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YSB Crossroads & The Louisiana Bar Foundation: Tackling Juvenile Delinquency Together

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From the Youth Service Bureau:

Helping non-violent juvenile offenders turn their lives around is one of Youth Service Bureau’s main missions. YSB carries out this important work through Crossroads, our juvenile delinquency intervention program.

YSB Crossroads helps youth restore their relationship with the community through restitution to victims, community service, anger management counseling, Internet safety education, parenting education for their parents or legal guardians and – thanks to the Louisana Bar Foundation – Law Related Education.

Supported by a generous grant from the Louisiana Bar Foundation, Law Related Education puts juvenile offenders on a more positive track through better understanding of the law, legal system, and consequences of crime. Aimed at 10- to 16-year-olds who have committed non-violent offenses such as shoplifting, vandalism and others, these classes help juvenile offenders take responsibility for their actions and make better decisions.

Law Related Education incorporates classroom lectures, role-playing and testing. Juvenile offenders learn the legal definitions and potential sentences associated with assault, battery, vandalism, burglary, robbery, theft, drug possession, cyberbullying, cyberstalking and other offenses. Louisiana Bar Foundation funding enables YSB Crossroads to staff and administer the program and work closely with clients to improve their outcomes. YSB Crossroads is fortunate to have local attorneys teaching our Law Related Education classes – Shannon Christian (at our Slidell location) and Veronica Kittok (Covington location).

An eye-opening segment of the course is “No Kinda Life,” a video filmed at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola and the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women in St. Gabriel. “No Kinda Life” presents an unflinching picture of prison life, with inmates explaining how they became incarcerated and losses they suffered due to poor choices, including drug and alcohol use. The video is a powerful springboard for meaningful class discussion and group participation.

Together, the Louisiana Bar Foundation and YSB Crossroads are changing lives.

In the last fiscal year:

  • 97.7% of YSB Crossroads clients completed their community service
  • 96% successfully completed the YSB Crossroads program
  • 99.5% of those completing the program had not re-offended six months later

YSB Crossroads is deeply grateful to the Louisiana Bar Foundation for making this life-changing resource available to our community. The Louisiana Bar Foundation exists to preserve, honor, and improve our system of justice. YSB is humbled and excited to be a partner in that vital mission.

Visit Youth Service Bureau to find out more about what we do!

Click here to learn more about the Louisiana Bar Foundation.

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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On Instagram — @covingtonlafarmersmarket

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Donate to Rotary Clubs’ Feeding the Needy Christmas Meals Program

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from Covington Rotary Club:

About Feeding The Needy

Feeding the Needy was founded in 2002 by John Baldwin and Craig Babylon to provide food on Christmas day for families in need on the Northshore. John and Craig shared the idea with Deacon Skip Graffinini, who was the executive director of The Covington Food Bank, which is now The Northshore Food Bank, and learned that The Food Bank was servicing sixty to sixty-five families at that time. A decision was made to move forward, and the project was named “Feeding the Needy”. The Covington Rotary Club was approached for support and special focus was put on providing food for the school children who, during the holidays, do not receive the meals they receive at school and depend on as their main source of nutrition.

Each year on December 23 and 24, volunteers from all over the area come together to prepare Christmas boxes that include a 14-to-16-pound cooked turkey with numerous side dishes and dessert.  Each box has enough food to feed a family of four to five with larger families receiving additional boxes. Deliveries are made to families throughout the Northshore area including St. Tammany, Washington, and Tangipahoa parishes. On Christmas morning, Rotarians and other community volunteers hand deliver the boxes to the homes of the identified families. Each family only needs to heat the food and it is ready to serve as a substantial Christmas Day meal and have leftovers to help on the days leading up to school reopening.

This year, due to COVID things will be a little different for FTN. We will have fewer volunteer opportunities and will be offering pick up locations instead of home deliveries.

Meal Pick Up Locations –
First Come, First Served Basis

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Saturday, December 19th
9am – 12 pm
East Fairgrounds
Behind Rodeo Arena

Bogalusa
Saturday, December 19th
1pm – 4pm
Northshore Charter School
111 Walker Street, Bogalusa

Covington
Tuesday, December 22nd
9:30am- 2:30pm
St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds
1304 N. Columbia Street, Covington

Monetary Donations

FTN relies heavily on financial donations. Because of the support from so many generous volunteers and strong partnerships, FTN is able to operate with minimal administrative costs.  Donations for FTN are accepted year-round and can be made below.

To Mail a Check: Checks can be made payable to The Covington Rotary Foundation, which is a 501(c)3 foundation with the corresponding tax status. Please mail checks to The Covington Rotary Club, PO Box 541 Covington, LA 70433.   Checks can also be dropped off at Baldwin Motors, 1730 N Hwy 190, in Covington.

To Donate On-line: CLICK HERE to make an online donation.

Please read the message below from our Chairman and Fundraising Coordinator: 

Volunteers  

Unfortunately, we will not be utilizing community volunteers this year due to COVID. If you have any questions, please contact Jill via email at jilly2134@gmail.com or by phone at 985-502-6575.  

Learn more at the Covington Rotary Club website.

