Bluegrass Farmers Market

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

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Bluegrass Farmers' Market opens tomorrow in their new location!

Oh my gosh...tomorrow is the day, we open our new location at the Liquor Barn Hamburg!!! We are so excited...I'm having a hard time controlling myself! lol Seriously, it has been a very long winter of searching for the perfect location that would meet all of the rules and regulations in order to set up our market. Our Bluegrass Farmers' Market Board of Directors and our search committee have literally worked their butts off so that our members would have a place to sell their homegrown goodness to all of our loyal customers. We thank them so very much. We have a new home!!! But, don't forget that through all of this the folks at Azur Restaurant & Patio welcomed us back with open arms. Our continued thanks to them for all of their support. I have to tell you that we are one happy bunch of farmers and are all looking forward to a great 2015 market season at both market locations!


So, what will you find on opening day at the Liquor Barn Hamburg market location? How about some wonderful jams, jellies, bean soup mix and delicious baked goods from McMaine's Riverhaven Farm! Tomatoes, Etc. will be on hand to take orders for heirloom tomato and pepper transplants...get them while you can! The folks at Herb'n Renewal will be bringing their hand blended herb seasoning, including their Season'n Salt which is once again making an appearance at the market due to popular demand, hand crafted soaps and don't forget a little catnip for your kitties! Rumor has it that there might even be some fresh harvested lettuce available too. And, the Master Gardener's will be on hand to answer your gardening questions from 9 until 12!


I know that this looks like a slim list but I think our farmers are busy getting their fields ready or even planting and they just didn't have time to let me know what will be available this week. That's probably the reason I only heard from one of the farmers at our Azur Restaurant & Patio market. Hokhmah Farm let me know that they would be there but weren't sure about what they would bring...it'll be great no matter what it is! Hopefully I'll have more to report next week.


Hope to see you all tomorrow!

Karin, your friendly blog gal


~*~*~*~ 2015 Bluegrass Farmers' Market ~*~*~*~


Azur Restaurant & Patio

3070 Lakecrest Circle in Beaumont Centre

Saturday 9 until 2

Thursday market opening soon!

Liquor Barn Hamburg Pavillion

1837 Plaudit Place off Man O' War Blvd.

Tuesday market opening soon!



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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


 
 

Happenings at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market!

Wow, it's been an exciting week for the Bluegrass Farmers' Market! In case you haven't heard, we have found a replacement location for our Richmond Rd. market! Yup, the folks at Liquor Barn in Hamburg have invited us to set up for our 2015 market season! We want to thank them for coming to our rescue and also thank Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs for allowing us the use of their parking lot for all of those years. Of course, Azur Restaurant & Patio deserves our thanks too because they were gracious enough to allow a few of our members to start selling earlier than normal due to the Easter and Passover holidays. We thank them all. :)


The opening day for the Liquor Barn Hamburg market location is going to be April 18th...next Saturday! Make plans to come visit us. Don't forget that our Azur Restaurant & Patio market is open tomorrow. Granted, it might be limited participation but what you will find will be honest to gosh homegrown or produced by our members...guaranteed! The folks at Hokhmah Farm will be bringing their wonderful home baked breads and fresh spring kale!!! And, you never know who else might show up.


I thought I would share a recipe using kale that a friend (thank you Sherry) gave me...sounds delicious, especially sopped up with some home baked bread!


Portuguese Kale Soup

1 chopped onion
A couple of cloves of garlic
3 good sized carrots chopped
1 lg can whole or diced tomatoes
Kielbasa
Chicken stock
1 can rinsed cannelleni beans, or any white bean
One or 2 bunch of kale washed, big stem removed and chopped up
Olive oil for sauteing
Salt and Pepper as desired

Saute onions, garlic and carrots until translucent and limp low and slow
Add tomatoes
Add broth
Add cut up kielbasa
Cook 20 minutes
Add cannelleni beans cook another 5 minutes
Add chopped kale, and cook till kale is tender. About 10 minutes more.

I smash a few beans on the side of the pot, too add some body to the soup.


Okay, now back to some great news for our market...we have a new member and they will be selling their locally made cheese! Heavenly Homestead Cheese from Windsor, KY has joined our market! Look for them in the coming weeks. It sure looks like an exciting season for our market and we couldn't be more thrilled.


