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Posted 5/21/2018 8:04am by Stephanie Bradshaw.

Good Monday Morning Everybody!

We hope you had a wonderful weekend.  We spent most of Saturday working on the farm.  There is always so much that needs to be done and we never seem to complete every item on the list.  Fences needed repairing, we were moving animals to fresh pasture, bush-hogging fields and sweating!  Our Ford Excursion is in the shop for repairs and we are praying that they can figure out what's going on.  We've been in and out of the shop for seven weeks now and have spent several thousand dollars.  The anti-theft mechanism on those machines is a monster.  Ours continues to turn on randomly and keeps us from starting the engine despite having all the computer components replaced.  We've taken it to several folks - including the dealership, where it's currently being looked at, and no one can figure out what's going on.  After seven long weeks, we're a pretty ready for this to be resolved.

Despite our transportation challenges, last week was a fantastic first week! The greens were beautiful, the strawberries sweet and the eggs were such a nice treat!  We hope you all enjoyed your first shares of the season.  What are you doing with your Kale?  Kale Chips? Kale Salad? Kale Smoothie?  One of our favorite way to eat kale is in a salad.  The secret, I believe, is to cut up the kale and massage it with the dressing - then let it sit!  Check out this recipe:  Massaged Kale Salad  Make it in the morning and have it for dinner that evening.  The dressing seems to soften the kale and it is seriously delicious! I like to serve mine cold...but that's just my preference!    Here is another one of our favorite recipes:  Southwestern Kale Salad  Be sure to keep this recipe on hand as the corn and tomatoes start showing up in July.  The fresh corn just makes this recipe pop!  We should see cilantro in the shares soon too!  

Eating seasonally doesn't have to be a challenge.  Our family tries to incorporate as many veggies into our meals as possible each week.  We sautéed the broccoli with pasta one evening.  The strawberries - well those were devoured before we even made it home.  We used the kale in a salad - and that was our lunch with some mint tea!  So refreshing!  We serve it cold - over ice!  Grilled chicken salad was another meal that we enjoyed this week and we used the entire head of romaine and the spring onions.  It was such a good week and I was thankful to have the fresh, spring greens. 

Our Harvest Report for Week 2 looks something like this....Arugula, Romaine Lettuce, Sweet Peas, Mustard Greens, Strawberries, Lemon Balm, and possibly Broccoli.  It's going to be another wonderful week!  The sweet peas are my very favorite spring thing!  I love to eat those straight out of the pod!  They make a great snack - or sprinkle them on your salad.  You can't go wrong!

Just a few quick reminders.... Week 2 our Biweekly Group B folks will receive their first share of the season.  It's gonna be a good one!  Group A folks will pick up their second share on week 3.  Please remember to bring a shopping bad to take your yummies home in.  If you choose to take a box home, please be sure to return it the next time you pick up. 

Look forward to seeing all your smiling faces this week!



Cheers to Healthy Eating,

 

Farmhouse Nashville Team

Stephanie Bradshaw

615.693.2519

www.farmhousenashville.com

Posted 5/14/2018 7:14am by Stephanie Bradshaw.

Hi Friend,

We're busy, busy today....getting ready to bring the farm to your family for the first time this season!  Tuesday May 15th we will be delivering to our Lebanon, Mount Juliet, Smyrna, Murfreesboro, Antioch, Donelson, Hermitage Hendersonville and Old Hickory families.  Wow!  It will be a big day indeed!

Thursday, May 17th, we will be delivering to our Madison, East Nashville, 12th South, Brentwood, Franklin, Spring Hill and Forest Hills families.  We basically start at the North side of Nashville and work our way South!  If you see the big white Ford Excursion on I-65 - be sure to give us a wave!

 

We anticipate seeing Romaine Lettuce, Spring Onions, Mustard Greens - or Kale, Mint, Pastured Eggs, and Strawberries in the farm shares this week.  This is our best guess for what will be ready when we go out in the early morning hours to start harvesting!  Be sure to check out our recipes too!

If you signed up for Biweekly delivery, you should have received an email last week letting you know if you are in Group A (starts this week) or Group B (starts next week).  Be sure to add us to your contact list so our emails aren't sent to your spam folder.  It happens quite often!  If you are unsure what group you are in - please email us so that we can let you know!  farmhousenashville@gmail.com or call us 615-6932519

You also should have received an email from us this morning regarding your membership type and delivery location.  Again, if you are not receiving our emails - please contact us so that we can rectify the problem.

