Editor’s note: The farmers markets vegetable and food product lists are featured every week on http://www.theadvocate.com, and on the first Thursday of each month in The Advocate’s Food section.
Fresh Fest kicks off this Saturday with the annual Butterfly Extravaganza. Gary Ross, naturalist and lepidopterist, will conduct a workshop on attracting and caring for butterflies at 10 a.m. inside Main Street Market. Following his discussion, Ross will be outside to answer questions on butterfly gardening and to suggest ideal plants for attracting butterflies. Children will enjoy a butterfly art activity based on “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”
Musical entertainment will feature local guitarist Kevin Johnson performing throughout the morning. Local musicians are invited to join the Bluegrass Jam inside the market.
Both the Tuesday and Thursday markets, at the Unitarian Church on Goodwood and at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, respectively, will also be open this week.
Louisiana Purchase, credit and debit cards are accepted at both locations of the Red Stick Farmers Market.
Area farmers and artisan food producers scheduled to be at the farmers market from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday include:
Amato Winery— Native Louisiana wines.
Beard Family Farm— Red beans, apples, eggs, oyster mushrooms, jams and jellies.
Beau Crete— Probiotic drinks.
Belle Ecorce— Artisan goat cheeses, yard eggs, free-range duck eggs.
Bocage Honey— Honey.
Boudreaux Gardens— Cut flowers.
Briarhill Farms— Cornish hens, whole chickens, quail, Bloody Mary mix and tomato relish.
Cajun Grain— Jasmine brown rice, gluten-free rice flour, rice grits and grass-fed beef.
Chenier Farm— Tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, potatoes, peppers, beans and honey.
Delight Thyself— Sweet and savory pies, soups, pork grillades and crawfish pasta sauce.
Dillard Teacakes— Homemade teacakes and sweet potato pie.
Fekete Farm— Jalapeños, bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, leeks, purple beans and squash.
Feliciana Greenhouses by Jimmy Hadden— Sprouts, lettuces and salad dressings.
Feliciana’s Best— Dairy products, including milk, cream, butter and eggs.
Fletcher Farms— Eggplant, bicolor corn, cantaloupe, Creole tomatoes, squash and onions.
Forte Grove— Traditional French king cake, baguettes, a variety of artisan breads, and cookies.
Frances Chauvin Blue Ribbon Pies— Fruit pies and tarts, sugar-free tarts, quiche and shoe soles.
Glaser Family Farm— Sweet corn, bell peppers, greens, new potatoes, beets, kale, onions and basil.
Greenhand Nursey— Herbs and spring vegetable seedlings, fruit trees.
Inglewood Farm— Tomatoes, green beans, okra, celery root, escarole, scallions, kohlrabi, fennel, basil and celery.
Iverstine Family Farm— Eggs, pastured poultry and heirloom pork.
Le Potager— Biscuits, fruit cake, cookies, scones, breads, muffins, soups and ice cream.
Louisiana Shrimp — Gage & Evin Shrimp Co. with fresh, wild-caught shrimp and Gulf fish.
Mizell Nursery— Vegetable seedlings and herbs.
Mon Jardin Farm— Green beans, baby squash, zucchini, squash blossoms, zinnias and sunflowers.
Morrow Family Farm— Sweet corn, tomatoes, bell peppers, squash, red beans, sweet onions and snap beans.
Nur’s Kitchen— Cabbage stew, lentil soup, eggplant-stuffed mousakka and pesto.
Outlaw Katfish Kompany— Des Allemands wild-caught catfish, crab meat and alligator sausage.
Papa John’s Family Farm— Bell peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, jams, pickles and salsa.
Papa Tom Bonnecaze Farm— Stone-ground grits, cornmeal, oatmeal, rice flour, filé and fry mix.
Plantation Pecan— Peaches, plums, pecans, pecan pie, pralines and pecan candies.
Rico Family Farm— Tomatoes, Swiss chard, sweet banana peppers, strawberries, squash and tamales.
Rocking R Dairy Farm— Goat milk, cheeses, curds, goat meat, yogurt and chocolate milk.
SaySaye’s Village Bakery— Soups, breads, cinnamon rolls and apricot cheese torte.
Vicknair Family Farm— Eggplant, Creole tomatoes, bell peppers, crookneck squash.
The Covington Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon each Saturday on the side lawn of City Hall, 609 N. Columbia St., and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Wednesday at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire.
In this week’s cooking demonstration, chef Pete Kusiw of Juniper Restaurant in Mandeville will prepare a seasonal selection from the menu. Music will be provided by Julie and Joe Manuel.
Fresh produce will include tomatoes, eggplant, squash, peppers, potatoes, cucumbers, onions, greens, strawberries, peaches, nectarines, bluberries and plums.
Seafood, meats, dairy products, eggs, honey, herbs and prepared foods will also be available.
For more information, call (985) 892-1873 or go to http://www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org.