Bluegrass Farmers Market

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

Only one more week until our “Back To School Day!” On August 31st, we'll be giving away a limited number of insulated lunch totes, so shop early! Both market locations will be participating. And, by the way they are Wildcat blue or in our case...Bluegrass blue!!!


Summer is still in full swing and you can sure tell by the homegrown goodness available at the market. The tomatoes are wonderful, the corn is spectacular and the green beans are to die for! Many of our farmers have what they call “seconds” available. There is absolutely nothing wrong with them except that they aren't pretty...wonderful for canning or freezing though. If you don't see any on the tables, ask the farmer because he or she might have them hidden away.


So, what will you be able to find at the two markets on Saturday? Here's a partial list...


RICHMOND RD. MARKET



Corn

Tomatoes

Squash...assorted varieties

Zucchini

Green Beans...heirlooms too!

Cabbage

Onions

Eggplant

Potatoes

Turnips

Beets

Greens

Peppers

Cucumbers

Kohlrabi

Basil

Catnip

Raspberries

Blackberries

Melons

Peaches

Apples

Beef

Pork

Chicken

Lamb

Goat

Eggs

Garlic

Baked Goods

Beer Cheese

Pimento Cheese blends

Cut flowers...think Zinnias!

Herb Seasoning

Fruit Jams

Dried lavender sachet

Homemade soap

Prepared foods!


STONEWALL CENTER MARKET


Corn

Green Beans

Squash

Cucumbers

Cabbage

Tomatoes

Onions

Zucchini

Rainbow Chard

Potatoes

Peppers

Okra

Leeks

Greens

Beets

Melons

Berries

Strawberry jam

Homemade soap



Smiles galore!


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Check out our Facebook page to see updates!


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


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



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~*~ 2013 MARKET HOURS ~*~



3450 Richmond Rd.


Saturday 9 until 2

Tuesday 3 until 6


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!

And, you can enjoy the music of the "Two Old Troubadours,"  Roger and Clay!


3101 Clays Mill Rd.


Saturday 9 until 2

Thursday 3 until 6


Look for us in the Stonewall Center, set up in front of Another Man's Treasure. Plenty of free parking available!



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



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


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

We Accept


EBT/DEBIT


WIC & FMNP Cards!


Remember, mark your calendars

August 31, 2013

Back To School Day

Free Lunch Totes!


 
 

Super Saturday at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market!

Hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful weather. It was so nice to be able to open the windows and air the house out today...and in August no less! But, never fear, summer is still with us and the air conditioners will be working full force next week.

School has started in most areas and the pools will soon close. For some reason folks think that farmers markets close too. We do not! In fact, the Bluegrass Farmers' Market will be open through the end of October! We are actually going to celebrate going back to school on August 31st. Make sure you mark your calendars because we will be giving away a limited number of insulated lunch totes!

So, what will you be able to find at the two markets on Saturday? Here's a partial list...


RICHMOND RD. MARKET



Corn

Tomatoes

Squash...assorted varieties

Zucchini

Green Beans...heirlooms too!

Cabbage

Onions

Eggplant

Potatoes

Turnips

Beets

Greens

Peppers

Cucumbers

Kohlrabi

Basil

Pumpkin & green bean leaves!

Catnip

Raspberries

Blueberries

Melons

Peaches

Apples

Beef

Pork

Chicken

Lamb

Goat

Eggs

Garlic

Baked Goods

Beer Cheese

Pimento Cheese blends

Cut flowers...think Zinnias!

Herb Seasoning

Dried Peppers and Veggies

Jams...Pepper Jam too!

Dried lavender sachet

Homemade soap

Prepared foods!


STONEWALL CENTER MARKET


Corn

Green Beans

Squash

Cucumbers

Cabbage

Tomatoes

Onions

Zucchini

Rainbow Chard

Potatoes

Peppers

Okra

Leeks

Greens

Beets

Melons

Berries

Strawberry jam

Homemade soap



Smiles galore!


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


Check out our Facebook page to see updates!


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


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


Don't forget to tune in each Wednesday for our Recipe Wednesday feature!

My apologies for no Recipe Wednesday this week...the little person inside of my computer decided he did not want to play! lol



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~*~ 2013 MARKET HOURS ~*~



3450 Richmond Rd.


Saturday 9 until 2

Tuesday 3 until 6


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!


3101 Clays Mill Rd.


Saturday 9 until 2

Thursday 3 until 6


Look for us in the Stonewall Center, set up in front of Another Man's Treasure. Plenty of free parking available!



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



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


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

We Accept


EBT/DEBIT


WIC & FMNP Cards!


Remember, mark your calendars

August 31, 2013

Back To School Day

Free Lunch Totes!


 
 

Saturday Goodies at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market!