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:

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

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

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:

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

Non Profit Spotlight

Thanksgiving Donations at Northshore Humane Society

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From Northshore Humane Society:

The holidays are a time for love and laughter with your family and friends. It is a time to reflect and be thankful for all that you have. And while Thanksgiving, in particular, is a day you usually eat too much and watch football, it is so much more! Thanksgiving is a day to come together around one table and share how thankful we are for the many blessings in our lives.

On Thanksgiving you and your loved ones gather, your beloved companion by your side. As you prepare the turkey and the green bean casserole, remember there are many animals in our community less fortunate than yours. Many homeless dogs and cats roam the streets in search of their next meal.

Northshore Humane Society rescues thousands of neglected and abandoned animals each year. But we can’t do it alone. Together we can save even more!

For the price of a movie ticket, $13.90, you can provide food to an animal in need for an entire month. Together we can make Thanksgiving Day special for a homeless dog or cat. Your special gift will give an innocent animal the second chance and loving family they have always deserved.

This Thanksgiving, please give back to those less fortunate than yourself.

Donate Here

This Week at the Farmer's Market

This Week at the Farmers’ Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Covington Farmers’ Market weekly newsletter by Charlene LeJeune:

Does a day get any better that this, friends? Well, yes, it could be Wednesday and time for a fabulous lunch at the market! Still a bit of chill in the air and a perfect day to bring home Pho from Kandy. All those spices and veggies and chicken in a delightful broth. But wait! You certainly don’t want to forget the chicken porridge—breakfast, lunch, dinner. Oh yes! If it’s soup you’re in the mood for, Joy has a few choices that will knock your socks off! She will also be serving baked trout this week!! A Bhakti Bowl from Johnny will certainly hit the spot — so tasty. It heats up nicely, too, just in case you want to stock up for the week. A choice of quiches from Jerome — spinach and goat cheese or Quiche Lorraine— Oh my goodness, what a lovely day it will be! 

Mr. Houston’s garden is blooomin’ and he has turnips and green onions, and greens (mustard I think). But any greens are delicious, sautéed with some chopped green onions. Then scramble a Double K egg or two and pour ‘em in and cook til done. Now that’s a breakfast! Of course you’ll need some of Jerry’s blueberry jam for your biscuits and don’t forget the satsumas. Abeer is making magic with her super hummus and grape leaves. I always bundle these two together ‘cause I love to dip my grape leaves into the hummus. Hmmm. I’ll bet her meat pies would be especially tasty dipped into some of her creamy tzatziki! Mignon will have more of her Sarsaparilla Tonic this week; great to get that immune system boosted.

The Lucky Dogs will be tuning up in the gazebo this Saturday, so NO SLEEPING IN! Shout out a loud “Mornin’ Ed!” since he is part of the band and a hearty, “Howdy, Jose!” since this duo had been tag-team serving (pre-Covid) in the pavilion forever.   

Norma has her terrific soups that you’ve come to know and love plus she always has her amazing breakfast quiches. Now you know that our fabulous bakers (Happy Flour and Bear Creek Road) have a fantastic variety of breads. This is important since bread pairs so wonderfully with lots of meals — soups, stews, a dish of Tessier Gourmet’s incredible Eggplant Parmesan or Chicken Andouille Gumbo. It’s also really tasty just spread with one of Althee or Stacey perfect jams and jellies drizzled with Blood River raw honey or toasted with scordalia from Vincent & Mauricio. 

The veggies are pouring in; the greens they are a-comin’! Natalie boasts broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Sam has baby kale (so nice to chop up and add to any soup, especially if it came from a can.) Nick has his awesome sweet potatoes. I wait for them every fall; they are so flavorful. Gourmet salad mix, Bibb lettuce and fragrant herbs (sage, thyme, rosemary, winter savory, bronzing fennel, parsley, cilantro, and dill) from Northshore Greens, all ready for your holiday cooking. Mr. Houston has turnips, green onions, mustard greens and more. Mushrooms —sautéed, or sliced —they’re a holiday treat and James has such a magnificent selection. Mushrooms are not only delicious but offer extraordinary health benefits plus they make a tasty substitute for meat.

Make sure you have your shopping list in order for Thanksgiving. A lovely pork or beef roast or leg of lamb from Jubilee Farms is a nice change of pace from traditional turkey. Duck breast and/or thighs from Ross is certainly a wonderful way to go. I’m not sure but if you talk to him, you may be able to pre-order a whole duck. Remember to pick up your shrimp from Mr. Two (can’t make stuffed merliton or eggplant without). Goat cheese from Huckleberry Fred’s (just because it spreads so nicely on bread, melts so nicely in casseroles, and just plain tastes delicious!)

Remember your eggs, butter, milk, and cream (can’t make cakes and pies without). Of course, if you pre-order pies from Jennifer or Althee or Tessier Gourmet or Mauthe’s (I hope I’m not forgetting someone), you won’t have to do anything but pick it up. So you really don’t want to sleep in. Can’t get this in the grocery!

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

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:

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

Farmers Market Recipes

This Week at the Farmers’ Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Covington Farmers’ Market weekly newsletter by Charlene LeJeune:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lots of love, 
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

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

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This Week at the Farmers’ Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Happy Flour Bakery at the Covington Farmers Market

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

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

Faust Farms is back!

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

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

Screaming Oaks Mushroom Farm

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

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

Lots of love, 
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

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

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This Week at the Farmers Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Well, friends, this week’s (and probably the next few weeks’) newsletter will be short. Looks like we will have some fine weather so take advantage of it and get out to the market — even if it’s just to pick up rather than stay and eat. Our Farmers’ Market band will keep you in tune while you’re here.