Stay tuned for more wondermus news...not sure that is a real word, but it sure explains how we all feel right now! :)


Your friendly blog gal,

Karin :)


~*~*~*~ 2015 Bluegrass Farmers' Market ~*~*~*~


Azur Restaurant & Patio

3070 Lakecrest Circle in Beaumont Centre

Saturday 9 until 2

Thursday market opening soon!

Liquor Barn Hamburg Pavillion Opening April 18th!

1837 Plaudit Place off Man O' War Blvd.

Tuesday market opening soon!



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


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

 
 

It's a great day at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market!

Yippee! We have a replacement location after the loss of our Richmond Rd. market site! Yup, the final paperwork got all of the i's dotted and the t's crossed today! It's a great day for the Bluegrass Farmers' Market! :) So, where is the new location? At the Liquor Barn Hamburg Pavillion! :)


The folks at the Liquor Barn Hamburg Pavillion were so kind as to offer us space to set up for our 2015 market season. And, the great news is we will be opening on April 18th! We are all thrilled with the new location and look forward to a great working relationship with them and the Hamburg Journal. You can't operate a farmers market without sponsors and when you add these two to our already established partnership with Azur Restaurant & Patio, it's a win-win situation for everyone...farmers and shoppers included.


I'm hoping everyone is as excited about this news as I am...it's time to welcome spring in a grand way!!! I want to say than you to our search committee and the board for all of their time and energy spent trying to find a replacement market...we all really appreciate it. I would also like to thank the folks at Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs for the many years we filled your parking lot each Saturday and Tuesday. We fully understand the reason why we had to move but we wanted to just say thanks for everything that you did for our farmers.


Now, we get to move forward and create another home for the Bluegrass Farmers' Market at Liquor Barn at Hamburg Pavillion! Stayed tuned for updates and new news.


Your friendly blog gal,

Karin


~*~*~*~ 2015 Bluegrass Farmers' Market ~*~*~*~


Azur Restaurant & Patio

3070 Lakecrest Circle in Beaumont Centre

Saturday 9 until 2

Thursday market opening soon!

Liquor Barn Hamburg Pavillion Opening April 18th!

1837 Plaudit Place off Man O' War Blvd.

Tuesday market opening soon!



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


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



 
 

Exciting Saturday at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market!

Saturday is going to be one heck of a day filled with excitement! You'll have to wake up with our farmers to enjoy the first bit of amazement....there is going to be a total lunar eclipse of the moon or as it is known...a blood moon! It's the shortest lunar eclipse of the 21st century! But, you'll have to get up with our farmers in order to view it...it starts at 5:01am and reaches it's maximum viewable in Fayette County at 7:18am...hang in there because it will still be partially visible until 10:59am.


You'll be able to still see this while you are driving to the next exciting event of the day...the Bluegrass Farmers' Market at our Azur Restaurant & Patio location! It's a little early in the season for full market participation but that is the price that you pay when you choose to shop at Lexington's largest 100% homegrown/produced farmers market. The great part is you can guarantee that whatever you'll find, it will be raised, grown, baked or made by one of our farmer members. :) I do know that Stone Burr Farm will be bringing their wonderful lamb! And, Hokhmah Farm will be returning with the same goodies they brought last week!


Then to continue on with the excitement go out to Keeneland and enjoy the opening weekend of the spring meet!


The excitement of the day will conclude when our very own University of Kentucky Wildcats compete in the Final Four and they play at approximately 8:49pm! Go Big Blue! Sure would be nice to be 39 and 0! 40 and 0 would be really great!!!


So, plan your Saturday and enjoy the excitement all day long!


Happy Easter and Happy Pesach!


Your friendly blog gal,

Karin :)


~*~*~*~ 2015 Bluegrass Farmers' Market ~*~*~*~


Azur Restaurant & Patio Opens on March 21st!!!

3070 Lakecrest Circle in Beaumont Centre

Saturday 9 until 2


Other new location to be announced very soon!!!


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


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


 
 

The Bluegrass Farmers' Market is back!

And, the Bluegrass Farmers' Market at Azur Restaurant & Patio continues tomorrow! Unfortunately, I guess our farmers are busy with spring planting because I only heard from a few of them. Yes, Stone Burr Farm will be there with their wonderful lamb! Summer Starts Here Farm will not be at the market tomorrow but hope to return next Saturday. Kelly's Kobe Beef and Herman's Happy Hogs wanted me to let everyone know that Deborah has had knee surgery and is recovering nicely, so they will probably not be attending the market until some time in April. But, I can almost guarantee that you'll find a few more farmers who show up with their great products.


