Community Events

We connect Kentuckians to local, sustainable, organic farmers by hosting several community events throughout the season. Join OAK at an upcoming event and subscribe to the Make Mine Organic e-newsletter and explore the community resources for more information.

 

Upcoming Events 

LFUCG CSA Chef Demo

Date: Thursday, June 20, 2024 from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. ET

Location: LFUCG Government Center Lobby

Event Description: It's salad season! Kentucky Farm Share Coalition is excited to join Chef Tanya from The Food Connection at the City of Lexington CSA pickup for a Chef Demo of an early summer panzanella salad. All LFUCG employees are invited to drop by the lobby and grab a sample featuring early summer veggies arriving in LFUCG CSA shares. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virtual CSA Chef Demo


Date: Thursday, August 1, 2024 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET

Location: Zoom Meeting

Event Description: Beat the heat with seasonal no heat recipes for summer! Join Kentucky Farm Share Coalition and Chef Tanya from The Food Connection for a virtual Chef Demo focusing on easy meals that come together without the stove. 

 

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Take a look at the recordings and resources below and subscribe to our OAK newsletter for latest information any future OAK events. 

 

Past Events

2024 KY Proud CSA Week

Date: Monday-Friday, March 4 -8, 2024

Location: CSA in KY Facebook Group

Event Summary: KY Proud CSA Week raises awareness of CSA (community supported agriculture) food purchasing model, promotes offerings with over 75 farms, and shares seasonal eating resources. Join the CSA in Kentucky Facebook Group to ask questions about CSA in your area!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cook with a Farmer: Prepare a Local Recipe with Hickory Grove Farm

Box of fall vegetables with words "Shop Local"

Event DateTuesday, October 10, 2023

Location: The Food Connection at University of Kentucky, 440 Hilltop Avenue, Lexington, KY, 40506

Event Summary: During this hands-on cooking class, participants where joined by Ryan Burnette, head farmer at Hickory Grove Farm, and Chef Tanya Whitehouse, chef and program manager, from The Food Connection. Attendees go to learn about Hickory Grove Farm's long farming history, their production practices, and prepare a butternut squash soup with ingredients from the farm. 

 

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2023 KY Proud Fall CSA Week

Farmer collecting eggs from pasture-raised chickens

Date: Monday-Friday, September 18-22, 2023

Location: Virtually on the CSA in KY Facebook Group

Event Summary: 2023 KY Proud Fall CSA Week raises awareness about the CSA model and provides tips and resources for Kentucky eaters to find local farm subscriptions October through December. Join us this September in the CSA in Kentucky Facebook Group to ask questions about CSA shares in your area and find opportunities from more than 40+ farms across Kentucky. This event is co-organized by Kentucky Proud, Kentucky Horticulture Council, OAK, and The Food Connection. 

 

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Join the CSA in KY Facebook Group

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virtual Cooking Demo: Back to School Veg Tips

Back to School CSA Tips Virtual Chef Demo

Date: August 10, 2023 

Location: Zoom Meeting

Event Summary: Need easy, healthy meals for you and the whole family?  Watch Chef Tanya from The Food Connection show off pro-tips on template lunch recipes, like harvest bowls, bento boxes, salad in a jar.

 

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Virtual Cooking Demo: Tackling Veg Overload

Tackling Veggie Overload CSA Virtual Chef Demo

Date: July 11, 2023 

Location: Zoom Meeting

Event Summary: Is your CSA share feeling like a veggie overload? Watch Chef Tanya Whitehouse from The Food Connection show off a recipe for Stuffed Summer Squash Roll Ups AND share tips to store and freeze extra seasonal produce to help use up a lot of ingredients in a weekly CSA share. 

 

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American Printing House Cooking Demo: Satisfying Summer Salad 

 Date: June 27, 2023 

Location: American Printing House, Louisville, KY 

Event Summary:  Stay cool this summer with a easy salad recipe that is adaptable for any season. This recipe was created by Amanda Veneman, Flik Hospitality wellness manager, for a wellness demo at American Printing House featuring a refreshing herb-based vinaigrette, chopped summer squash, and cauliflower. 

 

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Virtual Cooking Demo: Veg Up Your Summer Meals 

Veg Up Your Summer Meals Virtual Chef Demo

Date: June 13, 2023 

Location: Zoom Meeting

Event Summary: Curious how to add more veggies to your Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner? Watch Chef Tanya from The Food Connection and Vanessa Oliver, a UK HR HW Dietitian, for tips and recipes in this online demo featuring kohlrabi and zucchini, a veg-focused new potato salad, and a spring vegetable tart.

