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How to Host a Food Drive for Northshore Food Bank

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St. Paul’s High School Food Drive for Northshore Food Bank

Each year, the Northshore Food Bank distributes over 1 million pounds of food to the residents of St. Tammany and Washington parishes. This year the Food Bank saw an increase of more than 110% in the number of individuals and families they serve due to COVID.

You can help the Northshore Food Bank’s fight to end hunger! Hosting a Food Drive is an easy way for you and your community to get involved.

From the Northshore Food Bank:

Food drives play a vital role in helping us to serve those in need in our community. You can make a major impact by organizing a food drive on our behalf.

About 1/3 of our yearly food collection comes from individual donations and community food drives.

The goal of food drives is to bring in as many non-perishable essential items as possible to help us fill our nutritionally sound “staple boxes” distributed to Food Bank participants. There are a number of resources we can offer to help organize your food drive and make it successful, such as:

  • customizable electronic flyers you can print out and hang to promote your drive
  • a “Most Needed” items list to share with your group so they can donate needed products
  • large collection boxes and brown grocery bags to collect donated items
  • we offer pick-up service for any collections too large to fit in a pick up truck

For more information on how to host a food drive or to request supplies or schedule a pick up, please contact Ginger Kunkle, Community Engagement Manager, at 985.327.0044 or gkunkle@northshorefoodbank.org.

Visit northshorefoodbank.org to learn more and register to host your own Food Drive.

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Volunteers Needed – Replanting Downtown Planters with Keep Covington Beautiful

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Keep Covington Beautiful is dedicated to engaging all citizens in every aspect of keeping Covington clean and beautiful. KCB is a 501 c 3 non-profit corporation. Keep Covington Beautiful develops broad-based community partnerships to improve and beautify the physical environment of the City of Covington, including beautification, litter prevention and recycling activities. Keep Covington Beautiful provides educational activities to encourage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community environments through positive behavior. KCB also beautifies and maintains various location in and around downtown Covington, including our plentiful planters.

This Saturday join Keep Covington Beautiful in re-planting the downtown planters! Please bring your own gloves, water and trowel. Meeting at the Covington Trailhead at 9:30. Email info@keepcovingtonbeautiful.org if you are able to help. Learn more at www.keepcovingtonbeautiful.org.

Farmers Market Recipes

This Week at the Farmers’ Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Covington Farmers’ Market weekly newsletter by Charlene LeJeune:

Here we are, precious friends, tippy toeing into November! I’m looking forward to a Happy Wednesday for you gorgeous blue skies, Farmers’ Market musicians sharing lively music so you can sit and enjoy the great food under the pavilion. Of course, you can take it back to the office, but then you miss out on the ambience..

Oooo, aren’t you glad you picked up one of Henderson Hearth’s lovely soup mixes like the hearty potato or creamy rice? Whaaat?!! You didn’t!?? Well then, make sure you make your way to the market this week. Better get more than one ‘cause even though it’s not that cold out, a steamy bowl of soup really warms your heart. Just like Kandy’s chicken porridge. Yeah! It’s back on the menu!! It makes the perfect lunch or dinner or a phenomenal breakfast, especially when topped with one of Double K’s eggs — scrambled, fried, or poached. Sooo good! Yes, Kristen will be there with plenty eggs.

Jerry has promises to have some juicy sweet satsumas. And, he has lots of honey and blueberry jam! I think Mr. Houston may have some greens this week, I suppose it depends on what Zeta left. If you missed out on Joy’s chicken & sausage jambalaya due to that nasty storm, don’t stress! She’ll have it again this week. Green Bean Moussaka is the feature of Abeer’s menu and she will have lots of her usual goodies like chicken rolls, spinach pie, hummus, baklava….aaaah baklava!

Jerome quiches are fabulous, and he will have 3 variations — 3 cheese, Quiche Lorraine, and a very flavorful spinach & goat cheese quiche! The beet and black bean burger that Johnny makes is amazing, especially since it’s topped with avocado, Johnny special sauce, and sprouts! Ya just can’t beat Market Day.

Saturday pulls up the end of the week, just as it always does and this week we’ll have Sam Giberga serving melodies freely from the gazebo in much the same way that Meme’s veggie pancakes flow from Erika & Nathaniel’s tent. Those veggie laden pancakes have been tantalizing market goers for many years. Bhakti Bowls from Johnny & Caroline are a tasty breakfast or lunch; the only problem is…which one do you choose? You’ll also find their new pumpkin pie, sweetened with some of Nick’s honey. While you’re over there, stop by Exnihilo Farms for whole rabbit. You’ll also find Moringa Tea which offers many health benefits. Studies have revealed that moringa powder is loaded with phytochemicals, protein, calcium, beta-carotene, vitamin C and potassium. Now you know that Ross has duck thighs, breasts and other duckie goodies but now he also has duck prosciutto!!! How fabulous! Talk about fabulous, Jubilee Farms meats are the best. They offer the “other” meats —lamb, pork, beef and the most delicious sausages on the planet!

Make sure you get your Thanksgiving orders in with your favorite vendors, particularly Mauthe’s cheesecake. You don’t want to have to wing it with some store bought thing. Happy Flour has a new creation — the Cruffin. Yes, I spelled that right. It is a lovely croissant, shaped like a muffin, and filled with a delightful vanilla almond cream. I’ll give y’all a moment to savor the thought of both of those, although savoring in person is always best.

