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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.

This Week at the Farmer's Market

This Week at the Farmers Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Covington Farmers’ Market weekly newsletter by vendor Charlene LeJeune:

Top of the Tuesday to you, friends! What a lovely St Paddy’s Day we’ll have! Gorgeous skies, great music and delicious meals. Of course, you’ll want your eggs, and the Double K hens are ready to serve. As good as those little gals are, they still can’t produce honey. That’s where Jerry’s little buzzers come in. And, son of a gun, these days they’re even producing creamed cinnamon honey! 😉

Shrimp Salad is on Joy’s menu this week and she will have Crawfish Bisque and California Shrimp, Corn & Crab Bisque as Grab N Goes. Yummy egg rolls and spring rolls from Kandy just may suit your fancy tomorrow. Or perhaps you are more in the mood for one of her refreshing salads. If you had Johnny’s Beet & Bean burger last week, change things up a bit and go for the Mushroom Burger this week. You won’t be disappointed. Abeer has prepared all her usuals like hummus and tsatziki and baba ghanoush but the star of the menu is her Eggplant Moussaka. Jerome’s got a great line up of goat cheese & spinach quiche, crepes, and ratatouille. MMMM! Did I mention the chocolate cake?

Hear ye! Hear ye! Bring your dull knives and your scissors that no longer cut to the market ‘cause we have a specialist in sharpening joining our ranks. Yes, David will be at our Wednesday market for all your sharpening needs. As for sharpening, give your immune system an edge with Mignon’s juns and tonics.

Lucky us! The Lucky Dogs will be in the gazebo this Saturday market. No, Ed will not be serving coffee in the pavilion with Kayleigh this week since he is a Lucky Dog. So grab your coffee and turn around, wave to Ed, and enjoy the music while you shop. Faust Farms is back with spring mix, Brussels sprouts, and (of course) strawberries. Northshore Greens’ still has greens (lettuce and celery, etc.) plus their fragrant herbs. I noticed they even had dried herbs as well. 

Tomato Ann’s tomatoes are coming in like mad – flavorful cherry tomatoes, lovely heirlooms. She also makes a mean tomato basil soup. Kale, sweet potatoes, turnips are all nicely camped at Nick’s. I saw beets on Vince’s table, keeping company with the cabbage, cauliflower and satsumas. Gorgeous nutritious sprouts at Sam’s and he is still making his amazing green juice. 

Amanda’s fresh orange juice has become a staple at the market and she has added Orange/Mango, Strawberry/Pineapple/Orange and even has just plain Mango (really good). Stop by Mauthe’s for cow’s milk, yogurt, butter, and cream. And for milk with a flair (namely kefir) Nancy blends the most delicious strawberry kefir. You’ll benefit tremendously from her raw krauts and kombucha blends. Cameron prepares tempeh with varying ingredients each week to the delight of many a vegan. His new cultured “butters” are just as delightful.

No matter where you are at our market, you’ll find something to interest and tantalize. From grass fed beef, pork, lamb, duck, and chicken to mushrooms, honey, and eggs, there’s something for everyone. Won’t you join us for a simply fabulous 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

Check out our Facebook page – facebook.com/thecovingtonlafarmersmarket
On Instagram — @covingtonlafarmersmarket

Healthy Living Local Events

Zumba with the Mayor Free Exercise Class This Sunday

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Registration is open for Zumba with the Mayor this Sunday, an up-beat and interactive multi-generational exercise dance class. This free class is open to all levels of experience and abilities – it’s about moving and having fun.

The City of Covington Mayor’s Council on Healthy Lifestyles teams up with Oschner and St. Tammany Health Systems to bring together five local instructors from the YMCA, Star Fitness, Bogue Falaya Fitness, Mandeville Sports Complex, Pelican Athletic Club and Francos. Five instructors, 90 minutes of cardio, core, and fun!

This event is free and open to the public. Due to COVID, attendance is limited. Click here to register for this event.

Learn more about the Mayor’s Council on Healthy Lifestyles on their Facebook page here.

