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Tri-Parish Works Job Fair in Covington

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(Slidell, LA) – Job seekers looking for careers with ample opportunities for advancement can connect with employers hiring in many business sectors at the “St. Tammany Getting Back to Work” free job fair, on Friday, August 20 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Bogue Falaya Hall in the Greater Covington Center.

Presented by Tri-Parish Works in partnership with the City of Covington, St. Tammany Parish Tourism and Convention Commission, St. Tammany Corporation, Pelican State Credit Union, and Northshore Lodging Association, the event will feature 40 employers that are hiring across all areas in entry-level, mid-level, and professional roles.

Tri-Parish Works, a partner of the Louisiana Workforce Commission, runs the public workforce centers in St. Tammany, St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes. The agency aims to foster a thriving and inclusive regional economy, with increased economic opportunity and prosperity for the entire region.

Don Shea, Director of Business Services, describes Tri-Parish Works’ multi-level support for both employers and job seekers in the region. “As the workforce development agency serving our region, Tri-Parish Works connects talent to opportunity. We invest substantial funding every year to train, educate and certify job seekers across all industry sectors, and we work closely with area employers to understand their workforce needs and provide them with financial support to offset the cost of providing on-the-job training that upgrades the workforce. Tri-Parish Works is proud to have the partners to produce this job fair.

Interviews and offers may be made during the event, so job seekers should come prepared in professional attire with several copies of their resumes. Tri-Parish Works workforce professionals are available to assist job seekers, from reviewing resumes to offering tips to nail the interview. Schedule a visit by calling (985) 646-3940.

To register as a job seeker and for more information, visit triparishworks.net, or contact Don Shea at (985) 646-3940.

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Back To School Pep Rally Aug. 14th

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Join Pastor Ozell Addison and Joyce R. James, Youth Minister for a Back to School Pep Rally and Summer Birthday Celebration at Rev. Peter Atkins Park! Featuring prizes, free food and fun.

The Back To School Pep Rally takes place on Saturday, August 14, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a free event, and all are welcome. Reverend Peter Atkins Park is located at 701 N. Tyler Street.

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This Week at the Farmer’s Market

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What a delightful Tuesday, friends! Wednesday is just a smile away with promises of a great lunch and relaxing morning. Kandy will be there with wholesome homespun Vietnamese salads to add an exotic flair to lunch.You’ll just love a glass of jasmine tea with that! Maybe bring home a serving of traditional egg rolls for Thursday’s lunch. You may prefer a Jordanian favorite —Muhjadara —which is a simple dish of lentils and rice topped with caramelized onions. Don’t forget the baklava, ya just gotta have some treat for the afternoon. Of course, you could just save the baklava for tomorrow and go in for some of Allison’s freeze dried treats.

Indulge in a luscious Vegan Burger from Bhakti Farms. This is an amazing little burger made with sweet potato, black beans, and beets. Sooo good! Remember to get your eggs. Kristen also has figs and now she is offering fig preserves as well. Of course, there are Carroll’s waffles to enjoy. Do NOT refer to them as dessert waffles so you can be very convincing when you tell your coworkers that it really is lunch. You’ll want to remember to bring your knives for Ben to sharpen. Nothing worse than a dull knife.

Darrell Galatas will welcome Saturday with sweet music wafting from the gazebo and lifting your spirits. So grab a cuppa joe from the pavilion and take a stroll through the “garden department”. Our plant vendors, Trudy, Dennis, and Ms. Betty have some lovely varieties to brighten up your gardens whether you’re looking for patio and landscape plants, trees and bushes, or house plants.

Since Vince has beets and fennel on his table, I looked for a recipe that includes both. I hope you enjoy this roasted beet and fennel salad with mint and toasted walnuts. First things first, preheat your oven to 400F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper (you could get away with 1 if you cut the recipe in half). Cut 6 medium or 3 large beets and cut into 1” chunks and add to one of your baking sheets. Place the fennel (cored and thinly sliced) to the other. Drizzle with oil, salt and pepper. Roast for 25-30 min til beets are cooked and fennel is golden. While you’re roasting, make your dressing by whisking the juice of 1 lemon, 1 tsp stone ground dijon mustard, 1 tsp honey, 1 tbsp chopped fennel fronds (frilly tops), and 2 tbsp olive oil. After the veg have been roasting for 15 min, put 1/2 cup chopped walnuts into the oven to toast. Remove from oven when done and let cool. Once all has had a chance to cool, toss them all together and coat with 3/4 of the dressing. Top with mint leaves. Serve with the rest of the dressing, just in case you need a dab more. You can serve this by itself, or over lettuce, or toss with some of Six Acres fabulous microgreens and enjoy!

Mushrooms are always delicious whether sautéed with a bit of Mauthe’s butter or one of Jennifer’s amazing butter blends. James has the market cornered with gourmet mushrooms — lion’s mane, shiitake, chestnut, pioppino, and oyster. You can’t even find this quality at Whole Foods. While you’re over that way, check out Rose’s new praline delights. You won’t be sorry. Then a stroll over to Tessier Gourmet for fabulous prepared foods. You’ll love her tamales and the spinach artichoke dip. You also love Mauricio’s cookies, ginger snap and peanut butter. YUM!