Jennifer (Bear Creek Road) has French Onion soup this week. You’ll want to pick up one of her flatbread or sourdoughs to go with that….and one of her blended butters – oh yeah! You’ll also want to peruse the tempting array on Norma Jean’s table — soups, wraps, quiche, walnuts.  

The fall veggies are starting to appear and it’s exciting to visit the produce vendors to see what new goodie they’ve added.  You’ll find sweet potatoes on Nick’s table accompanying the arugula. Northshore Greens will have a variety of different greens and Becky says they will have more lettuces in the next few weeks. Faust Farms’ fabulous spring mix is on their table and their Brussels sprouts were very tasty. Sam’s table is full of sprouts and he also has his Farmer’s Cocktail. And, for even more green, Aminta’s microgreens fill the bill.

Mr. Pete will be roasting chestnuts, Nancy will have fermented goodness, Mauricio will have those amazing vegan divinity and there will be tastiness everywhere! We’d love to see you.

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 Farmer's Market

This Week at the Farmers’ Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Covington Farmers’ Market newsletter by Charlene LeJeune:

Happy Flour Bakery at the Covington Farmers Market

Well, friends, here we are at the end of October and another tropical system threatens to disturb our market! Nevertheless, in true market tradition and weather permitting, we will be there with tasty food and great music. Now we all know that Kandy’s creamy shrimp rolls are THE BOMB! but have you tried her traditional egg roll lately? Amazing! Jerry’ honey is sweet and wonderful and he may even have satsumas this week. Cross your fingers; I’m sure ready for some tangy sweet citrus. Can’t leave the market without you Double K eggs. Those hens eat good, no GMO feed for them!

Chicken Sausage Jambalaya headlines on Joy’s table and all her Grab N Go meals are ready for you to grab and go. Check out the mushroom burger at Bhakti Farms. Sooo good! Ever delicious quiches will star on Jerome’s table and madeleines for dessert…mmm mmm mmm Mediterranean delights fill Abeer’s table — grape leaves, hummus, tzatziki (which is wonderful for your chicken rolls to take a dip in). 

Faust Farms is back!

Liven up your Saturday morning with The Abita Stumps in the gazebo. Then grab a fresh coffee or tea from the pavilion and make your way around the market. There’s so much goodness out there. You know that Faust Farms is back and they are loaded with their ever popular spring mix. Also on the table will be eggplant, heirloom tomatoes, Brussels sprouts (YES!), broccoli and green bell peppers. Nick may still have persimmons this week but arugula and shelled crowder peas will definitely be there. (‘bout time for some sweet potatoes, eh Nick?) Northshore Greens is back, too. Becky says they will have arugula, spinach, their fabulous stir fry mix, Asian greens, and herbs. Maybe Tomato Ann will be back with lots of heirloom tomatoes.

And, if you like a little crunch in your salad, Stacey has a wide selection of pickled veggies that make for an excellent addition to salad. Now for a dressing, I found a creamy recipe for goat cheese dressing. Combine 4 oz. goat cheese, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp white wine or balsamic vinegar, 4 tbsp water, salt & pepper. Naturally, you will want to use Huckleberry Fred’s cheese blends and Blood River honey. You could also add a tbsp of mayo, especially if you make your own. (It’s really easy)

Screaming Oaks Mushroom Farm

Can you imagine topping that with some grilled shrimp? Well Mr. Two’s fresh off the boat shrimp will serve well. Season well and pop ‘em in the oven. Mushrooms also make a fantastic topping for your salad or any dish – stewed pork chops, grilled sausage, roast chicken (not sure if Credo is there this week). James has a fabulous assortment of gourmet mushrooms from which to choose. Use them fresh or sautéed and then top with Sam’s sprouts or Aminta’s microgreens.

Oh, the things we have for you! Honey, eggs, artisan breads, vegan foods, prepared foods, cookies and more! No matter the rain, no matter the cold, especially the gorgeous days, we are here. Where will you be?

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

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Pallets With Purpose Fundraiser Event at Covington Food Bank

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Pallets with Purpose Covington Food BankOn Saturday, November 1st 6:30 – 10 pm the Covington Food Bank will host Pallets With Purpose: fun-flavored, food-funding warehouse event. Guests will enjoy a night of dining, dancing, mingling and shopping. Thanks to partnerships with many long-standing sponsors and loyal supporters, this charitable event contributes funding towards fulfilling the food bank’s mission of serving the hungry with dignity & compassion. Tickets start at $75, and sponsorship opportunities are available.

For more information about this event, please contact Jamie Andrepont at 985-893-3003 x105 or jandrepont@covingtonfoodbank.org

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Experience Hong Kong… Plus – Scrumptious Scones! At The English Tea Room

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Exploring the British Empire with The English Tea RoomExplore the British Empire with The English Tea Room on their next port of adventure… Hong Kong!  Join them as they embrace the cuisine and culture of this ancient land, and of course highlight the teas of the region as well!  The experience begins on September 27th at 7:00 p.m.  $24 per person (inc. tax & gratuity), reserve your place today!

Fall Scones ETRScrumptious Scones!

The English Tea Room is offering a seasonal twist to their delicious house-made scones. In addition to their usual favorites like vanilla and savory herbed cheddar scones, they will highlight new specialty scones each week of fall. These include flavors such as decadent dark chocolate covered cherries, honey and oats multigrain, exquisite pistachio and white chocolate and fragrant pumpkin spice. Like their page on Facebook and follow them on Twitter to hear about the new flavors of the week announced on Mondays. You won’t want to miss any of these!