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This Week at the Farmers Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Covington Farmers’ Market weekly newsletter by Charlene LeJeune:

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! Well, it seems many of our market vendors are taking advantage of the holiday to enjoy with family. However, Mr. Houston is usually there and he has green onions, turnips, and greens. Kristen will also be there, and a good thing, too. You can’t make potato salad or deviled eggs without eggs! Mignon will also be there and she has created a fabulous Rose Pomegranate Jun. She will also have her 7 flower herbal tonic. Gotta try it. I hope you all have a very blessed and healthy Thanksgiving!

With the Christmas season officially kicked off,  join us as lively tunes Joe Barbara go dashing from the gazebo. Stop by the pavilion and say hi to Kayleigh and grab a steamy cup of coffee or tea provided by Coffee Rani. 

Stacey is canning those amazing pickled veggie combinations; Althee makes some delicious single -serve pies and quick breads. What more could you ask for? Jams and jellies, of course, for which both ladies are famous!

Don’t forget your greens! There’s nothing that sassies up a good turkey sausage gumbo more than chopped greens. Northshore Greens will have some lovely stir fry bunches (great for gumbos and soups as well). Becky also promises lots of herbs—rosemary, thyme, parsley, savory, bronze fennel.

Have we got the veggies for you!! Kale, Swiss chard, collards, cauliflower, broccoli, cherry tomatoes…..and strawberries! Persimmons are still popular over at Nick’s and he has bags of satsumas as well. And the sweet potatoes!!! I decided to try the purple fleshed ones and they are spectacular …but then so are the others. Buttercrunch, romaine and salad bowl (unless the deer get ‘em first) lettuces, that’s what you’ll find on Eddie’s table, plus cabbages, green onion, radishes, and a couple of varieties of kale. Ken (or rather his grandson) is back with navels, satsumas, and grapefruit. Amanda has taken advantage of the seasonal fruit with juice blends like Satsuma Orange, Ginger Lemonade, and a delightful Strawberry, Pineapple, Orange. What a way to get your Vitamin C! Baby kale, baby arugula, and daikon radishes fill Sam’s table. No worries, he still has sprouts.

Nick has eggplant and Mr. Two has shrimp —sounds like the start of a fabulous casserole. Huckleberry Fred’s will be there and their goat cheese blends are amazing. Delicious, spreadable, creamy—OK, don’t forget the bread. Our artisan bakers have the perfect choice for you. If you’re not fond of goat cheese (or even if you are), you’ll surely want to check into Vincent’s skordalia. It makes a super garlic bread, especially when you sprinkle chopped herbs on top. Just ask Vincent for a taste and you’ll see what I mean. While you’re over there, ask about Tessier Gourmet’s soups. There was a luscious Tomato Basil and a Vegetarian Chili last week. Even more reason for bread with goat cheese, skordalia, or simply butter (Mauthe’s). 

The Covington Farmers’ Market is a great place to be on a Saturday morning, especially after a holiday. There’s so much more than I can report in one little newsletter. Set your alarm for delicious and 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

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

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St. Tammany Parish Launches Public Involvement for New Directions 2040

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St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced the first round of public involvement opportunities for New Directions 2040 — the update to the Parish’s Comprehensive Plan. These events will introduce the initiative, explain the role of the Comprehensive Plan in decision-making on land use and infrastructure, and show how residents, businesses, and other stakeholders can participate. St. Tammany citizens will learn about upcoming opportunities to express their vision, values and priorities for the Parish over the next 20 years.

“As I stated when we kicked off this initiative, my goal is to hear the desires and concerns of citizens and business owners and work to achieve a vision that will guide our growth and shape our community. These information sessions are the start of developing this vision,” said President Cooper. “This is where the opportunity begins for every citizen to have a stake in authorship of the plan and in our future. I invite everyone to have a seat at the table and offer input.”

The combination of in-person “pop-up” events and virtual informational sessions will take place at the following locations and times:

  • Thursday, November 12 from 6-7 PM // Virtual Kickoff and Info Session – Registration required
  • Friday, November 13 from 2-6 PM  // Coquille Parks and Recreation, 13505 LA-1085, Covington
  • Saturday, November 14 from 10AM – 1PM // Camp Salmen Nature Park, 35122 Parish Pkwy, Slidell
  • Sunday, November 15 from 10 AM-3 PM // Madisonville Maker’s Market, Madisonville Ball Park & Playground, Pine Street, Madisonville
  • Monday, November 16 from 10 AM-1PM // Folsom Farmers Market, Giddy Up, 82292 LA-25, Folsom
  • Thursday, November 19 from 6-7 PM // Virtual Info Session #2 – Registration required

Today the Parish also launches the project website, where a visioning survey, ideas board, interactive map, and more information is available: www.newdirections2040.com.

