Our Winter Market: Life After Vine Street

Small GoatLast Saturday was raw cold in Lexington, with little ice pellets in the air -- but the Lexington Farmers Market Winter Session got underway just as planned in Victorian Square. I had a cold and wasn't there, but I know about it because of the excellent Lexington Farmers Market weekly email newsletter. (Subscribe on the website; scroll down a little and you will see the subscription box in the left column). Market Manager Jeff Dabbelt prepares and sends the newsletter faithfully every week, in every season. This Saturday, farmers at Victorian Square plan to offer amaryllis bulbs, apples, beef, bison, fine handmade chocolates, homemade dog treats in flavors (peanut butter bones...), eggs, garlic, gourds, goat cheese in several flavors and styles, hickory nuts, jams, lilies (cut), onions, spinach, sweet potatoes, turnips, sourdough and sweet breads, wild sassafrass root, and more.

Bleugrass Chevre and Viburnum Valley Farm Confections will be at Vic Square Saturday with plenty of fresh goat cheese and premium Kentucky chocolates (made with European skill). Susan Miller gave me permission to quote her entire message here, so you can start planning your Saturday morning trip:

We'll be at the market with plenty of cheese, but our does are still on maternity leave. They have knit so many booties, they have had to switch to knitting sweaters now. We think Mother Nature might be playing around with us a little bit on their due dates, but we are grateful that the newest goat dairy in Germantown has extra milk to share with us for the month of December. We just have a feeling that all these babies might arrive on Christmas Day. But what could possibly be more fun?

This week there is plenty of fresh chevre in several flavors - garlic chive, chipotle and cracked pepper. We're also experimenting with some fresh chevre balls rolled with bourbon-soaked pecans, dried cranberries and curry, so stop by for a sample. In addition, there will be plenty of feta, plus our holiday rounds decorated with sundried tomatoes and basil leaves.

We're also doing holiday gift boxes with your choice of three cheeses and two or three of those heavenly goat cheese truffles. Just let us know in advance and we can bring it to the market for you. 859.421.6983

Viburnum Valley Farm Confections will have all of their truffle flavors (go to www.vvfconfections.com), plus their new Christmas Truffle with all the holiday spices (nutmeg, cinnamon and more). In addition to individual truffles, they are offering gift packages that are perfect for stocking stuffers, host/hostess gifts and general gift giving. A package of two is $4.50, five is $9.50, six is $11, twelve is $20, and 24 is $38.00 - all in any flavors you choose. If you would like truffles pre-packaged without a wait or want to place a gift order that can be picked up at the market, please call Elaine (859.312.1157) or Marianne (859.494.4905).

As always, their truffles are additive and preservative free.

Thanks for buying local, and hope to see you at the market!

I hope so! Here's to less headcold and maybe a bit more Fahrenheit, just for Saturday morning.