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We are gearing up for another lovely market Wednesday. Bhakti Farms says they will be there tomorrow and apologizes for the gaps in their appearances. Caroline & Johnny will be there to grill you up a fabulous burger (mushroom or black bean & beet). Or, if you’ve no time to wait, just grab their delicious veggie sandwich or potato salad and some protein balls (mmmm mmmm). Kandy has her amazing salads all prepared for you —that lemongrass chicken & noodle is sooo delicious! Plus, she always has those incredible shrimp and cream cheese rolls — oh yeah! Abeer is back and she is cooking up Mujadara – a wonderful dish of rice and lentils topped with crispy onions! Eggplant moussaka and tzatziki and baklava too!

I had some knives sharpened last week. Ben really did a great job and I’m hoping he’ll have the scissors sharpener this week. Nice and sharp, that’s how I like ‘em. I really can’t stand cutting with a dull knife; it makes the task much harder. You can also find Jerry’s raw, organic honey on Kandy’s table. Last week, there was creamed cinnamon honey! Well, I’m not going to promise veggies. It seems our wires got crossed last week but I am hopeful to see them this week. However, you can always count on Kristen and the Double K hens to supply you with beautiful eggs!!

Saturday morning will be hoppin’ with the mighty tunes of the Abita Stumps poppin’ out from the gazebo like fireworks. So grab a cuppa joe from the coffee pavilion and head on over to Meme’s for one of her fabulously delicious veggie pancakes. If you’re not into veggie pancakes, sourdough waffles may hit the spot —and the spot to be is at Happy Flour! In true market fashion, and not to be outdone, Bear Creek Road will have some delightful breakfast sandwiches and Norma Jean’s enchilada pie and quiche slices are phenomenal! You may even catch a glimpse of Mr. Houston. No, he’s not back at the market but he does come out to see us once in a while.

Great balls of fire! It’s the 4th of July weekend and I’m sure many of you have plans to be outdoors, chillin’ and grillin’ and dodging raindrops but you have to expect that in SE Louisiana. But the Covington Farmers’ Market still opens and BBQ pits still fire up and people still celebrate! Lots of goodness around to stick on those grills, like tomatoes (yeah, really), peaches (uh huh), mushrooms (yum), squash & eggplant (of course) and corn on the cob (which Vince will have for the next two weeks). Personally, I would save the blueberries and watermelon (yes, we have ‘em!) and plums for a lovely cool treat to enjoy while you’re waiting for the food to cook.

Aaah the sausages from Jubilee Farms! Green Onion, Italian, Cajun, that’s what BBQ heaven is made of! Paul & Liz also have other grillin’ favorites like ground meat for burgers, pork ribs, pork chops, etc. And now, Gina & Andy have sausage —alligator, shrimp, and crawfish! Whaaaat! Oh, yeah! Bhakti Farms has our vegans covered with a black bean & beet burger—soooo delish! Mr. Two is well known for the gorgeous shrimp he sells.

A pie or cobbler from Althee will put smiles on lots of faces. One of Amanda’s fruity popsicles is a tasty treat on a warm summer day. Her juices are cool and refreshing as well. Pick up a few festive cookies from Vincent & Mauricio. The kids’ll love ‘em! A bottle of Sam’s Farmer’s Cocktail Sam juices adds a much needed kick to get you through the day.

You can’t possibly want to sleep in on this 4th of July Saturday (OK, technically the 3rd)!! Where would you get the fixins’ for a truly fantastic celebration! Lotsa goodness here at the Covington Farmers’ Market. 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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It’s a tad on the damp side today and possibly tomorrow as well, my friends! Although, who knows, we’ve had rainy weather forecast only to see sunshine the day long. No worries though, just pull out your pirogue and head on over. Have we got lunch for you! First stop is Double K for eggs, of course. Then, Abeer has a tasty Eggplant Moussaka waiting for you. Yum! She also has (each week) chicken rolls —delicious all on their own but get some tzatziki or humus to dip it in! One of Kandy’s salads are just the thing to chase away the dreariness of the day and her shrimp & cream cheese rolls have been known to ease the pain of the tax collector. Regardless of your decision, a cup of her jasmine tea will make it right. Get it unsweetened and use some of Jerry’s sweet clover honey to sweeten.

Mignon is introducing an Organic Pineapple Ginger Tepache which is a fermented beverage made from the peel and the rind of pineapples, and is sweetened with coconut sugar, seasoned with powdered cinnamon, and served cold. Sounds absolutely exotic, doesn’t it? She is also preparing an Organic Goumi Berry tepache or kombucha. These berries are totally delicious, a little tart/a little sweet using one of the highest lycopene bearing foods on planet (it’s reputed to fight heart disease and cancer.)

Ya can’t go wrong on a Saturday morning with Cassie Krebs’s music flowing from the gazebo. So grab your coffee from the pavilion and find some breakfast before you start shopping. Meme’s veggie pancakes are the absolute bomb for breakfast. So tasty. Norma Jean’s quiche slices are another fabulous choice but you may prefer a serving of her enchilada pie. At Bear Creek Road, Jennifer is preparing Chocolate Pudding S’Mores Pie (I know; can you stand the wait?) and a whiskey glazed Sausage Biscuit filled with spinach, onions, and Swiss cheese. Happy Flour is planning on using seasonal fruits and veggies to create peach, strawberry, or zucchini & feta danish pastries. How lovely!

The peaches are especially flavorful this year and Barbara has plenty. Blueberries are plentiful, too, with both White Oak Fields and Johnadale’s having some. You’ll also find strawberries Johnadale’s but I’m not sure how much longer. James has oodles of his gourmet mushrooms — shiitake, lions mane, oyster…

Of course, what’s a Farmers’ Market without veggies. The spring/summer veggies are gorgeous from the golden zucchini, yellow squash, turmeric, snow peas, and squash blossoms on Sam’s tables to the cucumbers, zucchini, squash, broccoli and cauliflower on Vince’s table, to the magnificent green beans, fennel, kale, salad blends, and garlic flowers Nick has available to the flavorful celery and butter crunch lettuces and herbs at Northshore Greens. Naturally, I had to find a recipe.

You’ll need 2 cups cooked pasta of choice + 3/4 cup pasta water, 2 tbsp Mauthe’s butter, 2 zucchini (Sam has golden zukes; Vince has green), sliced on a diagonal, 1-2 garlic flowers, broken up (or use 2 cloves of minced garlic), 1/4 cup parmegiano reggiano + more for garnish (I’d probably substitute Huckleberry Fred’s Garlic or Garden Herb. The nice thing about their blends is that you can scrape a fork across the top and the cheese will crumble over your dish. Beautiful!), 1/2 lemon, juiced, 5 squash blossoms (Sam), stems & pistils removed, petals left whole, salt & pepper.

First, cook the pasta of your choice and drain, keeping about 3/4 cup of the pasta water. In a large sauté pan, melt the butter. Then, add the zucchini and garlic flower and cook for a couple minutes. Add the pasta water and pasta. Cook (stirring constantly) until the sauce thickens, maybe 2-3 minutes more. Add the cheese and lemon juice, salt and pepper. Serve in two shallow bowls topped with the squash blossoms and more cheese. Voila! Farmer’s Pasta! A slice of sourdough (Happy Flour, Bear Creek Road) would be the icing on the cake for this meal.

So no matter what you’re in the “market” for, be it raw honey (Blood River, Nick), cookies (Vincent & Mauricio), cultured foods (Cameron), fermented foods (Succotash Ferments), duck meat (Ross), shrimp (Mr. Two), Jubilee Farm’s meats, pies and jams (Althee), microgreens (Six Acres), pickled veggies from Stacey, or pet snacks (Tiger Bait)—it’s here waiting for you! Food, friends, and a great time. Hope to see you there!

Lots of love,

Charlene LeJeune

Abundant Life Kitchen

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

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Good morning, faithful friends! Wednesday is just a whisper away…are you prepared for delicious? Abeer will have Ouzi this week, that delightful “pie” of filo dough filled with rice, ground beef, peas, carrots, almonds and pine nuts. Sooo good! She’ll have tabouli as well as hummus and tzatziki! Kandy’s salads are truly delicious as well as healthy and refreshing! My fave is her lemongrass infused chicken and noodle salad but the shredded cabbage with shrimp is another tasty one (very flavorful!)

