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Farmers’ Market Recipe: Satsuma Vinaigrette with Fresh Greens Salad

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by Chelsea Cochrane

Greens, greens, and more greens! Don’t you just love greens season? Kale, mustard, collards, lettuces and radish greens, they’re everywhere at the Covington Farmers’ Market! And they’re never better than when they are fresh picked by our local farmers. Check out Sam’s Sprouts, Faust Farm and Grow.Farm, to name a few.

What pairs better with fresh greens than citrus? Satsumas are in full swing at the market too, so juicy and sweet you may not need the honey in this vinaigrette. But I use it anyway, because any excuse to use local honey is good by me.

Satsuma Vinaigrette with Fresh Greens Salad

Ingredients:

Vinaigrette:
Juice from 1 large satsuma
1/2 cup safflower or other mild oil
2 Tbs balsamic vinegar
1 tsp dried rosemary crushed
1 Tbs local honey
dash of sea salt
Salad:
6 cups of mixed greens – there’s plenty to choose from – grab a mix or make your own!
1 satsuma, peeled & segmented
a couple of baby radishes, washed & shredded
a few fresh basil leaves, shredded (I like to use purple basil for salads)
optional – 1/4 cup pecan pieces

Directions:

  • I like to combine all the ingredients for my salad dressing in a mason jar with a lid so I can give it a good shake. This helps to mix the oil, vinegar and juice together nicely.
  • The salad dressing can be made in advance and kept refrigerated before use. It should keep fine for 1 – 2 weeks in the fridge.
  • When you’re ready for salad, mix and enjoy!
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This Week at the Covington Farmer’s Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Charlene LeJeune, Abundant Life Kitchen

Charlene LeJeune, Abundant Life Kitchen

Hi, friends and a happy Tuesday it is! We should be seeing the last of the drearies for the next few days so come and enjoy some of that sunshine with us. Don’t you just loooooove blue skies? Speaking of blue, Big Branch Soaps has changed their company name to Blue L Essentials – same great products, though. And great they must be because Covington Town Talk has a wonderful article all about them. Check it out at Covington Town Talk.  Congrats, Richard and Lucy!

Well, great as they are, home care products are not edible but we have lots of good eatin’, such as Kandy’s Chicken porridge. (That’s right! It’s back on the menu!) Jeff is smoking up his amazing jalapeño poppers along with his pulled pork. Stop by for a pint (or two) of Nanette’s white bean and kale soup – so delicious no matter what the weather is like. Then dive into dessert with Frankie’s puff pastry filled with baked Brie, figs, and pecans. And, for your morning coffee, Tea Cakes by Lillie’s Daughter has delightfully crisp tea cakes perfect for dippin’ and sippin’.

The Abita Stumps will be at the Covington Farmer's Market Saturday

The Abita Stumps will be at the Covington Farmer’s Market Saturday

The Abita Stumps are in the gazebo on Saturday morning with some lively, foot-stompin’ tunes. So grab your coffee and start your shopping so you’ll be ready when Market vendors, Josh and Jessica of Simply Pure, serve yummy samples of their Simply Pure Juice potions for Halloween.

You know the holidays are close when you start seeing merliton on the produce tables. Ken is back with citrus and veggies – merliton, turnips, cushaw squash, sweet delicious satsumas, Meyer lemons, and some pecans. Lettuce made its fall debut on John’s table this week – lovely crisp green lettuce – just aching for a creamy salad dressing like Bechac’s Honey Creole Mustard or Roasted Garlic and Tomato. J.R. still has tomatoes. Yes, even the sweet cherry tomatoes. Cucumbers abound along with sweet and hot peppers, yellow squash, green onions…

Or you can grow your own with plant starts from Alton and Sandra. They have everything you need for your fall garden – cabbage, Brussels sprouts, red sails lettuce, butternut squash, eggplant, Swiss chard and lots more. Of course, there’s lots more everywhere you look at the market and we’re planning on two perfect mornings to enjoy it all. Won’t you 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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This Week at the Covington Farmer’s Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Blessings of the season to you, friends. Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and I know you’re all getting ready for family and friends and lots of great food. Stop by for some of Frankie’s goodies, Earl’s raw honey (makes a great gift) and fresh veggies from Mr. Houston.

Crispin Schroeder will play at the Covington Farmers Market this Saturday

Crispin Schroeder will play at the Covington Farmers Market this Saturday

Saturday will be the last market of 2014. Weren’t we just celebrating the 4th of July?  Come and enjoy a refreshing cup of coffee with us while you shop for the goodies you’ll need for your New Year’s party. Chrispin Schroeder will sing out the old year from the gazebo while Jeff and Kristen get the rig into place to smoke up some amazing pork. Make sure you get extra for sandwiches. Lena and Suzie have wonderful breads to make that sandwich perfect.

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

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

I thought we’d finish out this year with the reason you all come to the Farmers’ Market – the vegetables! A quick perusal of the tables last weekend shows that the veggies are not taking a holiday, so much the better for us. I saw the first beets of the season on John’s table along with turnips, carrots, radishes, chard, spinach, kale, tat soi, bok choi, broccoli and iceberg lettuce (sounds like we may need a little dressing too.)

Beets from Bartlett Farm at the Covington Farmer's Market

Beets from Bartlett Farm at the Covington Farmer’s Market

Dinosaur kale, collards, mustard, chard cabbage, spinach, broccoli, carrots and green onions were loaded onto Mr. Houston’s table and a few feet away Ken Savage offers huge, gorgeous cauliflower, oranges, sweet kumquats, red navel oranges, grapefruit, and satsumas. While you’re over there, check out Spanish R Us. Soriedad is baking a fantastic Tres Leche cake, almost too pretty to eat – almost. She’s making coconut flan too.  Remember to get refried beans and salsas for your party!

Baby Swiss from Grow.Farm at the Covington Farmer's Market

Baby Swiss from Grow.Farm at the Covington Farmer’s Market

Fortunately, Nick still has those fabulous Evangeline sweet potatoes. You’ll also find heirloom turnips, chard, curly mustard, flat leaf kale, and persimmons plus quail eggs. Don’t forget your New Year’s cabbage from Natalie and some strawberries too! Johnadale Farms is back again with their strawberries – we’ve got goodness all around! Dennis has pure cane syrup made from his own sugar cane fields. Stop by and check it out!

Alton and Sandra have some absolutely gorgeous camellia bushes that will not be available for long. Look over their table for the most fragrant herbs for your garden – rosemary, lemon thyme, chocolate mint and more.

We hope you’ll join us for the last market of the year. By next Saturday, a whole new year will have begun along with the hopes and plans that a new year always brings. We wish you peace and prosperity in 2015. Thank you for your patronage, your friendship, and your recipes; we look forward to another year 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