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Many of you have been asking when we were going to offer a meat CSA and we've heard you. Beginning this November, we will be offering our new Meat CSA!
Based on your feedback, our new Meat CSA is all about options. First, you will be able to choose at what level you would like to participate, based on your family's individual needs and budget. Whether you are single, empty nesters or a family of 6, we have a participation level that should work for you.
Next, you will be able to select from our available inventory of pasture raised chicken, pork and beef, exactly which meats you want to be in your share each month. This means you never have to worry about getting a cut of meat you have no idea what to do with! All chicken one month, pork and beef the next? Yes, please...
Last, but certainly not least, you will be able to order your share each month at your convenience. Early in the month, middle of the month or end of the month...your choice each and every month. In addition to ordering on your schedule, you will also be able to schedule a pick up time and location that works best for you. Choices will include farm pick up Mon-Fri afternoons, Glenbrook Shopping Center on Saturday mornings from 9:00-9:30, Coleman Park Community Center 3rd Thursday of each month from 4:30-5:30 pm and, based on CSA level, free home delivery.
If multiple share level options. fully customizable share contents and your choice of pick up locations/times sounds like a meat CSA you would like to be a part of, then we would love to have you join us!
When I opened Facebook this morning, the first thing I saw was a “Facebook memory” from 3 years ago. It was a blog post entitled “Why A Farm” and it was the first ever post on this website. (If you’re fairly new to following our farm journey, you may want to take a moment and check out why we decided to start a farm in the first place.)
With all that being said, I thought it might be of interest to share all that you, our friends and customers, helped us to accomplish in 2016:
Have you been missing your pasture-raised, all natural pork, chicken and eggs since the Hendersonville Farmers Market closed for the year? Well, we have great news for you!
In past years, we have only sold off the farm during the fall, winter and spring, but in speaking with many of you, we realized this is not always convenient for our customers who live in and around Hendersonville, Gallatin and Goodlettsville. As a result, we are excited to announce our new Glenbrook delivery option!
Every Saturday morning we will be delivering prepaid orders to the Glenbrook Shopping Center (end near Target) from 9:00am-10:00am. To order, simply shop online on this website!
You can pay online and select when you want to pick up your order. Then all you have to do is come to Glenbrook on Saturday between 9:00 and 10:00 to pick up your order. It’s as easy as that!
If you should have any questions, please call (615-330-3153), or email (email@example.com). Thanks!
This winter we will once again be offering CSA options for both farm fresh eggs and pasture-raised chicken. Since supplies of both eggs and chicken are limited, committing to our CSA is the best way to be guaranteed fresh eggs and chicken throughout the winter and early spring. Our winter CSA runs November – April and will provide members with fresh eggs on a weekly basis and pasture-raised chicken once a month. Here are all the details:
Eggs – The minimum commitment is one dozen eggs per week, to be picked up weekly. Eggs can be picked up here on the farm either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. On Saturdays eggs can be picked up at Glenbrook Shopping Center from 9am-10am each week. Our winter egg share is for 6 months and the cost is $20.50/dozen/month. A non-refundable deposit of $20.50/dozen (deposit will be applied to the cost of your April eggs) is required and you simply pay for your eggs at the beginning of each month when you pick up.
Chicken – Unlike our weekly egg shares, chickens are distributed the first week of each month and can be picked up here on the farm (Tuesday or Thursday, 2pm-5pm) or at Glenbrook Shopping Center (the first Saturday of the month, 9am-10am). When purchasing a chicken share, you are committing to purchase a fixed number of chickens each month from November through April. A non-refundable deposit of $15/chicken (deposit will be applied to the cost of your April chicken) is required and you will pay for your chicken each month when you pick up. Our chicken is currently priced at $4.29/lb and the birds average 3 ½ to 4 ½ lbs. Should you decide to drop out early, you would not have to pay for future months, but you would forfeit your deposit.
