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Fegenbush named to ‘Farmers Hall of Fame’

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By Kacie Goode

A man who would be easily recognized by anyone paying a visit to the Bardstown Farmer’s Market joined the Farmers Hall of Fame Tuesday night during the Nelson County Farm Bureau annual meeting at the Civic Center.

Vice President P.J. Milburn announced Maurice “Apple” Fegenbush as the recipient of the annual recognition.

“This year’s winner has been a lifelong farmer of many crops since he can remember,” Milburn said.

Fegenbush said he was born and raised in the business in Jefferson County, learning to grow and sell various types of produce. Many in the room were familiar with an apple shack on Bardstown Road where they could purchase some of Fegenbush’s apples.

In the early 1970s, Fegenbush bought a 100-plus acre farm in Nelson County, growing apples and other crops, such as sweet corn, cabbage and more, which he sells at the Farmer’s Market.

In announcing Fegenbush, Milburn recognized his service to the community and agriculture, noting his support of extension 4-H programs and functions and having been instrumental in the building of the current Farmer’s Market. Milburn also recognized Fegenbush’s service as a member of the Nelson County Horticulture Advisory Board, Nelson County Extension Council, and Farmer’s Market Board, and his current membership of the Kentucky State Horticulture Society.

The farmer also gives back, he said, giving an excess of 2,500 pounds of fresh produce to Feeding America and the Bread of Life Food Pantry this past year.

“Personally, I am proud to call him a friend,” Milburn said, welcoming him to the podium.

Upon receiving the recognition, Fegenbush kept his comments brief.

“I wanted to thank my mom and dad for teaching me how to work, how to raise and market produce,” he said, also thanking two late friends for teaching him to grow field crops.