Now that we know that Stone Burr Farm will have lamb available, how about we celebrate National Something On A Stick Day! Yup, that really is a holiday celebrated on March 28, 2015! Who knew! I dug through my recipe box looking for the wonderful lamb kabobs that my mom used to fix for us and I found it...but, it was written out in her usual a pinch of this, a dab of that, etc. Why did our grandparents and parents not write down a “real” recipe? Lol I'm going to try and give you all the best amounts that I can come up with...this is a recipe worth playing with!!!


Mom's Lamb Kabobs


1 – 2 pounds lamb trimmed of fat and cut into 1” cubes...tender cuts are great!

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon of lemon juice

2 cloves of garlic...minced fine

A dash of your favorite hot sauce or maybe a hot pepper chopped up finely

A dash each of cumin and coriander

Salt and pepper

Skewers (wood, bamboo or metal)


Mix everything except the lamb and salt and pepper. Add lamb cubes to the marinade and refrigerate for at least 2 hours...4 would be better. While the lamb is in the fridge, soak your bamboo/wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes. If you are using metal skewers, don't worry about it! Yes. My mom did make that note in her recipe! lol When you are about ready to broil the kabobs, move your oven rack to about 4” below the broiler and turn it on about 10 minutes before actually starting to broil...you want it to heat up. Start skewering the cubes making sure you leave about an inch between each cube. Give them a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Place kabobs on a grill or broiler pan and put them into the oven and broil for about 3 or 4 minutes so that they are cooked to medium...turn them once to assure that all sides get browned. Mom always served this with a side dish of lemon seasoned rice and a dipping sauce made out of shredded cucumbers, sour cream, onions and dill. I guess that was her idea of a Tzatziki sauce. lol I would suggest using yogurt instead of the sour cream.


Anyway, since it's time to celebrate Something On A Stick Day, I thought I would share a little something from my mom's kitchen. And, yes, the memories made me wantto go buy some lamb from Stone Burr Farm!


Now, back to the Bluegrass Farmers' Market business at hand...we will be open tomorrow at our Azur Restaurant & Patio location from 9 until 2 and parking is always free! We still do not have a permanent location for our Richmond Rd. market replacement yet...but we are very close to making the announcement of our new location! Stay tuned for some great news!


Thanks for putting up with my fond memories,

Karin, your friendly blog gal :)


~*~*~*~ 2015 Bluegrass Farmers' Market ~*~*~*~


Azur Restaurant & Patio Opens on March 21st!!!

3070 Lakecrest Circle in Beaumont Centre

Saturday 9 until 2


Other new location to be announced soon!!!


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


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


 
 

Tomorrow is the day!

It's been a long winter with bunches of snow and rain. The good part is, the rain could have been snow! EEK! By now, we are hoping everyone is snow free and the flooding has subsided. It's been rough for our area...the great news...we survived!!! And, the extra great news is that the vernal equinox, or spring as we call it, has arrived! That can only mean that the extra, extra great news is about to follow...the Bluegrass Farmers' Market is ready to open its 2105 market season! Whew, can you tell I am excited by the use of the extra exclamation marks? lol We are all excited and are welcoming spring with open arms.


Most folks don't realize that our members work all winter too. Not only do we have to raise our herds and tend our chickens, we have to decide what seeds to order, prepare the fields for planting, start seedlings in our hoop houses, make sure our equipment is ready for the spring thaw and then we get to rest...for two minutes because we have to start thinking about all of the paperwork involved in selling at a farmers market. No, we don't just “join” a market and start selling because there are many county, state and federal rules and regulations that our farmers must meet each year. Each member of the Bluegrass Farmers' Market has to meet our criteria of being 100% homegrown, raised, baked or made by the actual member. They have to be certified Kentucky Proud or Appalachian Proud. They have to receive a certificate for attending a GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) if they sell any fruits or vegetables. And, they have to be inspected by our membership committee to guarantee that our members are bringing only the best to our market.


I guess you are wondering why I am going on about this...the answer is simple. We want our customers to know that we just don't go to an auction house and buy stuff to resell...we love what we do and we are proud of it and we want you to know that too!


