Big Fish Farms
303 Prospect St
Bellevue, Kentucky 41073
Rarely does a farmer or artisan food producer meet the Slow Food hallmarks of Good, Clean, and Fair food, so resoundingly and completely as does Big Fish Farms of Bellevue, Kentucky.
It helps that Renée and Keith Koerner trade exclusively in farm-raised American Paddlefish, from which they produce paddlefish caviar as well as paddlefish meat. The astonishingly sustainability of this farming model inspired Slow Food Cincinnati to place Farm Raised American Paddlefish into the Slow Food USA Ark of Taste in March 2013; really, it is the most cleanly and fairly produced fish one could ever dream of.
And it further helps that the caviar Renée makes is a superb version of this luxurious treat, the product of exhaustive research involving out-of-print Russian manuals, an extensive knowledge of salt curing, and years of hard work. But most of all, the Koerners’ utter refusal to compromise their standards for commercial gain earn our admiration. Wild paddlefish could be pulled from the Ohio River in no time at all, to the detriment of the species, and quickly turned into another kind of green, that of cold hard cash. Yet Renée insists only on her ultra-sustainable farmed fish, tended for years in clean reservoirs, and never wavers from her carefully honed artisanal methods of caviar making. In short, Big Fish Farms is the best of its kind, the goodest and cleanest and fairest of them all. And that’s why it wins a Snail of Approval.