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Ramping Up

First an abject apology (again, for some of you) about the April 16 post celebrating the 2013 outdoor opening of the Lexington Farmers Market. Many of my loyal, treasured email subscribers received a version that went haywire into ugly code about half-way in. I tried to correct it, send a note to half of you wonderful subscribers, and the correction also did not work for some. Depending on your computer/browser/smartphone, reading the post online may work without problems. No promises! I threw in the towel on figuring out all that went wrong, and decided...Onward.

In the last month I took part in two profound events, the Kentucky Green Living Fair, and the Berry Center's Conference on Resettling of America. At the first event in Pulaski County, among the countless beautiful farm and craft displays, I saw a handmade cup, perhaps a mug, that I intended to buy. I was busy all day, and never bought my heart's desire.

River Run Farm and Pottery's beautiful handmade cup, now my daily favorite.

River Run Farm and Pottery's beautiful handmade cup, now my daily favorite.

Imagine my happiness when Julie and Jonas Hurley of River Run Farm and Pottery appeared on the porch at St. Catharine College the following weekend as part of BerryCon. There, sweet as life itself, sat "my" cup. Usually, I don't attach to objects, but this cup pulled and beckoned me. I blame its warm and subtle beauty for the way I behaved: I grabbed it.

At St. Catharine, Julie Hurley introduced me to River Run's gorgeous ramps. Until then, I had seen ramps only as lightly browned bits of something delicious on restaurant plates, and I had seen photos. Ramps are natural beauties, it turns out.

River Run Farm and Pottery ramps. Don't they look like rhubarb's city cousin?

River Run Farm and Pottery ramps. Don't they look like rhubarb's city cousin?

River Run deserves its own full story, and Sustainable Kentucky has done a fine job of telling it. The farm lies about three miles from St. Catharine College, which means Jonas and Julie are likely to be close witnesses and perhaps participants in the unfolding Berry Farming and Ecological Agrarianism program now underway there.  This excellent program builds on decades of environmentally friendly work launched by Dominican sisters on their fertile land. I expect it to change Kentucky and our region, and to add to the growing reputation of Washington, Marion, and Nelson counties as important food and drink destinations.

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