A taste of locally produced foods at Midway’s market
Vegetables, breads and other locally produced foods were sampled during “A Taste of the Midway Market,” a special event hosted by the Woodford County Farmers’ Market on Monday afternoon, July 10. The event was an opportunity for local farmers to share free samples of their goods with folks in downtown Midway who may not otherwise taste foods grown by their neighbors. A special event “tends to bring more people to the market … and make them aware of seasonal items that we have too,” said market coordinator Connie Sandrock, known for her baked goods. She described the tasting event as an unofficial kickoff to Midway’s market season. Katie Hicks, who lives and works in Midway, sampled Sandrock’s wheat berry bread, which she described as “delicious.” A regular at the Woodford County Farmers’ Market (on Wednesdays, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm.) in the parking lot at Darlin’ Jean’s in downtown Midway, Hicks said, “I like knowing that everything is fresh, and that it was made by my neighbors.” Special events and activities during the Woodford County Farmers’ Market season, including the third annual “Mini Fest” on Saturday, Aug. 5, in downtown Versailles, are organized to make more people aware of the Woodford County Farmers’ Market, according to Sandrock. “And not just a market venue (to purchase locally produced foods), but a place to have some fun and activities too,” she said. Kids’ activities, music, and contests awarding the tastiest and biggest tomatoes are planned for this year’s Mini Fest, added Sandrock. While it’s often more convenient to shop at a grocery store, she said, a farmers’ market allows the consumer to purchase in-season vegetables and value-added goods that are produced by crops grown just “down the road.” Faye Kuosman, Woodford County’s Extension agent for horticulture, agreed that special events such as “A Taste of the Midway Market” bring attention to the local farmers’ market and usually more customers. People will typically not buy an unfamiliar food until they taste it and see how it can be served, according to Kuosman. She said a recent UK Department of Agriculture study showed that a person was much more likely than not to purchase a food item after sampling it. After sampling Sandrock’s wheat berry bread, Hicks said, “Now that I know what it tastes like – next time she has it, I’ll be sure to get that one. A tasting event “exposes you to some different” foods, she said. Woodford County Farmers’ Market hours are Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Woodford County Courthouse square in downtown Versailles; Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. at the parking lot at Darlin’ Jean’s in downtown Midway; and Mondays from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Versailles Presbyterian Church parking lot.