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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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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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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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Kokomo Stroll Saturday, July 10th

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Tickets to Kokomo Stroll, presented by Resource Bank, are now available at eventbrite.com/…/kokomo-stroll-2021-tickets. But hurry! Tickets are limited. Must be 21 or older. For $35, patrons can sample summer cocktails, craft beers, and small plate tastings from local restaurants at 20+ stroll stops throughout Downtown Covington!

Live music – in keeping with the event’s beachy theme – will be playing in the streets and at local establishments. Patrons are encouraged to get creative with their attire as well. tropical shirts, coconut bras, resortwear, etc. are all welcome.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
All participants must be at least 21 years old. No patron can pick up anyone else’s cup, as everyone must show ID. Check-in to pick up your cup will be from 3:30-7PM on July 10 at the Covington Trailhead. Please note that in order to pick up your cup, each patron must present their e-ticket or printed ticket AND photo ID.
The Kokomo Stroll will be held rain or shine. In the event of severe weather or other emergency, the event will take place on Sunday, July 11. Tickets are non-refundable.

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Sparks in the Park This Saturday

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Mark your calendars for the City of Covington’s annual Sparks in the Park on Saturday, July 3, 2021. This wonderful family event will celebrate America’s Day of Independence and will begin at 4:30 pm in Bogue Falaya Park, 213 Park Drive in downtown Covington. Attendees will enjoy patriotic music followed by an exciting fireworks display beginning at dusk (approximately 8:50 pm) presented by the City of Covington.

The show will be a fun, family event for the whole community. “With so many new elements added to this year’s event, it is sure to be an unforgettable celebration,” says Bridget Hatty, Cultural Arts and Events Coordinator for the City of Covington.

The City of Covington continues to host the “Hot Dog Eating Challenge” at 6:00 pm sponsored by Covington Business Association. At 6:30 pm, there will be a watermelon eating contest for the kids. Both contests are FREE to enter, and signup is at the beginning of each contest.

New to this event is the Covington Concert Band consisting of approximately 60 musicians. They will perform from
7 to 9 pm, including the last ten minutes of the fireworks show. This band is a community organization sponsored by the City of Covington and is comprised of local musicians from all corners of Southeastern Louisiana. Prior to Community Concert Band performing, we have two additional music stages called the Lacroix and Frederick Stages. Performing on the Lacroix stage at 5 pm will be the Dishonorable Johnsons, and at 6 pm will be Extraordinary Sessions; on the Frederick Stage, the Northshore Traditional Music Society from 5 to 7 pm.

There will be FREE face painting for the kids. Concessions will be available for purchase from the Kiwanians and, additionally, there will be a nice array of food trucks. Attendees are welcomed to bring their own chairs and picnic. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Please note that the kayak launch will be closed that day, and no golf carts will be allowed in the park.

For more information, contact:
Bridget Hatty
City of Covington, Office of Cultural Arts & Events
985-892-1873, bhatty@covla.com, or visit covla.com

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Juneteenth Freedom Celebration

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The City of Covington and Together We Stand present the Juneteenth Freedom Celebration this Saturday, June 19, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rev. Peter Atkins Park. The celebration kicks off with a Freedom Parade at 9 a.m. led by Soul Saint Super Fan. See parade route below:

Juneteenth Freedom Celebration Parade Route

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy the Juneteenth Program with Games, May Pole, Dancing, Vendors, Music and Food. Performances include New Beginning and Northwest Tap Connection Youth Tap Ensemble.

A Co-ed Soft Ball Game will begin after 3 p.m. Rev. Peter Atkins Park is located at 701 N. Tyler St. For more information, please contact Peter Lewis: plewis@covla.com or (225)505-3030.

Article updated 6-16-21

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This Week at the Farmer’s Market with Charlene LeJeune

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Welcome to June, my friends! Wednesday’s almost here and the s for a great lunch? Start with a serving of Kandy’s amazing shrimp and cream cheese rolls. Oh man, that plus a glass of jasmine tea will really get you through the day! While you’re there, get a jar of Jerry’s raw, organic clover honey.

Remember to grab your Double K eggs (those hens have been very busy). Johnny’s mushroom burger is always a great choice for lunch. He also has a fabulous assortment of raw goodies — protein balls, Bhakti balls, and Black Forest Chocolate Cheesecake. Don’t forget your knives and scissors; Dave will be there to sharpen them up.

Jake and the Oldies occupy the gazebo this Saturday morning with lots of great music, getting our morning off to a fine start. Meme’s veggie pancakes will be another great addition to your morning as you stroll around the market grounds investigating all our vendors have to offer.

