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Kentucky Proud foods will set the pace at Saturday’s Quaker State 400

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
For more information contact:
Ted Sloan
(502) 564-1138

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky Proud foods will be served to fans at the Kentucky Speedway for Saturday’s Quaker State 400 Presented by Advance Auto Parts and for the remainder of the racing season, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer announced.

“Our partnership with the Kentucky Speedway will bring Kentucky Proud to a wider audience when the eyes of the auto racing world turn to Kentucky this weekend,” Commissioner Comer said. “At the same time, it will generate new income for participating Kentucky Proud farms and businesses. I’m grateful to Bob Magers with Levy Restaurants [the food service vendor for the Kentucky Speedway], Valerie Horn with Community Farm Alliance and Grow Appalachia, and everyone else who helped make this happen.”

Magers said Chef James Pierson will use honey from Appalachia Proud producer Ted Ratliff of Letcher County to serve with the country fried chicken and biscuits served on the suite level; as an ingredient in the honey mustard sauce for the Kentucky Stillhouse; and in a cocktail made with Jim Beam bourbon called Honey You Devil. They also will serve local Kentucky Proud produce as they have every year since 2011.

“At Levy, we do a good deal of sourcing locally when we can,” said Magers, a native of Louisville. “Kentucky Proud has been a good partner, and we do what we can to celebrate Kentucky foods.”

“I’m just a little old country boy trying to make a dollar,” said Ratliff, 75, an Air Force veteran who sells his honey locally and at area fairs and festivals. “This will be a big splash for me.”

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is working to source meats, cheeses, and other Kentucky Proud foods for the rest of the Speedway season, said Ben Shaffar, director of business development for the KDA’s marketing office.

The Quaker State 400 will return to the Kentucky Speedway for the fourth time in the history of the Sparta, Ky. facility. The race will be broadcast nationally on TNT.

Kentucky Proud stands for farm products grown, raised, or produced in Kentucky by Kentuckians. Thousands of farmers, processors, retailers, restaurants, school districts, farmers’ markets, Kentucky state parks, and Kentucky Farm Bureau roadside markets are members of Kentucky Proud.

Connect to the link below to see the interview with Ted Ratliff on WYMT news.

Thanks to David Cooke and Grow Appalachia for providing me the opportunity to reach out to the bee keepers in Letcher County this summer.   By providing funding for new bee keepers, including equipment, bees and mentorship I was able to establish a relationship with the bee keepers and provide a contact for Ben Shaffer, at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture to purchase 72 lbs. of local honey.   Also, thanks to Martin Richards and Community Farm Alliance for affording me the opportunity to be in a position to come into contact with State Officials such as Ben Shaffer who are working to promote Appalachian Proud products.   Special thanks to Tammy Horn, State Bee Apiarist for making the trip to Letcher County to talk with our community about the future of bee keeping in Kentucky.   Lastly and perhaps most importantly, thanks to the bee keepers who work daily to maintain and increase their bee and honey production.