All pop-up events will occur outdoors. Project team staff will follow Louisiana Department of Health guidelines with respect to wearing protective facial coverings.  Social distancing measures will be followed.

The planned outcome of the Comprehensive Plan update process will achieve several objectives. It will provide a factual basis for land-use decision-making; educate and inform the public; resolve points of conflict; and reduce arbitrary decision-making through establishing plan perimeters. The entire process to finalize a draft of the plan for a public hearing, and final presentation of a draft for adoption to all Parish governing bodies, is expected to be complete in late 2021 to early 2022.

To subscribe to project updates, please register to receive the project newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/heQOrv

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This Week at the Covington Farmer’s Market

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Wed Farmers Market signby Charlene LeJeune

I’m a little early today, friends, but I didn’t think you’d mind. I hope you’re having a happy happy Tuesday! We’re getting set up for an even happier Wednesday at the Covington Farmers’ Market. Lots of great music from the gazebo for ya and plenty of delicious food from which to choose. Unfortunately, Chomper’s BBQ will not be at the market today but will return with their wonderful pulled pork next week. No worries, though Kandy will have lots of crunchy egg rolls and those amazing shrimp and cream cheese rolls along with gorgeous salads. Or indulge in Nanette’s old-fashioned vegetable soup and tuna salad wraps. You’ll need your veggies from Mr. Houston and Eddie and honey from Earl. Dessert from Frankie can take many forms; she is preparing peach cobbler, cherry tarts, apple puff pastry turnovers and more. You won’t smell apple or cherry in Richards hand crafted soaps but he has lots of sweet scents. There now. Shopping done.

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 Saturday

Saturday will soon arrive bringing more of this glorious weather. Tents will spring from the ground with all manner of goodness. From the gazebo, will come the impressive tunes of Tom Marron, the Lola Deux Food Truck will pull up to the curb on Columbia Street with those amazing Parmesan White Truffle French Fries and all will be right with the world.

We have so much goodness under those tents and more to come in the weeks ahead. Alton and Sandra’s tables are loaded with new plant starts for your garden – pak choi, kale, Chinese cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, borage, mizuna and lots of aromatic herbs. That doesn’t include the bounty on the produce tables. Mr Houston has several varieties of pumpkin and squash. Greg also has pumpkins and persimmons. Try adding chunks of pumpkin to your next pot of chili for extraordinary flavor. Natalie offers a large crop of bell peppers, cucumbers, squash, and the large purple eggplant (and she’s been hinting at strawberries).

PatatesNick’s sweet potatoes are keeping company with lovely mini eggplants (perfect for roasting), red and green okra, his delicious braising mix and lots of heirloom peppers. J.R.’s tables are bursting with green eggplant, persimmons, yellow squash, green beans, green onions, and tomatoes. Eddie has curly leaf kale, bok choi, okra, and hot peppers. Nancy’s beautiful bouquets of lilies, sunflowers, zinnias are smiling all over John’s tat soi , kale, and radishes. (They may not add nutrition, but they certainly add happiness.) John also has cabbage leaves and broccoli leaves which are as tasty as any green and can be eaten in a salad or braised.

Ooops! I almost forgot to mention our new vendor, LA Gourmet. These guys have worked with the food banks in our area and are branching out to bring us locally grown grains, beans, and legumes. I bought a few things to try out, such as Indian corn grits and Lady Cream Peas. The grits are wonderful. I cooked them in the old fashioned way (you know, on the stove, not in the microwave.) They were oh so very creamy with a flavor that you can NOT find in plain white grits. Right now, my sister and I are dining on the Lady Cream peas. They don’t really get as creamy as red beans but hold their shape while delivering incredible taste. Check ‘em out. They also have red beans, black eyed peas, baby limas, long grain rice, and much more.

There’s so much more here – mushrooms, salad sprouts, jams and jellies, kombucha, water kefir, coconut water, scrumptious stuffed artichokes, hot & spicy beef jerky, sweet treats – 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

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Marsolan’s Old Feed Store Music Series on Saturdays

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Marsolan’s Old Feed Store Music Series

Marsolan’s Old Feed Store Music Series continues this Saturday, now with a new time, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. This weekend, see The Last Chance String Band! 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 Store, 316 E. Gibson Street. This event is free and open to the public! vanglynn.wix.com/old-feed-store-music

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

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Hi, friends and Happy Tuesday! The weather is going to be wonderful tomorrow, just in time for lunch at the Market. So put your smiles on and meet us over at the Trailhead. Let’s begin with the most important – dessert! Frankie is baking up an unbelievable peach cobbler. Take home her Cinnamon French Toast with maple syrup and pecans for breakfast on Thursday (or Friday). Nanette’s soup of the day is tomato basil and I can see that smile already. Don’t forget to pick up something for the rest of the week. Pulled pork sandwich and fixins for Thursday and a noodle salad with lemongrass chicken for Friday. Of course you could pick up enough pulled pork and fixins for dinner and a sliced turkey wrap for Thursday. OR a couple of soups and turkey wraps for tomorrow’s supper and…well, you get the picture.