Bhakti Farms’s chickpea salad with chickpeas (naturally), tomatoes, red onion, parsley, and seasonings is a tasty way to add protein to a vegan diet. In fact, Johnny and Carolyn have many dishes that will delight the vegan palate! And you can’t beat the Bhakti or Protein Balls! Remember to pick up your eggs from Double K. Don’t be dismayed if you don’t see Jerry at the market; you can get his raw clover honey through Kandy.

Sunny Saturday morning brings the Jayna Morgan Duo into the gazebo with their toe-tappin’ tunes! So grab your coffee or tea from the pavilion and take a stroll. Well, the spring veggies are really starting to kick in. Nick has gorgeous fennel plus kale, sweet potatoes, a salad blend and fizzy mustard. Zucchini and yellow squash and sprouts are headlining over at Sam’s Sprouts while cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, are still in abundance on Vince’s table. Northshore Greens will be here for another few weeks with really crunchy, flavorful celery and lettuces plus herbs galore (fresh and dried).

Barbara Cleckler is back with vine-ripe tomatoes and oh-so-sweet, tasty peaches! White Oak Fields is back with their sweet blueberries. There are plenty of strawberries still at Johnadale’s along with plump, delicious blueberries. Microgreens abound at Six Acres and they make a lovely addition to sandwiches or salads.

Ross from Backwater Duck Farms has Leg of Duck Confit. You can find the recipe for this on his website: www.backwaterduckfarm.com You’ll want to pick up a couple of pounds of shrimp from Mr. Two for this easy Roasted Parmesan Garlic Shrimp recipe. First make a marinade with 4 tbs olive oil,
4 minced or pressed garlic cloves, 1/2 tsp. dried oregano, 1/2 tsp. dried basil, Kosher
salt, black pepper, & lemon zest of one lemon. Toss your peeled shrimp in the marinade. Cover and marinate in the fridge for 1-3 hours. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan (or just leave ’em plain). Roast at 400F for about 8 minutes, until shrimp are pink and perfect. Garnish with chopped parsley and dig in. Doesn’t that sound amazing?!

More amazing stuff comes when you visit Succotash Ferments. Nancy has raw krauts available as well as probiotic-rich strawberry milk kefir and kombucha. Samantha’s Naturally Well Elderberry Syrup is the best thing to have in your spring/summer arsenal. Keeps your immune system boosted to fight off allergies and more. My grandkids love to have Stacy’s Pickled Baby Corn in the fridge for snacking. Not a fan of baby corn? Then check into her selection of other pickled veggies and also sweet jams.

These aren’t the only things you’ll find at our market. You’ll find the freshness and variety that our vendors offer that is very inviting. And you are invited to enjoy it with 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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Gray skies are gonna clear up, put on a happy face, friends! We may see more gray than blue over the week, but all I’m gonna see is blue! And sunshine! And the tastiest kind of sunshine is laid by those hard-working Double K hens. Can you imagine a day without ‘em?

Seasoned with love and beautifully seared, Kandy’s salmon salad is quickly becoming a market favorite. She serves it on a bed of shredded cabbage, red onion, carrots, cilantro, coriander, mint or over rice noodles. She’ll have several on hand but if you want to ensure you get one of these delightful salads, pre-order at 225-329-6470. No worries, she will have shredded cabbage and shrimp salad and lemongrass chicken salad. Kandy is also selling Jerry’s raw clover honey. This week there will definitely be some creamed cinnamon honey —extraordinary!

You’ll find all kinds of vegan salads and burgers at Bhakti Farms. Johnny delectably grills portabella mushroom before placing it on a bun under a covering of Sam’s sprouts and avocado and secret sauce. Grab a few of Johnny’s Bhakti Balls (lil chocolate delights) for a little afternoon snack. Boost your immune and treat your tastebuds at the same time with one of Mignon’s fabulous fizzes — Pineapple Ginger Coco-bucha Fizz or Multi-floral Probiotic Fizz. Mignon also hand crafts candles from locally sourced beeswax.

Need your knives sharpened? Tools? Scissors? Yes! Yes! Yes! then get out to the market, cause Dave and his son Ben are set up ready to go. Getting your tools professionally sharpened is soooo much better than that little hand sharpener in the kitchen drawer. Sometimes they just need a lot more love.

The Steve Anderson Band is looking forward to not singing in the rain (which is the general sentiment around the market) and we are looking forward to listening to their happy tunes drifting from the gazebo. A stroll to the street side of the gazebo will bring you to Meme’s famous veggie pancakes, a treat tasty enough to drag you from your slumber.

Northshore Greens has New Zealand spinach but no worries, mate, they are not grown down under but right here in our own backyard (theirs, not mine). Becky has plenty of regular spinach, celery, and herbs, too. Carrots, kale, butter crunch or red oak lettuce, and beautiful, delicious rainbow chard, that’s what Nick’s table is made of! And you still find sweet potatoes there.

Strawberries are back at Faust Farms and we may even start to see some blueberries making an appearance around the market. Faust had Brussels sprouts this past week but probably not for much longer. You’ll find broccoli, cauliflower, beets and more at Vince’s table but I think we’ve seen the last of the citrus.

So thankful for Samantha’s Elderberry Syrup at this time of year when all seems blanketed in yellow green “dust”. Brioche Buns and Apple Cinnamon Muffins will not help your allergies but they will be calling your name at Bear Creek Road and Norma is making some of her amazing wraps, complete with carrots, avocado, and Sam’s sprouts. Brownies, too! Jalapeño and Cheddar Sourdough is a new addition to the Happy Flour lineup as well as apple strudel pastries.

Of course, this isn’t all we have to offer. Serenity Lane offers a lovely selection of skin care products that do marvelous things for your skin. Their CBD blends are top notch and you won’t find a better liniment than their Grandpa’s Liniment! There are wild and free yard eggs, sweet raw honey, a plethora of jams and jellies and pickled veggies. There’s laughter and excitement and Kayleigh and Ed serving coffee in the pavilion. How can you think 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

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Chilly days, my friends, chilly days! But, good news! Wednesday is almost here! Eggs, eggs, eggs! Don’t forget your eggs from Double K. Bhakti Farms’ beet and bean burger will chase the cold from your bones. It must be Johnny’s special sauce that’s so warming. Joy has empanadas for a special lunchtime treat. And, bread pudding!! You can also get some of  Joy’s grab N Goes to keep warm during the week. Of course, you may want to warm up with Jerome’s delicious sweet potato and carrot soup and a slice of his Quiche Lorraine would make a lovely breakfast treat. Make sure you get your honey from Jerry and he may even have some scrumptious blueberry spread as well.

Saturday will breeze in with January crispness. Good place to start is the coffee pavilion for some hot coffee to warm up. Zac Maris will set up in the gazebo to lend special melodies to the breezes. Stop by Meme’s for one of her legendary vegetable pancakes.

Tomato Ann is back and she has lots of beautiful tomatoes. She also has citrus — grapefruit, oranges, and satsumas. Eddie’s showing off some gorgeous cabbages, lettuces, broccoli, cheddar cheese cauliflower, green onions, and more. Northshore Greens’ lineup of Asian greens, lettuces, and herbs are wonderful. Well known for fabulous sweet potatoes (ya gotta try the purple ones), Nick also has rich, raw honey, persimmons, baby carrots, kale, and more. You’ll also find great veggies keeping company with the sprouts on Sam’s tables.  

I found a delightful recipe for mushroom pork chops. First place to start is Jubilee Farms—you will need pork chops (4) for this recipe. You’ll also need mushrooms, so your next stop is James—shiitakes or chestnut mushrooms will work well. The recipe calls for chicken broth but James’ mushroom broth or Jubilee’s beef broth are great substitutions. It makes a wonderful gravy that is perfect over mashed potatoes or steamed broccoli or cauliflower (Eddie, Ken, Faust Farms). This recipe may be just as tasty using chicken and I believe Credo Farms will be there this Saturday.

