Louisville Kentucky Local Heroes - 2019
We define a “local hero” as someone whose business offers high-quality local products and maintains high standards in social and environmental practices, food sourcing, regional economic impact and commitment to promoting a sustainable food system. This year, our Local Hero Hall of Famers* selected the following heroes for their positive work in 2019. Congratulations!
*Mayan Café, Rainbow Blossom, Blue Dog Bakery & Café, Lucky Clover Farm, Good Food Co-ops, Douglass Loop Farmers’ Market, Bluegrass Farmers’ Market, Kentucky Kombucha
ANDREA WELLS FOUNDER OF WELLS MADE CO.
Photo courtesy of Wells Made
Andrea Wells, founder of Wells Made Co., uses all-natural, organic ingredients and sustainable jars to make a line of premium handmade butters: pumpkin seed, cashew black pepper, hazelnut espresso, sesame seed, hemp seed, almond and macadamia hazelnut with coconut. Full of protein with no added sugar or salt. The butters can be found at various local farmers markets, Rainbow Blossom locations, Lucky’s Market and online.
WEST SIXTH BREWING
Photo courtesy of West Sixth Street
A Kentucky Proud independent craft brewery and taproom, West Sixth Brewing focuses not just on making fantastic beer, but also being a good business in everything they do. This includes supporting the work of great nonprofits throughout the state, being environmentally conscious in everything they do, sourcing local when possible, being a great place to work and reminding everyone that craft beer is an agricultural product through the West Sixth Farm.
Photo courtesy of Lotsa Pasta
For over 37 years Lotsa Pasta has been offering the best food the world has to offer: pastas, breads, cheeses, meats, oils, spices, olives, Asian ingredients, peppers, chutneys, salsas, rices, capers, tomatoes, couscous and CAVALLO NERO artisanal pasta.
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3717 Lexington Rd.
Louisville, KY 40207
Photo courtesy of Freight House
Chef Sara Bradley has been rocking the food world with her appearance on “Top Chef” and her efforts to source locally at freight house, her farm-to-table restaurant in Paducah, KY. With the belief that eating is an ethical act, Bradley strives to minimize waste by reusing and repurposing at every opportunity.
330 S. 3rd St. #102
Paducah, KY 42003
HOLDEN FAMILY FARM — FRED HOLDEN
Photos courtesy of Holden Family Farm
Farmer Fred Holden of Holden Family Farm has been growing garlic in northeast Jefferson County along Floyd’s Fork for over 20 years. He and co-farmer Amara McCarthy strive to improve soil health while producing crops without fertilizers, insecticides or other pesticides. Their fruits, vegetables, garlic, herbs and cut flowers are found at Douglass Loop Farmers’ Market and restaurants Gralehaus and Holy Grale, Harvest, Lilly’s Bistro, Mayan Café, Seviche, Wiltshire on Market, Red Hog and Another Place Sandwich Shop. Amara has a small CSA.
Find Farmer Fred on Instagram at yrfarmerfred.
SLOW FOOD BLUEGRASS
Photo courtesy of Slow Food Bluegrass
Slow Food Bluegrass believes in clean, fair food for all. They raise money to educate a new generation of foodies with their garden grant program and curriculum development for teachers. Events include Slow Cocktail Challenge, Fried Chicken Throwdown and free community events like Soup Swap at Wiltshire Baking Kitchen. Learn how you can be involved: