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Posted 9/10/2016 9:46am by Stephanie Bradshaw.

Hi Friends,
Just a reminder, our Family Farm Day is Saturday, October 1st and everyone is invited!!  The Brubaker family would love to invite you to their home, 612 Shores Rd Scottsville, Ky for a fun filled day at the farm.  Come out and meet your farmer, take a hay ride around the farm, pick some veggies, watch your kids enjoy a pony ride, meet the animals, pack a lunch and come spend the day with us!  

We have Pastured Chickens in our Farm Store right now.  If you are interested in ordering chickens for the fall and winter - because what's winter without some delicious roasted chicken or nutritious chicken soup to keep the winter sickness at bay?  Be sure to order your chickens by the end of September....better yet, go order them now before we run out!  

We are also offering Pastured Lamb in the Farm Store.  We are super excited to offer such high quality lamb at an amazing price.  We haven't found it for a better price anywhere else!  Check it out!!

Coming Soon:  We will be offering our Holiday Pork, available in whole, half and our famous Holiday Pork Sampler (one fourth of a hog).  We will also be offering Grass-fed Beef this fall.  Be sure to keep an eye out for when we announce these orders!!  Our supplies are limited due to availability and our dedication to providing only the most ethically raised animals - at an affordable price.  It is difficult to find transparent farmers willing to raise animals in a way that honors their natural instincts to move freely on lush pasture.  We are thrilled with what we do have available - and think you will be too!  

Check out the Farm Store this week!  We've added more Baked Goods to temped you to try some of the farm's most amazing treats!  We have also re-stocked our Farm Boutique with the super popular Probiotic Deodorants.  They make wonderful gifts and keep you smelling great - all day!  Speaking of gifts, don't forget to check out our Farm Art page.  Looking for a unique gift for someone special?  Our Farm Art from our local artist would make a beautiful, unique gift.  We are over the moon about these prints!!  

Week 19 is coming up!  Can you believe it?  Our season runs until November 17th.  We are a 28 week CSA and we are on the down-hill run.  The fall produce is starting to come in - and did you see the Harvest Report?  Green Beans and Kale are expected in the boxes this week!  I don't know about you - but that makes me want to say, Yippee!!!  Have a great weekend y'all!!

 

Posted 8/19/2016 11:02am by Stephanie Bradshaw.

Hi Friend,

We are over half way through the CSA season and wanted to bring everyone up to speed on what has been going on at the farm.  Our Spring boxes were lush and full of all things "springy" like lettuces, broccoli, cauliflower, strawberries, bok choy, sweet peas and so much more.  The weather during our Spring Harvest seemed to cooperate and work hand in hand with our spring plantings.  

Supporting a small farm family is not always easy.  We are supporting them through the good weather - and the bad.  When crops look amazing...and when they don't.  This summer we have had high temps and humidity but lots of rain. Our crops have been breaking down in the fields even before they are harvested.  The abundance of rain will make things like potatoes, tomatoes, corn, cabbage and melons swell up and start to ruin so much faster.  Tomatoes, melons, corn and potatoes do well in hot, dry conditions.  The extra moisture works against us.  There is a balance between not enough and too much rain.  Our green bean crops failed.  We've asked around, and this seems to be common due to all the extra rain. Last season, we were experiencing drought-like conditions in August and September.  The farm shares last year were pretty bare at this time.  This season, we have received an abundance of rain and share in the burdens of being at the opposite end of the weather spectrum.

Our farmers are at the mercy of the weather.  Too much moisture...or not enough dictates whether the tomatoes are meaty or mealy...or if the potatoes are firm or starting to crack or if the melons are sweet or diluted.  We share all this with you to let you know that supporting a CSA means that you take the good and the not so good.  The Brubakers plant the seeds and carefully watch over the tender plants.  They pray for rain - and then accept that sometimes they may receive lots of rain!  They try to make the best of whatever the seasons bring. Farming is not an exact science, there are just too many variables.....weather, bugs, plants, soil and so forth.  

We suggest that you not expect the tomatoes to last more than a few days on the counter.  The corn is sweetest when eaten quickly.  If you want to store it, we suggest cutting off the ends, not removing the husk and storing it in a Ziploc bag in the refrigerator.  The corn has not been sprayed with anything- not even an organically approved spray, therefore, there will be worms in the corn.  We try to choose only the cobs that look to be totally filled out - but since they are covered in a husk, sometimes, we send corn that may be missing more kernels than expected.  Please know that we do try very hard to pick only the best cobs, however, because we do not spray, there will be the occasional worm. Potatoes will need to be removed immediately from the plastic bag and stored in a cool, dark, dry place.  The same is true for most of the veggies with tender skins, like squash, tomatoes, peppers, etc.  Storing your melons in the fridge will help to keep them from continuing to ripen.  Besides, who doesn't love a cold, fresh melon?  

