Lexington observes the Fourth of July holiday on Saturday, a day early, and there will be festivities all over downtown.
■ Cheapside Bar and Grill, 131 Cheapside, is having its 25th annual Fourth of July picnic on the patio Saturday. The restaurant will serve burgers, grilled chicken, potato salad and coleslaw from 10 a.m. to midnight. Live entertainment starts at 10 p.m. Call (859) 254-0046.
■ On Saturday, because of the festivities downtown, Lexington Farmers Market will be at its Tuesday and Thursday location, Maxwell Street and Broadway, instead of at Cheapside Park. Free parking will be available in the Rupp Arena lot closest to Maxwell Street. Farmers will have local corn, tomatoes and green beans. Blue Moon Farm will have its first garlic crop of the season. On Sunday, Blue Moon will be at the Southland Drive location.
After vacation, a new menu
The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, will be closed for the Independence Day holiday Saturday through Tuesday. The restaurant will reopen Wednesday with new summer hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 9 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
A new lunch menu will be introduced Wednesday. It will include a fresh tomato and mozzarella panini, a burger special every day, and a "farmhand wedge" that is hanger steak, heirloom tomato and green tomato chow chow, which is sold by the jar. Call (859) 226-0300.
A good deal for a good cause
Saul Good Restaurant & Pub is supporting Military Missions with a fund-raiser Sunday. Saul Good owner Rob Perez said both restaurants will offer half-price food "as an incentive to generate donations for Military Missions, which is dedicated to providing care packages for every Kentucky soldier deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.
"These care packages contain essential items (eye drops, foot powder, socks) and sundries (CDs, snack food, video games). The cost of each package, excluding donated items, exceeds $20."
Half-price food will be offered noon to 8 p.m. at the restaurants at 3801 Mall Road, in the Plaza at Fayette Mall, (859) 273-4663, and 1808 Alysheba Way, (859) 317-9200. Go to www.saulgoodpub.com or www.militarymissionsonline.com.
Varden's puts summer on the table
Matt Corbin, chef at Varden's of Paris, has a new summer menu that features locally grown vegetables. Included are a fresh salsa sampler (red onion, red pepper, Granny Smith apple salsa; corn, tomato and bittersweet chocolate salsa, and herb salsa verde); green tomato stack (fried green tomatoes layered with grilled cheddar cheese bread and a smoky ranch dressing); and fresh berry bread pudding with orange ice cream. Varden's is at 509 Main Street, Paris. Call (859) 987-4700 or go to www.vardens.com.
Hanna's picks of the crops
Hanna's on Lime offers the weekly farmers market special from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays. Six items in the special are selected at Tuesday's farmers market and prepared by chef/owner Beth Hanna. The cost is $7.65 Choices include eggplant Parmesan, sautéed sweet peppers, steamed squash, corn on the cob, tomato with cottage cheese, new potatoes, green beans and kale. Hanna's is at 214 South Limestone. Call (859) 269-6458.
Price is right on frozen drinks
Furlongs, 735 East Main Street, now has a variety of New Orleans-style frozen drinks on the menu. They are half price Tuesday and Sunday. Call (859) 266-9000 or go to www.furlongs.com.
Farmers market report
The Bluegrass Farmers Market will have red, white and blue potatoes in honor of the Fourth of July. Local corn and tomatoes also will be available. 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. Saturday and 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.