By Hollie Deese
Farm-to-table dining is right within your reach in Sumner County, even if you have no gardening abilities, thanks to the abundance of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs available through local farmers.
A CSA allows people who love fresh produce support their local farmers by buying membership shares in advance for the farmer’s crop, giving growers a financial investment boost. In exchange members get a season’s worth of fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s the perfect solution for people who want a farm-to-fork experience at home but don’t have the time or space for a garden of their own.
Interested in signing up? Here are some local farmers offering CSA’s this season. Contact each for the most accurate pricing and available options.
If you’ve fallen in love with their veggies on the menu at local restaurants like Foxland Southern Grill in Gallatin or MoliPazzo in White House, you can now get their organic produce at home through a members-only “Farm2Home” produce service. Similar to a CSA, the difference is members only order and pay for what they want.
Family Traditions Farm has several options available for their 2017 CSA program, including a quarter bushel or half bushel share with the option to add eggs, meat and chicken monthly. Members can pick up at the Hendersonville Farmers’ Market each Saturday, White House Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays or directly from the farm. CSA members also have the option to purchase items in large quantities for canning and freezing purposes.
Consumers can sign up for multiple CSA’s through Hendersonville Produce, from flowers to meat to produce, and pick them all up at the same location. Choose from the Eco Gardens CSA, Delvin Farms CSA, Oak Grove Farms CSA, Tennessee Grass Fed Farm Meat CSA and Humble Flowers CSA.
Madison Creek Farms’ Spring/Summer CSA program runs April through July with bi-weekly pickups every other Saturday. Members can also participate in a freezer share for abundant crops, get 10% off at the farm’s market and have access to fresh flowers and herbs throughout the season. Depending on the weather expect spinach, baby lettuces, strawberries, fennel, tomatoes and more.
This small, family-run farm practices organic grow methods on all produce grown from seed on the farm. Find their products at the Hendersonville Farmers Market, or join their hybrid CSA subscription program. Instead of paying the entire fee up front, you get an email each week with the available produce, and you place your order a la carte for pickup at the farm or Hendersonville Produce.
Oak Grove Farms is now accepting CSA members for the 2017 season and with pickups all over Sumner including the Club at Fairvue Plantation and Hendersonville Produce, convenience is a plus. There are sixteen distributions throughout the season, with various payment options available.
Walnut Hills Farm specializes in providing local grass fed all-natural, dry-aged beef though their CSA program, and all meat is USDA-inspected and certified Natural by the State of Tennessee. Their Tennessee pigs are fully pastured from birth to harvest, grazing on chemical free fields as well as the plentiful walnuts that dot the hills. They currently offer three different CSA packages available to start any time: All Natural Beef, Slow Cook and The Griller, with pickups all over the area.
The small family farm focuses on a diverse selection of produce, flowers, herbs and eggs using strict organic growing methods and sustainable farming practices. They also sell products made from their crops, like pickled vegetables, heirloom tomato ketchup and hot sauce. They even have a skin care line of salves, creams and lip balms made in small batches with natural, high quality and mostly organic ingredients. CSA pickups are at Mitchell’s Deli on Wednesdays and their personal farm stand.