Bluegrass Farmers Market

  (Lexington, Kentucky)
Nothing but 100% Homegrown or Produced at our market!
[ Member listing ]

Sunny Saturday at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market!

Before I even begin to tell everyone what wonderful 100% homegrown or produced items will be available this week at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market, I want to address and hopefully answer some questions that shoppers had this past Saturday.


We had a few customers who questioned the fact that we are a 100% homegrown/produced farmers market because they saw farmers unloading their crops from produce boxes like the type used at a grocery store. First off, we can guarantee that every member has had his or her farm inspected to make sure that they do indeed grow what they sell! Secondly, every farmer that sells any produce has been through GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) training...we insist on it before you can become a member! Now, on to the use of boxes/crates...that's how we bring our items to the market! You can't just throw tomatoes into the bed of a truck! The boxes/crates that our farmers use are clean and that assures that our customers do not get contaminated produce. The farmers buy those boxes for their specific fruit or vegetable, they are factory labeled and they are not cheap! Our farmers are proud of what they grow and they want to make sure that nothing but the best goes home with each and every customer!


That brings me to the next comments that we heard. How come all of the tomatoes look perfect? The onions were so clean! The green beans looked perfect! There's no way all of these can be homegrown!!! Oh, yes they can and they are! Our farmers take the time to peel a layer of dirty skin off of that onion. They take the time to “polish” their tomatoes so that you won't find any dirt on them,...think rain and the soil splashing up on them! When our farmers harvest their green beans, they'll toss any that they consider not perfect! If you have ever had any doubts about the honest to gosh homegrown goodness at our market, talk to the farmer...ask them what variety of tomato, green bean, squash, etc. that is. I'll guarantee that you'll get a long winded answer! lol You know why? Because they actually grew that item! They researched the different varieties to find out what does best in our climate and soil! Try doing that at your local grocery store! Are our prices a wee bit higher? Yes they may be, but think about the cost of farming...seeds cost money, gas for equipment is not cheap, hours spent in the hot sun harvesting and then the cost of bringing it to the market so we can guarantee that our customers get nothing but locally grown and always the best! Makes me wonder why we do it? That's easy to answer...we love seeing the smiling faces on our customers and knowing that they are taking a sack full of homegrown goodness back to their family!


So, the next time you see a box or crate being unloaded from one of our farmers trucks...remember that you are supporting a farmer and his or her family and you are getting 100% homegrown...guaranteed!


Okay, I hope those questions have been answered and now on to the business at hand...the goodies that will be available this Saturday at the Bluegrass Farmers' Markets!


Summer goodness is in full swing! Tomatoes, corn, green beans, squash, cucumbers, potatoes, onions, melons, berries, etc.! What more can you ask for? How about baked goods, jams, jellies, herb seasoning, salsa, cheese spreads, wine, meats, eggs, relishes, fresh cut flowers and even home crafted soaps! We've got it all! :)


RICHMOND RD.


KELLY'S KOBE BEEF & HERMAN'S HAPPY HOGS will be running a sale on their breakfast sausage patties, just $4.00 a pound and " Kobe' beef patties for $5.25 a pound. All of their beef and pork products are free of growth hormones and antibiotics! Don't forget their farm fresh eggs too!


HUTCHERSON FAMILY FARM PRODUCE will be loaded down with their triple sweet corn, tomatoes, green beans including Tenderette, White Half Runner and Roma, zucchini, beets, turnips and kale! They will also be bringing plenty of yellow squash, cucumbers both slicing and pickling, sweet onions, red potatoes, cabbage and pepper including bell, jalapeno, cayenne and sweet banana...if you would like to pre-order any of these in bulk, please call Bobby at (502) 682-9431 and they'll have them ready for you to pick up on Saturday!


BEYOND ORGANIC FARMS will be bringing their chemical free fruits and veggies including Jade green beans, squash, zucchini, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, cabbage, peppers (including hot banana), cucumbers and wild blackberries!


JP FOODS will have their wonderful traditional and Bourbon smoked pepper pimento cheese! Stop by and have a sample...you'll be glad you did!


OVERMAN'S BG FRUIT & VEGETABLES will have their tomatoes, both slicers and cherry; cucumbers, cabbage, zucchini, green beans and anything else that is ready to harvest!


