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Posted 5/20/2016 2:16pm by Stephanie Bradshaw.

Week 2 Chef Notes and Tips:

Focus on rotating, storing and preparing your produce properly.

1. Rotation consists of using the oldest produce first to ensure your investment in valuable nutrients will not go to waste. 
2. Storing produce in the proper climate and containers yields the best edible results. - Spinach, kale, lettuce and leafy herbs: should be washed, thoroughly dried and stored in an airtight Ziplock bag or container with a paper towel to absorb excess moisture. - Strawberries and other fruits: look through and remove any item with bruising or mold to prevent other items from decay. - Broccoli: is a very hearty vegetable, soak in a vinegar and salt water solution for 4-6 hours. Dry thoroughly and store in an airtight container. 
3. Preparing your produce ahead of time for each recipes, this will simplify the effort in the kitchen.        

Spinach: Take advantage of this world's healthiest food packed with B vitamins, Zinc, Magnesium and many more essential nutrients! Prepared as an appetizer, stuffing for chicken, sauteed with garlic and lemon juice or added to a smoothie. 
Dinosaur Kale: Love at first sight! A few week ago I picked this deep green beauty up at the 1st market, and the results were delicious, which inspired a creative meal! Look for this weeks special recipe Dinosaur Dolmades. 
Romaine Lettuce: You will see this crisp, hearty and flavorful lettuce for the next few weeks use as a base to an Asian wrap or Greek Salad. 
English Sweet Peas: Eat this delicious item raw or steamed. 
Strawberries: Shortcakes or waffles topped with a delicious strawberry compote will be the high light for any meal. 
Herbs: Parsley or Mint: Add chopped mint to strawberries & ginger serve with cinnamon chips for a great Spring dessert or appetizer. Parsley is a great all-purpose herb that aids in digestion. Use as topping with Romaine or add to spaghetti sauce for extra color & flavor. 
Cucumbers: This is an early season delight that will get more plentiful as the summer sun brings the heat. Try something new by preparing a refreshing green juice consisting of apples, romaine, cucumber and mint. 
Broccoli: Saute with sesame seeds, sesame oil, garlic, Bragg's Amino and top with toasted almonds to create a delicious side for the Asian wraps. 
Kohlrabi: Also known as a turnip cabbage, can be made into a cole slaw, roasted, or sautéed. Also try making kohlrabi chips in your oven. Do a search on our recipes page for kohlrabi and you’ll find wonderful various recipes for using your kohlrabi this week.

Posted 5/7/2016 2:02pm by Stephanie Bradshaw.

Harvest Berry Salad with Spring mix and Apple Cider Viniagrette

6 c. any delicious Spring Green from local CSA basket

1 pt. Strawberries cut in ½

1 c. gorgonzola, goat or feta cheese

1 c. roasted nuts


Apple cider dressing

½ c. olive oil

6 tbsp. Apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp. Dijon mustard

1 tbsp. Honey

pinch of pepper and salt

pinch of cinnamon

1 tsp. Chopped lemon balm

Directions: For the dressing prepare ahead of time, combine all ingredients in a food processor and puree until well blended.

For the salad portion, this is a simple easy way to consume any green: spinach, arugela, spring mix, romaine, swiss chard or any other green. Clean all green by soaking in a little salt water, and spin store in an air tight bag with paper towels.

Toast favorite nuts: almonds, walnuts, pecan or a mixture. 400 degrees 7 min.

Arrange salad with clean greens, strawberries cut in ¼ or ½, crumbled cheese and toasted nuts. The dressing is great drizzled on each salad portion.  


Sweet Loaded Sweet Potatoes

1 large sweet potato
1 tsp. Coconut oil
dash of cinnamon
1 tbsp. Coconut chips
1 tbsp. Chopped dates

Directions: This is a recipe for 1 potato, but cook extra and add the amounts for each potato. 
Clean, bake or microwave the sweet potato. Next toast the coconut chips and add all ingredients to the top of the sweet potato. This is super Delicious as a side item for a meal or breakfast item.

Savory Loaded Sweet Potato

1 Sweet potato
1 piece of bacon
1 tbsp. Spring onions
1 tsp. Butter 
2 tbsp. Smoked Gouda Cheese

Directions: Multiply the recipe for the number of potatoes prepared. Clean, bake or microwave the sweet potatoes. Clean, chop the onions and toss with the crisp bacon. Pile all the delicious ingredients on the sweet potato and serve.


