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Keep Covington Beautiful Hosts UCF Grant Informational Meeting March 4th

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keep covington beautiful planterKeep Covington Beautiful will host an informational meeting on March 4, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. at the Greater Covington Center, 317 N. Jefferson. The meeting will be held in Conference Room II. The entrance is on the W. 23rd side of the building.

The purpose of the meeting is to explain the Urban & Community Forestry Grant received from the Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry. The overall goal of KCB’s project is to create guidelines and a proto-type plan to be used as the basis for the City of Covington’s Community Forest Master Tree Planting Plan.

The project focuses on parts of the primarily residential neighborhoods known as the West 20’s and West 30’s. The approximate boundaries of the study area are between West 22nd Avenue & West 29th Avenue to N. Columbia, between N. Buchanan and N. Madison streets.

The project will establish criteria for evaluating potential locations for planting new trees.

Several streets in the area have been selected to study in detail: N. Monroe, N. Taylor, W. 24th Avenue & W. 28th Avenue. Data such as existing trees, signs, overhead and underground utilities, driveways and areas used for parking will be recorded along sections of these streets.

Volunteers are needed to assist with collecting this data. Those interested in helping can sign up at the meeting or by contacting KCB at 985-867-3652 or A volunteer “data collection” day will be scheduled in March. The public is invited to attend the meeting to learn more about the grant project.

Keep Covington Beautiful is a 501 c 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the beautification of the city of Covington. To learn more about KCB’s beautification, litter prevention and recycling activities, or to become a member or volunteer, contact: 985-867-3652 or email; visit & follow KCB on Facebook.

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Covington Heritage Foundation Lecture: The Effects Of Air Conditioning On Louisiana

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heritagefoundationlecture (3)The Covington Heritage Foundation presents a lecture by scholar Dr. Ray Arsenault, “The End of the Long Hot Summer:  The Air Conditioner and Southern Culture.”  The lecture will take place on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Center of Performing Arts located 201 N. Columbia Street in downtown Covington.

There is no registration necessary to attend this lecture, it is free and open to the public.  The lecture is made possible by the Louisiana Endowment For The Humanities, The Covington Heritage Foundation and the St. Tammany Parish Library.

The Center Of Performing Arts provides an environment in which individuals can explore their artistic expression wherever their musical dreams may lead.

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STHS’s Annual Fundraiser “Woofstock” Introduces Mega Pet Adoption Event

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Woofstock 2015 STHS posterJoin the St. Tammany Humane Society for their 26th Annual Spring Festival “Woofstock 2015”, low cost clinic and fundraiser. Admission to the festival is free, and families along with their canine companions are invited to enjoy the many activities for which Woofstock is famous, including canine contests, humane education, children’s entertainment, basket raffles, a Woofstock vendor marketplace, food, drinks and music. This year’s canine contests include: Best Hippie Costume, Best Celebrity Look-alike, Fastest Tail Wag, Cutest Dog, and Best Canine Trick. The winners of each individual contest will then compete for the coveted title of “Best in Show.”

For the past 26 years, our low-cost vaccine clinic allows dogs to receive vaccinations, heartworm tests and microchips, while their owners purchase preventatives and take advantage of other services at deeply discounted rates. The hours for this year’s vet clinic are 10 am to 2 pm.  Supplies are limited.

Part fundraiser, part festival, Woofstock 2015 will be breaking new ground by becoming the Northshore’s first Mega Pet Adoption Event, featuring over 200 adoptable dogs and cats from STHS and other area rescue groups and shelters including St. Tammany Department of Animal Services, St. Francis Animal Sanctuary, Big Sky Ranch, Animal Assistance Lead with Slidell Animal Control, Hokie’s Hounds, Humane Society of Louisiana-Magnolia Chapter, Jefferson SPCA, CATNIP and St. Bernard Animal Services. STHS states this is the first time these organizations have come together for an event of this magnitude, and they have set a combined goal to find permanent homes for at least 100 animals during this event, offering a special low adoption fee of $40.

Woofstock 2015 will be held this Sunday, March 1st from 10 am – 4 pm at the Castine Center in Pelican Park, Mandeville.

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St. Tammany Art Association’s Community Outreach Committee – Join Today!

