Tour Farms and Eat Farm Food in the City

 Photos from central Kentucky farm visits

Photos from central Kentucky farm visits

I'll miss the Lexington Farmers Market Farm Tour and first ever farm dinner downtown in the Pavilion on Saturday, July 31, so I hope you'll go and enjoy both these events for me. Ticket sales for the Taste of the Farm in the City dinner END on Monday, July 26. You can buy tickets for the tour up to the day it happens.

Each farm visit I've made during two previous farm tours has given me new insights and new appreciation for what farmers do, and how they do it. Among the lessons:

  • A row of lilies can soothe a weary heart.
  • A breed of chickens exists called Ameraucanas, different from Araucanas, although both breeds lay exquisite blue eggs.
  • Bottle-feeding baby goats makes milking them easy later on.
  • A suburban backyard can produce a farm's worth of heirloom tomatoes -- beautifully.

I appreciate that the farmers add in welcoming visitors to all the other ways they provide for us.

Here is information taken from the Lexington Farmers Market July 7 e-newsletter:

Do you ever wonder where your food comes from? Can you tell the difference between tomato plants and pepper plants, or do you know what pigs eat when they are raised on pasture? Have your kids ever been to a real farm, or would your parents or grandparents like to visit one? The third annual Lexington Farmers' Market Farm Tour will take place Saturday, July 31st from 9am-2pm in conjunction with our 35thanniversary!  This self-guided tour allows you to choose between 7 of our vendors' farms and visit the ones that interest you the most (maybe all of them)! We've received rave reviews from previous attendees, so don't miss out!

In addition to the Farm Tour, we're also celebrating all the great food the Lexington Farmers' Market has to offer with the A Taste of the Farm in the City dinner that evening. This special event will showcase recipes from Central Baptist's new cookbook, Beyond the Fence: A Culinary View of Historic Lexington prepared with ingredients from Lexington Farmers' Market members. We hope you'll join us for an evening celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Lexington Farmers' Market and the taste of Kentucky.

Tickets for the tour are only $10 for adults and $2 for children under 12. Dinner tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children and are limited. You can buy your tickets at any of the markets starting this Saturday, or online at www.lexingtonfarmersmarket.com.

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The world is coming to visit central Kentucky this year for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. To help our visitors know more about Kentucky's food and food ways, Savoring Kentucky is rolling out 116 Savory Kentucky Bites, one for each of the 100 days before WEG begins, and 16 for the days during WEG, September 25 - October 10. Today's Savory Bite is number 38.