Our produce tables are beginning to groan with lots of lovely squashes and zucchini. Zucchini fritters are a delicious way to use those lovely veg. The recipe calls for zucchini but yellow squash will work just fine.

Grate 3 medium zucchini (about 3 cups) into a colander, salt and leave for 30 mins or up to an hour to drain in the sink. Then squeeze out extra moisture either by wringing the mixture with your hands and placing in a clean bowl OR by putting into a clean tea towel and wringing it. Mix 2 eggs (James, Jubilee, Double K), grated zucchini, 2 thinly sliced green onions, 1 minced garlic clove, 1 tbsp finely chopped dill (Northshore), 1/2 cup feta (Huckleberry Fred), salt and pepper together in a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle 1/2 cup wholewheat flour plus 1/2 tsp baking powder over the top (around the entire bowl, not in one spot) then mix until just combined but don’t over mix. Heat a small amount of olive oil in frying pan on medium heat. Place a tablespoon of the mixture in the pan and flatten with the back of the spatula. Cook for 3-4 minutes each side until golden and crispy. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel. Enjoy! Makes a wonderful side dish, snack, or hor d’oeuvre.

That fritter mixture also makes a very nice stuffing for peppers, squash, or squash blossoms which our produce vendors offer. You can “beef” it up, so to speak, by adding chopped shrimp (Mr. Two), ground beef, lamb, or pork (Jubilee) or add another level of flavor by using Jubilee Italian sausage. OR roll the mix into balls instead of patties (you may need a little more flour), then into some breadcrumbs or flour before browning in oil to make excellent “meatballs” to go with Jennifer’s classic tomato sauce and homemade wholewheat sourdough or egg pasta. WOW!

Delicious abounds over at Norma’s table ‘cause you know she has a delightful assortment of goodies from enchilada pie to vegan wraps to chocolatey brownies. Happy Flour has found a way to twist zucchini into a pastry with their Zucchini Feta Danish. They’ll have peach and strawberry danish as well.

Strawberry Kefir is always a treat and you’ll be able to get that from Succotash Ferments for the next few weeks. Now that you can enjoy the outdoors more, be sure to stop by Serenity Lane. Talk to Judy and Gerard about their skin care products to help you keep a healthy glow.

Our Covington Farmers’ Market is certainly special. You’ll just have to come out and see for yourself. I can’t wait to find out what’s new this 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 www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org

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Live Music For Friday Block Party

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The City of Covington and the Covington Business Association host another block party this Friday, May 28, 2021. Stroll down Columbia Street and see the cars on display, stop in your favorite spot for food and drinks. Here is a bit of the live music that will be happening for Block Party:

Jon-Marc Kilpatrick and Josh Foreman perform at Columbia Street Rock and Blues from 6 to 9 p.m.

Retro Music Company (424 N. Columbia) presents the Pontchartrain Shakers during Block Party. Featuring vinyl records, comics and video games, visit Retro Music Company in Downtown Covington!

The Northshore Traditional Music Society invites any and all interested musicians to participate in an acoustic jam on Friday, May 28, from 6:00-8:00 in conjunction with the Columbia Street Block Party in downtown Covington, LA. We will be located under the white Gazebo at the south end of Columbia St. near the Masonic Lodge and Old Landing park. The jam will be hosted by the Farmer’s Market String Band.
Some chairs will be provided by NTMS. However, to be certain you have a place to sit, it is recommended that you bring a chair of your own.

A limited number of Northshore Traditional Music Society hats and t-shirts will be available to purchase for $20. All proceeds from these sales are used to fund local music events.

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Fools Fest 2021 This Saturday

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Fool’s Fest 2021 takes place at the Covington Trailhead this Saturday from 2 to 8 p.m.

The City of Covington offers over 100 free musical shows each year. The St. John Fools of Misrule just added four more.

Free Admission, food and beverage available for purchase.

2:00 – 3:00 Potter’s Wheel

3:20 – 4:20 Cypress Creek

4:45 – 6:15 Magnolia Bayou

6:40 – 8:10 Supercharger

Welcome to Covington … one of the Coolest Cities in America : )

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Sunset at the Landing Takes Place at the Covington Trailhead Friday

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Sunset at the Landing, rescheduled from last month, takes place this Friday at the Covington Trailhead from 6 to 9 p.m. Jerry Hess and Zac Maras perform from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by the Redwine Jazz Band for the rest of the evening. This is a temporary change of location for the Sunset at the Landing series.

