The Farmers Markets listed below support edible Louisville & the Bluegrass Region through their advertising. For a complete listing of area Farmers Markets, check our June-July 2014 issue at ediblecommunities.com/louisville.
Lexington Farmers Market
201 West Main Street
398 Southland Drive
Corner of South Broadway and Maxwell Street
399 South Broadway
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7am–4pm
Corner of Alumni and University Drives
1250 University Dr.
Rainbow Blossom Farmers Market
3738 Lexington Rd, 40207
St. Matthews Farmers Market
Beargrass Christian Church,
4100 Shelbyville Rd, 40207
Aug 9: Heirloom Tomato Day: Come taste and buy many varieties of heirloom tomatoes.
Sept 13: Beekeeping Day: Celebrate National Beekeeping Month with a variety of local honeys for tasting, hands-on activities such as beeswax candle-making, and a display of the tools of the beekeeping trade.
Westport Road Baptist Farmers Market
9705 Westport Road, 40241
Farm to Table at Whole Foods Market
4944 Shelbyville Rd, 40207
TWO MARKETS WELL WORTH A VISIT
By Abigail Cheskis
(FoodWorks intern from Middlebury College) As a FoodWorks intern this summer, my goal is to understand as much as I can about the local food system in Louisville in a short nine weeks. FoodWorks, a program run by Middlebury College in Vermont, aims to give students a new perspective on the current food system in order to plant seeds for a creating a more sustainable one.
While the program has certainly introduced me to current efforts and leaders of Louisville’s local food economy, I’ve found that the city’s farmers’ markets are the most informative, open and friendly places to delve into the network.
Through my work with the University of Louisville Sustainability Council, I’ve been behind the scenes at both the Gray Street and Belknap farmers’ markets. The Gray Street Market, located on the university’s Health Science campus at East Gray Street and South Preston, opened in 2009, and serves a diverse group of people in the downtown area.
The market is a social place: People emerge from the surrounding buildings and homes to talk with the vendors, buy their weekly fruits and vegetables and eat lunch with friends. The market’s information booth also allows those on food stamps or short on cash to swipe their cards in exchange for tokens that can be used at each vendor. This helps the market to be a place for a diverse group of people to interact with each other, while also supporting healthy eating and a local food economy.
The Belknap Farmers’ Market, a sister market to Gray Street, had its grand opening this summer. It is located on the university’s main campus at Third and Brandeis. The Belknap market offers the same social atmosphere — encouraging interactions between UofL staff, faculty, students, neighbors and market vendors.
I experienced this open and friendly atmosphere firsthand when I was buying blueberries from Jeneen Wiche at Swallow Rail Farm. Jeneen enthusiastically accepted when I asked to go out to her farm in Simponsville to learn and volunteer with some FoodWorks friends. We loved the enriching conversations about the politics and feasibility of farming and local food, and we were honored to help her. These are precisely the types of interactions that farmers’ markets inspire.
These conversations also teach people about the importance of fresh food and the difference between store and market environments. Steve Hess from Lowe Creek Farm describes his berries as having a “sweetness that you don’t even know about” and characterizes the community as demonstrating a unique energy; the market is place where people “build their own community among themselves.” It is unlike anything you would experience in a grocery store.
If you have yet to visit the Gray Street and Belknap farmers’ markets, I highly encourage it. They’ve helped me deepen my understanding of food systems and Louisville’s local food economy. I will surely return home remembering and discussing the lessons I’ve learned from those who know and care about food and community.
Gray Street Farmers’ Market
E. Gray Street between S. Jackson and S. Preston
Thursdays 10:30am–2pm through October 30
Belknap Farmers’ Market
Third Street and Brandeis
Thursdays 3:30–6pm through October 16