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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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Covington Farmers Market Wellness DayHappy Tuesday, friends! Tomorrow morning may not bring sunshine and blue skies but it will bring lots of great food and music. Be sure to join us and choose from Chomper’s pulled pork & fixins or Kandy’s shredded chicken and cabbage salad. Perhaps you’re thinking of a bowl of Nanette’s carrot ginger soup and a chicken salad wrap and or perhaps you just can’t make a decision. No worries! Get several dishes – after all, there’s dinner tonight, lunch for Thursday……or Friday…..or snack time….

Make plans to join us on Saturday when the magical tunes of Cat and Eddie Arnold will sally forth from the gazebo spreading cheer throughout the market. I got little mixed up last week on the food demo but by the looks of the lines, no one minded having Springs of Life in the demo tent. BUUTTT! Wildcrafters will be here this week to demo their wonderfully fresh juices for our Wellness Fair. Grab your coffee and take some time to visit the wellness vendors set up along Columbia Street in front of the Police Department. There is a large variety of health and fitness gurus there with lots of useful information.

Local juice bar Wildcrafter will be at the market this Saturday!

Local juice bar Wildcrafter will be at the market this Saturday!

When you think of a wellness fair and a farmers’ market, your first thought usually turns to the veggies. Our market sure has lots of vegetables from which to choose and they are absolutely gorgeous. But this market has a LOT of healthy going for it. You’ll find Amanda’s fresh juices and delicious popsicles made from the finest fruits and vegetables and Simply Pure’s cold pressed juices hard to beat.

Then there’s a sparkling taste of Susan’s kombucha flavors with the added benefits of boosting your immune system and aiding digestion. My fermented veggies are known to fight off unfriendly microbes, alkalize the body, and cleanse the colon. Raw honey (especially from Blood River) has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties and is a powerful antioxidant.

Farmhouse Dairy and Mauthe’s Progress Milk Barn offer milk and cheese from pasture raised animals as are the meats from Jubilee Farms and James. The fresh eggs were picked from a chicken coop and not a chicken cage. Read the ingredients list on your packaged breads and compare with the ingredients of the breads (and even the cookies) from our artisan bakers. And there’s so much more.

So make your stroll around the market a leisurely one. Talk to our vendors, both the regulars and the wellness vendors too. That way, you won’t miss out on all the wonderful things the Covington Farmers’ Market has for you. 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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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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Wed Farmers Market signby Charlene LeJeune

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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Tabasco, the Covington Farmers Market mascot Roux-ster

Tabasco, the Covington Farmers Market mascot Roux-ster

Hi, friends and Happy Tuesday! I hope you enjoyed your Labor Day holiday! I did. It’s always nice to have a holiday but then….. it’s time to get back to work. But work doesn’t have to be dreary especially on Wednesdays when you can enjoy a delightful lunch and great music at the Covington Farmers’ Market. Jeff’s fixing baked beans this week to go with his pulled pork. Talk with him about ordering a meal for your Saints First Official Game of the Season party. For that matter, talk with all our Wednesday vendors to see if they have a catering menu for this event. It’s a great idea even if you’re only gonna watch a movie. Big Branch may not have anything worth snacking on but he’s great on the cleanup! Hey! Here’s a thought… why not get a lunch while you’re there like a turkey salad wrap from Nanette or shrimp and cream cheese rolls from Kandi. It’s a radical concept but worth investigating especially when Frankie is baking Almond Puff Pastry Bear Claws and Cinnamon Rolls for dessert.

Keenan Knight

Keenan Knight will perform for the Saturday market

Saturday will follow at its usual pace with all its sunshine and weekend fun. Keenan Knight will be making magic in the gazebo and Sam’s Sprouts will be in the demo tent showcasing all his fine products. Try the coconut water; it’s really tasty and refreshing.

