Since we are currently living in Lexington, Kentucky and will be here until the end of August, Austin and I have been strive to survive the heat wave and yet still enjoy our summer here. We’re living just a short drive from Downtown Lexington and the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market has proved to be the perfect summer outing.
One thing that I love about the Farmer’s Market here in Lexington is the abundance of fresh flowers and all the colors. Everything is so vibrant and there is such a wide variety of vendors. (Although Beer Cheese is never something I saw at the Farmer’s Markets in California…)
The energy at the Farmer’s Market here is one of of a beautifully lazy Saturday morning. There’s music, cute dogs, and local coffee roasters handing out samples.
I love eating foods that are in season (hello, peaches!) and supporting local farmers and businesses. Thankfully the Lexington Farmer’s Market has made it easy and it’s also helped Lexington feel a bit more like home.
My favorite way to beat the heat in general is to eat ice cream. My favorite way to beat the heat specifically here in Lexington is to go to Crank & Boom. This ice cream lounge is the best place I’ve found here in Kentucky to cool off with some spectacular ice cream.
Here’s the cold, hard, creamy delicious truth: we’re obsessed with ice cream. Not just any ice cream, but the kind made from only the best local, all-natural ingredients. Ingredients like 100% Kentucky dairy and blackberries and strawberries from your neighbor’s farms. Our sauces and waffle cones are made in house, from scratch. We do this because we know the highest quality ingredients make the best ice cream.
Crank & Boom | About Our Ice Cream
Bourbon & Honey is one of their signature flavors and it’s So. Incredibly. Good. If you’re feeling especially adventurous and like taking advantage of “When In Kentucky…” order it as a spiked scoop with Bourbon Cream on top. I promise you won’t regret it. (Speaking of bourbon, if you’re planning to tour a distillery here in Kentucky, Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort is fantastic and the tour is completely free – with samples!)
The menu is amazing and incredibly diverse and, in addition to ice cream, you can get coffee, wine, or cocktails. You can also order your ice cream as an affogato, a float, a sundae, a spiked scoop, or as an ice cream flight with four tiny dishes and four different flavors to try.
My favorite is the Strawberry Balsamic Sundae with delicious vanilla Bean ice cream, house-made strawberry sauce from local strawberries, balsamic glaze, and graham crumbs. If there is a better way to escape the Kentucky summer heat, I haven’t found it yet.
Have you ever been to Lexington?
Where are some of your places to go in the summer?