Local Events Local News

St. Paddy’s Free Concert at the River Postponed to Thursday, March 18th

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Due to the predicted rain on Wednesday, the free Chillin’ at the River concert has been postponed to Thursday, March 18th, 2021. Same time and place – the Bogue Falaya Park starting at 5:30 pm! Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnics. Four Unplugged and the City of Covington will still be celebrating St. Paddy’s, so don’t forget to wear your green!

These concerts are put on to provide safe, family friendly entertainment with social distancing in mind. Enjoy the scenic sprawling landscape of our beautiful park while listening to local live music. Masks are required, sanitation and social distancing circles will be available.

Learn more about Four Unplugged:

Art Event Local Events

Collectibles, Comics & Community Meeting at the Firehouse Event Center This Saturday for the C4 Explosion!

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Every other month the city of Covington hosts the most interesting meet up in the Gulf South! Community, comics, collector’s chronicles (C4). This event was created by the people from Umbrella Comics & Collectibles to foster the collector community in the Gulf South. The C4 Explosion features collectibles, comics and community meeting this Saturday, March 13, 2021 at the Firehouse Event Center in downtown Covington (423 N. Theard Street). This event is free and open to the public, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m.

The meet up features thousands of comic books, toys, video games and other collectibles. A big goal for this group in the community is giving back to local charities and non-profits, such as Northshore Families & The Youth Service Bureau. In March, C4 is working with the Yum Yum Gimme Sum Mobile Food Truck, mentoring community children through their business.

Find C4 Explosion on Facebook to connect with the group or to participate in upcoming events. Vendors are rotated out to give everyone in the community a chance to participate and work together. Bring your friends and family to be a part of the growing collector community this Saturday at the Firehouse Event Center!

Local Events Non Profit Spotlight

Northshore Humane Society Offers Low-Cost Vet Clinic Now Through June 30th

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From Northshore Humane Society: Woofstock Low Cost Clinic Transformed Due to COVID. Same services available to the community’s beloved canines!!

Now until June 30th, Northshore Humane Society community veterinary clinic is offering low cost vaccines, microchipping and heartworm and flea prevention as part of their annual Woofstock Event! Although the pandemic may have forced the no-kill rescue to change this year’s Woofstock again, you can still take advantage of the same discounted veterinary services you have come to love and depend on!

Annual vaccinations are offered to the public at only $75. Other vaccinations and shots will be available a la carte and microchipping is only $15 per pup! Deeply discounted heartworm and flea prevention will also be available for purchase (while supplies last). 

“Our community vet clinic vaccinated a record number of dogs at last year’s COVID-transformed Woofstock,” said NHS CEO, Scott Bernier. “Because of people working from home and the flexibility of scheduling an appointment through our clinic anytime until June 30th, nearly 1,000 canines took advantage of the low cost services. We are hoping for another successful year with the same COVID-approved procedures available to the public,” he added. 

To take advantage of the discounted pricing, please make an appointment by calling (985) 892-7387 x 3 or emailing clinic@nshumane.org

City Updates Local News Public Meetings

A Morning with Mayor Mark – Coffee & Conversation March 9th

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City of Covington Mayor Mark Johnson invites you to join him for A Morning of Coffee & Conversation at the Bogue Falaya Hall on Tuesday, March 9th, 2021, from 9 am – 10 am.

Mayor Mark continues this quarterly informal meet-and-greet with the public to give updates and talk about recent news in town. He may even share a historical anecdote. Coffee and other refreshments are provided by Campbell’s Coffee.

Because of social distancing measures seating is limited – please register in advance at bontempstix.com/events/morningwithmayormark if you would like to attend. This is a free event.

Visit covla.com and sign up for Mayor Mark’s emails for more updates.

This Week at the Farmer's Market

This Week at the Farmers Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Covington Farmers’ Market weekly newsletter by vendor Charlene LeJeune:

Hope you’re staying dry today, friends! Tomorrow promises to be much better and a trip to the market is the medicine of the day. Unfortunately, Eddie will not be there for the next month or so because he is busy planting a spring crop for us. Don’t quote me on this, but I believe squash and zucchini will be on the table soon. Remember to get your eggs from Kristen and honey from Jerry. Last week he had creamed honey, both plain and cinnamon and perfectly spreadable on your biscuits or toast or pancakes, etc. Joy is bringing back her Salmon Plate from last week and boy, did that look delicious! She’ll also have bread pudding and crunchy boudin balls. Abeer is preparing Ouzi this week but you may want to also grab some green bean Moussaka or Mujadara for later in the week.

