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Posted 5/18/2019 4:43pm by Stephanie Bradshaw.

Hello Friend,

We hope this note finds you well on this warm Saturday.  We are getting caught up on some much needed bush hogging, moving our animals to fresh pasture, repairing some of our moveable animal shelters and waiting for two of our very pregnant goats to deliver.  We are also mulching some of the raspberries plants and planting some new blueberry bushes that we hope will provide the CSA with berries by next season. Always so many things to do and not enough hours in the day to get everything done.  Our list may look a little different - but I am sure that you can relate!  :)

Our week two CSA shares were beautiful and full of so many leafy greens.  It's that time of the year when all of the "greens" are starting to come in.....Kale, Lettuces, Mustard Greens, Spinach. 

It's always a juggling act to figure out how much of something we have and who we can send it to.  This past week we had just enough of our New Zealand Spinach and Sweet Peas to send to our half shares.  The Broccoli was starting to come in and we had almost enough heads to send to our Full Shares.  We have more Spinach coming in and are starting a new planting - so our hope is that everyone will receive this soon!  Spinach is a finicky plant.  We never know if it will cooperate with us or not.  Our first planting of Sweet peas didn't do as well as we hoped, but there is a second planting that looks more promising and will hopefully be ready around the same time as the new potatoes.  Is there anything better than mashed potatoes and sweet peas?!

The strawberries have also faced a few trials.  All of the wet weather has set up the opportunity for fungus. 

Apparently, this is affecting many of the strawberry plants in our area.  It presents as a brown spot on the berries.  We are using an organic spray that basically uses a live culture to combat the bad bacteria and help the plant.  I like to think of it as something similar to yogurt...the good bugs wiping out the bad.  Our hope is that it works and stops the fungus from spreading.  We would LOVE to offer additional strawberries in the Farm Store, but right now, we do not have any extra berries.  It was so discouraging to pick strawberries for hours and hours only to have trays and trays of berries that were so spotted we couldn't send them to you.  However, this is the highs and lows of farming!  

The farm store is open and has a limited amount available right now.  We are sending all of the produce to our farm shares, so we do not have anything extra available right now.  We do have Anytime shares available - so please let your friends, family, neighbors and coworkers know!  We have put our Maple syrup in the store, pastured pork sauasage, grass-fed ground beef, fresh bread and our jams and jellies.  

Many of you have asked about buying eggs.  Right now, we are sending all the eggs we have to our CSA members that signed up for eggs early in the season.  We sold most of our older flock last fall and our new chicks are not old enough to lay.  It takes a little chick four - six months to start laying.  Our little "junior chicks" are out on pasture eating bugs, grubs and grass but are still several months away from laying.  We have some older hens that are laying and a small batch of pullets that will start laying in the next month.  Once these girls mature, we should have plenty of eggs to add to the Farm Store.  Thank you for your patience and understanding

Our Harvest Report for week four:  Spring Onions, Kale, Lettuce, Broccoli, Beets with greens, Strawberries, Lemon Balm and Cabbage!  Be sure to check out the following recipes if you need some kitchen inspiration!

Click here to see - What to do with Beets and Beet Greens

Here is a great recipe that you can use for just about any of the Greens we send this season:

  • 10 oz raw kale leaves, or any green of your choice (mustard, turnip, beet)
  • 1 cup raw onion, diced
  • 1 tsp garlic powder, or minced garlic to taste
  • salt to taste (I use about 1/4 tsp)
  • oil or oil spray of choice
  • How to cook kale: In a large sauté pan over medium heat, cook the onion and minced garlic (if using) in the oil (or oil spray, but keep in mind that kale’s vitamins are more optimally absorbed when fat is added) until the onion begins to turn brown. Stir. Add the kale, or as much of it as will fit in the pan. Let cook until it wilts enough to stir, then add the rest of the kale as soon as you can. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking. When the kale looks wilted and onions are nicely browned, turn off the heat. Season with garlic powder and salt to taste. Feel free to add any other spices if desired, such as chili powder or ground ginger. You can also stir in a little sesame oil and a sprinkle of sesame seeds at this time. Yields about 2 cups (440g).
  • You can also add some toasted walnuts instead of the sesame seeds, which really ups the yum factor!  

