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This Week at the Farmer’s Market

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Wowzer, friends! Have you had enough rain? Who hasn’t? Nevertheless, our market will be in full swing Wednesday and I predict it won’t rain until 3pm—after the market.;) Lots of eggs and figs at Double K Farms. You can make some mighty fine muffins with these figs. Simply whisk together 1 cup all purpose flour, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp baking soda, and 1/4 tsp salt. In another bowl, blend together 1/2 cup buttermilk, 1 large egg, and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. In a third bowl or stand mixer, beat 3/4 cup dark brown sugar and 4 tbsp room temp unsalted butter until nice and creamy. Begin to add the other ingredients, alternating dry then wet ingredients. Mix until just combined. Do not overmix. Gently fold in 1 cup chopped fresh figs. Pour into generously butter muffin pan and bake at 350F for 25-30 min. If you were lucky enough to get goat cheese last Saturday, this would make a luscious topping.

Delight in a wonderful salad from Kandy like a delicious blend of shredded cabbage red onion, and carrots, accented with cilantro and mint with a side of soothing jasmine tea. If you’re looking for Jerry and some sweet, raw honey, look no further than Kandy’s table. He has been so busy managing his hives and blueberries, he just can’t get out here. But I won’t complain because we’ll definitely appreciate good honey and are breathlessly waiting to see if there will be more of his world famous blueberry spread. Abeer has some amazing dishes to enjoy in the meantime. If you haven’t tried her Mujadara, then definitely treat yourself. It’s a delicious combination of lentils and rice topped with fried onions. Oh man!How good! She’s also got Baba Ghanoush and some splendid meat & spinach pies.

Tomorrow may be a perfect day for a Bhakti bowl from Johnny. Thai Peanut sauce? Sesame Ginger sauce? It’s gonna be a hard choice. No hard choices when it comes to one of Carroll’s waffles, though. Puff pastry waffle topped with a creamy custard, fresh berries, and homemade whipped cream —need I say it? I had me at waffle. Even if you totally fill up on lunch, you’ll still have room for snacks at 3. New vendor Allison certainly has you covered with crunchy freeze-dried snacks including “Cheese Puffs” which are technically asparagus seasoned with a vegan cheese seasoning. I’m thinking you’ll like these even if you don’t like asparagus.

Last Chance Bluegrass Band…in the gazebo….this Saturday morning…be there!! And we’ll have lots more than that so why not celebrate with a totally delish veggie pancake from Meme to go with your coffee. Happy Flour makes awesome waffles if the veggie pancakes don’t entice you and Bear Creek Road has that delightfully Spicy Chicken Biscuit. Jennifer is also making a Roasted Garlic Mushroom pizza – YUM!

Did I mention coffee? Well we have some really good stuff at the pavilion BUT we also have a brand new coffee vendor. Yep and you won’t forget the name —Koffee’s Coffee (formerly known as Covington Coffee Works). They roast the beans themselves and you can taste test before buying. Glenn plans to have 1 dark roast, 2 medium roasts, and 1 decaf available. This week he will offer Columbian Supremo roasted Medium Plus, Tanzanian Peaberry (how exotic!) roasted Full City, French Breakfast roasted Dark, Decaf Columbian Swiss Water roasted Medium. I know you’re gonna enjoy!

Naturally, we have gorgeous veggies all through the market… eggplant here, okra there, peppers everywhere! Tables are filled with great seasonal veggies at the moment —red potatoes, white squash, yellow squash, zucchini, maybe even some butternut squash, lots of tomatoes, too. For juices, head on over to Amanda’s where you can find fresh orange juice and mango juice. She also has juice blends made with seasonal fruits. Of course, if you prefer your fruits in frozen form, her Popsicles are legendary! For a green juice, you can’t beat Sam’s Farmer’s Cocktail with apples, ginger, and spirulina. It has amazing flavor to go with that bright green color!

Watermelon and peaches still abound as do the figs. Now if you haven’t tried the fig muffin recipe above because you wanted to get some goat cheese from Huckleberry Fred’s and buttermilk from Mauthe’s, here’s a reminder not to forget.

