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Posted 7/15/2019 7:33am by Stephanie Bradshaw.

Good Monday Morning,

We hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  It seems like just when we are starting to get a bit dry, the Lord sends more rain.  It sure has been a great season so far!  

Last week, our watermelons were just starting to ripen.  We only had enough to give a handful away.  Our full share weekly folks received blackberries or a melon.  This week, we are anticipating more melons being ripe.  They are a bit late this year....and there isn't really a good reason as to why.  Most years, the melons are ripe by the first week of July.  Please know that it is our intent to send a melon to everyone at some point, however, we want that watermelon or cantaloupe to be fully ripe.  These things just take time and patience - and we appreciate both!  

Our Week 10 shares were beautiful and it's such a delight to see the sweet corn, green beans, tomatoes, summer squash, onions and peppers!  These summer veggies just make me happy!  

Our Harvest Report for Week 11 is looking something like this:   Sweet Corn, Green Beans, Squash, Zucchini, Onions, Tomatoes, Carrots, Peppers, Lemon Balm and Melons.  We have the last of the cabbage coming in - so you may receive cabbage as well, but this would be the end of it til fall!

Our farm store is still open until 10AM - and for those of you that have been hungry for eggs, we have added a few to the store this morning.  Praise the Lord - the hens are laying!  

We look forward to seeing many of you this week! 

Cheers to Healthy Eating,

 

Farmhouse Nashville Team

Stephanie Bradshaw

615.693.2519

www.farmhousenashville.com

Posted 6/29/2019 1:17pm by Stephanie Bradshaw.

Happy Saturday, friends!

The sun is out and we are making the most of this hot, sunny day.  Keeping all of our animals in shade and watered is a part-time job!  Thankfully, we have two older boys that enjoy helping out!  We are mulching around raspberries, blackberries and pulling weeds out of our strawberry patch and asparagus.  The Bermuda grass is unrelenting!  

Week 8 was a doozy!  We enjoyed seeing so many things coming in at the same time...a veggie symphony, if you will!  We are planning to have corn on the cob, roasted broccoli and cauliflower, and slaw for dinner tonight and maybe some zucchini bread!  We use both zucchini and squash in the dessert bread and no one can tell the difference!  Such a wonderful way to use up those summer squash!

Our Harvest Report for Week 9 is looking pretty spectacular:  Broccoli, Sweet Corn, Lettuce, Squash, Onions, Green Beans, Tomatoes, Zucchini, Cabbage, Peppers, Celery or Thyme.  

Several Sundays ago, I was going to make a squash casserole to take to a church social...I just googled squash casserole and went with the one that looked best...it called for mayo and sour cream and to saute the squash and onions instead of boil.  I had hidden a sleeve of crackers to go on top, because, well, when you have four kids in the house - sometimes you have to hide food!  When I went to retrieve the crackers, some clever child had discovered my hiding spot and the crackers were no more.  It was 8:30pm the night before I needed my casserole.  What to do?  I looked in the pantry and saw a box of cheese crackers, so I went with it!  I received so many compliments on that squash casserole! So, if you are ever wanting to try something a little different - go with the cheese crackers on top!  It's a sure winner!

Just a few housekeeping notes....Please remember that we will be delivering on Friday July 5th this week instead of the 4th.  Our Farm Store is open and we have lots of delicious things available! 

Village Creamery will be at our South Mt. Juliet location again this Tuesday the 2nd from 4:30-6PM.  Be sure and stop by to grab some amazing ice cream for the 4th of July!

We appreciate all the sweet texts, emails and phone calls that we have received so far this season.  We are so thankful for your support and encouragement.  We consider it a blessing to share our harvest with each of you!  May the Lord continue to bless us all! 

 

Cheers to Healthy Eating,

 

Farmhouse Nashville Team

Stephanie Bradshaw

615.693.2519

www.farmhousenashville.com

Posted 6/23/2019 6:56am by Stephanie Bradshaw.

Hi Friends,

"This is the day that the Lord hath made, we will rejoice and be glad in it"!

