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POSTPONED St. Paddy’s Concert at the Bogue Falaya Park with Four Unplugged March 17th

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Next Wednesday we will be Chillin’ at the River again, this time for a St. Paddy’s concert featuring Four Unplugged! The City of Covington invites you to this free concert at the Bogue Falaya Park on Wednesday, March 17th from 5:30 – 8 pm. Bring your lawn chairs and picnics, and don’t forget to wear 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.

About Four Unplugged

Four Unplugged is a popular local 6 piece band covering a wide variety of New Orleans seasoned music. Their sampling includes old rock ‘n roll classics, funk, Motown, dance party favorites, sing-alongs, hits from today and the always delicious slow-dance staples. They even throw in some Mardi Gras classics. Learn more about Four Unplugged at their website, www.fourunplugged.com

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Four Unplugged Plays Mardi Gras Themed Free Concert at the Bogue Falaya Park

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UPDATE: The Chillin’ at the River concert has been postponed due to expected bad weather. See the update article here:

Next Thursday we will be Chillin’ at the River again, this time for a Mardi Gras themed concert. On February 11th at 5:15 pm, join the City of Covington at the Bogue Falaya Park for some free live music and socially distanced fun!

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. Bring your picnic, your lawn chairs and your beads! Masks are required, sanitation and social distancing circles will be available.

Rollin’ on the 3 Rivers House Float Parade Happening NOW!

from the City of Covington Cultural Arts & Events FB page, click to see more!

The Covington Trailhead is all decked out for Mardi Gras! Check it out while you tour the Rollin’ on the 3 Rivers House Float Parade, going on now until Mardi Gras Day, February 16th, 2021.

Visit www.covla.com to sign up for Mayor Mark’s email updates!

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Friday Night Music Club Features The Tin Men This Weekend at COPA

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On July 10th, the Center Of Performing Arts’ Friday Night Music Club will welcome The Tin Men featuring Alex McMurray, Washboard Chaz, and Jason Jurzak.  The Tin Men are America’s premier sousaphone, washboard and guitar trio. They have been performing at home in New Orleans, around the USA and abroad since 2002.  Their appearance at Friday Night Music Club will be their first gig after returning from the Ascona Jazz Festival in Ascona,  Switzerland.

TIN MEN COPA“One of the most interesting bands to emerge from New Orleans in years” (Offbeat Magazine)  www.tinmenmusic.com

If you would like more information about any upcoming performances at the Center Of Performing Arts, check  centerofperformingarts.net or call 985-727-4638.

Auditions Saturday For Two COPA Productions

Saturday July 11th at 11 am, Center of Performing Arts will be holding auditions for ” 5 Lesbians Eating Quiche” This farce is set in 1956 and takes place in a community center hosting the annual Quiche Breakfast of the Susan B Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein.

We are looking for five comedic actresses between the ages of 18 and 45 years old, to play the prim and proper ladies of the Society’s board of directors.

Center Of Performing Arts will also hold auditions for “Moon Over Montivedeo” on Saturday, July 11 at 1 p.m. at 201 N. Columbia St. in Downtown Covington.

Please prepare a short comedic monologue, one ballad and one up tempo song, and be prepared to dance as well!

Direction and Choreography by Ed Morvant. Musical direction by Robert Sturcken. Run will be the last weekend of September and first weekend of October.  For more information about either production, call the Center of Performing Arts at 985-727-4638 or visit online: www.centerofperformingarts.net

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St. Tammany Humane Society Announces Upcoming Duck Derby on the Bogue Falaya

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sthsduckbannerOn July 18th, 5000 Rubber Derby Ducks will be released into the wild as they race down the Bogue Falaya River within Covington’s Bogue Falaya Park during the St. Tammany Duck Derby.

Adopt your rubber duck for just $5, which supports the St. Tammany Humane Society, and if your adopted duck crosses the finish line first, YOU WILL WIN $1,000! (Winner does not have to be present).

In addition to the top prize, runner up prizes include: Charbroil BBQ Pit with $50 grocery card, $100 in grocery gift cards, $100 restaurant gift cards, Coffee for a year at the The Scotts’ Coffee & Tapas Bar, and more!

Leading up the race at noon, there will be festivities for the entire family starting at 10 am including: adoptable animals, face painting, live music by Christian Serpas & Ghost Town, Duck Pluck, balloons, Decorate a Duck station, and more. Entry into the park is free on the day of the event.

