Our Farmers

Four Maples Farm

Four Maples Farm – a member of the Kentucky Proud program – is owned and operated by Robert and Paula Smith, located in the Chestnut Grove area of Shelby County.  Four Maples has been operating as a farm since 1985 and been with the Shelby County Farmers’ Market since 2007, offering fresh produce, fruit, and jams in season. In the future, they hope to offer chestnuts, honey, wine, and table grapes.   Specialties are Shelby County grown figs, fig jam, purple asparagus, and various types of greens.   Produce is picked the day before the market and care is taken to retain quality and freshness until purchase. While not certified organic, the Smiths use natural methods in their production.

Dark Horse Farm

Dark Horse Farm, which offers pasture-raised lamb, is located on 25 rolling acres in Shelby County. We are low-input sustainable farmers incorporating many of the tenants of organic farming in our practices. Our lambs are “slow-grown” and we do not use growth hormones, low-level antibiotics or grain-based supplemental feed to hurry our lambs to market weight. All lamb cuts are processed locally at USDA inspected facilities, aged to perfection, and then vacuum-sealed and frozen to insure quality and freshness. Lamb can be purchased at the Shelby County Farmers’ Market or at the farm by appointment. Call ahead at 502-321-6529 and visit our website at http://darkhorsefarmlamb.weebly.com.

J&J Farms

Walter and Kathy Jones own J&J Farms, located at Todd’s Point in Simpsonville, KY. They sell vegetables, jam, bread, and bakery goods with squash and zucchini, strawberries, and sorghum.

Katie O’s Garden

Katie O’s Garden is a small, family farm located in scenic Shelby County and is a member of the Kentucky Proud and Rooted In Shelby programs. The farm offers many varieties of fresh vegetables and fruit, specializing in heirloom and open seeded cultivars. Kathy and Mark Jarvis strive to provide the community with nutritious and local produce that is visually appealing through Farmers Markets, CSAs and direct sales. They utilize sustainable practices such as rotating crops, growing many types of vegetables, sowing cover crops, using Organic Certified Seed or their own saved seed, and not using chemicals or synthetic fertilizers. Their produce includes asparagus, lettuces, peas, blackberries, summer and fall squash, cucumbers, eggplant, sweet and hot peppers, heirloom tomatoes, potatoes, okra, greens, melons and green beans. They also offer cool weather crops and make jams and breads from their produce. See what is growing at https://www.facebook.com/Katie-Os-Garden.

Lynn & Sylvia’s Fruit & Vegetables

Lynn & Sylvia have been a vendor since 2009, offering customers seasonal fruit and vegetables starting in early spring with their renowned asparagus. Though they are not organically certified, they practice organic gardening and offer organic grade products to Shelby County.

M&M Farm

David and Lea Miller own and operate M&M Farm, located at 661 Cooper Lane in Simpsonville, KY. They sell vegetables, fruits, jams, blueberries, herb breads, sweet breads, cakes, herb rubs, and sorghum.

Mallory Farmstead

Mallory Farmstead is owned and operated by Alan and Rita Mallory. They are located on Vigo Road in Bagdad. Alan and Rita grow all their own products and are a home based processor, micro-processor, and Kentucky Proud member. Produce that will be offered at the market includes tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, cabbage, broccoli, peppers, cantaloupe, green beans, zucchini, yellow squash and other veggie items in season. Value-added, home grown and homemade products for sale at the market include salsa, pepper relish, green tomato ketsup, various pickles, and jams.

Suzi Rice

Suzi provides the market with delicious preserved products such as blackberry jam, bread and butter pickles, pickled squash and hot or mild salsa. She also sells fresh blackberries and specialty tomatoes when they are in season. Occasionally, she has cut flowers, plants and flower bulbs ready to plant. Suzi says, “I really enjoy the market. It is social hour for me. I have met so many great people that I never would have met had it not been for the market.”

Riner Farm

Riner Farm is a small Shelby county family farm specializing in raw, local honey. Bee hives are currently on two different farms in Shelby County. Bees are managed with no artificial additives or chemical treatments. Honey is extracted, filtered and bottled on site.

Skinner Farm

Skinner Farm is owned and operated by Dan and Amy Skinner. The farm is located in rural Shelby County and they are a small, local, environmentally conscious operation and take extra measures to insure that their animals are raised as humanely and naturally as possible. Their chickens are Free Range and have access to the outdoors and are not kept in cages. The chickens are raised without antibiotics or any other type of medication and given no artificial ingredients, chemical preservatives or coloring ingredients. They are both Kentucky Proud and Rooted in Shelby County. They can be contacted by phone at 317-431-7168 or email: 3fastcans@gmail.com

2 Country Chicks

2 Country Chicks was started in 2010 by a dynamic pair of sisters, raised right here in Shelby County. Wanda Hawkins and Kathy Wallace got their start on their mother’s beautiful dairy farm located in Finchville, KY. The pair still lives in Finchville and are still farming on the family farm, Carlile Acres. When they are not at their day jobs, they can be found working late nights in the fields with the cattle or in their multiple gardens. The sisters raise free range chickens, vegetables, fruits and beef cattle. You can find them at the market every week with fresh vegetables, free range eggs, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and delicious homemade goods like jams, jellies, pasta sauce and salsa. Drop by the Farmers’ Market and meet these two fun country chicks!