Taylor Hollingsworth & Family, Stone Jack Bakers

Delicious, fun and wholesome baked-from-scratch goodies are Taylor’s passion. After 20+ years in the restaurant industry and eight years of professional baking, Taylor decided it was time to build her own bakery in Lexington. Stone Jack Bakers uses all-natural ingredients and no preservatives. They also try to use local ingredients whenever possible. www.stonejackbakers.com

Steve Pavey & Ryan Koch, Counterculture Ferments

Counterculture Ferments started in Lexington in 2018 on the founders’ kitchen counters. The two friends brought together cabbage, fresh vegetables and spices with sea salt to create natural and wild ferments. They utilize the ancient process of lacto-fermentation to create probiotic-rich foods that promote gut health while also breaking down vegetables to increase bioavailability of … Read More.

Cliff Shumate, C.W. Shumate Blackberry Jams

From Nicholasville, C.W. Shumate’s jam is produced using his great grandmother’s original recipe consisting of fruit and sugar, with a twist he conceived—adding natural honey. In fact, those are the only ingredients, with the blackberries and honey coming from Kentucky. You will never find any fillers, extenders, flavors, thickeners, coloring agents, artificial sweeteners or preservatives … Read More.

Stuart & Greg Brenner, IntegriTea

The Brenner brothers of Lexington formed IntegriTea to share their passion of tea with the world. IntegriTea strives to source the highest quality organic teas through sustainable farming practices, supporting the community, encouraging holistic living and continuously improving their craft. Their teas are loaded with antioxidants and nutrients to help support a healthy lifestyle. www.integritearocks.com

Dave Kleckner, Kentucky’s Smokin’ Grill

From Danville, Kentucky’s Smokin’ Grill started in 1973 at a family Fourth of July picnic and barbecue. Over a period of 10 years, the cookouts went from family events to a growing hobby that blossomed into a business. “We DID want a tasty sauce, smooth and pleasant so an individual wouldn’t tire of it. Addictive … Read More.

Jerome & Paula Lange, Casey County Farm

Jerome and his family have operated Casey County’s only certified organic farm since 1975. He has sold his produce—and coordinated produce from other local growers—at Good Foods Co-op for many years, and has written two popular books on organic farming.

Michael & Annabelle, Michael & Annabelle Evermore Farm Eggs

From Lexington, Michael and Annabelle started homesteading to learn how to feed themselves. After sharing their eggs with others, the kids decided to create their own business. With Evermore Farm less than 15 miles away from the Co-op, Michael and Annabelle are able to deliver fresh eggs that are sometimes laid the same day. They … Read More.

Laura Freeman, Laura’s Hemp Chocolates

You probably already know of Laura. She’s the same Laura who founded Laura’s Lean Beef. Now she’s offering something more fun, Laura’s Hemp Chocolates, made with Kentucky hemp, some of it right from her farm near Winchester. Hemp has immense nutritional and health benefits that are boosted further with dark chocolate. Laura says they’re “good … Read More.

Lewis Shuckman, Shuckman’s Fish Company & Smokery

From Louisville, Shuckman’s Fish Co. & Smokery Inc. was founded in 1919. For over 100 years they have taken great pride in the high quality of the products they offer, and they prepare their gourmet smoked fish and caviar to the level of quality their customers have come to expect. www.kysmokedfish.com

The McGee Family, Turtleback Ridge

From Robertson County, Turtleback Ridge is a family farm business run by Susan, Kevin and Keegan McGee. Their goal is to produce foods in a manner that not only allows them to enjoy it, but also encourages other people in their area to enjoy the foods as well. They believe that a local food economy … Read More.