Scenic Shelby County, KY, is home to several wonderful farm markets. Located between Frankfort and Louisville, Shelby County’s rolling hills boast abundant farmland that produces delicious fruits and vegetables, as well as seasonal and perennial plants, shrubs, and trees. Locals and visitors alike enjoy the plentiful fresh produce and other home-grown goodies. Not sure where to begin? Here are four suggestions to get you started.
Shelby County Farmers’ Market
From April through October, the Shelby County Farmers’ Market is open Saturdays from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. With over 20 farmers and artisans from Shelby County and surrounding areas, they’ve brought fresh produce and a variety of baked and handmade goods to the community since 2001.
The Farmers’ Market is located in Shelbyville in Coots Barn at the Shelby County Fairgrounds at 1513 Midland Trail. For more info, produce schedules, and updates, visit their site at http://shelbycokyfarmersmarket.com/.
Simpsonville Farmers’ Market
Located in the Wiche Pavilion on 106 Old Veechdale Road, Simpsonville, KY, this farmer’s market is host to local farmers and artisans who bring an assortment of meat and dairy products, fresh produce, floral items, crafts, and a whole lot more.
Open late May to early September, you can visit from 9 am until noon. For vendor and product info, pictures, and updates, visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Simpsonville-Farmers-Market-1829464904018647.
Open from April through October, Gallrein’s offers bedding plants, perennials, shrubs, gifts, honey, eggs, preserves, and a variety of other locally made items. Their famous sweet corn and abundant other produce are available starting in July. The café and bakery, open July through October, serves up lunch, homemade fudge, and other delicious treats.
Gallrein’s also has a petting zoo, and they often host weekend festivals with food and family activities, such as fall hayrides to the pumpkin patch, a corn maze, and more. In addition, they host school and other group field trips. They’re conveniently located at 1029 Vigo Road in Shelbyville, not far from town. Find more info about the market, café, and events at their website, http://gallreinfarms.com/.
Mulberry Orchard, open from July through October, specializes in their home-grown peaches and apples. Located at 1330 Mulberry Pike in rural Shelbyville, they also offer fresh vegetables, honey, beef, delicious homemade apple cider donuts, and other local food products, artisan crafts, and gifts.
You’ll find a delicious assortment of hot and cold sandwiches, sides, desserts, and beverages at their Mulberry Kitchen, located on the premises. If you have kids, plan on spending a little extra time at the Orchard in their farm themed play area, and say hello to the baby goats, too.
Mulberry Orchard hosts seasonal events, where you can, for example, roam their corn and soybean mazes in the fall, as well as attend charitable functions and educational farm tours. Find more info on their site at https://www.mulberryorchardky.com/.
These farmers' markets are all a short drive from Interstate 64, and State Highways 60, 53, and 55. It’s a good way to get great locally grown produce and other handmade items while enjoying scenic Shelby County, KY.
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