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

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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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Good Dog Naturally: Committed To Providing Quality Pet Foods & Treats

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Good Dog NaturallyThe recent controversy over whether or not propylene glycol should be in dog food (it is a component of antifreeze and a preservative approved for use in food by the FDA) is a good reason to visit Good Dog Naturally when considering pet food options. Good Dog Naturally takes the time to carefully research the foods that they carry to ensure that they are from reputable sources with trusted ingredients.

Tiger Bait Raw Whole Food for PetsYou will find safe and nutritious, wholesome foods and treats for your cat or dog. There are several options of high protein dehydrated foods, including Sojos and Honest Kitchen. Local favorite Tiger Bait offers raw food and treats, from locally sourced, food grade ingredients. Pets love the dehydrated chicken treats – only 1 ingredient! Tiger Bait raw food is produced locally and formulated for both dogs and cats. Stop in to learn about the full range of raw foods that are offered, and why a high-protein raw food diet may benefit your pet.

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

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

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Good morning, friends, and happy Tuesday! I’m having computer problems so this will be short. Our usual group will be at the market tomorrow. Jeff will have smoky pulled pork, BBQ chili, corn bread (no croutons), mac & cheese or cole slaw. Nanette is fixing a comfortingly delicious chicken noodle soup for those of you are in need of a little TLC. Elizabeth will be there with those amazing muffalettas. Kandi & Joe’s chicken porridge is sure to warm you through and through. Ease those seasonal coughs and colds with Earl’s raw, local honey or just use it sweeten your coffee or tea.

Jerry Hess will play in the gazebo Saturday

Jerry Hess will play in the gazebo Saturday

I am looking forward to a wonderful day at the Saturday market, friends, with Jerry Hess in the gazebo. Pat Lester will park his Foodwagon on Columbia Street and serve samples of his Chili. He will also sell Bratwurst with Peppers and Onions, hot dogs and more!

KingcakeKing cakes are on the menu at Bear Creek Road. Jennifer tells me that she will have both cinnamon and traditional French almond king cakes. Don’t stop there! Robin is adding a king cake pepper jelly to her lineup – complete with baby!

Kombucha Girl Living Beverage

Kombucha Girl Living Beverage at the Covington Farmer’s Market

Kombucha Girls have a fabulous new shrub – orange-peach-vanilla bean. It tastes just like a Dreamsicle. Their new bitters flavor, Bogue Falaya is inspired by the woodsy, aromatic cypress trees that grow along our beautiful Bogue Falaya and the evergreen & citrus notes of fall and winter seasons. For a healthy treat, try some of Sam’s Sprouts new coconut chips. He has several flavors including mild BBQ, spicy BBQ, sweet mild and jalapeño.

Make a New Year’s resolution to try something new each week like Blood River’s creamed honey, Spanish R Us’ refried beans, Norma Jean’s quiche, Kumquat Marmalade from Althee, Enten Farms Meaux Mustard, or a soothing tea from Rosalie Apothecary. Let us help you get through the week or the weekend full of flavor!

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 Farmer’s Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Hi, friends and happy Tuesday! IT’S VOTING DAY! I hope you got out to vote today!

pulled pork from Chompers BBQ at the Wednesday market

pulled pork from Chompers BBQ at the Wednesday market

Are you all ready for Farmers’ Market Day tomorrow? It will be a lovely day with gentle breezes…and great music…and amazing food….like crunchy traditional egg rolls. You’ll want to pick up a kit to make a traditional Vietnamese noodle soup – pho – delicious and tasty and perfect on a cold evening. Nanette will have a hot and tasty soup as well plus a crunchy broccoli slaw salad.

What about this fantastic pulled pork sandwich dressed with cole slaw with a side dish of cheese grits? Or a hefty muffaletta from Nuccio’s?  Or one of Rebecca’s Honduran tamales? Yes, we even have veggies and goodies!

Lakehouse Catering Truck

Lakehouse Catering Truck

We are going to have a terrific Saturday morning with Vintage Jazz in the gazebo. So grab your coffee and enjoy your shopping and socializing. We’ll have a new food truck at the market this week featuring Cayman Sinclair of The Lakehouse. Can’t wait to see what they’re serving.