I found a lovely recipe for chicken, sausage and mushrooms which is absolutely fabulous! (see below) So make it a plan to stop by Jubilee for your sausage, Credo for your chicken, James for the mushrooms, Alton for the parsley and Mauthe’s for the butter. Oh yeah, all good stuff!

Fight that urge to sleep in! The goodness of the Covington Farmers’ Market awaits! You can nap on Saturday afternoon. The tastes are fantastic; the flavors abundant and the smiles are everywhere. How many more reasons do you need to be at the market each week?

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 covingtonfarmersmarket.org

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Chicken, Sausage and Mushrooms

1 (6-ounce) sweet Italian sausage, cooked, diced (Jubilee)

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 boneless chicken breasts (Credo Farms)

salt, freshly ground black pepper, and cayenne to taste

1 red onion, diced

1 1/2 cups pioppino mushroom or sliced shiitakes (James)

1/2 cup white wine

2 tablespoons cold butter (Mauthe’s)

2 tablespoons fresh chopped Italian parsley (Alton)

Simply poke your sausages with a knife and brown for about 3 mins on each side. Remove from heat but don’t wash the pan. Cool sausage in fridge while you cook the chicken. Season your chicken breasts on both sides. Add a little olive oil to your pan (with the drippings from the sausage) and cook chicken for 5-6 min on one side and about 3 on the other. While chicken is browning, prepare the mushrooms and slice up the cooled sausage. Remove chicken from the pan and add red onions, sliced sausage and mushrooms. Salt to taste. Cook until slightly onions and mushrooms are slightly browned. Nestle the chicken breasts in your veggies and bake in a 400F oven for about 15 mins. or until cooked through. Remove from the oven and put the chicken on a plate to rest. Put the mushroom mixture on high heat to brown for about a minute then add the white wine or a blend of chicken stock and vinegar (the taste cooks out). Cook until the mixture reduces by half and add your butter. Stir around the pan until butter is melted and sauce starts to thicken up. Spoon over your chicken and serve. Perfection!

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“You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
― Buckminster Fuller

Word of the Week

progress
noun
a movement toward a goal or to a further or higher stage
developmental activity in science, technology, etc., especially with reference to the commercial opportunities created thereby or to the promotion of the material well-being of the public through the goods, techniques, or facilities created.
advancement in general.
growth or development; continuous improvement
verb
to go forward or onward in space or time
to grow or develop, as in complexity, scope, or severity; advance

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Fundraiser for Kelly Greene Saturday

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A fundraiser for Kelly Greene, who is fighting non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, is on July 17th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 804 Collins Boulevard in Covington (Champion Cycle Center). There will be BBQ Chicken Plate Lunches, Boiled Shrimp Plates, Jambalaya Plates and a Sweets and Treats Table.

Featuring Bounce Houses, Music, Raffles, Games and Kelly Day T-Shirts. “Losing is not an option.” For more information, call 985-714-2442 or 504-912-9590.

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NHS Pet of the Week

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Eloise is a petite, one-year-old kitty with the most striking eyes and equally beautiful personality to match! She is lovable, outgoing, playful and everything in-between. She is going to make a great kitty for any family out there. Come and meet Eloise in Northshore Humane Society’s Cat Cottage today! If you are interested in Eloise or any of the adoptable pets of Northshore Humane Society, email rescue@nshumane.org.

Northshore Humane Society is one of Louisiana’s largest 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal welfare organizations. Since 1953, NHS has served the neglected and abandoned animals of the Northshore region. They are an independent, non-governmental rescue that offers veterinary care, fostering, adoption, and more. NHS relies solely on the support of caring people like you to fund their programs and services which profoundly benefit the animals of our community.

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C4 Explosion This Saturday

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The C4 Explosion takes place this Saturday, July 17, 2021 at the Firehouse Event Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. The Firehouse Event Center is located at 432 N. Theard Street in Covington.

The C4 Explosion is a meet up for the local collectors community featuring action figures, door prizes and 100’s of comics.

