine – delicious breads, walnut paté, simply perfect Artichoke & Valbreso Cheese quiche, tasty soups, and sweet kumquat marmalade. Then swing by Betty Rue for a taste sensation – lemon petit fours with a blueberry lavender filling and creamy fondant made with agave syrup or the new Rocky Road cookies. Oh, sooo good!  Heart healthy, skin healthy, garden happy, tummy lovin’, 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, happy Tuesday! This time last year our Tuesday was frozen over with the threat of snow on Wednesday and the promise of a balmy 70°on the Saturday. Gotta love the weather in southeast Louisiana in the winter.  But our skies tomorrow will be crisp and clean without a cloud in the whole big blue expanse. OK, there may be a cloud or two but a few little marshmellow-y delights up there will only add to the enjoyment. And enjoyment it will be when you bite into a yummy muffaletta or crispy crunchy shrimp & cream cheese roll. You may prefer a raw salad and a nice bowl of soup or a pulled pork sandwich with corn bread pudding. Whatever you do, save room for one of Frankie’s pies. She’s making chocolate mint cream and lemon ice box mini pies among other things. Keep in mind that Nanette’s almond date bars are perfect for breakfast. I’m not sure how you’ll decide. I just buy several so I’ll have some to last me till Saturday. Take home a carton of red ripe strawberries ‘cause you know you’ll want some later.

Gina Forsyth will be playing this Saturday at the Covington Farmer's Market

Gina Forsyth will be playing this Saturday at the Covington Farmer’s Market

The rest of the week will drift lazily by because Saturday is never in a hurry to get here unless, of course, you’re scheduled to work. But we hope you not ‘cause then you’d miss the vibrant tunes of Gina Forsyth wafting from the gazebo and the smoky goodness of Chomper’s BBQ. Jeff is rolling out the smoker and you don’t want to miss that!

Farmhouse Dairy at the Covington Farmer's Market

Farmhouse Dairy at the Covington Farmer’s Market

Tiffany and Andy, Farmhouse Dairy, have been very busy with all the new kids being born. But they will be there on Saturday with fresh goat milk and goat cheese which is a good thing cause you’ll need it for the “Big Game”. Try this, fill some of these fluffy little tat soi leaves with a spoon of creamy goat cheese and top with a dollop of Robin’s or Althee’s pepper jelly. It doesn’t matter what flavor; the problem will be choosing only one. Of course, you can also fill them with a spoonful of Nur’s tabouli or Hot Tamale Mama’s spinach artichoke dip for a definite change of pace.

Nurs Kitchen dipping plate with their humus

Nurs Kitchen dipping plate with their humus

What do you do with the bottoms of the tat soi leaves that you stuffed with cheese? They also fill very nicely with cheese and pepper jelly or use them as dippers. Dipping carrots abound as well as cauliflower and broccoli. Spanish R Us has several different salsa variations and refried beans. Soriedad even makes the chips to go with. Add a few of Dee’s pickled veggies and Lena’s toasted bread rounds to your tray and you are done!

Althee's Jellies and Jams

Althee’s Jellies and Jams

Make your own meatballs with ground beef, lamb, pork (Farmbouse Dairy, Jubilee Farms, Mt. Herman Pork). In a crockpot, mix together with a jar (more or less depending on how many meatballs you have) of Chomper’s Original BBQ Sauce and a jar of Althee’s Blackberry jelly and add your cooked meatballs. For spicier fare, use one of Robin’s pepper jellies. Italian or green onion sausage, baked in the oven and sliced, also works well.

We have lots of goodies to fill your Game Day trays and your Every Day eating dishes – loads of delicious veggies, ripe strawberries, fresh milk, artisan breads, creamed honey, plump shrimp, luscious brownies, muffins, mini pies, nut brittle, and cookies. Lolly Marie has beautiful chocolates that no one can resist. A large overstuffed artichoke from Angel will satisfy lots of guests (or just one). We’ll have music and laughter in abundance. 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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Wed Farmers Market signHi, friends and happy almost Thanksgiving! Don’t let that dreary scene outside your window get you down; we have a lovely day planned for tomorrow. So if you are beginning to be stressed by the thought of holiday shopping, join us for a delicious lunch and let the music and the warm sunshine soothe those cares away.

