Bluegrass Farmers Market

  (Lexington, Kentucky)
Nothing but 100% Homegrown or Produced at our market!
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Recipe Wednesday at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market!

Springtime in Kentucky brings a special Saturday in May. It's that first Saturday that makes us think about not only race horses and Churchill Downs but the food that goes along with the Kentucky Derby!


One of the “gotta haves” for a derby party is asparagus! But, we don't have to actually have a party to fix asparagus...it's a party all by itself! :)


Here's a few suggestions for preparing asparagus...each recipe will call for trimmed asparagus. Cut the “tough” ends off, blanch them, freeze and save for use in soups during the winter.


Parm Baked Asparagus


1 lb. fresh asparagus, trimmed

1 tablespoon olive oil

3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese


Toss in olive oil and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 10-12 minutes or until fork tender.


Spicy Roasted Asparagus


1 lb. fresh asparagus, trimmed

2 teaspoons Cajun Wing'n Season

2 tablespoons olive oil

salt to taste


Mix olive oil and Cajun Wing'n Season...toss with asparagus. Place on a sheet pan and bake for 10 -12 minutes in a 425 degree oven. Salt if needed.


Easy Skillet Asparagus


1 lb. fresh asparagus, trimmed

1 tablespoon butter

2 tablespoons water (or use white wine)

1 – 2 cloves garlic, minced

juice of 1 lemon

salt and pepper to taste


Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat, add water (or wine) and garlic...bring to a boil and add asparagus. Simmer, turning the asparagus often until most liquid has cooked down. Remove from heat, add lemon juice and season with salt and pepper if desired.


A few more ideas...


*** The delicious tips of fresh asparagus are wonderful when added to a farm fresh egg omelet! ***


*** Try blanching fresh asparagus...cool and then drizzle with your favorite vinaigrette dressing! ***


*** Saute' in some olive oil or butter, add some garlic...toss with cooked pasta and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese ***


Farm fresh asparagus is not around for long but it freezes beautifully! Trim the ends, dump spears in a pot of boiling water and cook for about 3-4 minutes...remove and immediately put into a bowl filled with ice and cold water. In other words...you want to blanch it. :) Pat dry and place on a sheet pan and stick it in your freezer. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer bag and “burp” as much air out as possible. Or put your food saver to good use. :) Label, put in your freezer and pull out what you need all winter long. No need to thaw before using in most dishes. BTW, don't forget to treat the “tough” ends the same way...they are great in soups!!!!


~*~ 2013 MARKET HOURS ~*~



3450 Richmond Rd.


Saturday 9 until 2 or until sold out

Tuesday 3 until 6 OPENING DAY TO BE ANNOUNCED


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!





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The Bluegrass Farmers' Market


is Lexington's largest


100% homegrown/produced farmers market!


And, each farmer is certified...


KENTUCKY PROUD!


And all fruit and veggie farmers are...


GAP Certified


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We Accept


EBT/DEBIT


WIC & FMNP Cards!

 

 
 

Derby Day at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market

Saturday is “D Day” in Kentucky! If you are privileged enough to live in this great Commonwealth of Kentucky, then you know exactly what I am talking about when I say “D Day”...it's Derby Day!!! That means fast horses, plenty of fresh Kentucky spring fruits, veggies and of course...mint for those juleps!


The Bluegrass Farmers' Market members will be celebrating the greatest two minutes in sports by bringing their own claim to fame...great homegrown fruits and veggies! Start your Derby Day off with some wonderful farm fresh eggs. Derby lunch would be wonderful if you included a crisp spring lettuce or mixed green salad with a vinaigrette made with fresh strawberries and award winning honey. It will soon be time to stand up and sing “My Old Kentucky Home” as the Derby contenders are led out onto the race track at Churchill Downs. Of course you'll be sipping an icy cold mint julep that has been flavored and adorned with beautiful Kentucky grown mint! Once the excitement of cashing in that winning ticket subsides, it's time for something fresh and light like a cold cucumber sandwich, steamed veggie platter with fresh asparagus or maybe just a slice of a wonderful home baked zucchini bread. It doesn't matter...it's Derby Day!


Here are a few of the Derby Day offerings from the farmers at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market...

MINT

STRAWBERRIES

LETTUCE

ASPARAGUS

GREEN TOMATOES

BOK CHOY

NAPPA CABBAGE

LETTUCE MIX

CUCUMBERS

ZUCCHINI

GREEN BEANS

KALE

SWEET TATERS

EGGS

HERB SEASONING

BAKED GOODS

HOME MADE SOAP

JAMS

CUT FLOWERS

BEDDING PLANTS

HANGING BASKETS

HEIRLOOM VEGGIE PLANTS

HERB PLANTS


And, most of all... Smiling faces and maybe even a Derby hat or two!!!

