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!

And, it's time for a little “eggucation.” Yup, we're gonna talk about eggs!


I have to admit that I grew up eating only white eggs from a cardboard container that my mom bought at the grocery store. I loved them in any size shape or form. Then I met a farm fresh egg and I couldn't believe how much better they tasted. I've been eating them ever since. :) I do not have chickens so I rely on the farmers at the market who do have them. I got curious about the different colors so I did some research and here is what I learned...


The color of the egg depends on the color and variety of the chicken...the flavor is all about the same no matter if it is a brown, blue, green or white egg. The difference in the flavor could be different depending on what they were fed or munched on. I really don't care what color my eggs are, as long as they taste good. :)


Should you only eat the whites? NO...eat the whole egg because both the white and the yolk have many benefits, including iron, vitamins A, D, E, B12 and folate, protein, selenium, lutein, zeaxanthin and choline! Who knew that that little 70 calorie container could hold so much that our bodies need! Speaking of the “container” or the egg shell, did you know that it is porous and comes with its own protective coating called a “bloom?” The eggs that you buy in the grocery have had the “bloom” removed and been sanitized. The farm fresh eggs that you buy at the market still have their protective “bloom” on them...that's a good thing because bacteria can't get inside. And, don't worry about washing them before you use them unless they are really dirty. But, you should wash your hands, bowls and utensils before handling...that's just a good practice when cooking anything.


Okay, you have your carton of beautiful eggs...how do you store them when you get them home? I know, I always thought that I could fill a bowl and let it sit on my counter like Martha, but apparently not. Eggs need to be refrigerated and they are best left in their original carton. Another fact that I learned during my “eggucation” was that the fresher the egg, the cloudier the white part is. And, those stringy opaque white strands are called chalaza or chalazae and they are what holds the yolk in place...who knew! Double yolks are wonderful but you might also find a yolkless egg. Another who knew! Lol


Anyway, eggs are wonderful especially when they are farm fresh! The Bluegrass Farmers' Market is proud to be able to say that we have three farmers who can provide us with that fabulous little treat...On Tapp Dairy, Rejoicing Acres and Hughes Farm.


Geez, bet you were wondering when I would get to the recipe! The folks at Herb'n Renewal have shared two of their favorites.


Not Your Average Egg Salad


6 hard boiled eggs, peeled and chopped

1/3 cup mayonnaise

1 heaping tablespoon ketchup

1/3 cup celery, diced small

1 heaping tablespoon Rub'n Season Herb'n All


Blend mayonnaise, ketchup and Rub'n Season Herb'n All in a small bowl. Toss eggs and celery together. Add mayonnaise mixture and stir to blend evenly. Let sit in fridge for an hour or more before serving.


Have It Your Way Omelet


Eggs (2 for each person)

“Omelet fillers” like chopped ham, onions, green peppers, crumbled bacon, shredded cheese, etc.

Quart size freezer zip bags

Permanent marker pen

Scissors

Large kettle

Herb seasoning...we recommend Cheese'n Season, Herb'n Cowboy, Herb'n Dill, Fines Herbs or Cajun Wing'n Season


Fill the kettle with water and bring to a boil. Give each guest a zip bag and have them write their name on the bag with the permanent ink pen. Break two eggs into each bag and tell guest to squish them until blended. Now comes the fun...let each guest choose what “fillers” they want...just spoon it into the bag with the blended egg. Add a tiny pinch of your chosen seasoning, give the bag another squish and seal the bag, making sure that you get as much air out as possible...give the bag a shake to settle egg at the bottom of the bag. Gently place the bag into the boiling water...holding it for a second or two to set the egg. You should be able to get 6 bags in a large kettle. Set the timer for exactly 13 minutes and let the bags boil! You might want to flip them over half way through. Once the timer goes off, remove and slit the bags near the now fully cooked omelet and slide out onto a plate or into a warm flour tortilla with salsa! Great part...no skillets to clean!


These are so much fun for a brunch party...adults and children alike. Be forewarned that your kitchen will be the meeting pace while your guests watch their bag being boiled!

