The Covington Farmer’s Market weekly newsletter by Charlene LeJeune:
Aren’t Tuesdays wonderful, friends? And better still, Wednesday is almost here! Now, it may be a bit on the dreary side (thank you, Beta) but it will be blissfully cooler! So join your Covington Farmers’ Market vendors for a wonderful lunch. Abeer will line up all the usual suspects but you will have a hard time picking out one. Whichever you decide, don’t forget to include grape leaves and hummus —fabulous for snacking. If Kandy’s creamy shrimp rolls are getting a little tiring week after week (yeah…right), a great choice is her lemongrass infused chicken salad, always a favorite of mine because it is very versatile. I can have a fantastic salad or I add a quart of chicken broth or stock. Chop up the cilantro and add to half the soup; to the other half pour in some or all of the “dressing” and voila! two different soups and with temps dipping into the 70s, you’re gonna need warmth.
I do really enjoy blueberry jam from Jerry. I add it to my smoothies or the yogurt I picked up on Saturday from Mauthe’s. So having a jar in the fridge perks up my day…did I mention its absolutely perfect paring with peanut butter? While it may not go well with peanut butter, you can’t go wrong with Corey’s smoked chicken, brisket, and brisket chili. He’ll have his amazing BBQ nachos and Frito pie, too!
You definitely don’t want to forget your eggs! They are an essential part of cooking. Henderson’s Hearth offers a plethora of baking and soup mixes, not to mention jams. Hopefully, Johnny and Caroline will be there with their exclusive Bhakti Farms meals and treats but baby will definitely dictate that.
Music from Mr. Funny Money and his All Stars will be prancing out from the gazebo as our market gets into full swing on Saturday. So grab your coffee and get shopping. Start your morning with a veggie pancakes from Meme’s or one of Jennifer’s amazing breakfast sandwiches. Norma Jean prepares a delightfully delicious quiche that makes for a lovely breakfast (but then so does one of her brownies).
If my calculations are correct, Credo Farms will join us this weekend, offering eggs and chicken (whole or parts). a few weeks ago, I discovered a seasoning she makes with kelp, oregano, thyme, basil and several other spices. You don’t need a lot to give your broth or meat or veggies a lovely flavor. I’ll bet her seasoning would be lovely on duck breast or thighs from Ross. Kaitlin from Exnihilo Farms will have whole rabbit this week. She also prepares a green onion powder that makes a delicious dip. I wonder if it also make a great seasoning on those rabbit pieces before you stew them. Remember to visit James for mushrooms to go with your rabbit stew (or chicken stew or hmmm…..yes, you can make stewed duck.)
Get your dairy fix with goat milk and cheeses from Huckleberry Fred’s. I’m not much on goat milk but their blended cheeses (like French Onion or Garlic) are delightful. As with goat’s milk, I’m not big on cow’s milk either, but I do love Mauthe’s buttermilk (go figure) and my grandson has declared their chocolate milk is the best in the world! Their yogurt is pretty terrific, too! You can eat it plain or stir in one of Althee or Stacey tasty jams, or top with Norma’s granola.
There really is so much to discover and enjoy at the Covington Farmers’ Market. Wonderful things, marvelous things, like pralines (Rose), fruity popsicles (Amanda), apple turnovers (Happy Flour), doggie treats (Tiger Bait), raw honey (Blood River, Nick, Serenity Lane). Of course, you’ll never discover everything that’s new and tasty without being here. You must come and enjoy the adventure with us.
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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