As I mentioned the Saints First Official Game of the Season is this Sunday – are you prepared?  Do you have snacks? We do!!! Susie has the most delightful lemon squares and raspberry crumble which can be cut in fourths, making perfect bite-sized finger tasters. Bear Creek’s luscious little macaroons in pistachio, lavender, raspberry, and grand marnier are a taste sensation! Hot Tamale Mama’s sensational spinach artichoke dip is also a great snacking treat with crackers or chips. Stroll around the market for an assortment of fine veggies. Veggies always make great dippers. Cheryl (Spicy Lady) has some wonderful seasonings that you can easily turn into dips with a little sour cream from Mauthe’s. Lena’s toasted bread rounds are the perfect “chip” for Farmhouse Dairy chèvre covered with Robin’s Rocking Pepper Jelly – pick a flavor, they are all delish! Chips and salsa from Spanish R Us are a must have and  a dish of pickled veggies are a crunchy delight. Dee has a great selection to choose a favorite from.

Make sure you grab some treats for your pets too from Tiger Bait Raw Whole Food for Pets!

Make sure you grab some treats for your pets too from Tiger Bait Raw Whole Food for Pets!

I missed out on Nanette’s Lemon Lentil soup on Wednesday and got lucky – she had some on Saturday. Needless to say, I enjoyed a bowl of lemon lentil soup along with slice or two of Bear Creek’s Guiness bread (it was a small bowl sine #3 granddaughter got a whiff and wanted to share. Good thing I love her!) We have so may lovely artisan breads at the market which are just aching to enjoy your soup with you. I don’t think it matters what kind of soup is on the menu, bread makes it wonderful. Bread is also really nice sliced and topped with a spoon or two of Nur’s eggplant and tomato dip and popped into the oven for snacking heaven. Her hummus (in regular, cilantro, red pepper, and chipotle) is also a great snacking treat with crackers, chips or veggies. Nur suggests adding hummus instead of mayo to your potato or egg salad for a great change of pace.

With all the selection available at the market, it will be hard to choose. You’ll probably have to get more than one. Take your time…no one’s rushing you.

Lots of love,
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

P.S. You’ll find a terrific story about Covington at seethegood.com!

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 signGood afternoon, friends, and happy, happy Tuesday! Yes, it really is Tuesday – already. But that only means that tomorrow is Market Day and our vendors are quite busy baking and cooking, veggie picking and soap-making. Earl is even out there playing with the bees — very carefully, of course.

Cheese grits, cole slaw, and green beans will accompany Jeff’s pulled pork this week. Sliced turkey wraps are on Nanette’s menu, along with a tasty lemon lentil soup. Mmmmmm! I’ll add Kandi’s shredded cabbage with chicken to my lunch list (I like to make sure I’m covered for the week) and then dive into dessert. Frankie is making a raspberry cream cheese pastry that has my mouth watering already. I’ll probably also need a couple of bottles of Samantha’s elderberry syrup; I think my allergies have allergies.

Cassie Krebs will be playing music at the Covington Farmer's Market this Saturday

Cassie Krebs will be playing music at the Covington Farmer’s Market this Saturday

Before you know it, Saturday will arrive along with Isabella’s Pizzaria and the official traveling pizza oven. What a lovely treat for this Labor Day weekend! And that’s not all. Cassie Krebs will be in the gazebo singing and playing and adding a bright note to our Labor Day celebration. You’re gonna love it!

Believe it or not, the temperatures have been slowly lowering which means you can get out in the garden more and start planting some of the gorgeous plants our vendors have available. Check out Alton’s selection of fine herbs which seem to do well no matter what the weather is like. In the next few weeks, he’ll have more vegetable starts for your fall garden. isabellaslogo(No worries, I’ll keep you updated.) Stone Creek Nurseries still has blueberry bushes ready for planting. Dennis has fig trees and ornamental bushes and I noticed a stunning banana plant (Rojo Banana) with dark striped leaves. Hmmm, I wonder if it produces striped bananas? Wouldn’t that be a conversation starter!

