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Farmers Market Recipe – Daikon & Sweet Potato Soup PLUS Honey Lime Vinaigrette

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Seasonal recipes inspired by fresh ingredients found at the Covington Farmers’ Market, by Chelsea Cochrane

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Daikon radishes and fresh turmeric root from Sam’s Sprouts at the Covington Farmers Market

Tip: Save the greens! Daikon radish greens have a slight bitterness and spiciness that resembles mustard greens. Save them to use in soups, stir frys and smothered greens!

Daikon Radish & Sweet Potato Veggie Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium daikon radishes, sliced in half-moons
  • 1 medium sweet potato, cubed
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 2-4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 cup purple cabbage, chopped
  • 2 Tbs fresh turmeric, minced (optional)
  • 2 Tbs fresh ginger, minced (optional)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth, 2 cups water
  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • 1 Tbs rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp soy sauce or liquid aminos
  • shredded amethyst basil (garnish)

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Sautee veggies in large soup pot with turmeric, ginger and spices.
  2. Once veggies are tender and fragrant, add broth and water.
  3. Bring to boil then reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  4. Add kale, vinegar and soy sauce, stir in. Taste for spices and serve immediately.

Honey Lime Vinaigrette

Fun delicious salad dressing are so good and easy to make you’ll never buy another dressing again!

Ingredients:

  • juice of 2-3 limes, about 1/2 cup
  • 2 tablespoons local honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • dash paprika
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Instructions:

  1. Mix all ingredients in an air-tight jar, such as mason jar.
  2. Shake vigorously.
  3. Serve over your favorite greens.
  4. Enjoy!
This Week at the Farmer's Market

This Week at the Farmers Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Covington Farmers’ Market weekly newsletter by vendor Charlene LeJeune:

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

From the Covington La Farmers Market Facebook page

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

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

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

From the Covington La Farmers Market Facebook page

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

​Lots of love,
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

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

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New Local Business Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies on Friday in Covington

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Join the City of Covington in welcoming these new businesses at their ribbon cutting ceremonies on Friday, January 29th, 2021, starting at 10:30 am. The ceremonies begin at Cured on Columbia at 415 N. Columbia Street, and continue to Hub985 Nutrition at 100 S. Tyler Street, Muses Spa and Beauty Boutique at 506 S. Tyler, and ending with Heart of Style at 2100 N. Collins Blvd, Suite 154.

“We are excited to welcome so many new businesses to Covington,” says Bridget Hatty, the new Coordinator at the City’s Office of Cultural Arts & Events. “Please consider visiting our new businesses and supporting our growing community!”

Ribbon cutting ceremonies are attended by the Mayor’s Office, the Office of Cultural Arts & Events and local City Council members.

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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 weekly newsletter by Charlene LeJeune:

What lovely Tuesday, friends! Looking like a gorgeous week ahead and a perfect time to get out to your Covington Farmers’ Market especially when Jerome is preparing more of his delicious Spinach &Goat Cheese Quiche plus he’ll have Madeleines. Kandy is back and with her she is bringing an all time favorite—chicken porridge! This simple little dish makes an amazing breakfast, lunch or dinner. Step it up a notch with a side of scrambled eggs (Double K naturally) or just make a well in your serving and crack an egg to fill, then bake for about 15 min and enjoy! Did you love Joy’s empanada’s last week? Well, they are back for round 2 this week. Chicken pasta is also on the menu and don’t forget to pick up one of her “grab n go” meals for later in the week! There may still be a bit of a chill in the air but, no worries, a lovely mushroom burger from Bhakti and a dash of Johnny’s Cajun Sauce and you will be nice and toasty. Grab a pack or two of his protein balls for a special treat during the afternoons. Any more blueberry spread, Jerry, or do we need to wait for the next crop to start ripening? What a way to spend a Wednesday morning!

Amedee Frederick is in the “house” and this Saturday his jaunty tunes will be spilling from the gazebo and saturating the market with song. Time to get your veggie pancake from Meme ‘cause they truly are delicious. 

A stop at Tessier Gourmet for a container of spinach artichoke dip can give you more than just a fabulous tasting dip for your chips, carrots, tat soi ends (gorgeous little dippers), or whatever. (It’s especially fantastic with whatever.) Add a couple of tablespoons to your Jubilee ground beef and kick up your burgers (or meatballs) another level or two. Think about how amazing your burgers would be if you made them with Jubillee’s green onion sausage instead. Remove the casing from the sausage and mix in a tablespoon (or two) of dip —ooooh! la! la! Magnifico! It can work the same for sautéed mushrooms or veggies (broccoli, cauliflower) plus it’s a great way to hide the fact that you’re eating spinach. Also delicious on a slice or two of one of the artisan breads our fabulous bakers create — pop ‘em in the oven and enjoy the wow!

