Saturday, May 31, 2008

The Ladies COOP

The Ladies COOP has been a long time in the making. It all started with a strong desire in both ladies, Janet Hyde and Gail Williams to get back to nature and that included natural, home-grown fruits and vegetables. A freind of a freind of a freind gave the ladies a tip about going to Kentucky to visit the Amish Community in Scottsville about ten years ago (Thanks to our friend, SUSAN NICHOLS!). Their first journey to the Scottsville community was exciting and started them on a journey of canning, preserving, and cooking with foods that are more healthy and natural.

The ladies began a tradition of visiting the Scottsville Amish Community every spring and summer that has now lead to an every two week event. All summer long their commutes bring back fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs, and baked goods that are all natural and completely GMO FREE!

The ladies have discovered that there is a need for what they have found right here in Hendersonville, TN by many others that cannot make the trip as often, especially with the rising gas prices. So, they decided for a small fee, they would offer to bring back 'pre-paid/ordered' items to those who are in need of them.

If you are interested please contact Gail Williams at 615-264-1577 or for more details. Visit our blog: The Ladies COOP

Madison Creek Farms~ Farm Day May 10 ~Farm open every weekend 9-2pm~ Listen to our new "radio show" podcast! ~
Where we are located -> Madison Creek Farms is located just north of Nashville, Tennessee in the rolling countryside of Goodlettsville. A third generation small family farm Madison Creek sits on 38 acres which encompasses fertile valleys, natural spring feedcreek and a hundred year old stacked stone wall that runs the length of the property. The Farmhouse was build in 1919 with an addition added in 1960. A kitchen addition was completed in 2005. Crabapple stone covers the house and hand cut cedar logs from the property frame the many porches that invite and welcome visitors to the farm. Our Farm is open to the public Saturday and Sunday's 8/2pm. Visitor are welcome to tour the flower fields, stroll through the vegetable & herb gardens and shop at our on-farm market pavilion. For directions to the farm and more information about on-farm activities and things to see and do at Madison Creek Farms click here. FARM VISIT
Our Farming Practices -> We are committed to farming organically and we farm within those standards and beyond and have done so over the years, each season building our soil and keeping our farm and our environment free from harmful pesticide and herbicides while producing top quality flowers, vegetables and herb. We are strong supporters of organic farming practices and strive to build a healthy local example of what can be done without poisoning our land and ourselves while preserving our farming heritage and sustainability.
Our Flowers
-> Our flower season runs from April though November with over 75 annuals, perennials and ornamentals grown throughout that time. Most of our floral production take place on 6 acres. We utilize a raised bed system to help control weeds and to elevate top soil erosion. We harvest our flowers at their best to ensure a long vase life. The post harvest care of our flowers includes using clean buckets, fresh water with a floral hydrator and preservative. All flowers are graded, sorted and sleeved within the first 4 hours of harvest. We deliver all Madison Creek's flowers within 24 hours of harvest.
Our Vegetables
-> We farm two acres in organically grown vegetables many heirloom varieties that date back more than 150 years can be found growing here on the farm. Our farm trials many seeds from all over the world. We are one of the only farms in Tennessee that offer ethnic, exotic crops grown from seeds straight from Italy and France. Gourmet varieties such as Striato de napoli zucchini from Italy a rare heirloom variety that is one of the finest tasting zucchini we have ever tried. We also grow 15 different varieties of potatoes here on the farm some dating back to the 1700's. Blue's, reds, yellows and fingerling types are harvested both as baby (new) and mature throughout the summer months. Some of the rarest heirloom Tomatoes so delicious with there rich fresh taste and delicate thin skin. These are the varieties you won't find in any grocery store. We grow several different varieties and each year. We celebrate our tomato harvest and in a big way through our Heirloom Tomato Festival here on the farm where each tomato is judged on quality and taste and only the very best will be found in next years plantings. Lettuces of all shapes colors and tastes, greens from spinach to chard to specialty micro-greens are found here on the farm. We are committed (being foodie types ourselves) to growing an array of great tasting, healthy fresh produce here at Madison Creek Farms and doing it environmentally safe and low impacted globally. Come on out to the farm and experience first hand, you will see and taste the difference yourself.
Our Herbs-> Madison Creek Farms grows a wide variety of culinary herbs including 8 different types of basil 6 different varieties of thyme. we are in theprocess of constructing a formal herb garden that will provide planting beds for over 200 types of herbs both culinary and medicinal. From unusual to standard varietieswe offer a great selection of fresh herbs. For those of you that don't have much experience cooking with fresh herbs Madison Creek Farms offers great workshops/cooking demonstrations throughout the season. Check our event schedule for a complete listing. Lunch is always included and ya'll know that is worththe trip. Madison Creek Farms EVENTS
The FarmersMark and Peggy Lynn Marchetti along with their young son "Lucca"own and operate Madison Creek Farms. The farm has been in Peggy's family for three generations. The Marchetti's have been on the forefront of the local organic movement here in Tennessee. In 2001 Peggy organized & hosted the first Tennessee organic growers meeting that for the first time brought together 85 local farm families interested in growing their crops organically, together with state agriculture officials and national organic leaders to help form what has now offically become TOGA (Tennessee Organic Growers Association). Peggy currently presides as the president of The Franklin Farmers Market . The Franklin Farmers Market is Middle Tennessee sole farm certified producer only market. Every Saturday May/Nov 8/12pm. you can find over 65 local farmers and the best selection of organically & naturally grown produce, fruits and specialty crops. You will also find natural grass feed beef, free-ranged eggs and artisan cheeses, breads and other fine food products. Visit their website for more information on events and market updates. Franklin Farmers For more information on Mark Marchetti songs, please visit his my space site.
Local Natural Food Stores