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Robin Games with the Outstanding Volunteer of the Quarter certificate.

Robin Games with the Outstanding Volunteer of the Quarter certificate.

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The St. Tammany Art Association’s Community Outreach Committee recently recognized Robin Games as their first Outstanding Volunteer of the Quarter.  Robin Games is a former High School Art Teacher who recently moved to Louisiana, and STAA is thankful to have such a wonderful addition to their team.

The mission of the outreach committee is to fulfill the goals of STAA that directly relate to our community. The Committee aims to encourage the community to get involved in art-making as a way to express themselves, foster creativity and inspire art, especially to the members of the community that may not otherwise have the opportunity.

Volunteer With The Outreach Committee!

Some examples of STAA Community Outreach activities include helping with kid’s craft-making at Community Festivals & Events such as the Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival, Three Rivers Art Festival, STAA Art Martkets, etc.  The program helps with kid’s craft-making at Cultural Art Days at area Elementary Schools and assists the elderly in craft-making activities on Senior Art Days.  The Outreach Committee also participates in local community group efforts such as Keep Covington Beautiful, Trailhead Events and other local activities. Regular meetings are held to discuss current projects and possible opportunities.  Volunteers are welcome to provide ideas and expertise, prep and organize art projects, participate in local activities, provide financial or other support, and encourage others to participate.

To join STAA’s Outreach Committee, please contact Angel Sepulvado at 985-892-8650 or email

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Breakfast Event “Champions Together” Benefits Special Olympics Louisiana

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Catherine & Mayor Mike Cooper

Catherine & Mayor Mike Cooper

Covington Mayor Mike Cooper and his wife, Catherine, will serve as Honorary Chairs for the “Champions Together” Breakfast for Special Olympics Louisiana (SOLA), according to Pat Carpenter, President/CEO of SOLA. The breakfast, presented by the Olympian athletes, will be held at Benedict’s Plantation on Thursday, April 16, 2015, and local business and community leaders are invited to attend. The guests will be inspired as they hear stories from the Special Olympic athletes and parents.

Special Olympics Louisiana serves 1,599 Florida Parishes athletes and partners. There are another 15,124 not served. It costs $203,073 to serve the current Florida Parishes athletes. The proceeds from this breakfast will help recruit athletes and build skills that lead to employment.

The mission of Special Olympics Louisiana is to provide year round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympic athletes and the community.

The “Champions Together” Breakfast will take place at Benedict’s Plantation at 1144 N. Causeway Blvd. In Mandeville on Thursday, April 16th, 2015 from 7 a.m. To 8:30 a.m. For those interested in attending, please contact Catherine Cooper at or call 985-893-0377, or Mary Louise Prudhomme, email at or phone 225-505-7093.

“Special Olympics Louisiana serves our area’s children and adults and Catherine and I are honored to be a part of helping promote the good work and community building efforts of this vital organization” said Mayor Cooper.

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Covington Recreation Dept. Announces Baseball, Softball, T-ball Registration

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The City of Covington Recreation Department will be accepting registrations for boys baseball (ages 7-15), girls softball (ages 7-15), and co-ed t-ball (ages 5 -6), now through Tuesday, March 31, 2015. “We’re excited to kick off the baseball and softball season and encourage boys and girls to sign up.” Kelly Dietrich, Covington Recreation Department.

Parents can register at Covington City Hall – Recreation Department, 317 N. Jefferson Avenue, Monday thru Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

For additional information please contact Kelly Dietrich at 985.893.4044 or

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Farmer’s Market Recipe: Mixed Greens Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

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Ingredients –

Mixed Greens Salad with Orange VinaigretteVinaigrette:
Juice & zest from 1 large orange
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tbs balsamic vinaigrette
1 tbs minced garlic
1 tbs crushed red pepper
fresh rosemary & fennel
dash of sea salt

6 cups fresh mixed greens
1 orange, peeled and segmented

Cooking Instructions:

Make your own salad dressing and take your salads to the next level! This vinaigrette combines fresh local oranges with complimentary herbs rosemary & fennel for a delightful flavor combination.