New Orleans based clarinetist Ben Redwine feels equally comfortable playing Brahms or Ellington. He is devoted to the performance of new classical music and old jazz, as well as to teaching the next generation of performers and teachers.

In addition to leading his popular traditional style jazz band, the Redwine Jazz Band, Ben is a Selmer Paris performing artist, a D’Addario performing artist and a Rovner Ambassador, presenting concerts and master classes internationally. He has recorded for Mapleshade, Naxos, Vin Rouge, Big Kahuna, Antidote Sounds and AmCam record labels.

Sunset at the Landing is a free concert series brought to you by The City of Covington, the Covington Farmer’s Market and Heritage Bank of St. Tammany.

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Dat Band Performs Saturday at Rev. Peter Atkins Park

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Dat Band is performing at Peter Atkins Park this Saturday, May 15th from 5:30-8pm! Grab your chairs and your best 70’s attire and come join us for this free concert as Dat Band presents a Soul Train Review.

This concert was rescheduled from last month’s Chillin’ at the River concert series, presented by the City of Covington. Concerts take place at the Covington Trailhead, Bogue Falaya Park and Reverend Peter Atkins Park. For more information about the City of Covington’s free events, call 985-892-1873 or visit them online at covla.com

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Chillin’ at the River with Christian Serpas and Ghost Town

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The City of Covington’s free concert series Chillin’ at the River concludes Thursday at Bogue Falaya Park with the return of Christian Serpas and Ghost Town, so put on your boots and go country! Special guests Mande Milkshakers will be there to get everyone dancing. If you get hungry, Yum Yum Gimme Sum Food Truck will be there serving it up. The CBA will provide wine and Carnival in Covington will provide beer for the event.

The concert begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. Bring your chairs, your refreshments and your smile! For information about this event or any of the City of Covington public events, call 985-892-1873. Visit the City of Covington online at covla.com, or email them at gottaluvcov@covla.com.

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Chillin’ at the River Thursday featuring Fermin Ceballos

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Chillin’ at the River free concert series continues this Thursday, April 22nd at the Covington Trailhead (419 N. New Hampshire St.) from 5:30 – 8 p.m. featuring Fermin Ceballos and the Merengue4Four. Bring your lawn chairs, ice chests and blankets. Presented by the City of Covington.

Fermin Ceballos is a tri-lingual songwriter, musician, bandleader, actor and poet. Born and raised in Jamey, San Cristobal, Dominican Republic, Fermin is now creating and sharing his art in New Orleans. He studied music at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo and was a professor of music for the Dominican Republic Secretary of State for Culture National School System. His primary musical instruments are the accordion, guitar, piano, and voice.

Food and beverage available for purchase. Bring your chairs and your smiles … dancing shoes required. For more information about this event, call 985-892-1873 or visit the City of Covington online!

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Sunset at the Landing Cancelled

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Sunset at the Landing is cancelled for April due to expected inclement weather. The next concert is scheduled for May 21, see you there! This article was updated on Thursday, April 15, 2021.

For more information about this concert series, or any other city events, call 985-892-1873.

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Covington Concert Band Inaugural Concert, Outdoor Concert

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The Covington Concert Band’s inaugural performance is Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. in the First Baptist Church of Covington. This is a free concert featuring safe seating. Dr. Marc Pittman will emcee “A Night at the Movies” with Erik Morales as musical director and featuring Dr. Juliia Akers on violin.

On Saturday, April 17, 2021, the Covington Concert Band will perform “A Night at the Movies” outdoors at Reverend Peter Atkins Park, located at 701 North Tyler Street. The performance will take place at 3 p.m., concertgoers are encouraged to bring your own lawn chairs. Featuring Musical Director Erik Morales with Emcee and “voice of the band” Dr. Marcus Pittman. For more information about Covington Concert Band, email covingtonconcertband@covla.com.

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Free Concert Thursday at Reverend Peter Atkins Park Postponed

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The City of Covington’s Chillin’ at the River Concert Series with Dat Band at Reverend Peter Atkins park is postponed. See below for rescheduling information. Established in 2014, Dat Band is fine music for lively times, offering a blend of jazz, rock, funk, dance and pop.

Update: 4/15/21. The Dat Band concert scheduled at Peter Atkins has been postponed due to the anticipated bad weather. The tentative new date is Saturday, April 24th. Same location/same time (Peter Atkins, 5:30-8pm) For more information about Chillin’ at the River Concert Series, or the City of Covington, visit online at covla.com, call 985-892-1873 or find them on facebook.

