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UK Cooperative Extension agents help as Kentucky’s farmers markets open with an eye toward safe sales

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky In the United States, about 40 percent of farmers are 65 or older, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s census. Kentucky reflects that demographic, so when the coronavirus started to emerge in the state, some farmers who were in the elevated risk category and typically sell through farmers markets were a little concerned about how they would...

VisitLEX releases new Beyond Grits dining guide; culinary tours to kick off Aug. 24

VisitLEX has announced the release of the newest edition of its dining guide, Beyond Grits, as well as a new culinary walking tour. The guide features more than 140 establishments in categories such as Date Night, Foodie Approved, and Porches and Patios. “No matter your tastes, occasion or budget, this guide has something for you,” said Mary Quinn Ramer, president of VisitLEX. “It’s a great...

Farmers’ Markets, Fayette County Health Department team to emphasize healthier food options

Healthy food options will soon be a bit easier thanks to the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department and the city’s two farmers’ markets. Starting next week, the health department will bring farmers from the Bluegrass Farmers’ Market and the Lexington Farmers’ Market together to give health department patients, clients, visitors and staff, as well as the entire community, a chance to buy...

Lexington Parks and Recreation adds new event to city’s annual Halloween festivities

There is a new addition to this year’s Parks & Recreation Halloween festivities. Before watching zombies dance down Main Street to Michael Jackson’s Thriller, the Wicked Wonders Art Market will feature ghoulish wares designed by local artists to thrill, chill and delight. On Saturday, Oct. 29, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., people can take a stroll through the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion at Cheapside...

Lexington’s 4th of July Festival begins Friday with Great American Pie Contest and Ice Cream Social

Celebrate our nation’s Independence Day in downtown Lexington with a four-day weekend full of fun events for the whole family. The Fifth Third Bank Presents Lexington’s Fourth of July Festival kicks off Friday, July 1 at noon with the Great American Pie Contest and culminates the evening of July 4 with fireworks outside Commonwealth Stadium. All events are free and open to the public, except...

Stimulating Lives: Bill Best’s work with heirloom seeds helps preserve good taste

“Good Lives, Good Lives” is an ongoing series of podcasts created by Debra Hensley and her Debra Hensley’s Social Stimulus project. The podcasts feature “stimulating” individuals in the Lexington community.   As Hensley contends, you may not have heard of the community members featured, but once you’ve listened to their powerful stories, you won’t forget them....

Betsy Waters: Discover a fun summertime adventure for kids at the local farmers market

Sampling Crank & Boom ice cream at the Lexington Farmers Market is a treat for children. (Photo by Betsy Waters)   Summertime in the Bluegrass brings fresh crops of fruits and veggies, and a visit to your local farmers market is the perfect way to bring farm fresh food to your table. A trip to the market is a perfect way to sample a variety of foods from around our area, as well as to support...

Chef John Foster: Monthly in warm weather, students make magic from farmers market

  And now, a word from our sponsor: Sullivan University chef and students will be cooking local foods at the market this Saturday, April 12, from 9-11 a.m. or until the food runs out.   As part of Sullivan’s commitment to the community and its students, we cook once a month during the summer to promote local farmers and food. The concept is a mystery basket, where a student will be given...

Betsy Waters: Enjoy a fabulous spring break ‘staycation’ with loads of Bluegrass family fun

  Welcome in the spring with some warmer temps and some wonderful events happening for spring break fun all around the Bluegrass.   Lexington kicks off the season with Keeneland’s spring meet, outdoor fun at local family friendly places and, of course, baseball!   Keeneland’s spring meet is a must-do for anyone calling the Bluegrass home. It’s such a special place for locals...

Chef John Foster: Time to move ahead with spring – plan gardens, menus, first cookouts

  The race is on to April, when the weather settles and the Lexington Farmers Market opens for business. What used to be an interminable five-month wait for local products to become available has bridged into a year-round market in value-added items and select farm-raised products.   Sullivan University and I will be there for opening day, shopping the market with students and cooking whatever...

Fayette Farm to School Team receives service award for connecting students to agriculture

The Bluegrass Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has selected the Fayette County Farm to School Team to receive its 2014 Award for Community Service. This annual award goes to an individual or group that has promoted or enhanced the nutritional well-being of the community or has contributed significantly to the nutrition profession.   The team concentrates on these three Cs – classroom, cafeteria...

Chef John Foster: Farmers Market coming
of age, approachable, still community driven

  Blown away … it was a simple as that.   As we walked down the aisles of the expanded Lexington Farmers Market we were met with colors, sights, sounds, smells and a touch of arrogance I had never felt at that market before. It was as if the very soul of the market was expanding into space in front of us, daring us to explore, plunge into and otherwise swim in the waters.   I...

Chef John Foster: As market comes alive
with local ingredients, so will wonderment

  Sullivan University students took another trip with me to the Lexington Farmers Market this past Saturday. Cold, rainy weather kept the crowds small and in a hurry but did nothing to diminish the quality and diversity of the food we cooked for samples. The market is coming alive with local ingredients that seem to materialize out of nowhere. Fresh local strawberries, asparagus, radishes and...

Chef John Foster: Make farmers market more than a place to shop; make it a destination

  The 2013 Lexington Farmers Market opens tomorrow. With temperatures expected to be in the mid-70s and the promised rain as elusive as a ghost, we seem to have once again shifted the jag into high gear, blown past the warning lights that spell spring and careened full tilt into the hot breath of summer. I can probably pull a column from last spring that starts almost the same way. And to me...

Chef John Foster: What can we expect at
the first farmers market of the year? Plenty!

  In a little over a month and a half we will be getting ready to open up the Lexington Farmers Market with a Sullivan University cooking demonstration. In case you missed it last year, students and chefs of the culinary department on the Lexington campus spent one Saturday a month cooking at the market, utilizing food we purchased from local farmers and vendors.   This part of the year,...

Chef John Foster: Even when you’re ‘crazy busy,’ you can put good food on the table

  I’m not sure where I’m going with this column; I’ve got a lot going on, both inside and outside my head. Rather than winter being down time for me (like it used to be in restaurants), it has become planning ahead time or trying new things time.   Even the food we eat these days reflects how crazy busy we seem to be. There are nights when, literally, cheese and crackers (the old...