For more breakfast options, check out the delicious chicken waffle sandwich created by Jennifer at Bear Creek Road. And there’s more goodness on her table with the introduction of a Cookie Butter Pain D’Epi and the return of her Kaiser Roll. AND, she has KING CAKES both traditional and Galette des Rois time! YUM! Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Cookies and a Sourdough with spelt, flax seed and honey are headlining at Happy Flour. WOW! So much goodness in such a small space! Norma Jean’s carrot bread is a favorite and remember she has lovely vegan soups, different ones each week.

Did you remember your eggs? How about milk? Yogurt? Shrimp? Bread? A trip to your Covington Farmers’ Market is always a pleasure! Come join us for a smorgasbord of delights. See you there!

Lots of love,
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

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

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Mushroom Pork Chops

1½ teaspoon Kosher Salt 
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder 
½ teaspoon Onion Powder
¼ tsp Black Pepper 
2 tbsp oil of choice
2 tbsp Butter
2 – 2 ½ lbs Thick Pork Chops (4) 
12 oz Shiitake or Chestnut Mushrooms sliced
2 tbsp Flour
1½ cup Chicken Broth 
1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce

  • Add the salt, garlic powder, onion powder and black pepper to a small bowl. Mix the seasonings to combine well. Reserve 1 teaspoon of the seasoning mix for the mushroom sauce.
  • Season the pork chops on both sides with the remaining prepared seasoning mix.
  • Slice the mushrooms; don’t slice them too thin so that they hold up during cooking.
  • Heat the oil in a large deep skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot – but not smoking, add the pork chops. Cook the chops for 5 minutes, per side until they are golden and the internal temperature is at least 145°F at its thickest part.
  • Remove the skillet from the heat and lower the temperature to medium-low. Place the pork chops on a plate and keep them warm by tenting with foil and/or place them in the microwave or oven. They will stay warm away from drafts.
  • DON’T wash that skillet! Place it back over medium-low heat and add the butter. When the butter is melted and foamy add the mushrooms and the reserved teaspoon of seasoning mix. Cook the mushrooms gently for 3 minutes or so, stirring frequently.
  • Add the flour to the mushrooms, stir to combine well and cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently.
  • Raise the heat to medium and add the chicken, beef, or mushroom broth and Worcestershire sauce, scrapping the bottom of the skillet gently as you stir. When the sauce starts simmering, lower the heat to low, cover and continue cooking the mushrooms at a gentle simmer for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add salt to taste, if needed.
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Hurricane Zeta Prep Update from City of Covington Mayor Mark Johnson. Sign up for email updates at www.covla.com

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Hurricane Zeta: – The forecast track remains similar to pretty much every previous one. Climatology favors a more easterly one if any changes do occur.

Timing: Wednesday afternoon-midnight for peak conditions for southeast LA. It’s short because Zeta will be moving fast.

Here’s what I’d be most concerned with in southeast LA:
1. Flash flooding: rain will be heavy, even today(Tuesday). We’ve seen heavy rainfall events the day before landfall many times before. I’m talking parish sized flood events. Be careful driving and watch out for flooded roads
2. Winds: For those east of I-55, we saw some trees down and relatively short-term power outages with Delta. I’d expect similar, if not slightly worse conditions with Zeta.
3. River Flooding: Probably the lowest threat but non-zero. We can handle roughly 5-7″ of rain without more than moderate river flooding. More than that would be problematic.

City Impacts from most to least:

New Orleans/Slidell: 50-75mph winds. Expect scattered trees down and power outages lasting from a few hours to a day or 2. Localized street flooding likely. Covington: 40-65mph winds. Expect isolated to scattered trees down, no power loss to a day or 2 at most. Think similar to slightly worse than Delta impacts. Hammond: 30-50 mph winds. Isolated trees down and maybe powerloss for less than a day.

Baton Rouge: 25-35 mph. No real-world wind impacts. BUT, localized street flooding possible today and tomorrow.

**UPDATE 10-28-2020** from Covington’s own meteorologist Michael Efferson:

Winds look as bad or worse than I mentioned yesterday across New Orleans and Slidell. Covington, Hammond and Baton Rouge should be about the same.

Bottom Line:

  • Take this storm seriously. It WILL be worse than hurricane Delta was for those east of I-55 (Covington, Slidell, New Orleans metro)
  • Get your errands finished by noon.
  • 4 to 6 hour window of intense rain and dangerous winds
  • It will not be safe to be on the roads late this afternoon.
  • Winds should rapidly relax after around 9-10pm.

City Impacts from most to least:

New Orleans/Slidell: 60-90mph winds. Expect scattered trees down and power outages lasting from a few hours to a few days. Localized street flooding likely.

Covington: 40-70mph winds. Expect isolated to scattered trees down. Many will lose power for short period to a day or 2. Localized street flooding likely.

Hammond: 30-50 mph winds. Isolated trees down and maybe powerloss for less than a day.

Garbage / Recycling Pickup

Garbage will be picked up tomorrow morning (Wednesday) — But not per usual. Trucks will be running early to beat the storm.
Customers are advised to place bins out this evening, then secure bins tomorrow after pick up, prior to storm.
Assuming storm path and timing does not change, recycling will remain on Thursday.
After the storm: Leaves and clippings should be bagged and placed curbside on garbage day. Small piles of branches should be consolidated amongst neighbors (making the boom-trucks more efficient).
Changes in pick up schedule will be posted by Coastal Environmental Services on Facebook and on their website:
Coastal Environmental Services

Covington is a No Wake Zone

Covington Public Works is pre-positioning barricades for frequent flood hot-spots as well as cleaning culverts / catch basins. Big thanks to those residents who adopt a ditch or catch basin to check and clean prior to storms ( RivF : ).
Reminder: Covington streets are a NO WAKE ZONE. Though you may drive through safely, your wake rolls up into businesses and homes that otherwise would not flood. Avoid flooded streets when possible … go slow when unavoidable. Be kind.


Covington Fire Department will be checking on our most vulnerable, home-bound residents prior to the storm.
Covington Police Department will be on stand-by.

Sewer Lift Station – Generators are fully fueled.

CLECO order of re-energizing outages: 1) Hospitals 2) Nursing Homes 3) Sewer Lift Station / Treatment Plant 4) Traffic Signals 5 ) Residential Neighborhoods.
Repair crews are being pre-positioned today. To monitor outages & repair times, use CLECO’s app or Outage Map.

City Hall will be closed on Wednesday, October 27th

Visit www.covla.com for more information or to sign up for Mayor Mark’s email updates.

Read about St. Tammany Parish Government Emergency Operations for Hurricane Zeta, including self-serve sandbag locations:

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Emergency Operations Update: St. Tammany Parish Government Prepares for Hurricane Zeta

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From St. Tammany Parish Government www.stpgov.org:

St. Tammany Parish President, Mike Cooper, his administration and emergency operations personnel continue to monitor, and prepare for, any anticipated impacts of Hurricane Zeta as it moves toward the Gulf of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center is predicting that Zeta will move over the southern Gulf of Mexico Tuesday, and approach the northern Gulf Coast on Wednesday.

The National Hurricane Center predicts that Hurricane Zeta could bring tropical storm force conditions to our area late Wednesday into Wednesday Night. The severity of the threats is dependent on the exact track and intensity.  The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is receiving continual updates from the National Hurricane Center, and coordinating with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, as well as local partner agencies.

The St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is prepared to physically activate the Emergency Operations Center. The St. Tammany Parish Department of Public Works will open six self-serve sandbag locations beginning Tuesday, October 27, 2020 from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. All locations (with the exception of the Old Levee District Site) will have personnel on-hand to assist the elderly or infirmed. Citizens are asked to bring their own shovels, should the ones provided be in use.

