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Benefit for Mackenzie Riley at Our Place Studio Through Friday

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10904779_1461730490_0577_funddescriptionThe raffle to help raise money for Mackenzie Riley has begun! There are 2 ways you can purchase raffle tickets:  come to Our Place Studio in Downtown Covington or donate directly via Mackenzie’s GoFundMe, then text Liz Bragdon at 985.778.3448 with your full name and your donation amount and she’ll fill out/enter your tickets in the raffle for you.  If you do the GoFundMe route, you MUST text in order to have your tickets entered!!! If you win and you are out of state, remember many of these prizes are local services…Raffle duration: 10 days. Raffle tickets = $3 per ticket OR donate $10 or more and you get the same number of tickets as your donation amount (for ex. $10 = 10 tickets, etc.)! Four gift baskets of prizes up for grabs, full of goodies donated by generous souls & local businesses. Basket #1 includes: from Our Place Studio * Downtown Covington (tote bag, water bottle, 1 Pilates Split Class, 1 Aerial Yoga class, 3 OP Aromatherapy Spritzers and a mini mani OR pedi), from Shop Soul Boutique (Jaeci necklace) (value $130); Basket #2 includes: from Northshore Belly Dance ($50 gift cert towards lessons), from Soul’s Journey herbal, massage & bodywork (30 minute massage, detox tea and muscle rub), from Our Place (Tanya Dischler notecards), from Shop Soul Boutique (Jaeci necklace) (value $150); Basket 3 includes: brass petal earrings from Metal and Earth Designs, CBD oil & $25 gift certificate from Wildcrafter, and a set of Tanya Dischler notecards (value $100); and Basket 4 includes 3 stone bead and charm bracelets from April Star Davis Jewelry, a gorgeous lux wrap and 3 Pre de Provence soap/hand cream gift sets from The French Mix by Jennifer DiCerbo (value $200).  Through Friday –
Amazing prizes and chance to do something wonderful for a wonderful young woman, who needs our help!

 

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

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

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Covington Farmers Market LogoHappy Tuesday, friends! I hope you’re prepared for a lively lunch at the market tomorrow. The farmers market band is busy tuning up their instruments and our vendors are busy cooking delicious meals in anticipation of your arrival. Chomper’s BBQ has firecracker au gratin potatoes and broccoli salad to accompany smokey pulled pork. A nice bowl of Nanette’s late winter vegetable soup and her exotic Mediterranean salad are excellent luncheon fare. I’ll also need to get a container of Kandy’s chicken porridge (perfect for breakfast). Where shall I go from here? Frankie’s peach cobbler? Lillie’s tea cakes? Natalie’s strawberries? Duke’s Hawaiian beef jerky? Yard eggs from Mr. Houston? I guess I’ll decide when I get there.

Just a blink and Saturday will be here with sunshine and blue skies and Daniele Spadavecchia’s delightful tunes twinkling out from the gazebo. In the cooking tent, Wildcrafters of Covington will sample and showcase their fresh fruit and vegetable juices! It’ll be a wonderful day in the neighborhood.

I took a little stroll around the market as I usually do each week to see what’s new and interesting. I met Spiderman, Superman, Super Girl and Kermit the frog hanging from the “merry-go-round” in front of Vincent and Mauricio’s tent, sending out invitations to all the kiddies to partake in their cookie goodness and get a balloon in the process. Pam, our Hot Tamale Mama, is also baking Cajun Buttermilk Tarts – crunchy outer crust housing a sweet, creamy buttermilk center. She has traditional vanilla, sassy almond and cranberry, chewy coconut, and Ghirardelli chocolate fillings…..I see you licking your lips.

I found a few things that have always been here but I never really noticed, like Mauthe’s buttermilk. How can I have missed that? I am not a milk drinker but buttermilk adds richness and flavor to pancakes, biscuits, and cornbread. So I picked up a pint. What a difference it made to my cornbread for last night’s supper! Think how delicious your pancakes would be if you added buttermilk to Lena’s (7Grain) pancake mix (which can also double as a biscuit mix.) No matter whether you make pancakes or biscuits, don’t forget the honey. Kevin’s Blood River honey has a distinctive flavor that is so different from what you can get anywhere.

I even made a quickie salad dressing today with just buttermilk and Nur’s sun dried tomato pesto. It was just a simple salad with lettuce (Nick, John, Mr. Houston, Natalie, Eddie), tomato (Ann), and sprouts from the market. Sam has a variety of sprouts. He recently added pea shoots to his “menu”. He says they are incredible in a salad or in a fresh juice of shoots, carrots, and celery.

Chocolate Streusel Topped Dutch Chocolate Poundcake  Bear Creek Road, LLC

Chocolate Streusel Topped Dutch Chocolate Poundcake Bear Creek Road, LLC

Speaking of Nur’s sun dried tomato pesto, one of my granddaughers’ favorite “pizzas” is made with a slice of bread generously spread with pesto and topped with artichoke hearts and mozzarella cheese. Five minutes in a 400 degree oven and Voila! pizza. Both Lena and Susie (Windfield Farms) have bread and ready made pizza crust so you shouldn’t have much trouble making your own versions. Saadet (Nur’s Kitchen) says that her husband simply spread Nur’s Shakshooka on a pizza round and popped it in the oven for a wonderful pizza. You could also top it with some of Farmhouse Dairy’s feta cheese. Betty Rue’s gluten free pizzas are all ready for the oven, topped with roasted tomato, eggplant, and feta or sun dried tomato, Shiitake mushroom, and feta. Can’t get any easier than that!

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 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