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Nourish by Nanette

Well our Wednesday Covington Farmers’ market vendors are really making a name for themselves in the area. Nanette Shoenwe has also been featured in a Covington Town Talk article. I always knew you guys were special and now the rest of Covington knows!

It was a delightful day last Saturday with cool breezes and sunshine and I will accept nothing less for this coming Saturday, especially since The Lucky Dogs are in the gazebo. So grab your coffee and start your shopping and before you know it Sweet Daddy’s BBQ will be set up and ready to serve tangy dishes from their menu.

Now that the weather is promising cooler days, it’s time to get out in the garden. Alton and Sandra have gotcha covered with lots of great plant starters – Stonehead cabbage, Red Sails lettuce, Chinese cabbage, Brussels sprouts, Swiss chard, Birdseye peppers and a large selection of aromatic herbs. Dennis and Ms. Betty both have fantastic plants to make your patio an oasis.

greensGreens are popping up more and more with mustard greens on Mr. Houston’s table, bok choi, baby kale and arugula. J.R. should have plenty ore of those lovely green eggplant and I’m anxious to see more hot peppers on Nick’s table. Eddie has habanero, jalapeño, and cayenne peppers, butternut squash and more.

Lena is hoping to have more of her splendid corn grits this week. I love to serve them with any leftover pulled pork I have or topped with shrimp barbecued with my Shrimp on the Barbie seasoning. Makes a very quick, convenient and delicious supper. She also has her own special granola mix and amazing breads with freshly ground flour.

Baked goods from Windfield Farms bakery

Baked goods from Windfield Farms bakery

At Windfield Farms, Suzie’s counter is filled with delicious artisan breads. She always has a French batard, baguettes, and her secret formula health bread plus a different savory bread each week. You’ll also find magnificent muffins – blueberry, cranberry, chocolate and Glorious Morning (a delightful mix of carrot, apple, raisin and walnut)!

So much to discover and enjoy. Of course, you’ll never discover everything that’s new and tasty without being here. You must come and enjoy the adventure with us. We’ve ordered beautiful weather for 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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Chair Caning Demonstration at Miss Ellanea’s Notions This Saturday

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images7ACI0NYYThis September At Miss Ellanea’s Notions: A Little Shop in Covington (Tucked inside Cottage Antiques) at 205 Lee Lane has a notion to invite you to celebrate the end of summer and the first anniversary of the shop.

Binnings Restoration Caning Miss EllaneasVisit Miss Ellanea’s Notions at 205 Lee Lane in Covington this September for prizes, gifts, and specials including 12% off on selected items, a chair caning demonstration by Binnings Restoration this Saturday, September 12th at 10:30 am, a grand tasting of Robin’s Rockin’ Cajun Pepper Jellies September 19th from 12 – 2 pm, and sign up for two free tickets to be given away for the October 9th performance of Sasha & Steve Masakowski at the Center Of Performing Arts. To register or learn more, visit Miss Ellanea’s Notions at 205 Lee Lane in Covington, email MissEllaneasNotions@gmail.com, or visit Miss Ellanea’s Notions on Facebook.

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

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Tabasco, the Covington Farmers Market mascot Roux-ster

Hi, friends and Happy Tuesday! I hope you enjoyed your Labor Day holiday! I did. It’s always nice to have a holiday but then….. it’s time to get back to work. But work doesn’t have to be dreary especially on Wednesdays when you can enjoy a delightful lunch and great music at the Covington Farmers’ Market. Jeff’s fixing baked beans this week to go with his pulled pork. Talk with him about ordering a meal for your Saints First Official Game of the Season party. For that matter, talk with all our Wednesday vendors to see if they have a catering menu for this event. It’s a great idea even if you’re only gonna watch a movie. Big Branch may not have anything worth snacking on but he’s great on the cleanup! Hey! Here’s a thought… why not get a lunch while you’re there like a turkey salad wrap from Nanette or shrimp and cream cheese rolls from Kandi. It’s a radical concept but worth investigating especially when Frankie is baking Almond Puff Pastry Bear Claws and Cinnamon Rolls for dessert.

Keenan Knight

Keenan Knight will perform for the Saturday market

Saturday will follow at its usual pace with all its sunshine and weekend fun. Keenan Knight will be making magic in the gazebo and Sam’s Sprouts will be in the demo tent showcasing all his fine products. Try the coconut water; it’s really tasty and refreshing.

