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May 30, 2024

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CSA Spring Season 2017

Find local farms with CSA programs and feel great about feeding your kids organically.

As more families opt for organic eating, community supported agriculture — commonly known as CSA — is growing in popularity. CSA is a fun way for families to buy local, seasonal food directly from farmers.

“We appreciate knowing where our produce comes from and that it’s local and in season and all organic,” says Shalene France Gray, mom of two in East Nashville. Her family is now in its 10th year of CSA membership with with Delvin Farms. “There’s always a great variety, and the box we receive each week is a work of art! We also get to talk with our farmers directly as well as partake in the sense of community the CSA brings about by seeing, meeting and chatting with other members,” she adds.

HOW CSA WORKS

Local farms that participate in CSA offer a certain number of “shares” to the public. Share are also known as “memberships” or “subscriptions.” When you buy a share, you’ll receive a box of vegetables, fruits and other farm products every week throughout the farming season.

According to Local Harvest, there are several benefits to purchasing a CSA:

• Eating ultra-fresh food with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
• Exposure to new vegetables
• Taking the kids to the farm for a visit
• Developing a relationship with the farmer who grows the food
• Kids typically favor food from “their” farm.

Some farms offer variations, including mix-and-match options while others provide a standard box for each pick up. Many farmers also offer shareholders the option to include items like farm-fresh eggs, meat, cheese and even flowers. The majority of farms in Middle Tennessee offering CSAs have pick-up seasons running mid-May through October. Winter CSAs run into November and early December.

“Participating in the CSA is extremely affordable,” says France Gray. “It seems a bit pricey on the front end, but it averages out to around $30 a box, which would otherwise cost two to three times as much if you were to purchase at the grocery store each week,” she adds.

CSAs IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE

DAVIDSON COUNTY

Bells Bend Farm
615-974-2388

Eaton’s Creek Organics
615-299-0979

Green Door Gourmet
615-942-7169

Old School Farm
888-551-8622

Paradise Produce
615-476-9203

Six Boots Grower’s Collective

MAURY COUNTY

Bountiful Blessings Farm
931-583-2701

RUTHERFORD COUNTY

Bloomsbury Organic Farm

Flying S Farms
615-542-1078

Gentle Bee Farm
615-556-8487

Sinking Creek Farm
615-848-0529

SUMNER COUNTY

Madison Creek Farms
615-855-0066

Oak Grove Farms
615-739-7069

Produce Harvest Market
615-826-0033

Walnut Hills Farm
615-374-4575

WILLIAMSON COUNTY

Allenbrooke Farms
615-406-4592

Delvin Farms
615-538-5538

WILSON COUNTY

Lester Farms
615-564-0871

 

Featured photo: CSA goodies from Delvin Farms

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