Mt. Folly Farm

Laura's Lean Beef to Mt. Folly Farm

I’ve known since I founded the Laura’s Lean Beef Company in 1985 that running a mid-sized family farm is a tall order, made even harder by keeping the name "Mt. Folly."

This time around (we sold Laura’s in 2008 and I’ve recovered from a serious horseback riding accident) we are going local, but are pairing the local with the global, through an online store, Laura’s Mercantile.

Here at Mt. Folly, we are one of the largest organic grain farms in the state. We participate in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s hemp pilot program, and we still have a wonderful cow herd. The hemp led to Laura’s Hemp Chocolates, and the organic grain led to our distillery plans, which are proceeding afoot.

I want to share this with you, so we are restoring a 1790 pioneer log house. This will be our farm stay rental and the center for farm tours and hikes.

As always, I look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks.

What's in a Name?

In the 1920’s, her guests seated for a dinner party in the dining room of her “Delco House,” Rachel Ware Bush watched the lights dim as she served the soup. She nodded to her husband to go outside and pour more kerosene in the generator to charge the battery bank in the basement. She laughed, rapped her fork on her glass, raised a toast and christened the home place “Mt. Folly.” So goes the story my grandmother told me, and thus it stays: Mt. Folly Farm, cobbled together from pioneer holdings, Civil War exigencies, and Fortuna. Now, family and friends tell me that to call our place Mt. Folly is disrespectful. I disagree. The name is almost 100 years old, so I'm keeping it.

A bowl hand-painted by Rachel Ware Bush, the farm’s mistress in the 1920's.