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Pic of the Week

Pic of the Week

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Can you guess where this week’s photo was taken?

This week’s pic “Somewhere in downtown Covington” was submitted by Cici Photography.

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Farmers Market Recipes

Farmers Market Recipe – Quick and Easy Eggplant Parmesan

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We’ve all had those nights – everything is running behind, and it’s time to cook dinner. You want to make something reasonably healthy and hearty enough to satisfy the whole family. And you want to use some of those fresh, seasonal veggies from the farmers market.

Well you’re in luck! This recipe comes together in less than 30 minutes, with only about 5 – 10 minutes of prep. Lightly baked eggplant melts into the marinara with crispy mozzarella, perfect over your favorite spaghetti or spaghetti squash.

Quick & Easy Eggplant Parmesan


  • 2 large or 4 medium eggplants, sliced in 1/4 in thick rounds
  • 2-3 cups marinara, such as Charlene’s Abundant Life from the farmers market
  • 4 oz mozzarella pearls
  • 1/4 fresh parmesan, fine grated
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, ribbon-cut
  • 1 Tbs fresh oregano, minced
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper


Preheat over to 400 degrees.

Toss eggplant with salt in a colander. Let sit for a few minutes and rinse.

Spread a thin layer of marinara (about a cup) on the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish. Sprinkle with a little basil & oregano.

Place one single layer of eggplant rounds down, squeezed in to fill the entire bottom layer.

Spread a little marinara on top of the eggplant, sprinkle with a little salt & pepper.

Add half of your mozzarella pearls, with some more basil, oregano, and some garlic powder.

Repeat eggplant layer. This should be the rest of your eggplant. It’s okay to not have a full layer, or to double up slightly here, depending on the size of your eggplants.

Add the rest of the marinara on top of the eggplant, getting an even coverage throughout. Sprinkle with garlic powder, salt and pepper.

Add the rest of the mozzarella pearls, top with basil, oregano, then the parmesan.

Bake uncovered for about 20 minutes, until mozzarella begins to brown.

Local News

Home Exterior Video Cameras for Safety – Mayor Mark

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Exterior video cameras are affordable and effective – from Mayor Mark Johnson

Covington Police Department

As technology has improved, costs have declined. A video surveillance system at one time was an expensive undertaking. Today, cameras can be purchased for $50-ish and easily connected to your internet wirelessly.

Cameras outside your home are a deterrent. But possibly more important, they help catch perpetrators committing crimes elsewhere.

  • The downtown graffiti vandal was caught on a camera.
  • Teens robbing unlocked cars in a subdivision were caught on a camera.
  • A shooter was caught … on his own camera!

If you can afford it, you can help me help them (our PD) help us by simply adding a camera or two at your home.

Update from Mayor Mark’s Email – visit to learn more.

This Week at the Farmer's Market

This Week at the Farmers Market by Charlene LeJeune

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The following is the Covington Farmer’s Market weekly newsletter by Charlene LeJeune.

Hello, friends, what a lovely day it is! I thought I heard we were supposed to have a cool front coming through; I think I missed it. No matter, our market is open hot or cold, rain or shine. So we hope to see you out there to enjoy the music, fellowship with some friends, and indulge in a great lunch. Abeer has some of her awesome Jordanian dishes like Ouzi or Eggplant Moussaka. A slice of creamy Quiche Lorraine from Jerome will have you imagining an exotic lunch at a Parisian bistro. Blueberry jam and honey, that’s what you’ll find at Jerry’s table.

Kandy will have her luscious shrimp and shredded cabbage salad and her lemongrass infused chicken and noodle salad —always delightful especially with a cool glass of jasmine tea. Double K will hopefully have lots of eggs, though the hens get a little testy during the summer heat. Mr. Houston will have lots of eggplant and peppers. Be sure to enjoy a Bhakti Burger (beet & bean burger with special source, avocado, and loads of sprouts). Get your duck meat or broth from Ross. Joy will have some Grab N Go meals and boiled crabs! Plus she will have frozen Seafood Gumbo and Shrimp & Cauliflower Soup. Stop for a minute at Golden Mist and get a taste of fizzy jun that Mignon makes. A perusal of Henderson’s mixes will leave you in a quandary. Which one? Easy…pick one…next week, try another!