Get ready to enjoy the intense flavor of Nanette’s creamy vegetable soup tomorrow. Soooo delicious but you may have difficulty deciding between it and her butternut squash bisque. (Hint: bring home a pint of each for later in the week.) Jeff promises to have baked apples to go with his pulled pork. A whole muffaletta will certainly last til the end of the week and you won’t have to worry about what to fix while you’re Black Friday shopping. Kandi’s chicken porridge goes a long way to satisfying an empty tummy. One of Frankie’s delicious banana, pumpkin, or blueberry bread will be welcomed at any Thanksgiving table. Top your dessert with some of Natalie’s strawberries – surprisingly sweet for this time of year. Don’t forget Nanette’s slaw salads or veggies from Natalie and Mr. Houston for your side dishes. (Yes, Collins, even vegans must have “side” dishes.)

Saturday will roll around and you’ll be tempted to sleep in. Black Friday can be exhausting. But…we’ll have 70 degrees of sunshine, deep blue skies, smiling faces – how can you resist? Get a fresh cup of coffee and enjoy the music of Zac Maris. AND, as a refreshing change from leftovers, Chomper’s BBQ will have their grill rig at the market for the cooking demo this week. Can’t wait, can you?

Take your time as you stroll around the market. It’s a great time to visit with the vendors and make your list of what you would like to have over the next month – you know Christmas parties, football games, holiday treats for the office, gifts…

Our hearts are thankful for the kids whose laughter wafts through our market, for the blend of wares that makes our market unique, for our vendors who are here rain or shine, but mostly we are very thankful for you, our faithful patrons who show up week after week. Please have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Lots of love,
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

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

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

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

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

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

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

Windfield Farm Bakery - pumpernickel bread

Windfield Farm Bakery – pumpernickel bread

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

Lots of love,
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

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

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Wednesday Covington Farmers Market at the Covington Trailhead

Wednesday Covington Farmers Market at the Covington Trailhead

What a lovely Tuesday, friends! The sun is smiling with light breezes blowing and it will probably rain later. How typical of southern Louisiana! It won’t be raining tomorrow and if you listen carefully, that’s not thunder you hear, it’s the sound of toe-tapping music on the breezes reminding you that tomorrow is Market Day.

Banana Pudding Pies from The Peanut Factory (Frankie's) at the Wednesday Market

Banana Pudding Pies from The Peanut Factory (Frankie’s) at the Wednesday Market

**Spoiler Alert** As I was visiting the tables last Wednesday, James told me that Sacred Earth is developing an immune-boosting meal replacement bar, all organic, and debuting in September. I can’t tell you much but I can say that the bar will include elderberry and Echinacea. I may spill some other ingredients next week. I am quite sure that these bars will be available on Saturday as well. Don’t ya just source site here source persuasive essay 8th grade click here essay about family members enter site see cialis pradaxa amoxil-k 625 catholic news analysis essay brand name of dapoxetine essay iii compensation by ralph waldo emerson multiculturalism essay outline http://windmillharbourmarina.org/amoxicillin-amitriptyline-interaction/ phd research paper https://lawdegree.com/questions/freelance-speech-writing/46/ viagra 100 o cialis 20 here 3rd grade math story problems uk viagra patent see url https://journeysmobilevet.com/edimprove/facial-dryness-tightness-accutane/26/ interior design dissertation pdf street viagra manila click https://www.arvadachamber.org/verified/sample-essay-on-career-objectives/49/ https://workethic.org/order/indian-name-for-cialis/85/ phd thesis on vlsi design titles of essay loooovvve Market Day? Just in case you were thinking of eating somewhere else tomorrow, take a look at these pies. Frankie says she is bakin’ up a mess of ‘em. One of them probably has your name on it.

Last Wednesday, while I was grabbing a pint of Nanette’s soup (she made a delicious yellow squash & corn chowder) and a lovely lemongrass chicken & noodle salad from Kandi, and some meatballs for later in the week from Cynthia, I had a brainstorm!  know, but it happens at the strangest times. So I picked up half a pound of pulled pork from Jeff.

My idea, since I had already purchased a bag of yellow corn grits from Lena, was to make grits and grillades for Mr. Wonderful. First I sliced and sautéed half an onion. I put the onions to the side and made a roux. When that had browned perfectly, I added a cup of chicken broth (James’ chickens produce an amazing amount of broth when roasted) and the sautéed onion and the pulled pork (which I chopped to smaller pieces) and simmered everything for about 20 minutes. In the meantime, I fixed two helpings of Lena’s grits and served them with my “grillades”. He actually said that it was pretty good…it brought a tear to my eye. I had a little left over for breakfast the next morning. I emptied it into a small baking dish, cracked two eggs on top, sprinkled with a little salt, pepper, and chopped green onion and baked until the yolks were just like I like them. YUM!

