Marksbury Farm: Local Market & Butcher Shop
Prepare yourself for some unbearable irony. Here, for the past month or so, I have been touting the wonders of Veganism: no meat, no dairy, no animal. What could be irresistible enough to force this meat-filled interruption? Did my cravings for Greek yogurt and lamb chops finally get the best of me? We will get to that later. For now, I simply cannot wait any longer to share this place with my Kentucky readers. They must see!
This is Marksbury Farm; and Marksbury Farm the best thing to happen to my area in the past 18 years; and Marksbury Farm is not paying me to say this. (The links are the website, Facebook, and Twitter respectively). After a mere three-minute drive from my front porch, I can open a glass door to this:
It’s kind of, sort of, completely awesome. I’m not the biggest carnivore around, but I love the fact that these 100% local meats are available to my community. Everything in the case is raised humanely in the Bluegrass! The variety seems endless with options like Italian meatballs, Canadian bacon, and Shepard’s Pie. Fresh eggs are always stocked, and the cooks constantly experiment with new recipes like Chicken Tikka and Kentucky Burgoo. The butcher-to-buyer relationship is great because it cuts out the middle man. If customers request hard-to-find cuts and preparations, their wish will likely be granted.
Lately I tend to hang out around this case. A few steps from the front door, seasonal vegetables and local Kenny’s Cheese fill another chill chest. (FYI: Kenny’s Brie is the only Brie allowed at the Kentucky Derby, or so I’ve heard). For those of you in places like California and New York, keep in mind that before Marksbury, we hillbillies had to shop at Wally*World. This is a miracle!
Marksbury functions like a farmers’ market in that local producers bring their goods to this hub. Marksbury supplies the meats and the building, and then bakers, cheese-makes, millers, dairy farmers, and countless other contributors bring their products to sell. Almost everything in the store boasts the “Kentucky Proud” label, and prices are lower than Whole Paycheck!
See me? The milk is non-homoginized, with retains nutrients and creaminess.
Here’s my summer swim coach!
Time to checkout.
It’s a very happy place.
If you ever come near central Kentucky, promise me that you’ll support my new favorite store! Since opening earlier this year, this place has been buzzing with a constant flow of customers. (A difficult feat around here. Lots of fledgling businesses go under pretty quickly). In February, Marksbury showed me and a few other food bloggers around its meat processing facility. As someone with the inside info, I can assure you that this is where you want to buy your food. It’s local. It’s ethical. It’s delicious.
If you’re still wondering, did she break down and eat a lamb chop? The answer is “no.” I have iron willpower! I will, however, be reserving some for Easter!
P.S. I got a new camera! Can you tell?