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

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Wed Farmers Market signHi, friends and Happy Tuesday!  Are you ready for a great lunch? Well, tomorrow’s almost here bringing all kinds of goodness from your market vendors. I usually go with a plan…what do I want for the rest of the week? Wednesday’s lunch – maybe a Mediterranean salad with pita bread and hummus. Since Frankie is serving fresh fruit kabobs with sour cream & brown sugar dipping sauce, I’ll get that for breakfast on Thursday with a delightful pan seared salmon salad from Kandi for lunch. Friday morning will see pork with hash browns (I’ll have to do those myself) on the breakfast menu (I’m very non-traditional) and a Creole tomato sandwich for lunch – YUM! I believe that Natalie will be back with fresh veggies so I may add a few slices of crunchy cucumber “chips” on the side.

Cat Lane & Reaper Cheaters will play at the Covington Farmer's Market this Saturday

Cat Lane & the Reaper Cheaters will play at the Covington Farmer’s Market this Saturday

Saturday morning will awaken with the lively music of Cat Lane and the Reaper Cheaters flowing from the gazebo. So grab your coffee and spend a relaxing morning with us. Wildcrafter Smoothie and Juice Bar in Covington will be in the demo tent sampling and selling their delicious and healthy drinks. Can’t wait to try those!

corn-corn-on-the-cob-corn-kernels-food-eatMake a fresh salad with chunks of cucumber, zucchini, yellow squash, banana peppers, and tomato with a splash or two of one of this markets amazing salad dressings such as Gina’s Roasted Tomato & Garlic or Nanette’s Spicy Raspberry Vinaigrette. You’ll need a healthy beverage with that, so try Sam’s ultra-fresh coconut water, Amanda’s new green juice, Simply Pure’s Tiger Stripes, or Susan’s Peach Kombucha. Good news! Kombucha Girls has their Master Tonic available again! Can’t beat fresh juices on a warm spring day! Cool off with a refreshing fruit popsicle from Amanda or a hand-shaved snowball from Stephanie.

Liz told me this past weekend that Jubilee Farms will have organic, non-GMO corn available this week and next. So take advantage and get lots of ears while you can. Newly-picked corn grilled in the husk sharing your plate with sliced zucchini and green onion sausage right off the pit – uh-huh, I know you’re smilin’ too. Your veggies are great roasted as well – tomatoes, onions, peppers, squash, and eggplant tossed with olive oil and a salt-free seasoning (Spicy Lady, me) and popped into the oven until they reach perfect deliciousness. Serve with a smile.

BlueberriesI haven’t even mentioned a fourth of the delights you’ll find at the Market like Lolly Marie’s creamy caramels, Bear Creek Road’s soft pretzels stuffed with seasonal fruit, coffee milk from Mauthe’s, blueberries, peaches, or plums. 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

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Nourish Your Skin with Raw, Fresh, Organic Foods, Inside & Out At Our Place Studio By Tosha LaFont

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Nourish Your Skin with Raw, Fresh, Organic Foods, Inside & Out Our Place StudioWhat you put on your skin is just as important as what you put in your body! Throughout my years in the skincare profession, I have grown to respect, admire, and love the art of combining the gifts of nature with the healing effects of touch. Your skin is constantly changing and so should your facial care regimen. Incorporating raw, organic foods in your daily diet is important to living a vibrant, healthy life. The same applies to the skin. Your skin is the largest organ and what you put on it is absorbed into the bloodstream. If we are taking care of ourselves by choosing to eat clean and live a healthy lifestyle to prevent disease, help with stress, and debilitating medical issues, we should consider an organic skin care routine a crucial part of that self-care practice.

Avocados, coconut, raw honey, aloe vera, raw apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, and other organic raw fruits, vegetables and ingredients all contain nutrients vital to our internal and external health. Ingredients from nature are simple and true. The skin loves getting bursts of these organic nutrients! Indulge your skin health this spring by treating yourself to a customized facial treatment at Our Place! The Spring Bliss Facial will cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate and rejuvenate tired, dull skin. A combination of organic, natural products and luxurious homemade facial delicacies will help your skin feel refreshed and look vibrant. Customized to perfection, the Spring Bliss Facial consists of balanced proportions of lavender, honey, fragrant raw fruits and herbs, and other nature- infused delights. A calming and relaxing facial and scalp massage is a wonderful accompaniment to this delicious, natural treatment. Spring is an excellent time to cleanse and rejuvenate!

