It's official, summer is really here! That means we can all start looking forward to wonderful locally homegrown corn, green beans, squash, cucumbers and even some early tomatoes! Yup, you'll be able to find all of these goodies this Saturday at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market. Yes, you read it correctly...corn is in. :) We've had customers asking for corn since the market opened the 2014 market season. We had to explain that the Bluegrass Farmers' Market is a 100% homegrown/produced market and sorry, it just wasn't in season in Kentucky until last week. Homegrown can mean that “someone” grew it “somewhere!” lol Not at our market...we grow what we sell! That means that our customers are guaranteed really local products and we like it that way.
Corn isn't the only summer goodie that will be available...green beans are in too. So are those wonderful for grilling zucchini and yellow squash. The vine ripe tomatoes are still a bit scarce but we will have some. Besides, now is the time to take advantage of those wonderful fried green maters. I don't know about anyone else but the first bite of that crisp cucumber means summer has arrived for me. The lettuce season is slowing down so grab some and have a fresh salad. And, if you've been eating grocery store potatoes all winter...wait until you taste a farm fresh one. The same goes for the flavor of a head of honest to gosh homegrown cabbage. Life is good at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market! :)
You've noticed that we say we are a 100% homegrown/produced market. That means that not everything is “grown!” Some items are raised, baked or made by our farmers. Full of flavor meats of all varieties and cuts are raised by our farmers. Home baked goodies like zucchini breads come from our ovens. Home crafted soaps, jams, jellies, herb seasoning, salsas, etc. are all made by our members. We'll give credit to the hens for laying the eggs! Lol
Now that you know that your purchases are really supporting a local farmer, how about a list of what you will find this Saturday. Remember that this list is always subject to change and chances are you'll find much more at each market.
REECE GARDEN will be bringing farm fresh Provider and Contender green beans, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, cabbage and a few sweet banana peppers!
McMAINE'S RIVERHAVEN FARM will be bringing Salanova lettuce, which will probably be the last until the weather gets cooler, tender sweet cabbage, green beans (half runners and Contenders)green tomatoes and a few turning ones, a few Sungolds, lots of squash -Zephyr, cousa, yellow straight neck, zucchini and patty pan, cucumbers, basil, dill, parsley, and jams and jellies. If Linda gets the time she may bake some. Check McMaine's Riverhaven Farm Facebook page to see if she'll be bringing her sweet stuff!
HERB'N RENEWAL will have their hand blended herb seasoning...something for everything...with them. Karin's hand crafted glycerin soap creations are back this week. She also will find time to bake those crowd favorite Zucchini, Apple'n Oat Thingies!
JP FOODS, LLC will have their fantastic pimento cheese spreads. Both Bourbon Smoked Pepper and Traditional Pimento Cheese. Think about topping a burger with either of them! January will have samples too!
KELLY'S KOBE BEEF & HERMAN'S HAPPY HOGS will be having a sale on their ham (sliced, roast and ham hocks) that has been smoked and cured with no nitrates for $3.00 a pound and "Kobe" beef patties for $5.50 a pound. The pork chops are wonderful too! Don't forget the farm fresh eggs!
VALLEY OAK FARM will be bringing the first of the season corn, tomatoes and possibly some green beans, squash, zucchini cucumbers and potatoes!
R FAMILY FARM will be headed to the market with their cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash and zucchini baked goods. Look for zucchini and cucumber samples....taste the summer crispiness!
GRIMES MILL WINERY will be bringing their award winning local wines!
HUTCHERSON FAMILY FARM PRODUCE will be headed to the market with loads of farm fresh goodness. Look for green beans, sugar snap peas, sweet onions, tomatoes, red potatoes, peppers, cucumbers, summer squash, zucchini, cabbage, kohlrabi, kale, beets, turnips, broccoli and cauliflower. If you have any special requests for bulk order for squash, cucumbers, onions or potatoes, call Bobby at (502) 682-9431 prior to Saturday morning!
JANE'S GARDEN, FLOWERS & HERBS will be bringing her beautiful cut flowers, including snapdragons, zinnias and red bee balm! She'll also have broccoli, kale and squash!
CALUDI'S FIELDS will have their delicious blueberries!
ON TAPP DAIRY will have their farm fresh chicken, free range eggs, grassfed beef, pork and veal. Think grilling!
AZUR RESTAURANT & PATIO
~*~*~The Lexington Legends will be visiting the Azur market on Saturday...stop by and see what surprises they have! ~*~*~
EMNETT ACRES will be loaded down with farm fresh yellow wax beans in addition to green snaps, red and white potatoes, beets, garlic, zucchini and yellow squash, cucumbers and basil plants!
VALLEY OAK FARM will be making their first appearance at the Azur market this Saturday. Look for corn, tomatoes and possibly some green beans, squash, zucchini cucumbers and potatoes!
CALUDI'S FIELDS will be bringing their wonderful blueberries!
ON TAPP DAIRY will have their farm fresh chicken, eggs, grassfed beef, pork and veal.
CLARK FARM will be bringing red potatoes, cobblers and golden Yukon, chard, kale, collards, yellow squash, zucchini, patty pan squash, pickle cukes and slicer cukes, small red cabbage, small and large green cabbage, green onions, red and green tomatoes and assorted sweet and hot peppers!
Sorry to report that Stone Burr Farm and their wonderful lamb will not be at the Azur market this week. Neither will Sheltowee Farm and their fabulous mushrooms. But, look for both of them to return soon...we'll keep you posted.
And, who knows what other surprises you might find at either market! :)
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~*~ 2014 MARKET HOURS ~*~
3450 Richmond Rd.
Open through October 25, 2014
Saturday 9 until 2
Tuesday 3 until 6
We'll be set up in the parking lot of our sponsors, Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. It's just a hop, skip and a jump outside of Man 'O War Blvd. Parking is right there so you don't have to drive around hunting for a spot to park. The parking lot is also paved and that makes it very stroller and wheelchair friendly! And, we love seeing your four-legged friends!
3070 Lakecrest Circle in Beaumont Centre
Open through October 25, 2014
Saturday 9 until 2
Thursday 3 until 6
Our farmers will be set up in the parking lot and possibly the patio of AZUR Restaurant & Patio. Beaumont Centre is just outside new Circle Rd. off of Harrodsburg Rd.
The Bluegrass Farmers' Market
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