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Sunrise 6:27 a.m. | Sunset 8:41 p.m.

 
🍓 Savor the sweetness of summer
A man in a blue and white checked shirt  and sunglasses with his hands out front to catch strawberries that are in the air.
Strawberries are expected to be available through June. | Photo by @onesiponebitekentucky
If you just plum forgot, Central Kentucky boasts several farms where you can pick berries yourself this spring and summer. Depending what’s in season, you’ll find strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, and blueberry fields.

This varies by farm, but according to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, strawberries can be found May through June. And just as the strawberry season winds down, blueberries and blackberries are available for picking during the later summer months.

A yellow mesh bucket that says "Stepping Stone Farm" filled with strawberries, held up in a field of plants.

Strawberries are $5/pound when you pick them yourself. | Photo courtesy of @steppingstonefarmky

Pick ‘em

Eckert’s Orchard, 1396 Pinckard Pike, Versailles
Tuesday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | $3.58-$5.65 admission + $4.49/pound
Take a wagon ride out to pick your own strawberries, then continue your farm adventure at the playground, visiting with the farm animals, and browsing local goodies at the store.

Evans Orchard and Cider Mill, 1783 Newtown Pike, Georgetown
Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. + Sunday 12-5 p.m. | $5-$10 admission + price of picks
Consider this your one-stop-shop for all your summer favorite fruits — berries, apples, and pears. Plus, the whole family will love hanging out with friendly barnyard animals + the play area.

Stepping Stone Farm, 1674 Cynthiana Rd., Paris
Monday, Thursday + Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, 12-6 p.m. | $5 admission + $5/pound
This family farm started off as a single sunflower field and blossomed into a full blown fruit farm with strawberries, cherries, blackberries + more. Bonus: There’s no admission to play on the playground or just visit. Stay tuned for its sister operation, Reed Valley Orchard, to re-open in June for apple season.

Fruit festivals

 
Asked
 
What months are blackberries available?

A. June-October
B. May-August
C. July-November
D. May-July
 
 
Events
 
Tuesday, May 14
  • Lost Arts Art Club: Candle Making | Tuesday, May 14 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | The Living Arts & Science Center, 362 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., Lexington | $20-$25 | BYO snacks + refreshments for this hands-on experience where you’ll learn to make your own hand-poured, scented candle.
  • Central Kentucky Improv | Tuesday, May 14 | 7-9 p.m. | Al’s Bar, 601 N. Limestone, Lexington | $12.51 | See local artist Wylie Caudill join Central Kentucky Improv as a guest storyteller for a mix of short and long form improv.
Wednesday, May 15
  • Book Swap & Mini Market | Wednesday, May 15 | 5-9 p.m. | Blue Stallion Brewing, 610 W. 3rd St., Lexington | Free | Update your personal library, mingle with fellow bookworms, and check out one of the many local vendors.
Thursday, May 16
  • Art on the Town at Thursday Night Live | Thursday, May 16 | 5-8 p.m. | Fifth Third Pavilion, 251 W. Main St., Lexington | Free | Shop from local artists for paintings, drawings, jewelry, sculptures, and more during this weekly outdoor concert series.
  • Rickey Wasson & The New South Tribute Band | Thursday, May 16 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Central Library - Farish Theater, 140 E. Main St., Lexington | Free | See the final installment of Southland Jamboree’s winter series with the New South Tribute Band.
Friday, May 17
  • Bird Walks | Friday, May 17 | 9-11 a.m. | Raven Run Nature Sanctuary, 3885 Raven Run Way, Lexington | Free | Join park staff for a guided walk to explore the birds throughout the 734-acre nature sanctuary — registration required.
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Louisville Tourism
 
News Notes
 
Closed
  • After taking a break during the winter months, over-the-top milkshake spot Cattywampus Station announced it is closed for good. Owner Tia Chancellor told the Herald-Leader that she aims to spend more time with her family. Chancellor also closed her Georgetown bakery, Sweet Matriarch.
Read
  • The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning will host a release party tonight, 5-7 p.m., for Jerry Tipton’s memoir “Deja Blue: A Sportswriter Reflects on 41 Seasons of Kentucky Basketball.” The book shares behind-the-scenes stories from his time as a journalist, as well as insight into his skills as a beat reporter. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Biz
  • On Thursday, May 23, Keeneland will host the Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass Business Hall of Fame. The event honors past + present business leaders who have supported the next generation of executives. This year’s inductees include Jean Hale, Glenn Leveridge, and the late R.J. Corman.
Outdoors
  • Next time you’re at Mary Todd Park, 525 Rogers Rd., be sure to check out some if its new amenities. This past weekend, city officials cut the ribbon on a new shelter, basketball court, and playground. Find even more fun-filled parks.
Try This
  • Head to the Loudoun House to play Lexington Art League’s Artwork Scavenger Hunt. Stop by the front desk + ask for a sheet, then explore the featured art work for your chance to win some swag.
Kids
  • Lexington Parks & Recreation will host its Youth Football Combine this Sunday, May 19, 2-4 p.m., at Martin Luther King Park. Kids ages 6-11 are welcome to join this free clinic where they’ll develop their athletic abilities + make new friends.
Plan Ahead
  • Experience a thought-provoking evening with author and historian H.W. Brands at Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate on Thursday, June 6, 5:30-7 p.m. Tickets ($50) include a copy of Brands’ new book, a signature cocktail + appetizers, and an exclusive photo op with the author — secure your spot.*
Home
  • Did you know you could finance your fixer-upper with home equity? You could get up to $50K with a HELOC — calculate your payment.*
 
 
Answered
 
LEX loves its small businesses
LEX Sorella gelato
This is your excuse to treat yourself to some gelato at Sorella’s | Photo by LEXtoday
We recently asked you to share with us your favorite local businesses + what makes them so special to you. Today we’re releasing the second edition.

Journey Health
3094 Harrodsburg Rd., Ste. 201
“They are willing to go above and beyond for their patients to provide the best care possible. It’s hard to find a provider that truly cares about you and there are 3 of them here in this one office!” — Sam M.

Coffee Times
2571 Regency Rd.
“They have the best selection of coffee in town."— Tony F.

Sorella Gelateria
591 W. Short St.
“So fresh, professional, kind, and provides a sense of community gathering” — Carol C.

Motiv8 Fitness
125 Trade St., Ste. E
“The trainers are great and make working out accessible for everyone without watering it down.” — Matt W.

Crank & Boom
Multiple locations
“The ice cream and staff and community outreach are amazing!” — May V.
 
The Buy
 
Clinique’s Take The Day Off cleansing balm makeup remover. This balm’s silky, buttery formula dissolves long-wearing makeup and sunscreens — and it’s one of the brand’s best sellers.
 
 
The Wrap
 
Molly Thompson in a black shirt Today’s edition by:
Molly
From the editor
This past weekend, my sisters, mom, and I did the Rose + Cheese pairing at Harkness-Edwards Vineyard and it was so much fun. I learned more from owner Nini Edwards than I did on my entire trip to Sonoma and Napa.
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