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Hardin County is home to five certified agricultural markets | Local news

Hardin County is home to five of the 108 Commonwealth Markets accepted into the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s 2021 Certified Farmer’s Market Program.

Hinton’s Orchard & Farm Market-Elizabethtown, Sunshine and Blossoms Greenhouse, Wilmoth Family Farms and Market, Crawford Farms, and The Pumpkin Wagon of Hardin County are all part of the program.

By joining the KFB Certified Farm Market Program, these markets are committed to providing quality products and services to their customers, according to a recent press release. Acceptance by Farm Bureau tells customers that this market meets the highest standards for quality, freshness and marketing appeal.

“We’re really excited to be with Farm Bureau this year,” said Jennifer Wilmoth of Wilmoth Family Farms and Market. “I think there will be a lot of different things we can do that we weren’t able to do last year.”

Located in Cecilia, Wilmoth Family Farms and Market offers pasture-raised pork, beef, chicken, goat and lamb, according to the release. They also grow a wide variety of vegetables and fruits as organically as possible.

Wilmoth said they also offer a delivery service with their boxes of meat and produce.

Plus, they have a farmer’s market at 10 a.m. every Saturday, where they offer a free petting zoo, jumping mat, $ 3 corn pit and cart, and pony rides. Their pumpkin patch opens in mid-September and admission is free.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of something much bigger than we are,” Wilmoth said.

For more information on Wilmoth Family Farms and Market, visit them on Facebook at Central KY Chicken Swap, on their website at wilmothfarms.com, or call 270-234-6945.

Wilmoth Family Farms is one of three of five Hardin County Accepted Markets that are open this spring. The other two are Hinton’s Orchard & Farm Market-Elizabethtown and Sunshine and Blossoms Greenhouse.

Elizabethtown Market at Hinton’s Orchard offers bedding plants, hanging baskets, vegetables and herbs, a wide variety of fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, pumpkins and fall decorations. They also offer local meats, cheeses, honey and sorghum, according to the statement, and customers can purchase gourmet fruit butters, salsas, preserves and more. During the holiday season, they offer Christmas trees, wreaths, and fruit and gift baskets. Visit hintonsorchard.com for more information.

Sunshine and Blossoms Greenhouse in Sonora is a family-owned greenhouse that grows vegetables and flowers. The release says they have a large selection of annuals and perennials and hundreds of hanging and patio pots. For more information on Sunshine and Blossoms Greenhouse, call 270-619-3808 or visit the Sunshine & BlossomsGreenhouse Facebook page.

The Hardin County Pumpkin Wagon is a roadside family market. According to its website, the Fall Market sells pumpkins, straw, corn shocks, moms, handmade crafts and more, and has a children’s play area.

Crawford Farms, which is off-season, has two areas, the Barnyard Marketplace and Sprigg’s Playland and Petting Zoo, according to its website.

The family-run farm offers barrel train rides for the kids and cart rides for everyone and an affordable concession stand makes it an all-inclusive fall destination, the website said.

For more information, visit crawfordpumpkins.com.

“While the past year has been difficult on many levels due to the pandemic, we have seen increased awareness of locally produced foods as more consumers have turned to their nearby KFB certified agricultural markets to find out. the benefits of fresh and locally grown produce, ”KFB President Mark Haney said in the statement. “We look forward to continuing this trend in 2021 as this program grows and continues to benefit our market members, as well as all of their customers. “

Markets certified by this program are identified by the KFB Certified Farm Market logo and listed in the online directory. The program also provides collective advertising, promotional items, educational tour opportunities and other marketing benefits with the aim of increasing net farm income of member markets, the statement said.

The KFB Certified Farm Market Rack Card is available at Kentucky Visitor Centers, State Resort Parks, local Chambers of Commerce / Tourism Centers, and County Farm Bureau offices. Consumers can also visit the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Certified Farmer’s Market website, kyfb.com/certified, for a complete list of markets or to download its app.

The Kentucky Farm Bureau has offered the Certified Farm Market program for 26 years.