Is there anything more comforting than a farmers’ market around the holidays? (Thanksgiving will be here before you know it) Of course up north where the markets shut down for 6 months out of the year they’re not so lucky, but here in Covington each new week brings flavorful new veggies. Looks like Nick will have those cute little sunchokes this week, baby swiss chard, sunflower microgreens and Blue Lake green beans. Sam has radish, red clover, bean and pea sprouts to add spark to your salad. John offers a gorgeous Napa cabbage which makes wonderful wraps. Fill with chicken salad or Nur’s red lentil balls, then dip the crunchy ends in hummus for a tasty and healthy treat. Don’t worry, John also has Asian greens, radishes, and kale and Nancy’s sunflowers and mixed flower bouquets really brighten up a table. Bardwell’s may still have a few tomatoes and persimmons as we move into next week but they will have eggplant, sweet potatoes, yellow squash and zucchini. Natalie has some plump, green cabbages along with the yellow squash and cucumbers and zucchini. Mr. Houston’s table was filled with red sails lettuce, pumpkins, and butternut squash. Ken is here with satsumas, broccoli, mustard greens, and turnips. Get there early – veggies don’t last long on the tables.

I got a chance to taste test Meaux Mustard from Enten Farms. The flavors of each were rich and tangy – honey with a bit of local honey, green with more than a hint of wasabi and a traditional Creole. These are a must have in your pantry. When you think of mustard, you usually think on a sandwich and we have just the selection of breads for you. Start with a pound of ground meat (beef, pork, lamb) to fashion your favorite hamburgers. I usually add a healthy teaspoon or two of my Rub Me Tender Salt Free Seasoning, along with a couple of tablespoons of Nur’s sundried tomato pesto. But let’s try something a little different by adding a couple of tablespoons of Meaux Honey Mustard instead of the pesto. Grill to perfection and build your sandwich using one of the artisan breads from 7 Grain or Windfield Farms. Choose from 7Grain Loaf, 7 Grain Baguette, or a 7 Grain Sandwich Flat (Lena) or Health Grain, French Batard, or the Rosemary bread (in two weeks, she’ll have pumpernickel) from Windfield. Spread generously with traditional Creole or Green Meaux Mustard, add your hamburger (cut to fit the bread), top with sliced tomato, sliced cheddar (Mauthe’s), salad greens and even a few sprouts or shoots. Can you say Yum EEE? Add a few tablespoons of any of these mustards to mayo or yogurt for a tangy dipping sauce for fried or grilled shrimp (Mr. Two).

Oh, the things we have for you! A treat around every booth but you have to be here to enjoy it with us. Don’t be a stranger!

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 Farmer’s Market By Charlene LeJeune

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This Week At The Covington Farmer's Market 4-23-14Happy 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 I’ll need all the great weather I can get since I’m nursing the sting of another year losing the annual Easter egg-cracking contest. I suspect the winner used a ceramic egg…but I can’t prove it.

Alecia (Egg Ladies) will not have ceramic eggs but fresh green and brown ones, ready for the boiling pot or frying pan or cake pan, mmmmmm! And that’s not fake BBQ you’ll smell as you drive up; Jeff will have the smoker going to produce his incredible pulled pork. Check out his dinner-to-go deal on the menu. BBQ is not the only thing for lunch. Kandi has crunchy egg rolls and sweet jasmine tea and Cynthia’s has plump cheesy ravioli and Bolognese sauce. Nanette has added a new salad with black beans & yellow corn, dressed a cilantro lime vinaigrette and served with a pepperjack tortilla. All you need now is dessert – fried fruit pies? mini fruit pies? luscious chocolate truffles? caramel apples? nut brittle? almond date bars?

Saturday morning will be popping up its lovely head once again so resist the urge to sleep in or you’ll miss the delightful sounds of the Pot Luck String Band. Foot tappin’ music, biscotti for dippin’, fresh coffee for sippin’, great food to be tastin’…who can sleep at a time like this? Especially when Chef Ronald Bonnette, of Annadele’s Plantation Restaurant and B&B, will be in the demo tent with a sampling from his menu! What a day! What a day!

