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. Every Saturday, I packed my little Volkswagen Jetta with a large tent, folding tables and trays filled with sourdough. I sold out each week and added more 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 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, an old farmhouse built in 1908 located in the small community of Bon Ayr. 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 catered local events, parties and weddings.
In late 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 homemade comfort food . . . 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 eating. 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