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County is home to certified farm markets

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By Kay Kennedy

Washington County is home to three of the 92 markets across the state that are members of the 2009 Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program. The Washington County Certified Roadside Market members are: Flaggy Meadow Fiber Works & Sunshine Alpacas of Kentucky, Maple Hill Manor and St. Catherine Farm. In joining the Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program, these markets have committed to offering quality products and service to their customers. Their acceptance by Farm Bureau as a Certified Roadside Market tells customers that they meet the highest standards of quality, freshness and marketing appeal.

Flaggy Meadow Fiber Works & Sunshine Alpaca of Kentucky offers Suri alpaca fleece, yarn, rugs, felt, roving, kits, batts and accessories at its location on Mackville Road (KY 152) off US 150 in Springfield. School tours and buses are welcome. For more information on Flaggy Meadow Fiber Works, visit www.flaggymeadowfiberworks.com or contact Shawn and Lori Mallory at 336-7272 or e-mail info@flaggymeadowfiberworks.com.

Maple Hill Manor is a Kentucky Farm Stay Bed & Breakfast on Perryville Road (US 150) in Springfield. In addition to u-pick apples, peaches, pears and plums, Maple Hill Manor offers customers fashions and home accessories made from alpaca or llama wool. School tours are welcome. For more information on Maple Hill Manor, visit www.maplehillmanor.com or contact Todd Allen and Tyler Horton at 336-3075 or e-mail stay@maplehillmanor.com.

St. Catharine Farm is two miles north of Springfield on Bardstown Road (US 150). They offer meat, beans, cabbage, cucumbers, sweet corn, beets, eggplant, squash and watermelons. For more information on St. Catherine Farm, contact Danny Spalding at (859) 805-1278 or e-mail stcatharinefarm@att.net.

“The Certified Roadside Farm Market Program further educates consumers on the importance of locally grown and produced products,” said Mark Haney, president of Kentucky Farm Bureau. “As the demand for local products continues to increase, we are excited to have a record number of markets participating in this program, which is helping create new opportunities for Kentucky producers and consumers.”

Brochures that list all of the Certified Roadside Markets across the state are available at Kentucky welcome centers, State Resort Parks, local chambers of commerce/tourism centers or county Farm Bureau offices. Consumers can also go to the 2009 Certified Roadside Farm Market Web Site for a complete list of markets: www.kyfb.com/federation/program-links/roadside-farm-markets. For more information on the Certified Roadside Farm Market Program contact Kentucky Farm Bureau at roadside@kyfb.com.