 

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Virtual Cooking Demo: Make a Date with Your CSA

Make a Date with Your CSA Virtual Chef Demo

Date: May 11, 2023 

Location: Zoom Meeting

Event Summary: Take some time to get to know your CSA share and make a date each week of the season! Watch the Chef Tanya show off easy cooking techniques to prep your pantry, store veggies, and make quick meals this CSA season. 

 

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KY Proud Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Week

KY Proud CSA Week Graphic - Vegetable CSA Share

Date: Monday-Friday, February 20-24, 2023

Location: Virtually on the CSA in KY Facebook Group

Event Summary: KY Proud CSA Week raises awareness about the CSA model and provides tips and resources for customers. Join the CSA in Kentucky Facebook Group to ask questions about CSA shares in your area! Explore OAK's Find-A-Farm Directory and click "Find A CSA" to learn about CSA offerings all year.

 

 

 

Cook with a Farmer: Veggie Hash with UK Organic Farming Unit

Date: Monday, October 17, 2022

Location: The Food Connection at University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Event Summary: Participants attended a hands-on CSA cooking class with Farm Manager Kristi Durbin from the UK Organic Farming Unit and Chef Tanya from The Food Connection! During this event, attendees learned about UK Organic Farming Unit's CSA program, growing practices and wide variety of certified organic produce. Then they prepared a seasonal veggie hash alongside Chef Tanya who shared pro tips to store, cook and enjoy a CSA share for the rest of the season! 

 

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Virtual Cooking Demo: Fall Lasagna 

Date: Thursday, September 29, 2022

Location: Zoom Meeting

Event Summary: 

The City of Lexington, Chef Tanya Whitehouse from The Food Connection, and KY Farm Share Coalition hosted a virtual cooking demo featuring a Fall Lasagna. Chef Tanya highlighted a wide variety of produce you can use in this comforting dish and other sauce ideas. 

 

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Find Your Fall CSA Virtual Fair 

Fall CSA Promotion Image 2022
Date: September 7-14, 2022
Location: CSA in Kentucky Facebook Group
Event Summary: This event featured CSA farms across Kentucky to raise awareness of fall-fresh produce, meat and other value-added products being grown in Kentucky this fall. For event resources, check out the CSAs in KY Facebook group here. Explore the KY Proud CSA directory for a full of partner farms here

Join the CSAs in KY FB Group
View the Fall CSA Directory

 

 

Find Your Fall CSA Virtual Fair: Winter Squash Demo

Date: September 14, 2022 

Location: Zoom Meeting

Event Summary: The Find Your Fall CSA Virtual Fair celebrated the last day of our week-long event with a cooking demo with Chef Tanya Whitehouse from The Food Connection. During this event, we showed off two recipes Roasted Acorn Squash with Greens and Mushroom Ricotta and Fall Squash Agrodolce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find Your Fall CSA Virtual Fair: CSA on a Budget

Date: September 7, 2022 

Location: Zoom Meeting

Event Summary: The Find Your Fall CSA Virtual Fair kicked off our week-long event with a conversation with guest speaker LaToya Drake, Nutrition Education Program Coordinator with University of Kentucky Extension. During this event, she shared tips to minimize food waste for home cooks, how to stretch your food dollars, and maximize your CSA share. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virtual Cooking Demo: If You Can't Take the Heat

UK Health and Wellness CSA Chef Demo Image

Date: July 12, 2022 

Location: Zoom Meeting (for UK H&W employees)

Event Summary: OAK was joined by Tanya Whitehouse, chef and program manager from The Food Connection and Vanessa Oliver, registered dietitian with UK Health and Wellness, offered seasonal recipes to beat the heat this year, especially for those receiving a weekly CSA share.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virtual Cooking Demo: Think Green

KYFSC Think Green Chef Demo Graphic

Date: June 23, 2022 

Location: Zoom Meeting

Event Summary: Tanya Whitehouse, chef and program manager from The Food Connection offered two great demos for a greens pesto with zoodles and meatless "meatballs." Both recipes are versatile and can be used for a wide range of dishes with veggies in your CSA share, farmers market trip, or the garden.​ 

 

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OAK's consumer events work to connect all Kentuckians with more local, organic farmers in order to transform our food systems, so communities and farms thrive.