Small Business Saturday

In this season of giving and sharing, we want to spread the love to other small-scale farmers, food producers and organizations who we think you should get to know. Please learn about our friends, below, and show them your support, if you can.

AMEN House. This small nonprofit offers food, clothing and financial assistance to Scott County residents. They’re less than 2 miles from the farm and pick up some of our excess produce to redistribute to their clients.

Black Soil. Ashley and Trevor are doing the essential work of building markets for black farmers and food producers while reconnecting Black Kentuckians to their legacy and heritage in agriculture. 

Feeding Kentucky. Feeding Kentucky’s hunger-relief work reaches an estimated one in seven Kentuckians each year. Their Farm to Food Banks program pays farmers a small amount for excess produce to distribute to partner food banks and food pantries across the state.

FoodChain. As FoodChain has grown into the multi-faceted food-access and -education initiative we now know, we’re in awe of their innovation and hard work and are happy to donate produce for their work-ready training kitchen and Nourish Lexington employment-support and feeding program. 

GleanKentucky. While of course we want to sell every leaf of lettuce we produce on the farm, fluctuating markets and weather means that’s not a reality. GleanKentucky’s volunteers visit the farm about twice a year to collect vegetables out of the field so they can nourish someone in need of fresh food, and they do this work all over Central Kentucky.  

God’s Pantry Food Bank. God’s Pantry Food Bank partners with more than 400 food pantries and meal programs and distributed 13.8 million pounds of fresh produce—a tiny portion of that coming from vegetables donated by our farm. 

Good Foods Co-op. When we need vegetables, meats and eggs, we look in the coolers on the farm. When we need just about any other groceries, we look to Good Foods. Besides being an amazing, local, member-owned grocery store, they’re a CSA Farm Share drop-off location and have carried Elmwood Stock Farm produce on and off for about 10 years. Sometimes you’ll read Mac’s articles on the Good Foods’ Blog, too.

The Hive. A new venture of our longtime partner Apiary Events & Catering, this subscription-based meal prep and artisan grocery service uses Elmwood Stock Farm produce, and we are glad to grow salad greens specifically for them.

Hyde Park Farmers Market (and Hyde Park Winter Farmers Market). The drive to Cincinnati each Sunday morning is one we’ve come to enjoy, as this year-round farmers market has given us the chance to meet and serve so many more people seeking wholesome, organic foods. 

KY Farm Share Coalition. This program works with employers across Central Kentucky to incentivize their employees to participate in an organic CSA. University of Kentucky has completed studies on this CSA voucher program that demonstrate the health benefits of organic CSA membership.

Lexington Farmers Market. To say Elmwood Stock Farm would not be what it is today without the Lexington Farmers Market is not an exaggeration. We’ve been providing wholesome, fresh food to customers there for 25 years and have met some of our best friends there! Open every Saturday, year-round, even during a global pandemic.

Lexington Seafood. This well-loved neighborhood business has been a CSA pickup location for over 10 years!

Liquor Barn. Did you know Liquor Barn is the largest retailer of Kentucky Proud products? Several Lexington locations have also been CSA pickup locations for many years.

Organic Association of Kentucky. John Bell was a founding member and is the current board chair of this nonprofit that advances organic, regenerative agriculture to improve the health of the environment and our communities. The virtual OAK conference is happening at the end of January!

Organic Farming Research Foundation. Mac’s a past OFRF board member, and the farm stays connected with the organization, including as part of OFRF’s Organic for Climate work. The goal of the organization is to advance organic agriculture through scientific research.

Rainbow Blossom Natural Food Markets. Louisville’s answer to healthful foods sourcing, each Rainbow Blossom location has been a CSA pickup location for several years.

The Sage Rabbit. One of our favorite restaurants in Lexington, and not just because Chef John has been a weekly Elmwood Stock Farm customer for years. Please support The Sage Rabbit and other locally owned restaurants with your carryout orders!

Sunrise Bakery. Arguably the best bread maker in Lexington. Sunrise’s storefront is currently closed, but their products are still available at Wilson’s Grocery, Good Foods Co-op and their partner restaurants! Nourish Lexington’s clients are also getting to enjoy Sunrise’s breads during this time.

The Weekly Juicery. CSA members look to The Weekly Juicery on Old Vine and in Palomar for their weekly farm share pickup and cold-pressed, unpasteurized, organic juice.

West Sixth Brewing. CSA pickup location, awesome beer brewer, great community partner—we’re grateful West Sixth Brewing is around.

Wilson Nurseries. Our CSA pickup location in Frankfort, Wilson Nurseries offers beautiful plants and landscaping products (and more!) and even grows some of their own items at their off-location farm.

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