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.
This weekend is the fifteenth annual Tomato Me Crazy at the Red Stick Farmers Market. Shoppers will be able to buy a variety of locally grown tomatoes and products including breads, salsas, cheeses and pesto.
There will also be a contest where you can guess the number of tomatoes in a jar from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The winner will get a gift certificate Ruffino’s. Other prizes today will include lunch for two from Little Village and a gift basket of Louisiana tomatoes and tomato products.
In the cooking demonstration, chef Don Bergeron will cook special tomato-themed recipes. He and host chef Celeste Gill will highlight the versatility of the Creole tomato and other local variaties. The demonstration will begin at 10 a.m. in the North Street seating area inside the Main Street Market.
The Thursday Market is 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 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.
Beau Crete — Probiotic drinks.
Belle Ecorce — Artisan goat cheeses, yard eggs, free-range duck eggs.
Bocage Honey — Honey.
Briarhill Farms — Watermelons, 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 — Watermelon, cantaloupe, potatoes, peas, garlic, eggplant, squash, corn, beans and honey.
Delight Thyself — Sweet and savory pies, soups, pork grillades and crawfish pasta sauce.
Dillard Teacakes — Homemade teacakes and sweet potato pie.
EquiTerra Farm — Locally grown blueberries.
Fekete Farm — Jalapeños, bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, zucchini, okra and greens.
Feliciana’s Best — Dairy products, including milk, cream, butter and eggs.
Feliciana Greenhouses by Jimmy Hadden — Sprouts, lettuces and salad dressings.
Fletcher Farm — Eggplant, corn, bell peppers, Creole tomatoes, eggs, onions and beans.
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 bell peppers, new potatoes, summer squash, zucchini, tomatoes, onions, basil, eggplant and cushaw.
Greenhand Nursey — Herbs and vegetable seedlings, fruit trees.
Harbo Honey — Honey.
Inglewood Farm — Watermelons, cantaloupes, onions, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, Galia melons, okra, beans, cucumbers, squash, garlic 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.
Mizell Nursery — Vegetable seedlings and herbs.
Mon Jardin Farm — Sweet potato squash, bell peppers, French filet beans, eggplant and green beans.
Morrow Family Farm — Sweet corn, pinkeye purple hull peas, bell peppers, yellow squash, red beans, onions, blueberries and cucumbers.
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 — Lettuce, bell peppers, tomatoes, jams and jellies, pickles, salsa, chow chow and tomato sauce.
Papa Tom Bonnecaze Farm — Stone-ground grits, cornmeal, oatmeal, rice flour, filé and fry mix.
Plantation Pecan — Okra, peaches, plums, squash, mayhaws, pecans, pecan pie, pralines and pecan candies.
Rico Family Farm — Cayenne peppers, yard long beans, peas, tomatoes, peppers, sqaush, eggplant, salsa, tamales and chips.
SaySaye’s Village Bakery — Soups, breads, cinnamon rolls and apricot cheese torte.
Vicknair Family Farm — Watermelon, Poblano peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, bell peppers and cantaloupe.
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, caterer Jeff Thornhill of K&J Chillin N Grillin will prepare pulled pork. Music will be provided by Roy Blaum.
Fresh produce will include tomatoes, eggplant, squash, peppers, potatoes, cucumbers, onions, greens, cabbage, beets, broccoli, cauliflower and radishes.
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.