Limited edition 15th anniversary organic cotton market bags are now available to mark this exciting time in the life of the St. Matthews Farmers Market. Just $10 cash or Venmo and available near the seating area under the big tree. Organic cotton, 13″X 13″ with a 7″ gusset to hold all your produce and with long 26″ handles for easy carrying. This special artwork featuring a market’s bounty in the fleur de lis symbol of Louisville and the founding date of 2007 was specially designed for the St. Matthews Farmers Market by a local artist. Get yours today before they sell out! Thank you for the support of our farmers!
Music returns to the Market. We are eager to welcome area musicians back to the Market stage as live music is now permitted due to changing guidance from the CDC. Masks are no longer required. Reusable shopping bags are welcome. Come one, come all, shop 6′ apart and support local farms and local food. Only service animals are permitted. Musicians play for tips. Please show your generosity and thanks. As of now, the music schedule for the season is:
6/5 Gavin Caster
6/12 Trent Vonn Drisse
6/19 Sand Box Soul
6/26 Blue Monroes
7/3 Pat Younger
7/10 Don Brockmeier
7/17 Joel Curtis
7/24 Madeline Miller
7/31 Black Dog String
8/14 Down to Earth
8/21 Gavin Caster
8/28 Blue Monroes
9/4 Sand Bar Soul
9/18 Down to Earth
9/25 Danny Flanigan (tentative)
Gallrein Farms is a Founding Member of the St. Matthews Farmers Market.
Located on Vigo Road in Shelbyville, KY, and in business since the 1920s through 5 generations of Gallreins, the Farm offers all kinds of fruits and vegetables, flowers, plants, and herbs. Their fresh popped kettlecorn is a tried and true market favorite.
In the late 1920s, Edward Gallrein, Sr. started a dairy farm in Jefferson County with 17 dairy cows and grew the herd to over 400. His son, William Sr., bought a larger operation in Shelbyville in 1972 and diversified to include grain, vegetables, and tobacco. By the mid 1980s the family focused solely on raising vegetables. Bill Jr., and his wife Randie, opened the farm store 30 years ago to sell directly to customers and to make a visit to the farm a special occasion. Today Bill Jr. and Bill Sr. continue to operate the farm together.
Gallrein offers activities at the farm in spring, summer, and fall. Spring blooms at Gallrein by mid-April and nine greenhouses are filled with flowers. Hot house vegetables are ready in early spring and bedding and vegetable plants abound. They grow acres and acres of strawberries which mature in late May. You can pick them yourself or buy them by the basket. Corn comes in high summer season and Gallrein is known for its sweet, tender varieties. You can also find squash, green beans, homegrown tomatoes, okra, potatoes, berries, fresh jams and jellies, and honey. An onsite bakery offers homemade fudge, sweets of all types, cakes, and pies. Beginning in July, they will offer lunch Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Join Gallrein at the Farmers Market or at the Farm. https://gallreinfarms.com/
We value all our farms and vendors. Founding Members who are still active:
Coulters Good Earth Farm
Full Heart Farm
Gypsy Ridge Farms
Harmony Fields Farm
Holy Branch Farm
Triple J Farm
St. Matthews Farmers Market, Kentucky’s largest urban market, opens for its 15th season Saturday, May 8, 2021. The Market runs Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 12 noon through September 25, 2021, and is located at Beargrass Christian Church, 4100 Shelbyville Road, Louisville, KY 40207. Featuring more than 40 farms and vendors selling local meats, vegetables, grains, fruit, hot breakfast, and flowers, the market requires shoppers to social distance. Consistent with Governor Andy Beshear’s April 26 change to guidelines regarding masks at outdoor events with fewer than 1,000 participants, masks are not required but are encouraged. The Market will continue to follow CDC recommendations and government requirements to address the COVID-19 epidemic. Volunteer parking attendants assure complimentary onsite parking for patrons. Reusable market shopping bags are permitted and encouraged. Restrooms are available. Seating on-site is not available.
David Garey, of Garey Farms, in Paris, Kentucky, and a founding farm of the market, said, “The friendships I have made with marketgoers and volunteers, are such a part of why I love this market.”
Bob Callander, Market Committee Member, and co-founder, offered, “As Wendall Berry said, ‘Eating is an agricultural act.’ and our goal is to offer high quality food and products from local producers, and bring farm-fresh food to the community while supporting small farmers who care for the land.”
