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Back in March, when C & I went to the Kentucky Green Living Fair, I planned a couple of extra stops while we were in the area.  We don’t go that direction very often so I wanted to make the most of my trip.

Our first after-the-fair stop was for lunch at The Bluebird Café in Stanford, Kentucky.  I had heard of this restaurant many times when it was mentioned by other Kentucky Food Bloggers that lived in the area so I definitely had to check it out.  The food and ambience were just as good as advertised!  If we are back in Stanford again, The Bluebird Café will be a definite stop.

 

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C had the Bluebird burger made with locally produced ground beef from Marksbury Farm (more to come on that in a minute) with French fries.

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I had the NYC roast beef panini with French fries and it was so good!

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Stanford is a beautiful little town that takes advantage of its history and heritage.

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Next, we traveled to Lancaster, Kentucky to visit Marksbury Farm which according to their website:

“is a small scale, locally owned, Butchers Shop, Farm Market,
and Processing Facility.

We partner with local farmers who share our
commitment to sustainable, humane,
and natural production methods.

We use traditional and modern methods to
deliver an array of high quality, healthy,
and fresh products.”

It is located in an old farmhouse with a beautiful little courtyard and other old outbuildings left over from days gone by. Make sure and watch your step when you enter.  The porch roof is a little low!  The owner said he had to choose between the step railing and the roof so the railing won.

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While there, I purchased a pound of ground beef, a package of pork chops and a package of sausage patties.  The beef is delicious and I can’t wait to try the other products as well.  C & I had a great day of enjoying Kentucky people and products that day.  Can’t wait for another day just like it!

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A few more shots from the first Kentucky Green Living Fair held on March 30th:

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Yes, you read that right…this is the first post of several about the first annual Kentucky Green Living Fair that C & I attended last Saturday at the Barn At Redgate in Somerset, Kentucky.  Thanks to Jamie at Sustainable Kentucky along with the other sponsors: ClearChannel Media, eat., Good Foods Market & Café, JD Country Milk, Somerset Farmers Market, Story Magazine, Rough Draft Farmstead, Sweetgrass Granola, and Tim Farmer’s Country Kitchen, this was a remarkable first time event that brought together people interested in sustainable and clean living.  We loved it and had a great time! 

Today, I would like to thank those wonderful sponsors above along with others that gave items for the Kentucky Food Bloggers’ gift bags.  I will list them all below with several photos of the goodies.  It was great just to get free tickets by being a member so I was overwhelmed with the contents of the bag.  I also got my first media pass…

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Who knew that being a blogger meant that you were media?  I sure didn’t, but it felt pretty good to wear that little badge.  I am not normally an extroverted person, so it took me a little while to warm up and strike up conversations with the different vendors, but I am so glad I did since all of them were full of personality and information.  I also got to hand out a few blog business cards for the first time.  I just might make a go of this yet!

Without further ado, here are some photos and links of the gifts that were given to us bloggers:

Watermelon mint tea from Rooibee Red Teas:

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A pound of ground beef from Pike Valley Farm Foods:

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I plan on using that beautiful ground beef tonight for hamburgers.  Yum!

Salmon filet from Caught Wild Salmon:

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Boston Brown Bread from Halcomb’s Knob Farm:

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A cute re-usable shopping bag:

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A beautiful hardback book named “the pantry” by Catherine Pond (loved talking to her):

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Another wonderful hardback book: “A Feast For The Eyes” by David Domine:

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Two magazines: eat. and Story:

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Cherry Almond granola from Sweetgrass:

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Moisturizer and soap from Rock Bottom Stables & Soap:

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Honey from Solar Place Farm:

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Organic sheep soap from Windsor Wool Farms and native grass/wildflower seed from Sustainable Kentucky:

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I also got a free baked item from Clementine’s Bake Shop.  Thanks to all of these wonderful vendors and if I left someone off, I apologize, but I have listed as many as I can remember.

We had to give back a little so C & I purchased a few t-shirts along with some delicious cheddar cheese from Heavenly Homestead. You can’t have too many tees, can you?

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Please come on back next week for the next installment of the Kentucky Green Living Fair redux.  I have so many post ideas swirling in my head that it may take a while to get organized.  Can’t wait ‘til next year…March 29, 2014!

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Way back in October before my dad had his accident, C & I spent a couple of days in Indianapolis for a getaway.  Indy was a city in easy driving distance for us that we had never been to so we hit the road to see the sights.  The first day we went to Edinburgh, Indiana to do a little shopping at the Premium Outlets and, let me tell you, it was the BEST outlet mall we had ever been to.  We found lots of bargains and only went in about 10% of the stores there before we ran out of time.  I would love to go back this spring to shop there again.

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We spent the night in Edinburgh and headed to Indy the next morning after going back to the mall for a few minutes.  Along the way, we stopped and ate at Jimmy Buffett’s Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurant.

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This is a chain restaurant, but not one in our normal area and it was good.  We both got cheeseburgers and fries.  The meal was tasty, but if we go back I would like to go to a couple of local eateries instead of a chain.  Maybe next time.  One of the main reasons we chose Indy was to go their zoo and aquarium located inside the zoo.  Unfortunately, it rained all day long while we were there, but we still enjoyed the zoo. The aquarium part is pretty small except the dolphin exhibit.  The underwater dome was awesome!  The next pics will show the zoo highlights.

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Indy has a great skyline even in the rain.  We did a drive-by of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but since there wasn’t a race we couldn’t get a very good view.