Now, if you’re still not ready to get outside in the garden, Miss Betty has a few extraordinary houseplants that will create a zen-like atmosphere in any room. One notable plant, the Foxtail Fern, has emerald green fronds that are fluffy and tail-like in appearance. But what makes it even more lovely are the thousands of miniature white blossoms that fashioned an even fluffier “tail.” If you don’t feel like watering, a bouquet of Nancy’s wildflowers really perk up a room. Of course, a little water when you put them in the vase will make them last a LOT longer. An even easier way to bring that garden inside is with Aunt Bee’s homemade soaps and fragrances like Orange Patchouli, Rosemary Lavender (I love those two scents together) and Tomato Leaf which has an aroma that is delicate and beautiful but nothing like a tomato.

Chomper's Original BBQWhat would a Labor Day celebration be without a barbecue? Chomper’s has fabulous sauces made especially for the grill. Gina’s Roasted Garlic and Tomato dressing makes a wonderful marinade or dipping sauce. There’s chicken from James, shrimp from Mr. Two, sausage from Jubilee Farms, and eggplant, zucchini, and squash from our produce vendors that are always grilling favorites. While you’re out there manning the pit, you’ll need a few snacks so check out Dee’s Crescent City Pickles or chips, dip, and salsa from Spanish R Us. You can sleep in on Monday.

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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Covington Farmers Market picHowdy, friends! Great news! I checked the weather channel and it appears there is a glorious day of sunshine for Market Day tomorrow. We’ve got lots of great food for you to enjoy so come out and join us. Kandi and Joe will be back tomorrow for all of you who have been craving their crunchy shrimp and cream cheese rolls. Take a container of Nanette’s white bean and kale soup back to work to counteract off those icy offices – not to mention put a smile on your face. Jeff’s pulled pork, mac n cheese, and cole slaw will make your day…or your evening. And if you have leftover pork (or get enough to make sure you do) Eddie and Mr. Houston both have some great squashes that would love to be stuffed. Not to be outdone, Frankie is teasing me with temptations of the raspberry cream cheese pinwheel pastries she plans to have tomorrow.

Alex Owens and John Eubanks will provide our musical entertainment on Saturday in the gazebo that used to be under the oak tree. That’s right. The old oak tree, the regal guardian of the Farmers’ Market and the Police Department, has been felled. I wasn’t there for the “event” but I hope there was some sort of acknowledgement for its life of service. We have certainly enjoyed the shade and comfort provided by this faithful giant. So as you grab your coffee, raise a toast to the fallen and prepare to commemorate events that took place here 10 years ago that no one wants to celebrate. But celebrate we should because none of us were untouched by Katrina’s wrath, but together we have rebuilt our city and helped to heal those scars. With that in mind, we offer a New Orleans favorite with a twist – Pastalaya – prepared by our very own J.R. Bardwell. Thanks, J.R.!

Now, even though it’s almost too hot for anything but swimming, our produce vendors still have a lovely selection of veggies. Evangeline sweet potatoes lined Nick’s tables with hot peppers, heirloom eggplant, okra and lemongrass filling in the spaces. On Mr. Houston’s table, there are bell peppers, Cumshaw squash, okra, eggplant and great white and yellow stuffing squashes. Eddie’s tables are laden with okra, banana peppers, squash, and eggplant (and, if you’re lucky, Karen made some cookies.)

Now over in the Bardwell’s “camp”, you’ll find tomatoes, hot and sweet peppers, potatoes, and green beans. And Nancy tells me the Bartletts will be back with okra, red potatoes, and gorgeous sunflowers. I love to see those smiling blooms across the market from me.