JONES PRODUCE will be bringing their peaches and cream corn, green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, candy onions, potatoes, bell peppers, cabbage and cantaloupes!


HERB'N RENEWAL will be loaded down with all sorts of hand blended herb seasoning mixes, hand crafted glycerin, goat's milk and shea butter soaps and plenty of Zucchini, Apple'n Oat Thingies!


VALLEY OAK FARM will be bringing their corn, green beans, tomatoes, onions, peppers, squash, zucchini and melons!


R FAMILY FARM will have three different varieties of cucumbers, green and yellow zucchini, a few Cherokee Purple and German Johnson tomatoes. They'll also have Washington Red, Gold Nugget and Chocolate cherry tomatoes! Don't forget the zucchini and cucumber breads!


REECE GARDEN will be bringing their wonderful green beans, peppers, squash and cucumbers!


ON TAPP DAIRY will have all cuts of ASH free grass finished beef, pork, chicken, veal, and farm fresh eggs!


BARRON'S FARM will be at the market and Linda asked that we let everyone know that she will have "WHITE HALF RUNNERES & TENDERETTE GREEN BEANS"

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, Niagara grape, hot pepper, spiced tomato and maybe even some blackberry and raspberry jams!


GRIMES MILL WINERY will be bringing their award winning local wines and you can even sample them!


JANE'S GARDEN, FLOWERS & HERBS will not be at the market this week but Jane wanted everyone to know that she will return next Saturday with her beautiful flowers!



AZUR RESTAURANT & PATIO


ON TAPP DAIRY will have all cuts of ASH free grass finished beef, pork, chicken, veal, and farm fresh eggs!


VALLEY OAK FARM will be bringing their corn, green beans, tomatoes, onions, peppers, squash, zucchini and melons!


JONES PRODUCE will be bringing their peaches and cream corn, green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, candy onions, potatoes, bell peppers, cabbage and cantaloupes!


EMNETT ACRES will have a wide selection of wax and green beans, yellow and zucchini squash, Red Norland and Yukon Gold potatoes, candy onions, kale, beets, grape tomatoes and Montauk sweet corn and, of course, lots of cabbage and some broccoli! They still have
a few basil plants in pots as well!


CLARK FARM will be bringing Swiss chard, tomatillos, yellow salad tomatoes, red tomatoes, cukes, zucchini, patty pans, purple and white eggplant, red and green okra, red, cobbler and Yukon Gold taters, hot and sweet banana peppers, jalapenos and bell peppers!


STONE BURR FARM will be back with a limited supply of lamb cuts and for the first time this season...honey!



And, who knows what other surprises you might find at either market! :)



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We have a big favor to ask each and every one of our FaceBook followers...could you please share with your friends. Each “share” will get the word out a bit more...the more folks that know about the Bluegrass Farmers' Market the better. It will help us grow and be able to offer more to you, our valued customers. :) And, don't forget that it is updated as any new news comes in!!!


https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bluegrass-Farmers-Market/108689732505252


And, speaking of our Facebook page...we'd love to have you as a friend! :)


Check out our website too...it is in the process of being updated! You can link to our blog for updates and happenings from there too!


http://www.bluegrassfarmersmarket.org



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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.



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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


 
 

Celebrate Saturday at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market!

Happy Independence Day America! Just a little trivia for you history buffs...did you know that both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which just happened to be the 50th anniversary of the Declaration! Although James Monroe was not a Declaration signer, he was the third President in a row who died on July fourth in 1831! And, Calvin Coolidge, our 30th President, was born on July 4, 1872 and is the only President to be born on Independence Day!


Well, summer goodness has arrived at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market just in time for the 4th of July celebrations! Corn, green beans, tomatoes, squash, peppers and cantaloupes all scream summer and we've got them all plus so much more. Of course, the best part is knowing that they are indeed locally grown by one of our farmer members. Homegrown goodness at its finest! :)


We're not just a fruit and vegetable market...we have producers who bring farm fresh eggs, GMO and ASH and nitrate free meats too! Don't forget the wonderful homemade jams...both fruit sweet and pepper spicy! And, how can you pass up home baked breads and sweet treats! Local award winning wines, fantastic cheese spreads, hand blended dried herb seasoning and hand crafted soaps are available too! Heck, we even have one of a kind flowers made out of Duct tape! Granted they don't smell nearly as nice as the flowers that you see at the market, but they sure are cute!