While you’re there checking out the bread selection, take a look at the tasty breakfast sandwiches Jennifer at Bear Creek Road has each week. A healthy selection of sourdoughs await at Happy Flour, including Rosemary Parmesan but also some sweet treats like the awesome Cruffin! (yeah! that’s spelled correctly)

Our produce vendors are full swing into the season and, with a plethora of fresh veggies to offer, you’re sure to find just what you need. The sweet potatoes are delicious, the greens are nutritious, and the fruits are really scrumptious! The strawberries this year seem especially sweet; the oranges possibly have more vitamin C and the honey… 

Naturally Well’s elderberry syrup is pretty much a must for this time of year, especially with the stress challenges we’ve faced. Keep up your body’s immunity with a dose a day. You can also boost immunity and good gut bacteria with Nancy’s nutritious raw sauerkraut and kombucha. She had a special ferment last week using the cheddar cheese cauliflower and white cauliflower from our vendors. Sam’s sprouts and microgreens from Aminta are more tasty little weapons in your arsenol. 

With all the great food and nutrition and delicious here at the market, why would you choose to sleep in? I don’t know either. See ya there!

Lots of love,
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

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

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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:

Glad tidings of great joy, friends! Are you all ready for the big day? Presents all (or mostly) purchased or made? Are they all wrapped, or is waiting until Christmas Eve to wrap a family tradition? One thing you won’t need to worry about is what’s for lunch. Probably a good idea to grab extras and give yourself extra time shopping. Joy is preparing tasty Stuffed Chicken Breast for tomorrow. She’ll also have her delicious Grab N Goes which are perfect to take home. They are frozen; just defrost and serve, or keep frozen for another time you are just too pooped to cook. Abeer will have Baba Ghanoush this week, such a lovely dip for parties as does her hummus. She’ll also have Green Bean Moussaka. Bhakti Farms has several amazing choices — mushroom burger and the every-popular beet & black bean burger and their Bhakti Bowls are wonderful!

Do not forget eggs from Kristen. I find I always need extra around the holidays for baking and special meals. Sweet, raw honey from Jerry makes a lovely gift, especially if the receiver is yourself. Perfect on pancakes, biscuits, toast, corn muffins… Check out Golden Light’s goodies for the week. Mignon has some fabulous tonics to help your immune system through the season. She has made some beautiful beeswax (locally sourced) candles.

Before you know it, though, it will be the day after and the market will be open. Michaela Lauer’s sweet voice drifts from the gazebo bringing joy to the world! So begin at the pavilion with a warm cup of coffee, then make your way around the market. We have so many wonderful vendors with fabulous products. Of course, the place to start is breakfast. Meme’s veggie pancakes have always been a market favorite. Norma’s amazing quiches are delicious as are her brownies!! (Yes! Brownies do make a wonderful breakfast!)  

Veggies abound — kale, lettuces, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, sweet potatoes — Oh, the joys of the season! The strawberries are sooo sweet this year. Wouldn’t they make a tasty addition to your holiday fare? Mauthe’s had egg nog last week and I’m hoping they will again this week. It was born of a collaboration with Billy, of HooDoo Ice Cream fame, so you know it’s gotta be good. 

As I said, lotsa great offerings on our vendors’ tables. Good time to get your sweets and treats for game days (and there are many of them) and the upcoming New Year celebration. It’s been a difficult year, friends, and we thank you for your consistent patronage. I hope that our market has brought some measure of comfort throughout this year. I pray that the blessings of this season follow you into the new year. Hopefully, you will join us.

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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On Instagram — @covingtonlafarmersmarket

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Shop Local – Violeta’s Offers Gifts for Christmas

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Buy Local for Christmas!

Here at Violeta’s Floral & Plant Shop we have lots of artisan designed gifts available! Our preserved wreaths are a beautiful gift that will last forever. We also carry an assortment of houseplants and planters for that green thumb in your life!

