NASHVILLE – Eating local is more than just a trend—it is a way to learn about agriculture and connect with a nearby farmer. People want to know where their food comes from and how it was grown. One way to ensure your food is as fresh as the day it was picked is to join a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program this spring.
CSAs connect consumers with producers and allow residents across Tennessee to purchase seasonal products directly from local farmers. By joining a CSA, you will receive healthy food at its tasty best while supporting the local economy.
The CSA concept started more than 30 years ago, but Tennessee farms offer new options each season. This year, Falcon Ridge Farms in Hardeman County has added fresh-cut flower shares so members can receive a beautiful flower bouquet every week. Some farms, such as Sweeter Days Farm in Cheatham County, are now offering home delivery services.
One farm is utilizing technology to offer tailor-made CSA boxes. “Our new software platform will automatically customize your box based on the preferences you share when you sign up,” John Dysinger of Bountiful Blessings Farm in Hickman County said. “The software gives you recipes based on your box contents, and even storage tips on how to keep your produce at its freshest.”
So, what is behind the increase in demand? The ability to consume fresh, local products with transparency. Though CSA programs vary across the state, becoming a member ensures fresh products for 25 to 30 weeks a year. This is one short-term commitment you won’t want to throw away.
To find a CSA program near you, visit http://www.PickTNProducts.org or use the free Pick Tennessee mobile app. Follow “PickTNProducts” on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to learn more about current seasonal recipes, products, and activities.