The question of the day...should I shop at the grocery store or the farmers market? Actually, they both serve many of our needs and you need to shop at both of them because they each provide the necessities of life. I have to say that I can't remember the last time that I saw toilet paper at a farmers market! Okay, as history tells us, maybe a corn cob might have sufficed in the old days, but not now! Thank heavens for all of us! :)
Yes, grocery stores have many items that we need in our everyday life but do they have the “good for you” things like fruits and vegetables? Sure they do, but do you really know what that “homegrown” sign next to that zucchini, corn, tomatoes, mean? Heck, it could be grown in Minnesota, California, Florida, etc. for all that you know..it's home to someone! That's the reason that you should shop at your local farmers market! And, to even complicate things more...it should be a guaranteed honest to gosh homegrown farmers market like the Bluegrass Farmers' Market! Knowing that you are buying nothing but the best from a farmer who actually grew the item is well worth the trip to our market!
The great part is shopping at our market vs. the grocery store doesn't stop in the fruit and veggie aisle! You'll find home baked goods, cheese spreads, herb seasoning, jams, salsa, home crafted soaps, fresh cut flowers, local honey, farm fresh eggs, meats, etc. Yup, we have just about everything but the toilet paper!
That brings us to what you'll find at our markets this week...nothing but homegrown or produced goodness at its best! We grow, raise, bake, make what we sell! Except for the farm fresh eggs...the hens do that for us but we do care for them on our farms!
R FAMILY FARM will be bringing their organically grown German Johnson and Cherokee Purple tomatoes, along with Chocolate, Gold Nugget and Washington cherry tomatoes! Don't forget the cucumbers, yellow and green zucchini and okra! They even have some Purple and red Basil! A perfect finish to a meal would include “R” zucchini bread or maybe a chocolate mint brownie!
JP FOODS will have their delicious Traditional and Bourbon Smoked Pepper Pimento Cheese spreads...ask for a sample because you'll be glad that you did!
KELLY'S KOBE BEEF & HERMAN'S HAPPY HOGS are having a sale this Saturday! Look for 100% Wagyu “Kobe” beef patties for $5.25 a pound, 100% Wagyu “Kobe” beef in a 1 pound rol for $5.00 each! All of the ground beef is ASH free and as lean as possible! The Breakfast sausage patties are on sale too...$4.00 a pound!
VALLEY OAK FARM will be heading in from Nancy, KY loaded down with their homegrown corn, green beans, tomatoes, onions, okra, cucumbers, zucchini, squash, cantaloupe, watermelon, blackberries, peppers and potatoes!
JANE'S GARDEN FLOWERS & HERBS will have her beautiful cur flowers including zinnias, phlox, sunflowers and love-in-the-mist! She'll even have freshly dug taters!
BARRON'S FARM will be headed to the market with their green beans including Half Runners, Tenderettes and Roma varieties! Look for eggplant, cucumbers and heirloom cherry tomatoes too!
HERB'N RENEWAL will be bringing their hand blended herb seasonings...something for everything! Look for hand crafted glycerin soaps, catnip and lavender sachets too! Don't forget the Zucchini, Apple'n Oat Thingies!
GRIMES MILL WINERY will be bringing their award winning locally produced wines...you can even sample them!
BEYOND ORGANIC FARMS will be bringing their chemical free fruits and veggies including zucchini, squash, green beans, potatoes, onions, cabbage, peppers, cucumbers, cantaloupes, watermelon and even some wild blackberries!
GREEN GARDEN ON COLBY will arrive with their wonderful tomatoes and a wide variety of potatoes! BTW, we call Bill “Mr. Potato Head” because he knows his spuds!
MCMAINE'S RIVERHAVEN FARM will arrive loaded down with tomatoes, squash, yellow straight neck, several varieties of zucchini, cousa, different varieties of patty pan, zephyr, cucumbers inlcuding slicers and pickling and Armenian Long, green beans, eggplant, okra, cabbage, peppers, basil, parsley, dill and jams...Concord grape, Niagra grape, hot pepper, spiced tomato and maybe even some blackberry and raspberry jams!
CRIPPLE CREEK FARM will be bringing veggies from A to Z along with their jams, jellies and baked goods including gluten free breads!
AZUR RESTAURANT & PATIO
BELLAIRE BLOOMS will be brightening the market with their colorful bouquets, stems and bunches. Look for an assortment of zinnias, sunflowers, celosias and many others! Ready made bouquets or made to order while you wait!
EMNETT ACRES FARM will be bringing their homegrown goodness in a number of ways...look for cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, sweet corn, white and red potatoes, garlic and even basil plants!
VALLEY OAK FARM will be loaded down with their homegrown corn, green beans, tomatoes, onions, okra, cucumbers, zucchini, squash, cantaloupe, watermelon, blackberries, peppers and potatoes!
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.
PARKING IS ALWAYS FREE AT BOTH MARKETS!!!
The Bluegrass Farmers' Market
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100% homegrown/produced farmers market!
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