I hate this time of the year only because it means we are only 2 weeks away from the close of the 2012 market season. I love the fall beauty and the “not so average” veggies that are available. I say not so average because most folks do not go into a grocery store and see crisp green kale, mustard and turnip greens. If they have them, they are from a farm in who knows where and they come already packaged in a plastic bag! Crisp, fresh and bright green is soooooo much better purchased right from the farmer at our market. If you are new to “greens” cooking, just ask the farmer how his family prepares and enjoys them.
Another veggie that will be hard to find at a grocery store would be winter squash. Okay, I did see some at our “go to” grocery this week but the vegetable manager had no idea where those “things” came from and what to do with them. One was a spaghetti squash and the other one was a hubbard squash! I hope you get the gist of this. If you want to try something new, something other than the usual, something actually homegrown and not trucked in to the grocery store...than you need to shop at a farmers market! The best choice would be Lexington's only guaranteed 100% homegrown/produced farmers market...the Bluegrass Farmers' Market!
The farmer members are knowledgeable about what they sell, they grew it! Do not be afraid to ask about something that is new to you. I can almost guarantee if they grow it they eat it. Although we do have a farmer who hates tomatoes and yet he grows some real beauties! Lol Another member sells a hand blended curry mix and they actually had to have customers taste test it because they do not like curry in any size, shape or form. It just confirms how much work goes into everything available at one of Lexington's little gems...the Bluegrass Farmers' Market! Even though it is near the end of the season, it's still worth the hop, skip and a jump out Richmond Rd. to visit us...we might be small but we are great!
So, what will you be able to find at Lexington's only 100% homegrown/produced farmers market this week...
PEPPERS...Hot and Sweet!
WINTER SQUASH...Butternut, Kabocha, Seminole, Hubbard, etc.
GREENS...Kale, Mustard, Turnip, Swiss Chard, etc.
JAMS and JELLIES
SOUP BEAN MIX
ETC., ETC. ETC.!
Do not forget, FMNP are good until October 31st! The SFMNP vouchers need to be used by October 25th! Both programs are a great way for families and seniors to get the benefits of fresh, homegrown goodness at farmers markets. In case you did not realize this, each year the allotments are based on the previous years usage. So if you have a voucher, please use it in the next few weeks so that we can continue to make sure that everyone gets to enjoy our bounty.
~*~ 2012 MARKET HOURS ~*~
3450 Richmond Rd.
Saturday 9 until 2 or until sold out
Tuesday 3 until 6 or sold out
We'll be set up in the beautiful tree lined parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs, right next door to the Glenn Auto Mall on Richmond Rd. 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!
730 Millpond Rd.
Saturday 9 until 2 or until sold out CLOSED FOR THE SEASON!
Thursday 3 until 6 CLOSED FOR THE SEASON
You can find us in the parking lot of the Willow Oak swimming pool off of Boston Rd. Free and convenient parking at all times!
We'd like to thank all of our customers for a great
2012 Willow Oak market season...
We hope to see you in April!
The Bluegrass Farmers' Market
is Lexington's largest
100% homegrown/produced farmers market!
And, each farmer is certified...
WIC & FMNP Cards!