Delicious food options will be available on site from Mellow Mushroom, iShop New Orleans / Binders Bakery, Nonna Randazzo’s, Zea’s Rotisserie, Zulu’s Voodoo Dogs, Sweet Daddy’s BBQ, and Sugar Shack Snowballs. 20% of all food sales from the day will be donated back to the Humane Society.

Adopt your duck now at www.StTammanyDuckDerby.com.

STHS thanks the following event sponsors for making this possible: Gordon & Breaux Marketing Communications Inc, Trifexis, Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights, Kids & Family Northshore, Dusty’s Services LLC Heating & Cooling, New Orleans Magazine, Pontchartrain Law Center, Pelican Athletic Club, Nonna Randazzo’s, Triple U 98.9 FM, Fleur-de-Lis Insurance LLC, Nash 92.3 FM, Liberty Self Storage, Pelican Athletic Club, and Zorro’s FunZone for Dogs!

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

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Happy Tuesday, friends! There’s a lovely day at the market for you tomorrow, full of music and fresh veggies and wonderful food. Take some time to have lunch with us. Feast on a new creation from Kandi – a shredded cabbage salad with shredded carrots, chicken, red onions, cilantro, mint, and Chinese cilantro all lightly seasoned with a side of fish sauce. And so tasty too! Nanette is making a refreshing watermelon gazpacho to lighten your meal. Add one of her remarkable chicken salad wraps to go. Jeff is preparing that crunchy broccoli salad that’s so delicious to go with his smoky pulled pork. Maybe a few chicken tamales would be more to your liking. Finish with a slice of lemon blueberry bread from Frankie (and save the rest for during the week). And then I suppose you do have to get back to work…heavy sigh. But wait! Don’t forget your veggies! Pick up some new potatoes and bell peppers from Mr. Houston or a few Creoles and peaches from Greg Miller. Natalie will be back next Wednesday with zucchini, cucumbers, bell peppers, and yellow squash.

I am planning for a lucky Saturday with the Lucky Dogs bouncing out their tunes from the gazebo while gentle breezes and friendly smiles sprinkle your morning. Grab your coffee and stay awhile. Norma Jean Marcon of Norma Jean’s Cuisine will demonstrate how to make the perfect Salade Nicosia using the bounty of the Covington Farmers’ Market.

Fresh picked chanterelles at the Covington Farmers Market

Fresh picked chanterelles at the Covington Farmers Market

And bounty we do have! Last week, Nick put out baskets of heirloom tomatoes – tiny orbs of yellow, pink, red, and chocolate all sharing their pint of space. There are tomatoes a plenty from JR Bardwell, John Bartlett, the Clecklers, and Greg Miller. Yes, Greg is back and he also has peaches and Chanterelles. Yippee! But he’s not the only one. Chanterelles also joined James’ lions mane, oyster, and shiitake mushrooms and I found them on Nick’s and John’s tables as well. I’ll have a new seasoning on Saturday that will take those mushrooms on a magical mushroom tour (or somewhere close to there). Or, you can try one of Spicy Lady’s seasonings. Cheryl is sure to have one to go with any veggie at the market and still keep your taste buds hoppin’.

Potato Yukon Gold from Bartlett Farm

Potato Love – Yukon Gold from Bartlett Farm

You will find many varieties of squash around the tables and I’m sure you’re looking for unique ways to prepare them. I came across a couple of sandwiches that would fit the bill perfectly. I’ll post the photos below. The first one comes from our terribly missed friends at Slice of Heaven (now inconveniently located in Oregon). Brandon and Marietta used sautéed greens, which may be a little hard to find at our market these days but sprouts (Sam) or shoots (Nick) will be a wonderful substitute. He then added cheese (Mauthe’s or Farmhouse Dairy), onions, pesto, red peppers and grilled for a very tasty veggie sandwich. Nur sautéed tomatoes and zucchini and spread her bread with hummus. You know that we have the best bread around so no matter which you choose, you will come out a winner. Each sounds so delicious and simple and you can vary the veggies to suit your tastes.

Those aren’t the only veggies gracing the tables. Mr Houston has purple bell peppers, JR has eggplant, John Bartlett has Yukon Gold potatoes (and the red ones too), Eddie has fresh garlic, Nick has cute little heirloom squash, and Natalie is back with zucchini, cucumbers, squash and more.