Chubba's Snowballs at the Covington Farmer's Market this Saturday

Chubba’s Snowballs at the Covington Farmer’s Market this Saturday

It will be another lovely Saturday at the market (I refuse to have anything else). Chris Talley will get us started with classical guitar music drifting from the gazebo. Chubba’s Snowballs will park his truck on Theard Street, along the side of the Courthouse for a summer treat. It’s August and you know you’ll be thankful for that cooling treat.

I think Nourish Two had an amazing day on Saturday. Their sauces, dressings and soups were a big hit. I plan to use their curry sauce on my roasted chicken tonight. Don’t be jealous; put it on your list. My list is usually quite full and since, Mr. W & I were going to a dance last Saturday night, I stopped by Norma Jean’s to get a carton of walnut pâté. I noticed that she has added lemony lentil salad and carrot salad surprise to her table. Both were delicious.

Pam (Lolly Marie’s) has her creamy white chocolate rum ginger truffles once again. Farmhouse Dairy is making cajeta (in addition to creamy goat cheeses). Tiffany explained that cajeta is a caramel-like sauce but more milky than caramel, kind of a Mexican version of Dulce de Leche. She makes hers with goat milk and I know there were flavors, such as chocolate. Oh, my…heaven in a jar! And you can have all this goodness for yourself but….you have to be here to enjoy it!

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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Oyster Mushrooms - Screaming Oaks Mushroom Farm - James Shoop

Oyster Mushrooms – Screaming Oaks Mushroom Farm – James Shoop

Hi, friends and Happy Tuesday! We’re already gearing up for tomorrow…this rain will be gone and the sun will be shining. It will be a day to get out and enjoy that sunshine and a great lunch. The grandkiddies have already decided what they will order. I will decide when I get there.

Music will usher in our Saturday morning with the contemporary folk tunes of Reed Alleman. So grab your coffee and spend a relaxing morning with us. Chef Robert Vasquez of Opal Basil on the Trace and Café Vive will delight us with a menu that he creates from the specials he buys from our market. With all the choices before him, I’m wondering where his creativity will take him.

Will he make crepes topped with fresh fruits like peaches and blueberries or even a scoop of Althee’s new low sugar Mulberry Jelly? Personally, I’d be just as happy with Mauthe’s yogurt or cream cheese topped with any or all of those. But, delicious as that is, it certainly doesn’t require the creativity for which Chef Vasquez is known. Perhaps he will choose eggplant (yes, we will have them this week) for his canvas, roasting them with carrots, tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, bell peppers, and onions for a quick and easy ratatouille. Maybe he’ll really be daring and surprise us!

We have a few new vendors at the market. First, on both Wednesdays and Saturdays, Sacred Earth makes meal replacement bars. Made with organic ingredients, these bars are gluten, dairy, soy, and nut free but definitely not taste free. They are delicious. Stop by and check them out. Next, we have Emmanuel Pig Farm featuring pasture raised pork. Their meat is aged for 7 days before being frozen.

Jessica of Two Kids Farm has homemade stevia extract along with an assortment of fresh veggies. Cucumber pickles decorated Norma Jean’s table for a little while before she sold out. She says she will also feature a different variation on lentil salad each week. While you’re over there, check out the gorgeous gladiolas from Alton and Sandra. I know a bouquet of glads make certainly make me glad! (OK, I’ll stop.)

Gina and I were discussing different ways her customers use her dressings, such as using Roasted Garlic and Tomato in a shrimp salad or drizzling Bleu Cheese over roasted veggies right before they’re done and back in the oven just long enough to let the cheese melt. Our discussion turned to how nice it would be to have Angel’s artichoke stuffing to use to stuff pork chops or chicken breast. Angel said she would be happy to take orders….hmmmmm…I’m thinking Angel’s stuffing, sandwiched between thick rounds of fried eggplant, finished with a “sauce” of Bleu Cheese dressing. And then, slice up a few of Nick’s heirloom tomatoes – so exquisitely simple. They need nothing else.

I’ve been babbling on and on and haven’t mentioned a third of the delights you’ll find at the Market. You’ll just have to come out and see for yourself. Just remember to stop by and say, “hello”. Personally, I can’t wait to find out what’s new this 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