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Announcing Our New Glenbrook Delivery Option


Have you been missing your pasture-raised, all natural pork, chicken and eggs since the Hendersonville Farmers Market closed for the year? Well, we have great news for you!

In past years, we have only sold off the farm during the fall, winter and spring, but in speaking with many of you, we realized this is not always convenient for our customers who live in and around Hendersonville, Gallatin and Goodlettsville. As a result, we are excited to announce our new Glenbrook delivery option!

Every Saturday morning we will be delivering prepaid orders to the Glenbrook Shopping Center (end near Target) from 9:00am-10:00am. To order, simply check out the Product List on our website, decide what you want and complete/submit the order form at the bottom of the page.

After receiving your order we will email your invoice which you can pay online with your credit/debit card. Then all you have to do is come to Glenbrook on Saturday between 9:00 and 10:00 to pick up your order. It’s as easy as that!

If you should have any questions, please call (615-330-3153), or email (thehillfamilyfarm@gmail.com). Thanks!


Announcing Our 2016/17 Winter Egg/Chicken CSA

IMG_3001This winter we will once again be offering CSA options for both farm fresh eggs and pasture-raised chicken. Since supplies of both eggs and chicken are limited, committing to our CSA is the best way to be guaranteed fresh eggs and chicken throughout the winter and early spring. Our winter CSA runs November – April and will provide members with fresh eggs on a weekly basis and pasture-raised chicken once a month. Here are all the details:

Eggs – The minimum commitment is one dozen eggs per week, to be picked up weekly. Eggs can be picked up here on the farm either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. On Saturdays eggs can be picked up at Glenbrook Shopping Center from 9am-10am each week. Our winter egg share is for 6 months and the cost is $20.50/dozen/month. A non-refundable deposit of $20.50/dozen (deposit will be applied to the cost of your April eggs) is required and you simply pay for your eggs at the beginning of each month when you pick up.

Chicken – Unlike our weekly egg shares, chickens are distributed the first week of each month and can be picked up here on the farm (Tuesday or Thursday, 2pm-5pm) or at Glenbrook Shopping Center (the first Saturday of the month, 9am-10am). When purchasing a chicken share, you are committing to purchase a fixed number of chickens each month from November through April. A non-refundable deposit of $15/chicken (deposit will be applied to the cost of your April chicken) is required and you will pay for your chicken each month when you pick up. Our chicken is currently priced at $4.29/lb and the birds average 3 ½ to 4 ½ lbs. Should you decide to drop out early, you would not have to pay for future months, but you would forfeit your deposit.

I know some of you may have additional questions before committing. If so, please feel free to call or email me and I’ll be happy to answer them. If you would like to sign up for eggs and/or chicken this winter, please complete the contact form below, making sure to designate pick up day/location and we will email you a confirmation/invoice for your deposit.

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What Can I Do With A “Crock Pot” Chicken?

crock pot chickenLast Friday we began “recycling” our oldest egg layers. These birds were over 2 years old and had served us (and many of you) well, but it was definitely time for them to begin moving on.

Now I know some of you may be asking, just exactly how do you recycle a chicken? Well, we send them off to our friendly processor and they come back to the farm as “crock pot” chickens!

Back in the good old days, Grandma would call them stewing chickens. That’s because Grandma knew the older a chicken was, the tougher it could be if not cooked properly. So she simply put the bird in a stew pot all day long, knowing it would be nice and tender by dinner time.

Today, crock pots have replaced stew pots in most of our homes, but the concept is still the same. Low and slow makes for a tender, tasty “crock pot” chicken. While there are tons of crock pot chicken recipes out there, I thought I would share this one with you. It’s very simple and gives you great flexibility in how you use the pulled chicken once it’s cooked. Quesadillas? Check. Enchiladas? Check. Chicken salad? Check. Any other chicken dish you can think of? Check!

As most of you already know, our egg layers are raised on pasture and fed non-GMO feed just like our meat birds. This means you get all the positive health benefits of an all-natural, pasture raised chicken without all the negatives associated with confinement raised birds. All in all…a win/win!

Beginning today, we will have crock pot chickens available for sale ($3.49/lb). To get yours, you can stop by the farm most anytime, or visit us tomorrow (Aug 31) at the White House Farmers Market or Saturday at the Hendersonville Farmers Market.