Screaming Oaks Mushroom Farm table last Saturday - mushrooms, blueberries & chickens!

Screaming Oaks Mushroom Farm table last Saturday – mushrooms, blueberries & chickens!

What will make your market merry? Mushrooms, raw honey, avocado salsa, Japanese maples, fresh juices, Kombucha, special treats for your pets, muffins, fresh bread, and cookies all wrapped up in a glorious Saturday morning!  I know, I know…I can hardly believe it myself. If you’re not there, you’re gonna 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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Old Feed Store Music Series at Marsolan’s Feed & Seed

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The Necessary Gentlemen at Marsolan’s this Saturday for the Old Feed Store Music Series 2015

The Old Feed Store Music Series features The Necessary Gentlemen this Saturday May 23rd, hosted by Marsolan’s Feed & Seed from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Bring a chair and enjoy the free show right after the farmer’s market! Marsolan’s Feed and Seed is located at 316 E. Gibson Street, adjoining the parking lot at the Covington Trailhead. For more information email: oldfeedstoremusic@hotmail.com.

Learn more about the Old Feed Store Music Series here.

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Sunset at the Landing – Free Outdoor Concert This Friday

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Sunset at the Landing is a free outdoor concert held every third Friday of the month March through October, brought to you by the City of Covington, the Covington Farmer’s Market and Heritage Bank of St. Tammany. This month features Sweet Olive and Sweet Crude.

All are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics, or to explore the many fantastic restaurants downtown Covington has to offer. Starts at 6pm at the Columbia Street Landing (at the end of Columbia St. on the Bogue Falaya River).

Check here for more info: www.sunsetatthelanding.org

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

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Happy Tuesday, friends!

Blue skies smilin’ at me…nothin’ but blue skies do I see. Yes, I’m about as sick of this rain as you are. I hope you all weathered Monday’s fierce storms with no damage.

Pulled pork from Chompers BBQ - food demo this Saturday

Pulled pork from Chompers BBQ – food demo this Saturday

We will have an incredible line-up of deliciousness on Wednesday – smoky pulled pork and potato salad from Chompers, a hearty minestrone soup from Nanette, Kandi & Joe’s exotic pan seared salmon salad, Frankie’s amazing banana pudding, or a tasty tamale from Rebecca, and toe-tapping music from the Wednesday Market Gang. Is it any wonder why those blue skies are smilin’?

Pot Luck String Band at the Covington Farmer's Market this Saturday

Pot Luck String Band at the Covington Farmer’s Market this Saturday

The sun will be out in full force this Saturday and so will your Farmers’ Market Vendors. And with that sunshine will come the lively tunes of the Pot Luck String Band singing out from the gazebo. Jeff and Kristen with Chompers BBQ will park their smoker on Columbia Street and start dishing out incredible pulled pork. You can sample all of their delightful BBQ sauces (even the new Cajun Carolina sauce) to see which you like the best. So, what are ya waitin’ for? Oh yeah, there’s still a few days left till Saturday.

Even if you missed out on Wellness Day last weekend, we still have all of our regular vendors and they have lots of good things in store for you. Sam has been offering fresh coconut milk (really fresh…he cracks the coconuts right there!) You can even enjoy the by-product in the form of crunchy coconut chips. Johnadale Farms is not only offering strawberries but strawberry jelly and jam plus blackberries and blueberries.

Strawberry Hibiscus Tea Meringue Pie from Bear Creek Road

Strawberry Hibiscus Tea Meringue Pie from Bear Creek Road

Jennifer (Bear Creek Rd) makes a tasty tart of tomato, eggplant and mozzarella and who can resist her little clouds of rainbow meringue – lavender vanilla bean, chocolate mocha? Brighten up your morning with Sacred Earth’s very popular Spring Detox granola bar. Stop by Kombucha Girls for an uplifting drink. Susan and Liz have many flavors available – both kombucha and water kefir. Right next door are the ever-popular Popsicles in summery flavors from strawberry to pineapple to avocado or coconut. They sure are a favorite on a sunny day. Snowballs are here! Yes, Stephanie shaves ice with a hand cranked snowball machine for a cool, satisfying treat.