Skillet Fried Garlic & Bok Choy

6 c. Bok Choy                                        2 tbsp. Olive Oil or sesame oil

1 Red Pepper                                        2 Carrots

3 cloves garlic                                        1 c. sugar snap peas

1 tbsp. Apple cider vinegar                    2 tbsp. Braggs Amino

¼ tsp. Red Pepper flakes


1.  Chop bok choy, slice peppers, carrots and mince garlic

2.  Combine the liquid ingredients and saute 5-7 min. until tender.  

3.  Season with pepper flakes sesame oil and bragg's amino or soy sauce


Strawberry Compote 

2 c. farm fresh strawberries

1 tsp. Brandy or Rum

½ c. orange juice + orange zest

2 tbsp. Maple syrup

Directions: Rinse, dry and quarter berries, add a splash of rum, brandy or vanilla. Top with remaining ingredients in a heavy sauce pan. Bring all ingredients to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 10 min. This is delicious with any pastry item.  


Strawberry Quinoa Insalata  

2 c. Quinoa (cooked)

1 c. strawberries                1 c. Feta cheese (imported)

1 c. arugula or kale           ¼ c. apple cider vinegar

¼ c. toasted walnuts         2 tbsp. Honey

¼ c. toasted coconut        4 tbsp. Olive oil

1 carrot shredded             tt salt and pepper


  1. Cook Quinoa using package directions.

  2. Wash all produce before preparing any recipes.

  3. Mix dressing: apple cider vinegar, honey, olive oil, salt and pepper.

  4. Slice strawberries, shred carrot, and chop arugula

  5. Toast walnuts and coconut.

  6. Toss all ingredients together and serve


Strawberry Fact Sheet  


Stock up on this fresh find, while supplies last!!

Strawberry Facts: 1 cup of strawberries consist of 50 calories, and are a great source of dietary fiber, high in vitamin C, manganese, folate and potassium. This tasty flavorful berry is low in cholesterol and sodium, but contains about12 grams of natural sugar.

Storage Tips: Berries picked at the peak of season are very flavorful, but fragile. Consume or store this item quickly. Fresh berries should be washed, dried and all bruised portion removed.

  • Refrigeration Storage: Line a 9 x 13 glass dish with paper towels, add the washed, dried and prepped berries, make sure the container is covered air tight.

  • Freeze Storage: This is a great time to stock up and save for the winter months. Wash and dried thoroughly, next step transfer to a sheet pan and freeze. When all of the strawberries are frozen remove from the pan and transfer to a freezer safe container or Ziploc bag with all of the air removed. This method will ensure the item will not freeze in a clump.

  • For proper food rotation always label date the item.

  • Strawberries will last in the freezer for 4-6 months if stored properly.    

Tags: Chef, CSA, Recipes
Posted 5/6/2016 11:22am by Stephanie Bradshaw.

We are thrilled to bring you our first Harvest Report for the 2016 Season! We will post the report here every Friday to give you an idea of what to expect the following week.  

Harvest Report for May 10th and May 12th:


Sweet Potatoes

Lemon Balm or Mint

Spring Onions


Bok Choy


Sweet Peas


Please keep in mind that this is just the Farmer's "best guess" at what could be in the Farm Shares.  We cannot guarantee anything since the weather plays such a role in pushing a plant forward or holding it back.  The Harvest Report is designed to give you an idea of what to expect from week to week.

***Full Shares will receive a minimum of seven items in their Farm Shares and Half Shares will receive a minimum of five items in their shares.  The Half shares will not receive every item on the Harvest Report.  

Posted 5/6/2016 7:45am by Stephanie Bradshaw.

We had an amazing turn out for our Pre-Season Spring Spectacular!  Thank you!!  We hope that our Farm Store will be an added benefit and convenience to our members and community.  Our Farm Store will be open every Thursday evening until Sunday at 10PM. Be sure to add those "must have" items to your delivery each week!  

