Bluegrass Farmers Market

  (Lexington, Kentucky)
Nothing but 100% Homegrown or Produced at our market!
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It's gonna be a "J" day at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market!

Why is it a "J" day?

That's because Judy, Jane, John and Jonathon will be selling their goodies this Tuesday!


Look for Judy to bring her wonderful jams, probably the last of the strawberries...but, the first of the blueberries!


Jane is back and she'll be bringing her great basil, beautiful cut flowers, sugar snap peas, garlic scapes, green onions and lettuce!

John will be coming from Science Hill loaded down with his delicious homegrown tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce!

If you are looking for beautiful hanging baskets, then Jonathon is the farmer to see! They are just gorgeous, full and reasonably priced! Maybe you need some bedding plants or herbs...he has those too. And, he'll be bringing broccoli, green onions, shell peas and sugar snaps!


It won't be just a “J” day at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market because Vicki from Botanica will be there too. She'll be bringing her herb plants, assorted hanging baskets and planters.


And, you never know who else just might show up!!!


~*~ 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

 
 

The Good Old Days!

It's that time of the year...the outdoor plants need to be moved indoors and that means I have to make room for them. I started to clear out a corner that somehow managed to become a catchall for boxes of stuff. One of the boxes was filled with things, wonderful memory things! I sat down on the floor and began to reminisce about my childhood days. I clutched my grandmother's apron to my chest and I swear I could feel and smell her even after all of these years. Then I remembered how much fun it was to drive to her home each Sunday for dinner. The dinner table was always filled with fresh garden goodies! I quickly remembered that I have a fridge full of the same things that I had purchased at the market the day before. The boxes could wait, I needed to be my grandma for the day!


I tied her apron around my waist and headed to the kitchen to recreate a wonderful memory. I broke the Roma stringless green beans into a pot. I scrubbed the freshly dug potatoes. And, I added the farm fresh eggs to the ASH Free ground beef and “squished” in some bread crumbs and seasoning to make a Sunday meatloaf! I even made a raspberry cobbler! My kitchen smelled wonderful and I looked just like my grandma...grinning from ear to ear because I knew my family would enjoy the meal I had just prepared with loads of love. Thank you grandma for the memories and for the wonderful smells coming from your kitchen. But, I did have one giggle...my hubby thought I looked a bit like Beaver's mom in my apron! lol


Thanks for letting me take a trip back into my childhood. :) And thank you farmers for having the “makings” of a wonderful Sunday meal!


Of course, that got me thinking about what I could create next week! My mind was in a tailspin as I thought about what I could prepare the following Sunday. Hmmmmm, let's think...kale, a pot roast, sweet potatoes, sliced tomatoes, winter squash, pumpkin pie or maybe even a watermelon for dessert! I thought, why not make a whole day out of eating farmers market goodies!


Breakfast could be Fayette County farm fresh eggs and those wonderful potatoes fried up and served with some sliced tomatoes. Of course ya can't forget the wonderful jams and jellies to slather all over the great homebaked breads!


Lunch could be a snack thing with beer cheese, salsa made with market peppers, tomatoes and even the seasoning.


Dinner would be a “for sure” table loaded with market goodies! A perfectly seasoned roast beef, roasted potatoes and a sweet potato casserole, green beans, sauteed squash, greens, turnips and maybe some fried okra! And, for dessert...how about I bake an apple pie with some of those wonderful apples that I got at the market!


Yes, it would be a day of market goodness and smiles would be everywhere! Especially when the family sits down at a table decorated with a beautiful bouquet of fresh cut flowers.


It just doesn't get any better than that and it all came from the Bluegrass Farmers' Market!!!!



~*~ 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!







 
 

Bluegrass Farmers' Market "Taters" 101!

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...


Irish Cobbler

Katadin

Red Lasota

Red Norland

Russet Burbank

Kennebec

Yukon Gold

Wisconsin Superior

Red Pontiac

King Henry

Yellow Finn


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~*~



 
 
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