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend and we look forward to seeing all our weekly and biweekly group A folks this week!

 

Cheers to Healthy Eating,

 

Farmhouse Nashville Team

Stephanie Bradshaw

615.693.2519

www.farmhousenashville.com

Posted 5/11/2019 10:13am by Stephanie Bradshaw.

 

Hi Friends,

Well, our first week has officially come and gone.  We've been preparing for the CSA for months, and it always feels good to finally be able to put the produce in your hands...and bellies!  I saw so many kids devouring strawberries this week, which makes my heart so happy.  Did you know that a lot of local farms will tell you that they don't spray anything on their strawberries...and while that is true, they also will tell you...if you ask...that they spray roundup around the plants to keep the weeds out.  I tell you this, to remind you of why we do what we do....no chemicals, sprays, or pesticides are used on any part of the farm.  

 

Most of our full shares looked similar to the picture above.  Because farming isn't an exact science, our boxes will vary slightly.  If you ever have a question about something that's in your share, please call or email us.  We'll help you figure out what that green herb is :)

Next week's Harvest Report looks something like this:  Romaine Lettuce, Strawberries, Spring Onions, Kale, Mint, and Broccoli or Sweet Peas.

 

Our Online Farm Store opened up Thursday evening, and will close down on Monday morning.  We've got different departments on the website for each of our Pastured Meats, as well as a Pantry, Bakery, and Farmacy department.  Each has some unique products that your family is sure to enjoy!  Ground Beef, Sausage, and a large variety of Jams and jellies can be found in our store.  The Veggie Department will grow each week, as more and more produce is ready to harvest.  Right now though, our Anytime Shares are all that is available in that department.  Be sure to tell your friends and family about the CSA, and let them know that the anytime shares are available to everyone.  Our meat and egg departments will be fully stocked soon as well, as we just sent several animals to the processor!  

Our Facebook page is a great place to stay connected to what's going on with the CSA.  If you'd like to see a video of this past week's box, you can do that HERE.  

Thank you so much for trusting us with growing your food, and we can't wait to see you next week!

 

The Farmhouse Nashville Team

 

Cheers to Healthy Eating,

 

Farmhouse Nashville Team

Stephanie Bradshaw

615.693.2519

www.farmhousenashville.com

Posted 5/3/2019 3:23pm by Stephanie Bradshaw.

Hi Friends,

We are so excited to announce that we are planning to start our 2019 season next week - Tuesday May 7th and Thursday May 9th, to be exact! Yippee!!

The Romain lettuce, strawberries and spring onions are producing like crazy, so expect to see them in your first shares.  Our spinach and kale are a bit slower than we would like, but it's hard to get everything to ripen at the exact same time.  We will send all that is available, but please know that the share will just continue to grow fuller and fuller over the next several weeks.  

Here is a rundown on what you can expect over the course of the season.  The night before your pick up, we will send out a reminder email with your pick up location and time listed.  On Tuesday evenings, we will have a labeled picture of the farm shares posted on our Face Book Page and sometimes a video!  This is a great way for you to know what is in your share.  The shares may differ a little from what we post, but if you have any questions - please contact us!  And, if you haven't "liked" us on Facebook, please do!  

 

 

On Thursday evenings, we will open our online Farm Store.  The store will remain open until Monday mornings at 8AM.  We will have extra items available in the store and will deliver your order with your farm share.  We carry extra produce (when available), pastured meats, eggs, pantry items and more.  Be sure to check back each week as we continue to add additional items to the store - as they become available.  Be sure to tell your friends and family about our online Farm Store -they can order items as well!

We will also post our Harvest Report on Thursday evenings.  This is our "best guess" as to what will be in the shares the following week.  Please remember that we are not able to predict the future and are just giving our opinion on what will be ready.  Sometimes we're right and sometimes, we're not! :0

If you are a bi-weekly member, be sure to check your email this evening as we are dividing our bi-weekly folks into group A and group B.  If you are in group B - you will start the second week of the season, May 14th or 16th.