Good Sunday morning to you.  It's been a wet weekend - but we are thankful for the rain, despite having our driveway washed out and needing to move animals to higher ground! There have been many years that we were entering into the end of June and first of July and praying hard for rain.  The rain has extended our lettuce and given our plants that extra boost of moisture that they have needed.  The cabbages are starting to split from all the rain, but that's a small price to pay.  

Our share this week included many things, but the carrots may have stood out the most.  If you ever decide to plant a garden, don't start with carrots!  They are one of the harder things to grow.  They love sandy soil.  The carrots this week were not the prettiest little things, but we hope that you were able to look past the outside and still enjoy them.  We enjoyed them in a soup and a stir fry.  

The Harvest Report for week 8 is pretty exciting:  Tomatoes, Onions, Peppers, Sweet Corn, Broccoli, Lettuce, Squash, Green Beans, Zucchini and our herbs are Oregano and Celery.  Summer is officially here!

Last Thursday, Village Creamery, offered a pop up ice-cream social at our Lebanon pick up location.  It was so much fun - and they sold out of all their ice cream!  This Tuesday they will be at our South Mt. Juliet pick up location with free samples and plenty of their delicious ice cream available.  Make plans to come out and visit, try some ice cream and buy a few pints for the Fourth of July!  

Village Creamery is a local pop up creamery providing artisan ice cream in the greater Nashville area. Their signature “Layered Ice Cream” has created a captive and growing audience. They will be set up to offer samples of their flavors at our South Mt. Juliet pick up location (Center Chapel Church 9500 Central Pike 4:30PM - 6PM). Be sure to ask them about custom orders and delivery! Their prices are $5 per pint.   Forms of payment accepted are Venmo, PayPal and cash. You may pre-order from the flavor list below or purchase on site. They will hold flavors for you if paid in advance. This week’s flavors are as follows: 

  1. Banana Pudding- Creamy banana ice cream layered with chunks of fresh banana and vanilla wafers throughout. Just like the classic dessert but frozen!
  2. Strawberry Shortcake- Strawberry ice cream layered with buttery chunks of fresh baked pound cake, drizzled with strawberry compote.
  3. Cookies n’ Cream- Classic! Vanilla ice cream spotted with crushed Oreos and layered with broken Oreo cookies. Five whole cookies in each pint!
  4. Salted Caramel- Rich and creamy vanilla ice cream layered with generous amounts of homemade salted caramel sauce. Our salted caramel is so special that we also sell it by the jar. We will have limited quantities available for purchase at $5 for an 8 ounce jar.
  5. Blackberry Cardamom Crunch- Cardamom scented ice cream layered with blackberry compote and crumbles of baked streusel. Such a delicious and unique combo!

If you would like to order in advance to make sure that you don't miss out, please order here:https://www.paypal.me/villagecreamery   

https://venmo.com/code?user_id=2365450956570624263

 

Our farm store is OPEN and we have lots of goodies available!  Be sure to check it out and tell your friends and family!  We have added some of our  pastured meats and will continue to update them this afternoon.  Be sure to check out the pastured pork and beef!   Have a wonderful Sunday, friends!

Cheers to Healthy Eating,

 

Farmhouse Nashville Team

Stephanie Bradshaw

615.693.2519

www.farmhousenashville.com

Posted 6/20/2019 7:33am by Stephanie Bradshaw.

Hello Friend,

The fourth of July holiday falls on a Thursday this year so we will be switching our pick up to Friday July 5th instead.  Please make a note of this one time change, all pick up times will remain the same!  This will effect our weekly and bi-weekly group A folks.  

We will pick up on Friday July 5th and then return to our normal Thursday pick ups for the remainder of the season! Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions! 

Cheers to Healthy Eating,

 

Farmhouse Nashville Team

Stephanie Bradshaw

615.693.2519

www.farmhousenashville.com

Posted 5/18/2019 4:43pm by Stephanie Bradshaw.