Mix all ingredients for vinaigrette well and marinate in the refrigerator overnight for best flavor. Can be kept for up to two weeks refrigerated. When ready to use shake well and toss with fresh mixed greens and fresh orange segments. Enjoy!

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

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Happy Tuesday, friends! I know the weather doesn’t look promising but don’t let that keep you from dashing in for a great meal. Take it to go. Veggie Meals 2 Go is offering sautéed vegetables with rice to warm your soul. They also have frozen meals that are perfect for lunch or dinner later in the week. Can you stand to pass up dessert? Frankie is fixing New York style cream cheese pies (OMG!!) and you can choose either blueberry or cherry topping. Spanish R Us promises to be back at the market on Wednesdays with spicy chicken tacos, chips and salsa. We welcome a newcomer to our Wednesday market. Jan Tassin and Todd Ekinia offer luxuriously creamy and lightly fragranced soaps and skin creams.

Lena Brannon with 7 Grains will do the cooking demo this Saturday

Lena Brannon with 7 Grains will do the cooking demo this Saturday

Just a blink and Saturday will be here with sunshine and blue skies and Zac Maris’ delightful tunes twinkling out from the gazebo. In the cooking tent, Lena (7 Grain) will serve samples of her whole grain pizzas. She will have all her usual goodies for sale as well – pizza rounds, corn grits, pancake mix, an assortment of artisan breads and more!

Right across from the cooking tent, is Sam’s Sprouts. He’s been delighting us with his coconut chips lately, and he tells me that he is trying out a few more savory flavors like onion-garlic and salt & vinegar and hopes to have them this weekend. You’ll want to stop by all the tables because you never know what delectable goodness you’ll find.

Sam's Sprouts

Sam’s Sprouts

Norma Jean’s latest creation is a Japanese soba noodle dish with broccoli topped with sesame seeds. It goes wonderfully with her wakame seaweed salad. Yum! Robin’s new flavor is peach bourbon pepper jelly which sounds like it would add a delicious kick to any fruit salad – or even just a spoon. Just think how tasty that would be with Farmhouse Dairy’s chevre.

Farmhouse Dairy

Farmhouse Dairy

Speaking of, Tiffany and Andy’s goats have had their kids and are producing goat’s milk like crazy. So Tiffany has been very busy making her awesome feta cheese but that’s not all. She also has aged raw feta and aged Folsom Fog. Now, they’re not aged as long as I am but long enough for the full flavor you’ve come to expect in their cheeses.

Stone Creek Nursery is a newcomer to the Saturday Market and they bring the promise of spring in the form of blueberry, blackberry, and raspberry plants and even their very own blueberry soil mix to give your bushes a treat. And with that promise of spring comes the desire to get out and get planting. Make sure you prepare your soil well with The Egg Ladies’ precious chicken poop in a bag. Healthy dirt means healthy plants and Alton and Sandra have lots to get you started. Begin with herbs such as tarragon, chocolate, orange, or regular mint, rosemary, marjoram, and thyme. Then add butter crunch lettuce, broccoli, sugar beets, green onions or a tangy salad mix.

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

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The Antiquarian Image – An Exhibition of 19th Century Photographic Processes Opening at STAA

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An international exhibition of works by ten photographers on display at the STAA Art House from February 21 through April 4, 2015.

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Although digital imagery is now the standard in the 21st century, the photographic image has its roots deep in the early 19th century and reaches as far back as the Renaissance era with the camera obscura. Throughout the 19th century more advanced printing techniques and processes were developed-ambrotype, tintype, photo-gravure and albumen. A few artists have remained dedicated to creating images using such techniques from the dawn of the photographic process, and this exhibition will showcase ten from around the world and right here in our backyard: Alex Sapienza of Dublin, Ireland; Dennis Ziliotto, Monselice, Italy; and Borut Peterlin, Dolenjske Toplice, Slovenia; Michelle Smith-Lewis, Seattle, WA; Euphus Ruth, Greenville, MS; Scott Anton, Solon, ME; Jeanne Wells, Turner, ME; David Armentor, New Orleans, LA; Robert Dutruch, Bush, LA; and Bruce Schultz, Lafayette, LA.

