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Posted 2/24/2017 8:02am by Stephanie Bradshaw.

Good Friday Morning Friends,

We are getting ready to move our Happy Hens, Sheep and Goats to fresh pasture this morning and we are all just giddy over the beautiful weather.  Has Spring sprung?  Only time will tell!  We are wondering if our CSA season will set a new record and start sooner than ever before?  Any guesses?

This is always a busy time as we anticipate how many families will sign up for the 2017 season.  We are sending out emails, returning phone calls, hosting sign up fairs around town and trying to spread the word to as many as possible.  We are meeting with our farmers and discussing what we would like to grow for you this season.  Our greenhouses are packed full of all things Springy as we eagerly await the last frost and can transplant the tender shoots into the rich, dark soil.   It's an exciting time!

Farmhouse Nashville is committed to bringing your family only the very best.  Here is the latest email that we sent out this morning explaining our promise to you.....

Picking a farmer to grow your food can be a daunting challenge....there are so many choices available - certified organic, naturally grown, farm-fresh, non-certified organic, chemical-free. It can be a real task to sort through the websites and information to figure out who is growing what - and how? Most people have no idea who grew the baby carrots, celery and broccoli in their shopping cart. Yet, an increasing number of families are seeing the benefits of supporting a small farmer to insure knowing where and how their food is grown. Families are realizing that food trucked 1500 miles before it arrives on their dinner table is not a viable option when seeking nutrient dense, fresh-picked produce. Eating local, seasonal, fresh produce full of nutrients and void of chemicals is the optimal decision. As more choices become available, how do you sift through the information, the sales promotions, and the specific terminology to find a real, trustworthy farmer?

Farmhouse Nashville has taken the guess work out of the equation!  We have personally vetted the farmers that our members support.  Our promise to you is to be transparent, ethical and honest in how your food was raised.  And, we only work with farmers who choose to do the same! We may lose customers from year to year because we choose to remain faithful to our promise and not buy conventional produce just to keep the boxes full- or to add extra variety!  The produce that we select for you is fresh picked, local, organically grown and from the farmer we know and trust - week after week.  Farming is not an exact science, however, honesty certainly is!  If you are looking for an honest farmer who has your families best interest at heart....you've found it!  :)

Today is National CSA Day and we are happy to be supporting this nation wide event! Our desire is to see more and more families turn back to small, local farms.  We would love to have your support again this season!!

When you sign up Today - you will receive one of our brand new Veggie Lover Bags and $10 off your registration!  

Enter Coupon Code: 

Veggie Lover to receive this offer!  Veggie Lover

 

Hurry - today is the LAST day for this offer!!!

Posted 12/30/2016 7:38pm by Stephanie Bradshaw.

Hello Egg Lover,

Our hens have decided they LOVE laying eggs in this crazy weather.  Mild days and cold nights seem to be just their cup of tea!  Who would have known??  Our Eggs are normally $4.50 per dozen, but when you buy 10 dozen, that price drops to $3.50 per dozen!  Awesome news - right?

Please visit our Farm Store to order your eggs!  Hurry, this special deal is only available while supplies last!  We appreciate your support!! 

 

Cheers to Healthy Eating,

 

Farmhouse Nashville Team

Stephanie Bradshaw

615.693.2519

www.farmhousenashville.com

Posted 12/5/2016 12:23pm by Stephanie Bradshaw.

Every year we strive to improve how we serve our families.  We listen to your feedback and try and make adjustments - tweak things here or there and do our best to ensure that your overall experience is positive.  We also realize that a CSA is not for everyone.  Using your farm share each week can be a challenge.  Eating produce that you may be unfamiliar with - or even eating with the seasons can be tricky.  Our Recipe page, Farm Chef Videos and Face Book groups are all designed with you in mind....to keep you inspired in the kitchen!  

The Farm Store was a new addition to our CSA this season, giving you an opportunity to purchase more of what you love and add items to your Farm Share throughout the season.  We changed the sizes of the Farm Shares to give our smaller families, couples and individuals the option of purchasing a smaller sampling of the farm with the Half Share.  

We continue to seek ways that we can improve our service to your family and deliver beautiful Farm Shares that enhance and nourish your family!  

Please take our 2016 Survey and let us know your thoughts! We appreciate all feedback!!  