Please remember that you are able to use two vacation holds during the season.  You can login in Here to our member site and make changes to your pick up schedule, account, and personal information.  If you need additional help, please contact us!

We are so excited that you have chosen to partner with us this season.  It is an honor and a privilege to grow for you.  We take our growing methods very seriously and desire to give your family the very best from our family!  Thank you for choosing Farmhouse Nashville!

Cheers to Healthy Eating,

 

Farmhouse Nashville Team

Stephanie Bradshaw

615.693.2519

www.farmhousenashville.com

Posted 4/8/2019 10:34am by Stephanie Bradshaw.

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Happy Monday!  Can you believe that we are almost half way into April?  We woke up to a heavy rain and discovered that the main entrance to our farm was completely washed away.  We hope to not be homebound for too long this week...although the forced stay is allowing us to get caught up on some much needed chores!

We are planning to start our 2019 CSA season the first week of May.  The strawberry plants are blooming and all of our spring plants are taking off.  We look are looking forward to a bountiful season!

We noticed that you have not signed up for this season and wanted to check in and see if you were planning to participate this year?  Our members are the lifeline to our CSA.  We are unable to do this without your support!  We hope that you are planning to Sign Up.  We offer a 10% discount to all our returning members!  

Please be sure to check out our 2018 Farm Share Gallery where we took a weekly picture of our Full Shares.  This will give you a good idea of what to expect, what's growing seasonally and how much you will receive.  Just looking at those shares makes my mouth water!  

Our family is committed and invested in growing food that is not just chemical free, but nutrient dense!  We are honored to serve your family the very best fruits, veggies, pastured eggs and meats available in Middle Tennessee.  Join us this season!


Click here to begin your renewal process. Or just copy and paste the link below into your browser:

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We look forward to having you back this season.



Cheers to Healthy Eating,

 

Farmhouse Nashville Team

Stephanie Bradshaw

615.693.2519

www.farmhousenashville.com

Posted 3/20/2019 10:36am by Stephanie Bradshaw.

Hi Friends,

Hallelujah!!!  Isn't this sunshine just wonderful?  Everyone on the farm seems to be happier....call me crazy, but I do believe goats can smile!  :)

We are busy bees this time of year.  The greenhouse is overflowing with baby greens and the excitement of a new season upon us is just contagious. 

Everything is budding and you can see that Spring is just about here!  It won't be long until we transplant the romaine lettuce into the fields.  The strawberry plants are looking good and we are anticipating a bountiful crop! 

If you haven't signed up for the 2019 season, now's the time!  We have just a little over a month before that first farm share will be ready!  We plan to start the first week of May.  Remember, all returning members receive 10% off your season!  You can sign up HERE.

One of our first year members came out and took some pictures and wrote a beautiful blog post on us.  Please visit her site and check it our HERE.

We hope you are enjoying all of this wonderful sunshine!  Be sure and join us this season and let our family feed your family!  

 

 

Cheers to Healthy Eating,

 

Farmhouse Nashville Team

Stephanie Bradshaw

615.693.2519

www.farmhousenashville.com

Posted 1/1/2019 7:34pm by Stephanie Bradshaw.

Hi Friend,
Happy New Year from our family to yours!  

We are so excited to announce that our 2019 Season is now OPEN for Sign Ups!  It's hard to believe that this will be our 9th season!  We are so thankful for your continued support...from voting us the Best CSA in Nashville for three straight years - to the countless phone calls, emails and text letting us know how much you appreciate what we are doing.  Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!  We love what we do - and love growing for you!

This season we are offering all our Returning Members 10% off the entire season!  Yay!  You will also notice that the Half Shares are $20 and the Full shares are $28 - no matter if you are weekly or biweekly! Yee-haw!  

When you Sign Up and Pay in Full, we are also giving you $30 in Farm Bucks!  Hot Dog!  You can use this anytime during the season to add to your farm share....pastured meats, strawberries, raw local honey, fresh baked bread - you get the idea!  