We ask that you bare with us as the summer produce is dwindling and the fall produce has been planted and we anxiously await it's harvest.  We are looking forward to the upcoming autumn harvest which will include:  kale, broccoli, cabbages, bok choy, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, spaghetti squash, butternuts, delicata squash, lettuces, spinach and so much more!  Our cool weather crops will start coming in once the temps start to dip at night.

Thank you for supporting the Brubaker family.  It's not easy to wait for rain - or wait for the rain to stop or to plant a field and watch it fail.  It is not easy to pick over 900 ears of corn before the sun comes up.  It's not easy to go out to harvest only to discover that things are ripening quicker than expected - or worse, have started to rot before being harvested.  None of this is easy, but our farmers would tell you that it is a joy - and a privilege to start a plant from seed, transplant that tender shoot and carefully watch it grow and then once ready, pick it, pack it - and send it to your family, knowing that you support them and are thankful for their hard work.  It is satisfying, back-breaking labor.  They continue to plant, harvest and send out all that they have because they want to give your family clean, healthy food that is nourishing and affordable.  We appreciate your support and we are thankful that you are patient and understanding.  Our desire is to send your family the very best that the farm has to offer....sometimes that is achieved and other times we fall short due to circumstances beyond our control.  Thank you for your encouragement and unwavering support!  

We would also LOVE for you to come visit the farm on Saturday October 1st.  This will be our Family Appreciate Day.  It's a day for you to come to the farm and see where your food is being grown, meet the family that grows it, walk through the fields, pick your own veggies, learn about what they are doing - how they are growing and what makes their farming practices so special.  Visit with the Brubakers, take a wagon ride around the 175 acre farm, meet the animals and watch your children take a pony ride.  It will be a beautiful day, a precious memory for your family and a delight to the Brubakers.  Pack a lunch and come spend the day with us!

 Thomas and Dinah Brubaker 

612 Shores Rd

Scottsville, KY 42164

Posted 7/8/2016 5:41pm by Stephanie Bradshaw.

We are excited to announce that we have added a new section to our Farm Store.  We have partnered with a very talented local artist and are now offering Farm Art inspired by our very own Mennonite farmers.  

George Inslee first began oil painting in 1994, taking an art class for relaxation.  His subject matter focuses on landscapes and architecture but has included boats, domesticated animals and wildlife. George paints commission work either from client’s photographs or photos he takes of the subject matter.  His art is intended to evoke a sense of calm, contemplation, and relaxation.  It is reflective of “places time has tried” and settings where one would seek respite. 

George is painting a series which relates to organic food production by our Mennonite farmers and includes subjects and themes featuring rural culture and simpler times.  As an introduction to our Farmhouse clients and friends, George is offering canvas prints of these paintings at a 20% reduction of their regular price.  These prints are Giclee(pronounced “zhee-klay”), an advanced printmaking technology which provides optimal color accuracy with archival quality inks. The high quality canvas provides the wide color gamut and consistency needed to fulfill reproduction of George’s near photo realism style while facilitating stretching on fine wood frames.

Be sure to check out our Farm Art page!!

Posted 6/29/2016 12:30pm by Stephanie Bradshaw.

We are pleased to announce that we have added our wildly popular Pastured Chickens to our online store this week.  Starting tomorrow at 6PM our Farm Store will open with all of our wonderful fresh treats -including pastured chickens.  We have a limited supply, so be sure to buy now.  We hope to offer the chickens each month as they are available.  Last season our birds sold out in a matter of hours.  We hope to offer another batch to the store the second week of July.  All birds will be delivered Saturday August 6th.

When ordering the birds, we ask that you keep them on a separate order from any of the other Farm Store items since the pick up locations and times are different.  We will be delivering the birds on Saturday August 6th to several locations in Middle TN.  Be sure to only add the chickens to your order when checking out.

Thank you so much for your support of local farmers committed to sustainable, organic growing methods.  Without your support, we could not offer so many amazing fruits, vegetables and pastured meats.  Our farmers rely upon your support - and because of you, we are able to continue to add more and more items to our Farm Store and CSA.  Thank you!!

Posted 6/24/2016 6:35pm by Stephanie Bradshaw.