Saturday is the last day of the National Farmers Market Week and the perfect way to celebrate homegrown goodness is to shop at the largest local 100% homegrown/produced farmers market...the Bluegrass Farmers' Market! Yup, that's correct, our farmer members are inspected and we can guarantee that they grow, raise, produce, make or bake what is sold at our market! We do not allow any member to go to auctions and resell. We think that is the true meaning of a farmers market! So, we are proud to celebrate National Farmers Market Week with all of you by offering the very best and the freshest available.


Here's a partial list of what you will find this week at one of our markets...


RICHMOND RD. MARKET



Corn

Tomatoes

Squash...assorted varieties

Zucchini

Green Beans...heirlooms too!

Cabbage

Onions

Eggplant

Potatoes

Turnips

Beets

Greens

Peppers

Cucumbers

Kohlrabi

Basil

Pumpkin & green bean leaves!

Catnip

Raspberries

Blueberries

Melons

Peaches

Apples

Beef

Pork

Chicken

Lamb

Goat

Eggs

Baked Goods

Beer Cheese

Cut flowers...think Zinnias and Sunflowers!

Herb Seasoning

Dried Peppers and Veggies

Jams...Pepper Jam too!

Dried lavender sachet

Homemade soap

Prepared foods!


STONEWALL CENTER MARKET


Corn

Green Beans

Squash

Cucumbers

Cabbage

Tomatoes

Onions

Zucchini

Rainbow Chard

Potatoes

Peppers

Okra

Leeks

Greens

Beets

Melons

Berries

Strawberry jam

Homemade soap



Smiles galore!


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


Check out our Facebook page to see updates!


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


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


Don't forget to tune in each Wednesday for our Recipe Wednesday feature!



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


~*~ 2013 MARKET HOURS ~*~



3450 Richmond Rd.


Saturday 9 until 2

Tuesday 3 until 6


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!


3101 Clays Mill Rd.


Saturday 9 until 2

Thursday 3 until 6


Look for us in the Stonewall Center, set up in front of Another Man's Treasure. Plenty of free parking available!



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



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


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

We Accept


EBT/DEBIT


WIC & FMNP Cards!



Special News... our own Mr. Tomato, Roger Postley will be participating in the Annual Tomato Festival!


Fun for the whole family!


Come join your neighbors at the 7th Annual Tomato Festival at The Arboretum. The fun begins on Sunday August 11, from 1:00PM until 4:00PM. Admission $2


This year’s Festival will feature tomato tasting of many varieties—all locally grown. What’s more, this year’s event will be bigger and better with numerous attractions outside the visitor's center and additional children's games, lectures, and prizes. Smashing Tomato, Apiary, and Whole Foods have signed on and guest chefs will be giving demonstrations. Another participating gastronomic mainstay of the Festival is the Sullivan University Culinary program. Speakers Wendy O’Connor, Clark Co. Library, on cooking “After the BLT”, Dr. John Strang, University of Kentucky Extension Horticulture Professor, on “Tomato Culture”, Dr. Norm Strobel, Bluegrass and Community Technical College Biology Professor discussing the culture and diseases of tomatoes and Roger Postley, Tomatoes, Etc., Lexington's own Mr. Tomato (and a BGFM vendor), leading a Tomato Q & A session involving all the speakers. Come. Enjoy!

 
 

Recipe Wednesday at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market!

And, we're talking potatoes, spuds, taters...whatever you call them! Don't confuse the ones that you buy at the grocery store with the fresh ones available at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market! There is no comparison, trust me. Once you've eaten a freshly dug tater, you'll be wishing that you had a cold cellar to store them in all winter long.


Before I pass on the recipes that friends, family and farmers shared with me, I'd like to give you a tip that I got from a true Irish lass. When making mashed potatoes, boil them until tender, turn the burner off and drain the potatoes...immediately return them to the stove and let them sit in the pot for a minute or two to remove the last of the moisture. Mash as usual...your taters will be extra fluffy!


Now on to the recipes...


Herb'n Smashed Taters


12 small – medium new potatoes

3 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 cup butter, melted

Good'n Garlicky or Smoke'n Season

Salt and pepper to taste


Scrub potatoes leaving the skin on. Boil in salted water until just fork tender. Remove and drain...pat taters dry. Drizzle olive oil on a large cookie sheet pan..spread so that it's evenly covered in the oil. Place the taters evenly on the pan. Now comes the fun part...take your potato masher or a fork and press down on each tater, then do the same thing in the opposite direction. You want a criss-cross, smashed tater. :) Brush the tops of each tater with the melted butter. Sprinkle with either Good'n Garlicky or Smoke'n Season...or both like we did! Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven, on the top rack, for 20 minutes or until they are crispy and browned. Salt and pepper to taste.