Well folks, I seriously tried to post a picture of the beautiful and colorful eggs that I bought at the market last week but for some reason, the little guy who is inside of my computer has decided that it is not possible.  Kinda like why the Recipe Wednesday is coming to you at 6:00 PM versus the usual 6:00 AM.  Days like this remind me of my younger days when we wore "penny loafers" with a nickel tucked safely in that nook so that you could call your parents in an emergency.  Life was sooooooo much easier.  Take my word for it...the eggs were beautiful!

 
 

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 ~*~

 
 

Bluegrass Farmers' Market Happenings!

September is one of my favorite months of the year. Most of the warm summer crops are still available at the farmers market and some of the cooler fall crops are starting to make an appearance. It just doesn't get any better than that!


We can all still enjoy ripe tomatoes, freshly picked corn, wonderful green beans, tantalizing hot and sweet peppers, newly harvested potatoes, fresh cut rhubarb and sweet treats like watermelons, cantaloupes and raspberries!


And, we're just starting to see some of the cooler weather crops like kale, onions, garlic and shallots!


~*~ All 100% homegrown on our farms! ~*~


Don't forget about the beautiful and colorful flowers that will bring a smile to anyones face! Or, the herb seasoning that can make a chef out of anyone! How about some of those wonderful jams and jellies! And, the great beer cheese! Tender and flavorful ASH Free beef! Farm fresh eggs and Amish cheese that can't be beat! Home baked goods that will make you drool! Handmade soaps are a luxury only they are not luxury priced!


~*~ All 100% raised, grown or produced by our farmers! ~*~


September also has a day that we, as Americans, need to remember. September 11th! Please take a moment out of your busy schedule to remember those that lost their lives on 9/11 and to thank our service men and women for continuing to keep us safe.


~*~ MARKET HOURS ~*~


Tuesday 3 until 6:30

Saturday 9 until 2


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!


Thursday 4 until 6:30


In the parking lot of the Fayette County Health Department on Newtown Pike.


Look for our new and bigger signs!


The Bluegrass Farmers' Market is Lexington's only

100% homegrown/produced farmers market!


And, each of our farmers are certified Kentucky Proud!


Hope to see you all at one of our

market days...

We grow, raise, bake and make for you!


 
 

Sunny Saturday at the Bluegrass Farmers Market!

The sun will be shining and the farmers will be smiling this Saturday at the Bluegrass Farmers Market!

That's because they'll be bringing the freshest and the very best that the area has to offer to our market location at 3450 Richmond Rd. The trucks will be unloaded and the tents will be set up and ready for business at 9am!


Make plans to come and visit with us especially if you are looking for beautiful red, ripe strawberries! Or maybe you're looking for something green like sugar snap peas, snow peas, crisp lettuce, mixed greens, asparagus, rhubarb or broccoli. Perhaps something in a brownish tint like the wonderful new potatoes or farm fresh eggs. Don't forget the beautiful golden yellow color of honey, beeswax candles, lip balm, home baked breads and Amish cheese. It could be that you are looking for something white and you can be sure to find plenty of spring onions too. Who said eating fresh food wasn't colorful!!!


Speaking of color, how about making your outdoors as beautiful as your plate. Our farmers will be bringing plenty of vegetable plants, bedding plants, hanging baskets, herb plants and even some tropical plants like banana trees!


Now that you have the color in your home covered how about some wonderful scents! Can you smell that kettle of homemade bean soup cooking? Or the wonderful scents of the herb seasonings while you're cooking on the grill. Maybe you just want to relax in a tub of warm water with a beautiful bar of scented soap. And, finish the day off with a bite out of a fabulous cookie or jam cake!


You'll be able to find all of this and much more this Saturday at the Bluegrass Farmers Market! Don't forget that if you see it at our market, you'll also see the farmer that grew it, baked it, raised it, made it or created it! We are 100% homegrown or produced...guaranteed!!!


You can find us in the tree lined parking lot of Fast Signs and Pedal the Planet just next door to the Glenn Auto Mall on Richmond Rd. We'll be there from 9 until 2 and sure hope you'll come visit Lexington's only 100% grower/producer market!





 
 
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