As I mentioned the Saints First Official Game of the Season is this Sunday – are you prepared?  Do you have snacks? We do!!! Susie has the most delightful lemon squares and raspberry crumble which can be cut in fourths, making perfect bite-sized finger tasters. Bear Creek’s luscious little macaroons in pistachio, lavender, raspberry, and grand marnier are a taste sensation! Hot Tamale Mama’s sensational spinach artichoke dip is also a great snacking treat with crackers or chips. Stroll around the market for an assortment of fine veggies. Veggies always make great dippers. Cheryl (Spicy Lady) has some wonderful seasonings that you can easily turn into dips with a little sour cream from Mauthe’s. Lena’s toasted bread rounds are the perfect “chip” for Farmhouse Dairy chèvre covered with Robin’s Rocking Pepper Jelly – pick a flavor, they are all delish! Chips and salsa from Spanish R Us are a must have and  a dish of pickled veggies are a crunchy delight. Dee has a great selection to choose a favorite from.

Make sure you grab some treats for your pets too from Tiger Bait Raw Whole Food for Pets!

Make sure you grab some treats for your pets too from Tiger Bait Raw Whole Food for Pets!

I missed out on Nanette’s Lemon Lentil soup on Wednesday and got lucky – she had some on Saturday. Needless to say, I enjoyed a bowl of lemon lentil soup along with slice or two of Bear Creek’s Guiness bread (it was a small bowl sine #3 granddaughter got a whiff and wanted to share. Good thing I love her!) We have so may lovely artisan breads at the market which are just aching to enjoy your soup with you. I don’t think it matters what kind of soup is on the menu, bread makes it wonderful. Bread is also really nice sliced and topped with a spoon or two of Nur’s eggplant and tomato dip and popped into the oven for snacking heaven. Her hummus (in regular, cilantro, red pepper, and chipotle) is also a great snacking treat with crackers, chips or veggies. Nur suggests adding hummus instead of mayo to your potato or egg salad for a great change of pace.

With all the selection available at the market, it will be hard to choose. You’ll probably have to get more than one. Take your time…no one’s rushing you.

Lots of love,
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

P.S. You’ll find a terrific story about Covington at seethegood.com!

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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Sunset at the Landing – Free Outdoor Concert on the River This Friday

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sunsetlanding82115Historic Columbia Street Landing is home to the Sunset At The Landing Concert series, brought to you by the City of Covington, Heritage Bank and the Covington Farmer’s Market! This series brings some of the region’s best rising and established bands to downtown Covington, for free. The show August 21 features Beware of Bear, The Telegraph Salesmen, and The Bandicoots. All you have to do is bring your chair or blanket, picnic and drinks, and you’re all set to have an evening of great music and friends down by the river.

www.sunsetatthelanding.org

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KCB Announces Annual River Sweep on the Bogue Falaya – September 19th

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kcb river sweepKeep Covington Beautiful is sponsoring its annual Bogue Falaya River Sweep, a litter clean-up on the Bogue Falaya River, on Saturday, September 19th. KCB will partner with the City of Covington and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation’s Beach Sweep. This event is held in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy.

KCB invites volunteers to bring their canoes & kayaks to the Menetre (4th Avenue) Boat Launch at 8:00 a.m. KCB will provide trash bags, gloves & litter grabbers. Paddlers will collect litter in & along the river from the boat launch to the Boston Street Bridge & back. Personal flotation devices are required for all paddlers. All volunteers will be required to sign a waiver before participating in the event. Signature of parent or guardian is required for youth under the age of 18, or if part of a group, by the organization’s authorized adult sponsor.

Volunteers will also pick up litter at the boat launch and other locations where litter accumulates or enters the river, ending at Bogue Falaya Park. Volunteers are needed to assist with signing in the volunteers at the boat launch, with setting up the picnic and with helping paddlers unload their catch at the park.

Paddlers and volunteers interested in helping with the clean-up are asked to sign up by September 14th by contacting KCB at 985-867-3652 or email to keepcovbeautiful@gmail.com. A limited number of canoes and kayaks will be available. They will be assigned as paddlers sign up. Event day volunteers & paddlers are always welcome but canoe/kayak availability cannot be guaranteed. Free Beach Sweep event t-shirts will be available in various sizes for the first (50) volunteers to sign in at the event. All volunteers and paddlers are invited to a picnic at Bogue Falaya Park small pavilion following the clean-up. Prizes will be given for the largest item and the most unusual item collected on the river.

As much as eighty percent of all litter and debris in our oceans, rivers and lakes originates on land, carried there by wind and storm water run-off. The rivers that define the city of Covington are essential to its unique character. Join us to help keep our portion of this scenic river clean!

To become a member or volunteer and to learn how to get involved with KCB’s major project, the Blue Swamp Creek Nature Trail, located at the Covington Recreation Complex, visit keepcovingtonbeautiful.org. In addition to the nature trail, Keep Covington Beautiful’s other projects include planting the downtown street-side planters, an Arbor Day tree give-away, educational seminars, litter prevention and recycling activities. www.keepcovingtonbeautiful.org

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

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rooster+vintage+image+graphicsfairy007aWhat a lovely Tuesday, friends! The sun is smiling with light breezes blowing and it will probably rain later. But, rain or shine, we will be at the Market and we have a covered pavilion, tempting delights, our fabulous Market Band. So just come and relax and enjoy a good meal.

