Have a Bountiful Farmers Market Experience

Get the Best of Your Farmers Market Experience

Farmers Market season is in full swing here in Louisville, KY. Our favorite part of this season is teaching people about the versatility of our EVOO’s. When you use high-quality olive oil you need very few ingredients to make a delicious, healthy dish.

If you’ve been by our stand at the farmer’s markets here you’ve probably tried our Roasted Rosemary Almonds. We try and always have some on hand to try. These almonds are absolutely exquisite and a great way to see how just 4 ingredients can make a dynamite snack.

We frequent three markets here in the greater Kentuckiana area during the summer. You’ll find us at The New Albany Farmers Market, St. Matthews Farmers Market and the Douglass Loop Farmers Market. After several years at these markets, we’ve made friends with some of the other vendors. We’ve also figured out the best way to attend a market.

You may think there’s no particular skill to shopping a farmers market but after you’ve spent one Saturday and $200 on the most beautiful produce, fresh meat and cheese and locally baked bread and curated items (like our delicious EVOO) and get home to realize that there is NO POSSIBLE WAY you and your family can eat ALL THIS FOOD. You too will enjoy these few tips for making the most of your Farmers Market Experience.

3 Tips for Making the Most of Your Farmers Market Experience

Have a List and Be Flexible

First, it’s important to both be structured and flexible for your market trip.

Know what’s in season before you go to the market. We like to use this Kentucky Harvest Calendar from Pick Your Own. This way you can be prepared for what you’ll find at your favorite stands.

However, you need to have some flexibility too. You never know when a farmer may be trying a new growing process or experimenting with a new crop. Be open to one or two surprise items ending up in your bags.

Bring Your Bags

And speaking of bags, that brings us to tip number 2. Part of the ethos of going to a farmers market is that you are supporting local farmers and reducing your carbon imprint. When you buy food grown locally you are helping to reduce your carbon imprint.

If you bring reusable produce and grocery bags with you, you can also help cut down on trash. We all are aware of the huge plastic problem that we are battling. Each of us can do our part by bringing our own bags to the farmers markets. And really, every time we shop.

We like these reusable produce bags we found on Amazon and tend to use our local grocery reusable bags for grocery bags (here’s looking at you Kroger, Whole Foods, and The Fresh Market) for larger items.

Know Thy Vendors

Our final tip for making the most of your farmers market experience is to know the vendors! Many of the vendors, just like Primo Oils, come back week after week. Getting to know your local farmers is the best part of the market. We have several vendors that we count as friends and know we can rely on for high-quality, organic products.

It’s a very European way to shop. You get the tomatoes from one vendor and bread from another. While a third vendor may have the best carrots around.

You only get to know this through experience but just ask us! We love to give recommendations to our favorite local farmers. We’d also love to hear tips from you about which farmers you prefer. We definitely find that this is one of the best parts of being a part of the farmers market community.

Primo Olive Oils Farmers Markets

We’ll include some of our favorite vendors and farmers below. We’ve also listed the times and addresses of the markets we’re at all summer long.

New Albany Farmers Market

Time: 8 AM – 12:30 PM

Address: 202 E Market Street New Albany, IN 47150

Favorite Vendor: Whisman’s Backyard Honey

Run by Mike and Paula Whisman. They offer honey, lip balms, and the delicious pollen whipped honey which is their 5-star specialty. Flavors include Bourbon Pecan, Apple Pie and Blackberry. All sourced from Clark County.

St. Matthews Farmers Market

Time: 8 AM – 12 PM

Address: 4100 Shelbyville Rd. Louisville, KY 40207

Favorite Vendor: Gelato Gilberto

Run by Kristin and Justin Gilbert. They have gorgeous, artisanal, Italian ice cream (gelato) made with local milk, fresh fruit, and ingredients imported from Italy.

Douglass Loop Farmers Market

Time: 10 AM – 2 PM

Address: 2005 Douglass Blvd. Louisville, KY 40205

Favorite Vendor: Lexington Pasta

Run by Lesme Romero. Pasta made fresh daily in small batches (and great with our EVOO).

 

We hope to see you at the Farmers Markets this summer. To your health!

Give the Gift that Keeps on Giving

Olive Oils: One of Nature’s Greatest Gifts

This holiday season give the gift that keeps on giving. Primo Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars are the perfect gift for foodie friends and family alike. It’s hard to shop for people because what do you get for the person who has everything? Several years ago one of our family friends made a holiday-gift-giving mandate; gifts must be depletable. Meaning it should be something that in a year it’s gone. This is a great gift-giving rule for adults because most people have everything they need and want. Holiday gifts should be something that they can use and enhance their quality of life.

Foodie Gifts from Primo

At Primo Oils and Vinegars we specialize in depletable gifts. Our high end, delicious Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars are, of course, the number one and number two products that we recommend. They are the perfect culinary treat for the foodie in your life. You can purchase large 350ml bottles of our high end or flavored oils if there’s one you know they will love. Our Tuscan Herb Olive Oil and Garlic Olive Oil are very popular options. We can also put together a sampling of 60 ml bottles into a gift pack. That way they can try a variety of flavors. Some flavor options we recommend are

Gift Pack Options

Taste of Italy Gift Pack:

Tuscan Herb Olive Oil, Garlic Olive Oil, Milanese Gremolata Olive Oil and Neapolitan Balsamic Vinegar

Citrus Punch Gift Pack:

Fused Blood Orange Olive Oil, Fused Eureka Lemon Olive Oil, Fused Persian Lime Olive Oil and Grapefruit White Balsamic

Foodie Favorites Gift Pack:

Neapolitan Herb Balsamic Vinegar, 18 Year Old Balsamic Condimento, Herbs de Provence Olive Oil, and White Truffle Oil

Premier Olive Oils Gift Pack:

Arbonasa Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Early Harvest Cobrancosa EVOO, Frantoio Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Mission EVOO

Dessert Balsamics Gift Pack:

Aged Dark Chocolate Balsamic, Aged Natural Fig Balsamic, Aged Tahitian Vanilla Balsamic, and Lavender Balsamic

Or we can put together a flavor pairing of your choosing. Maybe you know someone who loves to grill. We can put together an olive oil and balsamic vinegar gift pack to assist them in making mouth-watering marinades. Or perhaps the foodie in your life is more of a salad aficionado. Our flavored olive oil and balsamic pairings can take their salads to the next level of flavor. Whatever the palate preferences of your foodie friends we have the perfect thing.

