Health trends in the United States have been favoring sustainable food sources for several years now. From organic vegetables to hormone free proteins, people across the nation are beginning to embrace better eating habits in growing numbers. As a newcomer to Louisville it is becoming apparent that this is one area where residents of the River City are ahead of the curve.
Everywhere I look I see: “Kentucky Proud” labeling on packages, restaurant menus that reflect locally sourced foods and a plethora of farmers markets where consumers can go and pick out healthy, local ingredients for their meals. This post is dedicated to the affinity that I am quickly gaining for such produce markets.
I am constantly pleased to find that, spread throughout an urban area, I can find multiple areas that host farmers markets. I have access to a series of venues where I can purchase everything I need for my refrigerator and pantry. As much as I love trying new foods and cooking, I never experienced farm fresh eggs or locally made cheese before moving to Louisville. I thoroughly enjoy being able to go out and choose from locally sourced produce. Eating food that ripened on the vine, as opposed to in the back of a truck or a box in a grocery store, consistently yields tastier food that is richer in nutrients than what I am generally accustomed to.
I cannot claim to have had the opportunity to visit every farmers market in the area yet. I have taken time to visit a few though. Two that I found some great provisions at were:
- The Saint Mathews Farmers Market- Housed at the Beargrass Christian Church Saturday mornings from 8 A.M. until noon, this market offers plenty to eat and purchase. You can grab a freshly made burger or breakfast sandwich to enjoy while picking out the local honey and farm fresh okra that you want to eat later in the week. It is a great place to get to know local farmers, ranchers, artisans and even neighbors.
- The Phoenix Hill Farmers Market- If Saturday mornings aren’t your thing then drive over to East Market Street on a Tuesday between 3 P.M. and 6:30 in the evening. I found fresh eggs, locally produced marmalade and a great selection of local vegetables. As a nice bonus, the organizers of this market were even giving away free reusable grocery bags.
I look forward to venturing out to the other farmers markets in the area. The abundance of local fare is a welcomed amenity that I plan on getting the most out of during my tenure here in Louisville. Thus far I am both pleased an impressed with Louisville’s commitment to offering locally sourced food.