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Bluegrass, Lexington farmers markets reopen

swthompson@herald-leader.comApril 12, 2012 

Lexington Farmers Market, in its 37th season, returns Saturday to Cheapside Park.

A rite of spring is upon us: Two of Lexington's farmers markets are opening for the season this weekend.

Bluegrass Farmers' Market opens Saturday. The market is at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Farmers will have locally produced spring vegetables, baked goods, herb seasoning, eggs and jams. Go to Localharvest.org/blog/29529.

Lexington Farmers Market opens Saturday for its 37th season. Items available will include eggs, meats, cheese, bedding and garden plants, honey and wine. Hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The market is in Cheapside Park. Parking is free in the Financial Center garage. The Southland Drive market opens Sunday for the season. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Tuesday and Thursday market at Maxwell Street and South Broadway opens May 1. Go to Lexingtonfarmersmarket.com.

Openings, new hours and menus

Coles 735 Main is the newest tenant at the restaurant spot at East Main Street and North Ashland Avenue that has had a long list of proprietors, most recently Furlong's and Onizim's.

Cole Arimes is the chef/owner and has returned to Lexington after spending 18 years in Cincinnati. His menu includes a bit of everything, from burgers and steaks to Greek, French and Latin American specialties. Hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 4 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 266-9000.

■ The second Lexington location of Five Guys Burgers and Fries is open at 3090 Helmsdale Place, in Brighton Place Shoppes. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Call (859) 263-5555. Go to Fiveguys.com.

Stuarto's Olive Oil Co. will open its second location Saturday at 804 Euclid Avenue in Chevy Chase. The store sells extra virgin olive oils, gourmet oils, balsamic vinegar and wine vinegars, from around the world. The store's other location is at 2200 War Admiral Way. Call (859) 269-0088.

Asian Wind, 3735 Palomar Centre Drive, has new hours. It's open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and noon to 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 223-0060. Also, children eat free on Tuesday nights with the purchase of an adult entree.

Cheapside Bar and Grill, 131 Cheapside, now is open for brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The menu features "cowboy eggs," Southwest Benedict, "un-holey doughnuts," a "rise-and-shine burrito," and croissant breakfast sandwich. The dinner menu is served beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 254-0046.

Jean Farris Winery & Bistro has a new menu for spring. Included are duck pistachio terrine, Newsom's Kentucky prosciutto, house-made sausage, house-cured smoked salmon, sea scallops, lamb rack, seared duck breast, Kentucky dry-aged rib-eye and striped bass. The winery is at 6825 Old Richmond Road. Call (859) 263-9463.

The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, is serving lamb fries with red-eye gravy as the weekend special. Also available are chipotle-roasted prime rib with Maytag bleu cheese soufflé and Greek yogurt marinated lamb kebabs.Call (859) 226-0300.

Ramsey's Diner is bringing back its popular chicken salad and fresh local asparagus for spring. Go to Ramseysdiners.com for locations of the four Ramsey's Diners.

Special events

■ Sondra Strunk, owner of Sondra's Wine Creations, will offer samples of her new product Friday and Saturday at the Kentucky Proud Market in the Lexington Convention Center, 410 West Vine Street. Strunk is making pineapple wine jelly from her homemade pineapple wine.

Thai Orchid Cafe is celebrating Songkran, the Thai new year, with special noodle dishes through Sunday. In Thai culture, the long length of noodles represents happiness and longevity, owner chef Toa Green said. Dishes include super noodle bowl, drunken spaghetti, spicy tom yum noodle bowl, and curries over egg noodles. Thai Orchid is at 1030 South Broadway. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to Thaiorchidcafe.net.

Announcements

Berries on Bryan Station is adding a pick-up point for its community- supported agriculture clients. It's at Wild Thyme, 1060 Chinoe Road, from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursdays. The farm is at 4744 Bryan Station. Call (859) 293-0077.

Sharon Thompson: (859) 231-3321. Twitter: @FlavorsofKY. Blog:flavorsofkentucky.bloginky.com.

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