Editor’s note: The farmers markets vegetable and food product lists are featured every week on The Advocate’s website, http://www.theadvocate.com, and on the first Thursday of each month in The Advocate’s Food section.
Louisiana’s farmers, food and culinary culture will be on display at this Saturday’s Tailgating Throwdown at the Red Stick Famers Market. Tailgating teams will whip up dishes using farm-fresh ingredients. Shoppers can sample all of the entries for $15. Bloody Marys and mimosas will also be available for purchase. Music will be provided by the John Gray Jazz Trio and Mel Chavis.
For $5, children can romp in the Kids Zone, sponsored by Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital. The Kids Zone will feature games, gardening activities and a special produce market.
In the cooking demonstration, Michael Prados, who recently attended the first-ever Kids State Dinner at the White House, will share some of his favorite healthy recipes using ingredients from the market.
The Thursday Market will open at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Road. Shoppers should enter off Kenilworth Boulevard, at Irene Drive.
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 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at the corner of Fifth and Main include:
Amato Winery — Native Louisiana wines.
Belle Ecorce — Artisan goat cheeses, yard eggs, free-range duck eggs.
Bocage Honey — Honey.
Boudreaux Gardens —Cut flowers.
Briarhill Farm — 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 — Pumpkins, squash, honey, mustard greens, mizuna, eggs, khaki fruit, red Russian kale, cucumber, Swiss card, turnips, sweet potatoes and wax beans.
Delight Thyself — Sweet and savory pies, soups, pork grillades and crawfish pasta sauce.
Dillard Teacakes — Homemade teacakes and sweet potato pie.
Fekete Farm — Eggplant, radishes, okra, green onions, mustard greens, turnips and green beans.
Feliciana’s Best — Dairy products, including milk, cream, butter and eggs.
Feliciana Greenhouses by Jimmy Hadden — Sprouts, lettuces and salad dressings.
Frances Chauvin Blue Ribbon Pies — Fruit pies and tarts, sugar-free tarts, quiche and shoe soles.
Glaser Family Farm — Sweet corn, pumpkins, cucumbers, radishes, eggplant, turnips, bell peppers, squash, okra, greens, snap beans, parsley, collards and kale.
Greenhand Nursey — Herbs and fall vegetable seedlings, fruit trees.
Iverstine Family Farm — Eggs, pastured poultry and heirloom pork.
Louisiana Shrimp — Anna Marie Seafood Co. with fresh, wild-caught shrimp and Gulf fish.
Mizell Nursery — Vegetable seedlings and herbs.
Mon Jardin Farm — Kale, mustard variety mix, squash blossoms, baby squash, snap beans, arugula, okra, squash, white turnips, zucchini and flowers.
Morrow Family Farm — Sweet corn, shelled purple hull peas, okra, eggplant, snap beans, cucumbers, zucchini and yellow squash.
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 — Tomatoes, lettuce, basil plants, jams and jellies, pickles, salsa, chow chow and tomato sauces.
Papa Tom Bonnecaze Farm — Stone-ground grits, cornmeal, oatmeal, rice flour, filé and fry mix.
Plantation Pecan — Eggplant, watermleon, cantaloupe, figs, okra, pecans, pecan pie, pralines and pecan candies.
Rocking R Dairy Farm — Goat milk, Greek feta and chevre cheeses in flavored varities, cow’s milk and goat’s milk cheddar, curds, goat meat, fat-free Greek yogurt, milk and chocolate milk.
SaySaye’s Village Bakery — Soups, breads, cinnamon rolls and apricot cheese torte.
Vicknair Family Farm — Cantaloupe, squash, mustard greens, watermelon, satsumas, cucumbers, green onions, yellow squash and eggplant.
Yard Bird Farm — Pasture-raised chicken and farm-fresh eggs.
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, Chad Landry of Chez Bubba in Covington will serve samples from the menu and highlight a barbecue sauce. Music will be provided by the Lucky Dogs starting at 9:30 a.m.
Fresh produce will include tomatoes, shelled pea,s eggplant, squash, peppers, potatoes, cucumbers, onions, assorted greens, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, radishes and other produce.
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.