Stop by the shop at 708 E. Boston Street in downtown Covington. Or you can place Christmas orders by calling 225-371-9489! Our store hours are Wednesday-Friday 10-4pm & Saturday-Sunday 11-3pm. Check out www.shopvioletas.com to learn more, and follow us on Facebook!

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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 weekly newsletter by Charlene LeJeune:

Tis the season, friends, to be jolly, to be thankful, to enjoy the blessings of the market! And blessings there will be! Jerome is preparing more of his delightful sweet potato and carrot soup and the creamiest quiches as well. Tis also the season for pho! pho! pho! So take your jolly ole self over to Kandy’s table where you can get the best pho ever made. It will warm you down to your toes…right through your holiday socks! Abeer has hummus and tzatziki and tabouli back on the menu and Mujadara, a classic Arabic dish featuring lentils and rice, herbs, topped with caramelized onions. It’s a delicious vegetarian main dish!

Joy is planning on a delightful chicken pasta dish sure to make you glad you made it to the market. You must be on the NICE list, ‘cause she is also making her amazing stuffed artichoke. You must have been extra special nice since Corey’s smoker has been doing double duty. Smoked ham and Gouda plus smoked chicken leg quarters are both on the menu!

More than just a little nice, Johnny has his fabulous beet and black bean burger, lovingly grilled, and topped with avocado slices, sprouts, and Johny’s secret sauce. What a glorious Wednesday it is going to be!

Make sure you have enough Double K eggs and Jerry’s honey or blueberry jam for your biscuits or for last minute Christmas gifting?

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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This Week at the Farmers Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Covington Farmers’ Market weekly newsletter by Charlene LeJeune:

Almost happy Wednesday, friends. That’s right! Wednesday is just a ring ting tingle away and we’d be pleased to have you join us for lunch. Abeer is planning to have Ouzi, that scrumptious pastry filled with rice, ground beef, peas, carrots, almonds and pine nuts — and baklava! Fabulous pho is on Kandy’s table and that will warm your insides and have you feeling all jovial inside. And then, there’s her chicken porridge. Yep, I feeling real perky already! Chili is on Joy’s menu for tomorrow and she’ll have steamed broccoli and bread pudding to enjoy with that. 

A jar of raw clover honey, fresh from Jerry’s bees will make a wonderful teacher’s gift, unless of course your child’s teacher is a computer — then you’re off the hook. Just enjoy that honey yourself.  Can’t go wrong with a mushroom burger from Bhakti Farms. Johnny just makes it amazing. Jerome will have his creamy quiches tomorrow. I usually opt for the Quiche Lorraine since I’m not a big fan of spinach. I bring it home usually for lunch on Thursday and it heats up beautifully. Remember your eggs from Double K; those little hens are working hard to fulfill the demand. Mr. Houston had carrots on Saturday. They are so delicious sprinkled with some chopped green onion and then roasted in a little butter.

Here comes Saturday. Here comes Saturday Right down “Farmers’ Market Lane.” We’re gonna bring you lot-sa goodness starting from the gazebo. Okay so that really doesn’t rhyme but with Chris Talley and the Three Rivers Cooperative dashing out tunes, it will still be a merry day! So grab your coffee from the pavilion, give Kayleigh a big smile, and see what the market has to offer. 

So by now you’ve got all your Christmas shopping done, right? NO??!! Well, then stop by Serenity Lane. Judy and Gerard have fantastic skin care products plus they have brought back their Cleopatra’s Spa Treatment set, luxurious bath salts, and the Tub Teas, especially for gift giving. Their lip balms, hand and foot creams, make fabulous stocking stuffers. Credo Farms’ elegant handmade soaps are beautifully wrapped for gift giving. Remember, she’ll have chicken, too, and a marvelous Mineral Seasoning made with kelp, oregano, thyme, basil and several other spices.

A gift of golden raw honey from Blood River Honey or Nick is always much appreciated. Barbara’s gorgeous monkey pine wreaths make a fabulous gift (even for yourself) and while you’re there, indulge in a bag of whoppin’ fat pecans. (Psst, they make a nice gift, too.) 

Can you imagine how delighted you would be to receive Happy Flour’s shortbread cookies from Madeleine and Patrick? It’s a gift that’s sure to make you teacher’s pet or mommy’s favorite. Jennifer is making Stollen for the holiday season. It’s a delicious holiday bread made with raisins, candied orange & lemon peel, and tasty spices. She has even created gift boxes with Christmas cookies and cocoa bombs! You’ll be a friend for life after giving a package of 3 J’s jerky. They have a delicious assortment of flavors. You won’t need to bribe your four legged friends to love you, but why not treat them to a package of Tiger Bait jerky (not recommended for human consumption)?

