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Sunset at the Landing Kicks Off at the Trailhead on Friday

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The Sunset at the Landing Free Concert Series kicks off the 2021 season this Friday March 19th from 6 – 9 p.m. This month’s concert will be at the Covington Trailhead, featuring Anne Hibbs & Chris Talley from 6 – 7 pm, and the Potters Wheel from 7:15 – 9 pm.

Sunset at the Landing is brought to you by the City of Covington, Heritage Bank of St. Tammany and the Landing Concert Series. Admission is free, the public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets. Social distancing and masks as per governor mandate are required.

For more information call 985-892-1873 or visit the Sunset Concert Series Facebook page.

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Sunset at the Landing Friday

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Sunset at the Landing takes place Friday, September 21, 2018 from 6 to 9 p.m. At the Columbia Street Landing on the Bogue Falaya River. The Landing Concerts are Free and open to the public, brought to you by the City of Covington, the Covington Farmer’s Market and Heritage Bank of St. Tammany Parish. Bring a friend.

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Sunset at the Landing This Friday

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Sunset at the Landing takes place the third Friday of the month, March through October. This free concert series is brought to you by the City of Covington, the Covington Farmer’s Market and Heritage Bank of St. Tammany. Bring a blanket or chairs, food & drink.

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This Week at the Covington Farmer’s Market

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What a lovely Tuesday, friends, and Wednesday is looking very promising. Join us for a magnificent lunch…delight in the breezes …relax to the tunes of our market musicians. Frankie is preparing her much-sought-after meatloaf and creamed potatoes for lunch tomorrow to be accompanied by black eyed peas and cornbread muffins. It is wonderful for lunch; it is wonderful for supper.

It’s so easy to stock up on the fixins’ for a delightful breakfast at our Wednesday market. Start out with fresh eggs from Double K Farms. Simply scramble your eggs as you usually would, then top with salsa from Siria or her fabulous guacamole. It’s quite delicious on eggs over easy as well. Taylor Farms blueberry jam atop your toast is amazing. What a way to jumpstart your day! For a tasty side, peel a few of Mr. Houston’s red potatoes, cut into small cubes and boil until almost done. Then into a hot fry pan with a little oil and onion and saute until slightly browned and the taters are finished. Chopped bell pepper would add a little pizzazz. I know that many of you will be pleased to hear that Lucy (Blue L Essentials) is now including her famous All Purpose Cleaner to her table of non toxic home & body care.

Saturday will soon dance its way through the market, celebrating the end of the week with pleasant melodies from Chris Talley. So grab your iced coffee from the pavilion, say “hi!” to Ed and take a stroll around the market. Then join us at the demo tent for a taste of Rob’s Rockin’ Dogs. Who knew? Gourmet hot dogs! Can’t wait!

On that stroll through the market, discover treasures like Tessier Gourmet’s heat-n-eat tamales. Pam’s tamales are, simply put, culinary genius. I mean, who else would pair portabella mushroom & beet or chickpeas & kalamata olives and create a gourmet tamale that tastes great? And then there’s her Eggplant Parmesan, Mac N Cheese, Asian Slaw…

While the veggies are taking their end of season slow down (although I did hear that Nick has a few greens), you can still find wonderful things, amazing things here at the Covington Farmers’ Market. Add incredible flavor to plain rice by cooking it in Emily’s bone broth rather than water. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the outcome. Try rubbing your veggies with Vincent and Mauricio’s skordalia before roasting or grilling. Spread skordalia over your choice of artisan breads (Windfield Farms or Happy Flour) and toast for terrific garlic bread.

James has been having a lovely selection of mushrooms (oyter, shiitake and lion’s mane) and each offers incredible taste to a dish. Slice and sauté oyster mushrooms in a pat or two of Mauthe’s sweet cream butter. Sauté with onions, bell pepper, or garlic, or all three, maybe even throw in a few tomatoes (I think J.R. may still have some) and serve over Butter Me Up pasta. Celeste always has a new flavor to try.

Jazz up your Mauthe’s yogurt with a couple of spoonfuls of Robin’s peach bourbon pepper jelly. WOW! Now that’s the way to kickstart your morning. For a gentler nudge into the day, try a few spoons of Althee’s blackberry jelly or monkey butter.

What can I say? There’s always something wonderful and amazing awaiting you at the Covington Farmers’ Market. DO NOT SLEEP IN…you can take a nap on Saturday afternoon.

