On the road back from Louisville I decided to go off the beaten path and have lunch at Locally Grown Gardens a year round farm market owned by Chef Ron Harris. Housed in what looks like a former garage the patio is filled with wooden crates bursting with bright purple flowers, herb garden and large picnic tables with teal chairs.
The shop is filled with vintage furniture and has a farmhouse chic vibe replete with a variety of packaged goods, seasonal produce and vintage inspired glassware and cutlery. The seasonal menu incorporates the best of local produce to buy and create your own meal or eat-in. September featured corn, tomatoes, fall squash, apples and cider. October features, pumpkins, winter squash, apple cider, and apple butter.
When available, all of these items are a must-order:
Peach shake-up – homemade lemonade with chunks of freshly picked peaches and peach purée.
Hog Roast – pulled pork, dripping with sweet BBQ sauce served as an open-faced sandwich and enough for 2-3 people. Pulled pork and barbecue sauce are also available by the pound.
Juicy marinated Old German and Cherokee Purple tomatoes with buffalo mozzarella, cracked pepper and balsamic and olive oil.
Baby greens with citrus vinaigrette and a hint of spice from minced ginger.
Crunchy ginger coleslaw and rosemary mustard vinaigrette.
If by some miracle you have room, your next move should be to order the sugar cream pie – cream, flour, butter and vanilla combine to create a custard-like filling that tastes like the richest sugar cookie you’ve ever had.