Let's just say that a trip to the Bluegrass Farmers' Market is a true local experience and one that is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. :) Besides, free and convenient parking is always available. We're pet friendly and stroller and wheelchair accessible too. Yup, you'll be smiling almost as much as our friendly and knowledgeable farmers!


Here's just a sampling of what you'll find at our Saturday markets...


RICHMOND RD.


R FAMILY FARM will have 3 different varieties of zucchini bread as well as something very new to the market...cucumber bread! Yes, you can get a sample! Of course you'll also be able to find three types of cucumbers, like the ones used to make that bread! Green and yellow zucchini, tomatoes, red and green basil and even peacock feathers! Don't forget to check out the Duct tape flowers!


KELLY'S KOBE BEEF & HERMAN'S HAPPY HOGS are once again having a sale on their perfect for grilling ASH and nitrate free meats! The Kobe beef patties are $5.50 a pound, pork chops are $3.50 a pound and their delicious cured ham slices are priced at $3.00 a pound! Don't forget to pick up a dozen farm fresh eggs too!


OVERMAN'S BG FRUITS & VEGETABLES will be bringing their wonderful homegrown slicer and cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, cabbage, yellow squash, zucchini, corn, green beans and stir fry peas! I can taste the goodness already!


JP FOODS PIMENTO CHEESE will be bringing Traditional and Bourbon Smoked Pepper pimento cheese. Think toppings for your 4th of July burger!


HUTCHERSON FAMILY FARM PRODUCE will be loaded down with all sorts of goodness! Look for Triple sweet corn, green beans (Tenderette, White Half Runner and Roma), tomatoes (red, yellow, pink, green and even little grape ones), squash, zucchini, peppers (bell, jalapeno, cayenne and sweet banana), cucumbers (slicing and pickling), sweet onions, cabbage, kale, okra (limited supply) and red potatoes...don't bother to peel, just wash and cut if necessary! They'll soon be out of carrots, turnips, beets, broccoli, cauliflower and sugar snap peas...get them while you can! Just a heads up...they'll have eggplant, cantaloupes and watermelon soon! They sell in bulk so if you are interested in canning or freezing something, call Bobby at (502) 682-9431 before Saturday and he'll bring it to the market for you.


HERB'N RENEWAL will be be bringing their perfect “we take the guesswork out of seasoning” hand blended herb seasonings...they have something for every taste bud! Rub'n Season Herb'n All never met a vegetable it didn't love! Want to add a little southwest flavor to your ribs, chops, steaks or burgers? Think Herb'n Cowboy! Not to worry, they have salt free and just plain old flavorful herb blends too! Don't forget the crowd favorite, Zucchini, Apple'n Oat Thingies! Or the hand crafted glycerin shea butter and goat's milk soaps...unscented ones too! Kids of all ages, stop by and get a market sun visor compliments of Herb'n Renewal!


JONES PRODUCE will be joining us for the first time this season. They'll be bringing their wonderful Peaches and Cream sweet corn, tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, candy onions, potatoes, bell peppers, cabbage and cantaloupe!


BARRON'S FARM will be bringing their farm fresh Tenderette and Blue Lake stringless green beans, broccoli, cucumbers, zucchini, squash, peas, hot peppers, green onions, Swiss chard, three varities of potatoes including Kennebec, Red Pontiac and Mountain Rose and Buttercrunch and Romaine lettuce! A 4th of July salad sounds great!


SWEETGRASS GRANOLA will be bringing their all natural granola blends!


MCMAINE'S RIVERHAVEN FARM will be bringing a few tomatoes including Rocky Top, Early Girls and Sungolds. They will have zucchini, Yellow Straight Neck, Patty Pan, Zephyr and Cousa (Magda) squash, cucumbers, basil, dill, parsley, jams and jellies.. both sweet and spicy! And, maybe some green beans, English peas, okra and eggplant. Check with us to see what was ready to pick by Friday morning!


GRIMES MILL WINERY will have their award winning wines and you'll even be able to sample them!