Hello Friend,

We hope this note finds you well on this warm Saturday.  We are getting caught up on some much needed bush hogging, moving our animals to fresh pasture, repairing some of our moveable animal shelters and waiting for two of our very pregnant goats to deliver.  We are also mulching some of the raspberries plants and planting some new blueberry bushes that we hope will provide the CSA with berries by next season. Always so many things to do and not enough hours in the day to get everything done.  Our list may look a little different - but I am sure that you can relate!  :)

Our week two CSA shares were beautiful and full of so many leafy greens.  It's that time of the year when all of the "greens" are starting to come in.....Kale, Lettuces, Mustard Greens, Spinach. 

It's always a juggling act to figure out how much of something we have and who we can send it to.  This past week we had just enough of our New Zealand Spinach and Sweet Peas to send to our half shares.  The Broccoli was starting to come in and we had almost enough heads to send to our Full Shares.  We have more Spinach coming in and are starting a new planting - so our hope is that everyone will receive this soon!  Spinach is a finicky plant.  We never know if it will cooperate with us or not.  Our first planting of Sweet peas didn't do as well as we hoped, but there is a second planting that looks more promising and will hopefully be ready around the same time as the new potatoes.  Is there anything better than mashed potatoes and sweet peas?!

The strawberries have also faced a few trials.  All of the wet weather has set up the opportunity for fungus. 

Apparently, this is affecting many of the strawberry plants in our area.  It presents as a brown spot on the berries.  We are using an organic spray that basically uses a live culture to combat the bad bacteria and help the plant.  I like to think of it as something similar to yogurt...the good bugs wiping out the bad.  Our hope is that it works and stops the fungus from spreading.  We would LOVE to offer additional strawberries in the Farm Store, but right now, we do not have any extra berries.  It was so discouraging to pick strawberries for hours and hours only to have trays and trays of berries that were so spotted we couldn't send them to you.  However, this is the highs and lows of farming!  

The farm store is open and has a limited amount available right now.  We are sending all of the produce to our farm shares, so we do not have anything extra available right now.  We do have Anytime shares available - so please let your friends, family, neighbors and coworkers know!  We have put our Maple syrup in the store, pastured pork sauasage, grass-fed ground beef, fresh bread and our jams and jellies.  

Many of you have asked about buying eggs.  Right now, we are sending all the eggs we have to our CSA members that signed up for eggs early in the season.  We sold most of our older flock last fall and our new chicks are not old enough to lay.  It takes a little chick four - six months to start laying.  Our little "junior chicks" are out on pasture eating bugs, grubs and grass but are still several months away from laying.  We have some older hens that are laying and a small batch of pullets that will start laying in the next month.  Once these girls mature, we should have plenty of eggs to add to the Farm Store.  Thank you for your patience and understanding

Our Harvest Report for week four:  Spring Onions, Kale, Lettuce, Broccoli, Beets with greens, Strawberries, Lemon Balm and Cabbage!  Be sure to check out the following recipes if you need some kitchen inspiration!

Click here to see - What to do with Beets and Beet Greens

Here is a great recipe that you can use for just about any of the Greens we send this season:

  • 10 oz raw kale leaves, or any green of your choice (mustard, turnip, beet)
  • 1 cup raw onion, diced
  • 1 tsp garlic powder, or minced garlic to taste
  • salt to taste (I use about 1/4 tsp)
  • oil or oil spray of choice
  • How to cook kale: In a large sauté pan over medium heat, cook the onion and minced garlic (if using) in the oil (or oil spray, but keep in mind that kale’s vitamins are more optimally absorbed when fat is added) until the onion begins to turn brown. Stir. Add the kale, or as much of it as will fit in the pan. Let cook until it wilts enough to stir, then add the rest of the kale as soon as you can. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking. When the kale looks wilted and onions are nicely browned, turn off the heat. Season with garlic powder and salt to taste. Feel free to add any other spices if desired, such as chili powder or ground ginger. You can also stir in a little sesame oil and a sprinkle of sesame seeds at this time. Yields about 2 cups (440g).
  • You can also add some toasted walnuts instead of the sesame seeds, which really ups the yum factor!  

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend and we look forward to seeing all our weekly and biweekly group A folks this week!