 

~*~ 2012 MARKET HOURS ~*~

3450 Richmond Rd.


Saturday 9 until 2 or until sold out

Tuesday 3 until 6 or sold out OPENING SOON


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!


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The Bluegrass Farmers' Market


is Lexington's largest


100% homegrown/produced farmers market!


And, each farmer is certified...


KENTUCKY PROUD!


And


GAP Certified


~*~*~*~*~*~*

We Accept

EBT/DEBIT

WIC & FMNP Cards!


See ya on Saturday!


 
 

Saturday at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market!

I couldn't believe that I actually saw red tomatoes at the market last Saturday! Granted, they were grown in a greenhouse and there were not many of them...but what a treat after a rainy and cold day. We thoroughly enjoyed a BLT with locally grown vegetables and homemade bread! The tomato was sweet, the lettuce was crisp and the bread was wonderful!!! Honest to gosh locally grown and produced is well worth the trip to the Bluegrass Farmers' Market. :)

 ~*~ BIG NEWS ~*~

The Tuesday Market Is Now Open For The 2011 Season

 

Yup, you can now shop each Tuesday from 3 until 6:30.  Same great location with convenient parking and nothing but homegrown/produced goodness!  I'll keep this blog updated each Monday so you will know what will be available at the Tuesday market.

But, before we even think about the Tuesday market, we have all sorts of great thins available at the Saturday market!  Here's just a sampling of what you'll be able to find...

ASPARAGUS

STRAWBERRIES

LETTUCE

GREENS

ONIONS

BOK CHOY

SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS

RHUBARB

TOMATOES (limited amount)

RADISHES

EGGS

BEEF

BAKED GOODS

JAMS & JELLIES

HERB SEASONING

HONEY

HOMEMADE SOAP

HERB PLANTS

VEGGIE PLANTS (including heirlooms!)

BEDDING PLANTS

HANGING BASKETS

FLORAL PLANTERS


~*~ 2011 MARKET HOURS ~*~



Saturday 9 until 2 or until sold out

Tuesday 3 until 6:30 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!



The Bluegrass Farmers' Market is Lexington's only


100% homegrown/produced farmers market!



And, each of our farmers are certified Kentucky Proud and GAP trained...


that means we know Good Agricultural Practices!







 
 

The Bluegrass Farmers' Market is now open on Tuesday!

It's an exciting week at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market! And, you ask why? Because...


We've got strawberries!


~*~ and ~*~


The Tuesday market is now open for the

2011 season!


Yup, that's right...the Tuesday afternoon market is now open and here's a just a bit of what you'll be able to find this Tuesday...




STRAWBERRIES

ASPARAGUS

LETTUCE

ONIONS

RADISHES

JAMS & JELLIES

AMISH GROWN HANGING FLORAL BASKETS & BEDDING PLANTS

VEGETABLE PLANTS...

POSSIBLY HEIRLOOMS TOO

AND, SO MUCH MORE!


~*~ MARKET HOURS ~*~



Saturday 9 until 2 or until sold out

Tuesday 3 until 6:30 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!



The Bluegrass Farmers' Market is

Lexington's only


100% homegrown/produced farmers market!



And, each of our farmers are certified

Kentucky Proud and GAP trained...


that means we know

Good Agricultural Practices!

 
 

Saturday at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market!

I sat down this morning and started to type out the usual “what everyone will have” thingie and decided against a list. Instead, I am going to tell you about all of the wonderful things that we enjoyed from the market last week and the things we hope to try this Saturday.


The very first thing that caught my eye was the beautiful hanging basket full of colorful flowers. And, I loved the price too! You know that I just had to have at least one of them to hang near my front door. Then a sign caught my eye, it was for broccoli! Oh my gosh, I have been waiting for fresh broccoli and believe me I was not disappointed. We had broccoli with three meals this week! I guess we should have saved room for the sugar snap peas that are soon to be history for the summer. Not to worry, I froze a bunch! It's so easy to do. I trim, wash and pat dry then put them on a cookie sheet in the freezer. That way I can just load individual peas into a freezer bag and take out only what I want each time. :) Better hurry and get your supply before they run out!