If you are looking to expand your depletable gift options we have a wide range or high-end culinary treats.

Bequet Caramels

Enjoy the full flavor of some of the purest ingredients available. No preservatives, no corn syrup, and no artificial colors or flavors. Certified gluten-free, kosher, and packaged in a nut-free facility.  The best carmels…ever!

Lifetime Candles

These are depletable but also re-usable! Beautiful red berries and ferns are sealed inside the glass decorative container with a separate wick inserted into the top. Lifetime fiberglass wick never needs replacing. The Lifetime Candles use smokeless, odorless, paraffin candle oil, easily found at local stores. If your loved one is more into non-traditional looks we have other non-holiday styles available to fit their home décor. And at a price point of $32-$85 there’s one for everyone on your list.

Stop into Primo Oils and Vinegars to see the wide range of culinary treats available. We have everything from local honey and tea to spice blends and rubs. Be the hero of the gift giving season with our unique and delicious olive oil and balsamic vinegar products.

Happy Holidays! And, as always, to your health!

Olive Oil Pairings – Spicy Edition

Spicy Olive Oil Pairings

It’s no mistake that we’re in the olive oil business. We love to include olive oil in its many forms in our recipes. Sometimes we’re looking to add a kick of spice and that’s when we go to one of these three flavor-infused olive oils. We’d love to know what you do with your favorite pairing.


Chipotle Olive Oil +

Apricot White Balsamic, Black Cherry Balsamic, Dark Chocolate Balsamic, Cinnamon Pear Balsamic, Espresso Balsamic, Fig Balsamic, Jalapeno White Balsamic, Lavender Balsamic, Lemongrass-Mint White Balsamic, Mango White Balsamic, Maple Balsamic, Peach White Balsamic, Pineapple White Balsamic, Pomegranate Balsamic, Raspberry Balsamic, Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic, Strawberry Balsamic, Tangerine Balsamic, Tahitian Vanilla Balsamic

Garlic Olive Oil +

Apricot White Balsamic, Blackberry-Ginger Balsamic, Blueberry Balsamic, Cinnamon-Pear Balsamic, Fig Balsamic, Honey-Ginger White Balsamic, Pomegranate Balsamic, Jalapeno White Balsamic, Pineapple White Balsamic, Oregano White Balsamic, Neapolitan Balsamic

Harissa Olive Oil +

Mango White Balsamic, Blackberry-Ginger Balsamic, Maple Balsamic, Cinnamon-Pear Balsamic, Peach White Balsamic, Raspberry Balsamic, Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic, Pineapple White Balsamic

Olive Oil Pairings

At Primo Oils & Vinegars people often ask what our favorite olive oil pairings are. We have so many it’s hard to choose!

We’ve put together a list of olive oil pairings that are the most popular in our shop. Some are savory, some are sweet and some are surprising! (Chipotle Olive Oil + Espresso Balsamic, need we say more?) Let us know if you have a pairing with one of our fab five that we haven’t thought of yet. We’d love to try it!

Olive Oil Pairings

Almond Oil +

Apricot White Balsamic, Cranberry-Pear White Balsamic, Espresso Balsamic, Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic, Raspberry Balsamic

Basil Olive Oil +

Apricot White Balsamic, Cranberry-Pear White Balsamic, Strawberry Balsamic, Tangerine Balsamic, Raspberry Balsamic, Blackberry-Ginger Balsamic, Lemongrass-Mint White Balsamic

Blood Orange Olive Oil +

Apricot White Balsamic, Blackberry-Ginger Balsamic, Cinnamon-Pear Balsamic, Cranberry-Pear White Balsamic, Dark Chocolate Balsamic, Espresso Balsamic, Fig Balsamic, Maple Balsamic, Raspberry Balsamic,Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic, Tahitian Vanilla Balsamic, Tangerine Balsamic, Grapefruit White Balsamic, Black Cherry Balsamic, Gravenstein Apple White Balsamic, Neapolitan Balsamic Pomegranate Balsamic

Butter Olive Oil +

Cinnamon Pear Balsamic, Dark Chocolate Balsamic, Maple Balsamic, Tahitian Vanilla Balsamic, Cara Cara Orange-Vanilla White Balsamic

Chipotle Olive Oil +

Apricot White Balsamic, Black Cherry Balsamic, Dark Chocolate Balsamic, Cinnamon Pear Balsamic, Espresso Balsamic, Fig Balsamic, Jalapeno White Balsamic, Lavender Balsamic, Lemongrass-Mint White Balsamic, Mango White Balsamic, Maple Balsamic, Peach White Balsamic, Pineapple White Balsamic, Pomegranate Balsamic, Raspberry Balsamic, Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic, Strawberry Balsamic, Tangerine Balsamic, Tahitian Vanilla Balsamic

 

We’re working on a new pairing sheet to share soon. Stay tuned!