I know there were a lot of new and exciting things last Saturday at the market. There always is something new and exciting at the market but since I wasn’t there, I’ll have to wing it. I don’t know about you, but all this fresh air and sunshine just makes me want to get out and grill! You did remember to get your BBQ sauce or rub on Wednesday? No? No prob… Jeff will be there Saturday with plenty for all. Ground beef, chicken, pork, lamb are all perfect candidates for the pit. Why not put a little sauce (or rub) into those hamburgers before you grill ‘em. Yum! Of course, you know I can’t be satisfied with that so, as an alternative, why not try adding Bechac’s Bleu Cheese or Roasted Garlic & Tomato dressing to your ground beef or pork for a WOWEE burger. Or, a spoon of Robin’s Rockin’ Remoulade sauce (actually Grumpy makes it) in your burger mix for an outta sight burger. I tried it for lunch today and it was deee-lish! I’ll bet marinating chicken in either the remoulade sauce or garlic & tomato dressing would make a great change-up from the traditional. Remember, your veggies grill up real nice, too.

OK, so now my mind is wandering around the barbecue pit (I’m counting on lots of good weather.) What could be better to go with your burger but a “bun”? Both Suzie (Windfield Farms) and Lena (7Grain) have amazing breads from which to choose. Slice a loaf, thick or thin – whatever your preference, spread liberally with a bit of Skordalia (Vincent & Mauricio) or Mauthe’s sweet cream butter, and pop those slices on the grill. Don’t forget the other side! Then, a few pieces of lettuce, tendergreens, or spinach leaves, maybe a few sprouts, a little dollop of Enton Farms brown mustard, and Voila! burger heaven. It doesn’t matter if you’re grilling chicken; the bread won’t mind and you’ll be mighty pleased. Finish that with a serving of fresh strawberries; what could be better? Well…cookies come to mind but….

Barbecue is not limited to meat and chicken but seafood goes great on the grill as well. Pick a fish (drum, seabrim, catfish) from Carla & Pete or a couple of pounds of Mr. Two’s shrimp, a package of my Shrimp on the Barbie seasoning, and butter (Mauthe’s) and…. Seriously, you forgot to grill the bread? Zucchini and yellow squash will be showing up soon and broccoli on the grill is so good even your kids can’t say “no”. Well, one of mine could but we’ll just put sprouted peanut butter (Sam’s Sprouts) on grilled bread and he’ll be happy. No matter where your tastes lie, you’ll find something to enjoy at the Covington Farmers’ Market. Surely, you can’t sleep in now?! Hmmm… I wonder how well chocolate chip cookies grill…

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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New Healthy Pet Products At Good Dog Naturally Including Local “Tiger Bait Raw Food & Treats For Pets”

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1027 Village Walk Downtown Covington    985-871-5222

Good Dog Naturally is in the process of a shelf make-over! Owner Angela Segona has been researching new products for pets, paying special attention to the quality and source of ingredients.   There are several new items on the shelves already, and the most exciting new product is Tiger Bait All Natural Raw Pet Foods & Treats.

Tiger Bait is a local company providing complete and balanced nutrition for dogs, cats, and other carnivores. Tiger Bait’s recipe is modeled on the meal nature intended a carnivore to eat – fresh, raw prey – and is made with over 80% chicken and organ meat, ground whole including bones, plus their super healthy mix of organic ingredients like carrots, spirulina, yogurt and eggs. Tiger Bait uses organic human-grade ingredients, packaged raw, and frozen to preserve freshness.  Their grain- and filler-free recipe allows you to feed your pet up to 50% less while still receiving more nutrients than a commercial canned or bagged diet can provide. Tiger Bait’s dehydrated raw treats are a huge hit too – your pets will love the delicious, nutrient-rich formulas that provide a  better quality of life!

Good Dog Naturally has added several other new foods and treats. Hounds & Gatos – “The Original Paleolithic Pet Food Company”, offers grain-free dog and cat foods with 100% animal protein from human-grade meat. Applaws Additive Free Cat Food sources its ingredients from natural and sustainable resources and has less than five ingredients.  Fruitables Dog Treats are 100% natural with selected organic ingredients and no artificial additives.  Canidae TidNips Meaty-Licious treats are made with real chicken, turkey, lamb, and salmon. Marsh Dog utilizes wild nutria meat in their treats, both helping protect the wetlands and providing  healthy, all natural treats using locally obtained ingredients. Stop by Good Dog Naturally today and find what your pet has been craving!

