Become a CSA Donor Member today!
By becoming a CSA Member with Rural Resources, you assist in empowering food insecure communities of Greene County and contribute towards our mission of building a vibrant, local food economy. By supporting the garden at Rural Resources you help provide a valuable learning space for teens, interns, farm day campers, school field trips and more!
What does Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) mean?
Being a part of a CSA means investing in a local farm. In return, you receive a share of the farm’s production. This share can be a variety of things including meat, dairy, produce, honey, eggs, and more. At Rural Resources, our CSA shares primarily consist of vegetables and fruits. CSA members provide payment up front and commit to receiving a weekly basket of produce for a number of consecutive weeks throughout the season.
As a CSA member at Rural Resources you ARE a part of the farm. In our weekly CSA newsletter we share updates about the farm, farmers and teen interns. We'll share storage and cooking tips as well as our favorite seasonal recipes.
Why support local agriculture?
A good place to start is that local food is delicious. Try an heirloom tomato fresh off the vine compared to a tomato shipped to a grocery store from California or South America, and the difference is unbelievable. Beyond taste, just read popular literature on food politics, or watch one of the endless documentaries about the industrial food complex in the U.S. and it seems obvious: the health, economic, environmental, and political benefits for you and your community of sourcing your food locally are extremely compelling.
Picking up your vegetables right at the farm where they are grown offers you the unique opportunity to watch the fields develop over the season. You can stop by and chat with Farmer Melissa about how to use fennel or tell her about your grandmother's okra recipe. It's an chance to become a part of a community centered around eating seasonally with connection to the land where your food is grown and thepeople who are growing it.
What's in the basket?
Rural Resources CSA provides a weekly assortment of fruits and vegetables. The basket includes roughly 6 - 10 different items each week. Occasionally we add in items from other local farms to provide a well balanced array of seasonal bounty. Last year the shares sometimes included blueberries from Gibson Berry Farm, Apples from Buffalo Trail Orchard and Rhubarb from Bob and Janet Graf.
Fruits and vegetables at Rural Resources are grown without the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers.
Some samples of 2014 CSA Baskets:
Week 4: Green Beans, Heirloom Lettuce Mix, Basil, Summer Squash, Leeks, Herb Bouquet (thyme, rosemary, sage), Green Tomatoes, Onions
Week 13: Basil, Jimmy Nardello Peppers, Bell Peppers, Heirloom Tomatoes, Carrots, Kale, Onions, Potatoes, Fresh Flower Bouquet
Week 18: Red Romaine Lettuce, Tom Thumb Bibb Lettuce, Champion Radishes, Tatsoi, Sweet Potatoes, Dill, Paw Paw, Watermelons, Fresh Herbs (thyme and sage)
How do I get my basket?
Baskets are available for pickup Thursdays after 12pm at Rural Resources Farm, 2870 Holley Creek Road Greeneville, TN 37745. This means your basket will be available in our walk-in cooler after this time. If you need to make arrangements to pick up your basket Friday or on the weekend it will still be there, just know that the items are picked fresh on Thursday mornings and the sooner you pick up, the fresher they will be.
If you live within Greeneville City Limits, we may be able to arrange delivery of a CSA basket. Please contact Farmer Melissa directly to see if delivery options apply to you (423) 636-8171.
What are the Membership Options?
Full Season CSA DONOR $1,000
20 Weeks May 28, 2015 - October 8, 2015
As a Full Season DONOR your membership supports not only your weekly basket (valued at $25) but a weekly basket for our teen interns throughout their summer internship. To show our appreciation for this level of support in addition to 20 weekly baskets you will receive:
* Tickets for 2 to our annual Incredible Corn Dinner at Still Hollow Farm. (valued at $100)
* Monthly local foods extras (preserves, honey, grains, eggs or grass fed meats)
* Membership to Rural Resources and recognition in all of our Newsletters
Full Season CSA MEMBER $500
20 Weeks May 28, 2015 - October 8, 2015
Weekly baskets valued at $25 for 20 consecutive weeks.
Summer Season CSA MEMBER $300
12 Weeks July 9, 2015 - September 24, 2015
Weekly Baskets valued at $25 for 12 consecutive weeks. While summer share members will not enjoy the cool weather crops of the spring and fall this is a great way to make sure to get your local supply of corn, tomatoes, melons, peppers and beans (all the truly bountiful summer crops).
Rural Resources is All About Local Food!
Based in the agricultural heartland of rural Appalachian East Tennessee, we work to connect local farms and food with families. Our region has traditionally been one of small scale subsistence farms where nearly every family milked a cow, kept some chickens, and grew a garden. In recent generations, we've seen a growing disconnect between our families and the food we eat. The results are an aging farming popluation and a new culture of diet-related health illnesses including obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and more.
We want to change all that. Using our community farm as home base and our Mobile Farmers' Market to connect local farms with YOU, we want to help you experience where your food comes from: growing it, cooking it, and eating it. We are involving youth in the experience and working with local growers to promote and distribute real, nutritious food to families all around our hometown of Greeneville, TN and beyond.
Do you want to be a part of teaching or learning? Growing produce for the community? Or do you just want to sink your teeth into a juicy tomato with real taste? If your answer is yes, we want to connect with you! Contact us or check out all the ways you can purchase local food! We invite you to join the fun.
Know Farms - Know Food
We're all about involving youth with local food!
The Rural Resources Farm and Food Teen Training Program teaches at-risk youth in the Greeneville area to grow, cook, and sell healthy local foods. Along the way, they learn leadership skills, give back to community, and even create and run their own businesses.
Click here to watch a video!