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Ag report: March 28, 2014

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Shelby County Farmers’ Market seeking booth applications

The Shelby County Farmers’ Market is accepting applications to participate in the 2014 market season.

The program, which opens April 26, runs every Saturday morning until October at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. It features fresh vegetables and homemade goods, such as soaps and candles and crafts.

Applications will be accepted through the end of March. To apply or for more information, contact Cindy Burket at 502-633-7484.

 

Shelby home to 2 Roadside Farm Markets

Gallrein Farms and Mulberry Orchard have been certified as two of the 104 farm markets in the 2014 Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program.

In joining the Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program, these markets have committed to offering quality products and service to their customers. Their acceptance by Farm Bureau tells customers that they meet the highest standards of quality, freshness, and marketing appeal.

Gallrein Farms sells a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables at its location on Vigo Road. The farm specializes in sweet corn, with 18 varieties on 1,000 acres. Gallrein Farms has nine greenhouses and a market that opens approximately July 1st. For more information on Gallrein Farms, visit gallreinfarms.com, or call (502) 633-4849.

Mulberry Orchard sells fresh, local produce from July to November as well as local honey, eggs, meats, apple cider, and a wide variety of jellies & preserves.

Mulberry Orchard has 15 varieties of peaches and 15 of apples so everyone can find their favorites. For more information on Mulberry Orchard, visit mulberryorchardky.com, or call (502) 655-2633.

“The Certified Roadside Farm Market Program partners with our farm market members to educate consumers on the importance of locally grown products including fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, fiber, and value-added products,” said Mark Haney, president of Kentucky Farm Bureau.

Consumers can also go to the 2014 Certified Roadside Farm Market website – kyfb.com/roadside – for a complete list of markets.

 

Educational deadline near

The deadline is fast approaching for local school districts to compete for a grant of up to $25,000, through America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education. Farmers can support their community and strengthen the school district’s application by nominating their local school districts.

Nominations will be accepted until April 6, and school applications must be completed by April 21.

Now in its third year, the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is investing over $2.3 million to strengthen math and science education in rural school districts. To view a list of all the winning school districts from previous years and for more information visit www.GrowRuralEducation.com.

 

Datebook

  • The Shelby County Extension Office will offer a series of Green Thumb Gardening once a month at 1117 Frankfort Road. herbs, April 17; growing cucumbers, cantaloupes, squash, etc., May 15; botanical garden shrub and tree tour, June 19; saving heirloom seeds, July 24; establishing an emerald green lawn, Aug. 21; propagating plants through cuttings, Sept. 18; and putting the garden to bed/spring bulbs, Oct. 16. The cost for the series of classes is $15. Classes will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. except for the fruit tree pruning class, which will be from 9 to 11 a.m. For one class, the cost is $5. Reserve a space by calling 633-4593.
  • The Shelby County Extension Office will be part of a series of equine seminars to assist horse owners with management of their animals and facilities. The three remaining sessions are at 6-8:30 p.m. and cost $10 each, including dinner. They are on survey results and impact (April 3 in La Grange), fly control (April 17 in Taylorsville) and grazing management and laminitis (May 1 in Bedford). For more information or to reserve your seating, call 502-222-9453 or send an E-mail to traci-missun@uky.edu.
  • The Farmland, Food and Livable Community Conference is scheduled for Oct. 20-22 at the Hilton Lexington Downtown. Participants will tour area farms, have mobile workshops and dine at a farmer-chef connection banquet. For more information on the conference, visit: www.farmland.org.
  • Classes on food gardening will again be offered this year at the Shelby County Extension office, 1117 Frankfort Road. You’ll learn to grow everything from potatoes to strawberries, cantaloupes to cucumbers. Classes start from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and run once a week through April 23. Classes are free but space is limited. For more information or to sign up, call 633-4593.

 

The Kentucky Ag Report is compiled weekly from news releases distributed by Keeton Communications and the Kentucky Press News Service.