VALLEY OAK FARM will be loaded down with corn, green beans, cucumbers, zucchini, squash, peppers, onions, berries, tomatoes, and maybe a few melons! Sounds like summer goodness!


REECE GARDEN will be bringing their homegrown beans, peppers, cucumbers, squash ,zucchini and even their first of the season corn! Think grilled corn!



AZUR RESTAURANT & PATIO


EMNETT ACRES will be bringing their homegrown goodness including beets, cabbage, yellow and green beans, yellow squash, zucchini, basil plants in pots, Yukon gold and Norland red potatoes,
and the last few jars of their wonderful strawberry jam...get it while you can!


JONES PRODUCE will be back with their wonderful Peaches and Cream sweet corn, tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, candy onions, potatoes, bell peppers, cabbage and cantaloupe!


VALLEY OAK FARM will be bringing their homegrown corn, green beans, cucumbers, zucchini, squash, peppers, onions, berries, tomatoes, and maybe a few melons! Sounds like summer goodness!


BREEZE POINT PRODUCE will be bringing their local honey, jams, spices, cucumbers and squash! They'll also have samples of their homemade salsa and a 4th of July ground beef sale! Bust out the grills!


CLARK FARM will have Blue curly kale, chard, collards, cukes, crook neck squash, zucchini, cymling squash, eggplant, okra, assorted hot and regular peppers, red and green cabbage, red, white and golden Yukon taters! How about a little red and white taters with blue curly kale...a 4th delight!


STONE BURR FARM will not be at the market this week but just wanted to let everyone know that they will be back in a few weeks with their wonderful lamb and their first honey of the season!


And, who knows what other surprises you might find at either market! :)



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We have a big favor to ask each and every one of our FaceBook followers...could you please share with your friends. Each “share” will get the word out a bit more...the more folks that know about the Bluegrass Farmers' Market the better. It will help us grow and be able to offer more to you, our valued customers. :) And, don't forget that it is updated as any new news comes in!!!


https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bluegrass-Farmers-Market/108689732505252


And, speaking of our Facebook page...we'd love to have you as a friend! :)


Check out our website too...it is in the process of being updated! You can link to our blog for updates and happenings from there too!


http://www.bluegrassfarmersmarket.org



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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


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


 
 

Corn and Tomatoes at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market!

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.


RICHMOND RD.


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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We have a big favor to ask each and every one of our FaceBook followers...could you please share with your friends. Each “share” will get the word out a bit more...the more folks that know about the Bluegrass Farmers' Market the better. It will help us grow and be able to offer more to you, our valued customers. :) And, don't forget that it is updated as any new news comes in!!!


https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bluegrass-Farmers-Market/108689732505252


And, speaking of our Facebook page...we'd love to have you as a friend! :)


Check out our website too...it is in the process of being updated! You can link to our blog for updates and happenings from there too!


http://www.bluegrassfarmersmarket.org



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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


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

 
 

Summer Saturday at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market!

It's here...the official start to summer! The solstice heralds the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere on June 21 at 6:51 A.M. EDT. Which means 249 minutes later the Bluegrass Farmers Market will open its summer season! :) Wish we could say that we will have fresh corn, vine ripened melons and red ripe tomatoes available but unfortunately Mother Nature has not cooperated this year. Being a 100% homegrown/produced farmers market does have its disadvantages to go along with all of the great part of knowing that you are purchasing from the actual farmer who is a part of a market that actually grew that fruit or vegetable!


So, let's all celebrate summer by shopping at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market! Both of our locations have nothing but homegrown/produced goodness and we guarantee it! Every member farm is inspected to make sure that they are not bringing any “auction” or “produce terminal” items to our market. We do not allow any “resellers!” Okay, occasionally you might might find one of our members selling for another member simply because there has been an emergency, special event in their life or the cost of driving to Lexington just doesn't warrant them being there for lack of product offering...think harsh Kentucky spring cold weather and the lack of asparagus. We still do not want our customers to miss out on their offerings so be on the lookout for their items to be at a different booth...maybe! :) You'll see a sign to let you know that this farmer is selling for another member farmer and we still guarantee that it is homegrown and has met all of our rules and regulations!