Learn more at www.smfarmersmarket.com or facebook.com/smfarmersmarket. Please visit these sites for the most up to date information on COVID-19 policies and procedures as these may change throughout the season.
The 2021 Producer Application is now available on the About the Market tab. New and returning farms and vendors are invited to complete and return their application by the February 1, 2021 deadline.
See the rules & regulations here. https://smfarmersmarket.com/about-smfm/rules-regulations/
The 2021 Fifteenth Anniversary season will look much like the 2020 season with stalls well spaced, queue lines with at least 6′ of social distance between marketgoers, and limited attendance.
We want potential new farms and vendors to understand we do not have as many stalls during the Covid-19 epidemic as we normally do. We worked hard to design a modified layout that will accommodate as many farms, vendors, and customers as possible.
We appreciate your patronage and look forward to the beginning of our Fifteenth season!
August 2-8, 2020 is Farmers Week as designated by Commissioner of Agriculture, Dr. Ryan Quarles.
Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles is urging Kentuckians to mark their calendars to celebrate Kentucky Farmers’ Markets Week by getting out and supporting Kentucky farm families who bring fresh farm products to the public each week.
“Finding locally grown produce, meat, eggs, dairy products, and more at the peak of freshness is the advantage of Kentucky’s farmers’ markets,” Commissioner Quarles said. “Purchasing your food from a Kentucky Proud farmers’ market not only supports your local farmers, but also keeps the money you spend in your community. During the coronavirus pandemic, our farmers’ markets have adapted to protect themselves and Kentucky consumers. I encourage all Kentuckians to consider visiting their local farmers’ market during Farmers’ Markets Week.”
This year’s Farmers’ Markets Week is August 2-8 and salutes the 167 farmers’ markets in 115 of Kentucky’s 120 counties. In those 167 markets, more than 2,768 vendors are offering products for sale.
With reported sales of nearly $13 million last year, farmers’ markets are an economic engine that celebrates the state’s agricultural roots and brings the farm to Kentucky’s consumers. This year’s Farmers’ Markets Week takes on special meaning as the state celebrates the importance of agricultural producers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Farmers’ markets continue to follow the latest Centers for Disease Control guidelines.
“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact all of our lives, farmers’ markets remain a vital resource, providing fresh and nutritious food direct from Kentucky’s farms,” Commissioner Quarles said. “This crisis has put a magnifying glass on the reasons we need our agriculture producers. Be sure to be respectful of CDC guidelines while visiting the market during farmers’ markets week.”
To find a farmers’ market near you, visit kyproud.com/farmers-markets/.
To view a proclamation from Commissioner Quarles declaring August 2-8 “Farmers’ Market Week,” click here.
Celebrate by visiting us and taking home some fresh produce. It’s high tomato season so how about celebrating with Tomato Pie?
Old Fashioned Tomato Pie
In summer’s fleeting moments, heirloom tomatoes—Brandywines, Cherokee Purples, Green Zebras—are still thriving and make for a vibrant filling. This recipe is an old-fashioned tomato pie. Beth Fowle from Full Heart Farm makes delicious ones if you don’t want to cook. Remember you can purchase your cheese from Sapori d’Italia and your vinegar from Primo Oils and Vinegars. Don’t forget that many of our farmers sell homemade mustard. Granny’s Delights, Triple J, and Garey Farms‘ are delicious.
4 shallots, minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
9-inch pie shell
1 lb. assorted heirloom tomatoes, sliced ¼-inch thick
3 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
½ oz. fresh basil chiffonade
1 tbsp. Grenache vinegar
½ cup fresh bread crumbs
1 oz. grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a small pan, sauté shallots and garlic in 1 tablespoon of olive oil until tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in mustard, and set aside.
Place pastry shell in a 9-inch pie dish. Layer in half of the tomatoes, and season with salt and pepper; spread shallot mixture over top. Add goat cheese and half of the basil, distributing evenly. Layer in remaining tomatoes, and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle 1 tablespoon each of olive oil and vinegar over the tomatoes; top with remaining basil.
In a small bowl, combine bread crumbs, remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle evenly over tomato filling.
Bake 30 minutes, or until topping and crust are golden brown.