Editor’s note: The farmers markets vegetable and food product lists are posted on The Advocate’s website, http://www.theadvocate.com, and featured on the first Thursday of each month in The Advocate’s Food section.
The grand opening of the Thursday Red Stick Farmers Market at Pennington Biomedical Research Center will be May 10 at 6400 Perkins Road. Chef Celeste Gill will cook a seasonal dish and live music and childrens’ activities are planned. The Thursday market features 20 local farmers with garden plants, spring vegetables, berries, artisan breads, desserts and prepared foods.
The Saturday market will offer gift items for Mother’s Day, including fresh-cut flowers, spring plants, jams and jellies, native wines and homemade pies. Smiley Anders will also be signing his latest book inside the Main Street Market. In the cooking demonstration, Chef Celeste Gill will prepare a fresh and local menu for Mothers Day at 10 a.m. in the North Street seating area.
The Thursday Market will open today at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Road. Shoppers should enter off Kenilworth Boulevard, at Irene Drive. The Tuesday Market on Goodwood Boulevard is also now open weekly.
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 — Eggs, oyster mushrooms, jams and jellies.
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 — Zucchini, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes, bell peppers and beans.
Delight Thyself — Sweet and savory pies, soups, pork grillades and crawfish pasta sauce.
Dillard Teacakes — Homemade teacakes and sweet potato pie.
Fekete Farm — Tomatoes, strawberries, greens, onions, parsley, potatoes, green 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 — Strawberries, strawberry jam, jalapeño strawberry sauce and sweet fruit breads.
Forte Grove — Traditional French king cake, baguettes, a variety of artisan breads, and cookies.
Glaser Family Farm — Salad greens, strawberries, English cucumbers, new potatoes, beets, cabbage, greens and onions.
Greenhand Nursey — Herbs and spring vegetable seedlings, fruit trees.
Inglewood Farm — Celery root, lemon cucumbers, greens, lettuce, garlic, onions and herbs.
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.
Mon Jardin Farm — Baby squash, zucchini, beets, carrots, squash blossoms and sunflowers.
Morrow Family Farm — Strawberries, blueberries, zucchini, snap beans and tomatoes.
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 — Cucumbers, bell peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, sweet basil and jams.
Papa Tom Bonnecaze Farm — Stone-ground grits, cornmeal, oatmeal, rice flour, filé and fry mix.
Plantation Pecan — Asparagus, mayhaws, pecans, pecan pie, pralines and pecan candies.
Rico Family Farm — Tomatoes, Swiss chard, peppers, yellow squash, salsa and tamales.
Rocking R Dairy Farm — Grade A pasteurized goat milk, Greek feta and cevre cheeses, cheddar, curds and yogurt.
SaySaye’s Village Bakery — Soups, breads, cinnamon rolls and apricot cheese torte.
Vicknair Family Farm — Strawberries, tomatoes, squash and greens.
Yard Bird Farm — Pasture-raised poultry 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, Allison Cousins, creator of Cousins Salad Dressings, will grill market vegetables to serve with different selections of salad dressing. Musical guests will be The Abita Stumps.
Fresh produce will include tomatoes, eggplant, assorted squash, peppers, potatoes, cucumbers, onions, assorted greens, collards, kale, mustards, turnips, spinach, Swiss chard, cabbage, bok choy, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, radishes, strawberries, peaches, plums, nectarines and blueberres.
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.