Here's a bit of what you'll find at each market this Saturday...


RICHMOND RD.


JP FOODS LLC will be bringing their delicious Traditional and Bourbon Smoked Pepper Pimento Cheese...stop by and have a sample, you'll be hooked!


OVERMAN'S BG FRUIT & VEGETABLES will have their farm fresh lettuces, radishes, snow peas, beets, cabbage and greens!


HERB'N RENEWAL will be loaded own with their hand blended herb seasonings...they have something for just about anything you might want to add flavor to. Their motto “We take the guesswork out of seasoning” fits them! Look for the crowd favorite Zucchini, Apple'n Oat Thingies too! P.S. Stop by and wish Drew a Happy Birthday! :)


KELLY'S KOBE BEEF & HERMAN'S HAPPY HOGS will be offering a special this Saturday! Breakfast sausage is only $4.50/ pound and their " Kobe" beef patties are specially priced at $5.50/ pound. Don't forget their farm fresh eggs and nitrate free bacon!


HUTCHERSON FAMILY FARM PRODUCE will be bringing their homegrown goodness from Franklin County. Look for green beans, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, sweet onions, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, kohlrabi, sugar snap peas, red potatoes, turnips, beets, peppers and maybe even some grape tomatoes and turning red tomatoes!


GRIMES MILL WINERY will have their award winning local wines and yes, you can try them for a small fee...the law says they have to charge!


MCMAINE'S RIVERHAVEN FARM will be bringing all sorts of homegrown goodness, including green onions, lettuce, Red Russian Kale, Shungiku, Komatsuna, arugula, green tomatoes, a few half runner green beans, Napa cabbage, tender sweet cabbage, summer squash, including zephyr, patty pan, cousa, zucchini and yellow straightneck and even a few cucumbers.


CALUDI'S FIELDS will be bringing the first of the season blueberries, wonderful jams and squash!


R” FAMILY FARM will be joining us for the first time...welcome! They'll be bringing organic zucchini, organic yellow squash, organic pickling cucumbers and organic slicing cucumbers.  And,  hopefully zucchini bread if they have the time to bake it!

 

REECE GARDEN will be bringing homegrown green beans!


AZUR RESTAURANT & PATIO


EMNETT ACRES will be bringing farm fresh goodies including Contender Bush stringless green beans, broccoli, cabbage, basil plants, yellow summer squash, zucchini, new red and white potatoes!


STONE BURR FARM will be back with their wonderful lamb ribs, racks, chops, legs, ground, brats and shoulder roasts!


BREEZE POINT PRODUCE will be bringing the first of the season honey along with their homegrown squash, homemade soaps, jams and jellies, spices , salsas, Angus beef and Seans lean beef!


CLARK FARM will be bringing homegrown goodness including red potatoes, cobblers and golden Yukon, chard, kale, collards, yellow squash, zucchini, patty pan squash, pickle cukes and slicer cucumbers, small red cabbage, small and large green cabbage, green onions, red and green tomatoes and assorted sweet hot peppers!

 

JONES PRODUCE will be bringing white 1/2 runner beans and the seasons first Peaches & Cream corn, squash, Candy onions and cucumbers!


And, who knows what other surprises you might find at either market! :)



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We have a big favor to ask each and every one of our FaceBook followers...could you please share with your friends. Each “share” will get the word out a bit more...the more folks that know about the Bluegrass Farmers' Market the better. It will help us grow and be able to offer more to you, our valued customers. :) And, don't forget that it is updated as any new news comes in!!!


https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bluegrass-Farmers-Market/108689732505252


And, speaking of our Facebook page...we'd love to have you as a friend! :)


Check out our website too...it is in the process of being updated! You can link to our blog for updates and happenings from there too!


http://www.bluegrassfarmersmarket.org



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~*~ 2014 MARKET HOURS ~*~



3450 Richmond Rd.

Open through October 25, 2014


Saturday 9 until 2 NOW OPEN FOR THE 2014 SEASON!

Tuesday 3 until 6 OPEN ONLY WHEN OUR FARMERS HAVE STUFF TO SELL! WE'LL KEEP YOU POSTED ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.


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 NOW OPEN FOR THE 2014 SEASON!

