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And, we are talking green beans! Which, by the way do not really have to be green in color...try the yellow or purple beans too. I do have to admit that the first time I prepared the purple beans, I was a bit disappointed to find that they do not stay purple. The great part is they are still loaded with flavor!
I have to admit that folks are adamant about their choice of green bean varieties. I love Jade beans because I am sauteing queen when it comes to veggies...I love them crisp tender. Now, my hubby is a true southerner...he wants a big old ham hock and taters in his green beans and he wants them simmered for hours but only after I have spent an hour getting the strings out and snapping them. It doesn't matter which you prefer, green beans are in season and there is a variety for everyone, just talk to your farmer for suggestions. At the Bluegrass Farmers' Market, we can guarantee that the farmer grew those green beans!!!
Here are a few recipes that customers gave me for everyone to try.
Beans Onions'n Maters
2 lb green beans, snapped (or left whole) and cooked until tender...you can steam some varieties!
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder...or use fresh minced garlic!
2 medium tomatoes, peeled and diced
salt and pepper to taste
Once beans have been cooked, drain and set aside. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat and saute' onions until translucent. Add garlic and tomatoes...heat through. Add green beans and toss, cooking until just heated. Salt and Pepper to taste.
Basil, Butter and Beans
4 cups fresh green beans, snapped into 2” pieces
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1/4 cup celery, chopped
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons fresh basil, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
Simmer green beans, onion, celery and water in a covered skillet for about 5 minutes or until beans are tender. Once tender, drain and return to the skillet along with the butter, basil, salt and pepper...toss to coat and heat through.
And, I couldn't help but share this recipe that I found because it sounds soooooo wonderful! Yes, I am drooling and can't wait to get to the market on Saturday and buy some beans, basil and taters to try this one!!!
Don't forget that this Saturday is our Customer Appreciation Day...at both market locations! We'll be giving away a limited supply of flexible cutting boards so that you'll have an easier time in the kitchen preparing our Recipe Wednesday goodies!
Posted by Kentucky Proud
@ 07:53 AM EDT
I grew up thinking a potato was a potato...something you mashed and served with gravy. Or, you fried them to have with your eggs for breakfast. An extra special treat was a trip to a fast food for the occasional burger and “fries!” My mom used to boil small potatoes whole and season with butter and parsley. But, to me they were all just potatoes. In other words, a “tater is a tater!”
Well, have I ever learned different since I have been around real farmers vs. a grocery store to purchase my potatoes!!!
Did you know that a potato isn't just the starch and calorie builder that we all thought it was? They contain protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, vitamin C, niacin, folate and fiber! Who knew they could be so healthy! We all need potatoes in our diet and the varieties are numerous!
The Bluegrass Farmers' Market members have done their homework when it comes to potatoes. No more boring, plain taters for me! We get to choose from a great variety of heirloom and commonly known “spuds!” Here's just a few of the varieties available at our market this week...
A bit more potato info...new potatoes are moist and waxy and are best for steaming, boiling and in salads. Oblong mature white potatoes are dry and starchy and best used for baking, mashed or “fries!” The round red taters have a sort of waxy texture and that makes them great for boiling or mashing. Usually round white potatoes are thin-skinned and they hold their shape well in salads....but they are great for boiling and roasting too! Yellow-fleshed ones are good for steaming, roasting and mashing. But I have to admit that they all taste great with gravy!!! If you are looking for a specific way to prepare potatoes, don't be afraid to ask the farmer...they grew them and they know the best ways to cook them!
Geez, looks like I went on a “tater” rant today but believe me that's not all that you'll find at our markets this week. Look for the homegrown treats available during a Kentucky summer month...tomatoes, corn, squash, peppers, melons, green beans, flowers, herbs, eggplant and so much more!
Market Hours at our Richmond Rd. location in the parking lot of Fast Signs and Pedal the Planet, next to the Glenn Auto Mall are...
Tuesday 3 - 6:30
Saturday 9 – 2
Thursday market hours at the Fayette County Health Department on Newtown Pike are...
4 – 6:30
The Bluegrass Farmers' Market is guaranteed 100% homegrown or produced!
And, we are all certified KENTUCKY PROUD!
We're the only Lexington farmers market that can say that!
~*~WE GROW, RAISE or MAKE WHAT WE SELL~*~
Posted by Kentucky Proud
@ 08:30 AM EDT
And, not just because they grow the most wonderful fruits and veggies...but because they are also some of the kindest folks that I know!
About an hour before closing time at the Saturday market, we noticed a vehicle across the street from the market. The hood was up and a man and a woman were trying to get their car up and running again. We saw the fellow cross the 6 lanes of road and walk over to the auto supply store nearby. The lady stayed with the car. We then saw him walk back empty handed and she just shook her head. They crossed the road again and stopped by our market to ask if any of us knew of another auto supply store in the area. Well, farmers are resourceful at all times and of course one of them had a phone book handy! After a few phone calls, using a farmers cell phone, we discovered a place that had the part that they needed. Only problem was it wasn't within walking distance! Never fear, a farmer came to the rescue and drove them to pick up the part even though the farmer was pooped from a long day of early harvesting and selling all day. The car was repaired and the couple headed off to visit a sick relative in the hospital. Yes, farmers grow great things but they are also wonderful human beings!!! I'm so proud of my fellow farmers for jumping in and helping this stranded couple. Just had to pass that little story on to all of you because it's what our market is all about...people and how we can make their life a bit brighter!