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St. John’s Open During Spring for Art, Featuring Live Music

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St. John’s invites you out Saturday during Spring for Art to enjoy a fresh cup from one their new primary coffee roasters, flamjeaux. While you are sipping your beverage, you can listen to the tunes of Jeremy Delle. Acoustic performer Josh Foreman will also be on hand Saturday night, who is also performing at Columbia Street Rock n Blues on Friday evening.

Stop in St. John’s during Spring for Art this Saturday, enjoy a cup and listen to some live music. St. John’s normal hours of operation are: M – F, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Located at the corner of Columbia and Boston Streets. Find them on Facebook!

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Chillin’ at the River with Typically Booked

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The City of Covington’s free concert series for April 2021, Chillin’ at the River, continues tonight with Typically Booked at the Bogue Falaya Park. The concerts take place every Thursday evening from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Check the flyer for location. The City of Covington reminds concertgoers that social distancing and mask mandates required by the state will be observed. Chairs and refreshments are welcome.

For more information, contact the City of Covington at 985-892-1873 or email gottaluvcov@covla.com. Visit the City of Covington online at covla.com, and find them on facebook.

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Upcoming April 2021 Events

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“Happiness is Homemade”
The Covington Garden Club presents “Happiness is Homemade,” and NGC Standard Flower Show, on Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Bogue Falaya Hall. This event is free and open to the public, handicap accessible. Bogue Falaya Hall is located at 317 Jefferson Ave.

“Spring for Art 2021”

Mark your calendar because there are few better ways to spring forward than with Spring for Art, a celebration of music, art and performing arts, and few better places to celebrate such than historic downtown Covington. Spring for Art is a free festival held in the streets of the city’s historic downtown district. Produced by St. Tammany Art Association, the annual event draws thousands of patrons who come out to enjoy the live music, art , performances and dining in numerous Spring for Art locations

“A Night at the Movies”
Covington Concert Band presents “A Night at the Movies”, an inaugural concert sponsored by the City of Covington. The concert takes place Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Covington. Free Admission, safe seating available. Dr. Marc Pittman will emcee the event featuring Erik Morales as musical director and Dr. Juliia Akers on violin.

“Covington Antiques and Uniques Festival 2021”
The City of Covington presents the Covington Antiques and Uniques Festival 2021, taking place April 17 & 18 (Saturday & Sunday) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Featuring antiques, vintage collectibles and crafts, architectural salvage, food, music and the STAA Covington Art Market. For more information, visit covingtonheritagefoundation.com or email antiques@covla.com.

The Covington Trailhead is located at 419 N. New Hampshire St. This free event is brought to you by the St. Tammany Art Association, The City of Covington and the Covington Heritage Foundation.

“KCB Paper Shredding Day”

Too many paper files? Wondering how to dispose of it? Don’t throw them away!

Keep Covington Beautiful, in partnership with Baldwin Subaru, is sponsoring the annual Paper Shredding Day on April 24th to celebrate Earth Day. The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to noon in the Covington City Hall employee parking lot at the corner of N. Jefferson & W. 24th Avenue. Enter from N. Jefferson Street. Please be considerate of our volunteers and wear a mask or face covering as they will do.

Covington area residents can bring a MAXIMUM of 3 boxes (approx. 10”H x 12”W x 18”L) of paper documents to be securely shredded on-site by the local company, i shred. The shredded paper will be recycled. Keep Covington Beautiful is very grateful to Baldwin Subaru for their generous support so this service can be provided at no charge to the residents of Covington.

The following material will be accepted: all types of office paper, sticky notes, index cards, computer binders, entire files (with clasps), and carbon/NCR forms. There is no need to remove paper clips, staples, clasps in folders or rubber bands.

The following will not be accepted: phone books, hardback books, magazines, plastics, cassettes, video tapes
i shred is licensed, bonded and insured. For more information about the company, please visit their website, ishredonsite.com.
Keep Covington Beautiful is a 501 c 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the beautification of the City of Covington. KCB’s major projects include planting and maintaining street-side planters in the downtown area; development, maintenance and expansion of the Blue Swamp Creek Nature Trail at the Covington Recreation Complex; annual Bogue Falaya River Sweep litter clean-up; recycling activities and annual Arbor Day Event.

To become a member, make a donation or volunteer, contact KCB at 985-867-3652, email keepcovbeautiful@gmail.com or visit the KCB website, keepcovingtonbeautiful.org. Follow Keep Covington Beautiful on Facebook.