Kentucky Growers Offer Us Food Adventures

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Today's pre-WEG Savory Bite comes on Father's Day. My own father, Lisle V. Roberts, loved vegetable gardening and loved food. He ate adventurously. Each year he and Mother selected plants and foods new to them to try in their large garden. Dad also delighted in finding something new or rare at the grocery store of fruit market in Monticello, Kentucky, seven miles from their farm.

One favorite memory: Dad standing in his corn rows, eating a freshly pulled ear of corn, humming just a little bit.

Yesterday's Lexington Farmers Market brought Dad to mind. Our growers keep expanding our palates and our plates. Beautiful and unusual foods caught my attention at many different stands. Some foods are old, and not typically commercial, like Cleary Hill Farm's ground cherries (buttery-sweet-tart, by the way). Some are new to Kentucky tables, like Elmwood Stock Farm's organic fava beans and brilliant edible flowers. Some are exotic, like Blue Moon's lush Kentucky-grown oyster mushrooms.

We are fortunate to have such a wide range of locally grown foods. Kentucky's growing powers are great. Dad appreciated that all his life, and he would have been tickled by the breadth of new foods our growers offer.

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This is Savory Kentucky Bite number 5 of 116 Savory Bites created in honor of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.