Esters Farm began as a hobby in 2006. We had moved home to Kentucky after living in North Carolina for several years. I was a guide with the National Park Service and helped my parents run the Bon Ayr Store & Deli, a small country store just outside Glasgow, Ky. I planted a small garden and began baking sourdough each week to share with family and friends.
I enrolled in the Kentucky Proud program and began selling fresh-baked sourdough at the new Bounty of the Barrens Farmers Market. Each Saturday, I packed my little Volkswagen Jetta with a large tent, folding tables and trays filled with sourdough. I sold out each week, so I baked more and added some new baked goods to my menu. I joined a second farmers market in nearby Bowling Green and sold my baked goods there on Tuesday afternoons. I wanted to use local ingredients that I grew in our garden, but I couldn't produce enough to supply my rapidly-growing baking business. I established relationships with some amazing local farmers and partnered with them to ensure I had seasonal, local produce to use in many of my products.
In 2013, we purchased my childhood home, a farmhouse built in 1908 located in the small community of Bon Ayr in Barren County, Kentucky. While renovating our home, we expanded our garden, doubled our blackberry patch, and added a small orchard. I expanded my farmers market products too, adding homemade chicken salad, pimento cheese, and hummus. I also began catering local events, parties and weddings.
In November 2016, my wife, Susan, and I bought the old country store and converted it into a cafe. Esters Farm Cafe & Catering opened in January 2017, specializing in comfort food always made in-house . . . sometimes with a twist.
Esters Farm has evolved over the years, but one thing remains the same: our commitment to providing great-tasting, quality food that people feel good about. We make everything in-house and serve it fresh. It takes a little more time, but you can taste the difference.
Thank you for supporting small local businesses like ours. We hope to serve you soon at Esters Farm Cafe!
– Gabe Esters, Owner and Chef