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Lexington Food Resources by joec3
November 17, 2013, 10:06 pm
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See map here.

I put this list together based on my own experience and tastes.  If there’s anything at all I have missed, please add it in the comments.  I hope this is helpful in some way!

STORES

Good Foods Market and Café – a local co-op with a decent selection of local and organic vegetables, eggs, meats, and dairy products.  Also on display are a wide variety of foods for folks with dietary restrictions and a relatively impressive array of bulk spices, nuts, flours, and other dry goods. Their café and bakery are both top notch. That said, the prices are high here and those on a strict budget may want to shop elsewhere.

Critchfield Meats – These folks sling some delicious meats, often locally sourced, at what can be an excellent value.  They also offer a wide selection of pre-prepared homestyle foods.

Trader Joe’s – When I don’t have enough time to actually cook, I often find myself in Trader Joe’s.  Decently good frozen food, snack food, occasional cheap produce scores, sweet delicious almond butter, or their Greek yoghurt are all good choices here, but do be warned that choices are limited.  They aren’t really a great place to get meats, but other than that, they’re awesome.  Check the liquor store next door for some truly decent prices on potent potables.

Whole Foods Market and The Fresh Market – These stores have lots of nice produce, meats, and other foods and goods at reasonably more expensive prices.  I generally just stick to Good Foods, but if you’re right around the corner from one, why not try it out?

UK Butcher Shop – A place so underground, literally, that it doesn’t even have a website that I could find.  Only open 1-5pm on Wednesdays and Fridays as of this writing, it’s just a short walk from the ED over to this basement gem.  While selection is limited, they have some excellent sausages, ground beef, and bacon in regular supply.  Sourcing animals from local farms, they sell quality meat at prices that are difficult to beat at the nicer grocery stores.  I highly recommend making the trip.

Nicholasville Rd. Kroger – A regular Kroger.  Not amazing, not horribly depressing, it’s a decent enough one-stop-shop for your groceries.

Euclid Kroger – Smaller, but nice and usually adequate.

Really Freaking Nice Kroger (Beaumont Center) – I called it really freaking nice Kroger because it’s really freaking nice.  It’s a little bit of a drive away, but some folks feel like the expanded selection and some of the higher quality goods are worth the trek.  It might be a good stop for provisions pre-Keeneland.

Marksbury Farms Market – On the road to Danville is this lovely country shop, where you can buy Marksbury Farms meats straight from the producers, along with a large assortment of Kentucky food and produce (when in season).  It’s not necessarily great enough to spark the hour-long round-trip drive on its own, but if you’re headed near there anyway, I highly recommend it.

Late Additions (Courtesy Joshua Riley-Graham) – Yu Yu and Dong Yang Asian Supermarkets, Sahara Meats and Grocery, Richmond Kroger, and Parisa International Market.  I don’t have much experience with any of these, but you can find them on the map linked above.

FARMERS MARKETS

Lexington Farmers MarketThese folks are everywhere and it now seems that they will stay open through the winter on Saturday mornings at Cheapside Park downtown.  Full disclosure: I still have yet to go to a Farmers Market in Lexington, but if you talk to someone about a “Farmers Market” here in town, chances are you’re talking to them about this group.

Bluegrass Farmers Market  – Once again, I haven’t been to this market at all, but I have driven by before and it looks pretty cool.  It looks like they’ve started a location closer to campus, so I should probably check them out at some point.

OTHER STUFF

UK CSACurious as to why I haven’t been to any of the farmers markets?  Yeah, this is the reason right here.  CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and generally equates to paying up front for a share of a farm’s produce throughout the growing season.  You give them $400-$600 up front and then you collect 20ish weekly deliveries of produce.  The UK CSA is run by students from the College of Agriculture and is absolutely wonderful.  They take enrollments in the Spring and also offer a pay-per-item FlexShare for those unwilling to fully commit up front.  I HIGHLY recommend you give the UK CSA a shot if you’re here over the summer.

Elmwood Stock Farm and Acres of Harvest – A couple of other local farms offering CSA programs.  Acres of Harvest, notably, had a season that runs through December.

Seedleaf – Seedleaf runs multiple community gardens on the north side of town and scattered around at other sites.  They are constantly running cool programs and you should probably sign up for their email list.  During the summer, they sometimes set up shop at Third Street Stuff to sell their wares.

Local Harvest – Local Harvest is a nationwide website where you can find loads of information on food resources near you.  I can lose hours on this site, so just be warned.

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