Scalloped Potatoes


6 potatoes, peeled and sliced

1 medium onion, chopped

2 teaspoons salt

pepper to taste

3 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons flour

2 cups of hot milk

1 cup grated Cheddar cheese


Melt the butter in a double boiler or heavy sauce pan. Add flour, salt, pepper and stir until smooth. Slowly add the hot milk, stirring constantly. When it thickens, add the grated cheese and stir until melted into sauce. In a buttered casserole dish or baking pan, layer the potatoes, onions and cheese sauce...repeat until you use it all. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for one hour.


Amish Potato Salad


6 medium potatoes

1 small onion, chopped

1 cup celery, diced

1 teaspoon celery seed

1 teaspoon salt

4 hard boiled eggs, chopped


Cook potatoes in their skins until tender. Cool, peel and dice. Mix potatoes gently with the remaining ingredient. Then toss with the following cooled dressing...


1 beaten egg

1/2 cup sugar

1 tablespoon flour

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup vinegar

2 tablespoons butter

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper


In a small sauce pan, combine ingredients in the order given, stirring after each addition. Cook until thick. Cool before tossing with potato mixture.


Ranch Potato Crisps


3 medium potatoes

1 tablespoon oil

1 package dry ranch style dressing mix


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Scrub potatoes, leaving the skins on. Slice into 1/4” slices. Toss potatoes with oil to coat. Add salad dressing mix and toss again. Place potatoes on a single layer in a baking pan or better yet, a baking stone. Do not overlap slices! Bake 40 – 45 minutes or until potatoes are crisp and browned.


Hasselback Potatoes


This next recipe is one that a friend told me that I really need to try. I thought I would just include the link seen as how the picture is sooooooooo delicious looking. :)


http://whatscookingamerica.net/Vegetables/HasselbackPotatoes.htm


This next recipe comes from Virgil Clark of Clark Farm...


Fried Potato Cakes


2 cups cold leftover mashed potatoes

1/2 cup fine chopped onions

1 egg, beaten

1/4 cup flour

Kentucky Kernel Seasoned flour for dipping

Olive oil or vegetable oil


Stir beaten egg, onions and flour into potatoes. Form into patties. Dip both sides into Kentucky Kernel Seasoned flour and brown in hot oil. Makes 4 – 6 servings.


This last recipe is an old fashioned favorite!


Mashed Potato Candy


3/4 cup mashed potatoes

1 teaspoon vanilla

4 cups confectioner's powdered sugar, sifted

4 cups flaked coconut

1 12 oz. package chocolate chips

1/2 paraffin bar


Combine the potatoes, vanilla, sugar and coconut; mix well. Chill overnight in the refrigerate. Shape into balls and return to the refrigerator. Melt the chocolate chips and the paraffin in a double boiler. Use a toothpick inserted into each ball and dip in chocolate mixture. Place on waxed paper to cool.


No matter how you prepare your spuds, just remember that freshly dug ones from the market are 100% better tasting than grocery ones.

 
 

Saturday Goodness at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market!

Wow, August is already here and it seems like we just opened our 2013 market season! The Fayette County school s start in less than two weeks. That means parents need to start thinking abut nutritious lunches for their children. Our farmers will be bringing homegrown goodness to the market through October, so you have plenty of time to purchase items that can be included fresh for now or canned or frozen for use in winter lunchboxes. So, start your shopping list now and include some of the homegrown goodness that will be available tomorrow at one of our two market locations!

Here's a partial list...

RICHMOND RD. MARKET



Corn

Tomatoes

Squash...assorted varieties

Zucchini

Green Beans...heirlooms too!

Cabbage

Onions

Eggplant

Potatoes

Turnips

Beets

Greens

Peppers

Cucumbers

Kohlrabi

Basil

Pumpkin & green bean leaves!

Catnip

Raspberries

Blueberries

Melons

Peaches

Apples

Beef

Pork

Chicken

Lamb

Goat

Eggs

Baked Goods

Beer Cheese

Cut flowers...think Zinnias and Sunflowers!

Herb Seasoning

Dried Peppers and Veggies

Jams...Pepper Jam too!

Dried lavender sachet

Prepared foods!


STONEWALL CENTER MARKET


Corn

Green Beans

Squash

Cucumbers

Cabbage

Tomatoes

Onions

Zucchini

Rainbow Chard

Potatoes

Peppers

Okra

Leeks

Greens

Beets

Melons

Berries

Strawberry jam



Smiles galore!


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


Check out our Facebook page to see updates!


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


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


Don't forget to tune in each Wednesday for our Recipe Wednesday feature!



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~*~ 2013 MARKET HOURS ~*~



3450 Richmond Rd.


Saturday 9 until 2

Tuesday 3 until 6


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!