We’ll have more than just fabulous gifts; we’ll have fabulous foods. Gorgeous fresh fruits and veggies in every corner of our market — greens, salad mixes, eggplant, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots, strawberries, oranges, satsumas, grapefruit and mushrooms. James even has satsuma juice! Jubilee Farms will have their wonderful sausages, including a smoked chorizo. Kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut, and more will be on Nancy’s table. There will be delightful goat cheese blends at Huckleberry Fred’s. Eggs available at Double K and Jubilee Farms. We’re just jam-packed with great gift ideas…great food…great music…great people – yourself included! Join us; it wouldn’t be the same without 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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Farmer’s Market Recipe: Mustard Greens & Shiitake Stir Fry

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Fresh recipes inspired by local ingredients found at the Covington Farmer’s Market by Chelsea Cochrane

This is a quick and easy recipe, and a tasty way to get the amazing health benefits of fresh mustard greens! Mustard greens are low in calories yet high in fiber and many essential vitamins and minerals. In particular, they’re an excellent source of vitamins C and K. They are also high in antioxidants, and may have immune boosting and anti-cancer properties(1).

You can find mustards and other great greens in abundance at the Covington Farmers’ Market! Mix it up with some bok choy from Sam’s Sprouts for a milder flavor. Shiitake mushrooms from Screaming Oaks Farm adds an additional immune and nutritional boost. You can serve this dish by itself, or with some chicken from Crudo Farm or pork from Jubilee Farm.

Mustard Green & Shiitake Stir Fry

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbs sesame seeds
  • 1 Tbs toasted sesame oil
  • 1 bunch (about 7 cups) mustard greens, washed, de-stemmed & chopped
  • 1/2 lb of shiitake mushrooms from Screaming Oaks Mushroom Farm
  • 1/3 cup shredded carrot & radish each (Sam & Nick have some beautiful radishes!)
  • 1 Tbs minced fresh garlic
  • 2 tsp minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp dried chili flakes
  • 2 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • dash of course salt & sugar
  • 2 cups cooked jasmine rice

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Chinese cuisine suggests putting the mustard greens in boiling water with a little salt & oil for about 2 – 3 minutes to preserve its fresh green color. Strain in a colander and let sit aside.
  2. In a large skillet or wok, toast the sesame seeds over medium heat, stirring constantly until they are golden brown and crackling, about 2 minutes. Transfer to bowl and set aside uncovered.
  3. Add sesame oil to hot skillet & heat at medium-high. Stir in the mustard greens, and continue to stir about 1 – 2 minutes as greens cook down. Mix in mushrooms, garlic, ginger, chili flakes, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, salt & sugar. Stir in for a few minutes longer. Remove from heat, mix in your toasted sesame seeds, and serve over steamed jasmine rice!
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Louisiana Shop Local Artists Week – December 6 – 12, 2020

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from Shop Local Artists Week:

A seven day celebration of the arts. The first week of December.

All around the nation, artists of all genres, arts organizations and cultural economy businesses are planning celebrations of the arts and the professionals whose talents create the rich cultural fabric of our state. Festivals and art markets, performing arts events, culinary extravaganzas, art exhibitions, healing arts, film screenings, literary events and more–all of these are part of the cultural industry, enhancing the quality of life for our citizens and visitors while providing tremendous economic impact.

St. Tammany Art Association hosts a monthly market featuring local artists on Lee Lane

An opportunity to explore the many facets of the arts and to support creatives.

Shop Local Artists Week is a great time for holiday shopping, for truly one-of-a-kind gifts and arts experiences. Peruse the offerings of local galleries and museums. Purchase music and memorabilia from some of your favorite local musicians. Pick up tickets from a community theatre or performing arts center, for a chance to make memories with your gift recipient. Art workshops provide an opportunity to enhance artistic skills or to discover new passions. For avid readers, what better gift than a book penned by and signed by local authors? And explore the world of culinary arts with unique dining experiences at local restaurants.

Can’t decide? Gift certificates are an ideal choice for your special recipients. And don’t forget to pick up a something for yourself, too!

Be a part of it! 

From metropolitan cities to rural communities, a variety of Shop Local Artist Week events are being created and presented by local artists and cultural organizations. To find events, contact your local Cultural District, Main Street or Arts Agency.