The delightful melodies of Firmin Oliviera will shine from the gazebo this Saturday morning. So grab your coffee or tea from the pavilion. Maybe you’d prefer Nancy’s kombucha or fresh juice from Amanda (she has peach lemonade!) Your choice doesn’t matter; they all go perfectly with breakfast—Meme’s Veggie Pancakes, a slice of quiche from Noma Jean, breakfast sandwich from Jennifer, apple turnover from Patrick & Madelieine…. and set off for a tour of the market. There’s always something wonderful to find.

Bushy plants and trees from Dennis create accents in your garden. Delicious soups and meals from Tessier Gourmet are perfect when you’re strapped for time. There’s skordalia, hummus, and incredible cookies from Vincent and Mauricio. You’ll find all manner of cows’ milk products from Mauthe’s including yogurt and buttermilk. Huckleberry Fred’s has a fantastic selection of goat cheese blends that add flavor to any dish. Plus they have goat’s milk. Black garlic (Cameron), pralines from Rose, jams and jellies a la Althee, whole rabbits for the pot from Exnihilo Farms and a green onion soup mix that would be a fantastic seasoning as well. Bhakti Balls, Protein Balls, and raw vegan desserts from Johnny to satisfy your sweet tooth. Chicken jerky for your favorite dog (or cat) from Tiger Bait. gorgeous starter plants from Alton.

Whew….let me catch my breath.

With allergies on the rampage (year round it seems), isn’t it a good thing we have Samantha’s Elderberry Syrup year round!? Get another nutritional boost with Succotash Ferments’ kraut, kombucha, hot sauce, and kefir. Aminta not only has microgreens (also packed with nutrients) but also has seeds available for you to grow your own. Sam’s Sprouts are certainly delicious and have been used by a couple of our vendors in creating their dishes. Great to have at your beck and call is Serenity Lane’s Bug Bite cream. Those nasty bugs just love to torment us in the summer heat and Bug Bite cream offers tremendous relief!

Along with her amazing breakfast foods, you’ll find that Jennifer has fabulous artisan breads, butter blends, homemade pasta, and pies. So too, Happy Flour offers a number of sourdough and sandwich breads like oatmeal honey, cinnamon raisin, parmesan and rosemary. Trudy has a lovely assortment of bushes, flowering plants, and houseplants full of gorgeous colors. Ms. Betty also has beautiful house plants and she is most famous for her staghorn ferns. Brownies, walnut pate, falafel, wraps, enchilada pie…yep! that’s our Norma Jean.

All in all, there are so many terrific things to find at the Covington Farmers’ Market. And YES! you will find veggies. So, why don’t you come and spend the morning with us. It will definitely put a smile on your face.

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
Check out our Facebook page –
On Instagram — @covingtonlafarmersmarket

Local News

Congratulation Rick Smith – Council-at-Large

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Congratulations to Rick Smith, our newly elected Covington City Councilman-at-Large! Rick won the runoff election last Saturday with 67% of the vote. He has a history of dedication to the City of Covington, serving both on and off the Council.

Here is Rick Smith’s statement yesterday from his campaign page:

Well it was quite an election. I want to sincerely thank everyone who took the time to exercise our American right and privilege to vote!

Special thanks to the 67% of voters that cast their votes my way. I won’t let you down.

So many of you contributed your time, your yard space (some yard signs have grown roots they’ve been out there so long), your financial contributions, and your encouraging words…

I can’t find the words to express my gratitude and sincere appreciation for believing in me.

I look forward to joining my council colleagues and working with this administration, striving to make our city the best it can be!

Thank you, Covington!
Rick Smith
Councilman At-Large

CPD Updates Local News

CPD Update: City Court in Session Monday, Special Procedures

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From the Covington Police Department:

The Covington Police Department would like to inform the citizens of Covington that our City Court will be in session on Monday, August 24, 2020, at 3:00 PM. Also, due to COVID-19, the following procedures will be followed:

  • All persons present must wear a mask in the courtroom.
  • All persons entering the building will be required to answer the standardized COVID-19 screening questions and have their temperature checked. If anyone presents with a fever or answers yes to COVID-19 questions, they will immediately be reserved with a new court date and released before entering the courtroom.
  • Maximum occupancy in the courtroom will be 34 defendants to be called in alphabetically order for each docket.
  • All others will remain outside until their name is called to go before the Judge.
  • All Officers that are subpoenaed for trial will wait in the meeting room of the Council Chambers until needed to testify.
  • We will have someone outside to collect ticket payments if they would rather pay citations than appear in court.

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