Don’t forget to take care of your waxing needs as beach season approaches. We have a full body waxing menu to help you stay smooth, sleek and sassy. From simple facial waxing to those who dare to bare with our full sphinx bikini waxing, we have you covered.

Receive 20% off any facial waxing service for the month of April when you purchase a Spring Bliss Facial!

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” – John Burroughs

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About Tosha:

Tosha LaFont will now be offering waxing and facial services at Our Place Studio in downtown Covington! With over 17 years in the beauty and spa industry, her approach to skincare focuses on the individual needs of each client. She specializes in organic, customized facials, pressure point massage, brow design, waxing services, and makeup artistry. True simplicity from nature sums up Tosha’s skincare philosophy.

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This Week At The Farmers Market By Charlene LeJeune

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Crispin Schroeder will play at the Covington Farmers Market this Saturday

Crispin Schroeder will play at the Covington Farmers Market this Saturday

Hi, friends and a very Happy Tuesday to you! Through my rose colored glasses I see that tomorrow is looking like an absolutely glorious day. How could it be otherwise with a fantastic market and terrific lunch to enjoy? Jeff (Chomper’s BBQ) is serving corn bread with that delicious pulled pork. That’s worth a trip out on its own but there will be other enticements, such as hearty soups and salads, crispy summer rolls, fried apple pies, dark chocolate wrapped Oreos, luscious chocolate caramel apples… need I say more?

Crispin Schroeder will be serenading us this Saturday so grab your coffee and a muffin and stroll around, enjoying the day and all the market has to offer. Someone must be living right (I’d like an email with instructions, please) and sending good vibes our way because Chomper’s BBQ will be in the demo tent with smoked turkey legs, BBQ chicken (thighs/drumsticks), BBQ chili and cornbread (Oh, YUM!), macaroni and cheese and the ultimate in barbecue sauces and rubs.

Betty Rue is adding to the gluten-free repertoire of muffins. The latest creations from the innovative mind of Michaela include peanut butter and chocolate chip, orange carrot and cranberry, and the newly popular “I Can’t Believe It’s Zucchini” muffin (really delish). Stop by and grab a slice of spinach tomato quiche while you’re deciding which muffin you like best.

Cynthia was back this week with her special Bolognese Sauce with veal, pork, and beef, and traditional cannoli. This week she made two kinds of ravioli – a roasted pepper pasta stuffed with cheese and the other was stuffed with crabmeat. Can’t beat that!

This cold weather has been wreaking havoc on the produce vendors’ crops but there are still a lot of beautiful veggies to be had and the promise of more to come. I noticed that Alton and Sandra had lemon thyme last week which seems to be a local favorite, as well as other culinary herbs. Ask them to fix you a basket of your favorites to put in a sunny window so you’ll have fresh herbs to use whenever you need them.

As always, there is so much more to see and experience at the Covington Farmers’ Market. BUT….you have to be here to get the full benefit. See ya!

Lots of love,
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

 

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

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This Week at the Covington Farmers Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Oyster Mushrooms from James Shoop, "Chickin' Jim" at the Covington Farmers Market

Oyster Mushrooms from James Shoop, “Chickin’ Jim” at the Covington Farmers Market

