From Kentucky's seasons to farmers market directories to recipes for state specialties (mint julep, anyone?), the guide below is a great place to start learning about eating locally in Kentucky.
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Kentucky Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables
Kentucky Farmers Markets
Kentucky Mint Juleps
Kentucky BurgooBurgoo is a stew, and originated with hunters having what might be called a variety of meats to throw in the pot. Squirrel, raccoon, duck, and venison all have their place in burgoo's history. Many cooks today use a mixture of chicken with pork, beef, and/or lamb, but game and game birds can be found in many a version throughout the state. Like most stews, most anything can be added to burgoo, but peas and/or beans and okra are almost always part of the mix.
Kentucky BourbonBourbon takes its name from Bourbon County, Kentucky. It has a rich, if not completely clear, history. The most well-known distillers of bourbon today are Maker's Mark and Jim Beam, but many smaller and artisan distillers turn grain into whiskey (which must be 51% corn and aged in charred barrels to be called "bourbon") in Kentucky and neighboring states.
Kentucky Derby PieThe Kern Family made Derby Pie famous (and are aggressive about protecting its trademark status). But bourbon, chocolate, and nuts baked into a pie can be done many ways that admirably mimics Kentucky's most famous dessert.
Kentucky Cuisine & RecipesThis primer on Kentucky cuisine from Diane Rattay, About.com's Guide to Southern Food, covers all the basics of food and cooking in the Bluegrass State - from cooking with bourbon to Stew, ham biscuits and more.
Kentucky Local Foods Resources
Want more? These organizations, web sites, and books will help you find even more local foods in Kentucky.
- Kentucky Proud has an easily searchable database of locally made (and grown) products in the state, courtesy of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. It's a great way to find local foods in Kentucky from baked goods and eggs to vegetables and wine.
- Find ideas and inspiration about local foods in Kentucky on the blog Savoring Kentucky.
- The Kentucky Fresh Cookbook by Maggie Green is a month-by-month seasonal cookbook that offers up ultra-fresh, very simple, regionally-bound recipes (check prices).