TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Have you made a resolution to live healthier?
One smart way to accomplish that is to plan healthy eating.
Joining a Community Supported Agriculture farm, or CSA, is one way to enforce that goal. In a CSA, a farmer contracts with other people in a community to provide them with a portion of the year’s harvest. CSA members pay the farmer before the produce season begins, allowing the farmer to buy seed, fertilizer and other inputs needed to grow crops. As produce ripens, the customer’s fresh, local food is already paid for.
CSA members simply go to a farm or local farmers market to pick up their shares, or meet the farmer at a drop-off site in the community.
There are several CSA farms in Williamson County, and in adjoining counties, that offer shares of fresh produce all season. There’s also a CSA in Franklin, and one in Ashland City, that offer fresh meats.
February is American Heart Month. Joining a CSA can be part of a smart plan to change the way you relate to food. Having fresh produce in your refrigerator makes heart-healthy cooking and eating more likely. Many CSAs include recipes for whatever is in the box. Using local produce leads to eating seasonally, and many people discover they enjoy eating fruits and vegetables more when they are at their tasty best. Eating farm-direct veggies guarantees maximum nutritional content from every bite, providing an instant and effortless step toward a healthier lifestyle.
Tennessee CSAs are accepting memberships now. Find nearby CSAs and farmers markets on the Pick TN mobile app and at PickTnProducts.org. Every CSA is different, so check out several to choose one that best meets your needs. Some CSAs provide only produce, while others include dairy products, eggs and even farm-direct meats.
Pick Tennessee is the Tennessee Department of Agriculture service to connect farmers with consumers. Follow Pick Tennessee on social media for seasonal updates.
Bells Bend Farms, 5188 Old Hickory Boulevard, Nashville, TN, 37218
Buffalo Valley Farm, 7556 Buffalo Road, Nashville, TN, 37221
Double N Urban Farm, Nashville, TN, 37216
Eatons Creek Organics, 5570 Eatons Creek Road, Joelton, TN, 37080
Green Door Gourmet, 7011 River Road Pike, Nashville, TN, 37209
Local Living Farm, 5318 Hickory Hollow Parkway, Antioch, TN, 37013
Lost Weekend Farms, 1844 Neely’s Bend Road, Madison, TN, 37115
Paradise Produce Farm, 7801 Whites Creek Pike, Joelton, TN, 37080
Pinewood Farms, 6415 Pinewood Road, Nunnelly, TN, 37137
Sugar Camp Farm, 10220 Sugar Camp Road, Bon Aqua, TN, 37025
Tavalin Tails Farm, 6290 McDaniel Road, College Grove, TN, 37046