Norma has some fabulous brownies, rich and chocolatey. She also makes a most delicious veggie wrap. You’ll find lemon and cherry ice box pies at Bear Creek Road. Abeer will be there this week with wonderful hummus, grape leaves, and more Mediterranean dishes. Sam is making (well, his girlfriend is) gluten free cookies and brownies and he will have nutritious sprouts and that amazing Farmer’s Cocktail. Koffee’s Coffee has a new Columbian roast that begs to be brewed.

All in all, there is so much to enjoy! We hope you will join us!

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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STAA Art Market Saturday

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St. Tammany Art Association, in partnership with the City of Covington, presents the Covington Art Market, a seasonal juried market of visual arts and crafts held on first Saturday of the month.

The Saturday markets are held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market is now hosted on Lee Lane in downtown Covington. The event features a variety of work from local and regional artists, including jewelry, photography, paintings, woodworking, fiber art, pottery and more.

The purpose of the market is to provide exposure and a venue for our members to showcase and sell their work. While you’re here, we encourage you to visit other downtown locations, including exhibitions at the Art House, the nostalgic array of goods and the historic museum at H.J. Smith & Sons General Store and the Saturday Farmers Market, which takes place from 8 a.m. to noon at 609 N. Columbia Street, just a few blocks away.

Then enjoy a bite at one of downtown Covington’s many restaurants. It’s a great way to spend your Saturday!

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VFW 7286 Indoor/Outdoor Market Sale, Vendors Wanted

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VFW 7286 (located 2013 Ronald Reagan Hwy.) hosts an Indoor/Outdoor Market Sale on Saturday, September 11, 2021 from 8 a.m. – 12 noon. Open to the Public.

Vendors will include but not be limited to: food trucks, food vendors, jewelry, clothing, boutique, yard sale items, crafts and more. If you would like to sign up to be a vendor, Indoor space (10 x 12) is $45 and Outdoor space is $35. Contact Mike G. – 985-869-0085, Dustin V. – 985-249-9817 or Tiffany Mc – 985-710-5699.

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This Week at the Farmer’s Market

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Is that a chill in the air, my friends? Not really but it is August and before you know it Thanksgiving will be here. I jest, of course, but only a little. Still, I’m looking forward to a lovely day at the market tomorrow. Where to start? Start with your eggs, Double K no less. Or maybe some Double K figs. Did you know you can grill them? Yup. Slice ‘em up and pop ‘em on the grill. Hopefully you picked up some goat cheese from Huckleberry Fred’s on Saturday (if not, make a note for this week) cause it seems nothing goes better with figs than goat cheese.

A lovely shredded cabbage salad with shrimp from Kandy makes a refreshingly light but surprisingly filling lunch. Or maybe you prefer some of her incredibly delicious cream cheese shrimp rolls. Yeah, those always bring a smile to my lips, too. A glass of jasmine tea along with that will just have you singing for joy! Why not try something different from Bhakti Farms? Avocado, carrots, Sam’s Sprouts, veganaise and a bit of Johnny’s Cajun Seasoning all get together between 2 pieces of Dave’s killer bread to make The Veggie Sandwich. They’re serving Berry Hibiscus iced tea to quench your thirst.

Abeer is preparing her fabulous Ouzi for tomorrow. For those not in the know, Ouzi is filo dough filled with rice, ground beef, peas, carrots, almonds and pine nuts aannd, she has BAKLAVA! Surely, you won’t be passing up one of Carroll’s lovely dessert waffles, right? Even if you don’t have it for lunch, it’ll be wonderful around 3 pm when those cravings start to hit. Not in the mood for sweet, try some of Allison’s wasabi green beans or her trail mix to get you through the afternoon.

We will be treated this Saturday to the lovely vocals of Destiny Manzella darting from the gazebo. It just makes you want to grab your coffee from the pavilion and enjoy a stroll around the market, maybe pick up one of Meme’s delicious veggie pancakes along the way.

You may have heard last Saturday that we had to say a sad farewell to one of our beloved vendors. A market icon for the last 20 years, Henry Mauthe, passed away. He enjoyed coming out to the market and sitting with his grandkids while they sell and visiting with his market family. Yes, Jan, you’re right! They don’t make them like him anymore.

We really have an abundance of peppers at our market and the easiest way I know of to stuff them is with goat cheese. Huckleberry Fred has a delightful assortment of cheese blends and one of them is just right for your peppers. While the smaller, banana type peppers seem like they would be harder to stuff, it’s well worth the work. That reminds me, better get some to go with your figs. Surprisingly goat cheese also pairs very well with grilled peaches. Who knew? Better make a stop at Clecklers, too!

Actually we have an abundance of summer veggies and sometimes I’m at a loss as to how to vary the ways I cook them. I recently came across a zucchini recipe prepared by the hospital cafeteria at St. Tammany. They called it grilled zucchini and rosemary but I suspect it was roasted. It was a very simple dish of halved zucchini, buttered, salted and sprinkled with chopped rosemary, then roasted at 400 for about 20-25 mins. Delicious! I know there’s plenty of zucchini out there I think this would still be great with any squash (got lots of that, too).

