A Bluegrass Christmas
Did you know that you can create an unforgettable holiday with food and other products grown or raised on Kentucky farms? From the turkey to the Christmas tree and everything in between, you and your loved ones can enjoy an all — Kentucky Proud holiday.
“I encourage Kentuckians to strive to make their holiday meals with ingredients from right here in Kentucky,” says Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles. “What better tribute could we give Kentucky farmers than that?” Here are a few ideas to help you assemble a Kentucky Proud feast to remember.
Let’s start with the center of the plate. Elmwood Stock Farm in Georgetown offers organic, pasture-raised heritage turkey as well as standard breeds. Broadbent B&B Foods of Kuttawa showed the grand champion country ham at the Kentucky State Fair for the ‑16th time this year.
To complement the meat, visit retailers such as Paul’s Fruit Market , Rainbow Blossom and ValuMarket for a wide selection of Kentucky Proud fruits and vegetables, mixes, condiments, sauces and other items. Louisville’s farmers’ markets can supply you with farm-fresh fall vegetables such as sweet potatoes, squash and greens.
Keep your fork and bring on dessert! If you make your own, may we recommend topping it off with Kight’s Pecans from western Kentucky? Or save time and pick up Derby-Pie from Kern’s , Modjeskas from Bauer’s Candies or any of a num- ber of other unique Kentucky Proud confections.
Don’t forget the Christmas tree. Heading out to a nearby tree farm is a holiday tradition in many Kentucky households. Go to KYChristmasTreeFarms.com to find a farm near you. You’ll need some gifts to go under that tree. A Taste of Kentucky, with three retail locations in Jefferson County, offers a wide variety of Kentucky-made or -inspired gifts, foods, crafts and gift baskets.
When you serve Kentucky Proud foods and buy Kentucky Proud gifts, you’re giving the best Kentucky has to offer. When you shop Kentucky Proud for loved ones far away, you’re giving them a little piece of home. To find Kentucky Proud products, go to KYProud.com.
Commissioner Ryan Quarles
Kentucky Department of Agriculture