I reminded Nanette of a delicious chowder that she had made last year – summer squash & corn chowder – and it is on the menu for tomorrow. Yesss! Unfortunately, Kandy and Joe will not be at the market this week but we will have them back next week. Good thing ’cause I’ve been looking forward to the noodle salad with lemongrass chicken. Jeff will have his famous pulled pork along with cole slaw and firecracker potatoes. And for dessert, an old fashioned banana pudding from Frankie. I could get lost in days like this!

eggplant-harvestIt will be another lovely Saturday at the market (I refuse to have anything else especially since I wasn’t here last week). The Three Rivers Cooperative will get us started with ooodles of tunes dancing from the gazebo. Pat Lester will park his food truck on Columbia Street ready to dazzle us with a special treat. Since I was out last Saturday, I had my protege “emailer in training”, Ignacio, do a little scoping out of the goodies to be had this week. I think he did a magnificent job!

Hot Tamale Mama has MUSHROOMS IN PARMESAN CREAM WITH CRAWFISH AND ANDOUILLE SAUSAGE.  (I’ve had this myself and it is scrumptious! – cl) and  Chicken and Andouille Gumbo which is a cajun stew that is good on rice. She also has a Classic Lasagna with ground chuck, ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.

Bechac’s has BEEF JERKEY for $5. (Delicious by itself or cut up in a salad – cl)

Screaming Oaks Mushroom Farm features Shiitake, oyster, lion's mane, and Milky mushroom

Screaming Oaks Mushroom Farm features Shiitake, oyster, lion’s mane, and Milky mushroom

James has MILKY MUSHROOMS which he says are really dense and portabella-like. They would be good in soup, and good to sauté with onions and garlic. (These, or his oyster mushrooms, will wonderful sautéed with my Magical Mushroom Tour seasoning and roasted chicken from James. P.S. you’ll have to do the roasting – cl)

Sam will have SPROUTED HONEY ROASTED PEANUT BUTTER next week. (You should see Robin or Althee for some outstanding jelly to go with that. Come to think of it, you’ll need bread too – Lena, Susie, or Crystal… aaaah, the perfect peanut butter sammie -cl.)

Bear Creek Road's August Pie of the Month: Salted Caramel S'Mores Ice Box Pie

Bear Creek Road’s August Pie of the Month: Salted Caramel S’Mores Ice Box Pie

Jubilee farms has PLENTY OF FRESH PORK SAUSAGE: CAJUN, HOT ITALIAN, AND GREEN ONION. (Any of these are perfect on the grill! – cl)

Bartlett Farms said that they would have some new Fall produce in September. Also, the bread lady (Windfield Farms) who is right across from us said that she will have new fall breads soon.

As you can see, I’m not the only one who thinks the Farmers’ Market offerings are the best. 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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This Week at the Covington Farmer’s Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Wed Farmers Market signGood afternoon, friends and great news – it’s Tuesday again! That means just one more day to a tasty lunch, sweet breezes, and relaxing music – perfect for summertime lunching. Now I know you’re thinking it’s gonna be pretty hot, and it is, but there always seems to be a fair breeze whipping up under the Covington Farmers market pavilion.

But it’s more than fair breezes enticing you to the Market for a lunch of Rebecca’s authentic Honduran food. It’s our amazing vendors and their love of food that has you dreaming of Kandi’s shredded cabbage salad with its crunchy bits of carrot, chicken, red onion and herbs and inviting you to partake of Nanette’s savory summer Minestrone soup with lovely chunks of squash, green beans, tomatoes, and great northern beans swimming in a savory broth seasoned with oregano and basil or tempting you with the prospect of Jeff’s pulled pork and a side of cheese grits and a luscious new creation – ranch macaroni salad.

WatermellonYou’ll get there and have trouble deciding between Frankie’s bread pudding with rum sauce or the new egg custard pies with eggs so fresh you can see the yellow. Don’t forget the veggies – zucchini, bell peppers, squash, potatoes, and watermelon. Our vendors are offering some incredible dishes that are hard to pass up, which is why I usually pick up several and enjoy them throughout the week. Sometimes, I even let Mr. Wonderful share in the bounty.

Saturday morning will roll around (as it usually does at that time of the week), just as bright and lovely as ever. Prepare yourself now for the delightful tunes of Joe Barbara coming from the gazebo. Pat Lester’s Food Wagon will be parked at the curb on Columbia Street. Make sure you get here early to get your coffee and enjoy the morning, the music, the many market delights.

Bartlett Farm has heirloom tomatoes galore!!

Bartlett Farm has heirloom tomatoes galore!!