Hi, friends and happy Tuesday! Is it Tuesday? The days and weeks have flown by so fast, it’s hard to remember. And there aren’t too many shopping days left and sometimes just thinking of all the holiday activities is exhausting.
But, Wednesday is on the horizon, and even though sleigh bells are jingling (somewhere in the world), you need to take some time to treat yourself to a lovely lunch at the Market. Indulge in a delicious soup, hot tamales, smoked turkey or crispy egg rolls. Enjoy your meal with a steamy cup of coffee from Frankie or save the coffee to have with your dessert – peanut brittle, cashew brittle, chocolate caramel truffles, or Raspberry Oreos. It’s OK to indulge; Mr. Houston and Marietta will have the most luscious greens and greens just kinda make everything healthy.
NO snow falling outside but friends will be calling you on Saturday to come and enjoy the music of Linzzi Zaorski. Then get set for The Kombucha Girl in the cooking tent. Susan and Liz will serve samples of their holiday kombucha and show you ways to enhance this special tea with bitters and other ingredients. So grab your coffee and do some Christmas shopping with us.
The scent of fresh brewed coffee is sooooo inviting (like popcorn popping) and Kevin always has an amazing gourmet roast for us. What an awesome gift! How wonderful it would be to have fresh herbs on the table fragrantly waiting to be snipped and added to your dishes! Alton and Sandra will make a special basket of herbs (or anything else) Oh! Go ahead and order two – one gift, one for your table. Fresh goat’s milk cheeses (Farmhouse Dairy) or cow’s milk cheeses (Mauthe’s) on a tray, a jar of any kombucha flavor plus a bottle of bitters (Kombucha Girl), a basket of seasonings and herb blends (Herbs N Spice), a bag of all natural beauty products – more awesome gifts with one thing in mind, to make someone smile. Why stick with traditional? Dennis’ winter plants include Cassias, Confederate Rose, Clumping Bamboo, Candelabras, and fig trees. Think outside the stocking!
Aside from having great gifts, it’s always great to see old friends and new appearing at the market. Betty Rue is back with their famous gluten free cookies, cookie mixes, and ancient grain flour. Crystal has developed dairy free egg nog that is absolutely fantastic! Gotta try it. You may or may not be aware that we have some special food and treats for your four-legged buddies. Tiger Bait (don’t ya love it?!) is offering raw pet food. I’ve read their pamphlet and you will be amazed at the love and thought going into their pet food and treats. You have to stop by their table so you can see for yourself. While you’re over that way (toward the corner of Theard & Columbia), you can see that strawberries are back! What a lovely treat for a Christmas dinner – or any dinner – for that matter.
Another great stop is at Sam’s Sprouts. He has a few unique sprout blends and a few light & tasty dressings to add to them. He also mentioned a few ways that he uses sprouts in his own cooking. Sprouts make a fabulous addition to scrambled eggs or delicious stir fry. Sam uses his lentils, peas, and beans blend in a sprout-tastic chili. Who knew?! The ladies at Rosalie Alley Apothecary have several wonderful tea blends. The hibiscus-mint medley, rose orange spice, and dandelion chai all sound (and smell) so soothing. But what really caught my eye is their Carob Café with roasted cacao nibs, roasted dandelion root with carob and a hint of clove. Their mulling spice tea will have your bells ring-ting-tingling too.
The Covington Farmers’ Market is a remarkable place to be on any morning. C’mon…. it’s lovely weather to spend a market day together with you!
Lots of love,
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

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

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This Week at the Farmers Market by Charlene LeJeune – Wednesday & Saturday Markets

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Amethyst Radishes from Slice of Heaven Farm

Amethyst Radishes from Slice of Heaven Farm

Hi, friends and a perfectly happy Wednesday to you! I see nothing but happy little suns showing on the weather forecast for the rest of the week and, after a rainy Saturday, I am thrilled to see them. It will be great to see how blue the sky can get and have lunch at the same time. As a take home dish, Kandi is sure to have Pho, a traditional Vietnamese noodle soup – all packaged very nicely. For lunch, a nice hot bowl of Nanette’s soup will certainly hit the spot. Spicy tamales or enchiladas from Rebecca, smoky pulled pork sandwich from Jeff, cheese straws, peanut brittle, fried lemon pie, egg rolls, veggie wraps, fresh veggies, homemade granola…. Whoa! Settle down, podna, you still have a few hours left before the market opens!
Saturday will be bright and beautiful so get your dancin’ shoes ready for the music of The Lucky Dogs in the gazebo. Grab your coffee and just enjoy the music and the day and all the goodness it brings. And goodness it will bring because Robin (Robin’s Rockin’ Cajun Pepper Jellies) will be in the demo tent ready to serve a sassy Shrimp Remoulade. I’m sure she’ll have lots of tips on using her pepper jellies in your cooking; she always has something interesting to offer when I visit her table.
Make a trip over to Southy’s Soups. With cooler temps, soup is always a treat even if the weather isn’t terribly cold yet. And Southy only uses the best ingredients (from the Farmers’ Market , of course). Add some roasted sweet potatoes for a hearty meal – mmmm…a little Mauthe’s butter…a little cinnamon…oh yeah! (satisfied sigh…) Or pair up their soup du Satur-jour with a tray of Hot Tamale Mama’s Stuffed Shells or veggie tamales.
Make your own enchiladas with Lena’s whole grain tortilla wraps. Fill with chopped baked chicken (James) or browned ground meat (Justin, Jubilee Farms) seasoned with my Ole Southwest Salt-free seasoning or Herbs & Spice’s Mexican Ranch. Combine your meat with Spanish R Us’ black bean salsa, fill your tortilla wraps and place in a baking dish. Top with Spanish R Us’ avocado salsa and bake. WOW! Spicy good! I’ve heard that Herbs & Spice’s Jamaican Jerk Rub is phenomenal on chicken. Hmmm. I’ll have to check that out.
Have you noticed the immense variety of greens already on the tables and we really haven’t even seen cold weather yet? Particularly interesting are the Asian greens – tatsoi, pak choi and bok choi. What a chance to expand your horizons! Tatsoi has a spinachy mustardy flavor which would make it perfect to serve as a substitute for either. I’m guessing, though, that it will soon command a place of its own in your heart (or tastebuds). The wonderful thing about this lovely green (along with its cousins bok choi and pak choi) is that it cooks quickly – a little olive oil (Nuccio’s Lemon would be nice) along with Nuccio’s Tangerine or Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar, some smashed garlic cloves, a dash of salt, a sprinkle of pepper, 2 – 3 minutes in a hot pan, and yum! The soi’s and choi’s make a delicious, nutrient packed addition to your salad as well – invite them in some time. You’re sure to enjoy their company.
Pick up some fresh herbs from Alton and Sandra to put on your windowsill or in a sunny spot for fresh herbs all through the fall and into winter. Just think of the flavor fresh herbs will add to your dishes.  While you’re there, check out what they have for the winter garden.
Greg had pumpkins this past week and there weren’t many of them. I picked up one to make a delicious pumpkin kale soup. It was a large pumpkin so I’ll have enough for some lip-smackin’ recipe ideas I have. What will it be???? Pumpkin chili? Pumpkin stew? You’ll just have to wait on that; I haven’t had a chance to test any recipes. Stay tuned.
Lots of love,
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life KitchenThe 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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Kombucha & Water Kefir from Ambrosia Living Beverages