Okay, now to the very best part of this long winded blog...our Azur Restaurant & Patio location is opening tomorrow!!! Yup, Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 9 AM and we'll be there until 2 PM! The folks at Azur have warmly invited us back for a second season and we decided to take advantage of the holiday season and offer our customers the opportunity to purchase Easter and Passover lamb, baked goods, honey and even treats for your four-legged friends! Granted, this will be limited market participation but it is your chance to shop truly local...guaranteed! More great goodies to follow, I promise.


One more thing to mention, our other market location...we're still working on securing the perfect, permanent site and it has been a bunch of hard work for our site committee and board of directors. They are working hard to secure a new location before our April 18th opening. I promise that we will have some news for everyone soon.


So, what farmers will you find at tomorrow's market? Here's a short list and who knows, there might be more! :)


STONE BURR FARM will be bringing their wonderful lamb, all cuts including sausage!


SUMMER STARTS HERE FARM will have muffins, bread, honey and pet treats!


HOKHMAH FARM AQUAPONICS will also be there!


Sorry for being so “mouthy” but I wanted to make sure that everyone knew what happens over the winter,

Karin, Your friendly blog gal


~*~*~*~ 2015 Bluegrass Farmers' Market ~*~*~*~


Azur Restaurant & Patio Opens on March 21st!!!

3070 Lakecrest Circle in Beaumont Centre

Saturday 9 until 2


Other new location to be announced soon!!! 

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, you can link to our blog for updates and happenings from there too!


http://www.bluegrassfarmersmarket.org


We are kentucky Proud and 100% homegrown/produced...Lexington's largest!!!

 
 

It's Almost Time For The Bluegrass Farmers' Market!

The snow is gone and I can actually see grass and I can't tell you how excited I am. It means spring is just around the corner. :) You all know what that means...the Bluegrass Farmers' Market is about to open its 2015 market season! This has been a very loooooooooong winter for our market. As most of you know we lost our lease with our Richmond Rd. market location and the search started, and is still ongoing, for a replacement site. Yes, they have been narrowed down to a few but our diligent search committee and board of directors are still working with the folks at planning and zoning to make sure that we have a great permanent location. The really great news is that Azur Restaurant & Patio has welcomed us back for a second season! Thank you Jeremy Ashby and crew!


Although it is very early for a 100% homegrown/produced market to open in Kentucky, we do have a few members that will be at the Azur Restaurant & Patio market on March 21st! No, you will not find corn or tomatoes!!! But look for lamb, baked goods, honey and even dog treats! Hey, it's a start to a great market season and you'll be guaranteed that you'll be purchasing only honest to gosh local items! Our members grow, raise, make or bake what they sell...guaranteed!


Stay tuned for more updates...I'll keep you posted.


Karin, your friendly blog gal


This is me sending you all an extra spring is almost here yippee!!!


~*~*~*~ 2015 Bluegrass Farmers' Market ~*~*~*~


Azur Restaurant & Patio Opens on March 21st!!!

3070 Lakecrest Circle in Beaumont Centre

Saturday 9 until 2


Other new location to be announced soon!!! 

 
 

Snowy Update From The Bluegrass Farmers' Market!

I woke up this morning and remembered that it was Saturday...I should be at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market! Then I looked out the window and saw the blanket of white stuff that Mother Nature thought she should dump on us this past week and I felt like going back to bed. lol Then I remembered that spring is only 13 days away and I decided that enjoying a hot cup of coffee and thinking ahead would make me enjoy the blanket of snow more. The daffodils will be peeking through any day now. :) I can't wait!!!


Our site committee has still not selected the best location to replace our Richmond Rd. market but they are still working hard with all of the folks who are involved with allowing a farmers market to set up. It shouldn't be long, so hang in there while they continue their many hours sending emails, talking on the phone, making inspections, talking to property owners/managers and making sure that they all know what is going on! It is tedious, to say the least, but thank heavens we have such wonderful volunteers who accepted the challenge of finding our market the perfect location. We sure do appreciate them for all of their efforts.


The good news...our Azur Restaurant & Patio location will be opening on March 28th with limited participation. Think Easter dinner! Need I say more.


Just thought everyone would like a wee bit of an update. Please, if you have to venture out, drive safely and stay warm!


Your friendly blog gal, Karin...who by the way is making a huge kettle of veggie soup today using the last of the 2014 market bounty. Spring and the market opening better hurry so I can refill my freezer!


