Over the past three months, vendors at the Berea Farmers Market have sold more than $30,000 of fresh local fruits and vegetables, eggs, meats, breads, arts and crafts, said Therese Hildebrand, market manager. “This is cause for celebration.”
On Sept. 15, the Live Large Live Local community festival is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their location on Estill Street in front of St. Joseph Berea.
A buffet-style lunch will be served, created with fresh goods from local farmers and prepared by three of Berea’s local restaurants, Main Street Cafe, The Blackfeather Cafe and Berea Coffee and Tea, Hildebrand said.
Chicken, stuffed vegetables, a variety of side dishes and sorghum sweet tea is on the menu, she said, along with some vegetarian options.
The festival will feature speakers and information about building strong local economies. Activities for children — pony rides, an obstacle course and a dinosaur cave — are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Market farmers also will participate in a sack race during the event.
Activities are free, but lunch ticket prices are $8 (individual), $15 (couple), $25 (family of four) and children under two are free. Tickets may be purchased during market hours Tuesdays 3:30-6:00 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in front of the hospital.
“These farmers work very hard and we want to celebrate that,” Hildebrand said. “If you think about it, that much food is not having to travel across the country to make it to your dinner table.”
The number of vendors and customers seem to have grown this year, she said. Although she thinks this is the first time vendors have compiled their profit totals since the market began in 1972.
More than 20 vendors are regulars at the market. While many of them sell locally grown fruits and vegetables, the market offers a wide range of products, such as: Baked goods, granola, flowers, beef, pork, chicken, turkey, baskets, art, natural soaps and body lotions.
The market is always looking for more vendors, Hildebrand said. Potential vendors may access it online at bereafarmersmarket.org.
Membership is open to persons who grow and produce their own consumable products and artisans who produce unique work, according to their website.
Once a vendor is approved by the board, membership for the entire season is $60, or $10 per visit (until $60 is reached).
For details, visit bereafarmersmarket.org or call Therese Hildebrand at (859) 302-6424.
- Local News
Wildcats encourage Cardinals to work hard in school
University of Kentucky student athletes Kastine Evans, a guard on the women’s basketball team, and Jon Hood, a guard on the men’s team, stopped by Waco Elementary School on Wednesday to talk about the benefits of working hard in school.
Mayor, commissioner pay changed
The Richmond City Commission approved 5-1 a new pay scale for the mayor and commissioners at a special-called meeting Wednesday morning.
Harrodsburg to get old Richmond police mobile computers
Richmond is donating to the city of Harrodsburg eight of 39 old computers formerly used in police cruisers.
Health science students organize blood drive
Aside from the gift cards and free snacks, 50 Madison County high school students have other reasons for donating 35 pints of blood Wednesday to the Kentucky Blood Center at Madison Central High School.
Third student charged in dorm room robbery
A third person, originally thought to be a robbery victim, was charged Wednesday in connection with an armed robbery that occurred March 30 on Eastern Kentucky University’s campus
Bucher Family plant sale starts Friday
The Bucher Family annual plant sale, a yearly tradition in Madison County for 15 years, will kick off Friday morning.
In search of the last resting place
At a popular illegal dump site off Bybee Loop in Waco, two marble grave markers were among some items found there by Pat and Ronnie Aldridge, residents who live about 250 yards from the area.
Fiscal court awards EMA bids
Two more bids were awarded at Tuesday’s Madison County Fiscal Court meeting for the emergency operations agency.
Intoxicated man charged with wanton endangerment
A 27-year-old Richmond man was charged Sunday with second-degree wanton endangerment after he was found intoxicated and walking with several young children in the Keystone Drive area, according to a Richmond police report.
Absentee voting available for May 20 election
Walk-in absentee voting for the May 20 primary has begun and will continue until May 19, County Clerk Kenny Barger announced Tuesday at the Madison Fiscal Court meeting.
- More Local News Headlines
- Wildcats encourage Cardinals to work hard in school