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FOTL Book Sale Friday & Saturday

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The Friends of the Library of West St.Tammany will have a book sale on Friday, July 16 and Saturday, July 17 from 9:00-4:00 at our building located at 1301 N Florida St. in Covington, near the fairgrounds.

You will find books, DVDs, music and audio CDs , and puzzles from .25 -$2. There is a whole room for children’s books. Come see the new building and support our St. Tammany Parish Libraries.
To celebrate summer, our specials include “Buy 1, Get 1 Free on all CDs, DVDs, audio books and religious books.”

For more information call Debbie Reed at 504-957-5898

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Sunset at the Landing This Friday

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Sunset at the Landing is at the Covington Trailhead this Friday, July 16th from 6 to 9 p.m. This month features Magnetic Ear, Andrew McLean and Steel Mystique. In the event of inclement weather, the show will happen at the pavilion in Bogue Falaya Park.

Sponsored by the City of Covington, Heritage Bank of St. Tammany and the Covington Farmer’s Market. Bring your chairs and picnic dinners. For more information, call 985-892-1873.

Farmers Market Recipes Live Music Local Events This Week at the Farmer's Market

This Week at the Farmer’s Market

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It’s been a bit steamy these past few weeks but this too shall pass. After all, we are halfway through the year already. The breeze under the pavilion makes it a very pleasant visit and the Farmers’ Market special musicians will serenade while you shop. Drop your knives off to be sharpened with Ben while you see to getting lunch. Kristen has Celeste figs and (always) eggs. I wonder if Kristen lets those hens run free under the fig trees, feasting and cackling (the hens, not Kristen) and getting their fill of the overripe figs on the ground. Speaking of goodness, Kandy’s shrimp and cream cheese rolls are always a treat for lunch but don’t forget to bring home one of her fabulous salads for lunch tomorrow or a light, easy dinner. If you haven’t tried one yet, Johnny’s “bowls” make for a tremendous lunch. Picture it, stir-fried veggies over basmati rice with Thai peanut or Sesame Ginger sauce (Bhakti Bowl) or tomato paste, chickpea, & curry spice blend (Curry Bowl). Any way you try it, it’s a tasty repast.

Abeer is preparing Chicken Noodle Soup for tomorrow which you may think is a little too warm for this time of year—that is, unless you are working in a refrigerated container they call an office. She’s also fixed her famous Ouzi and Muhjadara. Dessert may never be the same thanks to our new Wednesday vendor, Carrol Goodenuff. Her puff pastry waffles are topped with a creamy custard, fresh strawberries (or seasonal fruit), and homemade whipped cream—WOW!! You may need an extra to bring home for your sweetie or the kids (whoever gets it first) or, better yet, SUPPER! Oh! Do’t forget to pick up your knives.

Michaela Lauer is in the gazebo this Saturday morning delighting us with bright and lively tunes. Soooo, grab your coffee, grab your Meme’s veggie pancake, Happy Flour waffle, Bear Creek Road bagel sandwich and make your way around the market.

Our fabulous produce vendors bring us tasty veggies each week — cucuzza, eggplant, peppers, butternut squash, cucumbers, zucchini, yellow or white squash, okra, tomatoes, and more. Now you may be wondering what a cucuzza (googootz) is. Well, it is that long, long green tube-shaped squash on Vince’s table that you’ve been wondering about. So, figuring you had no more idea what to do with this thing than I did, I found a recipe—Giambotta with Cucuzza & other Summer Vegetables. Fortunately, most of these ingredients (full recipe at the bottom of the newsletter) are found on market tables. Basically, you’ll season the chicken thighs with kosher salt & pepper (I’ll bet some of Johnny’s Seasoning would really liven this dish), and brown them in some olive oil in the largest Dutch oven you have. About 5 minutes on each side. Remove from the pot and set aside.

