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Old 01-30-2011, 05:16 PM
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I just wish people would please, please leave their dogs at home when they visit any of the various farmer's markets. I've seen dog fights, dogs going for small children, twisted leashes causing falls and near-falls - and dogs mistaking baskets of vegetables for fire hydrants. I'm told most of the vendors don't care for dogs visiting their booths, but are hesitant to speak out for fear of alienating customers.

Dogs are sweet, cute, wonderful companions. But they aren't accessories, and they don't belong at the farmers' market! So please, use common sense and leave your pooch at home next time.
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Old 01-31-2011, 06:42 AM
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OK, there's TWO markets?? Could someone please give location details on each? And, what do you mean "real farmers"??! What's the difference between the two? When do they each start for the season? Thanks in advance!!

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Old 01-31-2011, 11:25 AM
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Pony, there are actually 3 farmers markets in Lexington. The third one was new last year and I don't know much about it so I can't offer anything. But the other two are the Lexington Farmers Market. It is the largest (70+) one in Lexington, located downtown on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and then on Sunday on Southland Drive. From my experience, you can find just about everything there from soup to nuts! But, they do not require that it be homegrown which means you might not be buying from a "real" farmer. It is a great market if you want to socialize But I have a hard time calling it a farmers market because it's more of a festival atmosphere. They operate year round with a winter market (of sorts) in Victorian Square.

The other market, and the one I was talking about being named the #1 farmers market in Kentucky is the Bluegrass Farmers' Market. They are located on Richmond Rd. near the Glenn Auto Mall. In order to be a member of this market, the farmers have to grow or produce everything that they sell. This is why I call this a true farmers market. But, it also means that they are only open during the major growing season in Kentucky, April through October. It is a smaller market (25+) but you know that you are really buying locally grown items. The parking is much more convenient than the one downtown. I find the smaller market to be more to my liking but I can't find tomatoes or corn in April. I kind of figured that if I am going to buy corn in April, I might as well go to Kroger's because if the other market has it, then they have purchased it from the same place as the grocery store and I'd only have to pay more. Corn is hard to grow in a greenhouse. But, I might find greenhouse grown tomatoes in April.

I guess it all depends on what you are looking for. Guaranteed homegrown vs. maybe homegrown, festival atmosphere or farmers market. They both offer something great to Lexington.

Here are the website links to each of them

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Old 02-01-2011, 06:10 AM
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Wow!! Thanks so much for all that info! We will definitely check them both out!!
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