Sandbag Locations

  • St. Tammany Parish Government- Building
  • 21410 Koop Dr., Mandeville
  • St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Airport Road Barn
  • 34783 Grantham College Rd, Slidell, La
  • The Old Levee District Site (those who need assistance, visit Fritchie Barn)
  • 61134 Military Road (Hwy 190) Slidell, La.
  • St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Fritchie Barn
  • 63119 Highway 1090 in Pearl River
  • St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Keller Barn
  • 63131 Fish Hatchery Road, Lacombe
  • St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Covington Barn
  • 1305 N. Florida Street, Covington

Emergency preparedness information will be available to citizens, contingent on the forecast, through our television station: STPG-TV —Channel 710 on Charter, Channel 99, AT&T U-VERSE, or livestream at www.stpgov.org/, through our storm page: www.stpgov.org/storm, through social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, and through the local media. Citizens can also subscribe to automatic email updates from the Parish by visiting www.stpgov.org.  

Citizens are reminded to enhance emergency preparedness plans to include masks, hand sanitizers and other items needed to continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. For more storm preparation tips visit www.ready.gov.

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – October 27, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Government announced the following Emergency Operations updates at a news briefing earlier today.

  • Parish President Mike Cooper signed an Emergency Declaration in advance of Tropical Storm Zeta
  • Parish Officials continue to monitor Tropical and the potential impacts on St. Tammany Parish
  • The St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Center will partially activate at 7 a.m. Wednesday, October 28, 2020
  • Six Self-Serve Sandbag locations will be open from 7: 30 a.m. until 12 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday October 28th). There will be someone to assist the elderly and the disabled at each location, with the exception of the Old Levee District site.
  • Non-essential Parish Government Offices will close Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at noon. Essential personnel are expected to report as assigned. Animal Services will be closed to the public.
  • The October 28th Agenda Review and Special Council Meeting has been cancelled due to the approaching storm.

The following will close Wednesday, October 28, 2020:

  • Camp Salmen Nature park, located at 35122 Parish Pkwy, Slidell, LA 70460
  • The Tammany Trace
  • The St. Tammany Fishing Pier located at 54001 E Howze Beach Rd, Slidell, LA 70461
  • Kids Konnection Playground located at 21410 Koop Dr, Mandeville
  • Northshore Beach located at 267 Debbie Dr, Slidell, LA 70458
  • Bayou Lacombe Bridge. No Marine traffic.

Public works has contacted Debris and Monitoring contractors and they are on standby/monitoring potential impacts.

  • Public Works and Tammany Utilities personnel are on call, if needed, out of an abundance of caution.
  • STAR TRANSIT will run until 3 p.m. Wednesday, October 28, 2020, and then once the storm has passed and road conditions are reassessed they will let us know when services will resume.
  • 22nd JDC, Clerk of Court, St. Tammany Assessor and District Attorney will be closed tomorrow.

Citizens can visit www.stpgov.org/storm for information.

Continuous updates will be posted at www.stpgov.org, on STPG-TV; Channel 710 Spectrum; Channel 99 AT &T U-Verse, as well as on Social Media.

Residents are asked to clear any debris from culverts and drainage pathways, and to monitor the weather forecasts in the coming days through your local media outlets. Prepare your enhanced plan to accommodate COVID-19 precautions.

Sign up now for ALERT St. Tammany, here. This is the Parish-wide emergency notification system for St. Tammany Parish Government. If we can’t reach you, we can’t alert you.

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St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update September 15, 2020

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From St. Tammany Parish Government:

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper is asking residents to continue to monitor the forecast for Hurricane Sally through the National Weather Service and local media, and to be assured that St. Tammany Parish Government remains prepared.

Update from NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center 1 pm 9/15/20

“While we seem to be out of the heaviest impact area, this storm remains slow-moving and meandering at a slow pace, so we ask residents to continue to watch forecasts and predictions from the National Hurricane Center,” Cooper said. “We continue to monitor the situation and will update any changes should they occur. I want to thank citizens for their vigilant preparation.”

September 15, 2020 Emergency Operations Updates:

The St. Tammany Parish Crisis Action Team remains activated at the EOC.

Storm updates including road information will continue to be updated at www.stpgov.org/storm .

The Department of Public works continues to place high water signage and assist with removal of roadway obstructions as needed.

St. Tammany Parish Government offices will re-open Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 8 a.m.

The following facilities are expected to re-open Wednesday, September 16, 2020 unless there are area that need cleanup. Any closures will be posted:

  • The Tammany Trace
  • The St. Tammany Fishing Pier located at 54001 E Howze Beach Rd, Slidell, LA 70461
  • Kids Konnection Playground located at 21410 Koop Dr, Mandeville
  • Northshore Beach located at 267 Debbie Dr, Slidell, LA 70458
  • Bayou Lacombe Bridge re-open to marine traffic as needed.

STAR TRANSIT will resume services Wednesday, September 16, 2020.

Garbage pickup and recycling will resume normal schedules beginning Wednesday, September 16, 2020. Residents should check their waste hauling provider websites for specifics.

The 22nd Judicial Courts will resume operations Wednesday, September 16, 2020.

Sign up now for ALERT St. Tammany, here. This is the Parish-wide emergency notification system for St. Tammany Parish Government. If we can’t reach you, we can’t alert you.
 
View all storm updates www.stpgov.org/storm.
September 14, 2020 Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper
September 14, 2020 Update
View Emergency Declaration here .
September 13, 2020 Update
Watch the September 13, 2020 Press Conference here.
September 12, 2020 Update
St. Tammany Parish Government in Preparedness Posture

CITY OF COVINGTON:

Update on Waste Pickup Mayor Mark

As of 2:00pm today, trash pick-up day remains tomorrow (Wednesday). Due to the uncertainty of Sally’s path, it is still subject to change to Thursday. Recycling has been cancelled for this week. – MMJ

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The Covington Farmer’s Market takes place every Wednesday at the Covington Trailhead from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and every Saturday at the 600 block of N. Columbia Street (at the Covington Police Department) from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.

Charlene LeJeune of Abundant Life Kitchen sends out a weekly newsletter on Tuesdays detailing each week’s Covington Farmer’s Markets:

Happy Tuesday, friends! There’s a lovely day at the market for you tomorrow, full of music and fresh veggies and wonderful food. Take some time to have lunch with us. Feast on an old favorite from Kandy – a shredded cabbage salad with shredded carrots, shrimp, red onions, cilantro, and mint all lightly seasoned with a side of fish sauce. Incredible! Frankie is planning a perfect, almost-summer repast of chili cheese hot dogs, served with her potato salad and a mixed fruit salad. Fabulous! Mr. Houston will be there with potatoes and corn and squash and much more. Kristen’s happy hens have been hard at work supplying fresh yard eggs. And, you know Jerry’s blueberry jam will be awesome!
I am planning for a lovely Saturday with blue skies smilin’ all over and tunes from Chris Talley bouncing out from the gazebo. Grab your coffee and shop around. If you haven’t tried a breakfast of Erica and Nathaniel’s veggie pancakes — phenomenal! or a slice of Norma Jean’s lovely quiches—stupendous! or Spanish R Us’ breakfast “burrito” —legendary! or Jennifer’s egg & hash brown tart — epic! or Suzie’s fluffy egg croissant—amazing!, I think you’re missing out. 
Stop by Norma Jean’s table; she is planning to make the perfect Salade Nicoise using the bounty of the Covington Farmers’ Market. And bounty we do have! Last week, Nick put out baskets of harcourt verte, and were they ever tasty. There’s plenty of yellow and white squashes to be had and I’ve included my mother-in-law’s famous (in our family, at least) squash pudding recipe below. 
The Bardwells are back with matador peppers (large, long, mild green peppers). Since I had taken advantage of Jubilee Farms’ ground meat special, I used some of that bounty to stuff those grand lovelies. My family was in heaven. J.R. also has jalapeños and banana peppers, red potatoes, yellow squash, zucchini, white squash and he says he should have green eggplant for next week. Tessier Gourmet is making the most of the zucchini abundance with an herbed zucchini soup.
Mr. Houston still has sweet corn; grill them up along with your Jubilee Farms Italian sausage, and perhaps a few tomatoes, green beans, and peaches, too. AND, James has leg quarters which are a natural for the BBQ pit. However, I will be making salsa chicken with mine for tonight’s feast. I’ll simply brown my chicken and remove it from the pot (I like my cast iron for this). Then add 2 tbsp olive oil and a tablespoon of flour and let it brown up as you scrape the tasty bits from the bottom of the pot. When the flour is browned and before it starts to burn, add as much Spanish R Us salsa as you like. Stir it around to incorporate your flour and tasty bottom bits, then return the chicken to the pot, mix with the salsa, and cook on low heat until done.  If you prefer, you could leave the browning flour part out and just skip to adding salsa to the tasty bottom bits. Just don’t leave out the tasty bottom bits – lots of flavor there. Homemade cole slaw (we do have cabbage at the market) or sweet corn, or roasted potatoes, or roasted green beans wrapped in Jubilee Farms’ bacon, or sautéed golden scallopini squash (Nick) would really complete that meal.
Happy Flour is using their own crop of blueberries to create a wonderfully delicious blueberry almond cookie (of course, I tried them) and their coffee cake. Fal-awfully Good provided our demo last week with their homemade falafel on homemade flatbread, hummus, and slaw. They will become a regular vendor. Check ‘em out. 
What will make your market merry? Mushrooms (James has plenty), raw honey (can’t beat Blood River), avocado salsa (Spanish R Us take me away..), special treats for your pets (I personally don’t indulge), muffins and cookies (I definitely indulge) all wrapped up in a glorious Saturday morning!  I know, I know…I can hardly believe it myself. If you’re not there, you’re gonna miss out.
Lots of love,
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen