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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, you can link to our blog for updates and happenings from there too!


http://www.bluegrassfarmersmarket.org


We are kentucky Proud and 100% homegrown/produced...Lexington's largest!!!

 
 

Bluegrass Farmers' Market Update!

Thought it was time for an update!


Our search committee has been working very hard trying to find a market site location to replace our Richmond Rd. market. We all have hopes that it will still be in the same area so that our customers can continue to shop for the freshest homegrown fruits and produce. We have had many people respond to our request for possible locations....thank you all for your support. Unfortunately many of them do not meet the zoning requirements for a farmers market, so this has been a rough road to hoe, so to speak. Some where smaller than we would like, some said no and while a few really want our market, the committee felt that it just wouldn't work for us.


So, the bad news...we still do not have a second market site.


The almost good news...the committee has narrowed it down to a few sites.


The good news...we will have a market site for our opening day on April 18th.


The great news...we have a list of new farmers who want to join our market! :)


The extra great news...we will continue at Azur Restaurant & Patio and that market will open on March 28th with limited participation.


Stay tuned for more news as I receive it and stay warm!


Karin, your friendly blog gal


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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, you can link to our blog for updates and happenings from there too!


http://www.bluegrassfarmersmarket.org


We are kentucky Proud and 100% homegrown/produced...Lexington's largest!!!

 
 

Friday the 13th with the Bluegrass Farmers' Market!

It's Friday the 13th! For those that are superstitious it is a scary day and many folks never leave their home. Unfortunately, many years have two Friday the 13th's but in 2015, we have three! Oh no! Yup, today, then in March and November. Three in one year will not happen again until 2026...whew, the superstitious folks get to breathe easy for quite some time. :)


Just in case you are one of those folks, make sure you eat some garlic today. They say you should carry garlic in your pocket to ward off evil spirits but I say eat it...it's much better that way. :) And, hopefully you still have some squirreled away from the Bluegrass Farmers' Market! Another superstition involves salt. If you spill it, you are supposed to throw some over your shoulder. Again, I say use it to sprinkle on some of those veggies that you stored for winter use...think potatoes, winter squash, etc.


Can you tell that I am not a superstitious type person...I just love food! Especially food that has come from the farmers market. Every time I open my freezer and see all of those bags labeled with the date and the farmers name who grew it, I smile. I love hearing someone ask where we got those green beans and I am happy to report that they came from Barron's Farm or Valley Oak Farm. The same with the squash from McMaine's Riverhaven Farm or Overman's BG Fruit and Vegetables. Of course I can't forget the excitement of choosing a meat to serve with my “fresh” veggies so it brings joy to me knowing that I also was smart enough to freeze various cuts of beef, pork, chicken and lamb from members farms like Kelly's Kobe Beef & Herman's Happy Hogs, On Tapp Dairy and Stone Burr Farm. Yes, life is good and there is no reason to fear Friday the 13th! Just enjoy the bounty! :)


Another thing about Friday the 13th...it's the day before Valentine's Day! Hope you all remembered to consider ordering a floral bouquet subscription from Bellaire Blooms...six months of beauty!


Now that we have Friday out of the way, I'd like to give you a little update on our search for a new primary market location. The search is still on and our search committee is working very hard to find the perfect location for the opening of our 2015 market season. The possible sites have been reduced to just a few and hopefully I'll be able to report a new location in the next week or so. Our thanks to all of the folks who have called or emailed their suggestions...we took each one of them seriously! We are hoping to open in our new location on April 18th. Meanwhile, our market at Azur Restaurant & Patio will be open, with limited participation, on March 28th! Think Easter lamb!!!


We are all looking forward to spring! Stay warm until then,

Karin, your friendly blog gal :)

 
 

Bluegrass Farmers' Market Celebrates Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day is only one week away! Do you know what you will be doing special for that extra special person in your life? How about a few suggestions from our Bluegrass Farmers' Market members.


The folks at Bellaire Blooms think their Bouquet Subscription Program/ Bouquet CSA is perfect for Valentine's Day. They are offering 23 weeks of bouquets for $275. The first bouquet will be May 27th and the program continues through October. We think those sweethearts deserve 6 months of fresh flowers! Here is a link where interested parties can read a little more about what they offer. http://www.mkt.com/bellaireblooms And, the good news...the price is payable in two installments!


