Georgetown Is Kentucky Proud
Written by Kathy Witt
Beth Richardson and Philip Enlow know the importance of knowing where your food comes from and offering financial support to local farmers.
The owners of Georgetown-based Spotz Gelato, a certified Kentucky Proud business, have firsthand insight and experience as hobby farmers who opened a business committed to sourcing ingredients, including fruit, from local farmers. Additionally, the two made the decision to produce all their award-winning gelatos on their Scott County farm.
“We also think local items just taste better and make our gelato even more fabulous!” said Beth, noting that Spotz Gelato has been a Kentucky Proud member since the business opened nearly 10 years ago in 2013.
Eggs, beef cattle, baked goods, beverages, Christmas trees, herbs, wines, sauces, snacks, honey, sheep – anything grown, raised or processed in Kentucky qualifies to be Kentucky Proud.
According to the Kentucky Proud website: Kentucky Proud stands for foods, nursery items, crafts, agritourism sites, farmers’ markets, state parks, and many other products and destinations with roots in Kentucky soil. Kentucky Proud foods are raised, grown, or processed in Kentucky by Kentuckians. You can serve Kentucky Proud foods to your family with the confidence that they came from your friends and neighbors just down the road – not from thousands of miles away.
Across the state, there are 11,212 Kentucky Proud members. One hundred ninety-two of these members are located in Scott County, including Spotz Gelato, Lavender in Bloom and the Scott County Farmers Market. The Farmers Market is open Seasonally on Saturdays in downtown Georgetown at the City Parking Lot (behind the Courthouse and City Hall) and offers a one-stop shop to numerous Kentucky Proud items, including produce, breads, flowers, sauces, doggy treats, jewelry, soaps and other crafts and so much more – all in a fun food truck festival atmosphere.
There are many benefits of being a Kentucky Proud member and buying from a Kentucky Proud member.
“The Kentucky Proud logo symbolizes an agricultural product that was grown, raised or produced in Kentucky; and/or a product incorporating an agricultural product that is processed or manufactured in Kentucky,” said Kentucky Proud Marketing Director Chad Smith. “That in turn benefits the local economy as we support our neighbors, farmers and value added producers.
“These Kentucky Proud members offer items that are less traveled, fresher and locally produced,” he added.
“We love being able to provide a Kentucky Proud product that is 100 percent grown, distilled and bottled here in Georgetown,” said Tessa Habash, owner of Lavender in Bloom. “Buying local and supporting your hometown community wherever you call home is more important now than ever!
“We have gotten to know so many like-minded people in our community because of our farm and can truly say it has enriched our lives to know these people.”
A whole chain of positivity is unleashed when you buy a product with the Kentucky Proud label:
- You are buying the freshest, most nutritious food possible.
- You are keeping your dollars close to home.
- You are helping a Kentucky farm family earn a living.
- You are reducing the miles that the food has to travel from the farm to your plate.
- Look for the Kentucky Proud logo at your favorite grocery, restaurant or farmers market.
Author: Kathryn Witt
Kathryn Witt is an award-winning travel and lifestyle writer, syndicated columnist and author of several books, including Secret Cincinnati, The Secret of the Belles and Atlanta Georgia: A Photographic Portrait. A member of SATW, Authors Guild and the Society of Children’s Books & Illustrators, she lives in northern Kentucky.