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

 

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

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Greetings, friends! I know it’s hard to believe it hasn’t even been a week since the fierce rains wrecked havoc on St. Tammany and the surrounding parishes. Many of you are still reeling from the damage done and today certainly is not a happy Tuesday. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Wednesday will dawn and the Farmers’ Market Band will gather in the gazebo spinning lively tunes to brighten your lunch. Our vendors have prepared many delicious choices to entice you, such as Kandy’s fabulous traditional egg rolls (plus special dipping sauce). Nanette is preparing white bean and kale soup to soothe the soul. Chomper’s BBQ will serve green beans and Jeff’s secret recipe cornbread with his pulled pork. Hopefully, some of Natalie’s strawberry crop survived the deluge; Mr. Houston’s veggies did fare well since he was at the market last Saturday. If you need a little more balm for the soul (or are just in need of great dessert), a spoon of Frankie’s old fashioned banana pudding will put a smile on your face. What the heck! Go on and eat the whole thing. Just thinking of it makes me feel better already.

Keith & Nealy Frentz displaying the Lola Deux Food Truck, which will be at the Covington Farmer's Market this Saturday

Keith & Nealy Frentz displaying the Lola Deux Food Truck, which will be at the Covington Farmer’s Market this Saturday

The days will soon blossom into Saturday and we will be blessed with the delightful tunes of the Lucky Dogs floating from the gazebo. So grab your coffee and celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with us. The Lola Deux food truck will pull up to the curb at Columbia Street and, if we are lucky, they will serve ultimate St. Paddy’s Day meal – Corned Beef and Cabbage. If not, we will all still enjoy those incredible Parmesan white truffle fries.

Bear Creek Road has Casatiello Bread for an early Easter celebration, complete with a bright red Easter egg in the center. Nick has gorgeous greens – Swiss Chard, Tronchuda kale, baby carrots, baby kale leaves, fresh parsley, Siberian kale and more. Mr. Houston’s crop also managed to pull through with red sails lettuce, turnips, green onions, carrots, and Brussels sprouts. Sam’s table is “sprouting” with a pea mix, alfalfa and clover sprouts. Norma Jean delighted us with an amazing assortment of quiches – beautiful and tasty!

Woke up with a scratchy throat? No worries. The Kombucha Girl has her Daily Defender available. Daily Defender is a blend of aged kombucha, raw cider vinegar infused with garlic, lemon, ginger, and cayenne, and sweetened with local honey.

Bear Creek Road March Pie of the Month: Raspberry Cream Danish Pie with Lemon and White Chocolate

Bear Creek Road March Pie of the Month: Raspberry Cream Danish Pie with Lemon and White Chocolate

Trudy is back at the Saturday market with her famous Japanese Maples. She also brought along several Lily of the Valley shrubs bursting with dainty little white flowers plus an assortment of succulents that seem to thrive on neglect (my kind of plant). I think Spring is in the air!

Rain or shine, the Covington Farmers’ Market is open and we’ll be wearing our brightest smiles with great tunes drifting from the gazebo, plenty of good things spread out on the tables, and a sprinkling of laughter on the breeze. You really weren’t thinking of sleeping in, were 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 Covington Farmer’s Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Hi, friends and happy Tuesday! What a lovely day it is today and it looks like we will be blessed with sunshine tomorrow, which is great since we will be equally blessed with great food and great music.  Stop by and enjoy a delicious pulled pork sammy with green beans and cole slaw. Or perhaps you’d prefer a crisp salad of lemongrass chicken, crunchy vegetables, and noodles. Bring home one of Nanette’s chicken salad wraps (by lunchtime tomorrow you’ll be glad you did.) Frankie has old fashioned banana pudding this week and will have her decadent Chocolate Lasagna on Saturday. Mr. Houston has lots of great veggies and fresh yard eggs. Natalie will have fresh strawberries. No need to add anything else; just snip off the tops and enjoy!

LOLA Deux, LOLA Restaurant's food truck will be at the Covington Farmer's Market Saturday

LOLA Deux, LOLA Restaurant’s food truck will be at the Covington Farmer’s Market Saturday

Oh what a day this Saturday will be! Keith and Nealy Frentz and the Lola Deux Food Truck will be parked on Columbia Street and before you know it there will be a long line for those amazing fries. Chris Talley will serenade us from the gazebo so grab your coffee and enjoy the morning with us.

Seek out the lovely ladies from the Master Gardeners’ Club who will be with us every 3rd weekend of the month to answer your gardening questions. These “vege-cators” have lots of great information for the novice and seasoned gardener alike. Then make a beeline over to Alton and Sandra’s tables to get those starter plants.

Norma Jean has a delicious assortment of quiches each Saturday which usually includes the ever-popular Artichoke & Valbreso Cheese quiche. See what’s on “tap” at Earth Milk. With choices like Oat, Almond, Coconut, Hemp Seed, and Cinnamon Oat, Kristen offers a delicious alternative to dairy. Then, turn around and check out the selection of gourmet dog food from Tiger Bait.

Three Cheese and Spinach Polenta Tart from Bear Creek Road

Three Cheese and Spinach Polenta Tart from Bear Creek Road

Since you’re over that way, you should check out the new Three Cheese and Spinach Polenta Tart from Bear Creek Road. Farmhouse Dairy may have some fresh goat cheeses which when delicately draped in Robin’s Blackberry Cabernet pepper jelly make a delightful snack. A slice of Mauthe’s cheddar and a dollop of Robin’s Apple Bacon pepper jelly seated regally atop one of Lena’s toasted bread rounds is a treat not to be missed.

Lots of great food, veggies, and just all around fun…the Covington Farmers’ Market has it all. Our plans include lots of sunshine and blue skies; make sure your plans include joining 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 Covington Farmer’s Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Tabasco, the Covington Farmers Market mascot Roux-ster

Tabasco, the Covington Farmers Market mascot Roux-ster

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

Keenan Knight

Keenan Knight will perform for the Saturday market

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lots of love,
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

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

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

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

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Toasty Tuesday to you, friends! Boy, the weeks are absolutely flying by; school will be back in session before you know it. Not that that has anything to do with the Covington Farmers’ Market, ‘cause we are here rain or shine, July or December, and we have lots of good meals and treats for you. Check out the attached menu and plan ahead.