A nice glass of jasmine tea will rejuvenate you while you try to make a decision on which of Kandy’s salads you’ll have. Bring a container of pho home, too. It is a very soothing and delicious soup. Abeer is planning to have Ouzi this week and her spinach pies. Get a container of tzatziki to dip your pie into. Lots of eggs in the Double K barns and that means freshness to you. Pick up a jar of honey from Jerry so you can drizzle it over the Irish Brown Bread from Henderson’s Hearth. Of course, you’ll have to do the baking but it’s an easy mix and just think about the aroma of fresh bread baking wafting through the house. Yeah, you know what I mean.

Corey has brisket and ribs and he’ll be serving that with his world-renowned brisket chili (yeah, it’s good) and amazing smoked Gouda mac n cheese. Johnny will have all his usual and if you haven’t tried any of it, I recommend you begin with the beet and black bean burger. Yum! Joy says she will have boiled crabs this week and boudin and burritos! Gonna be a beautiful day in the neighborhood, my friends!

Sam Sprout’s white turmeric

Joe and Julie Manuel’s knee-slappin’, foot-stompin’ tunes will dance out from the gazebo this Saturday. So grab your coffee and something great for breakfast like one of Jennifer’s lovely breakfast sandwiches. Veggie pancakes are Meme’s specialty and she makes them delicious…I bet the kids won’t even know there’s veggies in them. Over at Norma’s there’s enchilada pie, slices of quiche…but, what the heck, go straight for the brownie. Patrick and Madeleine have been perfecting their apple turnovers and they usually have a muffin. But don’t get so carried away with the goodies that you miss out on the amazing selection of breads at both Happy Flour and Bear Creek Road.

Sprouts and more on Sam’s table and, yes, he still has the green juice…Sam, you gotta come up with a name for that. Nick will have arugula and heirloom eggplant and crowder peas (he may even have them shelled). Aminta has lots of nutritious microgreens. 

Lucy’s famous deodorants are back at the market!

Well, if you’re looking for fruit, you’ll have to get it in a jar. No worries, though, Althee and Stacey have you covered. They each offer some of the same jams and jellies plus they each have some flavors that are uniquely theirs. Gotta check that out. Or, you can opt for the fresh squeezed fruits like orange juice or the frozen variety in the form of popsicles from Amanda.

You’ll really need to take a stroll around the market where you’re sure to find something to tickle your fancy. Of course, if you eyes are still in bed, you will miss out on all this magnificence. Won’t you 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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This Week at the Farmer’s Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Covington Farmer’s Market weekly e-newsletter provided by Charlene LeJeune:

Happy, Happy October, friends! Well, almost. No matter, the weather is lovely and inviting you to a delightful lunch at the Covington Farmers’ Market. Didn’t I tell you to get some soup mixes from Henderson’s Hearth last week? You didn’t??!! No problem. Check ‘em out this week ‘cause these cooler days (and cooler nights) will be with us for at least this week. I’ve tried the Celtic Blend and the Creamy Rice (excellent!). I’m anxious to try the Black Bean.

Henderson’s Hearth is ready for fall! Covington Farmer’s Market (click for link)

Mr. Houston is always there with his veggies – count on peppers and eggplant. This cooler weather is sure to make the Double K hens happy and when the hens are happy, the eggs are plentiful. I usually opt for one of Kandy’s amazing salads but she also makes tasty spring rolls as well filled with shrimp or chicken, lettuce, cilantro, and noodles. It’s like a salad in a wrap. (You may as well pick up some of her creamy shrimp rolls or you’ll be thinking about them all day and probably Thursday as well.)

Hummus, grape leaves, chicken & spinach pies fill Abeer’s table but there’s also Eggplant Moussaka this week. Corey is smoking up a gorgeous pork roast, perfect for making his pulled pork sandwiches and he will be making his tasty cole slaw! Mignon has developed a delightful tonic, strengthening your body in readiness for the winter season. It’s a subtle blend of wild cherry bark, sarsaparilla, anise seed, star anise, and slippery elm. Baby Bhakti has arrived! Congratulations to Johnny and Caroline! Jerome will wow us this week with a creamy Three-Cheese Quiche. I know! Can’t wait to taste it!

As Saturday rolls around, the delightful tunes of the Steve Anderson Band fall from the gazebo and flood the market with music. (I was going to say spring but we are well past that.) So grab your coffee or milk or kombucha or fresh juice and take a stroll around the market to see what’s new.

Last of the summer veggies from GROW.farm (click for link)

These cooler temps just seem to put the fall veggies in gear and, if we are lucky, we’ll be seeing some greens soon. Or you can try growing your own. Simply grab a bag of good potting mix and find a sunny location. Poke a few holes in the top and you are ready to plant starter plants from Alton & Sandra — lettuces, kales, parsley (gotta have some herbs), thyme. You may want to ask him about Culantro which apparently tastes like cilantro but looks like a thistle. Get some mushrooms too. You don’t need to plant these; James has already done the work. You just need to cook and enjoy!