From the Covington La Farmer’s Market Facebook page

Kandy is whipping up some of her amazing cream cheese and shrimp rolls — oh, man, those are so good. Her delightful, refreshing salads are always on the menu. Aside from the lovely mushroom or beet & bean burgers Johnny fixes, he also has Chickpea Salad and a Ginger Quinoa Salad to tickle your taste buds. Jerome’s crepes are super! Delicious! And you have a choice of fillings. Treat yourself to a warm sarsaparilla tonic from Mignon. She also serves it cold. See—I told you a trip to the market was good medicine.

You will never guess who is in the gazebo this coming Saturday! Go on, guess. No….no…ok, I’ll tell you — our very own Madeleine from Happy Flour and her sister, Violet! Now, don’t go thinking there won’t be bread ‘cause Patrick is on the job and I hear they are planning a lovely sourdough made with some of Cameron’s black garlic. I just love how our vendors  use each other’s products in their own. Norma Jean has been preparing her vegan wraps with Sam’s Sprouts from quite some time now and Bhakti Farm’s burgers are always topped with them. 

From the Covington La Farmer’s Market Facebook page

Celery has been a main attraction at Northshore Greens. Of course, they also have a wonderful selection of salad greens and herbs. Nick’s store of sweet potatoes doesn’t seem to be dwindling and the carrots he has don’t last in our house. I barely have time to cook them but when I do, the easiest way is to sauté them in Mauthe’s butter with some chopped onions. Soooo good! I see that Vincent (Ken) has some turnips and greens on the table and you may as well take advantage of the citrus. Don’t know how much longer it will be available.

I know you’re all excited to get your gardens started in the weeks ahead as the temperatures start to get milder. Check out Alton’s tables for some herbs to get you started. Before long, he will have veggies galore from which to choose. Make your next stop at Double K; Kristen always has that garden gold manure available. Veggies and herbs love the stuff! Usually that just-getting-back-into-gardening is followed by oh-my-goodness-what-was-I-thinking muscle aches. No worries. Serenity Lane has you covered with Grandpa’s Liniment (this stuff really works!)

From the Covington La Farmer’s Market Facebook page

Althee has lots of delicious fruits—all in jars—and just as tasty as you can want. You’ll also find yummy pies and quick breads on her table. Stacey is the queen of pickled veggies but her real gift is in the combinations she creates. Whether you’re looking for eggs or veggies or milk or honey or bread, there’s lots of goodness to find 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

Check out our Facebook page – facebook.com/thecovingtonlafarmersmarket
On Instagram — @covingtonlafarmersmarket

Local Events

AAUW Northshore Sponsors Civic Education Program to Discuss US Foreign Policy

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From the American Association of University Women Northshore: AAUW Sponsoring ‘Great Decisions’ for the 48th Year

The Northshore branch (formerly Covington-Mandeville) of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is again sponsoring the Great Decisions program, an offering of the Foreign Policy Association, as a community outreach. Great Decisions, the centerpiece of the longest-running civic education program in the United States devoted to foreign affairs, empowers readers to discuss global issues shaping U.S. foreign policy and the world. Our AAUW branch offers two sessions: afternoon and evening.

Published annually by the Foreign Policy Association, the Great Decisions briefing book features impartial, thought-provoking analyses on eight issues of concern to U.S. policymakers today; these articles form a starting point for all group discussions. The purchase of the briefing book is required for participation. The 2021 edition features eight topics: Global Supply Chains, Persian Gulf Security, Brexit and the EU, The Arctic, China in Africa, The Two Koreas, Role of the WHO, and End of Globalization?

The briefing book provides historical background, current U.S. policy and alternative policy options, informative maps and detailed graphs, as well as suggested readings and resources for each topic. Included in this briefing book is an opinion poll, the results of which will be tabulated and presented in the National Opinion Ballot Report, a representative survey of readers’ views on the eight Great Decisions topics. This report is made available to members of Congress, the White House, the media, and concerned citizens.

