Kentucky Food Happenings and News

Fresh eggs at the Farmers' Fair, Covington, Kentucky

Fresh eggs at the Farmers' Fair, Covington, Kentucky

Eight fresh-as-eggs happenings in food and drink, mostly Kentucky:

Hurry if you want to learn from nearby experts how to make money as an urban farmer (pdf), a workshop presented by the Sustainable Commercial Urban Farm Incubator (SCUFI) program and sponsored by Findlay Market of Cincinnati, Ohio. The workshop will be August 27 and 28 in Cincinnati. Special guest Dr. Michael Bomford of Kentucky State University will do a special workshop on using low-cost, solar-heated, high tunnel greenhouses to extend your harvest season and farm profits to year-round.

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The Real Gardener and favorite man at my house, Steve Kay, who has a couple of other jobs, one of them public, will join as Savoring Kentucky goes aural on the radio Saturday morning, August 27, 8 AM. We'll be on Hometown Radio WHBN, 1420 AM, home of the Mercer County Titans and Burgin Bulldogs, in beautiful Danville, Kentucky. We'll be talking with James Ross, host of Gardening with James (facebook), about growing and cooking local food, the many wonders thereof. We thank James for this opportunity!

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Last Saturday's Farmers' Fair in Covington, Kentucky, attracted crowds in spite of the super-heated asphalt setting. Savoring Kentucky applauds the commitment and effort of those who produced this event--as well as the two gelato providers who helped keep the cool--and hopes for many more farmers' fairs throughout Kentucky.

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Sustainable Communities Network founder and local foods champion Jim Embry wrote an excellent piece for the Lexington Herald-Leader about corporate control of seeds and The World According to Monsanto, a film Good Foods Market and Café recently brought to Lexington.

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Astonishing pastry diva (Table 310) and brilliant local BraveTart blogger Stella Parks disclosed the secrets of making our own sodas just as sfgate.com proclaimed a soda revolution brewing in Bay Area. As a matter of policy and principle, Savoring Kentucky holds that Kentuckians should drink our own homemade sodas made from our own great fruits and veggies. We appreciate that other Stella, Stella's Kentucky Deli, for holding steady with the delicious examples.

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That's still not all the Stella stuff. Savoring Kentucky is Officially Not Surprised that über-blog Serious Eats asked Stella Parks to write a weekly column about making favorite childhood commercial snacks at home, with better ingredients, of course. See her debut post for this column, "Meet the Fauxreo," about making Oreos from scratch.

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See what you think about this unusual Ohio farm story, A Farm with Heart...and Brains. I veered back and forth between "Ahhh!" and "Ewwww" more than once. Still one fact remains: Ruth Reichl keeps her writing chops well tended.

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Get tickets now for the 2011 Incredible Food Show on October 8 at Rupp Arena. Last year's Show stretched my knowledge of Kentucky's food scene in wondrous ways, culminating in a video that Holly Hill Inn chef Ouita Michel inspired as she cooked an all-Kentucky fall feast and pronounced Kentucky the epicenter for chefs.

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