New vegetables are joining the ranks each week. Nick has a selection of heirloom eggplant with names that are as inviting as the vegetable, such as Ping Tong, Pandora Striped, Louisiana Green, and L’il Sailor. They could get you in trouble, though. “Hey, John and Mary, how ‘bout joining us for dinner tonight? We’re cooking up a batch of L’il Sailors – so nice and tasty!” (OK, OK, I’ll stop.) Mr. Houston has 2 varieties of watermelon – traditional and one called Moon & Stars. You may even get lucky and get a few of Natalie’s ghost eggplant.

purple hull peasEddie has yard-long beans and purple hull peas in the shell and you’ll find cuccuzzas hanging around Bardwell’s table. The Clecklers have sweet Alabama peaches and Pink Lady peas. John has a tasty mix of fuzzy yellow tomatoes, bright orange and long skinny reds that look more like a red pepper than a tomato. Didn’t matter to me; they were real good. Fancy names or not, there’s still lots of good eats on the tables.

A Rainbow of kombucha from Kombucha Girl Living Beverages

A Rainbow of kombucha from Kombucha Girl Living Beverages

Althee tells me she is adding no sugar added jams to her repertoire starting with mango and blueberry and will soon add strawberry as well. Hot Tamale Mama is stunning the tamale world with her latest creation – red beans and rice tamales! I haven’t tasted them yet but Pam has a knack for making the ordinary extraordinary. She also has a new oyster mushroom and lentil soup. With all this great food hanging around, please tell me you’re not planning to sleep in. We’d hate for you 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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Sunset at the Landing Free Outdoor Concert Friday

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sunsetlanding61715Sunset 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’s concert features Julio and Caesar with ACE.

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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Upcoming: Sparks in the Park Fourth of July Celebration

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sparksinparks7215Mark your calendars for the City of Covington’s 2nd annual Sparks in the Park, on Thursday, July 2nd 2015. This wonderful family event will celebrate America’s Day of Independence, and will begin at 7 p.m. in Bogue Falaya Park, 213 Park Drive in downtown Covington. This year, attendees will enjoy patriotic music, followed by an exciting fireworks display beginning at dusk (approximately 8:45 p.m.), presented by NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune and the City of Covington.

The show will be a fun, family event for the whole community. “Having this event early is a great way to start off the long weekend and celebrate our country’s independence!” says Cody Ludwig, Cultural Arts and Events coordinator for the City of Covington.

LA Partyart will also provide free face painting for the kids and traditional concessions will be available for purchase. Attendees are welcome to bring their own chairs and picnic. This event is free and open to the public. www.covla.com

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

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Wed Farmers Market signHowdy, friends!  It’s Tuesday again. Wrangle them tastebuds in and get ready to head on over to the Covington Farmers’ Market for a mighty tasty lunch. OK, I jumped the gun a bit; there’s 20 more hours before you can bask in swift breezes, lots of sunshine, finger-snappin’, toe-tappin’ music and lots of great food. Can’t wait, can you?

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Big Branch Soaps – Revitalize Bar Soap – Sweet Orange, Geranium, Rosehip All Natural Soap

Nanette will be there with her crunchy delicious veggie wraps and tomato basil soup. Enjoy one of Rebecca’s remarkable chicken tamales or wrap yourself around a smoky pulled pork sandwich and fixins’ from Jeff. Kandi has the most incredible salmon salad (not to mention the crispy egg rolls) your mouth will ever bite into. Pace yourself, now, ‘cause you’ll need to save room for a slice of Frankie’s remarkable brownies! She has Hershey chocolate and walnut brownies tomorrow. What a way to finish a summertime meal! Don’t forget cleanup. Big Branch Soaps is now at the Wednesday market with laundry and dish detergents and lovely lotions for the hands no matter what kind of work you do. Cleanup on the veggies, too, with potatoes, tomatoes, squash, and cucumbers and Greg may even have some peaches and blueberries.

Keith & Nealy Frentz displaying the Lola Deux Food Truck

Keith & Nealy Frentz displaying the Lola Deux Food Truck

Bring Dad along on Saturday to enjoy an early Father’s Day. We’ll all be enjoying Michael Millet in the gazebo. Keith and Nealy Frentz will add pizzazz to the morning when Lola Deux Food Truck pulls up to the curb. WOW! I know…just take a deep breath, go get your coffee (Kevin’s got a great lineup of fancy coffees, lattes, etc. at the Coast Roast tent) and get in line for those delightful Parmesan fries. Can ya handle it, Dad?

If you’re really not in the mood for coffee, how about an uplifting juice from Simply Pure or Amanda? If you haven’t tried beet juices, you don’t know what you’re missing. There’s this great little thing about beet juices like the power to increase blood flow through the blood vessels. But if beet just isn’t your thing, there’s a whole passel of fresh juices ripe for the choosing.

