Slather On Sunflower Sundries Excellent Mustards Liberally

Sunflower Sundries Hot Garlic Mustard, with Kentucky grilled meats

Sunflower Sundries Hot Garlic Mustard, with Kentucky grilled meats

A few months ago I tried weaning myself from the mustards Sunflower Sundries produces near Mt. Olivet, Kentucky. I thought I might learn to make mustard myself, even though an attempt a few years ago yielded inedible goop.

For my second foray, I bought mustard seeds in multiple colors, and read a recipe here and there. Time passed and the seed kept staring at me from a pantry shelf. I tried a couple of bottles of "holistic," commercial mustards to tide the household over while I continued putting off becoming Ms. Mustard.

And then I went to Good Foods Market and bought one each of Sunflower Sundries (1) Balsamic, (2) Hot Garlic, and (3) Sweet and Savory mustards. If Good Foods had had the fourth Sunflower Sundries mustard variety on the shelf, Sherry, I would have bought four jars. Why? These coarse-grained mustards taste and feel good, they are lovingly made with fine ingredients and care for the environment, and they have no oil or egg. This means that although the taste becomes milder the longer the bottle is open, the mustards never spoil.

The company website says of Jennifer Gleason, who founded Sunflower Sundries in 1992, " It has been her life long inspiration to make things that people use in their daily life, by hand, and of high quality. Today this manifests itself in the products made on the Sunflower Sundries Farm: herbal soap, traditional fruit jam, coarse-grained mustard,and fine vegetable pickles."

Jennifer Gleason makes better mustards than I can make, using as many Kentucky ingredients as possible. She explains the reasons for the premium (and addictive) quality of Sunflower Sundries mustards here.

Jennifer helps organize a delicious, delightful Asparagus Festival during May of each year in Mays Lick, Kentucky. She brings the Sunflower Sundries products to the Festival, which features an asparagus feast, asparagus art, and a fair featuring local artists and crafts people. While we are on this slight sidetrack, I'll make one more turn and include this list of interesting Kentucky agritourism opportunities, including information about touring Sunflower Sundries.

Check for Sunflower Sundries mustards and other products at these locations, or at Elmwood Stock Farm's spot at the Lexington Farmers Market. Try the Sweet and Savory mustard in a lemony vinaigrette over green beans. Top a locally grown burger with Balsamic. Daub the Hot Garlic (which is not terribly hot) on one of the delicious knockwurst or bratwurst from Kentucky farms like Stonecross and Hillside Heritage. Use the Sherry in dressing for Grilled White-and-Sweet Potato Salad. Or just try a jar and let your taste buds tell you how to use it.

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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 33.