Okay, time to let you know what wonderful goodies our great farmers will be bringing to the Tuesday market. :) Look for tomatoes, green beans, corn, onion, potatoes, peppers, okra, squash, cabbage, blackberries, fresh cut herbs, flowers, jams and jellies plus so much more. Remember that these are not your ordinary grocery store varieties...we're talk'in top of the line goodness here!
Mark your calendar!!!! This Saturday, July 25th is going to be a special day at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market! It's our Customer Appreciation Day and we'll be celebrating all day long. “GrillMan Drew” from Caros restaurant will be on hand to whip up a wonderful veggie dish that everyone can sample! Everyone will get the chance to possibly win some “market bucks” that you can spend on some homegrown goodness! Individual farmers will be giving you the chance to win all sorts of good things. And, we'll even have special treats for your four-legged pals! Even the kiddos will get to join in on the fun with special surprises! It's sure to be a fun day for all, so remember Saturday, July 25th at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market!
We'd like to thank everyone who has voted for our market and hope that if you haven't done so yet...you will! We know we're a bit smaller but we can guarantee that whatever you purchase from our members was grown, baked, made or produced on their Kentucky Proud farm! We're real farmers who work hard to bring you only the best and the freshest homegrown goodness available in the area! Here's where you can vote for the Bluegrass Farmers' Market. http://www.care2.com/farmersmarket/29529/
P.S. Don't forget our newest market location at the Fayette County Health Department on Newtown Pike each Thursday from 4 until 6:30!
Market hours and location
Tuesday 3 – 6:30
Saturday 9 – 2
3450 Richmond Rd. in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs.
It's right next door to the Glenn Auto Mall, just outside of Man 'O War!
Parking is very convenient and we're stroller and wheelchair friendly!
100% HOMEGROWN or PRODUCED
100% CERTIFIED KENTUCKY PROUD
~*~ WE GUARANTEE IT ~*~
Posted by Kentucky Proud
@ 08:15 AM EDT
Okay, I am so excited about what our farmers will be bringing to the market this Saturday! It's kind of like an Oh My Gosh moment!!! We have been enjoying the bounty so far but it's always exciting to know that tomatoes, corn, peppers and green beans are finally in season in Kentucky and our 100% homegrown farmers will be bringing them to the market this week! Can I holler out a YIPPEE!!!
I know that I have been drooling for the taste of some real local goodies and I sure had my wish fulfilled last week. We enjoyed the bestest (not sure if that is a word but it fits) most unbelievable squash and cucumbers. The sweet corn was magnificent fried, the tomatoes sliced were to die for and the steamed potatoes tasted like heaven! Can you tell we like to eat fresh and local? :)
Oh, my...I almost forgot the scrumptious blackberries that we had for dessert! Here I go, drooling again just telling you about the wonderful items available at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market. I know it seems like you've had to wait for the homegrown goodness but it's worth it to know that you are purchasing “real” local food! We don't allow any items to be trucked in...our farmers have to grow or produce what they sell at our market. We do that because that's what we think a farmers market is all about...farmers and family farms! We thank you all so much for understanding why we didn't have corn in May or tomatoes in April and we hope that you enjoyed what was in season like the lettuce, onions, potatoes and strawberries. We only sell what is in season in our beautiful Bluegrass state!
Here I am going off again and getting excited without telling you what other wonderful things you'll be able to find. Sorry, but I can't help myself! Here's a list of some of the goodies that will be available this week...
And, don't think that any of these are your average grocery store varieties...our farmers spend many hours researching what will in grow our Kentucky climate and soil and bring only the best to our market. You'll find specialty varieties along with good old fashioned favorites! And, if you have any questions, feel free to ask the farmer that grew that item...they really know about it because they sowed, hoed and harvested their own crop!
Many of us also spend time in our kitchens whipping up great jams, jellies, breads and cakes too! We'll even have herb seasoning, eggs, cheese and homemade soaps!!! Some of us love being able to grow and harvest fresh flowers like zinnias and sunflowers and others love creating beautiful hanging herb and floral baskets. We're a diverse bunch of farmers but we are darn sure proud of what we bring to the market market each week because we know that you will appreciate our efforts and that's what makes our hard work worthwhile!
Come visit us this Saturday at 3450 Richmond Rd. in the Fast Sign and Pedal the Planet tree lined parking lot. It's right next door to the Glenn Auto Mall just outside Man 'O War Blvd. We'll be there from 9 until 2 and smiles will be plentiful! :) Parking is always convenient and we pride ourselves on being wheelchair and stroller friendly!
The folks from ChiroOne Wellness Center will be visiting with us this Saturday, so stop by and find why you have that “crick” in your neck or that ache in your back! http://www.chiroone.net/
By the way, don't forget our Thursday market at the Fayette County Health Department on Newtown Pike! Select farmers will be there from 4 until 6:30 so it's perfect for after work shopping!
Just want to give you a heads up about an upcoming event...it's going to be Customer Appreciation Day soon!!!! Stay tuned for more details.
Hope to see you all at the only place in town to buy 100% guaranteed homegrown or produced farmers market goodies! And, each of our farmers are individually certified Kentucky Proud or they don't sell at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market! That makes us truly Kentucky Proud!!!
Don't forget to cast your vote for Lexington's only 100% homegrown/produced farmers market. It's a great way to show your support for our hardworking farmers and their families. http://www.care2.com/farmersmarket/29529/
100% CERTIFIED KENTUCKY PROUD!
Posted by Kentucky Proud
@ 08:28 AM EDT
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