Antiquarian Image 2 STAADuring the opening reception, 6-9 pm on Saturday, February 21, visitors will be able to watch demonstrations of the tintype process and purchase a portrait of their own as David Armentor will be on site offering portraits throughout the evening. A portion of the sales will support educational programming at the St. Tammany Art Association. Advance reservations for portraits are recommended, call 985-892-8650 for details.

In coordination with the exhibition STAA has scheduled hands-on workshops illustrating the tintype and lumen printing processes. Space is limited. See articles below for more details.

The exhibition, sponsored in part by Lost Hills Studio, will be on display at the St. Tammany Art Association located at 320 N. Columbia St. in downtown Covington, LA.

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STAA Upcoming Art Workshops & Markets – Call to Artists

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Lumen Print Workshop STAA

Lumen Print Workshop Saturday March 21st

This class with instructor Natasha Sanchez will introduce students to the lumen print process, a camera-less technique that dates back to the origins of photography in the 19th century. The class will cover the printing process, composition, paper, fixing, toning, and scanning options. Participants will take home three completed lumen prints.

Saturday March 21st at the St. Tammany Art Association, 320 N Columbia St. 11 am – 3 pm. Cost is $95, includes supplies. Call (985) 892-8650 for more information.

Tintype Workshop Saturday March 28th

Tintype Workshop STAAIn this workshop, David Armentor of St. Veronica’s Photographic Gallery will walk participants through basic techniques of the tintype process. This includes preparing the plate, pouring collodion, exposing, developing, fixing and varnishing as well as chemical mixing and safety. You will leave with a completed tintype. Participants are encouraged but not required to bring their own large format cameras. Saturday March 28th at the St. Tammany Art Association, 320 N Columbia St. 1 – 5 pm. Cost is $195, includes supplies. Call (985) 892-8650 for info.

Watercolor Demo STAAFree Watercolor Painting Demonstration by John Goodwyne

Join the St. Tammany Art Association for this free demonstration on Thursday, March 19th from 11 am to noon at the Arthouse, 320 N Columbia Street. Learn more about these and other events by visiting

STAA Accepting Submission for Covington Art Markets Now

Covington Art Market March 2015STAA & the City of Covington announce the Spring Season of the Covington Art Market 2015: March 7, April 4 and May 2, held 9 am – 1 pm at the Covington Trailhead.

Deadline for submissions to the March market is Friday, February 20th. This juried market is a great opportunity for artists seeking a venue to sell their artwork. View the application here for more details.

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History Antiques Hosts the Southern Foray – Traveling Trunk Show with a Purpose

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History Southern ForayHistory Antiques & Interiors is excited to host The Southern Foray, a traveling trunk show tour put on by three southern girls with a passion for entrepreneurship and making a difference in the world. Come by and see handmade jewelry by Mary Frances Flowers, social stationary and greeting cards by WritefullyHis, and school supplies by Dot Products! Learn more about the girls trip at

The trunk show will be Tuesday February 24th from 12 – 5 pm at History Antiques & Interiors, 317 N Columbia Street, Covington, LA. History is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, by appointment Mondays.     (985) 892-0010


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Playmakers Announces Upcoming Play “Loot”

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Loot Playmakers IncOpening night March 6th with champagne reception.

Playmakers Theater announces the opening night of the black farce “Loot”, written by Joe Orton & directed by Anesia M. Genre. Free champagne and treats will be served on opening night March 6th 2015. Adult tickets are $15 & Student tickets are $10. Please reserve tickets by calling (985)893-1671 or visit The play runs March 6-22, (except the 8th), Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm, at Playmakers Community Theater, 19106 Playmakers Rd. (off Lee Rd.), Covington, LA. Playmakers is looking for volunteer in any capacity, contact for more info.

