Ag Report: March 23, 2012

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By The Staff

Shelby County home to 2

Certified Roadside Farm Markets

Two of the state’s 106 certified roadside markets are in Shelby County. The 2012 Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program recently accepted  Gallrein Farms and Mulberry Orchard.

In joining the program, these markets have committed to offering quality products and service to their customers. Farm Bureau endorses them for their standards of quality, freshness and marketing appeal.

Gallrein Farms sells a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables at its location on Vigo Road (KY 1005), specializing in its 1,000 acres of 18 varieties of sweet corn. It has green houses for flowers and in July 1 will open its farm market of vegetables, jams, jellies, honey. It also has you-pick strawberries and pumpkins seasonally.

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

Mulberry Orchard has 15 varieties of peaches and 15 of apples so everyone can find their favorites. In the fall, Mulberry Orchard also has a you-pick pumpkin patch.

 “The Certified Roadside Farm Market Program was established to help our farmers generate local interest in the wide array of products they produce on the family farm,” KFB President Mark Haney said in a release announcing those farms’ inclusion. “Along with promotional efforts designed to attract consumers, the program also partners with farm market owners to educate the public about the importance of locally grown and produced products.”

To see a list of the certified roadside markets, visit  kyfb.com/roadside.


Woodlands seminar in La Grange

Nearly half of Kentucky's real estate is covered in woodlands, and those woodlands are often overlooked as a valuable source of income. The seminar, One Acre at a Time, will address how a woodland investment can bring increased dividends by making the right forest management decisions.

 One Acre at a Time will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the John W. Black Community Center, 1551 North Highway 393 in La Grange.

Registration will begin at 6 p.m. There will be food and exhibits at that time, with the program starting at 6:30 p.m. Registration is $5. Preregistration, which is encouraged, can be made in advance at any of the hosting county extension offices: Oldham, Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble. Participants also can register at the door the day of the event. Questions may be directed to the Oldham County Extension office, 502-222-9453 or UK Forestry Extension at 859-257-7597.


Rural Energy for America Program

The deadline for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for the producer and small business programs is next Friday. If you are considering making improvements to enhance energy efficiency or have been wanting to secure more of your operation's energy from renewable sources, this program may work well for you. One of the steps for filling out a Rural Energy for America Program application for energy efficiency improvements is an energy audit or assessment. Find a couple of resources for energy audits at the REAP page http://www.growkentuckyag.com/programs/reap.html.


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§       Supporters of the Shelby County Farmers’ Market will have their annual organizational meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Shelby County Extension office. All prospective members are welcome to attend. For further information, contact Doug at 502-633-7484.

§       Mount Eden Saddle Club’s first horse show of the season will be 6 p.m. April 14. The horse shows will continue every second Saturday through Oct. 13. If there’s rain, the shows will be on the fourth Saturday. For more information, call 502-232-5071.

§       Robertson Equine Sales LLC in Shelbyville will hold its spring 2012 auction April 15 at the Shelby County Fairgrounds.

§       Cattail Creek and Walnut Way Farm will co-host an Interscholastic Equestrian Association saddle seat competition at 11 a.m. on April 22 at Walnut Way Farm on Shelbyville road. Riders are involved in a riding program and attend weekly practice lessons. Horses for competitions are acquired from different sources by the hosting team. Riders select their mounts by “luck of the draw.” For more information, E-mail walnutwf@aol.com.

§       Shelby County Master Gardener Association will host the 12th Annual Shelbyville Garden and Art Fair at 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on April 28 at the Shelby County Fairgrounds pavilion. Hundreds of perennial plants from members’ gardens will be offered for sale. Garden exhibits, arts and craftsman displays, as well as Kentucky horticultural organizations, will be on site. Music and food accompany the event. The Shelbyville Farmers’ Market will open until 1 p.m. The Master Gardeners are seeking exhibitors for the fair. If interested or for more information, contact Carol Ison at 502-834-7222 or carolison@insightbb.com.


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