Then brown the sausage pieces in a little more olive oil. Remove and transfer to the bowl with the chicken. Pretty easy so far, huh? Add some more olive oil to the pot and throw in all of the vegetables and sprinkle with about 1-2 tablespoons of KOSHER salt (not table salt). Cook about 8 minutes until vegetables are softening. Back into the pot with the vegetables goes the chichen and sausage and add the stock or wine with the fresh rosemary sprigs. Bring to a boil; then to a simmer for about 30-40 minutes. This sounds like the kind of stew that tastes even better the longer you let it sit. It sounds quite tasty as is. I wonder if you could substitute alligator, crawfish, or shrimp sausage (Bulldog Boudin) or Green Onion sausage(Jubilee Farms) or even some alligator meat (Angry Gator).

It is the time of year for amazing fruit and our market has a smorgasbord. You’ll find watermelon, incredible peaches, perhaps some blueberries still, and definitely figs! With a good balsamic vinegar and some fresh figs or fig preserves (check with Althee) you can make an amazing glaze for your grilled chicken (Credo Farms), roasted duck breast (Ross), grilled gator (Angry Gator) or an assortment of grilled veggies. Start by pouring a cup of balsamic vinegar into a saucepan and 1 Tbsp of crushed & chopped figs (or fig preserves.) Bring to a low boil, then reduce heat to keep at a simmer for 12-15 minutes. You’ll want to occasionally stir this until it’s reduced by half and lightly coats the back of a spoon. Voila! Glaze!

Now picture this…fresh figs, sliced, then topped with a dollop or Huckleberry Fred’s goat cheese or Mauthe’s cottage cheese, or a slice of one of Happy Flour or Bear Creek’s wonderful breads. Drizzle with your fantastic new, homemade balsamic glaze. With Six Acres China Rose Radish microgreens as a topping, you are officially a gourmet chef.

Hope, of Credo Farms, says that she is now able to be at the market every week so you don’t have to try and guess when she will be there. I have news that Abeer and all her flavorful Mediterranean foods will be there this Saturday and I hope you will be too! See ya there!

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 www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org

Covington Farmer’s Market Recipe:

Giambotta with Cucuzza & other Summer Vegetables

Giambotta with Cucuzza. Photo from staceysnacksonline.com

1 cucuzza, peeled and cut into 1″ chunks

1 medium green zucchini, sliced into rounds (leave skin on)

3 small Italian skinny eggplants, cut into chunks (leave skin on)

1 red onion, chopped

1 yellow onion, chopped

3 large cloves garlic, chopped

2 plum tomatoes, cut into chunks You can probably use a handful of cherry tomatoes or 2 med Creole or other large tomato. I would remove the seeds from the large tomatoes

1 red pepper, cut into 1″ pieces

2 good quality Italian sausages, sliced (optional, but do it)

6 boneless chicken thighs (optional, but do it)

1 cup of chicken stock or white wine

kosher salt & pepper

2 sprigs of fresh rosemary

Season the chicken thighs (with or without skin is fine) with kosher salt & pepper, and brown them in some olive oil in the largest Dutch oven you have. About 5 minutes on each side. Remove from the pot and set aside.

Add the sausage pieces and a little more olive oil and cook a minute or two until the pink is out of the meat. Remove and transfer to the bowl with the chicken.

Add some more olive oil to the pot and throw in all of the vegetables and sprinkle with about 1-2 tablespoons of KOSHER salt (not table salt). Cook about 8 minutes until vegetables are softening.

Add the sausage and chicken back into the pot with the vegetables and add the stock or wine with the fresh rosemary sprigs. Bring to a boil and then bring down to a simmer for about 30-40 minutes until the meat is cooked through.

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A Morning With Mayor Mark

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A Morning With Mayor Mark for Coffee and Conversation takes place Thursday, July 15, 2021 from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Firehouse Event Center, located at 432 Theard Street.

This is an opportunity to meet informally with the mayor in a comfortable setting for city updates and pertinent information. Refreshments provided by Campbell’s Coffee.

For more information, visit the City of Covington in person at 317 N. Jefferson Avenue, call 985-892-1811 or email to info@covla.com. Visit the City of Covington online: covla.com

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reconciliation

1. the restoration of friendly relations.

2. the action of making one view or belief compatible with another.

3. the action of making financial accounts consistent; harmonization.