If you sign up, be sure to let your friends and family know!  Spread the word!  We hope to make 2019 our biggest season yet!  The season will begin in May and run through October. 

Keep an eye out for our first 2019 video coming soon!  

Cheers to Healthy Eating,



Cheers to Healthy Eating,

 

Farmhouse Nashville Team

Stephanie Bradshaw

615.693.2519

www.farmhousenashville.com

Posted 12/4/2018 1:55pm by Stephanie Bradshaw.

Pick Up Locations for Meat Shares and Farm Store Orders during our Winter Season, November 2017 - April 2018.  

Hermitage - Donelson:  Pick up from 4:00PM - 4:30PM at the Donelson-Hermitage YMCA 

Mt. Juliet:  Pick up from 4:30PM-5:30 PM at 300 Industrial Drive, Mount Juliet.

Murfreesboro:  (Thursday Pick Up)  11:00AM - 11:30PM at New Vision Church, 1750 N. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro

Lebanon:  Pick up from 4:30PM-5:30PM at 1901 Roanoke Drive, Lebanon 

Forest Hills:  Pick up from 5:30PM-6:00PM at Percy Priest Elementary

Franklin: Pick Up from 6-6:30PM on Sunset Drive

All Meat Shares will be delivered on the second Tuesday of each month to the following dates: 

Winter Delivery Dates:

November 13th, 2018

December 11th, 2018

January 8th, 2019

February 12th, 2019

March 12th, 2019

April 9th, 2019



 

Cheers to Healthy Eating,

 

Farmhouse Nashville Team

Stephanie Bradshaw

615.693.2519

www.farmhousenashville.com

Posted 12/4/2018 11:58am by Stephanie Bradshaw.

Winter Greetings,

We hope you and your family are doing well and staying warm this winter.  We are enjoying more cups of hot tea, warm fires and keeping all of our animals warm and happy.  We recently had a litter of piglets born on a cool, but sunny day.  Momma and babies are doing quite well, despite the freezing nights.  Baby pigs are some of the cutest little creatures!  

Our Winter Pastured Meat CSA will be delivering December shares on Tuesday December 11th.  Our Farm Store is open and we are offering Winter Turnip Greens, Sweet Potatoes and Bok Choy in our Veggie department.  The Pantry is stocked with jams and jellies, tomato chunks and heirloom tomato juice, local honey and local maple syrup.  Remember, you don't have to be a member to order!  Be sure to stock up for winter!  These items also make great Christmas gifts.  

Speaking of Christmas gifts....be sure to consider giving one of our 2019 Veggie CSA gift certificates for a family member, friend or even yourself.  Our CSA Gift Certificate can be a weekly, biweekly or even one time gift.  Contact us if you would like to give a one time Anytime Share or even a Farm Store Credit.  The recipient  can use this certificate or credit whenever they wish.  Give the gift of health this holiday season!

We've added some fresh Baked GoodsPastured Eggs and even a couple of Christmas Turkeys to the store.  Don't forget to stock up on our Elderberry Tonic to keep those winter colds and flu at bay.  This also makes a wonderful teacher or coworker gift!  Ask us about shipping to friends and family!

We hope your holiday season will be full of family, friends and good food!  We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  

"For to us a child is born, to us a son given, and the government will be on His shoulders.  And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." 

Isaiah 9:6 

Cheers to Healthy Eating,

 

Farmhouse Nashville Team

Stephanie Bradshaw

615.693.2519

www.farmhousenashville.com

Posted 10/30/2018 12:03pm by Stephanie Bradshaw.

Hi Friends,

Can you believe that November is right around the corner?  Thanksgiving will be here before we know it.  It's one of my favorite holidays as we give honor to the tradition of celebrating bounty, harvest, family and friends.  It's a time to reflect on how much we have to be thankful.  Blessing upon blessing!

Our pastured Turkeys are headed to the processor this week.  If you haven't reserved one yet, there's still time!  Just go to our online store and order Here!

