Wednesday, January 5, 2011


Welcome to our MarketReady community! 

So many great things to say about opportunities for local food.  We'll visit lots of folks through this blog doing great things that will hopefully serve as inspiration and resources to MarketReady enthusiasts.

I wanted to start today with a shout out to Greg Golden, the manager at the Jackson County Regional Food Center (JCRFC).  We went down to visit the newly opened commercial kitchen a few weeks back.  Extremely impressive.  Greg has connections everywhere.

The facility is equipped for all kinds of commercial food processing.  And Greg is one of the best assets there, coming from Tennessee where he accumulated many years of commercial food experience.  Clearly folks in TN like what he's able to do and have followed him up to Jackson County - a great resource I hope our KY food entrepreneurs will grab.  The facility allows for a wide variety of food development services, including co-packing, processing and canning/bottling, freezing, just a great resource for folks wanting to scale up to a commercial level of business.  And the new road to Annville, Kentucky makes the Center more easily accessible.

Jeff Henderson, Agriculture Extension agent from Jackson County, brought a team from the JCRFC to the MR training at Robinson Center in eastern Kentucky.  They have big plans and we wish them well.

Give Greg a call (606-364-3436), e-mail,, or better yet, stop by and visit.  If you have a food processing idea, Greg will almost certainly have some helpful tips.  

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