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Holiday Art Market on Lee Lane Saturday

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The Covington Art Market returns to Lee Lane this Saturday December 5th from 10 am – 2 pm. Stroll through and find a variety of hand-made arts including pottery, jewelry, metal sculpture, stained glass, mixed media, hand-made garments, wood carvings, photography, and more.

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While you’re out, you are encouraged to visit other downtown locations, including exhibitions at the Art House, the nostalgic array of goods and the historic museum at H.J. Smith & Sons General Store and the many fine shopping establishments around downtown Covington. The Farmers’ Market takes place from 8 a.m. to noon at 609 N. Columbia Street, just a few blocks from Lee Lane. Then enjoy a bite at one of our many restaurants. It’s a great way to spend your Saturday!

The December Art Market, traditionally a holiday art market, will be coinciding with Lee Lane’s Christmas in the Country shopping event, happening every Saturday until Christmas. Enjoy live festive music as you peruse the many eclectic shops on Lee Lane and throughout downtown Covington!

The Art Market provides entrepreneurial opportunities to local artists while fostering creative community relationships by allowing artists to sell directly to the public. Presented by the St. Tammany Art Association in partnership with the City of Covington. Learn more at www.sttammany.art/arts-market

Opening Reception Saturday Evening at STAA Art House:

Christmas in the Country:

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Why Shop Local? A Message from Covington Weekly

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Our goal with Covington Weekly is to promote the local goods and services we have available to us in this area. We believe that a strong sustainable infrastructure is built on a community that supports itself through supporting its businesses, producers and farms.

Buying your coffee at a local café, your gifts at a local shop and your produce from a local farm increases the demands for these items, which stimulates more local businesses and local jobs. More of the money spent locally stays in our community, whether through taxes, payroll or continued support of other local businesses and organizations. Local businesses also increase tourism dollars to downtown areas, and on average provide better jobs with more opportunities for advancement. Supporting local artists and makers promotes the culture of our community. Local farms generally use better farming practices with more focus on environmental impacts, quality of products and consideration for the land and animals they care for.

Possibly most importantly, our drive to promote our local businesses and producers comes from our love for our community, and our desire to see it flourish and to share its beauty with generations to follow.

For a list of wonderful local businesses to patron please visit our advertisers, go to shoplocalusa.com/covington and check out the Covington Business Association’s business listings on their website gocovington.org.

This Week at the Farmer's Market

This Week at the Farmers’ Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Covington Farmers’ Market weekly newsletter by Charlene LeJeune:

Greetings of the season to you, friends! After a frenetic holiday week, it’s time for a break and possibly some of Mignon’s 7 flower herbal tonic. The day will be cool and crisp but lunch at the market is calling. The band will be there and so will lot of good food. Jerome will have his signature Ratatouille on Wednesday and is bringing back his fabulous sweet potato and carrot soup. And it won’t matter if it’s a bit nippy, Kandy has the cure in the form of chicken porridge. If you haven’t had it yet, do yourself a favor and try it. Besides being absolutely delicious, it’s the ideal comfort food for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Talking about comfort, can you say “chicken n dumplins’”? Joy is preparing this iconic comfort food especially for our Wednesday market.

sweet potatoes and daikon radishes from Sam Sprouts

Eggplant Moussaka is on the menu at Abeer’s and she is having baklava as well. Boy, this really is a week of comfort foods all designed to reduce the tension of holiday shopping and parties. Johnny will also be there with his mushroom burger and his Bhakti burger —always delicious. After a short hiatus, Corey is back with brisket and pulled pork sandwiches served with German style potato salad. Why go anywhere else?

Kristen will have eggs which are an absolute necessity in my humble opinion. And so is the sweet nectar of the bees from Jerry (and maybe even that fabulous blueberry jam he makes.) Whatta day! What a day!

We’ll be having another fabulous day on Saturday, so why not join us and make sure you get all your holiday orders in! It’ll be a great morning with the Jayna Morgan Holiday Jazz Duo swirling out jazzy melodies from the gazebo. Mr. Pete will be roasting chestnuts and our vendors will be all around—nothing says holiday like family and friends!  

Fresh produce—that’s what we come to the market for. Collards, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, radishes (oh so delicious when roasted), cherry tomatoes, arugula, eggplant, pumpkins, and sweet potatoes means something to fit everyones’ tastes. You’ll also find satsumas, grapefruit, navel oranges, and strawberries. A monkey pine wreath from Cleckler’s will last until Christmas and beyond and smells amazing!