 

Cheers to Healthy Eating,

 

Farmhouse Nashville Team

Stephanie Bradshaw

615.693.2519

www.farmhousenashville.com

Posted 5/11/2019 10:13am by Stephanie Bradshaw.

 

Hi Friends,

Well, our first week has officially come and gone.  We've been preparing for the CSA for months, and it always feels good to finally be able to put the produce in your hands...and bellies!  I saw so many kids devouring strawberries this week, which makes my heart so happy.  Did you know that a lot of local farms will tell you that they don't spray anything on their strawberries...and while that is true, they also will tell you...if you ask...that they spray roundup around the plants to keep the weeds out.  I tell you this, to remind you of why we do what we do....no chemicals, sprays, or pesticides are used on any part of the farm.  

 

Most of our full shares looked similar to the picture above.  Because farming isn't an exact science, our boxes will vary slightly.  If you ever have a question about something that's in your share, please call or email us.  We'll help you figure out what that green herb is :)

Next week's Harvest Report looks something like this:  Romaine Lettuce, Strawberries, Spring Onions, Kale, Mint, and Broccoli or Sweet Peas.

 

Our Online Farm Store opened up Thursday evening, and will close down on Monday morning.  We've got different departments on the website for each of our Pastured Meats, as well as a Pantry, Bakery, and Farmacy department.  Each has some unique products that your family is sure to enjoy!  Ground Beef, Sausage, and a large variety of Jams and jellies can be found in our store.  The Veggie Department will grow each week, as more and more produce is ready to harvest.  Right now though, our Anytime Shares are all that is available in that department.  Be sure to tell your friends and family about the CSA, and let them know that the anytime shares are available to everyone.  Our meat and egg departments will be fully stocked soon as well, as we just sent several animals to the processor!  

Our Facebook page is a great place to stay connected to what's going on with the CSA.  If you'd like to see a video of this past week's box, you can do that HERE.  

Thank you so much for trusting us with growing your food, and we can't wait to see you next week!

 

The Farmhouse Nashville Team

 

Cheers to Healthy Eating,

 

Farmhouse Nashville Team

Stephanie Bradshaw

615.693.2519

www.farmhousenashville.com

Posted 5/3/2019 3:23pm by Stephanie Bradshaw.

Hi Friends,

We are so excited to announce that we are planning to start our 2019 season next week - Tuesday May 7th and Thursday May 9th, to be exact! Yippee!!

The Romain lettuce, strawberries and spring onions are producing like crazy, so expect to see them in your first shares.  Our spinach and kale are a bit slower than we would like, but it's hard to get everything to ripen at the exact same time.  We will send all that is available, but please know that the share will just continue to grow fuller and fuller over the next several weeks.  

Here is a rundown on what you can expect over the course of the season.  The night before your pick up, we will send out a reminder email with your pick up location and time listed.  On Tuesday evenings, we will have a labeled picture of the farm shares posted on our Face Book Page and sometimes a video!  This is a great way for you to know what is in your share.  The shares may differ a little from what we post, but if you have any questions - please contact us!  And, if you haven't "liked" us on Facebook, please do!  

 

 

On Thursday evenings, we will open our online Farm Store.  The store will remain open until Monday mornings at 8AM.  We will have extra items available in the store and will deliver your order with your farm share.  We carry extra produce (when available), pastured meats, eggs, pantry items and more.  Be sure to check back each week as we continue to add additional items to the store - as they become available.  Be sure to tell your friends and family about our online Farm Store -they can order items as well!

We will also post our Harvest Report on Thursday evenings.  This is our "best guess" as to what will be in the shares the following week.  Please remember that we are not able to predict the future and are just giving our opinion on what will be ready.  Sometimes we're right and sometimes, we're not! :0

If you are a bi-weekly member, be sure to check your email this evening as we are dividing our bi-weekly folks into group A and group B.  If you are in group B - you will start the second week of the season, May 14th or 16th.

Please remember that you are able to use two vacation holds during the season.  You can login in Here to our member site and make changes to your pick up schedule, account, and personal information.  If you need additional help, please contact us!