3101 Clays Mill Rd.


Saturday 9 until 2

Thursday 3 until 6


Look for us in the Stonewall Center, set up in front of Another Man's Treasure. Plenty of free parking available!



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



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


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

We Accept


EBT/DEBIT


WIC & FMNP Cards!



 
 

It's Recipe Wednesday at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market!

And, we're talking melons! We all know how wonderful a big slice of watermelon tastes on a warm summer evening. And, you probably remember having seed spitting contests too! lol I can remember starting my summer mornings with a cantaloupe half sprinkled with a bit of salt. Now, that was a great breakfast for me and it still is! :)



I enjoy melons so much that I had to find other ways to eat them. I asked friends for their suggestions and these are just a sampling of what I received in response. Have to admit that I will be a melon buying fool this Saturday...I can't wait to try these recipes.



Remember to thoroughly wash the outside of your melon before cutting into it!!!!



Mixed Melon Salsa



1 1/2 cups cubed watermelon

1 1/2 cups cubed cantaloupe

2 tomatoes, diced

2 peaches, diced

1 small Candy onion, finely diced

2 jalapeno peppers or 1/2 cup green bell pepper if you want less heat

1 lime, juiced

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

drizzle of honey

1 teaspoon fresh finely chopped mint

12 basil leaves, chopped

salt and pepper



Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and serve with tortilla chips. This salsa is also good served on top of grilled shrimp, fish or chicken.



Melon Soup



3/4 cup orange juice

1 cup yogurt

1 medium cantaloupe, peeled, seeded and cubed

1 tablespoon honey

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper



Place the orange juice, yogurt and cantaloupe in a blender, cover and process until pureed. Add the honey, salt and cayenne, cover and process until smooth. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.



Jello Melon



1 large cantaloupe

1 3 oz. package Jello, your flavor choice...we love strawberry!

1 cup boiling watermelon

1/2 cup applesauce

1 cup fresh fruit or berries (do not use pineapple!)



Cut melon in half lengthwise from stem end to bud end. Remove seeds. Cut a thin slice out of the rind on the bottom of each half so that the melon will sit level. In a large bowl, dissolve Jello in boiling water. Stir in applesauce and fruit. Pour into melon halves. If you have any Jello left...let it cool in a bowl and enjoy with a spoon! Cover melon with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Just before serving, cut each half into three wedges.



Grilled Melon



Cut melon into 1” slices or rings. Remove seeds. Sprinkle one side with a bit of brown sugar. Make sure your grill is clean! Heat to medium high and then place the melon on the rack. Let grill for about 4 minutes. Flip and sprinkle with a bit more brown sugar. Grill for another 4 minutes...serve with ice cream



Melon Cooler

Simply blend ice, melon chunks, a glop of honey and as much orange juice as needed to make it smooth!



Melon Cucumber Salad


6 cups watermelon, cubed

4 cups cucumber, seeded and cubed

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon sugar

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar


Toss melon with salt and sugar. Drizzle the vinegar over the melon. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Toss again, just before serving.


And, don't forget that you can “de-rind and de-seed” and then cut into cubes or scoop into balls and freeze them on cookie sheet pans...when frozen, place them in a plastic freezer bag. You'll get to enjoy melon all winter long.

 
 

Super Saturday at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market!

Wow, what a great Customer Appreciation Day last Saturday! Both markets experienced record crowds...both new and returning customers. It was so nice to share the flexible cutting boards with so many folks. Now you just need to put them to good use by chopping, dicing, mincing or slicing some of our market offerings. :) And, there will be plenty of 100% homegrown goodness available on Saturday!

Here's a bit of what you'll find...


RICHMOND RD. MARKET



Corn

Tomatoes

Squash...assorted varieties

Zucchini

Green Beans...heirlooms too!

Cabbage

Onions

Eggplant

Potatoes

Turnips

Beets

Greens

Peppers

Cucumbers

Kohlrabi

Basil

Pumpkin & green bean leaves!

Catnip

Raspberries

Blueberries

Melons

Peaches

Apples

Beef

Pork

Chicken

Lamb

Goat

Eggs

Baked Goods

Beer Cheese

Pimento Cheese...Bourbon blend too!

Cut flowers...think Zinnias and Sunflowers!

Herb Seasoning

Dried Peppers and Veggies

Jams...Pepper Jam too!

Dried lavender sachet

Prepared foods!


STONEWALL CENTER MARKET


Corn

Green Beans

Squash

Cucumbers

Cabbage

Tomatoes

Onions

Zucchini

Rainbow Chard

Potatoes

Peppers

Okra

Leeks

Greens

Beets

Melons

Berries

Strawberry jam

Homemade Soap


And, who knows what new goodies might appear!



Our farmers grew, raised, baked, produced or made everything that they sell. No reselling allowed...you will be purchasing from one of our members directly! It's called local and we guarantee it!