If you haven’t tried any of Enten Farms’ Meaux Mustard, I have it on good authority that Blueberry Meaux Mustard  makes an amazing rub for chicken or pork tenderloin. That sounds soooo delish. Check out the fare at Norma Jean’s. She has a creamy jalapeño cheese dip that my friends gave a high thumbs-up. You’ll also find her dish of the month – a spinach wrap spread with garlic mayo then filled with fresh spinach, avocado, boiled egg, and tomato. So, why don’t you come and spend the morning with us. It will definitely put another smile on your face.

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 signHappy 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’s pan seared salmon salad and jasmine tea will make you smile. Frankie is preparing homemade pound cake with fresh fruit topping. Slide through lunch with Jeff’s pulled pork or chicken salad sliders. And, there’s always a scandalously good Mediterranean salad with pita bread from Nanette to tempt you. Earl’s back with raw honey too!

Start off Saturday early with a cup of coffee! We’ll have Zac Maris 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! Parmesan fries! OK…deep breaths…you still have 4 more days.

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

There was the loveliest scent of basil wafting from Norma’s tent last week and, sure enough, she has fresh basil – so great on pizzas or salads. A spread of skordalia (Vincent & Mauricio) on a slice of fresh market bread (Lena, Susie, Crystal) would be right tasty with a chiffonade of fresh basil on top.

Hot peppers have been sneaking onto Nick’s table and will be multiplying over the next few weeks. Right now he has goat’s horn, lemon drop, white habanero, and yellow cayenne. He also has brightly colored sweet peppers – purple, yellow, orange, red, and even green. Check out Spicy Lady’s smorgasbord of flavor and you’re sure to find something that will brighten up whatever you’re cooking – whether it be vegetables or meats.

Okra from Grow.Farm

Okra from Grow.Farm

The Bardwells have quite the spread of vegetables – green beans, red potatoes, okra, eggplant – but you have to get there early; they’ve been selling out before 9:30.  The same at Mr. Houston’s table – butternut squash, yellow squash and zucchini, eggplant, and cucumbers go pretty fast as this time of year. Eddie has also been selling out pretty early even with a large offering of banana peppers, okra, eggplant, and some figs…hmmm. I’m going to have to find a few recipes.

Blood River Honey Kevin tells me he will have buckwheat honey this week and Coast Roast Kevin will be back after welcoming his new arrival with freshly roasted coffee. Unfortunately, I will not be at the market this Saturday so I will miss out on all the wonderful things to be had. But you can enjoy your Saturday filled with wonderful music and great friends and the best ever foods.

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 signWhat a lovely Tuesday! We’re enjoying another gorgeous day today and Wednesday is looking very inviting. So come on out…enjoy a magnificent lunch…delight in the breezes …music and veggies await you. Jeff says he will have those wonderful jalapeño poppers on the menu this week and Nanette’s ready for tomorrow with black bean soup and chicken salad wraps. Kandi will be there will those amazing salads and crispy egg rolls and jasmine tea. Frankie is preparing her fabulous blueberry lemonade and let’s not even mention the chocolate raspberry cake… But that’s not all, Mr. Houston and Eddie will be there with fresh veggies and the scent of Big Branch soaps will freshen your day.

olgacartoonRaise your hand if you were at the market last Saturday. Didn’t you just love the frosty temperatures and the crispy breezes that just lasted all morning long???? I can’t promise the same thing of this weekend, but I can promise that we’re gonna have a great time! I can promise the snappy tunes of Olga Wilhelmine will dance out of the gazebo to brighten your morning. You thought that was the best part, right? Not a chance! Rick and Maryann Haase (devoted Farmers’ Market friends) have volunteered to roast up some hot dogs in the cooking tent. So, I hope you didn’t make plans to go somewhere else.