Pork has gotten a bad rap over the years.....mostly due to the horrible living conditions and unnatural diets that conventional (grocery store) hogs are subjected.  Pork raised under these conditions is not a healthy choice.  However, over the last several years, more and more local - small farmers have gone back to rotational grazing their animals - including hogs.  Cattle, chickens, sheep and hogs all benefit greatly from rotational grazing (moving the animals to fresh pasture on a daily, weekly or monthly basis). This rotational grazing mimics the animals natural tendency and produces a superior quality of pork.  You simple cannot find this type of meat at the grocery store.

The Pork that we are offering right now is healthy, affordable and supports a local small farmer.  We are so pleased to support farmers who are raising animals in not just humane conditions - but in conditions that honor the animals natural instincts.  Our hogs are on pasture and supplemented with a locally sourced GMO free feed.  You can feel good about the superior quality of meat that you are receiving.  Trying to find pastured pork at the grocery store is next to impossible - but we are privileged to provide this pork straight from the farm to your family!  Can't get any better than that!!  

To order your pork, please visit our Farm Store:  Pastured Pork

Hurry - we close this order on Sunday June 26th at 10PM.  

Posted 6/20/2016 9:02am by Stephanie Bradshaw.

We are looking forward to another fabulous Summer Farm Share.  It is exciting to see the produce changing little by little - week by week.  We are looking forward to Green Beans this week, heirloom tomatoes, summer squash, potatoes and more!  

Here are some recipes and tips from our Farmhouse Chef to keep you inspired and creative in your kitchen:  Recipes and   Notes and Tips from the Chef

 

 

Posted 6/20/2016 8:43am by Stephanie Bradshaw.

Hi Friends,

We are excited to announce our Summer Cooking Series.  Come out and meet our Farmhouse Chef, taste some amazing food and learn how to use your Farm Share to cook up some amazing feast!  

Summer Cooking Series Locations:

June 28th - North Mt. Juliet pick up location - Silver Springs Baptist Church from 3:30-5:30PM

July 14th - 12 South at our Clayton Avenue pick up from 3:30-4:30PM

August 9th - South Mt. Juliet - Center Chapel Church of Christ 4-6PM

 

Mark your calendar now and join us!!  

Posted 6/15/2016 7:47pm by Stephanie Bradshaw.

We are thrilled to announce that we are offering our Summer Pasture Pork Order. We have whole and half hogs available now in our online Farm Store. In the past we have offered 30 plus hogs at a time.  We are only offering 12 hogs during our Summer order.

We have a limited number of piggies....so be sure to order NOW!! 

We will be offering hogs raised on pasture and supplemented with a GMO-free locally sourced feed.  We are choosing to use Yoder Brothers out of Paris Tennessee to process the pork.  We are excited to be using an organic sugar and Real salt for the curing and sausage seasoning.  Being GMO-free from start to finish is super hard to find and we are so thankful to offer this clean pork to our members.  We don't know of anyone else in the area offering organic sugar and Real salt for the curing and seasoning.  

The Pastured Pork will be $1.95 per pound live weight.  We are offering FREE delivery to two pick up sites in Middle Tennessee:  Brentwood (Fellowship Bible Church) and Mt.Juliet (Silver Springs Baptist Church) on Saturday July 23rd.  

All of the details regarding this order are listed here:  Pastured Pork.  Please be sure to read all of the information before placing your order.  

****Coming Soon****

 We will be offering Pastured, GMO-Free chickens in August.  We will send out the details on this order soon.  We are happy to provide our members with clean pastured meats at an affordable price!  Thank you so much for supporting our local farmers!!

Posted 5/20/2016 2:28pm by Stephanie Bradshaw.

We are so excited to announce that our FarmTube is LIVE.  We have posted our first video from our Farmhouse Chef, Jennifer Pasos.  See how to make a tasty Strawberry Compote!  Please be sure to subscribe to our FarmTube channel so you won't miss any future videos!

Check us out here: FarmTube

Posted 5/20/2016 2:18pm by Stephanie Bradshaw.

We have two weeks under our belt and are looking ahead to Week 3.  There are lots of greens growing right now and we hope you are enjoying lots of salads and stir-fries.  Please share your recipes on our Face Book group page here:Farmhouse Nashville Facebook Group

Our Harvest Forecast for May 24 and May 26 - Week 3:

Spring Onions 
Cabbage 
Romaine Lettuce 
Kohlrabi 
Strawberries 
Herbs:  Dill
Cucumbers
Broccoli 
Cauliflower 
Pastured Eggs - GMO-Free, Soy-Free

 

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