Jerry Hess will play in the gazebo Saturday

Jerry Hess will play in the gazebo Saturday

Bright and early Saturday (cause that’s when the veggie selection is best) grab your iced latte from Coast Roast and get your veggies while the gettin’s good. The delightful music of Jerry Hess will be drifting up through the leaves of the old oak tree (what’s left of them) and there will be merriment in the air. A market first – it’s Vendor Demo Day – a time for our vendors to showcase their product.

So last Saturday I had this idea that I would do a goodie letter featuring all the wonderful goodies from our market. This would require intensive research.  I hope you all appreciate the things I have to suffer through on your behalf. (I know, I know…I couldn’t even type it with a straight face.) Well, I needed a starting point and Teresa’s Italian is a great place to start. Whether it’s Teresa’s biscotti or Lena’s, I am a big fan. I love a great cup of coffee and a hefty package of biscotti for dippin’. It’s kind of a Calgon moment for me without the bathwater. Check out Teresa’s mini mixed bags of cookies. Not mentioning any names but praline, lemon crunch and collocate are involved. May as well get 2 bags; friends love them too!

Windfield Farms

Windfield Farms

When I got to Windfield Farms, I noticed that Suzie had the grandkiddies with her. Who else would I ask for a reference (like I actually needed guidance)? They proceeded to point out just about everything on the table and I have to admit to getting lost in the Ooey Gooeys, the Fuddy Duddies, and the lemon bars – sweet creamy squares of lemony goodness – and the raspberry crumble, and the pecan squares. (I don’t know about you but I need a minute).

Next, I travelled to Frankie’s table with her incredible mini fruit pies and crunchy nut brittle. Frankie’s brittle is unlike that hard, chunky, tooth-crackin’ stuff that passes for candy. This is delicate and nutty and absolutely delicious. Then she tells me what her special is for this Saturday (and Wednesday too) – peaches and cream cake and cream cheese icing!!! I think I need another birthday.  After that, it’s over to Althee’s for some blackberry jelly. Technically, this isn’t considered a “goodie” but who hasn’t gone in for a spoon of jelly when you just need a little sweet and Mr. Wonderful ate all the cookies.

I mentioned Lena’s biscotti before which is lovingly made from whole grains and is delicious even without the coffee (but where’s the fun in that?). She also makes an amazing cinnamon roll and toasted bread rounds. I hear ya, but don’t discount the tasty goodness of a buttery, crunchy slice on which to spread Sam’s chocolate sprouted almond butter.

It’s very difficult for me most Saturdays, setting up shop right across from Lena and right next to Betty Rue. Those luscious grain free brownies just scream for a bite, or maybe it’s the chocolate mint cookies, or the peanut butter chocolate chip or the blueberry muffins – it’s hard to tell which one yells the loudest. I’d tell you that I don’t listen but you wouldn’t believe me. The cacophony continues from the Spicy Lady’s table where resides creamy, extra chocolatey bites of incredible that have you satisfied and calling for more at the same time.

I’m also conveniently located between Stephanie’s hand-cranked snow cones and Amanda’s fruity Popsicles. What wonderful place to be! What better on these toasty summer days than a refreshing cup of shaved ice with sweet syrup poured over the top? Some would argue that one of Amanda’s Popsicles is far better but most would have a hard decision to make (unless you opt for both). Fortunately, Bear Creek is a little further down from me but not far enough that I haven’t been lured by the exotic creations Jennifer has to offer. This past Saturday (and probably next as well) she built a gorgeous tart generously topped with peaches and cherries and all manner of sweetness that you could very easily get lost in. You’ll also find a box of special creation candies – lemon meringue fudge; coffee-flavored, chocolate covered marshmallows; milk caramels; a chocolate mint; and caramelized orange rind covered in chocolate. I think I need a cold shower.

Of course, I had to stop by Robin’s pepper jellies cause there’s always a wonderful new taste adventure  (like pineapple rum) and I wasn’t disappointed. A little Mauthe’s cream cheese topped with a smidgen  of pepper jelly on a toasted cracker just hits the spot. I also don’t feel like I’ve cheated on my “diet” because everyone knows that the capsaicin in the jelly burns off any calories that you’ve consumed.

Whether you’re here for the veggies or the goodies or the gorgeous plants, you won’t find a better place to be than the Covington Farmers’ Market. 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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Happy Tuesday, friends! I know you’re counting down the minutes to fresh vegetables, lively music, and tastes to delight your tummy. Our Wednesday vendors are busy as I write, preparing delicious mouthwatering meals for tomorrow. The day will be lovely, one of those “I-need-to-get-out-of-the-office” kinds of day. So mosey on down to the Trailhead where Rebecca’s tasty Honduran hot tamales await. Kandi’s grilled salmon salad and a cold glass of sweet jasmine tea will hit the spot on a warm spring afternoon. May is National BBQ Month so I’ll celebrate with some slow-smoked pulled pork which will make a wonderful lunch on Thursday. And (sine I like to plan ahead) for Friday, a cup of Nanette’s potato leek soup and a Mediterranean salad! Frankie is busy cooking up cashew and peanut brittle along with lemon ice box pies and key lime mini pies for tomorrow! There’s so much more, but you won’t enjoy any of it unless you’re there.

Sweet Jones will play at the Saturday market this week

Sweet Jones will play at the Saturday market this week

As we head into Saturday, thoughts will naturally turn to Mother – after all her special day is almost here. And we have a special morning in store! Listen to Sweet Jones’ sweet melodies dancing out from the gazebo. Take the time to stroll around the market to see what’s new. Visit a few vendors that you haven’t yet visited. In the meanwhile, Jubilee Farm will grill up samples of their grass fed pork sausages for tasting and sale. Yes, it’s a wonderful day in the neighborhood!

With the rain taking a little break, we’ll be seeing more and more veggies on the tables. Those veggies love the rain – but even they are ready for a break. Sunflower shoots are back! You’ll also find broccoli, cucumbers and heirloom squash sharing Nick’s table. I saw white squash, beets, cucumbers, and carrots on Mr. Houston’s table. And wouldn’t a bouquet of Nancy’s lilies make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift?

New vendor Big Branch Soaps - Facebook.com

New vendor Big Branch Soaps – Facebook.com

We have a new vendor at the market – Big Branch Soaps. They offer a delightful assortment of non-toxic products such as, laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, aluminum free deodorant (great for sensitive skin), and linen air freshener. That’s not all they offer, so you’ll just have to get over there (next to Robin’s pepper jellies) and visit. Take your time over there, we have many great vendors in that area and they are kinda bunched together. Wouldn’t want you to miss anyone.

Landscape your patio into a showplace with small trees and bushes from Dennis or exotic bushes and plants from Trudy. Or color your patio brilliant with the soft yellow and pink blossoms of Ms. Betty’s bougainvillea. Mom may also enjoy picking blueberries or blackberries from her own bushes from Stone Creek Nurseries.

Pie of the Month: Ricotta Lemon Meringue with Walnut from Bear Creek Road Bakery

Pie of the Month: Ricotta Lemon Meringue with Walnut from Bear Creek Road Bakery

Well, Mom, where do your fancies lie? Off in a luxurious bath with sweetly scented soaps or lounging on a shady patio of bright colors and deep green with a cup of coffee and (OK, do I really have to say it?). Yes, along with my coffee there will be treats! And I may be partial to a few but let’s face it – THEY ARE ALL FABULOUS! Lemon squares, almond bars, granola bars,  and lovely macaroons (I’ll take one of each, please), delicate meringue with cream filling, grain free brownies, large rounds of oatmeal raisin or chocolate chip, crunchy dipping biscotti, wedding cookies, Frankie’s famous nut brittles, Amanda’s popsicles…. what’s on your Mother’s Day wish list?