August is National Goat Cheese Month so here are a couple of ideas to enjoy the goodness of goat cheese. First, stop by Farmhouse Dairy and choose one of their chevres. Then, head on over to the Clecklers for some peaches. You’ll also need some Blood River honey or Peach Bourbon Pepper Jelly (Robin) or both and some granola. Cut your peaches in half, add a lovely scoop of chèvre, drizzle with honey and sprinkle with nuts or granola (Nanette, Susie, Lena). For a spicy change, add a small dollop of Peach Bourbon pepper jelly. (This really is just toooo easy for words.) The rest of that granola will make a nice crunchy topping for Mauthe’s yogurt. Yuummmm!

Farmhouse Dairy at the Covington Farmer's Market

Farmhouse Dairy at the Covington Farmer’s Market

Or, try a refreshing salad with large chunks of watermelon (Greg Miller), quartered figs (I think Greg, Nick, and John still have some), a few blueberries (Justin may not have any more), crumble some goat cheese and chiffonade of fresh mint leaves (Alton) on top. You don’t even need salad dressing.

While you’re at Alton’s trying to decide between regular mint, chocolate mint, or orange mint, check out the starter plants he has for fall planting – in particular, the heat resistant tomato plants.

Black bottom chicory pie is back on the table at Bear Creek Road. Yes, I did pick one up and, yes, I did get lost in the creamy chocolatelyness and, yes, I almost got lost in the homemade whipped topping but I caught sight of the peach ginger buckle…I won’t go into details. Did I mention that next week, Jennifer will have a new savory pie – mushroom Parmesan with polenta crust.

Tired of plain old roasted veggies? Try rubbing them with Vincent and Mauricio’s skordalia before roasting or grilling. Top with pieces of Gina’s new beef jerky. Wonderful flavors of mesquite, sweet hardwood, teriyaki, and pepperoni will add an exciting new taste to your veggies. Who knows? The kids may even like ‘em. What can I say? There’s always something new and wonderful awaiting you. And we’ll be here as well with…

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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Chef Robert Vasquez will provide the food demo this Saturday with Jubilee Farms

Chef Robert Vasquez of Opal Basil will provide the food demo this Saturday with Jubilee Farms

Hi, friends, July is quickly fading and August is arriving on Saturday and the kiddies are getting ready to return to school. No matter, after all the market goes on regardless of the day, the month, or the weather. So, get your tasty buds ready for some incredibly delicious food and meet us at the market.

Kandi is offering several lovely salads that are summer perfect. Jeff is preparing smoked chicken salad sliders and Nanette has sliced turkey and also a crunchy vegetable wrap for us tomorrow. And, there’s music and dessert and fresh veggies and dessert so why would you go anywhere else?

Jimmy Robinson will play at the Covington Farmer's Market Saturday

Jimmy Robinson will play at the Covington Farmer’s Market Saturday

Saturday will start with a bang as Jimmy Robinson strums out a little bluesy, a little folksy, some classical, even a little jazz from the gazebo. Then get ready for amazing as Chef Robert Vasquez of Opal Basil and Vive Foods in Mandeville, teams up with Jubilee Farm for a Farmers’ Market tailgate party. This is a day you won’t soon forget!

We still have lots of great veggies but you have to get here early. Last week, mostly everything was gone by 10 am! But, don’t fret. We’ve still have lots and lots of wonderful if you get here later. Try some of our prepared dishes, such as Angel’s bountifully stuffed artichokes. Hot Tamale Mama has a new dish – Mushrooms in Parmesan Cream with crawfish ad andouille sausage. Oh my! Just makes want to dive right in, doesn’t it? Norma Jean always has some delightfully different quiches to try like her deliciously flavorful Southwest quiche. Nanette has several sauce starters just waiting for your cooked chicken or meatballs or shrimp or chunky vegetables – just vary the ingredients for a unique dish every time.

