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Time to Join a Nashville CSA

By Jill Melton | March 12, 2017
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Bells Bend Farms
Bells Bend is calling for more CSA subscriberss to partake of their fresh organic/biodynamic vegetables during the May - December growing season. The half-bushel share contains between 7-10 different items depending on the time of year. Multiple pickup locations make Bells Bend a convenient option to try out a CSA. Pick-ups at Vanderbilt and West Nashville. Bells Bend is known for inviting CSA members to their farm (about ten minutes from downtown) for harvest festivals, square dances, potluck dinners, workshops, and more. A helpful weekly email newsletter offers updates on farm activities, recipes and food storage tips.
 
Doe Run Rarms
Take advantage of the Autumn bounty with your very own overflowing CSA box delivered weekly. Doe Run Farms offers an enticing Fall CSA with two available share sizes, Regular share (½ bushel) and Mini share (¼ bushel), both full of 100% local, seasonal vegetables, berries, and fruit. You can also sign up for special goodies like local honey, sorghum, jams, salsa, and freshly baked goods from the Doe Run Farms kitchen. Ever-conscious of sustainability, Doe Run Farms always donates its extra shares to local organizations in need.
 

Old School Farm

Old School Farm is a nonprofit market garden creating meaningful employment for adults with intellectual disabilities and growing organic produce for Nashville!
With their CSA, you'll recieve a box of fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers every week (full share) or every other week (half share) during the 2016 season. You’ll receive 5-10 items each time at $25/week minimum value; amounts will vary depending on seasonality.
Summer Share: 26 weeks from May through October Autumn Share: 4 weeks, End of October - Week of Thanksgiving (November).

They offer three (4) pick-up locations: Old School Farm  Thursdays,  3-6 pm, St. George's Farmers' Market, Thursdays 3:30 - 6:30pm, 12th South Farmers’ Market in Sevier Park.  Tuesdays, 3:30-6:30 pm. Tentative:(hopefully)!: Richland Park Farmers’ Market, Saturdays 9am-12:30pm

Old School Farm 

Green Door Gourmet
Subscribers can sign up for a traditional CSA to receive boxes of seasonal items from the farm, or choose a flexible option to build their own boxes from a list of produce shared in Green Door’s weekly email newsletter. Flexible CSA members can also choose which weeks they wish to participate, eliminating the chance of wasting food during times when they might be out of town or not planning to cook much at home. Pick-ups are available at the farm in West Nashville and at satellite locations. Also unique is a floral CSA where subscribers receive weekly bouquets of beautiful cut flowers from Green Door’s gardens.
 

 

Katharos Farm: Meat CSAs

Katharos is one of just a few farms in the country that base everything on purity and stewardship. Purity: Local feed, verified to have no chemicals. They pay to have every batch of feed tested. Stewardship: They don't ship. They use moveable, nonintrusive infrastructure. They mimic nature to recreate the exact same environment found in the wild, in short they let the animals express their “animalness.” They also use NO chemicals on the property. The animals, for the most part, maintain the pasture, create a healthy and natural soil disturbance, and most importantly fertilize. Katharos farms offers a meat CSA to consumers at katharos.com. This year you can choose from a variety of meat CSA’s featuring all chicken, and chicken, sausage, pork.  They offer 3 options at 3 different price points, all running from April through September. 

Katharosfarm.com

Rosie Bell Farm 

Rosie Belle Farm CSA members are "shareholders" in the production of the farm for six months, during which time they receive a weekly basket of farm goods in exchange for a membership fee.   Our food is grown naturally...no chemicals, no herbicides.  Our animals are raised lovingly.....with respect, kindness, and deep appreciation for their contribution to the sustainability of the Farm.  

The Rosie Belle Farm CSA is decidedly different from other CSA's as we provide substantially more than seasonal fruits and vegetables. Rather, we offer  a share of the full bounty of the farm....We make our own goat cheeses and cow cheeses.   Our hens--both meat hens and laying hens--- have the run of the farm....the free ranging lifestyle results in the production of delicious eggs and meat that REALLY tastes like chicken!   We offer sweet raw clover honey,  jams and  preserves, raw milk (both cow and goat) and a selection of yogurts.   We prepare a delightful array of home baked breads that will rival those found in your favorite bakery...Ciabatta, Seed and Nut, Rye, Rustic Farm White, Cinnamon Raisin, Honey Nut, and beyond!

We offer an ever changing weekly selection of meats....chicken, pork, beef and lamb..... all lovingly raised free ranging on our pastures.  Finally, because the Farmer's Wife likes to cook, you will see a ready made meal or two each week, depending upon the vagaries of the farm and the whim of the Chef.   Each item has a point value and YOU choose what you'd like in your basket!  Gluten Free?  No problem!  Vegan?  Not an issue!  Our selection is so varied that you will be able to choose from a variety of offerings to satisfy the most discerning consumer.

