Let's all keep our fingers crossed that Mother Nature doesn't bring the predicted rain this Saturday during market hours. But, if she does you'll still be able to find a great selection of fruits and veggies available. After all, rain doesn't hurt homegrown goodness!
Look for wonderful tomatoes...heirlooms too! A huge variety of potatoes...heirlooms there too! Peppers, both hot, mild and even more heirlooms! Great corn in yellow, white and bi-color varieties! And, oh my gosh the squash selection is unbelievable! You'll find Magda, Patty Pan, Cousa and even some new to the local markets! Zucchini...think grilling and bread making! To die for green beans, fresh and crisp and ready to be enjoyed anyway you want to prepare them! Fresh cut herbs that add sooooo much flavor to anything!
Speaking of fresh cut herbs and other market goodies, here's a recipe that I played with this past week.
Market Tomato Basil Pie
1 pie crust or frozen prepared pie crust for one 9 inch pie
4 to 5 medium-sized ripe tomatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick and patted dry
1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh basil leaves
3 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste...I used a sprinkle of Good'n Garlicky
1 1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 cup shredded white cheddar, Monterey Jack, or cheese of your choice...I used Amish Parmesan from the market and just shredded it!
Bake the pie crust empty in a 350F oven for 10 minutes, then allow to cool. Place a layer of tomato slices in the bottom, sprinkle with some of the basil, bacon and add salt and pepper to taste. Repeat until the pie is filled to about 1/2 inch to 1/4 inch of the rim. Mix the mayonnaise and cheese together and spoon over the tomatoes, spreading it evenly over the contents of the entire pie. Bake in a 350F oven for 30 minutes. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.
Now that I have your mouth watering, don't forget that you can serve this as a side dish with a tender ASH Free steak!!! I'm telling you that it just doesn't get any better than this.
As long as you are going to prepare a wonderful meal, you might as well enjoy some beautiful color on that table...fresh cut flowers! All shapes, sizes and colors including Zinnias and Teddy Bear sunflowers!
I guess the Northern girl in me has been transformed after living in Kentucky for all of these years. I now love iced tea and especially made with honey! I brew my tea and add the honey while it is still hot, give it a stir and let it cool...add ice and sip away! Don't just use any honey...the Bluegrass Farmers' Market is home to a 2009 Kentucky State Fair Grand Champion Honey!!! Yummy even right out of the jar!
Don't forget the farm fresh eggs, the home baked jam cakes, the unbelievable jams and jellies, even beer cheese and who could resist a farm fresh watermelon or some luscious raspberries!
Yup, the Bluegrass Farmers' Market has definitely got the homegrown and produced market covered!
We grow, raise, blend, make and bake for you!
We are Lexington's only 100% homegrown/produced farmers market!
Honest to gosh guaranteed homegrown or produced!
And, we all take pride in being certified Kentucky Proud!
Join us at one of our market locations.
Tuesday 3 until 6:30
Saturday 9 until 2
In the tree lined, customer friendly, easy parking lot of Fast Signs and Pedal the Planet at 3450 Richmond Rd. next to the Glenn Auto Mall just outside of Man 'O War Blvd.
Thursday 4 until 6:30
At the Fayette County Health Department on Newtown Pike.
Hope to see you at one of our markets, we'll be there with our smiles on!