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Gallrein Farms is putting the finishing touches on an expansion that has added 6,000 square feet of indoor market space and 4,000 square feet of additional greenhouse space to its farm and store on Vigo Road.
The expanded facility opened last Friday with the arrival of the farm’s sweet corn, and Bill Gallrein said workers are completing the last few projects.
“We’re still working,” he said. “But we’ve added a lot more produce and we’re handling a lot more local and Kentucky Proud products.”
Kentucky Proud products are certified as made in Kentucky by agriculture commissioner’s office.
The project began last August when the farm qualified for a $150,000 grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board through the County Agricultural Investment Program. The program provides resources for farmers to improve and diversify their production practices. Some of the CAIP funding comes from the state’s portion of the master tobacco settlement.
For the construction work and expansion, Gallrein said he used all local contractors.
“It’s really been a big help,” he said of the facility. “Not only is it climate-controlled and we have a lot more room out here [in the store], but we have more room in our packing shed, too. It was getting a little crowded back there, and we have a lot more room for our wholesale area, too.”
Along with the vast array of produce for which Gallrein Farms is known, the market also is offering local eggs, Chelsea’s Gourmet Pasture Eggs, and hamburgers, Jared’s Grass Finished Beef, from Dutch Creek Farm, and Gallrein said the market soon will carry Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese, made in Barren County.
The store will also open a bakery soon, featuring fudge, doughnuts and pies.
“We’re hoping we can get that open this weekend,” he said. “We’ll start with that and see where were it goes.”
The store also will feature even more crafts and art than it has in the past.
“I think we have some pretty unique stuff,” he said. “And we’re still going to do all the things we normally do in the fall, like the corn maze and pumpkin patch and we have the petting zoo.”