Thanks and we look forward to seeing around the farm soon!

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Corn Chowder Salad

Don’t know about you, but I love a good chowder. Unfortunately not so much in the summer when it’s hot outside. However, when I saw this recipe from our friend Katherine at CookWithWhatYouHave.com, I knew I had to share it with you. Can’t wait to try it out this weekend! If you agree, be sure to let us know how you liked it…


No time for chowder but have the same ingredients on hand, more or less?  Make this, robust and bright salad with a buttermilk dressing. Skip the bacon, add a few diced cherry tomatoes or any other variation–cilantro or basil instead of parsley . . .

Serves 4 as light main course


4-5 ears corn, kernels cut off the cob

3 slices bacon, fried, cooled and chopped (optional, see headnote)

5-6 small to medium potatoes, boiled, cooled and diced

3 tablespoons onion, thinly sliced or finely diced

1/3 cup chopped, fresh parsley


1/3 cup buttermilk or plain yogurt

2 tablespoons cider vinegar, more to taste

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt


Cook the corn kernels in the pan in which you cooked the bacon, if you’re using bacon, for a few minutes until just heated through and tender. Or cook it in a teaspoon of butter and little splash of water.

Put all the salad ingredients in a serving bowl. Mix the dressing ingredients in a bowl or small jar. Dress, toss, taste and adjust for seasoning.

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What Does “Producer Only” Mean?

HFF 2016This season marks our 3rd year as a vendor at the Hendersonville Farmers Market. Since it was our first market, we are definitely invested in it being the best market it can possibly be.

What you may, or may not know, is that we are now 1 of only 2 “producer only” farmers at the market. This means the two of us are the only vendors selling exclusively what we grow. As a result, we can tell customers exactly how something was grown, when/how it was harvested and what, if anything, has been sprayed (only organic certified in our case) on the different crops.

Unfortunately some of the other vendors try to be all things to all people. They call themselves farms, but do not grow a great majority of what they sell. Instead they go to auction houses, or regional distribution centers, to buy the produce they turn around and resell. In effect they are buying from commercial farms (probably not local) with no idea how the produce was grown. As long as they are upfront and honest about where their produce comes from, we have no complaints. We learned the first year that people wanting the least expensive “grocery store” produce, with no concern for where or how it was grown, are not our customers. Where we have an issue is when someone is less than honest about where their produce comes from. We feel this hurts the credibility of the market and places those of us who are selling only what we grow at a significant disadvantage.

When visiting a farmers market, whether it’s the HFM or another market, don’t be afraid to ask questions of the farmer before buying. How was it grown? Can we come and visit the farm? When did you harvest this? These are all valid questions and ones we enjoy answering, as we love talking about what we do and how we do it. In addition, be aware of what produce is in season here in Middle TN. If you don’t see it at a producer only vendor’s booth, chances are pretty good it was trucked in and not from around here.

We believe strongly in our slogan, “know your farmer, know your food” and think you do as well. Just know we appreciate you guys and love working hard to provide you and your families with healthy, all-natural produce!

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Announcing Our New Fall CSA!

IMG_3045Fall is a great time for fresh produce here in middle TN. Not only do we get to enjoy the cooler weather crops such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, lettuces, kale, radishes, turnips, greens, etc, we also still have some of the summer veggies around. This means the best of both worlds!

With that in mind, we are excited to announce registration is open for our Fall CSA. Our new Fall CSA will run for 8 weeks, beginning the 2nd week of September and ending the 1st week of November.

With the uncertainties of our fall weather, we have opted to simplify our offerings. For our Fall CSA we are offering one size (half share) and two pick up days here at the farm, Monday and Thursday, from 3:00pm – 6:00pm. (Unfortunately this means no full shares and no off-farm delivery locations.)

Given our small size, the number of shares we offer are limited and will sell out rather quickly. To help you decide if joining our 2016 CSA is a good fit for you and your family, here are links to additional information:

What Is A CSA?

2016 CSA

Once you’ve decided whether or not our Fall CSA is for you, signing up is easy. Simply download the agreement below, complete it and then return to us along with your $50 deposit to confirm your share. That’s it!

2016 Fall CSA Agreement

Of course, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call or email. Thanks and we look forward to hearing from you soon!