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The attraction that I most wanted to see was Monument Circle and the Soldiers and Sailors Monument so we braved the rainy weather and downtown traffic to go. If you are in the Indy area, I highly recommend visiting this area of downtown.  There are several shops and restaurants that I would love to go back and visit if we have a chance to.  It is also just down the street from the arena where the Indiana Pacers play.

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My grandmother, “Nanny”, and my Aunt M are usually not big travellers, but when Nanny saw a commercial for Huber’s Orchard and Winery in Starlight, Indiana, she was hooked and really wanted to visit.  I had a Thursday off from work in early October so we went to see it.  When I went online to find directions, I discovered that there is actually two different businesses, Huber’s Orchard and Winery along with Joe Huber’s Family Farm and Restaurant.  They are just a mile apart so it makes it easy to visit both in the same day.

We took I-65 up to Louisville and then took I-64 over to New Albany, Indiana and followed the directions from there.  The drive was very pretty and we were all surprised at the long and winding road you take to get there.  Thankfully, there are plenty of signs along the way so you know you are still on the right path.  We arrived at the Huber’s Orchard and Winery first and the views there are gorgeous.

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Huber’s raises all sorts of crops to try to have year ‘round interest so we passed Christmas trees…

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and vineyards…

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before getting to the actual location, which was spectacular!  Here are several photos of the different ponds, animals and decorations along their drive to the store.

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When we parked and walked up to the store, there is a talking tree that lets you know about the day’s specials and what is available.

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There were pumpkins, gourds and Indian corn galore.  I could have spent a fortune, but I just had to pick a few and make myself walk away.  I loved the way they used the old vehicles to display the pumpkins.

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While we were walking around admiring the outdoor scenery, there was this delicious smell wafting through the air.  After entering their store, we knew why…there is a full bakery loaded with cookies and candy and breads and dumplings.  Oh, my, I wish I could bottle that smell.  It was heavenly!  We all purchased a few things here.  I bought a few cookies and gala apples while Nanny chose a couple of sweet bread loaves and fudge.

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Next, we drove up the road to Joe Huber’s Family Farm and Restaurant.  This was a really neat place, too, and kids would love it!  They have lots of activities like a corn maze and tractor rides along the farm.

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There is a store located here as well and I purchased some Cherry BBQ sauce that was really good.  I had been told that the food at the restaurant is delicious, but we didn’t take the time to eat here.  Their fall decorations were beautiful and they had a few small gardens to tour as well.

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Sorry, I know this a long post, but there was so much to see at these two locations!  Finally, here is a self-portrait of the three of us at Huber’s Orchard and Winery and, FINALLY, my little display using the pumpkins I bought there.  If you have a chance to go, I highly recommend it.

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Talented pooches at the Kentucky State Fair…

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Today’s post will finish up my “tour” of Newport, Kentucky, that I started two weeks ago with the post about the Newport Aquarium.  Do you remember me mentioning the Duck ride multiple times?  Could you sort of tell that I really enjoyed it and would LOVE to do it again?  No, well, I did and I would!

A Duck is a World War II era amphibious vehicle built for the armed forces to use as supply carriers after the soldiers would commandeer an area.  These beauties would roll in with the things they need to set up camp, but they had one big downfall.  The Ducks are pretty slow, both on water and land, so most of them ended up at the bottom of the ocean.  The one we rode in wasn’t finished in time to be sent to the war zone, so it is not, alas, a veteran.

With no further ado, here is the Duck:

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We went aboard and was given a “Wacky Quacker” to use during the tour.  Here are C & I modeling ours:

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It makes a really loud duck sound and we were told to quack at anyone we wanted to, especially Cincinnati police officers because they just loved it!  The tour guide, Robert, was awesome.  Here he is demonstrating the proper use of the life vests:

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He said he was a good German boy, but he had always wanted to be Italian, so we were welcome to call him Rrrroberto complete with rolled Rs and hand gestures.  We took off and crossed the bridge into Ohio and the captain took us down a few city streets until we reached the dock.  Ours was the second duck in line so we got to watch the first one enter the water.  The captain told us we have to hit the water at top speed (which on the road doesn’t feel that fast, but wait until you are heading into a river) or the engine would get wet and stall out.  After we watched the first one go in, some teenage girls in the very back seat asked if it was too late to move because they were going to get WET! 

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Into the water we went uneventfully and started motoring down the river.  There are some really beautiful homes and artwork along the river and we tried to take in everything we could.

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There is a suspension bridge connecting Kentucky and Ohio and Robert told us a funny story about when the bridge was new.  At the time, German immigrants made up most of the population of Newport and Cincinnati and they were very scared of new things.  Since the bridge didn’t have any supports underneath it, the people thought that just a few people standing on the bridge would make it collapse.  The government had the bright idea of temporarily opening a Bratwurst and beer stand and selling both for a penny.  Robert said that this made the Germans get on the bridge, because even though they were afraid for their life, they weren’t going to pass up that kind of bargain.  I don’t know if the story is true, but it is funny.

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After about a mile on the water, the captain turned the Duck around and headed by showing us the Cincinnati Reds’ relatively new stadium, The Great American Ballpark along with some of the other buildings on the riverfront.

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Then our tour took us through part of downtown Cincinnati which included some of the original and beautiful German architecture.

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We then crossed back over into Kentucky and saw the World Peace Bell that was erected in Newport after the 9/11 attacks.

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After winding up our Duck tour, we decided to check out the Purple People Bridge.  It was originally a train trestle, but when it was decommissioned the cities made a pedestrian only bridge out of it.  We didn’t walk all the way across though.  I think that would be pretty nerve-wracking for me, anyway.

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If you have the chance to go to Newport On The Levee, go!  It was a lot of fun squeezed into a small amount of space.

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