What's Stirring, May 30, 2014
With most CSA subscriptions well underway, good local and regional food options now begin in your backyard. Next best: farmers' markets. Bluegrass Farmers Market, Lexington's producer-only option, hosts markets in two locations. Together, the markets give buyers options to buy beautiful regionally grown food on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Look at their website for locations and times. I got it wrong last time I published dates and places. Go to the source. and then go the market.
Lexington Farmers Market operates in three locations across four days. Go to that source, too. Farmers are offering freshly grown local or regional food in Lexington every day of the week except Monday and Friday.
- Like inventive local chef Dan Wu's facebook page and follow his progress on Fox TV's Master Chef! Another Kentuckians, Corey Cross of Pikeville, is competing as well. Good background information here.
- Today! May 30, Good Food Co-op offers Kick Off Summer, a special free sampling event, from 5–7 PM. Marksbury Market will have its food truck and be grilling those excellent Kentucky burgers. Many sides, including fried green tomatoes, housemade cole slaw and potato salad, veggie burger options, and snow cones. (Snow cones with attitude, we've heard, as well as organic sugar.)
- June 28: Let's Make It Happen: a community work session to move forward a new low-power community FM radio station set in motion by civic superstar Debra Hensley. Food, gardening, health, and cooking could be regular topics neighbors feature in their radio shows once the station begins broadcasting in 2015.
- July 10 - 13: The Whippoorwill Festival near Berea, Kentucky. Learn "skills for earth-friendly living," offered in more than 75 classes, tours and demonstrations. In addition, Susana Lein of Salamander Springs Farm will host two "Permaculture in Practice" tours during this year's Festival.
- September 13 - 14: Crave Lexington will be back in all its scale and glory. Outdoors at Beaumont Circle.
- October 7: Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show, this year featuring Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond as the celebrity chef, takes place indoors (mostly) at Lexington Convention Center and Rupp Arena.
Learned much about soil lately? Three excellent options:
- Soil Carbon Cowboys, a 12 minute short film about three farmers working to improve soil fertility and health as part of cattle operations.
- What Farm-to-Table Got Wrong, a compelling New York Times opinion piece by Dan Barber, who owns two acclaimed Blue Hill restaurants, one in Greenwich Village and one at a Rockefeller-funded non-profit farm and educational center in Westchester County, New York.
- Or read the whole book Barber wrote, The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food. From the vantage point of page 128 (out of 447, before the end-of-book material), it is worth the read.