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Check out our Facebook page to see updates!


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


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


Don't forget to tune in each Wednesday for our Recipe Wednesday feature!



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


~*~ 2013 MARKET HOURS ~*~



3450 Richmond Rd.


Saturday 9 until 2

Tuesday 3 until 6


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!


3101 Clays Mill Rd.


Saturday 9 until 2

Thursday 3 until 6


Look for us in the Stonewall Center, set up in front of Another Man's Treasure. Plenty of free parking available!



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



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


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

We Accept


EBT/DEBIT


WIC & FMNP Cards!



 
 

Recipe Wednesday at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market!

And, we are talking corn! Boy oh boy...are we ever! I asked farmers, customers and friends for their favorite fresh corn recipes and I realized that next to tomatoes, I think corn is the crowd favorite this time of the year. :) And, everyone has their way of preparing and enjoying this summer treat.


I thought I would share a few of their favorites with you but how about the basics first.


Standard in the pot boiling method...Shuck corn and wash off the silks. Place the corn in a large pot and cover with cold water. Put the lid on the pot and bring to a boil. Once the water reaches a good rolling boil, turn off the heat and leave the pot for about 3 minutes. You can also add the corn to already boiling water and continue to boil for 5 minutes or until tender. If you use this method, try adding some sugar to your water...yum!


Steaming works great too. Just shuck and de-silk, wash under cold water and add to the steamer basket over boiling water, cover and continue to steam for about 10 minutes.


Oven roasting is becoming very popular these days. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place the corn, husks and all, directly on the oven rack and roast for 30 minutes. Be careful removing from the oven...they will be hot. Peel the husks back and remove the silks. Roll in butter and enjoy!


Microwaving is easy and a delicious way to cook just a few ears of corn. Leave the husk and silk on the cob, microwave on high for 3 minutes per ear. The husk and silk will peel right off. Just be careful handling it...it's gonna be hot!


Got the grill going? Grilled corn is wonderful! No need to shuck it before grilling, just rinse under cold water and place on the grill. It should take about 20-30 minutes...make sure you turn it occasional because you want a nice char on all sides. Be careful removing it and pulling back the husk...it's hot! Butter and enjoy, no fork needed, just use the husk as a holder. :) BTW, Parmesan cheese sprinkled on the buttered corn is wonderful!


Now for some great recipes...


A friend shared one of her favorite ways to use her garden fresh corn and it sounds wonderful and not as hard as I would have thought. Here's a link to the recipe that she uses from the Ball canning site for Homestyle Corn Relish. http://www.freshpreserving.com/recipe.aspx?r=79


This cool summer recipe comes from the Herb'n Renewal folks using their Herb'n Cowboy seasoning blend.


Cowboy Corn'n Black Bean Salsa


1 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained

2 cups fresh corn cut off of the cob

2 cups tomatoes, diced or a 14.5 oz. can of petite diced tomatoes

1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced

1/2 cup onion, diced

1 cup zucchini, diced

1 tablespoon Herb'n Cowboy

2 tablespoons lime juice


Mix all ingredients well and let sit in fridge until well chilled. Serve with tortilla chips. Makes 1 1/2 quarts.



This next recipe comes from Virgil at Clark Farm...


“Sweet corn is now getting ready to pick. Try something new this year.

Sweet Corn Fritters

What kid doesn’t like pancakes? I find that they not only make weekend breakfasts memorable but can be a great vessel for a vegetable side dish. These fritters make the sweet corn of summer sing and will have your kids loving their vegetables. They aren’t messy either so can be placed in a Ziploc and brought to the park or the beach for a snack.

Ingredients
2 ears fresh corn (to yield 2 cups kernels)
1/2cup flour
1/3 c cornmeal
1 tsp salt
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 c milk
1 egg
4 T olive oil

Method
Remove husks and silk from corn. With a sharp knife, slice the kernels off each cob into a bowl , you should have about 2 cups kernels. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, cornmeal, salt and baking powder. Make a ‘well’ in the center of the flour mixture. Crack the egg and pour the milk into the well. Briefly whisk with a fork and then whisk into the flour until just combined. With a spatula, fold in corn kernels.

Heat a nonstick skillet over medium/low with 2 T olive oil. When the oil is hot, spoon batter into skillet to make 2 inch fritters. Cook 3 minutes until the sides of each fritter is beginning to cook, then flip and cook another 3 minutes. Remove to a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Add more oil if necessary before making more batches. Yields 10-12 fritters.

Grown up Embellishment: 2 T chopped scallion & ¼ tsp crushed red pepper mixed into corn.”