Now that the sunshine is back, you’re probably in the mood to get out and grill. Well, this is the place for it. You’ll have to try out Chomper’s BBQ’s new Cajun Carolina BBQ sauce, quite the change from their tomato based blends. I’m thinking it will be great on grilled pork chops or sausage (Jubilee Farms). You might want to check out their hogshead cheese. Delish! Don’t wait; they won’t have it for long. A spoonful of my delicious sauerkraut (cultured veggies) would go nicely with those grilled sausages too. Ground beef, lamb, or goat (Farmhouse Dairy) makes perfect burgers for the grill. Try mixing in a little of Bechac’s Bleu Cheese dressing. Spicy Lady makes a snappy BBQ seasoning that’s perfect on meats or veggies.

Speaking of snappy, Dee has crunchy dilled green beans, mildly spicy pickled garlic, and tangy pickled asparagus for your snackin’ pleasure – gotta have something to munch on while you’re grillin’. While you’re over that way, treat yourself to some of Spanish R Us’ refried beans, salsa, guacamole, and chips. Now that’s snackin’!

Lots of yummy veggies for the grill as well, such as heirloom yellow squash, red potatoes, and bell peppers, and we will be seeing lots more coming soon. In fact, the Bardwells should be back this week or next. Cynthia is back, too, with fresh homemade pasta, assorted baked pasta dishes, and (of course) her wonderful meat sauces. Oh, man. There’s soooo much here to enjoy. Come by and spend the morning with us. You can sleep in on Sunday.

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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Gal Holiday at Rockin’ the Rails Free Concert Series Thursday

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Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue

The City of Covington’s Spring and Fall Concert Series, Rockin’ The Rails, continues this week with Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue. “Keeping alive a purely American musical genre deserving of tribute, with both their interpretations of classic country and original compositions of real life stories, Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue are not to be missed.” galholiday.com

The City of Covington is pleased to announce its twelfth Rockin’ the Rails FREE Spring concert series at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire Street. The concerts will take place every Thursday in April from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Rockin’ the Rails is presented by the City of Covington Office of Cultural Arts & Events and is sponsored by Champagne Beverage & Covington Brewhouse.   www.covla.com

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Covington Heritage Foundation Annual Membership Gala at the Southern Hotel

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Join the Covington Heritage Foundation at The Southern Hotel for their Annual Membership Gala on Thursday, December 11 • 2014 – (Reception 6pm, Program 7pm).

Featuring a presentation by Mark Johnson, “Naughty or Nice: Covington in the 1860s and 1960s,” a general meeting and board elections with Hors d’oeuvres, Wine, and Music by Steppin’ Up. Call 892-2254 or 867-5660 for more information. Space is limited. If you plan to attend, reserve your spot by joining or renewing now on the website or at the door the night of the event.  www.covingtonheritsgefoundation.com

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Old Feed Store Music Series Ends off Season With Last Chance Bluegrass Band

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Last Chance Bluegrass BandMarsolan’s Feed & Seed presents Last Chance Bluegrass Band this Saturday, October 25, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. for the last concert of the fall 2014 season! Admission is free and seating is limited, so feel free to bring a chair. The Old Feed Store Music Series starts up right after the Covington Farmer’s Market, so you can head over right after. Marsolan’s is located at 316 E. Gibson Street, in the same block as the Covington Trailhead.

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

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Wed Farmers Market signHi, friends and Happy Tuesday! What a contrast to last night’s storm and we get to enjoy this beauty all week long! So, where will you be tomorrow? Surely not stuck in some dreary office…not with gorgeous blue skies and sunshine smiling down? Surely not with Nanette’s sweet potato, white bean and kale soup awaiting you? Or Kandi’s tempting shrimp & cream cheese rolls OR Jeff’s pulled pork & potato salad OR Nuccio’s hot-from-the-oven muffaletta. Can you really forego a bag of Frankie’s nut brittle? What will you do on Thursday without an Immunity Booster oatmeal bar from Sacred Earth for breakfast? Anticipating a rough day? Get a Stress Release bar as well. Can you get through until Saturday with the fresh veggies you have? Well then, you and Shirley need to get to the Market tomorrow! Oh, what the heck! Bring her along on Saturday too.

LOLA Deux, LOLA Restaurant's food truck

LOLA Deux, LOLA Restaurant’s food truck

The music has been truly wonderful at the Market over the past few weeks and this Saturday will be no different with Joe Manuel in the gazebo! So grab a delicious cup of coffee and mosey on over to the Lola Deux Food Truck to see what incredible morsel they’ve prepared for us this week. You may as well get some Parmesan White Truffle French Fries while you’re there; if not, you know you’ll be back later.

