Union County was first settled for its fertile soil and unique climate. Even today, agriculture continues to serve as a vital role in county wealth, prosperity, and way of life. The 880 Union county farms and ranches produced approximately $58 million in agricultural and farm commodities in 2009. In fact, Union County is the state's premier producer of peppermint oil, Kentucky bluegrass for seed, and certified seed potatoes. Small growers bring their wares to the twice-weekly La Grande Farmers' Market from May through October, and many area restaurants purchase locally-grown produce and locally-raised meats, making your Union County dining experience truly "farm fresh."