Delivery is available throughout Nashville for a minimal $5 fee and we offer Half Share and Full Share Options starting at $60 per week.  

rosiebellefarm.com

Hill & Hollow Farm
Hill & Hollow is located across the state line in Edmonton, KY, but once a week on Saturdays, they bring a truckload of beautiful produce for pick-up at the Nashville Farmers’ Market. Over the course of 20 weeks, subscribers receive the seasonal bounty from the farm, as produce reaches perfect ripeness. Much of the farm is worked using traditional methods to tend and harvest short rows by hand, “so subscribers support the old ways as well.”
 

Arugula's Star Farm

We are offering an original hands on CSA called a Genuine Potato, Dry Bean and Garlic Shared Agriculture Program (SAP).  As the name states, yes you, as a participant, will be able to experience first hand what it means to grow your very own Potato, Dry Bean & Garlic Storage Crops in just 4 Hands On Farm Visits, without any outside planning.  This Shared Agriculture Program [SAP], is the only one of its kind found locally and we think you and many others will Fall in Love.

A Hands On Outdoor Farming Education for Families and a Premier Experience for Foodies. 

Our [SAP] is a great extracurricular activity that will CONNECT you to a farm and your food like no other and it only takes 4 days out of your whole year. If you are already a member of a modern CSA, no worries, as our [SAP] serves only as a supplement, not as a substitute.

After you are a participating member, Check your e-mail and SAP calendarweekly to know when the Hands on Farm Visit Days have been finalized and posted.  Before you know it, come mid to late March, you will be driving out to the country to dig in the dirt!   

arugulasstarfarm.com

Sugar Camp Farm 

2016 is the first year for the Sugar Camp CSA. To Jesse Higginbotham and Lizzie Wright, being a member of a CSA means more than just receiving food each week. It means you are supporting two people who are learning how to farm sustainably on a small-scale, an endangered profession. It means supporting the young people who come to work for us in their endeavors to learn about farming. It means developing rich friendships with our members, a community that is excited about eating and cooking high quality food, knowing where that food comes from and how it's grown. 

They will be offering a couple of CSA options this year and add-ons. Pick-ups will be at the Richland Farmers' Market Saturdays, and at PRB on Charlotte Tuesdays 5-7. They are open to working with those with limited financial means. All options may be purchased at our online store or purchased via check or cash (send us an email at sugarcampfarmtn@gmail.com if you prefer this option). 

sugarcampfarmtn.com

SUGAR CAMP FARM
10220 SUGAR CAMP RD. 
BON AQUA, TN 37025

sugarcampfarmtn@gmail.com 

Bloomsbury Farm
Bloomsbury Farm is nestled in the hills between Smyrna and Nolensville, TN. Our greenhouse grows all the sprouts, wheatgrass and micro-greens year round. Vegetables and herbs are also a large part of the operation, which are grown from March through November. New additions to the farm are a variety of Heritage chickens and everyone is looking forward to the eggs soon to come. (from their website)
 
Fresh Harvest Cooperative
Fresh Harvest consists of two farms: Drury Family Farm and Turnbull Creek Organic Farm. Their subscription service allows you to pick the products you want on Sunday night for delivery on Wednesday. Products include a variety of vegetables, meats, bread, cheese, and flowers. Pick-up at Trinity Church in Green Hills, the farm in Bon Aqua, and at Thompson’s Station in Franklin.
 
Stacy Geny of Paradise Produce Farms
Paradise Produce
Paradise Produce has two CSA options: the traditional CSA box and the new Market Style, where you browse tables of produce and select items as you would at the farmers' market.  Their summer season runs 25 weeks, beginning in May with one break week Aug. 5th for fall planting (24 pick ups in 25 weeks).  Each member receives a Paradise Produce tote at the first pick up to carry away their produce.  Full (1/2 bushel) and half (1/4 bushel) shares are available.  Pick up for traditional CSA boxes is at Silke's Old World Bread in Clarksville; pick up for the Market Style CSA option is at the Paradise Produce Farm, located at 7721 Whites Creek Pike. 
 
Delvin Farms
For those who just can't wait for summer, Delvin Farms offers a spring CSA for April and May, which includes cool-season crops such as lettuce, kale, arugula, radishes, broccoli, cabbage, Swiss chard, onions, strawberries and asparagus. The farm, located in College Grove, grows over 60 varieties of produce, and a typical week’s box will feature 6 to 12 varieties of fresh vegetables. In addition to over 15 pick-up locations covering East Nasvhille to Bellevue, Delvin Farms also offers home delivery to limited zip codes using Rush Bicycle Messengers.
 

Eaton's Creek Organics

Eaton's Creek Organics (ECO) is a certified-organic, community-based farm serving middle Tennessee by growing vegetables, herbs and berries of the highest quality and taste, freshness and nutrition. They have been in production since 2000 and are proud to have been the first certified-organic farm in Davidson county. They believe in the importance of sustainable agriculture in their local economy and that all people deserve to access to fresh, wholesome (healthful, nourishing) food.

Allenbrooke Farm
Like many CSAs, Allenbrooke Farm offers your choice of produce. Instead of receiving a standard box of preselected items, with this CSA, you actually select the produce you want when you pick up your share. Pick-up at Allenbrooke Farms, 2023 Doctor Robertson Rd, Spring Hill.
 
Article from Edible Nashville at http://ediblenashville.ediblecommunities.com/shop/join-csa
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