By SKY Farmer’s Market, SKYFarmersMarket.com
Friday, May 4th, 2012 9:00 AM CST
At the SKY Farmers Market, we’re proud of the quality and diversity of products offered at our market. If you made it to the market last weekend you had a choice between five different farms selling hundreds of quarts of strawberries, all of them fresh-picked and locally grown by the smiling faces standing behind them.
With the season progressing toward summer, you can expect to find an increasing variety of fresh produce at the market. Start keeping an eye out for some broccoli, cucumbers, zucchini, and summer squash to be showing up on the tables alongside of the strawberries, asparagus, lettuce, spinach, carrots, and other spring crops.
But if you’re only shopping for fresh fruit and vegetables, you’re missing out on half the fun. SKY Market members are also selling:
- Grass-fed beef
- Pasture-raised chicken, pork, and lamb
- JD Country Milk: low-temperature pasteurized, non-homogenized, and simply the best in the region
- Kenny’s raw-milk cheese made with vegetable rennet
- Farm fresh and truly free-range eggs
- Bread, cookies, pies, and other home made baked goods
- Wine, coffee, herbs, and spice mixes
- Honey, jelly, jams, and preserves
- Goat’s milk soap
- Bedding and garden plants, trees and shrubs, baskets and planters
- Cut flowers
- Art and craft items from local artists
- Hot breakfast of local foods
Our nearly forty members are the reason we’re your best source for farm fresh, seasonal, locally grown food in Bowling Green, KY. Come on down and get to know them.
Real Farmers, Real Food, and Real Talent
We’ve all heard the expression, “real talent is hard to come by.” However, at SKY Farmers Market that is not the case! In fact, the market is fortunate to showcase a very high caliber of artistic talent, in a variety of styles and mediums. Whether fine art, traditional crafts, or wearable art, it’s all subject to the same selection and inspection processes as the farmers at the market; an assurance that ALL the artwork for sale at the market is created by the person selling it.
May is a busy month for occasions like Mother’s Day, graduations and weddings. If you’re looking for a gift that’s unique, beautiful and locally produced, you might consider shopping at one of the impressive open-air “boutiques” at the market. Let’s take a moment to introduce you to what’s available.
Laura Bain-Selbo is a potter who makes functional and whimsical stoneware pieces in Warren County. Her tableware, vases, cookie jars, birdbaths, you name it, are all covered in gorgeous glazes with the occasional animal figurine added for fun.
Fun, playful and colorful are words that jump to mind when talking about the paintings of Sarah Fricks and Carly Carey, collectively known as Local Color. Their work depicts a wide range of subjects from folksy and nature inspired scenes to urban chic, but it’s all rooted in images of Kentucky. They’re both from Warren County.
The paintings and pottery of Kellie Diamond are on display at the Falling Springs Flower Farm booth. A resident of Hart County, Kellie finds inspiration for her luscious, color-filled oil paintings in nature and farm life. Her hand-built, earthenware vases, bowls and flower pots also echo this sense of wonder at the natural world.
George and Jeannie Shipley of Apple Berry Farm in Metcalfe County have recently added beautiful handwoven baskets and rugs to their line-up. Jeannie’s bright, eye-catching rugs, made from recycled t-shirts, are extremely durable. George’s baskets come in a wide range of sizes and styles and are true testaments to fine, meticulous, hand-made craftsmanship.
Allen County resident, Tracy Willoughby (a.k.a. Gretchen), has a love of things bright and colorful. Using fiber reactive dyes and all natural materials, like cotton, bamboo and rayon, she creates wearable rainbows. The clothing available at Gretchen’s Faery Farts covers a wide spectrum of styles and shades of color, from concert-fare tie-dye t-shirts to more subdued, sophisticated dresses and women’s wear.
Amy Nemon from Warren County is another exceptional fabric artist who uses natural fibers in her work. She also makes amazing jewelry, candle holders and other gift items with intricate geometric designs formed from polymer clay. Distinctive and functional, the artwork at Amy’s Runes is a real treat for the eyes.
Farm Aid: 26 years of Great Music, Supporting Farmers, and Strengthening America
On Saturday, May 19, John Mellencamp will be giving a concert to benefit Farm Aid at WKU-Houchens Smith Stadium in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Tickets are free and available exclusively from Independence Bank.
Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land. Dave Matthews joined the Farm Aid Board of Directors in 2001. Farm Aid has raised more than $39 million to promote a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture. Farm Aid is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to keep family farmers on their land by:
- Promoting food from family farms
- Growing the good food movement
- Helping farmers thrive
- Taking action to change the system
Among other things, Farm Aid promotes local and regional food systems and connections between family farms and consumers. It opposes factory farms and educates about issues like genetically engineered crops, growth hormones, and overuse of antibiotics. Farm Aid also provides crisis support for farmers at 1-800-FARMAID and provides extensive resources to help strengthen and improve family farms.
Sure they rock out, but if you’re not all that familiar with the organization, you might be surprised by everything else they do. Pop on over to www.farmaid.org to find out more.