Greg is bringing pumpkins! I’ll have to pull out my soup recipes and check out different ways to cook this fabulous veg. Hmmm. Pie comes to mind….muffins…and breads…I wonder if our lovely artisan bakers will take advantage of that. Even if they don’t, a fantastic loaf from Happy Flour or Bear Creek Road will pair perfectly with your soup or the mix of Henderson’s soup mix you got on Wednesday, especially when wearing a spread of Jennifer’s blended butters. For my vegan friends, Jim’s Low-Carb Cauliflower Crust is perfect. Plus, it has so much flavor, anything else would get in the way.

We may not have full out greens yet, but we do have microgreens. Aminta grows an amazing selection of this mini powerhouses. Sprouts also contain a wealth of nutrition, so check out Sam’s. Nutrition powerhouses can come in liquid form, too, and Nancy’s strawberry kefir is fabulous! Try the kombucha flavors as well. And nothing says delicious like a fresh glass of juice from Amanda.

Remember to pick up your Elderberry Syrup from Naturally Well and your raw honey from Blood River, Nick, or Serenity Lane. Indulge in tasty beef jerky from 3 J’s and peruse the Moringa Teas from Exnihilo Farms (and the rabbit).

No matter where you look, you’ll find something wonderful at our Market. Whether you’re looking for doggie treats (Tiger Bait), or treats for yourself (Rose’s creamy pralines), or delicious prepared foods (Norma Jean or Tessier Gourmet), you’ll never regret NOT 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

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Local History

Covington History: the Train Depot

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Covington History segment provided by local historical writer Ron Barthet. View his blog Tammany Family here.

Covington’s first train depot was located on N. New Hampshire St. on the northeast corner of its intersection with Gibson St.

A timeline of important dates in the development of the railroad in St. Tammany Parish is detailed in the book “The Early History of Bonfouca and Lake Pontchartrain” by Carl Fedrowisch. On Dan Ellis’ website the following information is provided:

The Mandeville to Sulphur Springs Railroad Co. was organized in 1868, aiming to build a railroad from Mandeville northward towards Abita Springs.

A 22 mile long railroad trestle between New Orleans and Mandeville was deemed “possible” by engineers in 1880, but a year later the proposed bridge location was moved to the east end of the lake following the completion of the preliminary survey.

On October 15, 1883, the railroad bridge across Lake Pontchartrain south of Slidell was completed. The first train arrived in New Orleans from Meridian, MS, and Slidell became an important railroad stop, especially with the coming of the creosoting process and Roberts Landing creosote plant providing trestle building timbers and cross-ties that lasted much longer in service.

Train Depot 1910’s

In June of 1887, the East Louisiana Railroad was completed between Pearl River and Abita Springs, and on May 16, 1888, the East Louisiana Railroad was completed into Covington.

In 1904, the New Orleans and Great Northern Railroad was organized and plans were made to build a track from New Orleans to Bogalusa, then northward up the west side of the Pearl River to Jackson, MS. The same year the Salmen brothers of Slidell started building a railroad track from Slidell to Mandeville.

The original railroad depot in Covington was built in mid-1888, and when the East Louisiana Railroad reached Covington, it heralded an economic boom. The original depot faced New Hampshire Street with a passenger and freight terminal facing east. The track split in front of what is now Hebert’s Cleaners, with one track curving northward towards New Hampshire St. and the other track continuing on Gibson heading west.

Eventually the increase in the volume of train traffic convinced town officials and business people that a bigger, better train depot was needed, and the push for a new train station began.

click to enlarge see more at www.tammanyfamily.blogspot.com
click to enlarge see more at www.tammanyfamily.blogspot.com

And the new depot, a large brick structure, was built in 1921.

The north end of the train depot building is occupied by Lola Restaurant.

Covington Trail Depot 1982

Over on Facebook, Patrick Moore shared with us some of his grandmother’s memories of the Covington Train depot.

“My grandmother, who was 96 when she died in 2003, talked about taking the train from Abbeville to Covington in about 1935. She came to visit her mother-in-law/my great grandmother.

“My grandmother remembered arriving at “the new station” and walking to my great-grandmother’s house. When she’d asked for directions to the house, she was told “it’s an easy walk.” Today I’m not sure anyone would say that, as the distance is about a mile!

“When I was in high school I worked at The Covington Depot as a waiter, and when my grandmother would come in for dinner she’d show me where the depot waiting room had been, where she’d sat, etc.

“My grandmother was born in 1907 and she was raised in Abbeville, where her father was mayor, but she spent several years as a young girl residing in New Orleans because her father’s work brought him there. While she was living in New Orleans, my grandmother befriended a girl whose last name was Delahoussaye. The girl’s family owned a weekend home here in Covington and my grandmother stayed there on several weekends as a guest of her friend’s parents.

“My grandmother told me about her first visit to Covington, which was via the Delahoussayes, and that it occurred in the late teens. She and her friend traveled here from New Orleans by streetcar and they were met at the station in Helenburg by the Delahoussaye’s chauffeur and limousine. Mrs. Delahoussaye received them at home and proposed that they embark soon thereafter into Covington to pick up groceries for dinner.

“My grandmother was impressed when Mrs. Delahoussaye, who was described as “very formal,” prepared for the short trip into Covington by donning a hat, veil and gloves. My grandmother, who was rather formal herself, shook her head when telling that story and said: “Imagine! Wearing a hat and veil and gloves(!) in the country!” Apparently the fashion conventions to which Mrs. Delahoussaye so staunchly adhered, in my grandmother’s way of thinking, were better reserved for town events.