The Northshore branch has the longest running association, as a branch of AAUW, with the Great Decisions program in the nation, having offered this program as a community outreach since 1973.

We offer two sessions of the discussions; both are open to the public, with the purchase of the briefing book. The afternoon group will meet in the Fellowship Hall of the Madisonville Presbyterian Church (701 Pine St., Madisonville) beginning at 1:00 PM starting Monday, March 8th in person with social distancing and masks. The evening session will be held virtually beginning Thursday, March 18th at 6:30pm.

The cost to participate is $28 which covers the cost of the briefing book with our bulk purchase discount. There are limited additional books available at the discounted price; additional books can be ordered from the Foreign Policy Association for $32 + shipping costs. An e-version for Kindle, Nook, etc. is also available for private purchase. Anyone who is interested in participating should contact Eileen deHaro at 985-624-9553; please specify whether you are interested in attending the afternoon or the evening session. If using an e-book you MUST still register as participating, especially for the evening session where access is by Google Meet invite only!

The American Association of University Women, with its nationwide network of more than 100,000 members, 1,300 branches, and 550 college and university partners, has been a leading advocate for equity and education for women and girls since 1881. For more information about the Northshore branch of AAUW, contact Eileen deHaro at 624-9553 or visit our website at https://www.northshore-la.aauw.net/.

Art Event

St. Tammany Art Association New Exhibit “Anima Vestra” by Anne London-Zyejnieks on Display Now

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From the St. Tammany Art Association: Anima Vestra, A New Exhibition by Anne London-Zvejnieks

“Anima Vestra” is on view now through March 27 in the Miriam Barranger Gallery at the St. Tammany Art Association, features large-scale drawings by north shore artist and conservationist, Anne London Zvejnieks.

Anne came to know the term “Anima Vestra” after recently having time to read the stacked journals holding up one corner of her studio for several years. Translated from Latin – your soul, the vital force, the feminine principle. This concept inspired new figure drawings exploring female energy and the connections humans have with animals and forces in nature.

Utilizing renaissance techniques, Anne applies four decades of studying anatomy, attending animal surgeries, and observing natural behaviors in the wild to create art that captures the true spirit, majesty, and emotional depth of our planet’s endangered species. She has used her evocative and empathetic artwork to help raise over a million dollars for conservation organizations, field research, and anti-poaching units across Africa.

Learn more here:

The St. Tammany Art Association is located at 320 N. Columbia Street in downtown Covington. Current gallery hours are Fridays 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Saturdays, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm and by appointment Tuesday through Thursday. All exhibitions are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.

www.sttammany.art
This Week at the Farmer's Market

This Week at the Farmers Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Covington Farmers’ Market weekly newsletter by vendor Charlene LeJeune:

Whatta change from last week, friends! I can feel my toes again! Kandy is back and bringing her extra special salads with her! Jasmine tea, too! After last week, I’m sure you are in desperate need of eggs. No worries; Kristen’s bringing lots of ‘em. There will be Jerry’s raw honey as well. 

From the Covington La Farmers Market Facebook page

Spinach & Goat Cheese Quiche – what a delicious dish and it’s on Jerome’s menu this week. He will also have those tasty Madeleines. YUM! Joy is cooking up a storm — boudin balls, empanadas, stuffed artichoke… Sorry I can’t make your choices easy but Johnny’s coming in with his fabulous mushroom burger and Curry Bhakti Bowl and all those delicious raw vegan treats! Check out Mignon’s jun and tonics (non alcoholic). Eddie will be out there with lots of gorgeous veggies.

And then, it’s Saturday and the good news is that the weather will be wonderful! More good news is Jazz Break is in the gazebo pouring out jazzy tunes and making happy everywhere! Now for breakfast. But what will you choose? Bhakti Farms makes an amazing egg sandwich. Norma’s black bean enchilada pie is a tasty change from the norm. Protein bars from Tessier Gourmet; veggie pancakes from Meme; chicken waffle from Jennifer, Ginger Divinity from Vincent & Mauricio (yes, for breakfast), turnovers from Happy Flour— oh man! I’m stuffed! I better take a long stroll around the market, enjoying the weather and music, and see what’s there.