I saved what might be the most unusual recipe for last. I have to admit that I had never considered using fresh corn for ice cream! A friend shared this site with me and I have to tell you...I might be making corn ice cream this weekend! lol http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-sweet-co-11255


By the way, corn is so easy to freeze so that you can enjoy it in January. We do nothing more than cut the stem end off enough to fit into a gallon freezer bag. Fill them up and label them. On a cold day when you want some summer goodness, just thaw the corn cobs, shuck and remove the silk and prepare your favorite way. Enjoy a wee bit of summer while the snow falls! :)

 
 

Customer Appreciation Day at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market!

Saturday is going to be a special day because the farmers get to celebrate our customers. It is Customer Appreciation Day at both market locations! How do we say thank you? We're giving away flexible cutting boards...they are in limited quantities, so shop early. They are great for using while you chop, slice, dice, mince, etc. those fresh from our garden goodies.


So, what market freshness will be available this Saturday? Here's a sampling...


RICHMOND RD. MARKET



Corn

Lettuce

Tomatoes...red and green

Squash...assorted varieties

Zucchini

Green Beans...heirlooms too!

Cabbage

Onions

Eggplant

Potatoes

Turnips

Beets

Greens

Peppers

Cucumbers

Kohlrabi

Basil

Pumpkin & green bean leaves!

Catnip

Black Raspberries

Blueberries

Melons

Apples

Beef

Pork

Chicken

Lamb

Goat

Eggs

Baked Goods

Beer Cheese

Comb honey

Pimento Cheese...Bourbon blend too!

Cut flowers...think Zinnias and Sunflowers!

Potted & hanging plants and herbs too!

Herb Seasoning

Dried Peppers and Veggies

Jams...Pepper Jam too!

Dried lavender sachet

Prepared foods!


STONEWALL CENTER MARKET


Corn

Green Beans

Wax Beans

Squash...Crook Neck and Straight Neck

Cucumbers...Slicers, Pickle and Burpless too!

Cabbage...Green and Savoy

Tomatoes

Onions...Green and Candy (sweet)

Zucchini

Rainbow Chard

Potatoes...White, Red and Yukon gold

Peppers

Okra

Greens

Beets

Melons

Berries

Strawberry jam

Homemade Soap


And, who knows what new goodies might appear!


*************************************************************


Come celebrate yourself with us

 this Saturday....it's


CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY!




Our farmers grew, raised, baked, produced or made everything that they sell. No reselling allowed...you will be purchasing from one of our members directly! It's called local and we guarantee it!


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


Check out our Facebook page to see updates!


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


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


Don't forget to tune in each Wednesday for our

Recipe Wednesday feature!



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


~*~ 2013 MARKET HOURS ~*~



3450 Richmond Rd.


Saturday 9 until 2

Tuesday 3 until 6


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!


3101 Clays Mill Rd.


Saturday 9 until 2

Thursday 3 until 6


Look for us in the Stonewall Center, set up in front of Another Man's Treasure. Plenty of free parking available!



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



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


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

We Accept


EBT/DEBIT


WIC & FMNP Cards!



 
 

Recipe Wednesday at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market!

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.


BBB

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!!!


http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2009/06/pesto-potato-salad-with-green-beans/


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!

 
 

Sunny Saturday at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market!

According to the local weather folks, this Saturday promises to be a beautiful day. And, the perfect way to start it off is by shopping at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market! Both of our markets offer nothing but the best, the freshest and guaranteed 100% homegrown or produced items. If you want to support local farmers, the Bluegrass Farmers' Market is the way to go!


Here's a sampling of the goodies that will be available at each market...


RICHMOND RD. MARKET


Corn

Lettuce

Tomatoes...red and green

Squash...assorted varieties

Zucchini

Green Beans...heirlooms too!

Cabbage

Onions

Potatoes

Turnips

Beets

Greens

Peppers

Cucumbers

Basil

Catnip

Black Raspberries

Blueberries

Melons

Asparagus

Beef

Pork

Chicken

Lamb

Goat

Eggs

Baked Goods

Beer Cheese

Pimento Cheese...Bourbon blend too!

Cut flowers...think Zinnias and Sunflowers!

Herb Seasoning

Dried Peppers and Veggies

Jams...Pepper Jam too!

Homemade soap

Dried lavender sachet

Prepared foods!


STONEWALL CENTER MARKET


Corn

Green Beans

Wax Beans

Squash...Crook Neck and Straight Neck

Cucumbers...Slicers, Pickle and Burpless too!

Cabbage...Green and Savoy

Tomatoes

Onions...Green and Candy (sweet)

Zucchini

Rainbow Chard

Potatoes...White, Red and Yukon gold

Peppers...Sweet and Hot but limited supply!

Okra...shop early!

Kale...Curly Blue Scotch variety!

Beets

Melons

Strawberry jam

Homemade Soap


And, who knows what new goodies might appear!