Remember, our Fermentation Workshop will be Sunday afternoon, May 20th from 2-4PM at Grace Bible church (255 Franklin Rd) in Lebanon, TN.  Please RSVP to our instructor, Karen Barnes:  kbarnes777@live.com if you plan to attend.  This workshop is free to our members and is $10 per person for non-members.  Space is limited so let us know if you plan to attend!

Cheers to Healthy Eating,

 

Farmhouse Nashville Team

Stephanie Bradshaw

615.693.2519

www.farmhousenashville.com

Posted 5/4/2018 11:20am by Stephanie Bradshaw.

Hi Friends,

We are so eager to get this 2018 season started, but, wow - this been a crazy spring!  We had four inches of snow at Golden Rule farm just two weeks ago.  We are off to a slower start, but the strawberries are starting to come in and we are just giddy about it!

All of our animals at Bradshaw family farm are absolutely loving the sweet, green, spring pastures.  The grass is growing so quickly that it's hard to see some of the animals in certain pastures.  Rotational grazing is such an important part of our farming philosophy.  It not only gives us beautiful, healthy soil - but the grasses are thick and up to my hip in many areas.  It's beautiful to see the animals go from one paddock to the other -they run into the deep, green, sea- happy to be at their next smorgasbord!  I think I've literally seen smiles on their little faces!

We are looking forward to sharing the bounty of all our hard work with you very soon.  Preparing, plowing, planting, and tending the gardens are so worth the work, knowing that we are feeding your family - and so many others.  The long days and back breaking work are worthwhile as we think of the food we are growing and raising that is not just delicious - but healing!  We are so thankful for those of you who have come alongside us to support our efforts as we seek to nourish you with the very best that our farm provides.  Thank you for trusting us - encouraging us and supporting us for another season!  We could not do this without you!

Look forward to seeing you all very soon!

 

Posted 3/13/2018 8:11am by Stephanie Bradshaw.

Hi Friends,

Just a reminder that our Pastured Meat Shares will be delivered next Tuesday, March 20th, instead of today.  If you also receive eggs, those will be delivered on the 20th as well. 

Speaking of eggs - be sure to check out our Farm Store and order some additional eggs!  We are running our 10 dozen special....$35 for 10 dozen eggs! We've also added some baked goods, pantry items and more!

Hurry, they won't last long! 

Our 2018 Spring and Summer Veggie Shares are filling up fast!  If you are planning to sign up, now's the time!  Our season begins the first week of May and runs til the end of October!  The greenhouse is filled to the brim with lots of baby plants!  We are looking forward to a wonderful season!  Don't miss out!  Sign Up Here: Spring - Summer 2018 Season

 

Cheers to Healthy Eating,

 

Farmhouse Nashville Team

Stephanie Bradshaw

615.693.2519

www.farmhousenashville.com

Posted 12/2/2017 8:25pm by Stephanie Bradshaw.

 

Hi Folks,

For all of you who are coming to the kids candy making class tomorrow, we will be at Grace Bible Church in Lebanon (255 Franklin Rd).  Please drive around to the back of the church.  The class will be from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

See you tomorrow!



Cheers to Healthy Eating,

 

Farmhouse Nashville Team

Stephanie Bradshaw

615.693.2519

www.farmhousenashville.com

Posted 11/9/2017 8:17am by Stephanie Bradshaw.

Hello Friend, 

Has this week felt a little odd to you? Yeah- me too! It’s hard to do something for 26 weeks straight- like clockwork, and then suddenly stop! Don’t get me wrong- I’ve found plenty to keep me busy... but I have thought a lot about the CSA season this week. It’s nice to have a break, but I am also a little sad to lay it to rest for the winter. However, a little respite is always good for the soul!

The farmers and I would appreciate any feedback that you have from the season. We need to hear from our members so that we can plant more of what you like- and less of what you don’t. Tell us the things that you loved, what you would like to have more of, less of or none at all. Sharing your opinions helps us serve you better next season... so don’t be shy, let us know!!

