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Five Sustainable/Organic/Natural Farms and Ranches to Add Flavor to Your Meals in Tennessee

1. Allenbrooke Farms. Located in Spring Hill, about 37 miles south of Nashville, in central Tennessee, this family-run 70-acre certified organic farm grows produce from organic and/or heirloom seeds (no GMOs, and no use of chemicals, pesticides, or herbicides) for the Spring Hill community through their CSA (community-supported-agriculture) called Farmily, as well as supplying several local restaurants. Typical produced farmed include: potatoes, onions, winter squashes, summer squashes, carrots, green beans, beets, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, kale, lettuce, pumpkins, melons, tomatoes, and more. In addition to the farm-fresh produce, the rent out a 5,800-square foot barn for weddings. Learn more: Allenbrooke Farms.

2. Bloomsbury Farm. Located in Smyrna, in central Tennessee, about 25 miles southeast of Nashville, this 400+-acre GAP (good agricultural practices) and organic certified farm is all about growing the best and healthiest produce for the community, including sprouts, wheatgrass, and a large variety of season vegetables. The farm's products can be found in local grocery stores, including Whole Foods, Producer Place, and Turnip truck, as well as in many restaurants. They can also be found year-round at the Saturday Franklin Farmers Market, and from March through November at the Nashville (and East Nashville), Nolensville, and Richland Parks Farmers Markets, as well as from their CSA program. Spring veggies include kale, broccoli, carrots, swiss chard, and spinach. Summer veggies include: tomatoes, summer squash, zucchini, radishes, onions, peppers, beans, corn, and cucumber. Fall harvest includes; beets, cabbage, cauliflower, spinach, garlic, and turnips. Winter includes; beets, kale, kohlrabi, winter squash, and herbs (basil, chives, cilantro, dill, marjoram, parsley). The often grow some fruits (melons and strawberries). A beautiful Airbnb loft space is available for rent on the farm, and they offer wedding packages. Learn more: Bloomsbury Farm.

3. Colvin Family Farm. Located in Spring City, in eastern Tennessee, about 55 miles of Chattanooga, this family-run farm is focused on keeping about 100 acres in production each season, all grown with the use of synthetic chemical fertilizers, insecticides, herbicides, or fungicides -- using only natural seeds (no genetically engineered (GE) or genetically modified (GMO) seeds) -- using natural and sustainable farming methods. Crops typically raised include tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, potatoes, greens, kohlrabi, turnips, garlic, and herbs. Besides produce, the farm also sells eggs, pork, chickens, and jams and jellies. They sell their goods through CSA (community-supported-agriculture), area farmer's markets (including Knoxville, Oak Ridge, Chattanooga, Crossville, and Dayton), and some local grocery stores; in addition, some local restaurants use their products. They do welcome visitors, but ask that you contact them before stopping by the farm. Learn more: Colvin Family Farm.

4. West Wind Farms LLC. Located in Deer Lodge, in northeast Tennessee, about 54 miles west of Knoxville, this small, family-owned, sustainable, and GMO-free ranch sells pasture-raised (on rotating pastures) heritage Berkshire-breed Tennessee pork (including sausages, bacon, ham, and more) and 100-percent grass-fed and grass-finished beef, as well as chicken and turkeys. The owners follow good livestock husbandry, which is holistic in nature, striving to promote and enhance the health of the whole environment; their mission is to produce and sell wonderful meat and other healthy foods (free from pesticides, herbicides, hormones, antibiotics, and other harmful products) in ways that are good for the land, good for the animals, and good for people/customers. You can't visit them because of safety concerns, but you can certainly buy their meats on their website, through a CSA (community-supported-agriculture), and other avenues. Learn more: West Wind Farms LLC.

5. Windy Acres Farm. Located in Orlinda, about 37 miles north of Nashville in north-central Tennessee, this organic farm offers non-GMO grains (including corn, soybean, barley, buckwheat, rye, milo, and hairy vetch) in food and feed grades, as well as grass-fed beef and lamb (from cattle and sheep roaming organic pastures, enjoying a diet of grass and forbs; with no hormones or antibiotics; high Omega 3 fatty acids and CLA). Their mission is all about respecting and nurturing the land so that the crops are more robust, the animals fed on pastures more healthy. The accomplish these goals through crop rotation, cover crops, elimination of synthetic pesticides and herbicides, use of non-GMO seeds, enhancement of soil aerobic biological life, and reintroduction of pasture animals in rotation with grain crops. You will be inspired and challenged by their story, and about the fate of small farming in America. Learn more here: Windy Acres Farm.

Find more wonderful Tennessee farms here: Pick Tennessee Products, presented by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Market Development Division.


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