“The story continued with Mrs. Delahoussaye making her grocery selections and departing the store immediately thereafter, unburdened by her purchases. The groceries were delivered to the house later that day and received by the cook.

“Ever since hearing that story I’ve imagined the c. 1919 scene of the Delahoussaye’s black limousine as it rumbled across the Bogue Falaya River bridge (which would have been a plank bridge in those days, I assume) onto Boston Street.

“The story also reminds me of the culture that my grandmother and others always associated with Covington: that it was a country town where one employed country manners in all things, such as clothing. We think of Covington today as a rather fashionable and sophisticated address, but it was certainly a country town in 1919!”

This Week at the Farmer's Market

This Week at the Farmers Market by Charlene LeJeune

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The following is the Covington Farmer’s Market weekly newsletter by Charlene LeJeune.

Hello, friends, what a lovely day it is! I thought I heard we were supposed to have a cool front coming through; I think I missed it. No matter, our market is open hot or cold, rain or shine. So we hope to see you out there to enjoy the music, fellowship with some friends, and indulge in a great lunch. Abeer has some of her awesome Jordanian dishes like Ouzi or Eggplant Moussaka. A slice of creamy Quiche Lorraine from Jerome will have you imagining an exotic lunch at a Parisian bistro. Blueberry jam and honey, that’s what you’ll find at Jerry’s table.

Kandy will have her luscious shrimp and shredded cabbage salad and her lemongrass infused chicken and noodle salad —always delightful especially with a cool glass of jasmine tea. Double K will hopefully have lots of eggs, though the hens get a little testy during the summer heat. Mr. Houston will have lots of eggplant and peppers. Be sure to enjoy a Bhakti Burger (beet & bean burger with special source, avocado, and loads of sprouts). Get your duck meat or broth from Ross. Joy will have some Grab N Go meals and boiled crabs! Plus she will have frozen Seafood Gumbo and Shrimp & Cauliflower Soup. Stop for a minute at Golden Mist and get a taste of fizzy jun that Mignon makes. A perusal of Henderson’s mixes will leave you in a quandary. Which one? Easy…pick one…next week, try another!

The delightful melodies of Firmin Oliviera will shine from the gazebo this Saturday morning. So grab your coffee or tea from the pavilion. Maybe you’d prefer Nancy’s kombucha or fresh juice from Amanda (she has peach lemonade!) Your choice doesn’t matter; they all go perfectly with breakfast—Meme’s Veggie Pancakes, a slice of quiche from Noma Jean, breakfast sandwich from Jennifer, apple turnover from Patrick & Madelieine…. and set off for a tour of the market. There’s always something wonderful to find.

Bushy plants and trees from Dennis create accents in your garden. Delicious soups and meals from Tessier Gourmet are perfect when you’re strapped for time. There’s skordalia, hummus, and incredible cookies from Vincent and Mauricio. You’ll find all manner of cows’ milk products from Mauthe’s including yogurt and buttermilk. Huckleberry Fred’s has a fantastic selection of goat cheese blends that add flavor to any dish. Plus they have goat’s milk. Black garlic (Cameron), pralines from Rose, jams and jellies a la Althee, whole rabbits for the pot from Exnihilo Farms and a green onion soup mix that would be a fantastic seasoning as well. Bhakti Balls, Protein Balls, and raw vegan desserts from Johnny to satisfy your sweet tooth. Chicken jerky for your favorite dog (or cat) from Tiger Bait. gorgeous starter plants from Alton.

Whew….let me catch my breath.

With allergies on the rampage (year round it seems), isn’t it a good thing we have Samantha’s Elderberry Syrup year round!? Get another nutritional boost with Succotash Ferments’ kraut, kombucha, hot sauce, and kefir. Aminta not only has microgreens (also packed with nutrients) but also has seeds available for you to grow your own. Sam’s Sprouts are certainly delicious and have been used by a couple of our vendors in creating their dishes. Great to have at your beck and call is Serenity Lane’s Bug Bite cream. Those nasty bugs just love to torment us in the summer heat and Bug Bite cream offers tremendous relief!

Along with her amazing breakfast foods, you’ll find that Jennifer has fabulous artisan breads, butter blends, homemade pasta, and pies. So too, Happy Flour offers a number of sourdough and sandwich breads like oatmeal honey, cinnamon raisin, parmesan and rosemary. Trudy has a lovely assortment of bushes, flowering plants, and houseplants full of gorgeous colors. Ms. Betty also has beautiful house plants and she is most famous for her staghorn ferns. Brownies, walnut pate, falafel, wraps, enchilada pie…yep! that’s our Norma Jean.

All in all, there are so many terrific things to find at the Covington Farmers’ Market. And YES! you will find veggies. So, why don’t you come and spend the morning with us. It will definitely put a smile on your face.

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
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Local Events

‘Clear the Shelters 2020’ Animal Services August Adoption Initiative

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St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced exciting news about events taking place during the month of August and beyond for the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter. The shelter gratefully welcomes as a partner Mardi Paws, the super krewe for k9s. Together they will host several initiatives to increase adoptions, expand education, and raise awareness about the shelter.  The kick-off to this partnership will be joint participation in Clear the Shelters 2020, a nation-wide, month-long fee-waived “Adopt and Donate” effort starting Saturday, August 1, 2020.  Mardi Paws will lend a paw to this event by giving away a free backpack of Summer Lovin’ swag to everyone who adopts a cat or dog from the shelter during the month of August.

