Thinking about signing up for a CSA but want to learn more about the idea before you commit? Read on…
A recent Nature and Environment blog from Mother Earth News noted, “CSA is not about competition, it’s about cooperation, and that arises from community.”
Community-supported agriculture (CSA model) is a system that connects the producer and consumers within the food system more closely by allowing the consumer to subscribe to the harvest of a certain farm or group of farms. It is an alternative model of agriculture and food distribution that allows the producer and consumer to share the risks of farming. The CSA model has an overarching goal of strengthening a sense of community through local markets.
Advantages for farmers:
• Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before the 16 hour days in the field begin
• Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm’s cash flow
• Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow
Advantages for consumers:
• Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
• Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
• Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown
Traditional CSA – Hidden Hill Farm
Hidden Hill Farm, out of Dresden, TN has been one of the few operating CSA farms in Northwest Tennessee for 9 years. Operated by owners Richard and Nicolle Gallagher, they have been providing locally grown fresh produce at the Martin Farmers Market for 15 years.
Richard Gallagher, owner of Hidden Hill Farm and Manager of the Martin Farmers Market noted, “Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a business model that provides a dependable market for a farmer’s harvest by pre-selling the best produce before it is even in the ground. In exchange Harvest Partners are guaranteed a share of an ever-changing harvest each week.”
CSA Your Way – Turtle Hollow Farm
Turtle Hollow Farm out of Milan, TN owners Seth Lee and Corie Burris-Lee’s dream has been to create a self-sustainable farm that they could share with their community. They offer fresh produce, pasture raised meats, goats milk products, farm fresh eggs and homemade baked goods; as well as day old chicks, hatching eggs, and farm day visits/classes. Custom woodworking is also a big part of their farm life. If it’s made of wood, they can fix it or make it!
“We want to make it easier for customers to order what they need and have it ready for pick up at the Milan Farmers Market or delivery through our Online Farm Stand,” noted Seth Lee, owner of Turtle Hollow Farm and Manager of the Milan Farmers Market. “Our CSA model is a great way for people to be in control of their weekly food purchases while still helping support the start-up cost small farmers make each season.”
The best way to get the best price for your fresh farm favorites is with our CSA Your Way program. Right now, save 10% when you load your card with the code LOCALFOOD through this link.
Follow Turtle Hollow Farm on Facebook @TurtleHollowFarm
Online Farm Store – Dixie Chile Ranch
Dixie Chile Ranch of out Kenton, TN is a small farm started in 2010 by Tim Brady and Terri Jenkins-Brady who wanted fresh green and red Anaheim Chiles along with fresh fruit and vegetables on the dinner table. They grow Dixie Chile Ranch Anaheim Chiles (red and green) along with blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, herbs, tomatoes, apples, squash, and pumpkins for the local NW Tennessee market.
“We want to make our fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables readily available to all our current customers and others seeking food transparency: where it comes from, how it’s handled and who has handled it,” stated Tim Brady, owner of Dixie Chile Ranch. “Residents living in Kenton, Union City or Martin can sign up for our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Membership over the summer saving you $160 with a discounted price and free delivery.”
Ordering Dixie Chile Ranch’s CSA Box deliveries are available from June 3 – September 19, 2020
“We’ll provide a CSA Box Contents List in each email we send out. You will have two choices: one WITH Hot Chiles or one WITHOUT Hot Chiles. It will be a variety pack of our fruits and vegetables that are ready to harvest that week. Price is $30 per week, with free delivery. You’ll save $80 over the 16 weeks or $5 per week in Delivery Fees for each week you order the CSA Box,” noted Tim Brady.
Become an Annual CSA Member by paying for an entire 16 weeks by May 24, 2020 and SAVE an additional $80 over the summer for a total of $160 in savings with our Annual CSA Membership. Price is $400 for the summer.
Roadside Stand Pick-up: You can also place an order online or through email for Pick-up at our Roadside Stand at 3159 E. Union Grove, Kenton TN 38233 open 9-sunset Monday-Friday, or call 731-225-0456.
Follow Dixie Chile Ranch on Facebook @DixieChileRanch
~ Samantha Goyret
@NWTNLFN Team Blogger