I know some of you may have additional questions before committing. If so, please feel free to call or email me and I’ll be happy to answer them.
Cage free…vegetarian fed…free range… Ever wonder what these terms really mean? Check out the video below to find out:
I don’t know about you, but we are excited to see fall just around the corner. As you can imagine, summer is crazy busy on the farm. Cultivating, planting, weeding, picking, packing baskets, rinse and repeat over and over. Whew! Getting tired again just remembering!
Fall, on the other hand, signals a time when things begin to slow down a touch and we get a little time to catch our breath. Of course this doesn’t mean there’s nothing happening on the farm. Oh no, far from it. Just means we’re not as crazy busy as during the summer!
Fall also means I now have time to update everyone on all the happenings around the farm. There are new additions to both our animal collection and product offerings. Can’t wait to tell you about ’em, so here goes!
Click here for our fall newsletter…
As most of you probably know, we sell whole, pasture-raised chicken (more info) here on the farm and at the Hendersonville Farmer's Market. We've made the decision to only sell whole chickens because we believe utilizing the whole bird allows our customers to get the biggest bang for their buck.
Of course when we tell this to potential new customers, we hear things like "how do I use a whole chicken", "there's only 2 of us", "we only eat white meat" or "how do you cut up a whole chicken". I must confess, all of these used to apply to us as well. However, now that we've learned how to maximize the whole bird, we love it and hopefully you will too!
To help you get the most out of your next whole chicken, here are some helpful tips and recipes:
This past Saturday we hosted our first annual spring open house here on the farm. The weather was beautiful and we had a great turnout, including a girl scout troupe from Donelson. I think it’s safe to say, a good time was had by all!
Here are just a few pics from a fun day…
Thanks to all who were able to join us. If you weren’t able to make it, no worries. Folks are welcome to visit anytime and Lynn is already planning the fall open house!
In my last post, Where Do Eggs Come From?, I talked about how important we believe it is for kids (and adults) to know where their food comes from. To help with this education process, we are delighted to have folks come out and tour the farm. Gives us a great opportunity to show people around and share what we’re doing.
Unfortunately we know not everyone lives close enough to be able to stop by for a visit, but no worries. We’re still here to help. The author of a farm blog I follow, Righteous Bacon (gotta love that name), has written a book called The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen. The Kindle version is only $4.99 and would be a great way to help educate younger kids on where their food really comes from.
In addition to the book, another great resource to use with children comes from the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom folks. They’ve developed a curriculum, complete with lesson plans and activities, to go along with the book. Here’s a link to it. Definitely something that can used in the classroom, or by home school parents.
We hope these are some helpful ideas and remember…Eat fresh, eat local!
Almost from the beginning of our discussions about starting Hill Family Farm, Lynn and I talked about how neat it would be having kids and families out to visit the farm. Now a days too many kids (and adults) have no real idea where their food actually comes from.
Have to admit, up until a few years ago I didn’t give it much thought either. That changed when we got our first chickens a little over two years ago. I think most folks thought we were a little crazy to have chickens in the suburbs, but more often than not, they would be curious and start asking questions.
The question we heard the most was “do you have to have a rooster to get eggs?”. Of course the short answer is no, but you’d be amazed how many people don’t know that. I think one reason for this lack of biological knowledge is most of us are a couple generations removed from the farm.
Our parents and/or grandparents know the answer to this because they probably spent time around a farm growing up. Kids today don’t get that opportunity. Hamburgers come from McDonald’s and eggs come from Kroger. We want to play a small role in changing this perception.
So, kids are always welcome at Hill Family Farm! We enjoy showing them around and letting them meet chickens and pigs up close. It’s cool to see which ones are brave enough to hold a chick or touch a pig’s snout. Even just touching a chicken is a big step and something most kids around the country will never do.
If you live around Nashville, gives us a shout and bring the family out for a visit. I’m pretty sure you’re kids will be glad you did!