We are trying something new this winter- keeping the Farm Store OPEN and  offering Holiday Gifts, perfect for that hard to buy family member, co-worker or friend. We will be offering great gifts for teachers, neighbors and hostesses.  Be sure to check back often, as we are adding new items everyday!  Our plan is to offer pick ups once a month.  The store is now open, so go ahead and get your orders in!! Delivery will be Tuesday November 14th at the following pick up locations:

Lebanon: 1901 Roanoke Drive 3:30-5:30pm

Mt. Juliet: 300 Industrial Drive 4-5:30pm

Wilson County Home Delivery- 4-7pm (Pastured Meat CSA members only)

Hermitage: 2125 Gina Drive 5-6:00PM

Smyrna: First Presbyterian Church 540 Sam Ridley Pkwy 5-6:00pm

Forest Hills: Percy Priest Elementary 5:00-5:30pm

We have lots of greens and winter squash available- Sweet potatoes and delicious canned summer tomatoes. We hope you will enjoy having access to these winter yummies as long as we have them available! 

Thank you just isn’t enough, but we do want to thank you for supporting our mission this season and partnering with us in our pursuit to make organically grown, local, fresh, nutrient dense food available to middle Tennessee families. It’s been a bountiful season- the Lord blessed us with good weather, multiplied our efforts and brought us plenty of families to serve. We feel truly blessed, content and satisfied with a job well done. Thank you for all the encouragement, smiles, hugs and prayers that we received this season. We look forward to Spring 2018 and are excited and hopeful for another beautiful season ahead! We hope you will join us again!! ❤️

 

 Cheers to Healthy Eating,

 

Farmhouse Nashville Team

Stephanie Bradshaw

615.693.2519

www.farmhousenashville.com

Posted 11/6/2017 7:48pm by Stephanie Bradshaw.

Truffles and Turtles and Fudge….oh my! Forget about fighting the crowds this Christmas and stay in your jammies with holiday music and a cup of hot chocolate! Making your own homemade candies for festive gift giving is a tasty and fun way of customizing your unique gift for adults AND kids! In this delectable class, you’ll learn how to make your own creamy caramel, baby turtles, turtles on a stick, yummy no-fail fudge, and easy chocolate and white truffles that’ll melt in your mouth! This is a “hands-on” class where you’ll be making and taking home your own creations along with time-honored recipes and tips! This year, do it “deliciously”….and surprise them all with your home crafted treats!
Class will be held in Lebanon (RSVP for address) on Saturday, November 11th from 9am-1pm. All ingredients will be provided, and a list of items to cook with will be given upon RSVP. Cost is $10, but worth every luscious bite! Class size is limited, so sign up soon! Come on and create some memories this holiday season!

Cheers to Healthy Eating,

 

Farmhouse Nashville Team

Stephanie Bradshaw

615.693.2519

www.farmhousenashville.com

Posted 10/22/2017 8:03am by Stephanie Bradshaw.

Hi Friends!

I hope you have all enjoyed this amazing week of both weather and produce.  We have been blessed with both, and I am so thankful.  Below is a picture of week 24's full share.  We included a small bag of freshly ground corn meal as a little something extra.  I have found that truly organic - non-GMO corn meal is hard to find...and expensive.  That's why this stuff makes me so happy...it's made from this year's corn crop. So, please make some delicious corn bread to serve with your beans and turnip greens - or dip your chicken in egg, roll in a corn meal/salt mixture, and sauté in coconut oil!  Two of my favorite ways to create meals I feel good about serving. Remember that your sweet potatoes, butternuts, and regular potatoes will store for a long time.  The holidays are just around the corner, and both sweet potatoes and butternuts can be used for the southern staple of sweet potato casserole.

Our harvest report for next week goes like this:  Peppers, Greens or Nappa Cabbage, Garlic, Hot Peppers, Potatoes, Green Beans, Arugula, Cauliflower, and Mini-Bells!

Don't forget that our Winter Meat CSA signups are going on now until the 25th.  We have lots going on at the processor right now... getting everything ready for deliveries the 2nd week of November.  We are so excited about being able to offer you guys an easy way to have all your meat covered for the month.  Trust me, having a good supply of meat in your freezer is such a comfort when you're planning out meals.  I always know, I have something that I can throw together.  