We are so excited that you have chosen to partner with us this season.  It is an honor and a privilege to grow for you.  We take our growing methods very seriously and desire to give your family the very best from our family!  Thank you for choosing Farmhouse Nashville!

Cheers to Healthy Eating,

 

Farmhouse Nashville Team

Stephanie Bradshaw

615.693.2519

www.farmhousenashville.com

Posted 4/8/2019 10:34am by Stephanie Bradshaw.

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Happy Monday!  Can you believe that we are almost half way into April?  We woke up to a heavy rain and discovered that the main entrance to our farm was completely washed away.  We hope to not be homebound for too long this week...although the forced stay is allowing us to get caught up on some much needed chores!

We are planning to start our 2019 CSA season the first week of May.  The strawberry plants are blooming and all of our spring plants are taking off.  We look are looking forward to a bountiful season!

We noticed that you have not signed up for this season and wanted to check in and see if you were planning to participate this year?  Our members are the lifeline to our CSA.  We are unable to do this without your support!  We hope that you are planning to Sign Up.  We offer a 10% discount to all our returning members!  

Please be sure to check out our 2018 Farm Share Gallery where we took a weekly picture of our Full Shares.  This will give you a good idea of what to expect, what's growing seasonally and how much you will receive.  Just looking at those shares makes my mouth water!  

Our family is committed and invested in growing food that is not just chemical free, but nutrient dense!  We are honored to serve your family the very best fruits, veggies, pastured eggs and meats available in Middle Tennessee.  Join us this season!


Click here to begin your renewal process. Or just copy and paste the link below into your browser:

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We look forward to having you back this season.



Cheers to Healthy Eating,

 

Farmhouse Nashville Team

Stephanie Bradshaw

615.693.2519

www.farmhousenashville.com

Posted 3/20/2019 10:36am by Stephanie Bradshaw.

Hi Friends,

Hallelujah!!!  Isn't this sunshine just wonderful?  Everyone on the farm seems to be happier....call me crazy, but I do believe goats can smile!  :)

We are busy bees this time of year.  The greenhouse is overflowing with baby greens and the excitement of a new season upon us is just contagious. 

Everything is budding and you can see that Spring is just about here!  It won't be long until we transplant the romaine lettuce into the fields.  The strawberry plants are looking good and we are anticipating a bountiful crop! 

If you haven't signed up for the 2019 season, now's the time!  We have just a little over a month before that first farm share will be ready!  We plan to start the first week of May.  Remember, all returning members receive 10% off your season!  You can sign up HERE.

One of our first year members came out and took some pictures and wrote a beautiful blog post on us.  Please visit her site and check it our HERE.

We hope you are enjoying all of this wonderful sunshine!  Be sure and join us this season and let our family feed your family!  

 

 

Cheers to Healthy Eating,

 

Farmhouse Nashville Team

Stephanie Bradshaw

615.693.2519

www.farmhousenashville.com

Posted 1/1/2019 7:34pm by Stephanie Bradshaw.

Hi Friend,
Happy New Year from our family to yours!  

We are so excited to announce that our 2019 Season is now OPEN for Sign Ups!  It's hard to believe that this will be our 9th season!  We are so thankful for your continued support...from voting us the Best CSA in Nashville for three straight years - to the countless phone calls, emails and text letting us know how much you appreciate what we are doing.  Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!  We love what we do - and love growing for you!

This season we are offering all our Returning Members 10% off the entire season!  Yay!  You will also notice that the Half Shares are $20 and the Full shares are $28 - no matter if you are weekly or biweekly! Yee-haw!  

When you Sign Up and Pay in Full, we are also giving you $30 in Farm Bucks!  Hot Dog!  You can use this anytime during the season to add to your farm share....pastured meats, strawberries, raw local honey, fresh baked bread - you get the idea!  

If you sign up, be sure to let your friends and family know!  Spread the word!  We hope to make 2019 our biggest season yet!  The season will begin in May and run through October. 

Keep an eye out for our first 2019 video coming soon!  

Cheers to Healthy Eating,



Cheers to Healthy Eating,

 

Farmhouse Nashville Team

Stephanie Bradshaw

615.693.2519

www.farmhousenashville.com

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