I have a recipe for eggplant toast with goat cheese that sounds phenomenal! You’ll need a basket of mini eggplant from Nick, cut in 1/2 inch (1.25cm) thick slices, lengthwise, a half cup of goat cheese (any of Huckleberry Fred’s savory blends will work), 1/3 cup chopped pecans (from Cleckler’s naturally), 4-5 fresh thyme sprigs (Northshore Greens), salt and pepper, and a little olive oil for drizzling.

Place the eggplant slices in a strainer and toss with ½ tbsp salt. Let drain for 1 hour. After an hour, rinse off the eggplant slices and pat dry with paper towels. Preheat your oven to 400F with a rack in the middle. In a large frying pan, heat up the olive oil over medium heat. Cook the eggplant slices until soft and golden, about 3 minutes on each side. Then arrange them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the goat cheese and chopped pecans evenly onto the eggplant slices. Top with a sprinkle of fresh thyme. Drizzle some olive oil over everything and bake until golden, about 12-13 minutes. For a little variety, try slicing tomatoes and/or chopping kale or parsley or Aminta’s microgreens to put over the eggplant before you add the goat cheese.

Of course, Amanda is there with those lovely juice blends —Satsuma Orange, Ginger Lemonade, and a delightful Strawberry, Pineapple, Orange. Nancy offers kefir and kombucha, both powerhouses of probiotics and nutrition. And, to go with your juice, kombucha, or kefir or a tasty chocolate milk from Mauthe’s, Bhakti Farms has a breakfast sandwich!! Johnny grills gluten-free English muffin in ghee, then tops it with a farm fresh over-easy egg, and avocado and a very satisfied smile. 

The Covington Farmers’ Market is a special place to be on any morning. We plan to be there…will 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

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

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‘Christmas in the Country’ Shop Local Event Kicks Off After Thanksgiving in Covington

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The City of Covington and merchants of Lee Lane present Christmas in the Country, an annual event happening Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, and every Saturday until Christmas.

Savor the turn-of-the-century charm of Lee Lane with your family and friends and make holiday memories! Enjoy live music while discovering quality merchandise and one of a kind gift items.

Shops throughout downtown Covington offer special shopping events, refreshments and door prizes. Discovering everything from couture fashions to original fine art, home furnishings, and antique treasures in dozens of boutiques and galleries, as well entertainment in Covington’s historic St. John District throughout the month (see separate events on our calendar).

Then, take a break at luxurious spas and salons, getting an on-the-go fresh lunch, or staying for an evening of fine dining at the city’s award-winning restaurants and entertainment at nightclubs in and around the downtown area.

Weekly, most shops are open 9am-5pm Monday through Saturday, some on Sundays, and many restaurants are open every day. Parking is free throughout the walkable district, on the street and in public parking “oxlots.”

Check their Facebook page for updates: Christmas in the Country Covington LA

Shop Local – Shop Covington!

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Violeta’s Flower & Plant Shop GRAND OPENING This Weekend

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Violeta’s is a flower & plant shop located in Downtown Covington. We specialize in floral design and hold a unique array of gifts & houseplants that will add a touch of natural beauty to any environment. We also host Do-It-Yourself workshops for all ages, giving patrons a fun way to learn something new. We are excited about getting to know the community we are happy to call home and hope to offer something different & memorable. 

We at Violeta’s are here for all of your floral needs and we want to work side-by-side with you to create something truly beautiful. We strive to make sure the end result reflects each client’s vision. 

Please stop in and meet the owner & designer, Sara, at our GRAND OPENING this WEEKEND (November 28th & 29th from 10 am – 4 pm) at 708 East Boston St. in downtown Covington, LA. Or stop by Wednesday-Friday (10 am – 4 pm) & Saturday- Sunday (11 am – 3 pm). Check out www.shopvioletas.com to learn more, and follow us on Facebook!
We look forward to meeting you!  

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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 Tuesday, my friends! Looks like a gorgeous day tomorrow, the kind of day that just says, “Hey, let’s grab lunch at the Covington Farmers’ Market!”  And you say, “Yeah, I’ve been wanting to try Johnny’s Bhakti Burger, you know, the beet and bean one, piled high with avocado, sprouts, and Johnny’s special sauce.”  “Well, Kandy does have that fabulous pho—breast meat chicken, simmered with healing spices (star anise, coriander, cinnamon, peppercorns and cloves) —and that’s just the broth!”  Just thinking of it makes the day brighter. 