James always has wonderful mushrooms — do you have a favorite recipe? He has gourmet mushrooms of all kinds — chestnut, shiitake, oyster, and Lion’s Mane —each filled with nutrients and flavor.  For further  delicious, check out Cameron’s cultured butter. He has a black garlic flavor — a one-two punch off tasty nutrition. Nutrition doesn’t come easier than Nancy’s raw sauerkraut, unless it’s her strawberry kefir or golden milk or kombucha. 

From the Covington La Farmers Market Facebook page

We definitely have STRAWBERRIES – nothing like a fresh strawberry or two, just bursting with sweet ripe goodness. Citrus is making its rounds as well and there is nothing like biting into a sweet, fresh orange (peel removed, of course). And then, there are the veggies — greens, tomatoes, green onions, sweet potatoes, radishes. But there’s much more to enjoy and we invite you to join us for a lovely day at the market! 

​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

Check out our Facebook page – facebook.com/thecovingtonlafarmersmarket
On Instagram — @covingtonlafarmersmarket

Wednesday Market Menu 2-24-2021

Public Meetings

Upcoming Public Meetings in March, 2021 – City of Covington

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Upcoming City of Covington public meetings for the month of March, 2021, including Covington Comprehensive Plan 2030 meeting. All meetings are held in compliance with local COVID mandates, attendance is limited. You can see past presentations and meeting records from the Covington Comprehensive Plan here. Any meeting feedback, input, or questions are welcomed at info@covingtonplan2030.com.

View video of past City Council Meetings here, meeting agendas and approved minutes here.

Covington City Council Meeting

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
City Council Chambers (map)
Meeting purpose: Public general meeting, Covington City Council

Planning Commission and Public Meeting – Covington Comprehensive Plan 2030

Monday, March 15, 2021
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
City Council Chambers (map)
Meeting purpose: Comprehensive plan review and feedback

Another public hearing/plan adoption meeting for the Covington Comprehensive Plan 2030 will be held Monday April 19, 2021. Learn more, review the plan and get involved at www.covingtonplan2030.com

The Covington Historic District Commission (CHDC) meeting is Tuesday March 9th at 4 pm. Deadline for this meeting was February 11th. The deadline for the April meeting is March 11th.

Board of Adjustments (BOA) meeting is Monday March 15th at 6 pm. The deadline for this meeting was February 5th. The deadline for the April meeting is March 5th.

Learn more at www.covla.com

Local Events Non Profit Spotlight

Friends of the Library Hosts Book Sale This Saturday

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Stop by this Saturday February 27th from 9 am – 4 pm for the Friends of the Library Book Sale! Now at their new location, 1301 N Florida St. in Covington near the fairgrounds.

In addition to offering low prices on all items, the FOTL is holding a special buy 2 get 1 free sale of all fiction books. Other selections such as children’s books, hardbacks, CDs and DVDs will also be available. State and Parish COVID mandates will be in force.

The Friends of the Library is a non-profit organization that uses its funds to supplement the Parish Library’s annual budget, purchase equipment, and support projects at the West St. Tammany branches. Books retired from the shelves of the Parish Library system and donated books and media from the community are sold by the non-profit FOTL to the public at low prices.

Learn more here: www.sttammanylibrary.org

Healthy Living Local Events

Sign Up Today for Zumba w/ the Mayor this Sunday

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Registration is open for Zumba with the Mayor, an up-beat and interactive multi-generational exercise dance class. This free class is open to all levels of experience and abilities – it’s about moving and having fun.

The City of Covington Mayor’s Council on Healthy Lifestyles teams up with Oschner and St. Tammany Health Systems to bring together five local instructors from the YMCA, Star Fitness, Bogue Falaya Fitness, Mandeville Sports Complex, Pelican Athletic Club and Francos. Five instructors, 90 minutes of cardio, core, and fun!

This event is free and open to the public. Due to COVID, attendance is limited. Click here to register for this event.

Learn more about the Mayor’s Council on Healthy Lifestyles on their Facebook page here.

