All your favorite farmers, growers and vendors are back, so we will have fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, eggs and baked goods every Saturday in April. From May 5 until the end of October, we will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Look for these on Saturday:
Vegetables: asparagus; fresh herbs; kale; lettuce — leaf, butterhead and romaine; mustard greens; green onions; potatoes; radishes; rhubarb; spinach; and Florida tomatoes.
Baked goods: friendship breads; granola; homemade grapenuts; sourdough breads; squash bars; and wheat, honey wheat and dill breads.
Canned goods: jams and jellies — strawberry, peach, blackberry, raspberry jalapeño; pickled beets; and relish.
Meats: chicken; and pork sausage — extra sage and hot available.
Other goodies: fresh eggs; homemade dog treats; and Farmers Market cookbooks.
Garden plants: tomatoes; peppers; cabbage; brocooli; herbs; and flowers.
At Bush Farms: Last weeks’ freezing nighttime temperatures sure didn’t help our fruits. The baby paw-paws and apricots I spoke about last week are history. Some fruits such as plums and late blooming apples seem to have minor damage. Even though our grape leaves and little grape clusters are now brown and crisp, the vines already are trying to recover. Strawberries were bitten too but they should be able to reset fruit.
It is still early and more heavy frosts or freezes are not out of the ordinary for Kentucky. Like all farmers and gardeners, we can only hope for mild temperatures and gentle rains.
The Derby is just around the corner. If you are hosting a Derby Party, you may want to try this recipe I saved from a Southern Living party flyer. It is super easy and oh, so delicious.
1⁄3 cup cherry preserves
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1⁄8 teaspoon pepper
1⁄8 teaspoon salt
1 (16-ounce) warm Brie round with rind removed from top
Garnish: toasted pecans
Serve with assorted crackers
Stir together preserves, vinegar, pepper and salt in a bowl. Drizzle over Brie. Top with chopped pecans and serve with crackers.
Note: Vary the flavor of this appetizer with other types of preserves. Also excellent with Bush Farms Raspberry Jalapeno Jam.
We will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., or until vendors sell out, on Saturdays throughout April. Starting in May, the regular Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday schedule will begin.
EBT and debit services will continue to be available. We also accept WIC vouchers but cannot accept Senior Vouchers at this time.
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. If you are interested in becoming a member of our market this year, contact Taylor. Deadline to join is June 1.