A quiet evening with wine and cheese by candlelight is always welcome! Try a bottle of award winning wine from Grimes Mill Winery. http://www.grimesmillwinery.com/ Pair that with some wonderful pimento cheese spreads from the folks at JP Foods, LLC. You can find them at all of the local Liquor Barn locations. http://jpfoodsllc.wix.com/jpfoodscheese


Or maybe breakfast in bed is in order! Surprise that loved one with a simple and easy to prepare omelet from the folks at Herb'n Renewal! www.herbnrenewal.com The great part...no messy skillets to clean! Here's the recipe for a crowd...just make what you need!


Have It Your Way Omelet


1.You’ll need a large pot filled with water at a rolling boil.

2. Prepare dishes holding various items that you would include in an omelet, such as chopped onions, peppers, ham, cheese, bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms, etc. Don’t forget to add a bit of seasoning…we like CHEESE’N SEASON, HERB’N COWBOY or CAJUN WING’N SEASON if you like a bit of spice in your life!

3. Have each person write his or her name (with permanent ink) on a quart size freezer zip lock plastic bag.

4. Break two (no more, no less) large or extra large eggs into each bag and give it a good shake so that it is well blended.

5. Now comes the fun…have each person pick and choose the items that they like and just dump them into their egg filled bag!

6. Once they have them loaded, just “zip” the bag closed making sure you get all of the air out of the bag.

7. Place the bags into the boiling water and boil for 13 minutes. You’ll be able to “do” about 6-8 bags in a large pot.

8. After exactly 13 minutes remove the bags and slide out your very own perfect omelet! Great served in a warm flour tortilla!

     

~*~ Happy Valentines Day! ~*~

     

 
 

Super Bowl Countdown Continues At The Bluegrass Farmers' Market!

Okay, who is gonna win? Will it be the Seahawks or the Patriots? I'm voting for the commercials and great food! lol Super Bowl Sunday has become a tradition for many and it means football and food! I'll say that again...food! Great food to be more exact! In between all of the cheering, rooting and even boo hissing, there has to be something that makes everyone feel great. Food!!!


So, let the members of the Bluegrass Farmers' Market make a few suggestions. :)


There is still time to venture out to the local Liquor Barn stores for some Smoked Pepper Pimento Cheese from JP Foods. Great on crackers, as a topping on chili, melted between two pieces of bread or even just on your finger! By the way it's also great when you top a taco with it and broil for just enough time to melt!


Got crackers? Try spreading them with some of McMaine's Riverhaven Farm pepper jelly...great when spread with cream cheese! Contact them at lmcmaine@gmail.com if you need to order some...hurry!


Don't forget that lamb is not just for roasting! Think cocktail meatballs...a perfect Super Bowl snack! You can contact Stone Burr Farm at stoneburrlamb@gmail.com


Here's a simple and easy hot dip recipe from the folks at Herb'n Renewal...you can contact them at rubnseason@aol.com


Cajun Wing'n Season Cheese Dip


2 lb. Velveeta cheese, cubed

1 15 oz. can mild chili beans

1 10 oz. can diced tomatoes and green chiles, drained well

1 bunch green onions, sliced

1 tbsp. Cajun Wing’n Season


Place all ingredients in a double boiler and stir until melted and well blended. You can also place ingredients into a microwave safe bowl and microwave; stirring occasionally until melted. Serve warm with tortilla chips.



Hope your team wins!


Folks, don't forget...we have lost our lease for our Richmond Rd. market.. If you know of any business zoned area that would consider allowing us to set up in their parking lot, please contact us at fromourfarms@aol.com



 
 

Snowy Day Recipes From The Bluegrass Farmers' Market!

Thought today would be a perfect time to share a recipe from Roger Postley from Tomatoes, Etc. Anyone who knows Roger, knows how precise he is so I am sharing this verbatim! :) Besides, editing it would ruin it...Roger has such a way with words!


Postley'sFIRST-COOKED-ON-AN-UPSIDE-DOWN-STEAM IRON”Chicken Noodle ‘Stew’

Copyright © 1963-2015 Roger H. PostleyTomatoes, Etc.All rights reserved.


2-3 lbs chicken thighs (with skin and bones)... these are easiest to use, but

any chicken parts will work.)

1-2 chicken bouillon cube(s)

1 can (or more) of chicken broth/stock (size is your choice...)

