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Kentucky Proud Restaurants Reach “Buy Local” Milestone

On Tuesday, May 16, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles congratulated three Kentucky Proud restaurants for reaching the lifetime cap on state reimbursements for local food purchases through the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s “Buy Local” program.

Honeywood’s owner, Ouita Michel, was one of three honored for local food purchases from Kentucky farms through for one of her other restaurants, Windy Corner Market. Bluebird Café of Stanford and Ramsey Enterprises Commissary of Lexington were also honored.

From left to right: Elizabeth Maggi of Ramsey Enterprises Commissary, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, Ouita Michel of Windy Corner Market, and William Hawkins of Bluebird Cafe. (Kentucky Department of Agriculture photo)

According to Michel, she has spent over $3 million in supporting local food and a lot of that stems from her desire to be connected to the community.

“These Kentucky businesses are committed to offering their customers the freshest, most nutritious foods while at the same time supporting the local agricultural economy and keeping their food dollars close to home,” Commissioner Quarles said.

Buy Local was launched in early 2017 to encourage food services to purchase Kentucky Proud foods with direct Kentucky farm impact and raise consumer awareness of the economic importance of supporting family farms and small businesses.


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