Join a CSA for Locally Grown Right to Your Home!

A CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, is a program that pairs a farmer with a customer who is buying a “share” of the farm. The farmer delivers their share once a week, or sometimes once a month. There are many ways in which farmers set up a CSA program, and you can find the one that fits you at the East Nashville Farmers Market! We have several farms who offer vegetable CSA’s: Delvin Farms, Athena’s Harvest, Quarter Spring Farm, Bloomsbury Farm, Lost Weekend Farm and Flying S Farms, and three farms who offer meat CSA’s: Tavalin Tails Farm, Wedge Oak Farm and Triple L Ranch.

Picking up a CSA box of fresh veggies with Sweet Strawberries.

Picking up a CSA box of fresh veggies with Sweet Strawberries. 

Ten Reasons to Join a CSA

  1. Support a local farm and learn how your food is grown. We all have a doctor for our health, but what about a farmer? With a CSA you can have a personal relationship with your farmer and get to know who is growing your food and how. By buying a CSA, your money goes directly to your local economy, your personal farmer, and you are helping to keep the family farm alive while having access to healthy, nutritious food.
  1. Learn how to eat with the seasons You will eat leafy greens in the Spring and Fall, tomatoes and cucumbers in the Summer and root vegetables in the Winter. This is how we are meant to eat- with the seasons when produce is at its best and flavor is delectable.
  1. You will learn to eat a variety of food  You may not know what to do with kale now, but if you join a CSA you’ll get the opportunity to learn to cook vegetables you’ve never tried.
  1. The Fruits and Vegetables are fresh  Unlike fruits and vegetables in a grocery store that are harvested with shelf life in mind, the fruits and vegetables harvested for a CSA are hours old, at their ultimate peak of flavor and freshness.
  1. Committing to a CSA will force you to eat more fruits and vegetables  By buying a CSA share, you will have access to fresh fruits and vegetables every week. You won’t want to waste those veggies, and you will end up with healthy eating!
  1. You’ll cook more  Many CSA’s give their customers recipes for what is in the CSA box. You’ll learn to cook things you never knew about and you’ll feel accomplished! Cooking at home will save you money in the long run, too.
  1. A CSA saves you money  Compared to buying the same amount/volume in the grocery store, joining a CSA will save you money. You’ll have to go to the grocery less, too.
  1. There are Vitamin and Flavor Benefits of CSA fruits and Vegetables  When a fruit or vegetable is harvested, it immediately begins losing vitamin content. Having your veggies hours old ensures you are getting the most out of the nutritional content possible!
  1. Protect the Environment  Buying from a local farm ensures that your food does not have to travel the average 1500 miles of grocery store food. You are lessening your carbon footprint by consuming food that is locally grown in a CSA. A small family farm is going to be as sustainable as they can in their growing methods and protect the land- after all, this is their livelihood and it is in their best interest to protect the environment!
  1. Get back to your roots  We are now three generations removed from the family farm and our children do not know how food is grown. Participating in a CSA allows you to connect to the farmer, to visit the farm and get back to your roots! Many CSA’s allow you to volunteer on the farm, and others hold open houses to give you a tour.

You  can find a CSA farmer at the East Nashville Farmers Market, every Wednesday form 3:30-7:00pm in Shelby Park. Stop by and meet your farmer!

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Wedge Oak Farm Meat CSA

 

Market Season Wrap-Up

beetsNow that the market year has completed, we’d like to reconnect with our customer base and share a brief recap of the season. If you didn’t already hear the great news, the ENFM was voted 3rd best farmers’ market in the Nashville Scene’s “Best Of” edition, losing only to the Franklin and Downtown markets (both being equipped with much larger budgets). This is because many members of our community in East Nashville recognize not only the health benefits of buying  fresh, nutritious produce, but the benefits that are given to the community, as well. Shopping at farmers’ markets encourages the American tradition of the family farm and helps to ensures farmers survive in our community instead of being forced to sell land to developers. Farms support wildlife in their ponds and fence rows and native insect populations. Buying from the local farmer helps to boost our local economy here in Nashville, and it also encourages genetic diversity in the multitude of fruit and vegetables that can be grown and sold when shipping is unnecessary.

slocalAs a smaller market, we are very proud of this recent accolade and will continue to work to create a fun, energetic, and healthy experience for our customers. Our new location in the scenic Shelby Bottoms park has proven to be a success and has lent itself towards the ENFM becoming a destination spot for many members of the community. Events such as our “Fall Festival” and “Ghost Peppers and Goblins” drew crowds in huge numbers and was a ton of fun for kids and parents, alike. We will continue to provide live music, storytelling, and outdoor yoga, as well, which are some of the many attractions that make the ENFM is such a success. We are happy that many of our popular vendors will be returning next season and are excited to welcome some new and interesting  additions, as well.

CSAOur  2015 season gets dusted-off and cranked back up in May, and we are thrilled to see how much we will have grown. Until then, please continue to support local farmers and ready yourselves for another bangin’ market season in East Nashville. And be sure to check out the photos from our final market of the season. See y’all then!
Rebecah Boynton

Farmers Bring the Best to their CSA Programs

 

Spring CSA box from Green Door Gourmet includes lettuce, kales, radishes, brocolli, cauliflower, herbs and strawberries.

Spring CSA box from Green Door Gourmet includes lettuce, kales, radishes, brocolli, cauliflower, herbs and strawberries.

Some of our East Nashville Customers know that a CSA program is “Where It’s At”.  CSA’s are in full swing now and can be purchased at several of our farmer vendors at the market including Delvin Farms, Paradise Produce, Green Door Gourmet and Flying “S” Farms. 

A Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program is a great way to help support a local farmer and enjoy the bounty that comes off the farm all season.  Customers sign up and purchase a “share” at the beginning of the season and receive a box of produce weekly or bi weekly from spring to late fall.  Your dollars help the farmers get started in the season when the expenses are high and also guarantee sale of the vegetables that are grown on the farm.  You will be eating seasonally and likely trying new vegetables such as heirloom fingerling potatoes, kohlrabi, fennel, red Russian kale and so many more that our farmers add every year.

Delvin Farms CSA starts 3rd week of may and continues to the end of October. Vegetables are Certified Organic and grown locally here in Williamson county.

Delvin Farms CSA starts 3rd week of may and continues to the end of October. Vegetables are Certified Organic and grown locally here in Williamson county.

CSA shares make great gifts to share with friends and family. Each beautiful box is an assortment of the best produce from the farms.

CSA shares make great gifts to share with friends and family. Each beautiful box is an assortment of the best produce from the farms.

CSA shares make great gifts to share with friends and family.  Each beautiful box is an assortment of the best produce from the farms.

CSA shares make great gifts to share with friends and family. Each beautiful box is an assortment of the best produce from the farms.