Being the little fish in the pond is not easy but it sure is nice to know that our customers appreciate the homegrown goodness that we have to offer. The Bluegrass Farmers' Market is smaller than the other markets in the area for one reason...we do not allow any reselling! That means that what you find at our market was grown or produced by the farmer and not purchased at a terminal for resale. We like being able to guarantee that our customers know that they are helping to keep a local farmer and his family down on the farm, so to speak. And, we hope that you also understand why we only have two market days per week. Farming takes time, lot's of time! Our farmers need to tend their crops and can't afford to be away from their farm five days a week. But that doesn't mean that we don't look forward to our two market days! We like shutting down the tractors, leaving the weeds to grow on their own and putting on our “going to town” duds so that we can show you just what we do on those other five days!
Here's a bit of what we have grown and will have available this week and I have to say that it's quite a good offering! :)
Cucumbers, both pickling and slicing
Potatoes and not just your average taters! Look for Yukon Gold, Wisconsin Superior, Red Norland and purple new potatoes.
Tomatoes grown in a hoop house
And, you might even be able to find the first of the season bi-color corn!!! We're keeping our fingers crossed that the raccoons didn't get them first!
If those vegetables aren't enough to entice you to visit the Bluegrass Farmers' Market, here's a bit more...
Homemade jams and jellies including strawberry, grape, spiced tomato, hot pepper and even apple butter!
Honey...our farmer can't take credit for that but he does help his bees by collecting and bottling the nectar!
Fresh cut herbs like basil, oregano, thyme and mint
Homebaked goods galore!
Beef, all cuts and ASH free!
Handcrafted and “good for your body” soaps
Maybe you want some color or greenery in or around your home...
Fresh cut flowers like zinnia, lisianthus and snapdragons!
Hanging baskets loaded with flowers and herbs
Tropical plants...think banana tree!
Whew, for a small market, we sure have a lot to offer! And, the best part is you can actually talk to the farmer who grew or produced what he/she is selling! Ya just can't beat that.
Parking is so convenient too! Don't worry about trying to find a parking space on the street because we have our own parking lot right where the market sets up...park and take a few steps! We're wheelchair and stroller friendly and Fido is always welcome. Come join us at Lexington's only 100% homegrown/produced farmers market this Saturday from 9 until 2. You can find us at 3450 Richmond Rd. in the Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs tree lined parking lot. It's just one third of a mile outside of Man O War!
Oh, almost forgot something very important. Our gracious hosts for this blog, Local Harvest, and Care2 are having a contest where folks can vote for their favorite farmers market. We hope that you think the Bluegrass Farmers' Market is the very best and would appreciate your vote. We can win some $$$ and you might even win a market tote by casting your vote. We could all be winners with your help! Just go to http://www.care2.com/farmersmarket/29529/ and cast your vote for us!
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