When you complete the survey you will automatically be entered into our 2017 drawing to receive a FREE Full Share Membership.  We will also draw five names to receive a Free Farm Share and Pastured Eggs during the 2017 season!  Enter Here: Farmhouse Nashville Survey



Cheers to Healthy Eating,

 

Farmhouse Nashville Team

Stephanie Bradshaw

615.693.2519

www.farmhousenashville.com

Posted 12/4/2016 10:04pm by Stephanie Bradshaw.

We are excited to announce that we will be offering a Winter Egg Co-op. Currently, we are offering pick ups in Lebanon, North Mount Juliet, South Mount Juliet, and Donelson-Hermitage. We hope to include our Franklin site soon!! We will offer one pick up in December so keep this in mind when you order!  Stock up for all your Christmas baking!  Here are our pick up locations and times for December:

Donelson - Hermitage:  Sunday December 11th 4:30-5:30PM at the Reel Foot Drive Location

South Mt. Juliet - Tuesday December 13th 4-6PM and Wednesday morning 9-10AM at the Bland Drive Location

North Mt. Juliet - Tuesday December 13th 5:30-6:30PM at Timber Oak Location

Lebanon - Tuesday December 13th 3:30-5:30PM at the Roanoke Drive Location 

When you place your order, you will be given the exact address for the pick up.  Beginning in January, we will offer pick ups on the first and third weeks of each month.  Franklin will only offer eggs once a month.  

Our Eggs wil be available to purchase in the Farm Store.  We will open the Farm Store tonight, Sunday December 4th and keep it open until Saturday December 10th at 9PM.  We are thrilled to be able to offer these amazing eggs through the winter.  Merry Christmas!!

Posted 9/30/2016 11:29am by Stephanie Bradshaw.

Our Family Farm Day is tomorrow October 1st from 10AM- 4PM.  We are excited to invite everyone out for a fun day at the farm.  Please join us at Golden Rule Farm, 612 Shores Rd. Scottsville, Ky and come meet your farmer!!  Pack and lunch and come spend the day with us!

This is an informal day to see the farm, take a horse drawn wagon tour.  Pick some veggies - pull some weeds and enjoy a beautiful day on an Old Order Mennonite farm.  You will find our farmers, Thomas and Dinah Brubaker to be sweet, humble, hardworking people who desire to please their CSA members.  We hope that you can come visit us - stay all day or drop in for a time, either way, we would LOVE to see you there.

***Tomorrow is the last day to see the fresh sorghum being made at the mill.  We will be going over to watch this amazing process...truly from field to final product!  It is a spectacular process to see.  

Posted 9/15/2016 5:24pm by Stephanie Bradshaw.

To our Weekly and Bi-Weekly Group B Members:

Due to the hot and dry weather, our Farmers have decided to skip next week's CSA Delivery (Week 20) to allow time for Fall planting and the Fall produce to mature.

We will offer a Makeup Week for the Weekly and Bi-Weekly Group B members affected by this change, the week after Thanksgiving. We will keep our regular CSA Delivery schedule that week. Tuesday Weekly and Bi-Weekly Group B members will receive their makeup CSA and Egg Share on Tuesday, November 29 and Thursday Weekly and Bi-Weekly Group B members will receive their makeup CSA and Egg share on Thursday, December 1.

Farmers are at the mercy of the weather. We experienced great weather this past Spring and the Spring boxes were bountiful. This Summer was unusually wet, which resulted in field rot, blight, and mold on some of the produce and was a hardship for the farmers. Now we are experiencing hot and dry weather, slowing down some of the growth on the farm, which is why we have decided to take a break next week. Our desire is to do what is best for our CSA Members and the Farm. We believe that taking this break will benefit everyone!

We anticipate seeing Green Beans, Tomatoes, Kale, Lettuces, Various kinds of Greens, Sweet Potatoes, White Potatoes, Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Brussel Sprouts in the Fall Shares. We will not be sending anymore Butternut or Spaghetti Squash until November.

We have Pastured Meats available to purchase this week in the Farm Store. We are offering Pastured Chicken and a few Half Lambs are still available to purchase.

Our Fall Pastured Hog Order is now OPEN! We have Whole and Half Hogs and we're offering our famous Holiday Pork Sampler Box again this year!

We appreciate your support this season! We love bringing the farm to your family and we're looking forward to an amazing Fall Harvest!

Thanks!
— The Farmhouse Nashville Team

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!!

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