1. Mountain Air Natural Foods Merchant verified (931) 484-8864 Nashville, TN Get Directions Yellow Page Ad

2. Natural Health Institute Incorporated Merchant verified (615) 242-6811 209 10th Ave S, Nashville, TN Get Directions www.natural-health-inst.c... - Yellow Page Ad

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3. Country Life Wholesale Food Coop (615) 327-3695 1917 Division St, Nashville, TN Get Directions

4. Warner Johnny E Merchant verified (931) 484-2131 Nashville, TN Get Directions - Yellow Page Ad

5. Turnip Truck (615) 650-3600 970 Woodland St, Nashville, TN Get Directions "... a wonderful, locally-owned grocery offering a terrific selection of organic..."
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6. Smoothie King (615) 321-4909 2422 Elliston Pl, Nashville, TN Get Directions

7. Wild Oats Market (615) 463-0164 4021 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN Get Directions If you care about what you eat, youll want to shop this organic supermarket. Natural...

8. Golden Neo-Life Diamite Distr (615) 227-7532 833 W Nocturne Dr, Nashville, TN Get Directions

9. Harding Mall Health Foods (615) 834-3770 4649 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN Get Directions

10. Centro Botanico Azteca (615) 832-2397 2608 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN Get Directions

We order every 4 weeks from United Natural Foods Buying Clubs (formerly Northeast Cooperatives) subsidiary of United Natural Foods, Inc

Frontier Coop Buying Club
We also order from Frontier Coop as buying club.We anticipate ordering monthly with the delivery the week before the UNFI delivery. Orders are drop shipped to a coordinator's home & then brought to the next UNFI delivery.Spring Summer 2008 Wholesale Catalog (entire)Spring Summer 2008 Wholesale Catalogin ~50 pages sections for easier downloading1 2 3 4 5 6 Monthly (June) Sales Catalog (entire)In sections:Pages 1- 24 Pages 25-48

We highly encourage everyone to support our local farms and locally owned businesses.Please see our recourses & links page
Our next UNFI delivery is June 23 atSecond Presbyterian Church, 3511 Belmont Blvd. Nashville, TN 37215(Enter around back, at the corner of Richards and Graybar)

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