“We are very excited about Clear the Shelters 2020. The expansion of the event to the entire month of August will undoubtedly help many of our animals who need homes. In addition, this event will truly highlight our relationship with Mardi Paws as they work so closely with us to feature the work of our committed shelter employees and to partner with us in finding homes for these animals,” Cooper Said. “Our shelter accepts every animal brought in, and we work every day to place adoptable animals in loving forever homes. This is an opportunity for citizens to help us find homes for these animals. With adoption fees waived for the month of August, we hope to surpass our monthly adoption records.”

“Mardi Paws is all about pups and we’re excited to partner with our St. Tammany Parish open admissions Animal Shelter this summer. They take in thousands of abandoned, surrendered and stray animals each year, they can’t possibly re-home all of these animals without the community’s help,” said Denise Gutnisky, Founder Mardi Paws. “We know this partnership will mean positive outcomes for the animals, and hopefully raise awareness about how the community can make a difference, and this is what we hope to achieve.”

Mardi Paws has donated over 70 crates to Support the recent Wings of Rescue Transport flights, and is currently raising money to fund a fall 2020 flight for St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parish Shelters. Over 100 animals —including cats and dogs — from the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter, on four separate Wings of Rescue flights, have been rehomed in 2020.

This year’s Clear the Shelters event will be virtual. Anyone wishing to adopt can make an appointment with Animal Services by calling 985-809-0183. This year, GreaterGood.org is joining with Clear the Shelters to raise money for shelters around the country. To support the St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services, follow this link.  Money raised for the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter will fund costs such as crates for pups for rescue transports; foster supplies such as: crates, bottles, puppy/kitten milk replacer and heating pads; toys; treats; and cat hideaway boxes, to name a few.

The Summer Lovin’ Swag backpack from Mardi Paws includes: Summer Lovin’ T-shirt, three free days of camp + bath for dogs at Camp Bow Wow, Covington, MedVet Leading Specialty Healthcare for Pets pop-up water bowl, Tito’s Vodka for Dog People Bandana, and a Bag of Marsh Dog treats.

To learn more about Clear the Shelters 2020, and to see adoptable pets, visit, www.cleartheshelters.com.

Also, look for these ongoing and upcoming events with Mardi Paws: Mutts to the Rescue— www.MuttsToTheRescue.com; #LendAPaw — donate supplies, or become a sponsor; Bark Week — a Barky & Sharky spoof of the The Discovery Channel’s ever-popular Shark Week to promote shelter adoptions — www.barkweek.org; and Wings of Rescue donation campaign to raise money for a St. Tammany Parish/Tangipahoa Parish Transport.

To date, in 2020, over 451 animals were rehomed through compassionate, credible rescue group partnerships and 432 animals have been adopted directly from the Animal Shelter.  All animals who leave the shelter for adoption have a complete checkup, are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated. The Department of Animal Services is open by appointment for anyone wishing to adopt and animal, or foster an animal to adoption. Call (985) 809-0183 to make an appointment, and visit,  www.stpgov.org/pets to view animals available for adoption.

Adoption hours at the Animal Services Shelter are Monday through Saturday from 10AM to 12PM and 1PM to 4PM.

CPD Updates

CPD Update: Heat Advisory in Effect St. Tammany Parish

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From the Covington Police Department’s Nixle updates. Register for Nixle updates here: https://local.nixle.com/register/

Heat Advisory until 08:00PM Monday

  • WHAT…For the Excessive Heat Warning, dangerously hot conditions with heat index values greater than 112 expected. For the Heat Advisory, heat index values of 108 to 112 expected.
  • WHERE…Portions of southern Mississippi and southeast Louisiana.
  • WHEN…For the Excessive Heat Warning, until 8 PM CDT this evening. For the Heat Advisory, from 10 AM to 8 PM CDT Monday.
  • IMPACTS…Extreme heat and humidity will significantly increase the potential for heat related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities.
  • AFFECTED AREAS: WASHINGTON … NORTHERN TANGIPAHOA … UPPER JEFFERSON … AMITE … ASSUMPTION … POINTE COUPEE … IBERVILLE … WEST BATON ROUGE … UPPER LAFOURCHE … ST. HELENA … PEARL RIVER … PIKE … UPPER ST. BERNARD … HANCOCK … ASCENSION … ST. CHARLES … LIVINGSTON … SOUTHERN TANGIPAHOA … WILKINSON … ORLEANS … ST. TAMMANY … WEST FELICIANA … ST. JAMES … ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST … EAST FELICIANA … WALTHALL … EAST BATON ROUGE … UPPER PLAQUEMINES … UPPER TERREBONNE

Instructions:

Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1.

Address/Location
Covington Police Department
609 N Columbia St
Covington, LA 70433

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 985-892-8500

Local News

COVID-19 Testing Coming to Northshore Parishes

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Baton Rouge, La – Residents of St. Tammany, Washington, Livingston, Tangipahoa and St. Helena parishes will have more local options for COVID-19 testing. In partnership with the Louisiana Department of Health’s Office of Public Health and local parish governments, Louisiana National Guard will be operating mobile testing sites will make it more convenient for Northshore residents to get a test.