1-2 tsp. of dried dill weed (to taste)

1-2 tsp. of celery seed (to taste)

4-6 soup cans (from the broth can) of water (enough to cover the chicken)

1 lb. thin to medium-wide egg noodles

1-2 cups frozen green peas (or any other vegetables... also try diced raw onions!)

Salt - to taste (if you must…)


Add the chicken, bouillon cube(s), chicken broth, dill, celery seed, and water to a large pot. Bring to a simmer, and heat for 45-60 minutes. Turn off the heat. Remove the chicken to a plate and allow it to cool. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, pull off and discard the skin, fat, and bones. Tear or shred the chicken meat into bite-sized pieces and return to the pot of warm liquid.


Bring the pot to a simmer once again, and add the peas (or other vegetables) and the noodles. Simmer until the noodles are tender (check package for estimated time). This should cook down to a ‘stew-thick’ very rich soup. If you prefer a thinner soup with more liquid, add more water, stir, and heat for a few minutes.


Serve with hot bread/crackers and butter and add a tossed salad, for a full meal. This soup freezes very well. It is also delicious as a cold ‘pasta/congealed’ salad. It will store (covered) for a week in the refrigerator. Consider freezing in Ziploc™ bags in bowl-sized portions for microwave ‘nuking’ for individual servings....


This will make six to eight full bowls of almost stew-thickness ‘soup’!

E N J O Y !!!


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And, here's one from Kirby and Babette from Overman's BG Fruit & Vegetables...having your oven on will help warm up your home and enjoying these roasted veggies will warm your tummy! :)


Roasted Carrots and Parsnips

Ingredients

2 pounds parsnips, peeled
1 pound carrots, unpeeled
3 tablespoons good olive oil
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons minced fresh dill or parsley

Directions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

If the parsnips and carrots are very thick, cut them in half lengthwise. Slice each diagonally in 1-inch-thick slices. The vegetables will shrink while cooking, so don't make the pieces too small. Place the cut vegetables on a sheet pan. Add the olive oil, salt, and pepper and toss well. Roast for 20 to 40 minutes, depending on the size of the vegetables, tossing occasionally, until the parsnips and carrots are just tender. Sprinkle with dill and serve hot.
Enjoy!

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I have to admit that I love the way the members of the Bluegrass Farmers' Market share recipes, tips and hints with our customers. That's one of the reasons why our customers keep coming back...we know what we grow, raise, bake or make! And, we love to talk about it! :)

And, as much as I hate to have to mention this again, The Bluegrass Farmers' Market lost their lease with Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. So, right now we are looking for a new location so that we can continue to bring you our homegrown goodness. If you have any suggestions, please email me at fromourfarms@aol.com and I will see that our search committee gets it.


The good news...The Bluegrass Farmers' Market at Azur Restaurant & Patio will open on March 28 with limited participation...think Easter lamb from Stone Burr Farm! I'll keep you posted on any updates.


Karin, your friendly BGFM blog gal


 
 

Super Bowl with the Bluegrass Farmers' Market!

How about a few Super Bowl super easy ideas for feeding the game watchers! All brought to you by some members of the Bluegrass Farmers' Market!


The folks at JP Foods sent me a super easy recipe that is sure to delight your friends and family. “We usually do a Super Bowl party-it's a perfect time to showcase our cheese with friends and family and enjoy some simple but tasty fare. I take a couple of tablespoons of butter and melt it on medium heat in a cast iron skillet. I take sourdough bread and slather one side with our JP Foods Traditional or Bourbon Smoked Pepper Pimento Cheese and top with a couple of slices of your favourite cooked bacon, top with another slice of bread, then cook the sandwiches, turning once, until they are golden brown and the cheese is melty and gooey. Cut each sandwich into quarters for PERFECT Super Bowl party finger food. People flip for the warm pimento cheese and bacon sandwiches!We also top our favourite chili recipes with a dollop of Traditional or Bourbon Smoked Pepper Pimento cheese instead of sour cream-delicious melted into chili!”


Don't forget that you can purchase their wonderful cheese spreads at the Liquor barn locations in Lexington, Danville and Louisville. Or try shopping at other Lexington stores like Cork and Barrel or Town Branch Market. If you're in Franfort, you can find them at Capital Cellars. If you venture to Lancaster, look for them at Marksbury Farms Market.


