I enjoyed attending Kentucky Crafted in Lexington over the weekend. The attendance appeared to be great. It was wall-to-wall people. I was surprised at how many out-of-state vendors were at the show. It used to be Kentucky-made items only.
I also enjoyed lunching at Stanford’s new eatery, the Bluebird Café last week. Chef Bill Hawkins is committed to using fresh ingredients from our local farmers. The menu offers a variety of dishes with nice presentation. Their potato chips and fries are made fresh and to order. Friends who have had breakfast there tell me that is equally delicious. It is worth a trip to Stanford to visit this up and coming restaurant. For now, they are only open for breakfast and lunch.
The Farmers’ Market will be opening in five weeks. It will be so good to see those first crisp, green lettuces and spring greens. They will soon be followed by all of the early vegetables that lead us into summer. We are counting the days.
We still have a little honey from our bees. It is mostly savored over breakfast cereals, pancakes, French toast or just on a spoon. However, Barrie occasionally will part with enough for me to make a dessert or try a new recipe with it. This recipe is especially good.
¾ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup honey
1 cup sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped nuts
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon baking soda
1¼ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together until blended. Press into a well-greased cookie sheet with sides or jelly roll pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla (I sometimes substitute maple flavoring)
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons melted butter
Mix ingredients until well blended and thin enough to spread. Spread on bars while they are warm. Cut bars and remove from pan.
The market will open the first Saturday in April this year. We will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays only throughout April, or until vendors sell out. After that time, our regular Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday schedule will begin. Check this column for more announcements as that day approaches.
EBT and Debit services will continue to be available.
If you are interested in becoming a member of our market for 2012, contact Gary Taylor at (859) 332-2539.
The Boyle County Farmers Market is located at Boyle County Fairgrounds. The market manager is Gary Taylor of Knobview Farms.