Mobile testing uses trucks and equipment operated by the Louisiana National Guard to bring testing kits to neighborhood locations such as schools, churches, retail stores, parks and other local neighborhood locations.

Dr. Gina Lagarde, the Office of Public Health regional medical director for the five-parish region, said, “This partnership greatly increases testing opportunity for residents, especially in the rural and unincorporated areas of these parishes.”

“Several hospitals and other community testing sites in our region have offered COVID-19 tests that have helped us to understand the prevalence of the coronavirus in our region,” Dr. Lagarde said. “We are now working to increase the number of test sites, to bring the sites closer to where people live, shop and visit during a typical day, and serve those communities that have may have been under served or could not access a central test site.”

Starting Tuesday, May 26, the mobile testing units and Louisiana National Guard testing personnel will visit different sites in St. Tammany, Washington, Livingston, Tangipahoa and St. Helena parishes. Testing will last for four weeks, through June 19, 2020.

Testing Dates and Sites
ST. TAMMANY PARISH WEEK 1 – WEEK 4

Monday 6/1/2020
Mandeville St. Tammany
Community Center 3101 East Causeway Approach

Tuesday 6/2/2020
Mandeville St. Tammany
Community Center 3101 East Causeway Approach

Wednesday 6/3/2020
Mandeville St. Tammany
Church of the Kings 22205 Little Creek Road

Thursday 6/4/2020
Mandeville St. Tammany
Premier Center (Tentative) LA 190 and North Causeway Blvd.

Friday 6/5/2020
LaCombe St. Tammany
Recreation District #461100 N. 12th St.

Monday 6/8/2020
Madisonville St. Tammany
Ball Park 1007 Pine St.

Tuesday 6/8/2020
Madisonville St. Tammany
Ball Park 1007 Pine St.

Wednesday 6/10/2020
Madisonville St. Tammany
Coquille Recreation Center (Tentative) 13505 LA 1085

Thursday 6/11/2020
Folsom St. Tammany
Fendlason Community Center 13296 LA 40

Friday 6/12/2020
Float St. Tammany

Monday 6/15/2020
Covington St. Tammany
Pinnacle Mall (Tentative) 7205 Pinnacle Parkway

Tuesday 6/16/2020
Covington St. Tammany
Planet Fitness (Tentative) 401 N. LA 190

Wednesday 6/17/2020
Covington St. Tammany
Fair Ground1301 N. Columbia St.

Thursday 6/18/2020
Abita Springs St. Tammany
Recreation Center 22517 LA 36

Friday 6/19/2020
Abita Springs St. Tammany
Recreation Center 22517 LA 36

Opinion

The Haunted St. Tammany Sheriff’s Race

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An Early October Ghost Story

“I Ain’t Afraid Of No Ghost!” –  Ray Parker, Jr.  “In folklore, a ghost (sometimes known as an apparition, haunt, phantom, poltergeist, shade, specter, spirit, spook and wraith) is the soul or spirit of a dead person or animal that can appear to the living.  They are believed to haunt particular locations, objects or people they were associated with in life.”  -Wikipedia

The general consensus among those that are inclined to consider the existence of ghosts is that an entity will be restless when there is unsettled business, or when justice has not been served.  New Orleans is long considered one of the country’s most haunted cities, and the Northshore has several ghost stories to call its own.

“Could It Be…SATAN?” – SNL’s Church Lady

Back in the mid 1980’s, investigative journalist Bill Elder hosted a series titled “Bill Elder’s Journal”, which aired on WWLTV.  In a two- part series on satanism, Elder travelled to rural Tangipahoa Parish to investigate cattle mutilations, which were described as “ritualistic”.  Some 20 years later, pastor Louis Lamonica admitted to a local sheriff horrific tales of child abuse and torture, animal abuse and sacrifice, all taking place under the auspices of Hosanna Church in Pontchatoula.

While the case involving ritualistic abuse and sacrifice was proven in court, the “ritual” aspect was kept to a minimum.  In the words of Don Wall, Tangipahoa Parish ADA at the time, “I kept this devil worshipping stuff to a small portion of the trial. Worshipping the devil is not illegal.  Child molestation is.  That’s what I focused on.”

The Church Lady would not approve.

“Any skeletons…hiding in the closet?”  Anthrax, Among the Living  Most folks paying attention to politics these days assume there are skeletons in every closet, it’s just a matter of what type of skeleton, how many there are, and the state of decomposition.  As the unsolved murder of Margaret Coon resurfaced in the last District Attorney’s race, the current St. Tammany Sheriff’s race is overshadowed by the unsolved murder of Nanette Krentel, the wife of a former district fire chief. 

After 2+ years, the case is still open and surrounded by controversy.  Recently, a former employee of the Sheriff’s Office was arrested for defamation in relation to the case because of emails that were sent to the victim’s family, stating that the correspondence, which criticized the office and an investigator, eroded the family’s trust.  The victim’s father responded to media that his confidence in the Office was never there to begin with, probably having more to do with the timeline of discovery.

Nanette Krentel was initially reported to have died in the house fire, which was determined to be arson.  Then the coroner discovered that she was shot, whereupon he ruled it a homicide.  Initially, STPSO disagreed with that ruling, then backed off.  A HuffPost article from 2018 posits that STPSO never considered it a murder;  the family, meanwhile, never considered it a suicide.  