“Redemption leads to reconciliation.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

Lailah Gifty Akita is a Ghanaian and founder of Smart Youth Volunteers Foundation. She obtained a BSc in Renewable Natural Resources Management at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi-Ghana. She also had MPhil in Oceanography at the University of Ghana. She obtained a doctorate in Geosciences at International Max Planck Research School for Global Biogeochemical Cycles-Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany ( June 2011 to March 2016). Lailah is an influential lady with the passion of empowering the mind of young people to make a great difference.

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NHS Pet of the Week

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Northshore Humane Society is one of Louisiana’s largest 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal welfare organizations. Since 1953, NHS has served the neglected and abandoned animals of the Northshore region. They are an independent, non-governmental rescue that offers veterinary care, fostering, adoption, and more. NHS relies solely on the support of caring people like you to fund their programs and services which profoundly benefit the animals of our community. Covington Weekly partners with NHS to help the homeless dogs and cats in the area find their forever home.

Caesar is ready for adoption at Northshore Humane Society.

Caesar is a three-year-old large breed mix looking for his second chance at Northshore Humane Society! Caesar absolutely adores attention from people of all sizes and loves his belly rubbed. In fact, if you rub his belly once, you better be prepared because he’s going to ask you to do it again, again and again. Caesar’s second favorite thing in the world is water!!! Get a kiddie pool and Caesar will entertain himself for hours. Come meet Caesar today! If you are interested in Caesar or any of the adoptable pets of Northshore Humane Society, email rescue@nshumane.org.

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This Week at the Farmer’s Market

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Well, another Wednesday is upon us and I’m looking forward to some goods eats out there. Ben does a really good job of sharpening your old dull knives. So bring ’em to the market and let him sharpen while you shop. Kandy will be at the market with her fabulous salads, and if you get there early enough, you may possibly be able to enjoy her pan-seared salmon salad. Of course, if you don’t want to risk it, you can always text your order to 225-329-6470. Be sure to specify whether you want it over rice noodles or cabbage salad. Don’t forget to pick up a jar of Jerry’s raw organic honey from Kandy as well.

I just found out this week that Johnny is making those fabulous black bean & beet burgers with sweet potato, beet & black bean and is now called The Vegan. Wow! What a flavor profile! If that doesn’t float your boat (sorry, I’m hoping noxious puns will keep the rain at bay), there is a Messy Mushroom burger that is quite tasty! Now for the eggs — Double K, of course. You’ll find a nice surprise on Kristen’s table —FIGS!! Ouzi, that delicious “pie” of filo dough filled with rice, ground beef, peas, carrots, almonds and pine nuts will be on Abeer’s table. She also is making baklava (flaky and sweet), tzatziki and more. So many flavors, so little time…

Come Saturday morning, jump in the car and head on over to the Covington Farmers’ Market where you’ll find we have lots of goodness all around. LOTS of goodness, because Amadee Frederick & Son will be in the gazebo jamming out some wild Cajun tunes for you! Enjoy!

So many lovely veggies at the market these days. You’ll find yellow and white squash, zucchini, tomatoes, fennel, beets (yellow and red), eggplant, red potatoes, cucumber, cucuzza squash, and gor-gee-us peppers. Sis, at J.R.’s table, says she likes to stuff them with breakfast sausage mixed with cream cheese and bake for a yummy meal. Well, Jubilee has you covered for the breakfast sausage and Mauthe’s may have their delightful cream cheese. I’ll bet you can substitute Jubilee’s green onion sausage and Huckleberry Fred’s garlic goat cheese if you can’t get the others.

Norma is preparing several salsas with seasonal fruits; make sure you have enough chips, Hmmm! I wonder how it would taste over some grilled squash. Stacey has salsa as well, canned, and ready for the table. Flavors like black bean, salsa verde, tomato and even Chow-Chow!

Okra is out on the tables, too. It was secretly disclosed to me that you can bypass the slime by eating your okra raw. Whaaat?!! Yes, but it’s even better if dipped into some of Mauricio & Vincent’s Skordalia! Right! That same amazing spread that gives life to your tater salad and pop! to your garlic bread will put the pizzazz in your okra. Aren’t secret sources wonderful?

