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Posted 6/27/2018 11:28am by Stephanie Bradshaw.


Hi Friends,

As our 5th week of the CSA ends, we hope you guys are enjoying the boxes and looking forward to what the next week brings.  Our tomatoes are finally in, and they just make summer meals taste so much better.  Sautéed squash and onions, topped with some fresh basil and tomatoes, is one of my all time favorite things to eat!  When it comes to getting your kids to eat veggies, it can sometimes be a little tricky.  First, don't give up...they need those nutrients, and it's worth it to figure out ways to get it in them :)  Spaghetti sauce is an easy way to sneak them in.  You can blend up any of the squashes or zucchini and add it in when cooking.  It just makes the sauce a little thicker, but most won't even notice.  Make sure you get the onion and garlic in as well...they're potent cancer fighters, and make an unbelievable flavor.  If at the end of the week you have any greens left (kale, bok choy, etc), try blending them up and adding to a soup.  If you have any tips you'd like to share, please add them to our FB page...we'd love to hear from you!

Lots of you have asked me about the B&W salve in the store.  Yes, I use it on my face at night....I'm thinking if it helps your skin to heal, it should help prevent wrinkles...right  :)  It's my go to for sunburns, eczema, or any skin irritations.  It's just a great healer in our home for skin!  As you use it, let me know what you think.

I know we've been low on our pastured meat, but I only use farmer's that I trust.  Sometimes that means having to wait for an animal to be ready.  Yesterday, I headed out early in the morning, and loaded up on Pastured pork and Beef!  I've sent 150 chickens to the processor this week, and those will be added to the store next week.  We've got tons of bacon, sausage, pork chops, ham, NY strips, Porterhouse Steaks, and Ribeye's!  Enjoy folks....it's the best of the best! 

 

Next week's harvest should include:  Celery, Onions, Squash, Zucchini, Green Beans, Kale or Swiss Chard, Carrots, Cauliflower or Broccoli, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, and Potatoes!  I've got an amazing recipe for Porkchops with squash and potatoes, and a Black bean-Potato-Swiss Chard Hash that are delish.  Add in a NY strip with green beans and a cheesy broccoli casserole, and you'll have three great meal ideas for next week!  

Don't forget about the Family Farm Day coming up on Saturday, June 30th..We hope to see lots of you come out!

Posted 6/27/2018 11:27am by Stephanie Bradshaw.

Hi Friends,

We hope you guys have enjoyed your produce so far!  Each week we're seeing more and more things that are ready to harvest. Our Full shares this week contained:  Pure Pennsylvania Maple Syrup, Purple Romaine Lettuce, Green Curly Kale, Italian Basil, Yellow Squash, Cucumbers, Zucchini, Spring Onions, Caramba Cabbage, and either Broccoli or Cauliflower.  At the bottom of the email I've included some recipes for you.  Over the next few weeks, you'll need cabbage recipes, so I've posted my favorites for you.  I make slaw almost every week, and my recipe is pretty simple.  (Grated cabbage, carrot, and onion - I go light on the onion - 1/4 cup vegan mayo, 1 Tblsp. sugar, 1 Tblsp. Apple Cider Vinegar).  

Next week, we hope to have:  Spring Onions, Mint, Purple Cabbage, Squash, Zucchini, Garlic, Cucumbers, Cauliflower or Broccoli, and possible Potatoes or Tomatoes!  We've had just a few tomatoes to come in, and they are mouth watering!!

Our Online Store is now open, and you can place an order for any extras you may need for the following week.  We keep the store open from Thursday through Sunday, and then deliver with your shares that week.  Red Potatoes, Cabbages, Sweet onions, and all sorts of other items are in the Veggie Department.  Keep an eye on our Boutique department as well.  Over the next few weeks, we'll be adding several salves and balms.  We have a green herbal salve that should be in the store soon, and have already added our beloved B&W ointment.  So many folks have asked me about the ointment, so we decided to carry it.  Our Farmer is on the Burns and Wounds team, and swears by this stuff.  We have seen it do some amazing things!  I personally use it for any kind of burn or sunburn on my children, bug bites, scrapes, and even on my face and neck at night :)  

Please go ahead and save the date for our "Family Farm Day".  On Saturday, June 30th, from 10-2pm, we will be opening the farm to our CSA members!  Come see what we do, and why we're different from other farms.  See how the crops are grown, and harvest a little while you're there!  We encourage you to bring your children, so that they too can see where their food is coming from.  It's always a super fun day, and we hope to see you all!

 

Recipes for this week:  

Egg Roll in a Bowl

Fermented Cabbage

Summer Squash Casserole

Posted 6/27/2018 11:26am by Stephanie Bradshaw.

Hi Friends,

I hope you guys have all enjoyed your box this week!  Each week that goes by, the farm starts producing more and more.  It's exciting for us to watch the progress, and we love filling your box and family with beautiful, healing foods!

This week's full share contained 2 quarts of strawberries  :)  We were able to pick 200 quarts of strawberries that morning!!  Needless to say, it was an early morning for us.  You also saw Broccoli, Mustard Greens, Romaine Lettuce, Bok Choy, and Oregano.  Some folks may have received Lemon Balm as their herb, and Kale instead of Mustard Greens.  

If you're like me, you can't get enough of Greens!  I know they're a super food, and I have grown to deeply love them.  If you're not there yet, or just don't know how to fix some of them, we're including a few recipes below.  Don't worry though, the greens are heavy in the spring, and then the colors start coming.  The great thing with a CSA, and eating seasonally, is that you are constantly changing what's in your diet.  Also, if you don't know what to do with your herbs...dry them.  Organic spices are pretty expensive, but if you lay these suckers out, they dry up easily.  Crush them, and store in a glass jar and you'll have a wide variety of spices by the end of the season.  

Our Harvest Report is our best guess at what will be ready to pick for next week's box.  For this coming week (week 3, A group), we're thinking: Romaine Lettuce, Squash, Bok Choy, Peas, Cabbage, Strawberries, Broccoli, Basil, and Swiss Chard.  

Our Online Store closes tonight, so if you need any extras added to your box, you'll need to get it done today.  Everything you order will be delivered with your box...homemade bread, jams and jellies, mild and herb salsa's (These were made with the produce from our farm), and even pastured meats are all available to add on!  

As the season progresses, please don't forget to check our FB page.  We put a picture of each week's box, the Harvest Report for the next week's box, and lots of recipes and ideas from you guys.  If you guys make something delish...share it up!  We love new and classic recipes for fresh produce!  Here are a few recipes for the greens.  The Kale pesto comes from one of our members named Jenny.  Thank you so much for the help!

 

*Kale Pesto:  

 
*Mustard Greens:
 
*Bok Choy:
 
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

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