This Week at the Farmer's Market

This Week at the Farmers Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Covington Farmers’ Market weekly newsletter by vendor Charlene LeJeune:

Happy Mardi Gras, friends! The weather may be a bit nippy today (I think I had a snow flurry or two at my house) but a burst pipe at the Trailhead has unfortunately CLOSED the market for this Wednesday. 

from the Covington La Farmers Market facebook page

We will, however, have a market on Saturday when lively tunes from Big Jan and the Missing Links sail out from the gazebo. Get your morning shopping off to a great start with a steamy cup of joe or a cup of herbal or regular tea at the pavilion! You can start with Bhakti Farms’ amazing egg sandwich. According to Big Jan, it is the bomb…or the torpedo…or whatever the latest word is. In a word—good!

Tomatoes, strawberries, oranges, greens, veggies and fruits of all kinds…that’s what we’re made of. All locally grown and freshly picked for peak freshness. 

It may be too late for king cake but Happy Flour still has their deliciously holiday cranberry walnut sourdough. And their cinnamon raisin swirl bread is fabulous especially with a little butter (Mauthe or Cameron) and/or raw honey. Each week Patrick and Madeleine have a delicious single serve goodie for you to enjoy. 

from the Covington La Farmers Market facebook page

Bear Creek Road’s whole wheat country loaves or kaiser rolls make a terrific addition to any meal, especially soups. Jennifer always has a soup and I believe this week it’s broccoli cheddar. With this weather we’re having, hot soup and warm bread sound perfect! As another option, her focaccia bread can hold its own with any dish you’re serving. Whether you shop at Happy Flour or Bear Creek Road, you are sure to find an amazing accompaniment to your meal. And if you don’t feel like cooking, stop by Tessier Gourmet, for Shrimp & Corn Bisque or Cabbage & White Bean Soup or Chicken Andouille Gumbo. For more vegan soups, you’ll want to check out Norma Jean’s menu.

Raw honey from Blood River is a fantastic boost to your immune system when dealing with the cold and flu season. Combine that with a dose of Naturally Well’s elderberry syrup—well, that’s like having a sword and shield to fight off the nasties. But don’t discount the power of good food, freshly picked veggies, yard eggs, mushrooms, fermented foods, they are all keys to better health and better health means fewer doctor visits. 

from the Covington La Farmers Market facebook page: Two Saturdays ago was Mr. Houston’s last Saturday market with us. He has officially retired from the Covington Farmer’s Market. He was such a huge produce staple at our market and was a loyal vendor for as long as we can remember. He will be greatly missed! Please join us in wishing him all the best in his retirement!

Our Covington Farmers’s Market is a treasure trove of goodness. Whether you’re searching for veggies or fruits or eggs or breads or pasture raised meats and dairy products, we have it. You just have to be here to enjoy the benefits. Surely, you weren’t planning to sleep in?! 

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

Check out our Facebook page – facebook.com/thecovingtonlafarmersmarket
On Instagram — @covingtonlafarmersmarket

Local Events

Brooks’ Bike Shop Hosts Mardi Gras House Float Bicycle Parade Saturday

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Join Brooks’ Bike Shop and the Covington Bicycle Club for a Mardi Gras Bicycle Parade this Saturday, February 13th, 2021. Tour local homes and businesses in the Rollin’ on the Three Rivers House Float Parade on your bicycle – or rent one from Brooks’!

Parade participants can meet up at Brooks’ Bike Shop on the Trace in Covington at noon on Saturday to get their bikes ready. The Bike Parade will start off around 1 pm touring downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods, following the map of participating locations in Covington’s House Float Parade. Decorate your bike and bring a few beads!

Watch the video of Pat Brooks talking about Saturday’s Bike Parade on Facebook here: www.facebook.com/BrooksBikeShop

416 E. Gibson St. Covington, LA
This Week at the Farmer's Market

This Week at the Farmers Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Covington Farmers’ Market weekly newsletter by Charlene LeJeune:

Heck of a Tuesday, friends! Clouds may be gathering, threatening to disturb our Wednesday market but don’t let that deter you. After all, who wouldn’t brave a few drops for a tasty black bean and beet burger from Bhakti Farms? I don’t know how Johnny does it but the flavor of those burgers is outstanding! Jerome is bringing back Croques Monsieur this week and will have crepes as well — a temptation for the tongue. Abeer has loaded the menu with favorites like grape leaves and hummus, Mujudara (a delightful blend of lentils, rice, and herbs, topped with caramelized onions), and Eggplant Moussaka.