As I sit here at the computer, composing and typing, I am enjoying the remnants of a stew I made last Friday. Now, I use the phrase “I made” quite loosely because in reality I just threw the ingredients together. First I put the green onion sausage (Jubilee Farms) in the oven to bake while I chopped my kale. Into the crock pot it went along with about a cup of water and I just let it simmer for a few hours. Then, I cut the cooked sausage into bite-sized pieces and into the crockpot they went, joined by a container of Nur’s white bean salad. I let it simmer for another hour (I think. I sorta lost track of the time since I didn’t have to do anything) and then sat down to a nice bowl of stew. Yes, it was just me; Mr. Wonderful is not into greens. And now the flavors have been melding for a few days and I warmed it up to enjoy for lunch. Before eating I added a few spoons of Nur’s chipotle hummus and OMGwhiz! The flavors are amazing. I may have to add hummus to a few more of my dishes.

Speaking of flavors, I noticed that Robin has a new taste in pepper jellies – Lemon Basil – perfect over fried fish or as a vinaigrette. Yes, jelly does make a wonderful vinaigrette – a couple of tbsp of jelly, 2 tbsp of vinegar, 2 tbsp of light olive oil (Nuccio’s Lemon is sure to go nicely) and a dash of Dijon mustard, whip it together and Voila! You’re in luck; the veggies are beginning to line up on the produce tables ready to take their turn in your salad – arugula, tat soi, sprouts, tomatoes, green onions. You can also include fresh zucchini and squash in your salad or just sauté them and serve with a drizzle of Nanette’s Lemon Feta dressing or Gina’s Bleu Cheese dressing. The sharp flavors contrast nicely with the mild taste of the squash.

Ishmael is back with pasture raised pork. You’ll find him at the back of the market next to Farmhouse Dairy where you can pick up beef, lamb, or goat meats (and tangy goat cheeses) and just a few paces away from Enten Farms and duck meat! You can find all kinds of meats here. James and John both have chicken. Paul at Jubilee Farms also has pork and beef. Mr. Two is over by the gazebo with shrimp. Isn’t our market wonderful?

We’re seeing lots of pumpkins at the market just in time for a Halloween decorating. Mr. Houston, Greg and Suzie all have them. Oh…wait…Suzie has pumpkin Ooey Gooeys and you can decorate them with faces if you want. She will also have carrot cake muffins this week. I think that means you’ll need milk, ‘cause how you can have such treats without milk? And we have all kinds of milk – cow’s milk from Mauthe’s, goat’s milk from Farmhouse Dairy, and now freshly made almond milk from Sam’s Sprouts. WOW! How can you and Shirley resist? We’ll see you 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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This Week at the Farmers Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Good afternoon, friends, and Happy Wednesday! Is the summer really half gone already? Maybe I should think positively – we have half the summer left to enjoy! I know you’re all ready for another sensational week at the market. Our vendors are all ready too! Come and indulge in a wonderful, satisfying Wednesday lunch with us.

This Saturday, you’ll find yourself tapping your toes to the delightful music of The Low Amps. Enjoy a cup of coffee or kombucha while you munch some of Nanette’s wonderful raw treats. Energized? Now you are ready to shop! This week, market vendor and chef, Austin Smith of Pastazz will prepare samples of small ravioli with parsley and basil oil and rustic tomato sauce. If you haven’t tried his pastas, ravioli, or dinner rolls yet, now is the time. Large ravioli with spinach, cream cheese and yard eggs will be available for sale.

It was soooo good to be back at the Market last weekend! I miss so much when I’m gone. I found that we have two new vendors with (naturally) incredible foods and next weekend we will have a new produce vendor. Robin makes spicy pepper jellies. Now, I know you’re thinking to yourself, how many different ways can you fix pepper jelly (I know ‘cause I was thinking that myself). Amazingly, Robin has lots of flavors ranging from Strawberry Daiquiri to Blackberry Cabernet to Red Onion and lots of ways of cooking with them. She was telling me about using different flavors when grilling, for example, pineapple for grilling chicken or shrimp. It sounds so yummy – it’s on my list for next week. I’m not sure which I’ll choose, though.