It turns out that our Angry Gator people, Gina & Andy, are wonderful at providing alligator meat but the sausage (crawfish, alligator, and shrimp) comes from Bulldog Boudin & Sausage! Yep, Kristen and Jody have boudin too!

Amanda has some delightful juices like strawberry-pineapple-mango, ginger-lemonade, mango, and (naturally) orange juice. Sweet tasty watermelon, delicious peaches, and blueberries abound, and I’m seeing figs are now gracing the tables. A lot of fig recipes pair them with goat cheese and Huckleberry Fred’s is the place for that and your Covington Farmers’ Market is the place to be for great food, veggies, smiles, goodies, and more. So set your alarm clock for amazing, ‘cause you certainly 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 www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org

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STAA Presents Tiffany Nesbit “Serious Traits III”

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St. Tammany Art Association presents a new exhibition
on display July 10 – September 25, 2021
Serious Traits III

Covington, LA – St. Tammany Art Association (STAA) presents a new exhibition “Serious Traits III” by artist Tiffany Nesbit on display July 10 through September 25, 2021 in the Miriam Barranger Gallery of the Arthouse. Please join us for the Kokomo stroll and opening reception from 5 pm – 8pm July 10, 2021.
Tiffany A. Nesbit was born in New Orleans and grew up in surrounding parts of
Louisiana. Nesbit graduated from Disney University in Orlando, Florida, with a
certificate of Creativity and Innovation in 2015. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts
from Southeastern University of Louisiana in sculpture in 2018. Nesbit curated two
community murals in Lacombe, Louisiana on the Lacombe Family Pharmacy from 2014-15.

She has also curated and co-curated many local art events and exhibitions throughout
Louisiana. Nesbits’ work is also a part of several community projects, such as; Pelicans
on Parade and Artists in Cellophane. Her solo exhibitions include: Serious Traits ll, Elgin
Street Studios, Gallery ll, Houston, Texas, 2021. Serious Traits l, Third Space Gallery,
Houston, Texas, 2020. Daydreams of a Metropolitan, the Hammond Regional Arts
Center, Hammond, Louisiana, 2019. Remnants of Past Obsessions, the Heritage Bank of
Saint Tammany, Covington, Louisiana 2019, the Paintings of Tiffany Nesbit, the Gallery
of Covington City Hall, Covington, Louisiana 2018. Today, Nesbit is continuing her
education with an MFA in Sculpture at the University of Houston, Texas, while instructing
Fundamentals of Sculpture. She is a Board Member of the Hammond Regional Arts Center, Hammond, LA. In the Artist’s own words, “the components that create industrial objects and organic structures are
associated with each other in unpredictable ways. I am interested in searching for their
similar attributes, and using these characters to create a visual formula that construct a
compromise between the industrial and the natural. My work is the outcome of a
fantasized environment, which makes peace with nature and the industrial world we live
in: warping processed inorganic goods into forms that appear raw.
My practice reflects elements of my personal past, present and future living in
both rural and urban areas of the southern United States. While I am becoming more
grateful to live in this moment in history, I still realize there is space to improve day-to-
day human interactions with the environment and humanity as a whole and on an
individual bases. My work uses small individual characters that are physically tied
together, or collaged to create large bundles and layers. The bundles can be seen as either
the fullness or chaos that is possible when individual persons settle into larger groups.
The structures are created from a mixture of found materials; obtained from the side of
roads, waste from construction sites, farming equipment, rusted vessels, etc. These
objects are combined with handmade elements with materials like ceramics, plants,
paper, fabric, house paints and ropes. A sense of play and humor is created when the
spectator interacts with the bundles; by acting as the viewer, or physically touching and
re-arranging the pieces. When exhibited, the sculptures are never shown the same twice.
They are forever changing and morphing into a new pile. The drawings compliment
my sculptures. Using a multitude of separate drawings, they are collaged creating layers and textures; therefore, building surfaces that are influenced by my sculptures and my environments.”