Wednesday brings more of Joy’s amazing TAMALES! Plus she’s bringing Grab N Go meals—shrimp & cauliflower soup, chicken & sausage or seafood gumbo, Oysters Rockefeller! Tomato tart— how delicious—that’s what Jerome has for us and he is making apricot cake. mmmm mmmm! Hummus, stuffed grape leaves, tzatziki, and baklava, that’s what Mediterranean is made of and Abeer makes it delicious. Corey’s back and his pulled pork sandwiches, cole slaw, and smoked chicken are certainly worth the wait!

It’s satsuma season and Jerry has some sweet ones for us. Just the thing for an extra burst of vitamin C. Maybe Mr. Houston’s will have some green onions, great for adding your Double K eggs or sautéed greens or a sandwich.Which reminds me, don’t forget your Double K eggs! Mignon will be there with healthful beverages and tonics (Coco Ginger Kombucha and Abita Chics Seasonal shakeups with Maple Syrup (Adaptogenic Roast Immune Booster). Cinnamon sugar coated nuts from Nut N Better, like pecans, cashews, peanuts, etc. are a delicious treat to take back to work with you. Stick ‘em in your drawer so Bob in Accounting doesn’t come by and snag some.

Come Saturday Morning, and with it the Three Rivers Festival. Mr. Funny Money’s lively music will drift from the gazebo to get this party started! 

 You’ll find lots of nutritional support at your Covington Farmers’ Market. Take Succotash Ferments, for example. Nancy makes a mean kombucha with seasonal fruits and, with satsumas on the tree, she has a satsuma fennel kombucha. Add an extra punch to that apple a day with Samantha’s elderberry syrup from Naturally Well. Don’t forget Amanda and her fabulous juices. The mango juice is especially nice. Aminta’s microgreens are a very tasty way to add goodness to your diet. Sprinkled on salads (naturally), or sprinkled on anything…hamburger (you did get your ground meat from Jubilee, right?), soup (Norma Jean or Jennifer), eggs (Double K, Jubilee), Uh huh! 

Backwater Ducks’ Ross has really outdone himself; this week he’s added duck salami to the mix. What will that boy come up with next? It’s sure to be great! Lovely mushrooms from James just screaming to be added to salads or sautéed and served over grilled Jubilee pork chops or fried/grilled shrimp from Mr. Two. They have the product; you’ll have to do the cooking. 

Sourdough and Brioche rolls, black pepper biscuits, wonderful breads from Bear Creek Road and perfect for enjoying with your favorite soup (from Jennifer or Norma Jean), chicken stew, or just because you wanted to spread your Mauthe’s butter on something good. Jennifer also has pasta sauce that would easily turn into a pizza sauce to spread over Jim’s Low Carb cauliflower pizza crust. Really tasty crust which makes a good sandwich “bread” as well. Speaking of something good, 3 J’s Jerky has bacon jerky!! Can you imagine the flavor?? Gotta get in on the Cruffin craze that Happy Flour has fueled with their latest creation. If you haven’t heard, it’s a croissant, shaped like a muffin and filled with a stupendous almond vanilla cream. 

I’ll remind you again, friends, since the days are flying by faster than a child with a swiped cookie … the holidays are not far off. So now would be the time to talk to your favorite vendors and get your holiday orders in. Althee pies and quick breads, Happy Flour sourdough breads, Bear Creek Road’s amazing pies. Mauricio’s vegan divinity (ginger is my fave but he makes a divine chocolate as well), Rose’s pralines, Stacey’s pickled veggies, Mauthe’s cheese cake…You can’t possibly be thinking of sleeping in??!!

Lots of love, 
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

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

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

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Farmers Market Recipe: Sweet Potato Spiced Lentils & Cumin Roasted Cauliflower

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By Chelsea Cochrane

Bring on the fall veggies! Autumn harvests are full of warming foods, well-paired with rich spices like ginger, turmeric and cumin. Sweet potato is a favorite for a reason – its versatile flavor and texture can go sweet or savory and adds something special to almost any dish.

Try out this delicious recipe using fresh sweet potatoes from Grow.Farm, sweet bell peppers from Faust Farms and fresh turmeric from Sam Sprouts. All at the Covington Farmer’s Market!

