FLORENCE, Ky. – Celebrations are in order this weekend in Northern Kentucky as they cap off the grand opening of The Friendly Market.
This opening is the final stage in the Friendly Market project, which is home to local and regional growers and producers. In June, the first phase, the outdoor Farmer’s Pavilion, opened for the summer season.
The indoor market will be open year-round, where shoppers can discover local merchants from small farms, Kentucky wines, micro-brewed beers and its own Kentucky Proud General Store.
It will also include a Taste of Belgium restaurant, a Brocatio’s Italian Market, Unbridled Spirits, Bryan Vineyards and StoneBrook Winery will be showcasing local products in the market, along with The Colonel’s Creamery and Colonel De Gourmet Herbs and Spices.
The weekend festivities are capped off with live music from the Northern Kentucky Bluegrass Band, street performers The Pickled Brothers, family activities and food trucks.
The Colonel's Creamery, a homemade ice cream shop, will be offering free ice cream to the first 200 guests this Saturday. Donations will be going to New Hope Center .
"I was attracted to Friendly Market because of the artisan food and other products that are made right here in Kentucky," says Donald Lambert, owner of Colonel's Creamery.
"I think the time is right, there are a lot of people that are trending back toward quality, locally sourced products and I think that Friendly Market is in a great place to fill that need," he says.
The market is located at 10050 Norbotten Dr. off Interstate-75 on exit 178 Mt. Zion Rd. in Florence, Kentucky. Weekend hours are: Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information on The Friendly Market, visit their Facebook page: The Friendly Market of Northern Kentucky.