The St. Tammany Art Association is located at 320 N. Columbia Street in downtown Covington. Current gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 am – 4 pm, Saturdays 11 am – 4 pm. All exhibitions are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.

St. Tammany Art Association is supported by the generosity of members, volunteers, sponsors and by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and as administered by the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs, St. Tammany Parish Government. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.

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Playmakers Opens “Chronicles of Barnia” July 10th

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Come sing along to this play within a play, and celebrate the last 20 years of our theater. To help save the theater, a board member takes on writing and directing a summer musical. While rehearsing, someone tries to sabotage the theater!

Featuring favorite numbers from selected past shows, and amazing talent of all ages from St Tammany and beyond, this production is sure to bring smiles and laughter to audience members of any age. Come show your love and support for one of the oldest continuously running community theaters in our region! Tickets $30, Tickets available Friday June 25th.

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“There’s never been a true war that wasn’t fought between two sets of people who were certain they were in the right. The really dangerous people believe they are doing whatever they are doing solely and only because it is without question the right thing to do. And that is what makes them dangerous.”
― Neil Gaiman, American Gods

Concept of ambitiousness, careerism. A golden egg walks through heads the white eggs.

righteous

adjective

  1. 1. (of a person or conduct) morally right or justifiable; virtuous. “feelings of righteous indignation about pay and conditions”
  2. very good; excellent. “righteous bread pudding”

Pet of the Week

Northshore Humane Society Pet of the Week

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The Northshore Humane Society is a no-kill shelter that shelters dogs and cats available for adoption. Covington Weekly showcases one animal per week that needs a permanent home. Find out more about Northshore Humane Society by visiting them online: northshore humane society

Miss Hannigan was transferred to Northshore Humane Society in April as a pregnant mommy. Since that time, all of her kittens have found their forever families and now it’s her turn. Miss Hannigan is a two-year-old beautiful tortoiseshell kitty who loves all the attention from her people. If you’re interested in Miss Hannigan or any of the adoptable pets at Northshore Humane Society, please email rescue@nshumane.org today!

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This Week at the Farmer’s Market

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We are gearing up for another lovely market Wednesday. Bhakti Farms says they will be there tomorrow and apologizes for the gaps in their appearances. Caroline & Johnny will be there to grill you up a fabulous burger (mushroom or black bean & beet). Or, if you’ve no time to wait, just grab their delicious veggie sandwich or potato salad and some protein balls (mmmm mmmm). Kandy has her amazing salads all prepared for you —that lemongrass chicken & noodle is sooo delicious! Plus, she always has those incredible shrimp and cream cheese rolls — oh yeah! Abeer is back and she is cooking up Mujadara – a wonderful dish of rice and lentils topped with crispy onions! Eggplant moussaka and tzatziki and baklava too!

I had some knives sharpened last week. Ben really did a great job and I’m hoping he’ll have the scissors sharpener this week. Nice and sharp, that’s how I like ‘em. I really can’t stand cutting with a dull knife; it makes the task much harder. You can also find Jerry’s raw, organic honey on Kandy’s table. Last week, there was creamed cinnamon honey! Well, I’m not going to promise veggies. It seems our wires got crossed last week but I am hopeful to see them this week. However, you can always count on Kristen and the Double K hens to supply you with beautiful eggs!!

Saturday morning will be hoppin’ with the mighty tunes of the Abita Stumps poppin’ out from the gazebo like fireworks. So grab a cuppa joe from the coffee pavilion and head on over to Meme’s for one of her fabulously delicious veggie pancakes. If you’re not into veggie pancakes, sourdough waffles may hit the spot —and the spot to be is at Happy Flour! In true market fashion, and not to be outdone, Bear Creek Road will have some delightful breakfast sandwiches and Norma Jean’s enchilada pie and quiche slices are phenomenal! You may even catch a glimpse of Mr. Houston. No, he’s not back at the market but he does come out to see us once in a while.