Unfortunately, it's about the same way with the Kentucky strawberry crop...it's about nearing the end for the year. :( We'll still have some available so get your winter “strawberry fix” now. They freeze beautifully too! Or, you could make your own jams and jellies but why bother when our farmers are experts in doing it for you. I learned a long time ago that some things are best left to others and while my freezer jam is good theirs is much better.


We had friends over for a big breakfast during the holiday weekend and I have to tell you that we received raves about the farm fresh eggs. It just doesn't get any better than an omelet made with fresh eggs, spring onions, spinach and a slice of zucchini bread...oops, forgot the ripe tomato slice that added all of the color to our plates!


So, what do you need to put on your market list for this Saturday? Sugar snap peas, strawberries, asparagus and lettuce are going to be in short supply soon so enjoy them while you can. The good thing is you can add some new things to your list, like squash, new potatoes, green beans, leeks, cabbage and the start of the tomato season! The great part about being a 100% homegrown market is that you never have time to get bored with any one veggie! It's true, we're about “lettuce saladed” out and now we have broccoli and tomatoes to enjoy! Heck, corn will be here before we know it...I am not holding my breath but it won't be long.


I believe that it is time for me to get myself busy getting ready for the Saturday market just like the rest of our farmers. Don't forget that you can always find the Kentucky Proud value added items such as baked goods, soaps, herb seasoning and honey. We'll even have some good stuff for you to sample this Saturday at the market!


Shopping at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market is purely a local experience and one that everyone should enjoy. Our farmers work hard each week so that you can take home nothing but homegrown goodness to share with your family and friends...that's what local is all about! Having said that, we sure would appreciate your vote in a contest for America's Favorite Farmers Market. We could win all sorts of goodies that we get to share with our customers. So, please help us by going to http://www.farmland.org/vote and vote for the Blue Grass Farmers Market. Our farmers will be thrilled to know that you all appreciate the fact that they grow, bake, raise or produce everything that they sell...100% guaranteed!


2010 Market Information


When


Saturday 9-2

Tuesday 3-6:30


Where


3450 Richmond Rd. in the Fast Signs and Pedal the Planet parking lot, right next to the Glenn Auto Mall.

Parking is always FREE and we are stroller and wheelchair friendly!


Why


Because we think everyone who shops at a farmers market deserves to be talking to the farmer who grew, baked, made or created what they are selling!


We are Lexington's only 100% homegrown/produced farmers market!


~*~ NOW ACCEPTING EBT/DEBIT CARDS ~*~

 
 

Memorial Day Weekend at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market!

I can't think of a better way to start the Memorial Day weekend out than a trip to the Bluegrass Farmers' Market. Family, friends, cooking outdoors using all locally grown foods...it just doesn't get any better than that! Please take a moment out of your festivities to remember those who served so bravely in order for us to enjoy the freedom that we have. We thank them and their families for the sacrifices they have made. Fly a flag in their honor!


Now, what will you be able to find at the market on Saturday for that Memorial Day picnic table? Here's just a sampling of what will be available...


Strawberries

Rhubarb

Lettuce

Green onions

Green garlic

Asian greens

Kale

Swiss chard

Spinach

Tomatoes

Radishes

Asparagus

ASH free beef

Baked goods

Jams & jellies

Herb seasoning

Homemade soaps

Honey

Vegetable plants

Hanging herb baskets

Herb plants

Hanging flower baskets

Bedding plants

Tropical plants

And so much more!


Thought I would share a recipe from Local Harvest...sounds like a perfect Memorial Day pie to me!


 

 

Lena May's Rhubarb Custard Pie

Start by mixing up your favorite double crust pie pastry, or readying your favorite pre-made crust (just don't tell Lena May).

Then mix the following ingredients together and put in an unbaked pie shell.

  • 5 cups rhubarb, cut into 1" pieces or smaller

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 3 T. flour

  • 2 beaten eggs

Dot the top with butter. Put on the top pie crust, seal, and bake at 350 degrees for 45 -- 60 minutes. (Add 7 minutes for high altitude).

 


Have a wonderful holiday weekend and sure hope you spend some of it with us at the Bluegrass Farmer's Market!


2010 Market Information


When


Saturday 9-2

Tuesday 3-6:30


Where


3450 Richmond Rd. in the Fast Signs and Pedal the Planet parking lot, right next to the Glenn Auto Mall.

Parking is always FREE and we are stroller and wheelchair friendly!


Why


Because we think everyone who shops at a farmers market deserves to be talking to the farmer who grew, baked, made or created what they are selling!


We are Lexington's only 100% homegrown/produced farmers market!

 
 
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