Tag Archives: Agriculture

  1. Local grocery will close unless new owners swoop in

    Leave a comment

    November 10, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Some sad news from a great local grocer: The Root Cellar will close at the end of the year unless new owners take over the business.

    I’ve been a fan of The Root Cellar since it opened in Old Louisville in 2011. The small space was packed with local produce, meat and dairy products. At its peak, owner Ron Smith added a second location in Germantown in 2012 and even created a Kickstarter project to fund a mobile Root Cellar to bring produce to underserved areas in Louisville. Eventually, Ron closed the Old Louisville store and operated The Root Cellar out of the Germantown location.
    On Saturday, Ron posted on The Root Cellar’s Facebook page that he will close the store at the end of the year if he can’t find someone to invest in the business.

  2. 7 tips to get the most out of the Kentucky State Fair

    Leave a comment

    August 25, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    ALERT: You have through Aug. 30 to visit the Kentucky State Fair.

    If you still need some convincing, here are 30 reasons why you should visit the fair, also known as the most exciting event of the year. And once you make the correct decision to go to the fair, here are some tips to make the most of your visit:

  3. Event Alert: Kentucky Farm Festival, July 11-12, 2015

    Leave a comment

    July 10, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    I appreciate agriculture. It’s hard not to when you love food as much as I do. Sure, there’s the food stuff that’s scientifically modified and pushed down an assembly line that’s engineered to be DELICIOUS (Oreos, I can’t seem to quit you). But there’s nothing quite like a bite of fresh produce from a farmer, especially if s/he is close enough to call “neighbor.”

    If you share my appreciation or just want to learn more about local farming, Oldham County’s tourism and convention board will host Kentucky Farm Fest this weekend, July 11-12 in Crestwood at a farm called The Maples (because all good farms have names, dontchaknow). The Kentucky Department of Agriculture and Kentucky Proud are also sponsoring the event with the goal of celebrating agriculture.

    Some of the Kentucky Farm Festival’s activities will include animal demonstrations about shearing and milking, cooking demos, and workshops from chefs, distillers and farmers. You can take a look at the impressive lineup here. I’m pretty excited about the products that will be at the Foodie Market.

    Admission to the Kentucky Farm Festival is $5. For more information about getting there and where to park, visit the event’s website.


    Kentucky Farm Festival

     

    When: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. July 11, 2015; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 12

    Where: The Maples Farm, 6826 W. Highway 22, Crestwood, Ky. 40014

    Cost: $5

     

  4. Guest Post: Support the Food Literacy Project in Brackets for Good fundraiser

    Leave a comment

    March 11, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    I’ll never forget that moment. The Food Literacy Project had just blown past its goal of meeting a $5,000 challenge grant from Kosair Charities after a raucous 20-minute reverse auction during our major fundraising event last September, the Field-to-Fork Dinner.

    In retrospect, it wasn’t surprising. We’d had the Mayor speak, shown an incredibly impactful short video of our work with area children, and had a young man who’d participated the last two years say a few words about his experience to a packed room of 150 generous foodies. Then, as I struggled to keep up with calling out the flood of bid cards during the auction, Malcolm ran all around the room pointing out other cards I hadn’t noticed and earnestly thanking these generous donors for their support. When we learned that we’d raised more than $20,000, I made a beeline straight to him and his mother to say that he should be very proud of the role he played ensuring that his experience will be available to thousands of kids next year and into the future.

    The Food Literacy Project does great work improving the lives of kids in our city by teaching them about fresh food, how to cook and eat it, and the benefits of getting your hands dirty growing it.

    As you may have heard in a recent WFPL news story, the pilot year of the Farm to Family initiative at Hazelwood and Wellington Elementary Schools (made possible through a partnership with KentuckyOne Health, the Johnson & Johnson Foundation, and Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health) is showing promising results. Our intervention nearly doubled the number of kids who reported eating five servings of fruits and vegetables every day, from 23% to 41%. We also increased the number of kids who have eaten a vegetable they grew themselves from 59% to 91% and who know a healthy recipe from 63% to 93%. These are staggeringly successful numbers that are undoubtedly changing the lives of children and their families in our great city. More importantly, we’re empowering a new generation of kids, like Malcolm, by giving them a skill set that goes far beyond growing vegetables and cooking them.

    Brackets for Good is a fun new fundraising competition in its first year in Louisville. It started when a group of people in Indianapolis realized they knew only a few non-profits to which they could donate. They decided to play on their city’s love of basketball and created a unique way for deserving programs to “compete” to raise funds, while also making it easy to learn about organizations doing good work in the area.

    (Donors visit the Louisville Brackets for Good page, select the organization they want to support, and enter a points/dollar value for a donation. The winning organization receives an extra $10,000.)

    The Food Literacy Project is honored to have been selected to participate in this year’s event. Even though we’re a lot smaller than some of the other organizations taking part, we’re confident that the more people hear about us, the more they want to support what we do.

    So we’re planning to win the whole thing.

    As a sign of our confidence, the Board of Directors has committed to dropping a $1,000 money bomb on the first day of round three of the tournament, which is this Saturday, March 14. But we need your help more than ever to make sure we win the second round. Please consider going to the Brackets for Good website to learn more about us and the other fine organizations taking part. Also please take a moment to “like” us on Facebook and to follow us on Twitter and Instagram so you can know about all the ways we’re inspiring a new generation to build healthy relationships with food, farming, and the land.

    As for that moment I’ll never forget, it was the look of pride and achievement on Malcolm’s face when he realized what he’d helped accomplish. We at the Food Literacy Project are fond of saying that while we grow vegetables on the farm, it’s thoughtful, intelligent, caring, (and, yes) healthy kids like Malcolm that are the real fruits of our labor.

  5. The food pyramid is now a plate. Will it help you eat healthier?

    2

    June 2, 2011 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Remember that pesky food pyramid we learned about in elementary school? It’s time to forget all of that. First Lady …
    Continue reading

  6. Bits and pieces: McDonald’s weddings, hangover cures and other food news from the web, 10.26.10

    Leave a comment

    October 26, 2010 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Can honey help a hangover? How about rubbing lemon on your armpit? The Chicago Tribune provides a handy-dandy slideshow that …
    Continue reading

  7. Bits and pieces: Swizzle sticks, corn sugar and other food news from the web, 9.21.10

    Leave a comment

    September 21, 2010 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    I am a huge Mad Men fan, an obvious statement if you follow my Twitter feed on Sunday nights. So …
    Continue reading

  8. Bits and pieces: Risky foods, hummus and other food news from the Web, 6.21.10

    Leave a comment

    June 21, 2010 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Be careful before you eat those french fries. Or that tuna sandwich. Or that omelet. They could make you barf, …
    Continue reading

  9. Bits and pieces: Amish farming, Jimmy Dean and other food news from the web, 6.14.10

    Leave a comment

    June 14, 2010 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    The man who brought us pancake and sausage on a stick has passed away. Jimmy Dean, the country music singer …
    Continue reading

  10. 19 farmers’ markets to visit in and around Louisville (and counting)

    5

    June 9, 2010 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Updated 6.16.10 It’s that time again. Farmers’ markets have sprouted up across Louisville, displaying a rainbow of produce more brilliant …
    Continue reading

Louisville Diners

My first book with the publisher History Press is available now!

Enter your email address to subscribe to Ashlee Eats and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 4,870 other followers

All Content © Ashlee Clark Thompson 2010-2015