Pastured turkeys are raised on grass and forage on legumes, bugs and grubs.  They are supplemented with a locally sourced GMO free feed.  Why does this matter? " Omega-3s are formed in the chloroplasts of green leaves and algae. Sixty percent of the fatty acids in grass are Omega-3s. Fresh pasture has two times more omega-3 than omega-6 fatty acids. Grain and soy, on the other hand, have far more omega-6s than omega-3s. Therefore, when you switch to grass fed products, you are helping to correct the gross imbalance in the western diet. Eating a balanced ratio of essential fatty acids is linked with a lower risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and mental disorders.  Another reason that raising animals on pasture is important:  No traces of antibiotics or other drugs.   In factory farms, a medicated feed is often used. That means the turkeys receive a sub-therapeutic dose of antibiotics in their grain. This is to keep them from getting sick because they live in a crowded, enclosed environment and have contact with their own waste that promotes pathogens. The antibiotics are prophylactic, meaning they are there to keep the animals from getting sick due to living in such close quarters. While there is no firm research that shows that medicated feed has adverse health effects, many people have concerns that medicated feed accelerates antibiotic resistance." (Holly Arbuckle.)

We've all heard the old adage, "you are what you eat" but really, you are what your food ate!  Choose wisely!

We are taking deposits on these plump birds and will email you the final weights before delivery.  Our Wilson county friends will receive FREE HOME DELIVERY when you order! 

Don't miss out! Order Here!

Cheers to Healthy Eating,

 

Farmhouse Nashville Team

Stephanie Bradshaw

615.693.2519

www.farmhousenashville.com

Posted 10/6/2018 3:11am by Stephanie Bradshaw.

Good Morning,

Can you believe that October is here?  Despite these warm temperatures, October is by far, one of my favorite months of the year.  I'm ready for some cooler weather.  We are expecting our first frost around the 16th of this month - so it's definitely on the way! 

We've had several emails and text about the Daikon radishes that were in the shares this past week. They resemble a white carrot - and we included the greens because they are so delicious in stir-fries, soups or even roasted.  The radish is great raw in a salad to give it a nice kick - or even roasted in the oven with your sweet potatoes. Throw some chopped up radishes in your soup - they cook up similar to a carrot! 

 

Our full shares received maple syrup this week.  It was such a nice treat!  Once you've had pure maple syrup - it's hard to go back to the imitation stuff, sorry Aunt Jemima!  Our half shares received a half dozen eggs.  Those of you trying our pastured eggs for the first time - we hope you can see and taste the difference.  The yellow yolks are a beautiful reminder that our hens are on pasture eating bugs, grubs and grass, which provides lots of omega 3's (up to 20 times more than factory raised eggs)and at least twice as much vitamin E as store bought eggs. Enjoy!

What's on the menu for Week 22?  Glad you asked!  We hope to see romaine lettuce, sweet potatoes, okra, microgreens, butternut, peppers, mustard greens or swiss chard, and hopefully, a taste of some homegrown, fresh popped popcorn straight off the farm!  We have been shelling our dried corn this week and wanted to give you a taste of fresh popcorn.  It will be popped in coconut oil and sprinkled with hemalayan salt.  Yummy!

I am so excited at the prospect of romaine lettuce in the shares this upcoming week!  Fresh lettuce is hard to beat.  I've been buying some romaine from the store and it's either bitter or bland.  I like the extra crunch in salads, but it just can't compete with the fresh - sweet lettuce we will see next week. 

Don't forget....we've got our Pasture Raised Turkeys available for the holidays.  Don't miss out on these amazing birds.  We are taking deposits and will plan to deliver them in early November.  

 

Speaking of Pasture Raised Meats, don't forget to Sign Up for our Winter Meat CSA!  We will deliver once a month (or every other month) from November - April.  We will also have produce, pastured eggs and other items available in the farm store that you can order.  Be sure to Sign Up before October 15th and save $30!   

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

 

Cheers to Healthy Eating,

 

Farmhouse Nashville Team

Stephanie Bradshaw

615.693.2519

www.farmhousenashville.com

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