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CSA stands for “Community Supported Agriculture”. CSA is a simple idea in which a “Member” buys a “Share” of a farmer’s harvest at the beginning of the growing season as a way to help financially support the farm. In return, the members are guaranteed a source of food for the season at no further cost.
The principle is that farms are strapped for cash in the spring and fall of the year as investments are made for that season’s production. Seed, transplants, soil amendments, fertilizer, greenhouse, tractor fuel, potting soil, and labor are costly expenses, yet income from the harvest is still months away.
Our customers vary. Most are very interested in fresh, locally-grown, nutritious and flavorful food. Joining one of our CSA options will herald a whole new way of cooking, eating and sharing food. Members soon find a deeper connection to their nourishment, making more dishes and meals “from scratch” and a renewed interest in trying new foods and different ways of preparing them.
CSA deliveries are made on Saturday, within a 10 mile radius of our farm or may be picked up at our farm store: The Parlor at Little Bent Farm that is located at 495 Rapids Road, Franklin, KY.
Several CSA members have given our CSA shares as holiday or birthday gifts or as housewarming presents for someone new to the area. Others have purchased multiple CSA shares as a donation to a local food pantry that the CSA members pick up and deliver the food themselves. If you are interested in doing any of these, talk to us about the details. You can always send us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find our freshly harvested produce in our farm store “The Parlor” located at 495 Rapids Road (Hwy 73) in Franklin, KY on Saturdays from 9 AM -2 PM. We offer deliveries to your home or place of business within a 10 mile radius of the farm on Saturday.
Tuesday evenings we send out our farm newsletter to everyone on our email list. In our e-newsletter, we talk about things going on here at the farm and what we have freshly harvested for ordering that week. After the weekly e-newsletter goes out, our online store is open for placing orders Tuesday evening – Friday morning at 6 AM.
We encourage our customers to order using our online store this allows us to offer the best selection and special pricing and it helps us determine how much to harvest and minimizes the amount of farm waste.
All of the produce we sell is grown and harvested on our farm. During peak growing season (April-November) we attend the Franklin-Simpson Farmers’ Market on Thursday & Saturday’s 8a.m.-1p.m and we offer deliveries to customer’s home or place of business. Our produce may also be found in several local restaurants.
We encourage our customers to pre-order using our weekly email list of available produce. This allows us to offer our customers the best selection and special pricing. Pre-ordering helps us determine how much to harvest and minimize the amount of waste. Sign up for email and deliveries on our home page.
With a few exceptions everything we sell is triple rinsed before delivery however all produce, regardless of where you purchase it should be stored properly and washed just before eating.
We remove as much soil & water from our veggies as possible however some moisture will always remain. It is especially important to allow leafy greens, particularly lettuces, arugula, spring & mesclun mixes to dry before refrigerating.
The method we use is either spinning dry or emptying bags onto an absorbent cloth and gently tossing around the greens to absorb as much moisture as possible before storing in a bag in the refrigerator away from fans. Bags should be loosely closed to allow air to escape but closed tight enough to prevent dehydration.
We do not rinse a few things for various reasons, for example, Arugula. If arugula is stored wet it will quickly deteriorate so we don’t rinse it or mesclun mixes that contain arugula. We also do not rinse turnip or mustard greens.
Kale, chard, collards, turnip and mustard greens should be stored in plastic bags in the refrigerator.
A few tips for storing other veggies:
Carrots & radishes stay crisp much longer if the green tops are removed prior to storing in the fridge. As soon as you can remove all the leaves, leaving about ¼ inch of stem, dry and store in refrigerator in plastic bag.
Celery & green onions can be stored upright in a glass of water in the fridge with a loose plastic bag over the top.
9am – 2pm Saturdays
From April to October we will be open from 3pm-7pm on Tuesdays in addition to our usual 9am-2pm on Saturdays.
+1 (270) 776-3652
We are always available to answer any questions or concerns you have! Feel free to reach out!
Deliveries can be made to members only within a 10 mile radius of Little Bent Farm on Saturdays between 2pm and 4pm.
Commercial accounts will receive deliveries on Tuesdays.