Community Supported Agriculture
Become a member of the Bells Bend Farms CSA and receive a weekly delivery of fresh organic/biodynamic vegetables during the May - December growing season! While we work hard to grow you the healthiest, freshest food available, you're supporting your local economy and preserving our county's endangered farmland--a true win-win for our present and future! Getting to know those who eat the food we grow makes all the hard work well worth it.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a mutual commitment between a farm and a community of supporters, providing a direct link between the people who grow food and the people who eat it. CSA members cover an integral part of the farm's annual operating budget by purchasing a share of the season's harvest before it is grown. In this way, CSA members commit to support the farm throughout the season -- assuming the costs, risks, and potential bounty along with their farmers. Members' payments help cover the cost for seeds, equipment maintenance, labor, etc. In return the farm supplies, to the best of its ability, a healthy supply of fresh seasonal produce throughout the growing season.
How it works:
Your farm grows seasonal vegetables, flowers, herbs, and some fruit mid-May through mid-December. We deliver the food to your chosen pick up location. You pick up your "share" of the week's harvest and feed yourself, family, and friends sustainably-grown, local food throughout the 30 week season.
Unlike most CSAs, we offer a "market style" pick up. Our food is presented on tables at the pick up location and labeled with the amount of each item you can take. Some weeks you will be choosing "1 bunch of carrots" out of 30 displayed bunches, giving you the opportunity to pick out the big bunch of baby carrots to snack on, or the bunch of larger carrots for the week's pot of soup. The next item offers "up to 3 lbs of Tomatoes" out of a crate of slicing tomatoes and colorful heirlooms of all sizes. Our CSA members really like this feature.
Each week, you'll receive an e-newsletter from your farmers detailing the current week's harvest list, happenings on the farm, upcoming events, food storage tips, and recipes.
As a shareholder of your farm, you receive free admission to our harvest festivals, square dances, potluck dinners, workshops and more! You also receive discounts on bulk orders and other seasonal products.
Our Full Share is over 1/2 bushel in size and includes 7-10 different items per week depending on the time of year. Your farmers strive to deliver at least this amount of food weekly and, most weeks, you are receiving more food than you paid for if you wish to take it.
Our Half Share is the same size as the full, but is picked up every other week. Save money by splitting a Full Share with a friend and pick up on alternating weeks.
How much food is in one share?
This is enough produce for a family, a couple that likes to eat a lot of fresh veggies, or an individual who wants an exciting weekly challenge! Members of our CSA have no problem getting through their weekly share, while others share with friends and neighbors, can and freeze food for the winter, make baby food, or juice and blend veggies.
Here are some seasonal examples of last years' weekly shares:
Season Length and Pricing
30 weeks, beginning around May 15 and ending around December 15.
All payments are due June 1 to help us cover costs for seeds, labor, and the like. That said, we can work with you on a payment plan if needed.
Pick up Times and Locations
We are offering four pickup locations for the 2017 season:
On Farm (15 minutes from Nashville) from 4-6pm (discounted!)
12 South Farmers' Market from 4-6pm
Richland Park Farmers Market in West Nashville from 9am-noon
Nashville Farmers' Market on Rosa Parks from 9am-noon - New, reserved, convenient parking for CSA members at this location.