If you are a bi-weekly member, you are welcome to shop at the Farm Store and pick up items even on your "off" weeks.  Encourage your friends, neighbors and community to take advantage of our online market.  You do not have to be a CSA member to enjoy the convenience and savings offered in our online Farmer's Market.   

Rolling Acres farm will be providing most of the fruits and veggies that we will offer in our online market.  Many times, they will offer different items then what will appear in your CSA shares, which are planted, picked and packed by Golden Rule farm.  Our desire is to provide our members with lots of variety and plenty of local, fresh, healthy options.  All of the fruits and veggies that we select are grown using organic standards.

Be sure to check out our local pastured eggs!  You've never tasted a better egg!  The yolks cannot lie - these chickens feast on green pasture and lots of bugs, giving the yolks a rich golden color and taste!!!  We look forward to a fabulous season with you!

Posted 4/30/2016 9:53pm by Stephanie Bradshaw.

We are scheduled to start our 28 week season on Tuesday May 10th - however, we have several spring veggies that just can't seem to wait that long!  In order to help our farmer out, we are going to offer a Pre-Season Sale on lots of your Spring-time favorites!  

Here's the scoop:  Tomorrow, Sunday May 1st we will open our Farm Market.  We will be offering Broccoli, Bok Choy, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Romaine Lettuce, Kale, Butter Lettuce and Maple Syrup.  These items will be available to order from Sunday May 1st at 7AM - Wednesday May 4th at 10PM.  We have limited quantities of these items available.  This is a great way to order some yummy produce to hold you over until the season begins on May 10th. 

We are offering pick ups in Lebanon, Mt. Juliet and Donelson.  We are excited to have the opportunity to offer you this fresh, local, amazing produce - a  whole week early!!    Thank you for your support!

Tags: CSA, Spring
Posted 4/28/2016 12:26pm by Stephanie Bradshaw.

We visited the farm yesterday.  The strawberries are blooming, many have green berries, and we found a few red ones too!  The lettuce is looking gorgeous!  We should see Bok Choy and Lemon Balm or Mint in our first farm shares.  We heard mention of Cucumbers and Tomatoes coming along nicely.  All of this warm weather is pushing the Spring crops right along.  We are looking forward to seeing what all our May Farm Shares will provide.  

Tags: CSA, farm news
Posted 4/27/2016 11:41am by Stephanie Bradshaw.

We are pleased to announce , new this season, the Anytime Share!  What is the Anytime Share?  Glad you asked.....

The Anytime Share is just what it proclaims...available anytime.  You choose when to order it and when to pass.  There is no commitment.  Do you travel often?  Have a hectic schedule?  On a tight budget?  Unable to commit to a 28 week season? Not sure about the idea of a CSA and want to just try it our first?  Then, the Anytime Share may be a perfect fit for you!

Our Anytime Share will come in the Half or Full size farm share options.  The Anytime Share can be delivered to any of our Middle Tennessee locations.  The Anytime Share will be available to order starting in May.  If you plan to order the Anytime Share, you must submit your order the Sunday prior to delivery.  Any orders submitted after Sunday will be delivered the following week.  We do not offer any refunds for the Anytime Share.  If you do not pick up your share at the appropriate time and location that you requested, your share will be donated to a family in need.

We are delighted to offer the Anytime Share this season.  We believe this will enable more families to take part in this awesome opportunity to support a small, local farmer committed to sustainable farming methods and organic standards.  We believe this will allow us to bring the farm to more families in Middle Tennessee.  

Posted 4/21/2016 8:18am by Stephanie Bradshaw.

We are looking forward to kicking off our season, Tuesday May 10th.  This is a tentative date as we are at the mercy of the weather and the growing plants.  We generally like to start when the Strawberries are ripe and ready!  Please know that our start date is capable of changing as we try and forecast the best time to start so that we have enough variety to fill your Farm Share.

An interesting fact:  The CSA season operates on a bell curve.  When our season begins we start seeing many of our Spring veggies like lettuces, green onions, strawberries, herbs, spinach, leafy greens and more.  The Spring Shares represent the beginning of the growing season.  Once we approach mid-June the Farm Shares start to grow in size and variety.  More and more produce is being grown and ripening at the same time.  It's good to keep in mind that the Spring Shares are not a good indication of how much you will receive over the 28 week season.  We see an abundance of produce during the summer and fall months.  

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