Our farmers grew, raised, baked, produced or made everything that they sell. No reselling allowed...you will be purchasing from one of our members directly!

It's called local and we guarantee it!


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


Check out our Facebook page to see updates!


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


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


Don't forget to tune in each Wednesday for our Recipe Wednesday feature!



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


~*~ 2013 MARKET HOURS ~*~



3450 Richmond Rd.


Saturday 9 until 2

Tuesday 3 until 6


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!


3101 Clays Mill Rd.


Saturday 9 until 2

Thursday 3 until 6


Look for us in the Stonewall Center, set up in front of Another Man's Treasure. Plenty of free parking available!



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



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


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

We Accept


EBT/DEBIT


WIC & FMNP Cards!

 
 

Recipe Wednesday at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market


And, we're talking about a variety of market goodies today! Virgil Clark, from Clark Farm in Garrard County, shared some of his favorite summer time recipes. And, so did one of our new customers who enjoys the Recipe Wednesday and shared one of her favorites too!


Let's start with the wonderful “cuke” and Virgil's recipe for...



Cucumber Dip/Dressing


3 Medium cukes, peeled and sliced thin (I like pickle cukes for this)

3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar

3 Tablespoons sugar

3 Tablespoons sour cream


Mix the vinegar, sugar and sour cream in a mixing bowl, then add cukes and mix well. Put in a covered bowl and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.


Note: You can add a few slices of Candy onion also.



Speaking of Candy onions, here is another one from Virgil...


Grilled steamed onions


1 med/lg sweet onion per serving

1 beef flavor boullion cube per onion

Dab of butter for each onion


Peel onion, then take a melon baller or teaspoon and cut a hole in the top center of each onion large enough to hold the bullion cube. Then slice 6 or 8 slits around the top of the onion about an inch deep. Next place a boullion cube in each cavity and fill with butter, then wrap in aluminum foil, sealing tight to keep in the melted butter/boullion mixture, then place on the grill on medium heat for 30 minutes or until the onion is tender when squeezed. Serve in the foil packed to retain the juice.

Note: They can also be cooked in the microwave, but you must wrap in plastic wrap and cook for about 10 minutes.


One more from Virgil, he's sharing a favorite cabbage recipe while there is still plenty available at the market!



Ramen Cabbage Salad


1/2 large head cabbage, coarsely chopped

1 (3 ounce) package ramen noodles, crushed

1/2 cup sunflower seeds/almond slivers

1/2 cup vegetable oil

3 tablespoons white sugar

3 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

1/2 cup diced cranberries


Directions:


1. Toss together the cabbage, noodles, cranberries and sunflower

seeds/almonds.

2. Whisk together the ramen flavor packet, oil, sugar and vinegar, Pour over

cabbage mixture and toss evenly to coat.


Our next recipe and comment comes from our new customer...Julianne! I hope she does not mind me sharing with all of you.



And the blog with recipes is wonderful. I saw the squash recipes for fried, sliced squash. I dust slices with flour (with salt and pepper). Then dip in egg white and then panko. Spray with spray oil on both sides. Bake at 450 until crisp--turning in the middle, Delicious and veeeery healthy.”


As always...enjoy and please share your recipes with us!





 
 

July 6th at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market!

Hope everyone enjoyed America's birthday yesterday. I know ours was a very wet one...hope you all managed to get your grilling and picnic in between raindrops.


I have spoken to a few farmers and they are hoping that the fields will be dry enough to get into in order to harvest for the market tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed! :)


Here's an idea of you'll find at the markets on Saturday...



RICHMOND RD. MARKET


Lettuce

Corn

Tomatoes...red and green

Squash...assorted varieties

Zucchini

Green Beans...heirlooms too!

Cabbage

Onions

Potatoes

Turnips

Beets

Greens

Peppers

Cucumbers

Basil

Black Raspberries

Blueberries

Asparagus

Beef

Pork

Chicken

Lamb

Goat

Eggs

Baked Goods

Beer Cheese

Pimento Cheese...Bourbon blend too!

Cut flowers...think Zinnias and Sunflowers!

Dried Peppers and Veggies

Jams...Pepper Jam too!


STONEWALL CENTER MARKET


Green Beans

Wax Beans

Squash...Crook Neck and Straight Neck

Cucumbers...Slicers, Pickle and Burpless too!

Cabbage...Green and Savoy

Tomatoes...Green and a limited supply of Red

Onions...Green and Candy (sweet)

Zucchini

Rainbow Chard

Potatoes...White, Red and Yukon gold

Peppers...Sweet and Hot but limited supply!

Kale...Curly Blue Scotch variety!

Beets

Baby Leeks

Strawberry jam

Homemade Soap


And, who knows what new goodies might appear either market...like maybe melons!!!




