What's New? COVID-19 Responsive Season.
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Saturdays May 9th – September 26th | 9 am to Noon
TEMPORARY LOCATION, 4124 Shelbyville Road
The Old St. Matthews Woman's Club Parking Lot next to Owens Medical Plaza at Thierman Lane and Shelbyville Road. Two doors down from Beargrass Christian Church, the campus of which, is closed due to COVID-19. Parking in the rear of Owens Medical Plaza

Welcome to the 2020 COVID-19 Responsive Season
4124 Shelbyville Road

The St. Matthews Farmers Market will open for the 14th season on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 4124 Shelbyville Road, two doors down, while the Beargrass campus is closed due to COVID-19. This location is the site of the former St. Matthews Woman’s Club and is behind Owens Medical Plaza. We are grateful to Mercedes-Benz of Louisville for use of the space, to Evan Williams for hand sanitizer, and to WaterStep for the bleach maker for cleaning.  Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Farmers markets are essential businesses and are vital to food access for consumers and the livelihoods of farmers.

This season, farmers markets are transitioning from community gathering spaces to transaction-based markets, or IN & OUT markets. Operational and procedural changes were made to protect customers, farmers, and volunteers and to mitigate the spread of disease, including following all guidance provided by the Kentucky Cabinet for Public Health (KCPH). 

In addition to integrating the KCPH, Kentucky Department of Agriculture, and Metro Louisville Department of Health and Wellness guidance, we required that our farmers and other market partners adhere to best practices as outlined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to reduce the exposure and spread of coronavirus COVID-19.

Patrons should enter the market at the stoplight at Shelbyville Road and Thierman Lane, and park in the rear parking lot at Owens Medical Plaza. 

The market layout is focused on health and safety. Patrons are encouraged to come, queue up, practice social distancing, and purchase what they need - but not linger.  Masks are required to enter the market and only 1 person per household may enter at a time. Attendance will be strictly controlled to maintain appropriate social distance, and when queue lines are full, patrons must wait in their cars.

We are operating as an open-air grocery with only those items deemed essential; produce, meat, dairy, and food products like honey and jams, as well as bedding plants and hygiene products like soap. No restroom is available. Crowds are prohibited but everyone is welcome.  To learn more, visit

What's at the Market this Week?

Our farms will be selling produce, meat, and dairy. No foods prepared on site, crafts, or live music are allowed at this time. Masks are required for entry. There are no restrooms onsite. 

Below is a list of participants. If you want to pre-order to pick-up at the market or in the drive-thru, scroll down and click the name or follow instructions to place an online order for pick-up. Advance orders are not required but are appreciated. You are welcome to shop the market, 1 person per household may enter.


Bakers Family Farm

Barr Farms – Returning May 16

Coulter’s Good Earth Farm

Duncan Farms

Dutch Creek Farm – Coming later in the season…stay tuned

Elmwood Stock Farm

Full Heart Farm – Email Beth Fowle for advance orders at or call 502-693-6428

Garey Farms

Granny’s Delights

Hambley Farms – They’ll be back May 16

Harmony Fields Farm

Hillview Farm

Honey Bear Farms

Jackson’s Produce

Organic Acres

On Tapp Dairy

Rootbound Farm

Sherwood Acres Beef

Stone Burr Farms – To order email Gene Butcher at stoneburrlamb@gmail

Triple J Farm

Valley Spirit Farm – Returning May 16


Georgias Sweet Potato Pie Company

Lexington Pasta


Primo Oils & Vinegars

Pure Karma Soap

Pure Pollen Flowers

Sapori d’Italia Cheese

Sunergos Coffee – Selling roasted beans by the pound only

Super Food Veda – Returning May 16

Wells Made Co. – Email Andrea Wells at – May not be onsite until May 16 or 23

West 6th Brewery Pre-orders only, deadline Friday at noon

Wildflour Bakehouse

Featured Recipe
Strawberry Caprese Salad

Our featured recipe this week is Strawberry Caprese Salad which is a twist on a beloved favorite while those fresh, sweet berries are in season.   Basil, strawberries, and mini balls of mozzarella (or slivers) dot this delicious salad. Serve over fresh arugula or as an appetizer with toasted French bread baguette slices. Most farmers offer strawberries and arugula and Sapori d'Italia has great cheeses you could substitute. Primo Oils & Vinegars has your white balsamic vinegar. Wildflour Bakehouse farmhouse white can be used for the bread. Literally everything you need for this dish can be procured at the market.

3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
1 small garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
1 (8-oz.) tub fresh small mozzarella cheese balls
4 cups halved fresh strawberries
Garnish: thinly sliced fresh basil

To make:
Whisk together white balsamic vinegar, minced garlic, brown sugar, salt, and freshly ground pepper in a large bowl until sugar is dissolved. Add olive oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking constantly until smooth. Add 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil and mozzarella cheese balls; toss to coat. Cover and chill 2 hours. Stir in strawberries; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve over fresh arugula or as an appetizer with toasted French bread baguette slices. Garnish with thinly sliced fresh basil.
Makes 4-6 servings.
Recipe courtesy Southern Living

How Is The Market Different?
Rules and Regulations

  • Welcome to our IN & OUT Market.

  • Pre-order from Participating Farms Whenever Possible.

  • Always Maintain 6-foot Social Distance.

  • Wear a Mask and Gloves, as Recommended by the CDC.

  • Limit Attendance to 1 Member of the Household.  This is Not a Family Event.

  • Maintain Social Distance While Waiting in Line.

  • Be Ready to Order When it is Your Turn.

  • Choice may be Limited.

  • Be Patient.

  • Point to Items You Want. Do Not Touch Products.

  • Allow Farmers to Select and Bag your Produce.  

  • Reusable Shopping Bags are Not Permitted.

  • Use Credit, Debit, or Cash. Vendors May Not Offer Change. 

  • If You Are Sick, Stay Home.

  • If You Have to Sneeze or Cough, Do So into Your Elbow or a Tissue.

  • Thoroughly Wash Your Hands With Soap for 20-Seconds Using CDC Guidelines.

  • Wash All Products Before Use or Cooking.

  • Hand Sanitizer Stations Provided by Evan Williams Bourbon Experience.

  • Bleach Solution for Vendors is Made Possible by WaterStep’s Bleach Maker.

Contactless Drive-Thru Is An Option
Don't Want to Get Out of Your Car?

Contactless drive-thru pick-up is also available for pre-orders. Pre-order from a participating vendor, then print your name and the name of the farm or vendor you ordered from on a piece of paper. Drive to the market and a volunteer will direct you to the pick-up tent. Hold up the piece of paper bearing your name and name of farm, with your window closed. A runner will retrieve your order. You will be directed to a parking space to wait. Open your trunk. A runner will place the order in your trunk and close it. 

A list of participating farms and their pre-order instructions can be found here.

Wear a Mask!

Masks are recommended by the CDC for all and mandated by Kentucky’s Governor effective May 11, 2020. Masks are required at the Market. Please wear a mask to keep yourself, our farmers, and market patrons safe. If two people wear masks, and one of them is sick and likely doesn’t know it, the chances of anyone else getting sick are 1.5%. If the sick person doesn’t wear a mask, the chance of illness spreading to the other party is 70%! The mask traps virus particles on the inside, preventing the virus particles from becoming airborne.

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