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“Covington – Your Place for Business” Resource Workshop Next Thursday

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Business Workshop 2-26-15The City of Covington and the Covington City Council Economic Development Committee will host the fifth installment of the award-winning Covington Business Resource Workshop series entitled Covington — Your Place for Business on Thursday, February 26th, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (8:00 a.m. on-site registration), in the Bogue Falaya Hall of the Greater Covington Center, 317 N. Jefferson Avenue. The purpose of this workshop is to introduce people who are interested in opening their business in Covington and further assist current businesses in the City to provide the tools and resources to prosper. Guest speakers at the workshop include: Parish President Pat Brister; Covington Mayor Mike Cooper; Covington City Councilman Larry Rolling, District D; City of Covington Director of Administration, Gina Hayes; St. Tammany Economic Development, Brenda Bertus; North Shore Area Board of Realtors (NABOR), David Holloway; U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Melissa Daigrepont; Louisiana SBDC at Southeastern Louisiana University; SCORE, Sandy Hughes; and Covington Business Association (CBA), Brad Schroeder.

This event is free and open to the public and is a great opportunity for local business owners to network and keep up to date with the business climate. Pre-registration is recommended, as seating is limited. Visit for more information and online registration. Refreshments provided by the Covington Business Association.


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Save the Date: CBA’s A Taste of Covington 2015 Upcoming in April

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4 Day Event Showcases Covington April 9th – 12th 2015

A Taste of Covington 2015The Covington Business Association’s 4th Annual A Taste of Covington features a 4 day wine and food event exploring Covington, Louisiana! Thursday April 9th begins the festivities with the Vintners’ Dinners, a four course meal at ten top local restaurants with expert wine pairings. Friday is the very popular Grand Tasting in the wine warehouse at Acquistapace’s Covington Supermarket (now with two tents!) Saturday afternoon is the prestigious Festa del Vino wine tasting at the Southern Hotel, ATOC’s 2015 Top Presenting Sponsor. This year’s Festa del Vino is presented by Mayor Mike Cooper. Saturday evening the St. Tammany Art Association will host their annual Spring for Art from 6 – 9 pm. On Sunday, round it all out with a Champagne Jazz Brunch at Ox Lot 9 with music by Steppin’ Up. All events with the exception of Spring for Art must be reserved in advance – tickets are on sale at


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Photo of the Week: HJ Smith & Son’s Wagon

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HJ Smith & Sons General by Cici Photography“HJ Smith & Son’s Wagon” was submitted by Cici Photography, shows an antique wagon in front of HJ Smith & Son’s General Store & Museum on Columbia Street in Downtown Covington, LA. 

Submit your photo to for a chance to have it featured in our “Photo of the Week”. Preference will be given to photos taken locally. Please include the title of your photo, the name of the photographer and where the photo was taken. Original works only, please.

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Farmer’s Market Recipe: Roasted Winter Root Vegetables

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Roasted Winter Veggies - CopyIngredients:

turnip1/2 lb turnips, chopped

1/4 lb parsnip, chopped

1/4 lb carrots, chopped

1/4 lb red potatos, chopped

1/4 lb lb mushrooms, chopped

1/2 large onion, chopped

1/4 cup chopped chives/ grn onion

3 tbsp minced garlic

johnny_automatic_half_long_carrot3 tbsp extra virgin oil

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 tsp course sea salt

1 tsp each of lemon thyme, tarragon, sage, fresh parsley

1/2 tsp each ground yellow mustard powder & paprika

Cooking Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large oven proof skillet, heat the oil at medium heat on the stovetop. Toss in the turnip, parsnip, carrot and potato and lightly sear on all sides by flipping regularly and pressing with a spatula for about a minute. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Put in the oven and bake for 30 – 45 minutes, or until all is golden brown. Can be served by itself, as a side dish, on a sandwich, with pasta or over a bed of lettuce as a salad. Best topped with some fresh chopped parsley. Enjoy!

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

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Happy Mardi Gras! I hope you’re enjoying your day today and are making plans to join us for lunch tomorrow. It may not be Christmas but you can still make your list and check it twice:

Cup of cream of mushroom soup (Nanette)
Chicken salad wrap from Nanette for later in the week
Chicken porridge from Kandi for later in the week
½ lb Smoky pulled pork to chop up in my eggs for breakfast
Lemon olive oil from Nuccio’s (‘cause I’m out)
2 mini apple pies (‘cause Mr. Wonderful loves them)
Frozen stuffed peppers from Veggie Meals 2 Go (Oh! Did I forget to mention they are making their Wednesday debut) Check out the menu.
1 pint of red ripe strawberries
1 pint of Earl’s raw honey for my coffee

Ah! Aren’t Wednesdays wonderful? And Saturday will be just as wonderful with Ed Whiteman faithfully and graciously serving coffee and tea from the pavilion (thanks, Ed!), Chris Talley with lovely melodies in the gazebo, lovely fresh breezes sweeping the market, and Lola Deux pulled up to the curb on Columbia Street. Enchanting!

