A Kentucky Proud Christmas
That nip in the air, the smell of gingerbread fresh out of the oven, college basketball rivalries, and more holiday specials on TV than you can shake a stick at: It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas across the Bluegrass.
At Kentucky Proud, our goal is to make the most wonderful time of the year even more memorable. Whether you’re decking all the halls or just looking for a little greenery to “spruce” up the front porch with a festive feel, find locally grown wreaths, trees, garland, and more fresh from Kentucky farms.
If you’re anything like us, the entire month of December is basically one very long cheat-day. That’s what New Year’s resolutions are for, right? Between baking cookies, office potlucks, family meals, and trying to find the time to fit all of those favorite holiday recipes within a single month, Christmas cooking is every bit as important as the gifts under the tree. No matter what you’re planning on concocting in your kitchen this season, using the freshest ingredients can make a good recipe great. And the freshest ingredients come from Kentucky farms. Find the best seasonal produce, meats, and more at a Kentucky Proud farmers’ market, a surprising number of which are open throughout the entire year. Find a winter market near you by visiting our Kentucky Proud farmers’ market page. If you can’t make it to a market, look for local farm-sourced Kentucky Proud ingredients at your local grocery store or order directly from your favorite farm store.
For a taste of something different this year, support your local farm families and shop for gifts that just mean more, to more people throughout the Commonwealth. This holiday season, remember, the freshest gift ideas come from Kentucky farms.
Everyone has that one person on their list who just seems impossible to buy for (here’s looking at you Aunt Mildred)! Consider a gift card to a Kentucky Proud Buy Local restaurant this year for your favorite fickle friend or family member! Our Buy Local restaurants are committed to purchasing fresh ingredients from Kentucky farms. That means when you purchase gift cards from Kentucky Proud Buy Local restaurants you’re supporting our family farms and the local economy, not to mention investing in the promise of a tasty meal.
Looking for the gift that keeps on giving? Before you ask: no, Clark, it’s not a Jelly of the Month Club membership! Stocking your loved ones’ freezers with locally sourced Kentucky Proud meat or purchasing a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share for farm fresh veggies and more can be a great way to spoil your family and friends even after the holiday decorations are stowed away! Our Kentucky Proud meat producers can provide anything from chicken and beef to bison, all raised right here in the Commonwealth. A CSA share will allow your family and friends to support Kentucky farms and also commit to eating local seasonal food directly from a farm throughout the year!
Need the perfect holiday host or hostess gift? Spread some holiday cheer by purchasing a bottle of Kentucky Proud Wine from one of over 70 small farm wineries in the Commonwealth. You can even grab a bottle or two for yourself, we won’t tell!
We know the “stuff” can be overwhelming during the holidays, especially if you have little ones to buy for. So if you are looking for an experience to give this holiday season you’ll definitely want to check out the many Kentucky Proud Agritourism venues at Kentucky Farms are Fun. Spend a night away at a family farm bed and breakfast, enjoy a trail ride on a Kentucky farm, or even visit one of Kentucky’s many distilleries. They’re all wonderful and thoughtful gifts for your family and friends this holiday season. They may even take you along with them when they cash in on their experiences!
Many more unique and thoughtful farm sourced gift ideas are listed below to help make the holidays even more special for your loved ones and Kentucky’s farm families. Happy Holidays!