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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Marsolan’s Old Feed Store Music Series Continues Saturday

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man_playing_banjo_clip_art_12499Marsolan’s Old Feed Store Music Series continues this Saturday, now with a new time, 1 p.m. To 3 p.m.  This weekend, see Chris Talley & Friends!  The Old Feed Store Music Series takes place every Saturday afternoon from 1 – 3 p.m. September 19, 2015 to November 21, 2015 at Marsolan Feed and Seed,  316 E. Gibson Street.   This event is free and open to the public!  Bring a chair!

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

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Wed Farmers Market signHappy Tuesday, friends! We’re looking forward to a great day tomorrow full of music and fresh veggies and good food.  Mr. Houston’s garden has been bloomin’ with cucumbers (eatin’ and picklin’), green potatoes, squash, bell peppers, and he may even have some tomatoes and eggplant. Come and join us for a relaxing lunch. Kandi’s pan seared salmon salad and a glass of sweet jasmine tea make a perfect lunch. Bring home dinner with a pound of Jeff’s pulled pork, cole slaw, Mac N Cheese, and baked beans. Or try Nanette’s refreshing cucumber yogurt soup which will go very nicely with her summery Mediterranean salad. A Honduran hot tamale (they are pretty big), salsa and chips and you have lunch for Thursday or even Friday. And, of course, you can’t be without dessert and Frankie’s gotcha covered with strawberry dream pie or her incredible Marguerita pie. Ooh my!

Make plans to come out on Saturday and enjoy the toe-tappin’ melodies of Chris Talley coming from the gazebo. So grab your coffee or one of Sacred Earth’s new caffeine bars and enjoy the music while you do your shopping. Oh, you heard me right. Enough caffeine for a full cup of coffee, balanced with fresh herbs and oats in a scrumptious breakfast bar. Then, get ready for some barbecue because VooDoo Foods will have their rig parked on Columbia Street, ready to dish out some great BBQ. They will also have homemade Worcestershire Sauce and Twangy sauce. Not sure what Twangy sauce is but it does sound tasty doesn’t it?

Summer Squash from GROW.farm

Summer Squash from GROW.farm

I took a slow walk around the market last week and it surely has blossomed this past week. I guess it’s all the rain we’ve been having. But even a quick stroll around will reveal a treasure trove of veggies. Eddie’s Veggies table was filled with golden wax beans, Maxibell green beans, yellow zukes and banana peppers (soooo good sautéed with onions and Italian sausage and served over spaghetti – easy peasey). The Clecklers not only had tomatoes but peaches as well. I cut up a peach to add to my tea for a flavor boast. Mr. Houston told me he would have tomatoes and possibly eggplant for this week along with squash and. J.R. said he will have cherry tomatoes, potatoes, rattlesnake snap beans, zucchini, yellow & white squash, and cucumbers.  John promised bell peppers, eggplant, red and Yukon Gold potatoes, great juicing carrots, and , if you get there early, some heirloom tomatoes.

Carrots from Bartlett Farm at the Covington Farmer's Market

Carrots from Bartlett Farm at the Covington Farmer’s Market

Don’t forget about grilling! We’ve got a smorgasbord of meats and veggies that are ready and waiting for a few grill marks. Marinate your chicken in Bechac’s Roasted Garlic & Tomato Dressing for an hour or so before grilling for tender tasty chicken. YUM! Careful, a dab of goat cheese in the middle of your burgers will have you crowned Master Griller and you will be in charge of the pit from then on.

I had a chance to try Spicy Lady’s Wasabe Seasoning on Saturday and I’ll admit to a bit of trepidation since I always associated wasabe with lots of heat. It was delicious, not too hot, and I thought that it would be really great mixed with a little of Cheryl’s oils and tossed on grilled veggies, potatoes, mushrooms, shrimp, or what have you.

Breads love it on the grill. Suzie will have Spinach Feta this week which probably won’t work too well on the pit but her Health Grain bread or French baguettes toast up wonderfully, especially with a little of Vincent & Mauricio’s Skordalia spread over it. Lena’s home ground wheat breads just dying to get toasted and Crystal’s gluten free sourdough breads are sure to please even those who are not concerned about gluten. Spread some of Bear Creek’s garlic and herb butter on several slices and pop those babies on the grill. Or just toast ‘em plain and add a little Meaux Mustard for a jazzy sandwich. With four flavors – Local Honey, Creole, Green Heat, or Blueberry – you may have a tough time choosing.