Thursday 3 until 6 OPENING SOON...WE'LL KEEP YOU INFORMED!


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.



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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


 
 

Blueberries at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market!

That's right...blueberries are in season so that means you'll be able to find them at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market! In fact, you'll find them at the Tuesday market this week! :)


But that's not all you'll find on Tuesday afternoon. Check out the other farm fresh goodness that our farmers will be bringing to the market...


BLUEBERRIES

TOMATOES

POTATOES

SWEET POTATOES

CUCUMBERS

ZUCCHINI

GREEN BEANS

ONIONS

SPRING GARLIC

KALE

LETTUCE

CABBAGE

KOHLRABI

CAULIFLOWER

SUGAR SNAP PEAS

GARLIC SCAPES

FRUIT JAMS

CUT FLOWERS...ZINNIAS make their first appearance on Tuesday!

HERB PLANTS

BEDDING FLOWERS

HANGING BASKETS

CONTAINER GARDENS


AND SO MUCH MORE!!!



~*~*~ MARK YOUR CALENDAR ~*~*~


Saturday, June 2nd is our...


2012 MARKET GRAND OPENING DAY!


Free Market Totes

for the first 500 customers!


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~*~ 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!


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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

 
 

Blue Tuesday at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market!

That's right, it's a blue Tuesday at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market! Blue as in BLUEBERRIES!!!


And, it's also the very first day of summer...officially! That means you'll find all sorts of summertime goodness at the market today. Look for...


tomatoes

green beans

zucchini

yellow squash

onions

cabbage

new potatoes

kale

fresh cut basil

cut flowers

homemade jam


And, so much more!


June 25th

Lil” Market Shoppers Day!


We're celebrating our “lil” shoppers by giving them each a “lil” market tote!

Heck, they might even contain some goodies!!!


*** Make sure you bring the kids on Saturday ***


~*~ 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!


IT'S TIME TO CAST YOUR VOTE!


We were voted #1 in the state of Kentucky last year thanks to you, our loyal customers! We hope we can do it again in 2011...we need your vote! Just click on the Bluegrass Farmers' Market link and cast your vote...tell your friends and family too!


http://action.farmland.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Market_Vote&searchTerm=bluegrass+farmers+market&x=29&y=17




 
 

Saturday's offerings at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market!

 

Saturday's market is sure to make you smile! Let's start with the sweet stuff first. How about some pumpkin cookies, zucchini bread, chocolate zucchini cake or plenty of homemade jams and jellies. Our farmers have been busy in the kitchen!


How about the sweet goodies fresh from our gardens? We'll have wonderful blueberries and maybe even some black raspberries. Can you drizzle honey on berries? Why not and we'll have plenty of local honey too!


Now for the “good for you” veggies! Fire up your grills and serve some tasty onions, new potatoes and squash. Don't forget the wonderful sugar snap peas, turnips and the crisp lettuce. One of our farmers will even have some fresh garlic! Pair that with a pot of kale, Swiss chard and mustard greens and you've got a pot full of goodness!


Don't forget those fresh cut herbs like basil, oregano and mint! Did you know that you can dry them easily for use during the winter months? Just wash them, pat them dry and then place them on 2 sheets of paper towel and cover with 2 more sheets of toweling. Microwave at 50% power for about 3 minutes and you should have beautiful dried herbs! Make sure you store them in an airtight container and keep them away from the sun and heat. You'll be glad you had them when winter soup time comes along! Of course, if you don't want to spend the time drying your own herbs we've got hand blended herb seasoning available too!


Treat dad on his special day to a steak or burger with some of our locally raised beef! And, don't forget to decorate the table with some beautiful Lisianthus or other fresh cut flower...we'll have plenty of bouquets available! Maybe you could give him a surprise and plant some beautiful lilies or gorgeous bedding plants in the garden. Or, treat him to his own banana tree!!! Or, perhaps a good soak in a hot tub with some wonderful handmade soaps!


As you can tell, our farmers are busy working to make sure that you have the very best in 100% homegrown or produced good stuff! We guarantee that you won't find anything that was trucked in to our market. We do it all!!!