We have a particularly unique assortment of jams and jellies from both Althee and Stacey. You’ll find flavors like Althee’s Monkey Butter, Tomato Jam, and Kumquat Marmalade to Stacey’s Apple Pie Jam, Crawfish Pepper Jelly, Carrot Cake Jam. And for a limited time, Greg will have persimmon jam! Think of the amazing toast that will make.

If you missed Happy Flour last Saturday, don’t miss them this week. They are back with waffles and Cinnamon Morning Buns AND Muffaletta Sourdough —a luscious sourdough with the olive salad already inside! I know! And Jennifer, at Bear Creek Road, is back this week with Italian herb and cheese bread. Mmmmm. Picture this (smell-a-vision if you can)…a slice of either bread, warmed, and dipped into a lovely, fruity olive oil. Yeah! I think that might cure just about anything. Jennifer is also planning to bake peach and blueberry pies, plum and Brie cheese tarts, and lemon ice box pies.

Sooooo….What will you be doing on Saturday morning? If you’re smart, you’ll meet us at the market and enjoy a lovely morning!

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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Convention of States Town Hall Meeting at American Legion

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Are you concerned that we are being robbed of our personal liberties? Then come and learn how to push back.

A Town Hall Meeting will take place at the American Legion Hall at 2031 Ronald Reagan Hwy. on Thursday, August 12th beginning at 7:00 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Convention of States. For more information, call 504-452-2607 or 985-630-5050.

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Food Bank, Blood Center Partner for “Stock Our Shelves”

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Northshore Food Bank and The Blood Center are partnering this summer to “Stock Our Shelves (SOS)!” The summer months are historically a low donation season for both Northshore Food Bank and The Blood Center. Help save the summer for both and donate food and blood at Northshore Food Bank’s S.O.S. drive in the food bank warehouse (125 W 30th Ave, Covington) on Wednesday, July 28th from 10:00am-3:30pm. Northshore Food Bank will also receive $5 per blood donation.

Sign up here: https://www.tbcdonors.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/43553

Northshore Food Bank’s Most Needed Items for July are:

Tuna
Soup
Corn
Peas
Green Beans
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Pelican State Credit Union Hosting Free Financial Workshop in Covington

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Covington, LA—Covington residents looking to increase their credit scores can join Pelican State Credit Union on Tuesday, July 27, for a free credit workshop and jambalaya dinner—complete with dessert and coffee!
Guests will learn all about the fundamentals of credit reports and scores, including a full breakdown of how credit scores are calculated and the information provided in credit reports. Whether they’re looking to buy a house, save extra money, or just take their credit score to the next level, guests will learn tips and facts from one of Pelican’s Credit Counselors on how to get there!
Have questions about a specific credit situation? All guests will have the opportunity to get their questions answered at the end of the workshop.

Where: St. Tammany Parish Library – Covington Branch
310 W 21st Avenue, Covington, LA 70433
When: Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Doors open at 5:30 pm, presentation begins at 6:00 pm

This event is particularly special because it also celebrates the one year anniversary of Pelican being a part of the Covington community!
A free jambalaya dinner will be provided to all guests as well as cookies, coffee, and soft drinks. In addition to the free food and credit information, everyone who attends also has the chance to win a Keurig coffee machine!
This workshop is completely free and open to the public. Pelican membership is not required to attend the workshop, receive dinner, or win a prize. Residents can RSVP for the event at pelicanstatecu.com.
To learn more about this event and any other upcoming events, visit pelicanstatecu.com/events. ###

About Pelican State Credit Union
For over 60 years, Pelican State Credit Union has been providing financial services to individuals and their families throughout the state of Louisiana. The credit union is dedicated to improving the lives of its members through safe, competitive products and educational services. Pelican was originally chartered as the Department of Hospitals Credit Union, located in downtown Baton Rouge, to serve Louisiana charity hospitals, mental health centers, and state office personnel. They have since grown into the largest state-chartered credit union in Louisiana now serving over 60,000 members. For information, visit pelicanstatecu.com.

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12th Annual Red Beans & Rice Cook-Off

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The 12th Annual West St. Tammany Red Beans ‘n’ Rice Cook-Off & Take-Out United Way Campaign Kick-Off is Monday, July 26th from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Greater Covington Center (located at 317 N. Jefferson Ave.). Tickets are $10 with Dine-in, Drive-thru and Take-out options available. Free delivery for orders over 20 meals.

Proceeds benefit suicide prevention, mental health services and other United Way programs serving St. Tammany Parish. Presenting Sponsors are St. Tammany Health System and Ochsner Health System.
If you are interested in being a sponsor or would like more information, contact Sonja Newman at SonjaN@UnitedWaySELA.org or call 985-778-0815. Thank you to co-hosts:
Camellia Beans, St. Tammany Parish Fire District No. 4 and Covington Fire Department.

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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

Check out our Facebook page – facebook.com/thecovingtonlafarmersmarket

On Instagram — @covingtonlafarmersmarket

Farmer’s Market Recipe

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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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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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.

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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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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.