LOLA Deux, LOLA Restaurant's food truck will be at the Covington Farmer's Market Saturday

LOLA Deux, LOLA Restaurant’s food truck will be at the Covington Farmer’s Market This Saturday

I don’t want to “throw” all our thrills out there at once but we have a special surprise for Saturday. Okay. Okay. I’ll spill the beans – the Covington Farmers’ Market will have its own ATM machine! I know it was supposed to be a surprise but it’s kinda like catching all your beads and dubloons in the air. You just have to shout about it!

Jasmine Aubert has created a new organic coconut “everything” soap. It cleans everything from you to your clothes. Whaaaat! Everything???!! But will it do the dishes? Yes!  While you’re over there, take a look at her shampoos – organic green tea shampoo and wild rose cream shampoo for colored and fragile hair.

I hope you had a chance to taste Bear Creek Road’s airy meringues, macaroons, and marshmallows last week. Jennifer also had a caramel pecan chocolate bar that she says will be on the menu again this week. She’s also featuring Potato Rosemary Boules and Mushroom Onion Focaccia. If you need more reason than that to get here, try a sample of Betty Rue’s new chewy, chocolaty, grain-free brownie or her chocolaty, nutty Rocky Road cookie! Sam’s Sprouts has been adding loads of new things to his sprout line. I tasted a ginger peanut butter coconut bar that was out of this world and the coconut chips are crunchy and perfect for snacking.

Bartlett Farm's own Braising Mix - fresh baby Bok Choi. Mizuna , and Tat Soi mixed and washed. Ready to go for salad or sauté or soup!

Bartlett Farm’s own Braising Mix – fresh baby Bok Choi. Mizuna , and Tat Soi mixed and washed. Ready to go for salad or sauté or soup!

Our produce vendors haven’t been slacking. Nick (Grow.Farm) has broccoli rabe, Tuscan kale, heirloom turnips and bags of mixed chards. He also has those flavorful sweet potatoes. John’s (Bartlett Farm) table includes carrots, beets, mixed bags of lettuce and beautiful floral bouquets. Mr. Houston (Father & Son Farm) has Brussels sprouts, red sails lettuce, a variety of kales, collards, oak leaf lettuce, and mustard. Ken has huge heads of cauliflower and broccoli, greens and a yellow variety of carrot that I’m told is quite sweet.

All of this is only 1 and 4 days away. Set your countdown clocks, your alarm clocks, your biological clocks, whatever clocks you have to. You don’t want to miss out!

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

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English Tea Room Events – Valentine’s High Tea, Jack the Ripper Night, Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea

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The English Tea Room has plenty of upcoming events, something for everyone!

Valentine's High TeaFor the entire week of Valentine’s, February 9th – 14th, enjoy a traditional high tea tier with mini quiches, finger sandwiches, a scone, a pot of tea, chocolates and special treats all for $25! Make your reservation for Valentine’s Day on Saturday February 14th for a lovely day-date full of chocolate and roses… and tea of course! The English Tea Room will be open regular hours 9 am – 6 pm, please call for reservations: 985.898.3988

Jack the Ripper NightOn Friday February 13th, The English Tea Room is excited to host their first Jack the Ripper Night! Special book signing by local disc jockey T.C. and featuring a $10 dinner plate of baked macaroni and slow-cooked beef roast topped with red sauce. Open late from 6 pm to 8:30 pm, no reservations necessary. Costumes are always encouraged, join in this adventurous night event!

Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea ETRDownton Abbey Afternoon Tea – March 1st

The English Tea Room is excited to announce a new Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea on Sunday, March 1st from 2:30-4:30pm. The event includes a full, Downton Abbey-styled High Tea, with delicacies straight from the show. Hats and costumes are welcomed! Call to reserve your spot – this will be a sell out too! Price is $30 per person, prepaid.