beef, homegrown veggies
added to Our House menu
are growing in popularity
Helen E. McKinney
MILTON, Ky. (April 2010) Like a lot of other
individuals nowadays, Sherry Burkhardt likes to make health conscious
decisions about the food she eats and the food she serves to others.
Burkhardt has recently decided to go green by raising her
own beef and vegetables to serve in her Milton, Ky., restaurant.
by Shelli Ratcliff
Ky.s Sherry Burkhardt
plans to add organic beef and produce
to her Our House Restaurant menu.
Burkhardt has operated Our House Restaurant in Milton
for the last seven years. She plans to use as much seasonal produce
in her menu offerings this year as she can. Im going green
along with everybody else, said Burkhardt. She said about 25 percent
of the population makes the move towards more natural food choices each
Its also a good idea to start children out right, and offer
such foods when available, she said. The idea of eating organic,
healthy foods receives so much publicity now, everyone is more aware
of what they eat, she said. When it comes down to frozen versus fresh,
the home-grown produce is so much better for you.
Burkhardt lives five miles from her resultant on a 200-plus-acre farm.
Her family raises hay, corn and soybeans, and she plans to raise a large
garden this year and incorporate heirloom tomatoes, green beans, broccoli,
corn, grapes, raspberries and strawberries in her dishes.
Menu items will include strawberry shortcake, broccoli casserole, raspberry
cobbler, chicken salad with grapes and tomatoes on the side, and choice
cuts of Angus beef including half-pound, quarter and Manhattan-style.
She had considered participating in the Farmers Market of Madison
this year but changed her mind due to construction on the Milton-Madison
Bridge project. But bridge construction will not deter other farmers
who will be there on opening day on the third Saturday in April.
We have several vendors from across the river that will just come
the long way around, said Dave Adams, manager for the Farmers
Market of Madison. Wed like to get more people involved,
The Farmers Market of Madison will run through the last week of October
at the Broadway Fountain. Weve expanded to the north side
of the fountain, said Adams.
The farmers market set up over the winter months for the first time
and was pretty successful, said Adams. It was a big undertaking, something
that had not been planned until late fall, but it worked relatively
In addition to fresh produce and farm-raised beef, many things will
carry over from the winter market to the summer market such as live
music, crafts by local artists, and breakfast provide by Paradise Cove
Catering. The owners of Paradise Cove, Gary and Suzan Duckworth, are
considering selling lunch, said Adams.
The farmers market is considering the addition of a canopied area for
the public library to set up in to provide story hour and books for
children. We want to draw in different groups and educate them,
About 25 farmers participate in the Farmers Market of Madison. It is
the oldest farmers market in Indiana and began in 1809. For a fee of
$25 a year, farmers can sell their extra produce and earn extra income.
People like to come and talk and get to know the farmers,
Adams said of the markets long-lasting popularity. Its
a social thing for them.
A new feature at this years market will be home-based vendors.
These vendors will bake their products at home and sell them at the
market, but they will not need to be inspected by the Health Department
because of a new rule in Indiana. The products only need to be labeled,
He is excited about another venture that has finally become a reality,
a community garden. The city has recently acquired land near the state
hospital to implement a community garden. Initial plans had called for
installing the garden at the airport, but too many restrictions prevented
this from happening.
There are a lot of veteran farmers who would love to share information,
for such a project, said Adams. A lot of younger families are
now involved in the farmers market as well.
La Grange has also seen a shift in more individuals wanting organic
beef and produce. The La Grange Farmers & Artisan Market will
open May 15 and run through October. Like the Farmers Market of Madison,
it, too, offers extras such as baked goods, cut flowers and work by
several local artists.
There is a good variety of homegrown produce, said Market
Manager Russ Morris. Vendors from surrounding counties also participate
in the market, which has more than 30 vendors throughout the year. The
produce youre buying is freshly picked and grown locally.
Most of the food vendors are designated as selling Kentucky Proud Products.
Throughout the season, the market has several promotions including Customer
Appreciation Day and Market-Basket Day.
Some of the farmers (Foxhollow Farms and Sunshine Farms) do supply local
restaurants such as Arbor Ridge Vine & Grill with fresh produce,
said Morris. But a lot of people are not even aware we have a
For more information on the Farmers Market
of Madison, contact Dave Adams at (812) 265-8316 or (812) 599-1495.
For more information on the La Grange Farmers & Artisans Market,
contact Russ Morris at (502) 243-3721.
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