Kentucky Food from Farm to Table

Farm-to-table (or farm-to-fork) dining is one of the latest dining trends in America — it simply means the food you’re eating came from a local farm. Kentucky’s farm-to-table restaurants have built relationships with local farmers who supply them with fresh produce–though many also have their own garden plots for harvesting.

Want to eat healthy and locally on all your Kentucky getaways? Grab a table at these Kentucky farm to fork restaurants, bistros, cafés and farms:

  • TripAdvisor and Yelp reviewers rated the Red River Rockhouse American Café a 4.5/5–high marks for a sustainable-dining eatery in Campton. This quaint, charming eclectic café in the heart of the Red River Gorge, prepares and serves fresh, locally sourced food (organic whenever possible) – from breakfast to burgers, burritos and BLTs. Daily menu specials are determined by the availability of seasonal ingredients. Did we mention that they brew their own beer!

  • Want to get away–yet remain in a literally green sustainable environment along with a taste of Appalachia? Travel to the Snug Hollow Farm Bed & Breakfast in Irvine. This secluded 300-acre retreat in central Kentucky offers lodging (farmhouse and two comfortable cabins) and serves delicious gourmet vegetarian food for lunch and dinner (with reservations). Discover true garden to table dining with homemade rosemary braided bread and freshly picked salad veggies. A heaping side of “Holler” hospitality accompanies award-winning vegetarian cuisine and good times.

  • Located on West Main Street in downtown Stanford, Bluebird Café is one of central Kentucky’s premier farm-to-fork restaurants and proudly supports local farmers who practice sustainable farming and treat their animals ethically. “Serious about scratch made, fresh food“ the extensive Bluebird restaurant menu includes such favorites as a fried green tomato BLT, the Bluebird Brown and burgers served on a homemade sorghum wheat or buttermilk roll. They also serve great coffee — be sure to stop by if you’re in the neighborhood!

  • You’ll find farm-to-table in the city, too. Four-star Chef Bruce Ucan, a pioneer in Louisville’s Farm-to-Table concept, describes the Mayan Café concept as traditional Mayan dishes infused with fresh, locally sourced seasonal ingredients. Monthly menu specials feature a seasonal theme paired with a featured signature beverage. Regular menu items include a daily house made “juice of the day” and the taste tested Tok-Set Lima Beans (lima beans with green onions, parsley and ground, roasted pumpkin seed).

  • “We’ve led the effort to support our local farmers by using products grown within a short distance of Lilly’s Bistro,” says Chef Kathy Cary, who introduced locavore-style farm fresh food to Louisville years ago. Her recipes reflect the original flavors of the Bluegrass state–with organic vegetables, free-range beef and a number of artisan cheeses. The mouth-watering menu features Marksbury pulled lamb gyro, Stonecross BBQ pork, Old Hat Cattle Company burger and a Tomato Salad of the Day.

Ready for a grand culinary adventure? Whether you’re here for a day or a week, we encourage you to explore the state to find more farm-to-fork restaurants in Kentucky. Don’t see your favorite listed here? Let us know!