Well, I know this is short but I’m running behind schedule today. But don’t let that stop you from coming out to explore on your own. The tastes are fantastic; the flavors abundant and he smiles are everywhere. How many more reasons do you need to be at the market each 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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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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Good afternoon, friends!  Come celebrate the 1st of July with us on Wednesday with a delightful lunch. Stay a while and relax with music and friends or take something back to work (or home). Either way, remember to stock up for the rest of the week. Maybe this week, it’s time for a summer noodle salad from Kandi topped with crunchy cucumbers, lemongrass infused chicken, and sprigs of cilantro. A tasty wrap of sliced turkey and spinach is a delicious alternative (or addition), as is Rebecca’s spicy Honduran style hot tamales. Pulled pork, baked beans, and cole slaw will get you in the mood for July 4 and there’s always something delicious at Frankie’s table. Samantha will be joining the Wednesday market for the summer with the perfect medicine for summertime allergies – elderberry syrup. It really does work!

Chompers BBQ - food demo this Saturday at the Covington Farmers Market

Chompers BBQ – food demo this Saturday at the Covington Farmers Market

The Farmers’ Market String Band will get things started on Saturday, crooning out snappy tunes from the gazebo. But even better than that awaits you in the cooking tent. Chompers BBQ will drive the smoker out to the Market for an old fashioned BBQ! That means smoky pulled pork AND smoked cheese stuffed jalapeños (with peppers from the Bardwells.) Yummy, yummy, yummy!

Take a leisurely stroll around the market soaking up the ambiance and getting acquainted with new vendors or those you haven’t seen in a while. You may want a refreshing beverage to take along with you. At the pavilion, you’ll find coffee and tea supplied by Coffee Rani (big time supporters of our market). See Kevin (Coast Roast) for freshly roasted coffee beans or a specialty coffee. Last week he had iced lattes, so cooling on a warm day. Kombucha Girls have new water kefir flavors using mint, peach, and watermelon. Amanda’s juices are always fresh and delicious (so are the Popsicles) and Simply Pure offers juice combinations that are out of this world. A nice bottle of La Serendipity Blanc de Bois wine, nicely chilled, goes a long way to easing cares at the end of a long day.

figs1We have a new blueberry vendor at the market. Justin will not only have lots of those sweet little blue orbs but blueberry jam as well. He’s not the only one with berries, both James and Greg have them, cozily packaged, and waiting for you. Greg also has figs – but get there early. Figs never seem to last very long on the tables. Jubilee Farms and Mr. Houston both have lots of watermelon for 4th of July celebrations —— after your celebration with us, of course.

Samosa potato patties with cilantro chutney, beet carrot and seed salad with ginger dressing and zucchini fries from Slice of Heaven Farm

Samosa potato patties with cilantro chutney, beet carrot and seed salad with ginger dressing and zucchini fries from Slice of Heaven Farm

Here’s another treasure from our friends at Slice of Heaven farms – zucchini fries. Cut your zucchini into thin strips, dredge in flour and seasoning (Spicy Lady or yours truly), dip in milk (Mauthe’s or Farmhouse Dairy) and roll in Panko crumbs and nutritional yeast and roast at 425 for 20 minutes. If you don’t have nutritional yeast, Parmesan cheese makes a delicious substitute.

There really is nothing like a farmers’ market when the veggies are at their peak of flavor and variety. And they grill up so nicely while you’re grilling your burgers or chicken. You did pick up meat, right? No worries. We have a number of fine vendors of pork, sausage, beef, lamb, goat, shrimp, and chicken – Mr. Two, Farmhouse Dairy, Jublilee Farms, and James. If you can find anything to go on that grill, you must have slept in. We will be here celebrating the 4th. Hope you will join 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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Wed Farmers Market signHappy Tuesday, friends! We’re looking forward to a great day tomorrow full of music and fresh veggies and good food.  Mr. Houston’s garden has been bloomin’ with cucumbers (eatin’ and picklin’), green potatoes, squash, bell peppers, and he may even have some tomatoes and eggplant. Come and join us for a relaxing lunch. Kandi’s pan seared salmon salad and a glass of sweet jasmine tea make a perfect lunch. Bring home dinner with a pound of Jeff’s pulled pork, cole slaw, Mac N Cheese, and baked beans. Or try Nanette’s refreshing cucumber yogurt soup which will go very nicely with her summery Mediterranean salad. A Honduran hot tamale (they are pretty big), salsa and chips and you have lunch for Thursday or even Friday. And, of course, you can’t be without dessert and Frankie’s gotcha covered with strawberry dream pie or her incredible Marguerita pie. Ooh my!