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

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

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

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

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

Sam's Sprouts

Sam’s Sprouts

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

Farmhouse Dairy

Farmhouse Dairy

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

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

There are so many interesting and wonderful products here at the Market. Walk around. See what strikes your fancy…what makes your heart sing…what makes your tummy happy. We’re always happy to see you.
Lots of love,
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

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

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This Week Farmers Market 3-26-14Happy Tuesday, friends! I’ll bet you just can’t wait until lunchtime tomorrow. I know how you feel. Your taste buds are tingling with thoughts of BBQ chicken and fixins’ or crispy egg rolls and dipping sauce. Will you feast on ravioli or cannelloni, seared salmon salad or crunchy veggie wrap? Remember to try Robin’s spicy pepper jellies, Marcie’s sprouted nut butters, and Marietta’s homemade granola. And then….dessert. I know, I know…with almond date bars, raspberry truffles, banana bread, caramel apples, mini cherry pie, and cashew brittle from which to choose, it’s a sweet tooth’s dilemma. What the heck! Get one of each. Problem solved!

Come Saturday Morning, a delightful tune for a delightful day, especially with Vintage Jazz sending finger-snappy jazz melodies from the gazebo. Spanish R Us Restaurant (I wonder if they’re any relation to our Rebecca?) in Covington will serve samples from their menu. It’s looking like a day you don’t want to miss.

Southy is cooking up a special March soup this week with cabbage, potatoes, and carrots. It’s a little late for St. Paddy’s Day so we’ll just call it Irish Soup. Go on and pick up a bag of sweet jalapeño gluten free cornbread balls from Betty Rue to enjoy with that or try Lena’s organic cornbread mix and make it yourself. Spread your cornbread liberally with Vincent’s Rosemary Skordalia or Mauthe’s sweet cream butter – heaven. Southy will have asparagus soup for those of you who aren’t Irish. Right next door, Johnadelle’s is back with fresh strawberries. There aren’t many so get there early.

We’ve got chickens all over the place! James will have more chickens this week which have been free range raised and supplemented with non-GMO feed. John also has free range chickens and you can get them in pieces/parts. Justin is offering both chicken and duck. Jessica doesn’t have chicken or duck but she will have huge goose eggs. Just one is equal to 3 (count ‘em, 1-2-3) chicken eggs and since they have been laying very nicely, there will be none for the roasting pan. Jubilee Farms is offering both beef and pork – steak, roast, chops, oh my! Since we’re discussing meat, Farmhouse Dairy is well known for their delicious cuts of lamb and goat meats and even their goat cheese. Now that almost all the new babies have been born, Tiffany and Andy have goat’s milk as well. I sure hope they’re getting some sleep now. You know how those “kids” are.

If you haven’t already tried them, make it a point to sample Dong’s tasty Buchimgae (I still can’t pronounce it) – you know, his Korean pancakes made with flour, water, onions, pumpkin, and garlic chives. Served with dipping sauce, they are a big hit! So were Betty Rue’s cake pops, sinfully rich chocolate devil’s food cake lollipops with peanut butter frosting, rolled in sprinkles and calling my name. Perhaps there’s something calling your name – farm fresh eggs, Suzie’s harvest muffins, Lena’s toasted bread rounds, Sam’s sprouts and nut butters, Norma Jean’s muffaletta veggie wrap, Angel’s plump stuffed artichoke, Kevin’s gourmet coffee… Just follow the music; we’ll be there waiting with fresh coffee and juice and all manner of good things.

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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Recreational District 10 Meeting At Library Wednesday March 19th

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Update On Proposal Meetings From Councilman Lee Alexis

There are two meetings currently scheduled to discuss the formation of Recreation District 10.  Plans for the proposed millage are out, and they include possible additions such as a skate board park and sand volleyball, among other sports and activities.  Please attend one or both of the meetings to voice your opinion on Recreation District 10.  The first of the two meetings will be Wednesday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Tammany Parish Library on W. 21st Ave.  The second meeting will be held on Monday, April 7 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at 222 Kirkland St.

What Is The Recreation District 10 Proposal?

Voters in the RD10 district will be asked to approve new property taxes on a May ballot to allow for the formation of a new recreation district; previous proposals by RD10 have been defeated three times.  According to Covington resident Wayne Scheyd via Concerned Citizens of St. Tammany (www.ccstp.org), there are some issues to be addressed from previous public meetings:  1. The proposal requires that the City of Covington give away a bought and paid for multi million dollar facility.  2.  The RD10 proposal levies a new tax in addition to what is currently dedicated to recreation.  3.  Residents of Covington will bear over half of the financial burden with less than 1/3 representation on the board.  4.  The RD10 will also impose additional usage fees.  According to the 2014 City of Covington budget, the Covington Recreation Department has a budget of roughly $535,000/year that the City hopes to reduce or eliminate with the transition to RD10.

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Tabasco, the Covington Farmers Market mascot Roux-ster

Tabasco, the Covington Farmers Market Mascot Roux-ster

Happy Tuesday, friends! Prepare for swirls of sunshine and blue skies tomorrow with maybe a wisp of cloud. It may be a little chilly but the sunshine will take care of that quickly. Good food, good music, good friends – oh my!

We have a new vendor joining our ranks. Cynthia of Cucina Cinzia has canolli (ricotta, sugar and imported vanilla), hand-crafted fresh pasta and a lovely Bolognese sauce to go with. Last week her pasta choices included sage, broccoli, roasted tri pepper, roasted red pepper and traditional. Stop by for a taste. She will be at the Trailhead on Wednesday with a lunch special and on Saturday you’ll find her in the back next to Farmhouse Dairy. Also on Wednesday, you’ll find our other incredible vendors with hot bean soup, smoky pulled pork, crispy egg rolls (and Pho for home), tummy-tantalizing gourmet chocolates (raspberry, mint, caramel), crunchy nut brittle (pecan, cashew, peanut), tangy pepper jellies, and lots of fresh veggies. Any one of Robin’s pepper jellies will make a delicious spicy vinaigrette – 2 tablespoons of pepper jelly, 2 tablespoons of vinegar, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and a dash of Dijon mustard, whip it together and Voila!

We are thrilled to have the Deslondes entertaining us on Saturday. So enjoy a great cup of coffee, a pumpkin muffin (Betty Rue) and spend some time visiting with your favorite vendors while you await our treat of the day – Susie Banck’s incredible king cake. Stop by the demo tent for a taste and pick up one to take home. You won’t regret it.

Check out what’s happenin’ on the veggie scene. You really can’t beat freshly picked veggies. Even the local produce at the supermarkets is picked early so they can get it to the stores and still have a shelf life. Our vendors pick the day before so it’s as fresh as it gets without going into the garden yourself. We’ve got a variety on the tables including a few lettuce mixes, butterhead, romaine, oak leaf (very unique shape), etc. Spinach and kale abound as well as turnips and green onions. The Asian greens have been joined by an Asian beet – Chioga beet – which looks like a bullseye when sliced. Picture that on your salad! Sam’s Sprouts can top that with red clover, mung bean, or pea sprouts. Serve with one of Angel’s huge stuffed artichokes or a steamy hot bowl of Southy’s red lentil chili, sit back and enjoy!

James has lots of oyster mushrooms lately. Sauté them in Maute’s butter with onions, garlic, and a pound of Mr. Two’s shrimp and you have an incredible meal. Add a side salad with lettuce spinach, sprouts, sliced green onions and a little goat cheese from Tiffany (Farmhouse Dairy), a drizzle or two of Bechac’s Honey Creole Dressing, and finish with “croutons” (Lena’s toasted focaccia sticks broken into chunks). Dong will have those tasty little Buchimgae (don’t ask me to pronounce it) that he had last weekend. Simply put, it’s a Korean pancake made with flour, water, onions, pumpkin, and garlic chives. Yumm-eee!

So where will you be this week? Do you need your week brightened, your taste buds tweaked, an adventure for your senses? We’ve got the smiles. We’ve got fresh veggies. We’ve got a smorgasbord of culinary delights. We’ve got Tabasco. Let the adventure begin!

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 to sign up for Charlene’s fantastic weekly e-newsletter.

