A CSA (community supported agriculture) is a local food program where folks receive a weekly delivery of produce fresh off the farm for about 8 months out of the year (May through December). Seasonal eating has existed for the bulk of human existence, but is new for most of us, as we are used to being able to get any type of produce year-round in the big grocery chains. Through a CSA small organic farms thrive, and local folks get the freshest food possible. Please contact Alan if you are interested in joining the CSA. Investment from new and renewing members is vital to the farm right now to help purchase seed and plant for spring!
Barefoot Farmer CSA members enjoy:
- Biodynamic food, at competitive organic prices, direct from the farm;
- More than 50 varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers grown here each year;
- Sharing vegetables and recipes with friends and neighbors;
- Belonging to a community of people who also care about quality produce and supporting local organic agriculture;
- And a connection with the farm and farmers who grow your food.
An Open Invitation
When you support us, our farm is your farm. We encourage you to participate in farm activities: hikes, picnics, swimming, camping and planting potatoes. It’s a beautiful place with un-logged forests and a clear creek winding past bluffs and a cave. About 113 of the 300 acres are rolling meadows and hay fields which, with our herd of cattle, sustain the fertility of the farm. Biodynamic Agriculture is simply the best organic fanning method we’ve found, creating humus-rich soils for quality vegetables unsurpassed in flavor, nutrition and storage life.
Video of CSA PIckup (Thanks, Volunteer Gardener!)
How Much Does it Cost?
To join our CSA you must pay a membership fee of $50. This fee secures your place and demonstrates your commitment. This is a one-time fee and gives you a lifetime membership in the farm. So if you take a year or two off from the program and then choose to come back, you will not be charged again. If you can pay any or all your share ahead of time, it helps buy seed and fund farm labor for spring planting.
- Single share, 1/4 bushel, feeds 1-2 people, $500/year or $80/month
- Family share, 1/2 bushel, feeds 3-4 (or more), $900/year or $140/month
We want to be flexible and accommodating. If you are committed to eating the highest quality local food, but just can’t afford our prices, talk to us. We are willing to listen, and we want you to have access to this incredible food. If you want to get creative, there are a number of things you could do in trade for part or all of your share cost. Please contact Alan for special payment requests.
The weekly pickup is on Monday from 4:00pm-7:00pm in the Berry Hill neighborhood of Nashville at 2610 Westwood Drive, Nashville, TN 37204 (map)
A cooperative Mt. Juliet pickup has recently been started by CSA members who live in that area. If you are interested, ask for more information at the Nashville pickup. If you are interested in starting a pickup in your neighborhood, please contact Alan.
What Do You Get?
May-June — The season begins with bright colors and crisp tastes: lettuce, green onions, parsley, carrots, peas, swiss chard, beets, garlic, summer squashes, and new potatoes.
July — It’s too hot for lettuce or peas now, but the diversity increases with green beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, corn, melons, flowers, and fresh herbs like sweet basil, dill and oregano, in addition to the other June crops.
August — This is the peak diversity of the season! A few crops like cukes, chard, summer squash, and carrots finish their season, but acorn and spaghetti squash, watermelons, peppers, leeks, mustard, and celery embellish the already abundant weekly boxes.
Sept-Oct — Cool weather brings tender mustard greens, lettuces, kale, collards, chinese cabbage, bok choy, tat soi, arugula, mizuna, parsley, kohlrlbi, turnips, and daikon radishes. We will be harvesting these hardy veggies through December. Enjoy the last of the tomatoes, melons and other summer crops, and get ready for sweet potatoes!
Nov-Dec — Abundant potatoes, butternut squash, sweet potatoes and garlic will continue to compliment your greens the remainder of the season. Expect Autumn treats such as gourds and pumpkins or a sprig of mistletoe to keep the season full of love and light.