Farm Fresh

| May 25, 2011

Farmer's Market.Located at Beargrass Christian Church off Shelbyville Road, the St. Matthews Farmers Market offers fresh fruit and vegetables, handcrafted jewelry, delicious baked goods and a chance to find your true love.

Yes, you can even find love at the St. Matthews Farmers Market.

Five years ago, when the warm-weather market first began, Jessica McQuade, of Triple J Farms in Georgetown, Ky., was introduced to her future husband, Matthew McQuade, by her competition at Gallrein Farms.

“Matthew came to the farmers market, and we thought we’d introduce him to Jessica. They fell in love, got married and he left our farm to work for her in Georgetown,” said Mike McQuade, Matthew’s uncle and Gallrein Farms employee.

Farmer's Market.Though Jessica whisked away one of her competition’s hardest workers, Gallrein Farms and Triple J Farms continue to host their tents side by side. There are no hard feelings between the two vendors; instead a strong family bond has developed over the years.

This sense of love and support seems to extend to the entire St. Matthews Farmers’ Market. Family and friends come together each Saturday to support local farmers and artists, who often operate a family business out of necessity. One such family-operated business is Dad’s Favorites, a cheese company from Lexington, Ky., that attributes its large-scale success to the market.

“From the farmers market we found distribution at Kroger, and from there we got Liquor Barn,” said Jason Caudill of Dad’s Favorites. “The farmers market saves us. This is our storefront.”

Foxhollow Farm.Dad’s Favorites is not the only local business that continues to set up shop each weekend, despite already achieving a high level of success. Cake Flour, a bakery on East Market Street, has been featured on the Food Network for its flourless chocolate cake and is among the most popular vendors. Najla’s, located at 8007 Vinecrest Ave., distributes its baked goods to 58 stores in Louisville and more than 400 nationwide. Yet despite Najla’s expansion, the owner still continues to sell at the farmers market because of its outstanding sense of community.

“I just love the energy and the spirit,” Najla’s owner Najla Aswad said. “It’s not necessarily cheaper to do the farmers market, but what you gain long-term is a connection to the community and a chance to support the local people.”

With more than 65 vendors and an estimated 2,000 locals in attendance each week, the  St. Matthews Farmers Market has become one of the largest in Kentucky.

Brian McMahan of Pigalle Crepes.Several vendors have hosted tents since the beginning, but the community is always willing to welcome new vendors as well. In just its second week, Pigalle Crepes has already become a hotspot vendor for locals, with customers waiting as long as 45 minutes just to taste the French-inspired dishes.

Aside from the delicious food and a stunning display of craftsmanship, the St. Matthews Farmers Market also offers entertainment for its guests, including weekly live music and special events throughout the season, including Children’s Day on June 4 and Senior Day on July 2.

The farmers market is held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon through Oct. 8.

Local farmers markets

Gray Street Farmers Market
400 E. Gray St.
Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Phoenix Hill Farmers Market
Felice Winery Complex
829 E. Market St.
Tuesday, 3-6:30 p.m.

Smoketown/Shelby Park Farmers Market
Meyzeek Middle School
828 S. Jackson St.
Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon

Bardstown Road Farmers Market
Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church
1722 Bardstown Road
Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon

Crescent Hill Farmers Market
Crescent Hill United Methodist
201 S. Peterson Ave.
Monday and Friday, 7-10 a.m.

Douglas Loop Farmers Market
Douglas Boulevard Christian Church
2005 Douglass Blvd.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Growing Forward Farmers Market
St. Francis of Assisi Church
1960 Bardstown Road
Sunday, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

St. Andrew Farmers Market
2608 Browns Lane
Thursdays, 3-6 p.m.

Beechmont Open Air Market
Beechmont Baptist Church
4574 S. Third St.
Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon

Farmers Market at Americana Community Center
4801 Southside Dr.
Saturday, noon-3 p.m.

Fern Creek Farmers Market
Fern Creek Community Center
6104 Bardstown Road
Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon

Jeffersontown Farmers Market
10434 Watterson Trail
Tuesday, 3-6:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon

Southwest Farmers Market
Valley High School
10200 Dixie Highway
Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Broadway Baptist Church Farmers Market
4000 Brownsboro Road
Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon

Oxmoor Farmers Market
Oxmoor Mall
7900 Shelbyville Road
Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon

Rainbow Blossom Farmers Market
3738 Lexington Rd
Sundays, noon-4 p.m.

St. Matthews Farmers Market
Beargrass Christian Church
4100 Shelbyville Road
Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon

Whole Foods Farmers Market
4944 Shelbyville Road
Wednesday, 3-7 p.m.

California Neighborhood Farmers Market
Victory Park
22nd and Kentucky streets
Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Old Louisville Farm Works Market
Walnut St. Baptist Church
1143 S. Third St.
Wednesday, 3-6 p.m.

Rowan Street Farmers Market
1631 Rowan St.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8 a.m.-noon

Norton Commons Farmers Market
9420 Norton Commons Blvd.
Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

St. Francis of the Fields Farmers Market
6710 Wolf Pen Branch Road
Tuesday, 3-6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Suburban Christian Church Farmers Market
7515 Westport Road
Thursday, 3-6 p.m.

E-mail writer Ashley Anderson at ashley.anderson532@gmail.com.

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Ashley Anderson

Ashley spends half her time writing stories at The Voice-Tribune office and half her time out on the town conducting interviews, while occasionally dressing in wild outfits to fully immerse herself in the experience (aka Princess Leia at Comic Con). Ashley is a huge UofL fan and loves the Yankees and the Boston Celtics (she is fully aware of the irony). She hopes to one day outshine Erin Andrews on ESPN and enjoys running, Bardstown Road/Fourth Street, Breaking Bad and reality TV (she’s not ashamed to admit that).

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  1. Miles says:

    Cute, touching story. Who knew fruits and vegetables could bring two people together.

  2. Sarah says:

    Love this article!