The folks at McMaine's Riverhaven Farm suggested a great and tasty snack using their Hot Pepper or Hot Spiced Tomato jams. Set out some crackers, a chunk of cream cheese and bowls of their jams...let folks spread them to their hearts content! Delicious and easy!!! If you have run out of their wonderful jams, you can contact them at lmcmaine@gmail.com


Overman's BG Fruits and Vegetables shared one of their favorite dip recipes...easy, make ahead and delicious!


1/2 cup(s) lowfat Greek yogurt

1 tablespoon(s) fresh lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon(s)Tabasco sauce (optional)

Kosher salt

Pepper

1 scallion, finely chopped

1 tablespoon(s) chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

2 ounce(s) blue cheese, crumbled

Cucumbers, sliced, for serving

Radishes, sliced, for serving

Potato chips, for serving


In a bowl, whisk together the yogurt, lemon juice, Tabasco (if using), and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Stir in the scallion and parsley, then the blue cheese. Serve with radishes, cucumbers, and potato chips.


The herb folks at Herb'n Renewal shared one of their most requested recipes. Make it the day before and it's a no fuss Super Bowl treat!


Spinach'n Ham Herb Spread


1 10oz. pkg. frozen spinach, well drained

1 cup red onion, diced

1/2 lb. thinly sliced ham, chopped

1 cup mayonnaise

1cup sour cream

1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese

2 Tablespoons Rub'n Season Herb'n All


Allow frozen spinach to thaw and drain well; pat or squeeze till dry. Let cream cheese soften. Mix mayonnaise and sour cream. Add cream cheese and beat till somewhat smooth...a few lumps are okay! Add the Herb'n All and mix well. Add the onion, spinach and ham; stir well. Cover and refrigerate overnight if possible. Serve with crackers.


If you need to order some Rub'n Season Herb'n All you can email them at rubnseason@aol.com or order online at www.herbnrenewal.com


Stay tuned for more Super Bowl Sunday recipes!!!


And, as much as I hate to have to mention this again, The Bluegrass Farmers' Market lost their lease with Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. So, right now we are looking for a new location so that we can continue to bring you our homegrown goodness. If you have any suggestions, please email me at fromourfarms@aol.com and I will see that our search committee gets it.


The good news...The Bluegrass Farmers' Market at Azur Restaurant & Patio will open on March 28 with limited participation...think Easter lamb from Stone Burr Farm! I'll keep you posted on any updates.


Karin, your friendly BGFM blog gal


 
 

The Bluegrass Farmers' Market Needs Your Help!

Well folks, we have some not so good news to report to everyone...customers and farmers alike. It seems like the folks at Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs have decided not to renew our lease this year. :( That means that we will be losing our primary market location. Our satellite market at Azur Restaurant & Patio will continue on...in fact they will be opening, with limited participation, on March 28th.


Now comes the hard part because we have to find a new location before spring so that the Bluegrass Farmers' Market can continue to bring our customers the homegrown goodness that they have come to expect from us. We have had a couple of places that have offered us the use of their parking lots but they are not ideal locations. One is quite far from the Richmond Rd. area and off of the beaten path. The other one is very small.


So, this is where you all come in...we need your help! If anyone knows of a spot where we can set up our market from mid April through the end of October, we sure would love to hear about it. We are working very hard to find a suitable location that we can call our “forever home!” We would love to stay in the Richmond Rd. area but not necessarily on Richmond Rd. There would have to be space to accommodate at least 25 farmers with plenty of parking for customers. Saturday from 9 until 2 is a must but a weekday market could be a negotiable day and time.


We really would like a permanent location before our 2015 market season starts but if we have to compromise and use a temporary spot...we'll take that too! We just want everyone to know that the Bluegrass Farmers' Market will open in the spring but at a new location!


If there is a silver lining to all of this, it would be that maybe we can locate a larger more visible location and we can continue to grow. We have farmers waiting in the wings, so to speak, that would like to join our market but space didn't allow for that. Maybe this is a blessing in disguise!


So, please put on your thinking caps and help us find our “forever home!” You can email me at fromourfarms@aol.com with any suggestions...we're ready to move!!! I'll make sure that the search committee gets your suggestions.


Karin, your hoping for the best blog gal :)


~*~ The Super Bowl Sunday Posts Will Continue! Stay Tuned! ~*~

 
 
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