I also checked out a new pie vendor, Windowsill Pies. Nicole has some beautiful pies that are very reminiscent of those pies you see on the windowsills in the movies. During the summer, you can choose from Blueberry Lavender Honey to Strawberry Marguerita Chiffon Tart to Passionfruit Raspberry tart. Don’t they sound absolutely too good to be true? You won’t know if you don’t check it out for yourself.

I saw Southy at Nick’s tent on Saturday, surveying the butternut squash.  It is a variety of butternut squash that has a richer flavor. I’ll bet that means Southy will have some delightful cool summer soup this week. The butternut squash got me to thinking about a recipe idea from last year – butternut squash lasagna! Last year, I used this to stuff manicotti with delicious results but a pain in the tushie to prepare. I peeled, seeded and diced the squash, tossed with a little Nuccio’s Cajun olive oil (the Garlic would be great as well) and popped them into a 350° oven to roast until tender. Then I browned the ground pork that I got from Justin. When the meat was browned, I added chopped banana peppers, onion and garlic and cooked it down until the onions were clear. Then mix in the roasted squash. In a casserole dish, put a layer of the squash mixture, next a little grated cheese from Farmhouse Dairy or Mauthe’s Dairy. A layer of lasagna noodles will go next followed by some avocado salsa from Spanish R Us. Repeat those layers one more time, finish with cheese, and bake. Nick, save me some of those squash!

We had such a terrific time this past week and so many great treats to be had. Gee, we’d hate for you to miss out. Don’t just pencil us in…be 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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Vagabond Swing, Experimental Gypsy Music at The Green Room Friday May 24

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Music is meant to be experienced. This is the ideal that inspires the eclectic, high-energy sound of the Lafayette, LA based band Vagabond Swing. The band creates the driving force behind their music with their uninhibited blending of styles and creativity. With their musical roots ranging from bluegrass to ska, the band produces a surprisingly smooth mixture of progressive Gypsy/Experimental/Circus-vibe/Swing tunes. Along with their melodic energy, the band members themselves bring on a show of vibrant, youthful spunk, which gives their performance a thrashing air of excitement. They recently released Soundtrack to an Untimely Death (2011), their first full-length album, with Grammy Award winning engineer, Tony Daigle. Dabbling with both serious and playful themes, Soundtrack is a continuous movement of mutually complex and easy-listening songs. The record is broken into a five-chapter story, which effectively turns the entire piece into a multipart gypsy ballad. Band members include: Jon Stone (mandolin, vocals, percussion), Jesse Duplechain (guitar, melodica, background vocals), Bryan Webre (guitar, keys, programming, percussion, background vocals), Hayden Talley (upright bass), Josh LeBlanc (trumpet, keys, percussion, background vocals), Steven Pilcher (trumpet, keys, percussion, vocals), and Roy Durand (drums, vocals, percussion).

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Columbia Street Strawberry Pub Crawl

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581323_10101324735706095_1752552604_nShowcasing Abita’s Strawberry Harvest Lager! Tour Winos and Tacos, Columbia Street Rock-N-Blues Cafe and the Tap Room Friday night and enjoy $2 Abita Strawberry at all locations. First 300 people will receive a free t-shirt! To pre-register visit: http://abita.com/party/pub_crawls

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Local Music: The Shiz

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photo courtesy Justin Rabin for www.shizrock.com

photo courtesy Justin Rabin for www.shizrock.com

From the heart of the deep south, Lilli Lewis and Liz Hogan combine Louisiana Blues and Soul with Indie Rock to create The Shiz.  Citing influences that range from Neil Young to the Indigo Girls, it can all be heard in rockers like “wrecking ball” and more intimate pieces such as “driftin’.”  Lewis and Hogan have been playing music together since 2004, debuting at Atlanta’s discontinued Midtown Music Festival.  Their collaborations remain a solid mix of jazz, soul and folk rock, and their first full-length album as The Shiz, “Where We Stand”, was released in September of 2009.  The current line up adds to the ever present dynamic sound with Andrew Robin on violin, Alan Craig on bass and Wade Hymel playing drums.  The Shiz released the four track EP “I Am” in May of 2012, recorded by Ben Mumphry at Studio in the Country in Bogalusa, LA.  The Shiz will perform at the Green Room on January 11th.

web: www.shizrock.com    email: booking@shizrock.com