Juices from Simply Pure at the Covington Farmer's Market

Juices from Simply Pure at the Covington Farmer’s Market

Hot Tamale Mama is your go-to place when you don’t feel like cooking. She has a delicious selection of prepared foods, such as chicken pot pie, vegetarian lasagne, stuffed noodles, and hot tamales. While you’re over there, let Dad indulge in a bag of Theresa’s lemon crunch cookies or almond macaroons. Or bring home one of Angel’s flavorful stuffed artichokes. That’s a meal in itself. On the lighter side, one of Nur’s Turkish salads such as green lentil and quinoa or tabouli is sure to please.

The Clecklers have fresh beans and peas ready for the pot. JR has the onions and bell peppers to chop up in them and Spicy Lady and I have all kinds of different seasoning to add life and love to ‘em. Pass by Jubilee Farms to see if he has Andouille sausage to throw in them beans. If not, green onion sausage will work right well. Pick up a few ears of fresh corn while you’re there. What are you waiting for? Lasso your calendar and hog tie the date! 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 Covington Farmer’s Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Wed Farmers Market signHi, friends and Happy Tuesday!  Are you ready for a great lunch? Well, tomorrow’s almost here bringing all kinds of goodness from your market vendors. I usually go with a plan…what do I want for the rest of the week? Wednesday’s lunch – maybe a Mediterranean salad with pita bread and hummus. Since Frankie is serving fresh fruit kabobs with sour cream & brown sugar dipping sauce, I’ll get that for breakfast on Thursday with a delightful pan seared salmon salad from Kandi for lunch. Friday morning will see pork with hash browns (I’ll have to do those myself) on the breakfast menu (I’m very non-traditional) and a Creole tomato sandwich for lunch – YUM! I believe that Natalie will be back with fresh veggies so I may add a few slices of crunchy cucumber “chips” on the side.

Cat Lane & Reaper Cheaters will play at the Covington Farmer's Market this Saturday

Cat Lane & the Reaper Cheaters will play at the Covington Farmer’s Market this Saturday

Saturday morning will awaken with the lively music of Cat Lane and the Reaper Cheaters flowing from the gazebo. So grab your coffee and spend a relaxing morning with us. Wildcrafter Smoothie and Juice Bar in Covington will be in the demo tent sampling and selling their delicious and healthy drinks. Can’t wait to try those!

corn-corn-on-the-cob-corn-kernels-food-eatMake a fresh salad with chunks of cucumber, zucchini, yellow squash, banana peppers, and tomato with a splash or two of one of this markets amazing salad dressings such as Gina’s Roasted Tomato & Garlic or Nanette’s Spicy Raspberry Vinaigrette. You’ll need a healthy beverage with that, so try Sam’s ultra-fresh coconut water, Amanda’s new green juice, Simply Pure’s Tiger Stripes, or Susan’s Peach Kombucha. Good news! Kombucha Girls has their Master Tonic available again! Can’t beat fresh juices on a warm spring day! Cool off with a refreshing fruit popsicle from Amanda or a hand-shaved snowball from Stephanie.

Liz told me this past weekend that Jubilee Farms will have organic, non-GMO corn available this week and next. So take advantage and get lots of ears while you can. Newly-picked corn grilled in the husk sharing your plate with sliced zucchini and green onion sausage right off the pit – uh-huh, I know you’re smilin’ too. Your veggies are great roasted as well – tomatoes, onions, peppers, squash, and eggplant tossed with olive oil and a salt-free seasoning (Spicy Lady, me) and popped into the oven until they reach perfect deliciousness. Serve with a smile.

BlueberriesI haven’t even mentioned a fourth of the delights you’ll find at the Market like Lolly Marie’s creamy caramels, Bear Creek Road’s soft pretzels stuffed with seasonal fruit, coffee milk from Mauthe’s, blueberries, peaches, or plums. You’ll just have to come out and see for yourself.  Just remember to stop by and say, “hello”. Personally, I can’t wait to find out what’s new this week!

Lots of love,
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

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

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Block Party Happenings This Friday In Downtown Covington

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Friday Night Block PartyDowntown Covington’s Friday Block Parties are in full swing. The St. John’s Historic District features many fantastic restaurants and night clubs, plus great shopping at local retail stores. Vintage and reconditioned cars line Columbia and Boston Streets, and music fills the air as the downtown celebration unfolds every final Friday, March through October. Streets are closed along Columbia and Boston streets during the block party, from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Visit some of these great businesses downtown!

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

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Happy Tuesday, friends! I know the weather doesn’t look promising but don’t let that keep you from dashing in for a great meal. Take it to go. Veggie Meals 2 Go is offering sautéed vegetables with rice to warm your soul. They also have frozen meals that are perfect for lunch or dinner later in the week. Can you stand to pass up dessert? Frankie is fixing New York style cream cheese pies (OMG!!) and you can choose either blueberry or cherry topping. Spanish R Us promises to be back at the market on Wednesdays with spicy chicken tacos, chips and salsa. We welcome a newcomer to our Wednesday market. Jan Tassin and Todd Ekinia offer luxuriously creamy and lightly fragranced soaps and skin creams.