As Sheriff candidate Tim Lentz stated to nola.com, the only people arrested in this high-profile case are the victim’s sister and a federal agent.  From an outside perspective, one could go even further and say that the only people arrested in this case are individuals critical of how the case is being handled.

Just the good ol’ boys.  Wouldn’t change if they could…  Waylon Jennings, Good Ol’ Boys

According to quora.com, the first recorded use of the phrase “good ol’ boy” was found in Volume IV of the Oklahoma Folk-Lore Society’s publication Folk-say, published in the year 1932:  “Some of the people cried unrestrainedly, ‘Yessir, Booger was a good ol’ boy’”These days, it is understood that the good ol’ boy network is the network of cronyism and corruption working behind the scenes, against the public interest.  How things have changed for poor Booger.

The other specter hanging over the Sheriff’s race is that of the Jack Strain administration.  The 20-year sheriff, who was defeated by Randy Smith last go round, is facing life if convicted of charges ranging from rape and incest to federal corruption, over 20 counts in all. Strain pled not guilty;  he was definitely one of the good ol’ boys.  But, will anyone appear at his trial to cry unrestrainedly,  “Yessir, Boo Boo was a good ol’ boy”?   Doubtful.

Making their way, the only way they know how.  That’s just a little bit more than the law allows…

Merriam-Webster defines ‘good ol’ boy’ as “a usually white southerner who conforms to the values, culture, or behavior of his peers.”  This definition is more accurate, as it precludes the idea that the word ‘good’ is literal.  It reinforces the concept that to the good ol’ boy, values, culture and behavior is relative to the situation that one is in.  If that culture is corruption, then there is conformity to corruption.  If the values are greed, then there is conformity to greed.  If the behavior is egotism, then there is conformity to egotism.  The opposite is of course true, and that’s where the election comes in, because it doesn’t look like the good ol’ boy network is going to put St. Tammany’s ghosts to rest.

Opinion -Timothy Gates  covweekly@gmail.com

Local Events

Liz Bragdon of Our Place Studio Announces Dates for Library Summer Reading Program

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It’s that time of year again….Summer Reading Program Time at libraries all over America!  Which means…you can find Liz Bragdon doing all kinds of fun things for kids at many of the SE Louisiana libraries.  Tuesday – Thursday of next week Liz will be sharing “Tales with a Twist: Stories That Move!” at libraries in Tangipahoa Parish. Throughout the rest of June and some of July, you can find Liz nearly everywhere in St. Tammany and also, at some of the Jefferson Parish libraries.  And remember, it’s all free!
Here are the St. Tammany dates/events for the locals – for St. Tammany, she is also doing Aerial Yoga (Tweens) & Natural Movement Fun (Teens):
June 7, Madisonville, 2:30, Aerial Yoga (Tweens)
June 8, Madisonville, 2:30, Natural Movement, (Teens)
June 9, Causeway, 2:30, Aerial Yoga, (Tweens)
June 13, Mandeville, 6 pm, Natural Movement (Teens)
June 14, Slidell, 2:30 pm, Aerial Yoga, (Tweens)
June 15, Covington 2:30 pm, Natural Movement (Teens)
June 20, Covington, 2:30, Aerial Yoga, (Tweens)
June 23, Bush, 10:30, Tales with a Twist (All ages)
June 23, Covington, 2:30, Tales with a Twist (All ages)
June 27, Slidell, 6 pm, Natural Movement Fun (Teens)
June 28, Abita, 10:30, Tales with a Twist (All ages)
June 28, Lee Rd, 2:30 Tales with a Twist (All ages)
June 29, Folsom, 2:30, Tales with a Twist (All ages)
June 30, Lacombe, 10:30, Tales with a Twist (All ages)
June 30, Slidell, 1:30 & 3 pm, Tales with a Twist (All ages)

stp library reading fun

General Local News

Meet the Covington Police Department

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CPD Officer Daniel Owen

Officer Daniel Owen, Covington Police Department

In an effort to introduce our local police officers to the community and provide an opportunity for the CPD to highlight their outstanding officers, Covington Weekly profiles are provided by Chief Tim Lentz of the Covington Police Department.

Daniel Owen grew up in Kentwood, Louisiana.   He is a 2005  graduate of Jewel M. Sumner High School in Tangipahoa Parish.  He started his law enforcement career with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office in 2007 as a corrections officer.  He remained there until 2009 when he was offered a job at the Kentwood Police Department as a patrol officer.  Kentwood Police Department sent Daniel to Baton Rouge for his POST Certification, which he successfully obtained.  After two years on the job with Kentwood, Daniel  then accepted a job as a patrol officer with the Ponchatoula Police Department.
During Mardi Gras season, CPD borrows police officers from other jurisdictions to help with the parade.  In 2013, while working for the Ponchatoula Police Department, Daniel was assigned to work the parade in Covington.  While working the parade, Daniel fell in love with the City and grabbed an application before leaving town.  Shortly thereafter, Daniel began his career with the Covington Police Department.  He is now one of CPD’s senior officers, given the important task of training the new recruits as a Field Training Officer.  Daniel lives in Hammond, and in his time off enjoys spending time with his family, hunting and fishing.  He also takes tremendous pride in his health and appearance by exercising regularly.       covla.com      CPD:  985-892-8500