Our Online Farm Store will stay open until Monday morning at 8:00AM.  We added several items to the Pantry department this week.  Corn Meal, Apple Butter, Sweet Pepper Relish, and Canned Green Beans.  All made from our Farm's harvest!  If you've never tried the Canned green beans, you're missing out.  They are amazing, straight from the jar and warmed.  I never even add seasoning, and always get a ton of compliments on them.  We still have plenty of whole chickens and chicken wings available as well.  If you've never roasted a whole chicken, it's suuuuper easy!  Unwrap, coat with oil (I use coconut), and then coat in your favorite seasoning.  Cook at 375 for anywhere from 1.5 - 2 hours and boom...a delicious and impressive looking creation.  I love this because I usually get two meals from it.  Whatever chicken is left over, I pull off and store in the freezer.  Later that week, I'll use in a chicken casserole or soup.  We have just a few T-bones left, so If you're wanting steak...get it while you can :)

Thank you so much for being a part of this year's CSA, and we hope you all enjoy the last two weeks of the season!

 

 

Cheers to Healthy Eating,

 

Farmhouse Nashville Team

Stephanie Bradshaw

615.693.2519

www.farmhousenashville.com

Posted 10/18/2017 7:04am by Stephanie Bradshaw.

Farmhouse Nashville is hosting a DEHYDRATING CLASS!

Oh, no! You have too much garden produce! How do you tame all those awesome veggies, fruits, herbs and more?

You dry them, of course!

Dehydrating is the worlds oldest way of preserving, and is so easy that you’ll wonder why you’ve never tried it before!

Come to our Dehydrating 101 class in Lebanon on Sat, October 21st  9am – 11am to learn the convenient art of drying foods with all their luscious goodness.  Topics presented will be simple drying of fruits, vegetables and herbs, how to make powders and leathers and drying meats. We’ll touch briefly on dehydrating other staples such as eggs and cheese and you’ll walk away with handouts and lots of info to help start your new journey into building your healthy, tasty food stock!

The class is free to Farmhouse Nashville Members and will be held at 104 Bartonwood Drive, Lebanon.

Please RSVP if you can attend, and we look forward to seeing YOU soon!

Yummy……Dried Cinnamon Apples are calling your name!

Cheers to Healthy Eating,

 

Farmhouse Nashville Team

Stephanie Bradshaw

615.693.2519

www.farmhousenashville.com

Posted 10/15/2017 10:08pm by Stephanie Bradshaw.

Hi friends,

Wow!!!  Only three short weeks left in this season! Can you believe it? In case you missed it, here’s a picture of the farm share for week 23:




All of the greens make me happy! I’m excited to see fresh roasted corn meal in the week 24 Farm shares. This corn is from the Brubaker farm and slow roasted giving it a wonderful flavor. I don’t know about you, but you can rest assured that turnip greens, white beans, slaw and cornbread are on my menu this week!! Yum!!
Our Harvest Report for Week 24 goes something like this: Turnip Greens, Green Beans, Peppers, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Cilantro, Cornmeal, Kale, Radishes, Mini Bell Peppers and Spaghetti Squash! Yippee!!!

Many of you have asked about joining our Winter Pastured Meat CSA and wondered if we could offer a Pork Free option.  We are delighted to announce that we are now offering a Beef and Chicken only option.  We hope this will allow more of you to sign up and join us on this meaty adventure!  Be sure to check out our recent newsletter on the Benefits of Grass-fed Meats

Our Pastured Meat CSA season begins the second week of November.  There is still time to sign up - and save $15 off your package.  Sign Up by October 21st and use Coupon Code: Grassfed15


This week the Nashville Scene released the Best of Nashville competition results and we were thrilled to find out that we were voted the Best CSA in Nashville for the SECOND year in a row!!  Holy Smokes!!!!.  Green Door Gourmet and the Nashville Farmer’s Market came in second and third place. We are so honored that you took the time to vote for us. Thank you for believing in us and trusting that we will bring the very best from the farm to your table. Thank you for allowing us the privilege and opportunity to serve you and your family. We take this responsibility very seriously and are committed to being ethical, honest and transparent in how your food was grown and raised. Thank you for your continued support and encouragement. We could not do this without you!!!  ❤️

Cheers to Healthy Eating,

 

Farmhouse Nashville Team

Stephanie Bradshaw

615.693.2519

www.farmhousenashville.com

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