Tidbits: Feb-Mar 2017
Norton Healthcare Shifting to Local Foods
Louisville’s local food effort experienced a welcome breakthrough in January as Louisville hospital chain Norton Healthcare began serving local grass-fed beef hamburgers and locally-farmed squash, and other seasonal vegetables, year round in their five cafeterias.
During 2017, five Norton hospitals are expected purchase up to 1,000 pounds of vegetables weekly from local farmers. Hamburgers using locally-sourced meat have been available on Fridays, and vegetables have been added as a side option, and will be available at the salad bar throughout the year.
The grass-fed beef is supplied by Oldham County’s Foxhollow Farm where cattle are fed solely on grass and without antibiotics or hormones. Butternut squash is sourced from Sharpe Farms in Georgetown, KY. Certified organic cabbage has been sourced from Rootbound farm in Oldham County.
The success is partly due to the hard work of Sarah Fritschner and Metro Louisville’s Louisville Farm to Table program, whose mission is to develop the local food system by working to increase production, marketing, distribution and sales of Kentucky edible agriculture products and to meet the demand of Louisville's market for local foods. “Norton HealthCare’s commitment to local food is unprecedented,” Sarah said recently. “Dining manager Gene Gruver and dietitian Erin Wiedmar are true visionaries that have made this program work.”
Learn more: LouisvilleKY.gov/government/louisville-forward/louisville-farm-table; Foxhollow.com; NortonHealthcare.com
DIY Doughnuts at Hi-Five
These ladies of the morning know how to satisfy your sweet tooth with the opening of Hi-Five Doughnuts in the Butchertown neighborhood. The first self-proclaimed female-owned food truck and storefront in Louisville, Hi-Five is designed to satisfy every type of doughnut craving by allowing customers to create their own indulgences with a selection toppings and glazes. Also on hand are some all-time favorites: Kentucky Fried Buttermilk Chicken Doughnut, Bourbon Caramel with Bacon and Breakfast Doughnut Sandwich.
Owners Annie Harlow and Leslie Wilson started selling doughnuts with a table and tent in 2013, expanded to a popular food truck in 2014, then a storefront in January. Located at 1011 E. Main St., Louisville. Open W–F 6:30am–2pm, Sa–Su 7am–2pm. HiFive-Doughnuts.com
Closeout Specials at Roots Underwood Farm
Get ’em while you can! Hillary and Matt Sargent of Roots Underwood Farm are selling their inventory to begin a new adventure. As a result, they are offering the following specials:
Pork Bundles: 10-pound bundle, $90; 20 pound bundle, $170; 30 pound bundle, $240. Bundles include various cuts, such as chops, roasts, ribs, brats and ground. Sausage and bacon also available. Discounts for bulk purchases. All herbal products are 10%–20% off, including teas, finishing salts and remedies. Pick up at the farm or delivery is available for a small fee. All forms of payment accepted. Purchase online: RootsUnderwood.com or call 502-594-6947.
Full Menu at Slow Food Bluegrass
Lots of activities happening through Slow Food Bluegrass. Here are some ways you can join the fun:
Monday, February 27: Winter Harvest Soup Swap and Artisan Bread Demo: Wiltshire Pantry shares techniques on how to bring out the bread maker in all of us. Bring your favorite soup (and recipe!), a container to take a sampling of soup home and your interest in learning. Dinner at 6pm at Wiltshire Pantry Bakery & Commissary (space formerly known as Relish). 1346 River Rd., Louisville. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Become a “Friend” of Slow Food Bluegrass: Memberships support community outreach programs, education and events that fulfill the Slow Food Bluegrass mission of good, clean and fair food for all. Levels include Seed: $25, Sprout: $65 and Plant: $100. Each contribution level brings benefits and the knowledge that your donation helps support projects like the school garden grant program. Join today: SlowFoodBluegrass.org.
2017 School Garden Grant Open to Applications: A total of $5,000 distributed over the course of three years to help establish and support a school garden for an eligible nonprofit organization or nonprofit public or private K–12 school in Louisville. Applications accepted through March 1. Grant recipients announced on or by March 8, 2017. See Slow Food Bluegrass website for more details.