Find out more by checking www.gooddognaturally.net

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This Week At The Farmers Market By Charlene LeJeune

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Cov Farmers Market 3-1-14Happy Tuesday, friends! It feels like we were just singing Christmas carols and now we’re struttin’ to Mardi Gras music. I’m too old for time to pass so quickly but march on it does. Nevertheless, I am always grateful for time at the Market. There’s a gentle, peaceful atmosphere here that seems to overcome the hurried pace of the rest of the week.  Come spend some time with us; we have no roses to stop and smell, but we do have lots of good food and smiling’ faces.

Just a blink and Saturday will be here with Spider Murphy and his delightful tunes from the gazebo. Chomper’s BBQ will be delighting us as well but from the cooking tent instead. Jeff and Kristen will serve samples from their new catering menu. Hmmmm, that sounds like a wonderful idea – BBQ at your next gathering. What an idea!

It was such a beautiful day at the market last Saturday; the weather was perfect, the music was lively and the kids were having a ball…a really fun family day. As I was doing my visiting and shopping, I saw that Alton and Sandra had camellia bushes with just the hint of blossoms on them. Looking at them, I was transported back to my childhood (which took more than just a few seconds) and left me wishing even more for spring. The table sagged with sprouting plants – herbs, beets, kales, merliton, swiss chard, lettuce – all begging to be planted. I have my beds cleaned out and ready, so I’ll be happy to oblige this Saturday.

You’ll be pleased to note that Tiffany’s and Andy’s goats have had their kids and Farmhouse Dairy’s goat cheeses and creamy soaps are available once again. I know many of you have been waiting on that but you can’t rush Mother Nature. While you’re over in that section, check out Cynthia’s salmon & dill pasta, cannelloni with cheese, or fragrant infused herb pasta – any one of them would be a  great addition to one of her sauces. Robin’s Rockin’ Pepper Jellies has an incredible Remoulade Sauce, a tasty dippin’ sauce for your jumbo shrimp (Mr. Two). I’ll bet it would make a very good substitute for tartar sauce on fried fish (Pete and Clara). Clara also has had stuffed crabs for the past few weeks and, I believe, there will be crabmeat this weekend.

In case any of you have had a hard time finding Jasmine (The Lab Shop), you’ll find that she has moved to the other side of the market, right next to Nur’s Kitchen. She has a large selection of natural cosmetics and skin care products, such as Serum Repair Lotion for damaged skin, an exfoliating mineral bath beads, natural mineral eye shadows and more. Try her coconut soap for cleaning just about anything.

With the promise of spring in the air (or maybe it’s just in my mind), we’ll start seeing many springtime veggies on the tables. I can’t wait. John and Mr. Houston both had kohlrabi this week. John says you can cut them up, toss them in a little oil (such as one of Nuccio’s or Lena’s herbed oil), sprinkle with a little pink salt, and roast them. Sounds like a delicious side dish for any meal.

There are so many interesting and wonderful products here at the Market. Walk around. See what strikes your fancy…what makes your heart sing…what makes your tummy happy. We’re always happy to see 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

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This Week at the Covington Farmers MarketHi, friends, and Happy Tuesday! The weather is beautiful and perfect for lunch at the market. Let me tempt you with smoky pulled pork sandwiches and baked beans, macaroni and cheese, or coleslaw. Need more? Nanette is serving a rich, hearty pumpkin soup with greens. Kandi’s egg roll lunches are always a crowd-pleaser! Top lunch off with one of Frankie’s mini pies or crunchy peanut brittle or a decadent caramel & chocolate covered apple from Lolly Marie and some toe-tapping music. Oh, yeah! I can see that smile.

Before you know it, it will be Saturday and what a Saturday we have planned! First of all the Bad Penny Pleasuremakers will be sending pleasurable tones from the gazebo. Doesn’t their name suggest a great time? In the cooking tent, Chef Austin Smith (PaStazz) is back with his delectable sauces. I don’t think you want to miss that!

Well, it seems parade season has started and you’ll want to make sure that you are well-stocked with parade fare. So it’s about time to reintroduce the “Parade Survival Basket” – you know… so you won’t have to buy those parade route “treats” you really don’t want the kids to have. After all, there are only so many roasted peanuts or cotton candy puffs a body can handle before regret sets in. A couple of those family sized cookies from Windfield, Betty Rue, or Teresa’s and you’re good to go and a few bags of Frankie’s brittle would be a welcome treat. No basket would be complete without a few muffins hidden inside.