Bear Creek Road Pie of the Month: Dark Chocolate Strawberry Pâté Tart with Lavender Meringue

Bear Creek Road Pie of the Month: Dark Chocolate Strawberry Pâté Tart with Lavender Meringue

You won’t want to stop there. After all, Lolly Marie is boasting those yummy caramels, white ginger truffles, and chocolate raspberry truffles plus caramel apples. There’s so much more out here – a beautiful spring breeze, delightful music, great food. What more can you ask for?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lots of love,
Charlene Lejeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

The Covington Farmers’ Market is open each Wednesday, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire and every Saturday from 8a.m. to 12p.m. on the side lawn of the Covington Police Station, 609 N. Columbia St. Call (985) 892-1873 for information or visit www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org

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

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Wednesday Covington Farmers Market at the Covington Trailhead

Wednesday Covington Farmers Market at the Covington Trailhead

What a lovely Tuesday, friends! The sun is smiling with light breezes blowing and it will probably rain later. How typical of southern Louisiana! It won’t be raining tomorrow and if you listen carefully, that’s not thunder you hear, it’s the sound of toe-tapping music on the breezes reminding you that tomorrow is Market Day.

Banana Pudding Pies from The Peanut Factory (Frankie's) at the Wednesday Market

Banana Pudding Pies from The Peanut Factory (Frankie’s) at the Wednesday Market

**Spoiler Alert** As I was visiting the tables last Wednesday, James told me that Sacred Earth is developing an immune-boosting meal replacement bar, all organic, and debuting in September. I can’t tell you much but I can say that the bar will include elderberry and Echinacea. I may spill some other ingredients next week. I am quite sure that these bars will be available on Saturday as well. Don’t ya just loooovvve Market Day? Just in case you were thinking of eating somewhere else tomorrow, take a look at these pies. Frankie says she is bakin’ up a mess of ‘em. One of them probably has your name on it.

Last Wednesday, while I was grabbing a pint of Nanette’s soup (she made a delicious yellow squash & corn chowder) and a lovely lemongrass chicken & noodle salad from Kandi, and some meatballs for later in the week from Cynthia, I had a brainstorm!  know, but it happens at the strangest times. So I picked up half a pound of pulled pork from Jeff.

My idea, since I had already purchased a bag of yellow corn grits from Lena, was to make grits and grillades for Mr. Wonderful. First I sliced and sautéed half an onion. I put the onions to the side and made a roux. When that had browned perfectly, I added a cup of chicken broth (James’ chickens produce an amazing amount of broth when roasted) and the sautéed onion and the pulled pork (which I chopped to smaller pieces) and simmered everything for about 20 minutes. In the meantime, I fixed two helpings of Lena’s grits and served them with my “grillades”. He actually said that it was pretty good…it brought a tear to my eye. I had a little left over for breakfast the next morning. I emptied it into a small baking dish, cracked two eggs on top, sprinkled with a little salt, pepper, and chopped green onion and baked until the yolks were just like I like them. YUM!

Chubba's Snowballs at the Covington Farmer's Market this Saturday

Chubba’s Snowballs at the Covington Farmer’s Market this Saturday

It will be another lovely Saturday at the market (I refuse to have anything else). Chris Talley will get us started with classical guitar music drifting from the gazebo. Chubba’s Snowballs will park his truck on Theard Street, along the side of the Courthouse for a summer treat. It’s August and you know you’ll be thankful for that cooling treat.

I think Nourish Two had an amazing day on Saturday. Their sauces, dressings and soups were a big hit. I plan to use their curry sauce on my roasted chicken tonight. Don’t be jealous; put it on your list. My list is usually quite full and since, Mr. W & I were going to a dance last Saturday night, I stopped by Norma Jean’s to get a carton of walnut pâté. I noticed that she has added lemony lentil salad and carrot salad surprise to her table. Both were delicious.

Pam (Lolly Marie’s) has her creamy white chocolate rum ginger truffles once again. Farmhouse Dairy is making cajeta (in addition to creamy goat cheeses). Tiffany explained that cajeta is a caramel-like sauce but more milky than caramel, kind of a Mexican version of Dulce de Leche. She makes hers with goat milk and I know there were flavors, such as chocolate. Oh, my…heaven in a jar! And you can have all this goodness for yourself but….you have to be here to enjoy it!

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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