Lena Brannon with 7 Grains will do the cooking demo this Saturday

Lena Brannon with 7 Grains will do the cooking demo this Saturday

Just a blink and Saturday will be here with sunshine and blue skies and Zac Maris’ delightful tunes twinkling out from the gazebo. In the cooking tent, Lena (7 Grain) will serve samples of her whole grain pizzas. She will have all her usual goodies for sale as well – pizza rounds, corn grits, pancake mix, an assortment of artisan breads and more!

Right across from the cooking tent, is Sam’s Sprouts. He’s been delighting us with his coconut chips lately, and he tells me that he is trying out a few more savory flavors like onion-garlic and salt & vinegar and hopes to have them this weekend. You’ll want to stop by all the tables because you never know what delectable goodness you’ll find.

Sam's Sprouts

Sam’s Sprouts

Norma Jean’s latest creation is a Japanese soba noodle dish with broccoli topped with sesame seeds. It goes wonderfully with her wakame seaweed salad. Yum! Robin’s new flavor is peach bourbon pepper jelly which sounds like it would add a delicious kick to any fruit salad – or even just a spoon. Just think how tasty that would be with Farmhouse Dairy’s chevre.

Farmhouse Dairy

Farmhouse Dairy

Speaking of, Tiffany and Andy’s goats have had their kids and are producing goat’s milk like crazy. So Tiffany has been very busy making her awesome feta cheese but that’s not all. She also has aged raw feta and aged Folsom Fog. Now, they’re not aged as long as I am but long enough for the full flavor you’ve come to expect in their cheeses.

Stone Creek Nursery is a newcomer to the Saturday Market and they bring the promise of spring in the form of blueberry, blackberry, and raspberry plants and even their very own blueberry soil mix to give your bushes a treat. And with that promise of spring comes the desire to get out and get planting. Make sure you prepare your soil well with The Egg Ladies’ precious chicken poop in a bag. Healthy dirt means healthy plants and Alton and Sandra have lots to get you started. Begin with herbs such as tarragon, chocolate, orange, or regular mint, rosemary, marjoram, and thyme. Then add butter crunch lettuce, broccoli, sugar beets, green onions or a tangy salad mix.

There are so many interesting and wonderful products here at the Market. Walk around. See what strikes your fancy…what makes your heart sing…what makes your tummy happy. We’re always happy 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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STAA Upcoming Art Workshops & Markets – Call to Artists

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This class with instructor Natasha Sanchez will introduce students to the lumen print process, a camera-less technique that dates back to the origins of photography in the 19th century. The class will cover the printing process, composition, paper, fixing, toning, and scanning options. Participants will take home three completed lumen prints.

Saturday March 21st at the St. Tammany Art Association, 320 N Columbia St. 11 am – 3 pm. Cost is $95, includes supplies. Call (985) 892-8650 for more information.

Tintype Workshop Saturday March 28th

Tintype Workshop STAAIn this workshop, David Armentor of St. Veronica’s Photographic Gallery will walk participants through basic techniques of the tintype process. This includes preparing the plate, pouring collodion, exposing, developing, fixing and varnishing as well as chemical mixing and safety. You will leave with a completed tintype. Participants are encouraged but not required to bring their own large format cameras. Saturday March 28th at the St. Tammany Art Association, 320 N Columbia St. 1 – 5 pm. Cost is $195, includes supplies. Call (985) 892-8650 for info.

Watercolor Demo STAAFree Watercolor Painting Demonstration by John Goodwyne

Join the St. Tammany Art Association for this free demonstration on Thursday, March 19th from 11 am to noon at the Arthouse, 320 N Columbia Street. Learn more about these and other events by visiting www.sttammanyartassociation.org

STAA Accepting Submission for Covington Art Markets Now

Covington Art Market March 2015STAA & the City of Covington announce the Spring Season of the Covington Art Market 2015: March 7, April 4 and May 2, held 9 am – 1 pm at the Covington Trailhead.

Deadline for submissions to the March market is Friday, February 20th. This juried market is a great opportunity for artists seeking a venue to sell their artwork. View the application here for more details.

www.sttammanyartassociation.org

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Covington Parades on Mardi Gras Day 2015

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Wonder Woman public domainCovington celebrates Mardi Gras with our annual day parades! On Fat Tuesday, February 17th, the Covington Lions Club kicks of the festivities at 10 am. Immediately following is the Mystic Krewe of Covington, with the theme “Female Superheros”. The parade will follow the usual route, see map below.

Read about the City of Covington’s Parade Parking Regulation for 2015

Mardi Gras Day Parade route map