Our farmers grew, raised, baked, produced or made everything that they sell. No reselling allowed...you will be purchasing from one of our members directly! It's called local and we guarantee it!


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


Check out our Facebook page to see updates!


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


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


Don't forget to tune in each Wednesday for our Recipe Wednesday feature!



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


~*~ 2013 MARKET HOURS ~*~



3450 Richmond Rd.


Saturday 9 until 2

Tuesday 3 until 6


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!


3101 Clays Mill Rd.


Saturday 9 until 2

Thursday 3 until 6


Look for us in the Stonewall Center, set up in front of Another Man's Treasure. Plenty of free parking available!



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



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


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

We Accept


EBT/DEBIT


WIC & FMNP Cards!


 
 

Recipe Wednesday at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market!

Today we are talking squash! And I mean any variety...yellow, crook neck, Zephyr, zucchini, etc. Be creative and mix them up. Squash is always wonderful steamed, stuffed, grilled and pickled. Here are a few simple and easy recipes to try with any of the squash varieties available at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market...enjoy!



Squash Puppies


3 medium squash, thinly sliced

3 eggs, well beaten

1 cup self-rising cornmeal

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

1 cup vegetable oil

salt and pepper to taste


Mix onion and garlic powders into the cornmeal. Dip squash into beaten eggs, then into the cornmeal mix. Pan fry in a skillet with preheated oil until golden brown. Salt and pepper to taste.


Simple Skillet Squash and Onion


2 pounds squash, any variety

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoon sugar

1/2 cup water

2 tablespoons butter


Wash squash, pat dry and cut into 1” slices. Place in a skillet with onion, salt, sugar and water. Cover tightly and “steam” about 10 minutes. Remove lid and add butter...stir gently.


Marinated Squash Salad


2 small yellow squash

1 small zucchini

1 medium onion

1 green bell pepper

2-3 radishes

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

1/3 cup sugar

1 teaspoon celery seed

salt and pepper to taste


Slice the first five ingredients into thin slices. Mix the remaining ingredients and pour over sliced vegetables. Cover, refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours. Stir before serving. This will keep up to 10 days in the fridge! :)

 

Enjoy this versatile veggie! :)

 
 

Celebrate the American Farmer at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market!

It's the weekend before the 4th of July and certainly a time to celebrate the reason it's a holiday. The 4th is also known as Independence Day in commemoration of the the signing of the Declaration of Independence. I can't think of a more independent group of people than American farmers. They work the soil, they put their sweat and equity into making sure that the people of our United States of America get to enjoy the wholesome goodness that their hours of dedication provide. So, on this Independence Day weekend, we celebrate the privilege of being able to provide only the very best locally grown fruits and vegetables for your 4th of July picnic! :)


Both market locations will have all sorts of goodies available...here's a sampling of what will be available.


RICHMOND RD. MARKET


Lettuce

Corn

Tomatoes...red and green

Squash...assorted varieties

Zucchini

Green Beans...heirlooms too!

Cabbage

Onions

Potatoes

Turnips

Beets

Greens

Peppers

Cucumbers

Basil

Catnip

Black Raspberries

Blueberries

Asparagus

Beef

Pork

Chicken

Lamb

Goat

Eggs

Baked Goods

Beer Cheese

Pimento Cheese...Bourbon blend too!

Cut flowers...think Zinnias and Sunflowers!

Herb Seasoning

Dried Peppers and Veggies

Jams...Pepper Jam too!


STONEWALL CENTER MARKET


Green Beans

Wax Beans

Squash...Crook Neck and Straight Neck

Cucumbers...Slicers, Pickle and Burpless too!

Cabbage...Green and Savoy

Tomatoes...Green and a limited supply of Red

Onions...Green and Candy (sweet)

Zucchini

Rainbow Chard

Potatoes...White, Red and Yukon gold

Peppers...Sweet and Hot but limited supply!

Okra...shop early!

Kale...Curly Blue Scotch variety!

Beets

Strawberry jam

Homemade Soap


And, who knows what new goodies might appear!




Our farmers grew, raised, baked, produced or made everything that they sell. No reselling allowed...you will be purchasing from one of our members directly! It's called local and we guarantee it!


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


Check out our Facebook page to see updates!


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


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


Don't forget to tune in each Wednesday for our Recipe Wednesday feature!



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


~*~ 2013 MARKET HOURS ~*~



3450 Richmond Rd.


Saturday 9 until 2

Tuesday 3 until 6


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!


3101 Clays Mill Rd.


Saturday 9 until 2

Thursday 3 until 6


Look for us in the Stonewall Center, set up in front of Another Man's Treasure. Plenty of free parking available!



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



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


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

We Accept


EBT/DEBIT


WIC & FMNP Cards!







 
 
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