As far as food goes, there really isn’t much to choose from on the parade route. I suppose there is McDonald’s (pardon my language, please), BUT Nanette’s veggie wraps, Betty Rue’s pizzas, Nur’s Tabouli or Lentil Quinoa Salad, Cynthia’s Bolognese sauce and fresh pasta, or Hot Tamale Mama’s veggie tamales make the best fast food in the world! Have you tasted Dolese’s Stuffed Artichokes? Just heat and eat. (Were you really thinking Burger King?)

You’ll enjoy your Parade Survival Basket so much that you’ll be sad there isn’t a parade every night. No worries! Just set up a few chairs on the front lawn, tuck your “Parade Survival Basket” neatly within reach, give the kids some beads, and let them parade up and down the sidewalk. Perfect parade – no traffic…the bathroom is close (and clean)…life is good…the whole neighborhood will want to join in. Don’t forget to tell them where you got all the great goodies!

Nuccio’s will be back at the market this Saturday so you’ll have a chance to pick up a jar of olive salad for your salad or sandwich. Another old favorite has returned and nothing says breakfast like bowl of Lena’s organic corn grits with chives and flax seed topped with a bit of Mauthe’s creamy butter. Lena makes an awesome pancake mix as well. Sam has been busy sprouting cashew and pumpkin seed for organic cashew butter and pumpkin seed butter. Try the pumpkin seed butter on your homemade wraps. There are yummy treats in store for you at both markets this week.

Market-going can be just as exciting as parade-going but without the beads and trinkets no one can figure out what to do with afterward. But don’t yell, “Hey mister! Throw me something!” at the vendors. Pies, jams, sauces, and veggies are not as easy to catch as beads. Come, join us, and pass a good time!

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

Wednesday Market Menu 2-19-14

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Good Dog Naturally To Introduce New Pet Products

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Good Dog NaturallyDoes your dog or cat suffer from food allergies or symptoms of food allergies such as severe itching, hives or skin breakouts?  Has your veterinarian prescribed your pet with dietary adjustments such as gluten- or corn-free foods?  Do you want high quality natural pet foods and treats without fillers and by-products to help ensure your pet a long, happy, healthy life?

Good Dog Naturally carries quality natural dry and canned pet food, as well as frozen and freeze dried raw pet foods. Owner Angela Segona personally and thoroughly researches quality of ingredients from every pet food manufacturer to pick the products she will carry in her store.  Each product is hand chosen by the quality and sources of its ingredients, leaning towards American sourced meats as a first ingredient.  Good Dog Naturally is a strong proponent of raw pet food, and can provide expert guidance on transitioning to a raw diet and achieving a balanced diet for your pet.

For over 8 years, Good Dog Naturally has focused on providing service and advice to those seeking to provide their pets with the best in nutrition and supplements. They constantly seek new products and recommendations for their customers to feed and treat their pets with natural and holistic products and services.  Due to several recalls in 2013, Good Dog Naturally has chosen to discontinue Natura products (California Natual, Healthwise, Evo, Innova, Karma, Mother Nature’s treats).  Good Dog Naturally will never carry a product they would not feed their own pets.

With these products gone, the shelves are open for new, better pet foods and treats. Good Dog Naturally is excited to be introducing new, hand selected pet products throughout the next three months.  They are researching new food companies, including dry and raw foods and treats.  Good Dog Naturally offers personalized service to assist you in answering your questions on the best foods to consider feeding your dog or cat. If you have any specific concerns about what is best for your four legged family members, stop in and talk to one of their knowledgeable staff members. In addition to high quality natural pet foods, they also carry a nice selection of pet supplies such as collars, leashes, and toys for your cat or dog.

Scrubby Puppy Offers Full Grooming Services

Scrubby PuppyThe Scrubby Puppy offers full grooming services for both dogs and cats that are a unique experience for you and your beloved pet.  The goal at Scrubby Puppy is to make your pet’s experience as stress free as possible. The result is a fantastic, detailed, professional grooming and a happy pet!

The Scrubby Puppy is located inside Good Dog Naturally at 1027 Village Walk (just off Lee Lane) in Historic Downtown Covington.

Call for your appointment: 985-871-5222

For more information, visit www.GoodDogNaturally.net