What is Community Supported Agriculture?
CSA is a partnership between a farm and a community of consumers that provides a direct link between the production and consumption of food. With the understanding that the healthiest food is grown locally and organically, CSA addresses several existing concerns we all share about our food supply. As a model for the future of sustainable agriculture, CSA serves to develop a regional food source and strong local economy; to encourage healthy land stewardship; to maintain a stable relationship between rural and urban communities; and to protect the environment of the small family farm. The mutually beneficial relationship guarantees the farmers a market, enabling them to continue farming amidst the growing pressures of an economy that favors industrial agriculture. It simultaneously provides the consumer with the highest quality produce along with a personal connection to its source.
Healthy soil means healthy food. Eating locally grown, freshly harvested food is the basis of a nourishing diet. When no chemicals are used in food production, ground water pollution and residual toxins are avoided. Organic farmers impart CSA members with their commitment to protection of the environment and soil fertility. On average, food travels 1,300 miles from farm to market shelf in the United States today. Most states buy 85-90% of its food from some other place. Increased food production would add considerable food dollars to the local economy of any state. Community Supported Agriculture is a model for a sustainable and productive future for farm families, local economies and all environmentally aware consumers nationwide.
How it works
You can expect a weekly basket of the freshest produce nature can provide. Community Supported Agriculture means eating with the seasons; you experience the growing season as the farmer does. You are eating what thrives as Spring moves into Summer, and Summer into Fall. Each week for 20 weeks you will receive your share of the bounty.
Hill and Hollow produce is delivered on a weekly basis to the metro Nashville Farmers Market on 8th and Jefferson between 8 am and noon, or to Bounty of the Barrens Market Glasgow, KY between 8 am and noon from May to October. You will receive what is mature, ripe and ready throughout the season. A typical late spring basket will include snow peas, carrots, beets, broccoli, spinach, dill and lettuce. As it heats up, summer brings us tomatoes, green beans, sweet peppers, eggplant, okra, fresh garlic, cucumbers, basil, melons and sweet corn. The season finishes in fall with winter squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes and a return of the cool weather greens. Needless to say, a myriad of other vegetables and herbs fill your basket also.
If you are interested in becoming a part of the Hill and Hollow community, please use the information on the contact page to write us and find out about our current prices and availability. We look forward to hearing from you!