Now that Mardi Gras is in the rearview mirror and March is upon us, I wanted to take some time to revisit some of the towns on the Northshore. First up, a sunny Saturday in Covington!

March to the Market

The Covington Farmers Market is one of my favorite stomping grounds in St. Tammany Parish. Here, you have a plethora of fresh fruits and vegetables, along with food, crafts and music. You will also find a large selection of live native, ornamental and culinary plants. The market is open every Wednesday (10 am – 2 pm) and Saturday (8 am – noon). Whichever day you go, I recommend you get there early for the greatest selection.

March Downtown for History

I adore small-town main streets and historic downtowns, and Covington is in my Top 10. The district is laid out in squares, so it is easy to navigate, and the free parking makes it even easier. With many shops, art galleries and restaurants, you will spend hours strolling the streets. My top “not-miss” is H.J. Smith’s Son General Store and Museum, a unique mercantile and museum founded in 1876. Such a flavorful place!


Yummy food awaits you at Pyre Provisions. Be sure to order the fried pimento cheese! (Photo courtesy of

March Toward the Fire

Covington is known for its expansive restaurant choices. When it was time for an early dinner, I knew I had to check out Pyre Provisions. I have heard time and again about this amazing wood-fire restaurant. I will be honest; I never had to look past the appetizers. Once I saw smoked pork belly, fried pimento cheese and fried oysters, I knew it would be an all-app night. A return trip is warranted, as I saw plenty of plates full of delicious ribs, chicken and brisket pass by me.

While this is only one day in Covington for me, I hope this gives you some ideas of all that this cool town has to offer in March (and year-round)!