From the Covington La Farmers Market Facebook page

Experience one of Mignon’s fabulous “chics”, a tasty faux coffee that offers many nutritional benefits. Eddie will be there with gorgeous veggies, including broccoflower that unique cross of broccoli and cauliflower. Double K eggs will be available as will the sweet, raw honey from Jerry’s little buzzing friends.

The melodious voice of Michaela Lauer will drift from the gazebo, getting the Saturday market into full swing. So grab your coffee, tell that sweet Kayleigh “Howdy” and who knows, you may even get a glimpse of Ed there in the pavilion. Then, a stroll around the market will show you the most amazing things we have to offer.

The produce our vendors bring continues to invite — beautiful rainbow chard, emerald green broccoflower, a luscious assortment of kales and lettuces, daikons, cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower, turnips, sweet potatoes, and maybe even a few persimmons. A sprinkling of sprouts from Sam will add nutrients to any salad or sandwich. But, if you don’t feel like making that sandwich, both Norma Jean and Bhakti Farms have wraps or sandwiches each topped with Sam’s sprouts. A slice of Norma’s delicious enchilada pie will have you wishing you have room for another. Tessier Gourmet has added some wonderful items to her menu, like a homestyle Chicken Pot Pie, Split Pea Soup, and a new protein bar.

From the Covington La Farmers Market Facebook page

Whether it’s cold and flu season or the allergy season that follows, you definitely want to stay stocked up on Naturally Well’s Elderberry Syrup. And, just across from there, you’ll find Nancy’s amazing collection of pre-and probiotics in the forms of kombucha, kefir, and raw sauerkraut. With the sweet strawberries available, her strawberry kefir has been exceptional. And red, ripe, delicious strawberries are also in abundance. You’ll find lemons, grapefruit, satsumas, and oranges, too just adding to the delights of the season.

Jubilee Farms is at the market each week with grass fed beef, lamb, and pork. The sausage, whether green onion, Cajun, Italian, or breakfast, is amazing; the pork chops tender. Mr. Two has faithfully had wonderful shrimp each week for us and you’ll find duck from Ross at Backwater Foie Gras’ table and chicken from Credo Farms. Our bakers are fabulous, egg production is abundant, the milk and honey are flowing and I hope you are there to enjoy the benefits.

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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“Chillin’ at the River” Free Concert Postponed Due to Weather

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The City of Covington’s free concert “Chillin’ at the River” that was scheduled for Thursday, February 11th, 2021, has been postponed due to expected bad weather. Stay tuned for updates on a rescheduled date!

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Rollin’ on the 3 Rivers Releases Map of House Floats in Covington

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Rollin’ on the 3 Rivers House Float Parade kicked off last Saturday in Covington with enthusiastic participation from both residents and businesses alike. The concept, inspired by the many krewes popping up along the gulf coast, encourages locals to celebrate in an artistic and safe way by decorating your property for onlookers.

Display on N. Vermont St., downtown Covington

Walk, bike or drive to view these fantastic displays! Rollin’ on the Three Rivers released the map with a link to view it online on Google Maps – printed maps will be available soon. Covington has really out-done themselves, be sure to check it out!

Follow Covington Rollin’ on the 3 Rivers House Floats Facebook page for updates and to see pictures of local displays.

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Friends of the Library Valentine’s Book Sale this Saturday

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The Friends of the Library West St. Tammany announces a book sale on Saturday, January 30th, 2021, from 9 am to 4 pm. They are hosting the event at their new location, 1301 N Florida St. in Covington, near the fairgrounds.

In addition to offering low prices on all items, the FOTL is holding a special sale of all paperback romance fiction at 10 books for $1 in anticipation of Valentine’s Day. Other selections such as children’s books, hardbacks, CDs and DVDs will also be discounted. State and Parish COVID mandates will be in force.

The Friends of the Library is a non-profit organization that uses its funds to supplement the Parish Library’s annual budget, purchase equipment, and support projects at the West St. Tammany branches. Books retired from the shelves of the Parish Library system and donated books and media from the community are sold by the non-profit FOTL to the public at low prices.

Learn more here: www.sttammanylibrary.org