Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Local Food in Covington!

2011 Farmers’ Fair
August 20, 2011 - Covington, Kentucky
This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending The Farmers’ Fair for the day.  Held in Covington, Kentucky, the Farmers’ Fair is a celebration in support of local food culture and sustainable living.  The event is organized as a street fair, a farmers’ market and a fundraiser, all relating to and building up relationships from the farm to the table.  This was the event's third year. 

Marksbury Farms meat selections

I was fortunate to visit with the representatives of Marksbury Farm, Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese, Sheltowee Farms, featured speaker Daniel Imhoff, Chef Jay Denham of Woodland Pork, Local 127 on Vine Chef Steven Geddes, Carriage House Farm, Relish Restaurant Group’s Justin Dean, and Chef Bob Perry.  I was able to watch a very interesting Ham and Charcuterie cooking demonstration by Chef Jay Denham of Woodland Pork. 
Carrige House Farm booth.

Chef Bob Perry, demo moderator, describes the pluma

More than 50 vendors arrived with all their goods and wares displayed.  There is quite a lot of movement and interest in local food in the Northern Kentucky region!  Several groups worked together and benefited from the proceeds of the event.  They are:  The Central Ohio River Valley Local Food Guide, The Ohio Valley Foodshed Project, Community Farm Alliance, Slow Food Cincinnati, and The Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington.
It was a very enjoyable event! Keep up with these guys and get ready for next year: www.farmersfair.org
Chef Jay Denham, Meat Curator of Woodland Pork

Written by:  Miranda Hileman, Extension Associate, University of Kentucky Department of Agricultural Economics http://www.ca.uky.edu/AgEcon/Hileman,Miranda

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