Make plans to come out on Saturday and enjoy the toe-tappin’ melodies of Chris Talley coming from the gazebo. So grab your coffee or one of Sacred Earth’s new caffeine bars and enjoy the music while you do your shopping. Oh, you heard me right. Enough caffeine for a full cup of coffee, balanced with fresh herbs and oats in a scrumptious breakfast bar. Then, get ready for some barbecue because VooDoo Foods will have their rig parked on Columbia Street, ready to dish out some great BBQ. They will also have homemade Worcestershire Sauce and Twangy sauce. Not sure what Twangy sauce is but it does sound tasty doesn’t it?

Summer Squash from GROW.farm

Summer Squash from GROW.farm

I took a slow walk around the market last week and it surely has blossomed this past week. I guess it’s all the rain we’ve been having. But even a quick stroll around will reveal a treasure trove of veggies. Eddie’s Veggies table was filled with golden wax beans, Maxibell green beans, yellow zukes and banana peppers (soooo good sautéed with onions and Italian sausage and served over spaghetti – easy peasey). The Clecklers not only had tomatoes but peaches as well. I cut up a peach to add to my tea for a flavor boast. Mr. Houston told me he would have tomatoes and possibly eggplant for this week along with squash and. J.R. said he will have cherry tomatoes, potatoes, rattlesnake snap beans, zucchini, yellow & white squash, and cucumbers.  John promised bell peppers, eggplant, red and Yukon Gold potatoes, great juicing carrots, and , if you get there early, some heirloom tomatoes.

Carrots from Bartlett Farm at the Covington Farmer's Market

Carrots from Bartlett Farm at the Covington Farmer’s Market

Don’t forget about grilling! We’ve got a smorgasbord of meats and veggies that are ready and waiting for a few grill marks. Marinate your chicken in Bechac’s Roasted Garlic & Tomato Dressing for an hour or so before grilling for tender tasty chicken. YUM! Careful, a dab of goat cheese in the middle of your burgers will have you crowned Master Griller and you will be in charge of the pit from then on.

I had a chance to try Spicy Lady’s Wasabe Seasoning on Saturday and I’ll admit to a bit of trepidation since I always associated wasabe with lots of heat. It was delicious, not too hot, and I thought that it would be really great mixed with a little of Cheryl’s oils and tossed on grilled veggies, potatoes, mushrooms, shrimp, or what have you.

Breads love it on the grill. Suzie will have Spinach Feta this week which probably won’t work too well on the pit but her Health Grain bread or French baguettes toast up wonderfully, especially with a little of Vincent & Mauricio’s Skordalia spread over it. Lena’s home ground wheat breads just dying to get toasted and Crystal’s gluten free sourdough breads are sure to please even those who are not concerned about gluten. Spread some of Bear Creek’s garlic and herb butter on several slices and pop those babies on the grill. Or just toast ‘em plain and add a little Meaux Mustard for a jazzy sandwich. With four flavors – Local Honey, Creole, Green Heat, or Blueberry – you may have a tough time choosing.

Bear Creek Road Pie of the Month: Dark Chocolate Strawberry Pâté Tart with Lavender Meringue

Bear Creek Road Pie of the Month: Dark Chocolate Strawberry Pâté Tart with Lavender Meringue

You won’t want to stop there. After all, Lolly Marie is boasting those yummy caramels, white ginger truffles, and chocolate raspberry truffles plus caramel apples. There’s so much more out here – a beautiful spring breeze, delightful music, great food. What more can you ask for?

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