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Keith & Nealy Frentz displaying the Lola Deux Food Truck

Keith & Nealy Frentz displaying the Lola Deux Food Truck

Happy, happy Tuesday, friends! It hardly feels like December and that makes Wednesday a perfect day to sit out at the market, enjoy a lovely day of music and food and relax. After all, it’s just one week until Christmas and you look like you could use a break.  It’s hard to believe but this will actually be the LAST WEDNESDAY MARKET OF 2013! I know it will be difficult to make it through three whole weeks without a Wednesday market but we will at least have Saturdays to help us get by.
This is also the last Saturday before Christmas and we will have violinist, Madeline Hill, in the gazebo treating us to the lovely melodies of the season. So grab a steamy, delicious cup of java and enjoy the morning with us. Keith and Nealy Frentz will be there in the Lola Deux food truck with all kinds of deliciousness. My tent is close to the food truck and it’s always interesting to see how many orders of Parmesan Fries travel past on their way to putting a smile on someone’s face. (Too bad you can’t wrap them up; you’d have no trouble in checking off all the names on your gift list.)
Lolis Eric Elie, screenwriter and author, will be there as well, signing his new cookbook, Treme. Sounds like that would make a terrific gift. Some of you may remember Norma Jean who was one of the first vendors when the Covington Farmers’ Market opened its “doors”. If not, no worries. Norma Jean is back at the market with her nut patés – walnut, pecan, or almond. These guilt-free snack spreads have an absolutely amazing taste. Spread on celery, bok choy stems, or some of Lena’s crunchy toasted bread rounds, they’re a fantastic addition to your holiday table.
Like I said, it’s just one more week until Christmas and I hope you have all (or most) of your shopping done by now. If not, what better place to finish checking off your list than at the Market? This whole place is one giant gift for me…delightful friends; freshly baked breads; rich, gourmet coffee; nutrient-packed produce; grass-finished beef and pork; luscious fruit pies; sweet honey; spa-quality soaps, hand creams, and bath salts; ready-for-the-garden herbs, plants and trees; free range chicken; slammin’ salad dressings; plump, juicy ducks for roasting; decadent cheesecake; international delights from Turkey, Honduras and Korea; fruity jellies and jams; creamy goat cheeses, goat meat and lamb; fresh mushrooms, citrus, and juices; sinfully delicious nut brittles and gourmet chocolates; something special for your precious pet; incredible prepared foods; whoppin’ huge shrimp; and, if we’re lucky, Nick will have wild-caught catfish. (Whew! I’ll need a minute to catch my breath.)
Oh, my! Did I really forget to mention THE COOKIES???? Can’t forget those! It’s a little known fact but cookies have been proven to reduce stress and assist in task completion. (Trust me; I’ve made a careful study of this.) Market cookies work the best and any flavor will do – oatmeal raisin, orange almond biscotti, anise cookies, market cookies, chocolate chip, chocolate crinkles, wedding cookies, make-your-own cookie mixes….(I think I’ll need another minute.) Perhaps there is someone on your list who is terribly stressed out or just needs a smile (another benefit of my extensive study.)
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.  If I don’t get a chance to see you…have a very Merry Christmas!
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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GROW.Farm December booth, 2012

GROW.Farm December booth, 2012

Hi, friends and a very jingly bells Tuesday to you all! I expect tomorrow to be a deliciously beautiful day – the perfect day for a trip to the Wednesday market and a lunch to make you forget about all the Black Friday/Cyber Monday madness …you’ve survived.
I really do love the holiday season – from Thanksgiving clear through to New Year’s Day! Like just the other night I was in my cozy little bed with visions of sugar plums dancing in my head and my dreams turned to the Covington Farmers’ Market (sorry, Mr. Wonderful). I probably shouldn’t have eaten that store-bought pizza. Anyway, I’m walking through the market and I overhear, “Oh, hon, wouldn’t this creamed honey (Blood River Honey) make wonderful gifts for your clients?” “I guess so.” (Why did you bother to ask him?) “Do you have 32 of these?” This is where you find out that there aren’t enough jars for the number of gifts you need. Quelle Nightmare!?
Well, that woke me up with a start and I got this flash of brilliance…wouldn’t it be great if you spent a morning at the Market (isn’t that where you’ll be anyway?) and get inspired gift ideas and then pre-order them? I know… it would be like having someone shop for you. So, before you begin decking your halls and trimming the tree, start making a list, checking it twice and, of course, visit the Covington Farmers’ Market.
Well, you know me; I’ve got to talk to the vendors about my scathingly brilliant idea!  Hey, Kevin, (Coast Roast) wouldn’t it be great if customers could order gourmet coffees in time for Christmas? “Sure,” he says, “I do it every year, whatever flavor they want – Ethiopian, Mexican, Bali. Apparently, Kevin must have had the same dream.
Michele, (Sweet Home, Sweet Earth) that ‘Miracle Balm’ you created would make fantastic gifts. Ever thought about taking orders? “Absolutely, I did that last year and it really worked out well for me and my customers!” Althee, those jellies will make great gifts; you should take orders for the holidays. “Yeah! I did that last year; my customers loved it.” Jamie, (Mauthe’s) your cheesecake is to DIE FOR! Have you thought about taking orders for the holidays? Sure, not only that, but we offer different sizes. Pam, (Lolly Marie’s Chocolates) your divine chocolates are the perfect gift. Who could possibly resist those luscious handmade Belgian chocolates? Have you thought of …“Sure, last year…” And so it went; was everyone in my dream? You’d think I’d be upset that everyone is having the same scathingly brilliant idea as me. But, I’m not! I’m having a ball… talking to everyone…listening to their plans and ideas…getting a few ideas of my own for gifts. There’s a reason I love being at this market.
Gina, (Bechac’s) maybe you can take orders for those wonderful jars of Brownies-in-a-Jar and Cowboy-Cookies-in-a-Jar for Christmas. “Waaay ahead of you on that. I may even have another kind but I have to test the recipe.” (Naturally, I volunteered my services) Then, Angel (Dolese’s Artichokes) piped in, “I’ve been asked to my make my Honey Mustard dressing again this year.” (Get those orders in early!) Vincent (Teresa’s Italian Cookies), can George do orders for those mixed bags of Italian cookies that are so popular? “Oh, sure, I even asked if he would make a smaller bag this year.” Suzie (Windfield Farms), will you have those amazing pumpkin Ooey Gooeys this year? Oh my goodness! Is that your raspberry crumb cake!? “Yes, I’ll have Ooey Gooeys and the raspberry crumb cake, pecan squares, and lemon squares.” Have I died and gone to heaven?! Focus, girl, focus…there are a lot more vendors to talk to.
Robin’s (Rockin’ Pepper Jelly) cranberry pecan and spiced apple pepper jellies simply sing out “Holiday”. (Hmmm! Cranberry pepper jelly glaze over leftover turkey…) Not just for salads, Jennifer’s (Basically Basil) vinaigrettes are perfect for dips, marinades, sauces, gifts. Tiffany (Farmhouse Dairy) will make a lovely goat cheese party tray per your request. (Pssst! Check out her goat milk soaps.) Bring home a blend of freshly squeezed orange, pineapple and strawberry juice! Definitely order ahead; Amanda says this blend is very popular. Bridget (Aunt Bee) is a fragrance artist. Think Frankincense & Myrrh or Cinnamon & Orange. Jasmine Aubert’s natural skin care products are terrific, but which do you choose – body powder? hand cream? No worries, gift certificates are available.
The girls at Windowsill Pies are planning an Amaretto Pear & Dried Cherry Pie with a leaf lattice topping (I know…my mouth is watering too.) Kombucha Girl is working on holiday blends to include cranberry, chocolate chicory bitters and a plum bitters. Melanie (Herbs & Spice) can make up a gift package of her herb and spice blends. Ask for her recipe for Moroccan Rice. Nuccio’s makes THE best olive salad – hands down! Their gift packages of orange, lemon, Cajun, garlic and basil olive oils go fast. Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a basket of herbs to set in a sunny kitchen window? You can snip herbs from it anytime….and OH! the aroma!!! Alton & Sandra can make it happen.
On Saturday, Reed Alleman will be jingling your bells from the gazebo. Chompers BBQ will be in the cooking tent with samples of their incredible pulled pork, complete with their famous barbecue sauce.  If that doesn’t make you a jolly, happy soul, then you need to defrost with an immediate infusion of market cheer. We will be there with music and laughter. 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