Hope to see you all on Saturday at the market! We're located at 3450 Richmond Rd. in the Fast Sign and Pedal the Planet tree lined parking lot. It's right next to the Glenn Auto Mall and we have plenty of convenient parking available. Heck, we're even stroller and wheelchair friendly! And, rumor has it that dogs get a treat from one of our farmers, so bring “Fido” too!

Market hours: Tuesday 3:00 until 6:30 and Saturday from 9 until 2!


Remember, we are the ONLY 100% HOMEGROWN or PRODUCED FARMERS MARKET in LEXINGTON! And, all of our farmers are certified KENTUCKY PROUD!


 
 

Saturday at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market!

Boy oh boy, have our farmers been busy! You're sure to love what they'll be bringing to the market this Saturday so plan on spending some time with us so you can make sure you don't miss out on anything!


The big news...blackberries are in! So are the wonderful freshly dug new potatoes and fingerlings. Heck, you might even find some of the seasons first cucumbers too. More spring offerings still available will be sugar snap peas, snow peas, rhubarb, lettuce and mixed greens, turnips, green onions and probably the very last of the asparagus. Our farmers don't harvest until just the right time so with a little luck you'll be able to find arugula and kale this week too. And don't forget the fresh cut basil and cilantro!


What do farmers do when it's raining and they can't work in the fields? They go indoors and bake, blend and create! And, you'll be happy to know that many of them will be bringing their creations to the market this week. Like the spiced tomato jam, hot pepper jam, fruit jams and jellies, sourdough wheat and other breads, jam cake, herb seasoning blends, dried tomatoes and even Amish cheese! The creativity doesn't stop there. Look for beeswax candles and lip balm, homemade soaps, recycled material tote bags, lavender sachet and fresh lavender bundles! You'll even be able to watch while one of our farmers spins her llama, sheep and angora goat wool! With a little help from the bees and hens you'll also find farm fresh eggs and honey.


Want some beautiful color and scent in your home or yard? We'll have fresh cut flowers, hanging floral baskets and planters, ornamental grasses, bedding plants, tropicals, herb and even a few vegetable plants too. And, a must have for any cook...a hanging herb garden! Don't forget the llama poo to keep those plants beautiful!


It's gonna be a great Saturday at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market, so come join us from 9am until 2pm. We're located in the beautiful tree lined parking lot of Fast Signs and Pedal the Planet at 3450 Richmond Rd. That's right next door to the Glenn Auto Mall. Parking is plentiful, convenient and wheelchair and stroller friendly. We've done everything we can to make your market experience a great one just like it should be!


Remember, we are the only 100% homegrown or produced market in the area and we take great pride in the fact that all of our farmers are certified Kentucky Proud!



 
 

Tuesday Market Offerings!

 

Chances are this will be the last week for strawberries. I'm gonna miss those beautiful red ripe strawberries but my mouth is watering just thinking about the blueberries that will make their first presence at the market tomorrow! Blueberries are my very most favorite of all. Here's a super simple recipe that is always a crowd pleaser.


Blueberry Crisp


4 cups fresh blueberries

1 cup all purpose flour

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup mayonnaise


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place blueberries into an 8 inch square baking dish. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, sugar and cinnamon. Stir in the mayonnaise and mix until it resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over the top of the blueberries. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the top is lightly browned. Serve with whipped cream. This recipe will serve 4 unless you are like me, then it will only serve 2!


Unfortunately strawberries aren't the only treat that will be making their last appearance at the market for the season. The asparagus will probably only be with us for this week and then they will be gone until next spring. Buy a bunch and freeze them for use during the winter. I just blanch mine for 2-4 minutes depending on the size, then give them an ice bath dunk. Pat them dry and spread them out on a cookie sheet and pop it into the freezer. Once they are frozen solid just put them in a plastic storage bag to keep in your freezer. That way you can just pull out the amount that you need for each meal.


The wonderful sugar snap peas and the snow peas can be frozen the same way...you'll find them at the market tomorrow too! And, don't forget about the rhubarb! Think strawberry rhubarb pie...yummy!


The Tuesday market hours are 3pm until 6:30pm...shop on your way home from the office!


Stay tuned for the Saturday market offerings and remember...


The Bluegrass Farmers' Market is 100% homegrown or produced and we are all

Kentucky Proud!




 
 
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