Sweet Potato Spiced Lentils & Cumin Roasted Cauliflower

Ingredients for the lentils:

  • 1 cup dried lentils
  • 2 cups vegetable broth & 1 cup water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 Tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 lb sweet potato, cubed in 1/2 inch cubes – from Nick at Grow.Farm
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet peppers – from Faust Farms
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 – 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 – 2 Tablespoons of minced fresh turmeric – from Sam’s Sprouts
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • a dash of fresh ground nutmeg
  • 1 Tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • sea salt & fresh ground black pepper

For the cauliflower:

  • 1 whole head of cauliflower
  • 4 – 5 cloves garlic, peeled, whole
  • 2 – 3 Tablespoons of cooking oil
  • 2 – 3 Tablespoons of cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon course sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper

Directions for lentils:

  1. Bring lentils with bay leaf, broth, water & a little salt to a boil then reduce heat to medium low – simmer for 20-30 minutes, until lentils are tender. Drain most of excess liquid.
  2. Heat a large skillet on medium high. Add oil and sweet potatoes with a little salt and pepper. Sautee, tossing occasionally, until potatoes are browned mostly evenly.
  3. Lower heat to medium. Add in onion, peppers, & celery. Sautee until fragrant.
  4. Add in garlic, spices & herbs. Add more salt & pepper to taste.
  5. Once everything has cooked well together add to lentils. Let simmer on low covered for a few minutes for flavors to combine.
  6. Serve like this or over rice.

Directions for the roasted cauliflower:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Clean outer leaves off cauliflower head but keep head whole! Rinse well.
  3. Shove whole cloves of garlic between cauliflower florettes.
  4. Rub with cooking oil, covering entire head.
  5. Sprinkle with cumin, salt & pepper.
  6. Roast for 30 – 45 minutes, or until browned and beginning to get crispy.
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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:

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

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

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Farmer’s Market Recipe: Pineapple Pepper Jelly Pork Chops

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Fresh recipes inspired by local ingredients by Chelsea Cochrane

Pineapple and pork just go together. This pineapple pepper jelly from Althee’s Jellies & Jams is the ultimate marinade for grass-fed pork chops from Jubilee Farms. Sweet, tangy and spicy, this recipe will make you want seconds.

Althees specializes in southern favorites. Click the image to view their Facebook page

Ingredients:

  • 4 pork chops from Jubilee Farms
  • 1 cup Althee’s pineapple pepper jelly
  • 1/2 cup pineapple or orange juice
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Directions:

  1. Marinate pork chops for 6 – 8 hours, preferably overnight.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat.
  3. Once skillet is hot, add pork chops one at a time with tongs to not carry over too much liquid. You can add a small spoonful of pepper jelly on top the pork chops.
  4. Let cook 5 – 7 minutes, then flip. As the pork chops cook the pepper jelly marinade will begin to form a glaze – sop this up with the chops. You may want to flip again to get good coverage on the other side, too. Trust me, this stuff is gold.
  5. If there is too much liquid for it to form a glaze, simply remove the pork chops from the skillet and let it cook down a minute. Then add them back to glaze.
  6. Don’t over-cook or under-cook pork chops! The safe cooking temp for pork chops is 145 degrees with a 3 minute rest after cooking. Over-cooked chops can get chewy, even marinated.
Jubliee Farms never uses drugs such a growth stimulants, hormones or antibiotics in their grass-fed pork. Click the image to learn more
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STAA Covington Art Market & Fall for Art 2020 Announced

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The Covington Art Market returns to Lee Lane this Saturday October 3rd from 10 am – 2 pm. Stroll through and find a variety of hand-made arts including pottery, jewelry, metal sculpture, stained glass, mixed media, hand-made garments, wood carvings, photography, and more. The Art Market provides entrepreneurial opportunities to local artists while fostering creative community relationships by allowing artists to sell directly to the public. Learn more at www.sttammany.art/arts-market

Save the Date: Fall for Art October 10th, 2020

Join the St. Tammany Art Association for coordinated art openings, boutique shopping and fine dining on October 10th from 6 – 9 pm. This free event showcases over a dozen galleries, shops and restaurants featuring new artwork, special sales and delicious meals all for all to enjoy. Come out, spread out and stroll downtown Covington for Fall for Art 2020!

Fall for Art is presented in partnership with the City of Covington supported this year by a generous donation from the Covington Business Association. CDC guidelines will apply. For more information, visit www.sttammany.art