TOP 5 DINING: LOCAL PRODUCERS

By Amanda Harper

 

Ruth Hunt Candies
Ruth Tharpe Hunt whipped up little confections to serve her bridge club. In 1921, she decided to make sweets her business. Today, there are around 70 different candies produced by the company that bears her name. Still located in Mt. Sterling, the factory remains a Kentucky landmark. They have since added a retail store in Lexington on Walton Avenue to make it easier than ever to pick up a Blue Monday Bar (featuring a pulled cream candy center coated in rich, dark chocolate), some of their Woodford Reserve bourbon balls or a gift basket for almost any occasion.  
550 N. Maysville Rd. | Mt. Sterling | 800.927.0302
213 Walton Ave. | Lexington | 859.268.1559
ruthhuntcandy.com


Weisenberger Mills
Owned and operated by six generations of the Weisenberger family, this brand has been “the bakers choice” since 1865. Located on the banks of South Elkhorn Creek, the mill has been grinding flour, cornmeal and grits for over a century and a half. Their baking mixes are a must-have for any Kentucky-themed gift basket or care package; their Spoon Bread Mix is one of their most popular cornbread mixes. They also offer oat bran, yeast and wheat berries. Their mixes can be purchased online or at a number of local stores, including some Lexington Kroger locations. 
2545 Weisenberger Mill Rd. | Midway | 859.254.5282
weisenberger.com


Ale-8-One
Early in the 20th century, inventor G.L. Wainscott found himself in a pickle: the cola alternative he created, Roxa-Kola, landed in a legal mess. The industrious Wainscott set out to find a new flavor for his soft drink business. In his travels across Europe, he collected recipes that blended ginger with other flavors. After some tinkering, Wainsott’s ginger pop was ready to launch in July of 1926. The strange brew got its name from a slogan contest at the Clark County Fair and has been a local legend ever since. The recipe is a closely-guarded family secret, mixed up in Winchester right from Wainscott’s handwritten notes. The process can be seen (and sampled) in person during a tour of the famous plant.
25 Carol Road | Winchester | 859.744.3484
ale8one.com


Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co.
Alltech founder and president Dr. Pearse Lyons acquired the 200-year-old Lexington Brewing Company in 1999, helping to resurrect Lexington’s brewing and distilling tradition. The site houses Town Branch Distillery, which is part of Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail. Alltech Lexington Brewing houses the gleaming brew kettles that produce the numerous varieties of Kentucky Ale; while the Bourbon Barrel Ale may be what they are most known for, they have something for everyone in their flavor lineup. The company’s new partnership with Western Kentucky University is training tomorrow’s brewmasters while producing College Heights Ale and IPA. 
401 Cross Street | Lexington | 859.225.8095
kentuckyale.com


Marksbury Farm Market
A pressing need in Kentucky’s fast-growing local food economy is what spurred the Marksbury partners to band together. Their commitment to producing high quality local, grass-fed meats that are free of antibiotics, steroids and hormones mean their customers bring the very best to the dinner table. They not only sell beef, pork and sausages online and at their butcher shop, but Marksbury also supplies protein to over 100 restaurants throughout the region. They also have a restaurant, Pasture at Marksbury Farm, featuring burgers, sandwiches and salads. 
7907 Nicholasville Rd. | Lancaster | 859.548.2333
marksburyfarm.com

 

 

 



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