Kombucha & Water Kefir from Ambrosia Living Beverages, at the Saturday Farmers Market

Hello friends! Wednesday is looking very inviting…take a stroll…enjoy a magnificent lunch…delight in the breezes. The music, the veggies, the lunches await you. Get crazy and try something you haven’t tried before from the menu. There’s a lot from which to choose and a few surprise dishes as well.

When Saturday rolls around, we’ll have the chance to enjoy the lovely music of harpist, Jessica Meltz. So grab a muffin or two to enjoy with your coffee and spend some time perusing the produce and the other fine products at the Market. Later in the morning, Melanie (Herbs and Spice and Everything Nice) will prepare a selection of meats and dips using her aromatic herb and spice blends – mmm mmm mm mm mm – sounds very tasty to me – AND she’ll give you some great ideas for using her seasonings.

I know I’ve mentioned Blood River Honey before, but I haven’t mentioned the “extras” in a while. The honey is wonderful but there’s also bee pollen and creamed honey! Can’t you just taste a little creamed honey generously spread on a slice of freshly baked bread? Stop by and talk to Kevin about bee pollen and all its benefits, meet a few of the bees, and tour the “production facility”.

Now don’t you worry about bread because we have a variety of deliciously fresh baked goodness from Windfield Farms, Betty Rue, and 7Grain. Suzie makes a Jazz bread that just cries out for honey. Her baguettes are simply wonderful, spread with a little skordalia (Vincent & Mauricio) and a light sprinkling of Italian herbs (Melanie or me) and lightly toasted in the oven. Is your mouth watering yet? How about a slice of Lena’s whole grain bread, generously spread with Mauthe’s fresh cream butter or her toasted rounds diving into Nur’s hummus (the chipotle is excellent)? Or a slice of Betty Rue’s gluten free European brown bread slathered with her dairy free butter? Can you imagine a large bread slice covered in my pizza sauce, polka-dotted with fresh goat cheese (Farmhouse Dairy), sliced mushrooms and green onions on any of our vendor’s breads? What could be more satisfying? Go ahead, I’ll give you a minute…

My mind’s drawing a blank too. Maybe wild caught catfish from Nick, sprinkled with my Shrimp on the Barbie seasoning, drizzled with melted butter (Mauthe’s) and baked with an overstuffed artichoke from Angel on the side. Or perhaps a spicy empanada from Spanish R Us or Hot Tamale Mama’s stuffed shells oozing with cheeses and sauce… red ripe strawberries full of flavor… Nanette’s fresh, raw salads… an espresso, latte, or cappuccino from Coast Roast… a cool summer soup from Southy… Lolly Marie’s chocolate covered apples… definitely one of those fat whoppin’ cookies from…. OK. I guess I could think of a few things but…. you’ll only find them here at the Covington Farmers’ Market. You’d best get here and check it out for yourself.

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