Thursday, February 19, 2009

Miss C's Kitchen and Pantry

We are proud to be showcasing our first company profile of a Butchertown business. It was only right and fitting that our first selection was that of Miss C's Kitchen located at 1319 Story Ave. Charlotte and Chris have been Butchertown advocates and involved in the BNA since moving into their location two years ago. As their website proclaims the famous words of Kentucky environmental writer, Wendall Berry, "eating is an agricultural act," these ladies turn out some of the finest Kentucky Proud foods in the region.

They maintain three local gardens in town in which they use sustainable, pesticide free farming methods to produce some of the tastiest jams, jellys, and preserves I have ever had. Apparently the whole state agrees, and it is proven by their numerous State Fair Champion recipes. Miss C's is also the only Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market in the city of Louisville which allows them to produce and sell products made from local farmers. This helps when the demand is too great on their gardens and they locally source fresh produce for some of their products.

They offer private chef services, catering for private parties, businesses, and events. In the summers you can find them at the St Mathew's Farmer's Market, and if you are gearing up for your Derby party, they only have a few openings left for that special day in May! Speaking of springtime, you must try their ice-cream and top it off with one of their amazing fruit preserves- a hit amongst any group. Also starting this spring, they will be serving breakfast on Saturday mornings at their Story Ave location, and all Butchertown residents will be receiving 10% off!!!!!

You may contact Charlotte and Chris at 795-1085, but even better yet, stop in and say hello while you enjoy this Butchertown treat!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Butchertown Home and Garden Tour May 17th

Even though we are still in the midst of winter, the Thomas Edison House is making plans for the annual Butchertown Home and Garden Tour, held in conjunction with the Butchertown Air Fair. This is a chance to show off your gorgeous garden and historic home to the public. We're not only looking for the biggest and most elaborate homes and gardens, we just want to show the visitors what Butchertown has to offer. We know how beautiful Butchertown is- it's time to let everyone else in on the best kept secert in Louisville!

This event is a fundraiser for the Thomas Edison House. If you are interested in sharing your home or garden, please contact Kristen Lutes at Thomas Edison House at 585-5247 or at

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Not Swift Enough

As you may recall, back in November of 2008 the Air Pollution Control Board fined the Butchertown foe, Swift and Company. Part of the $250,000 plus agreement was to be put towards a new scrubber system which is supposed to keep odors down, that is, if the employees know how to work and balance the chemicals in it properly. After calling to complain about the odors for five days in a row, I asked our friends at the APCD how the progress on this new system was coming along. We were informed that Swift is in the process of replacing the scrubber that was brought online in 1995 with a new and updated version. Likely what has happened is that they have upped their production so much over the years that the current scrubber doesn't have the guts to keep up with all the swine flowing through the plant.

The bad news is that this new peice of "air cleaning" equiptment is not supposed to arrive until July. So hold your noses, pick up your phone and keep the complaints rolling in when they are impeading on your rights to be able to enjoy your own property.

On another note, they are also doing some construction around the livestock pen area. Word on the street is that they are trying to close up that area more in order to contain the "farm-like" smell that graces the area. Good luck with that one.

Click HERE for a link to the Air Pollution Control District's website where you can access their contact information.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Ice Storm Clean Up

The city has just outlined the process that will clean up the debris from the epic ice storm of 2009. If you check into their website you will see that we are in section "C1" and "C2." They haven't said exactly which day they will be by yet, so check the link and let me know if you see it before we do! What they did say however, was that they will only be going down each street one time, so take the time this weekend to cut your debris up into sections under six feet in length and place it between the curb and your sidewalk.

Please also keep in mind that we are a historical district in which you NEED a permit to cut down any trees. The trees that line our neighborhood add so much to the character and we don't want to loose any that we don't have to. If you have a serious problem with a weakened tree, please email and we can walk through the process of what needs to happen.

Who is having their 162nd birthday party??

Yes! It's Thomas Edison, and you are all invited to the Edison House at 729 E Washington St. This is a great museum with all sorts of early gadgets, light bulbs, and motion picture gear. The party starts this Saturday at 10 am and goes until 4 pm. Admission is $5 for adults; $4 for seniors. $3 for students; and free for children 5 and under. Unfortunately Thomas has prior commitments, so this will just be in his honor. Hope to see you all there!

"Dits, Dahs and Dots"

Thomas Edison House and the Museum of the American Printing House
for the Blind will present "Dits, Dahs, & Dots" on Saturday, February 21st.

Learn all about Morse Code, braille, and try a little coding yourself!
"Dits and Dahs" are the sounds created by Morse Code. Dots, of course, are the dots of braille. This hands-on code workshop takes place at APH with a visit to the nearby Thomas Edison House.

The program is free, but registration is required. Recommended for 4th grade and up.
10 a.m.-Noon. Call 899-2365 by February 19 to register.
Click here to visit the Edison House's webpage