Great balls of fire! It’s the 4th of July weekend and I’m sure many of you have plans to be outdoors, chillin’ and grillin’ and dodging raindrops but you have to expect that in SE Louisiana. But the Covington Farmers’ Market still opens and BBQ pits still fire up and people still celebrate! Lots of goodness around to stick on those grills, like tomatoes (yeah, really), peaches (uh huh), mushrooms (yum), squash & eggplant (of course) and corn on the cob (which Vince will have for the next two weeks). Personally, I would save the blueberries and watermelon (yes, we have ‘em!) and plums for a lovely cool treat to enjoy while you’re waiting for the food to cook.

Aaah the sausages from Jubilee Farms! Green Onion, Italian, Cajun, that’s what BBQ heaven is made of! Paul & Liz also have other grillin’ favorites like ground meat for burgers, pork ribs, pork chops, etc. And now, Gina & Andy have sausage —alligator, shrimp, and crawfish! Whaaaat! Oh, yeah! Bhakti Farms has our vegans covered with a black bean & beet burger—soooo delish! Mr. Two is well known for the gorgeous shrimp he sells.

A pie or cobbler from Althee will put smiles on lots of faces. One of Amanda’s fruity popsicles is a tasty treat on a warm summer day. Her juices are cool and refreshing as well. Pick up a few festive cookies from Vincent & Mauricio. The kids’ll love ‘em! A bottle of Sam’s Farmer’s Cocktail Sam juices adds a much needed kick to get you through the day.

You can’t possibly want to sleep in on this 4th of July Saturday (OK, technically the 3rd)!! Where would you get the fixins’ for a truly fantastic celebration! Lotsa goodness here at the Covington Farmers’ Market. See ya there!

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 www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org

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STPL Initiates Strategic Plan Process

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COVINGTON- The St. Tammany Parish Library has begun the process to create a Strategic Plan for services. After a series of special meetings last week, the St. Tammany Parish Library Board of Control selected Carson Block Consulting, out of a pool of six total applicants who responded to the Request for Proposals, to implement the planning process.

“We are ready to start this process and we are excited to invite the community — both current and future patrons — to be a part of strategic planning for the future of our St. Tammany Parish Library system through their input and participation,” said Kelly LaRocca, Director St. Tammany Parish Library. “This plan will be our roadmap for the future, and will give us foundational tools to move the library forward for many years to come.”

This will be the first Strategic Plan for Services for the St. Tammany Parish Library. Carson Block Consulting will work collaboratively with the St. Tammany Parish Library, the St. Tammany Parish Library Board of Control, and the entire St. Tammany community to gather data through community research to identify several key metrics including: aspirations of the community; strategic areas of focus, obstacles and opportunities; and potential library service strategies. The planning process will offer several opportunities for community input including public meetings, focus groups, surveys, and interviews. The planning process will culminate with the creation of the Strategic Plan containing actionable and attainable library service goals, activities and objectives for the short, medium and long-term future. The entire process is expected to be completed in early 2022.

The estimated cost of the planning process is $75,000 excluding travel expenses.

The St. Tammany Parish Library has been serving the citizens of St. Tammany Parish for over seventy years. Our twelve branches offer over 542,000 loanable items including books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, and magazines. The library’s website offers 24/7 access to downloadable audio and e-books, music downloads, research tools, magazines, and newspapers. Our programs and services are designed to meet residents’ cultural, informational, educational, and recreational needs.

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West Nile Virus Found in St. Tammany

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Per St. Tammany Parish Mosquito Abatement District (STPMAD), a sample from a mosquito trap collected on June 15 with 126 mosquitoes of multiple species tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV)-infected mosquitoes at the Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at the LSU Veterinary Medicine School. This trap was located in the vicinity of Covington.

The good news is that this is a late start for the WNV season as it is usually well underway in May. Generally, the later they start the lower the risk to people.

Starting the night of June 28th (weather permitting), STPMAD will be sending trucks to abate flying adult mosquitoes. Beginning June 29th, night truck crews will be conducting area-wide larviciding activities to abate larval mosquitoes that are produced in containers in backyard environments.

To learn more about mosquitos and mosquito abatement in St. Tammany Parish, visit stpmad.org