About the farm

 About our CSAs

If you’ve made it this far on our website, you obviously care what you and your family are eating, and you want to find out more. Your family deserves the best.

You have our guarantee that all of our animals and vegetables are raised locally with the health of you, our animals, our farm workers and the environment in mind.

GreenPasturesCSA uses medication only on animals that are ill and need it. We raise all of our animals on pasture. And when we need to add supplemental feed, we always use non-GMO. Our livestock are processed at Marksbury Farms, a USDA-inspected abattoir in Garrard County that prides itself on creating a safe, clean and humane environment for the necessary work of processing animals.

 We use few if any pesticides or herbicides on our farm to make sure all of the products we bring to you are natural, wholesome and healthy.

And our vegetables are grown near you. There trip from our fields to your table is only a few short miles.

We look forward to providing you with wholesome meat. You’ve probably heard the phrase: “Know Your Farmer.” Well, we believe in that notion. We look forward to getting to know you through deliveries, farm days and through our blog on this website, where we hope to post pictures and stories often.

As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

What happens when you join:

...Our vegetable CSA

Our vegetable CSA is offered during spring and summer months. It will start around May 23 (as long as weather permits) and continue for 22 weeks.

Each share will include what's fresh at the farm that week. We strive to pick our vegetables when they're freshest and deliver them to you when they taste their best. 

What will you get and when? 

In May, your share's likely to include greens and lettuce and beets and other early garden bounty. In June, your shares will get a little heavier. You're likely to get some big, beautiful squash, zuchini, swiss chard, beets and kale. In July and August, look for tomatoes, corn, beans, cucumbers, melons and more.

On your delivery night (to be determined later), we will send you an email notice to make sure you're watching for your box or bag and we'll deliver your share to you door sometime between 4:30 and 8:30 p.m. We're excited to be one of the few CSAs out there offering delivery. But please note we have a few limitations. We cannot deliver your share to an alternate address; if you are going to be gone, you will need to arrange for a neighbor or friend to pick it up for you. We also cannot do "makeup" shares. If you are going to be gone, we ask that you donate your share to a friend or ask them to keep it for you until you get back. This is a great opportunity to treat your friends and introduce someone else to great local food. Maybe they'll join you in being members next year!

Along with your share you'll get a newsletter with stories from the farm, recipes and cooking ideas. We'll refer you to some sites we like and also share recipes from other customers. Part of of a CSA is learning to make new, healthy meals for you or your family. 

 ...Our meat CSA

When you subscribe to GreenPastures Meat CSA, you are committing to receiving a meat share once a month for the next six months. We’re committing to providing it for you by buying animals, feed and equipment and securing labor to make sure that we have all of the meat you’ve ordered each month.

We offer the option to pay monthly. But because of the investment we are making up front, we ask that you commit to six months at a time. If you quit early, you will be required to pay an exit fee equaling the cost of one month's share.

 Here's how it works:

 First, you pick a share size that works best for you and your family.

Each month, we’ll bring your CSA share to your home on your delivery night between 4 p.m. and a 8 p.m. We will send you multiple email reminders before the delivery and one short text message after we have delivered your meat. 

We require that you leave some kind of cooler or hot/cold bag on your front porch that we can place the meat in if you are not home. If you are not going to be home, we strongly encourage you to have a neighbor come pick up your meat for you. We will not be able to double back to pick up your meat if you are away.

Each share will contain some or all of the following: beef, lamb, pork, chicken.

 We follow — the best we can — a whole-animal philosophy, so you’re likely to get some cuts of meat from time to time that you’re not used to cooking. Don’t know what to do with pork jowl bacon? Don’t worry! We know a fantastic carbonara recipe you can try out. (It’s a go-to dish in our households now) But for the most part, you won't get anything you haven't seen before. (Tip: Pork jowl is simply a meatier bacon.)

The cuts and varieties of meats will depend on the season; chickens, for example, are grown and processed mostly in spring and summer, so you’ll see more chicken in summer and fall. The varieties will also be chosen according to general eating habits; many people prefer roasts in the fall and winter months, for instance, and hamburgers and brats in the summer. We’ll also try to stock you up on traditional fare for the time of year: expect hamburgers and brats preceding July 4, and plenty of sausage and bacon for the holidays when the extended family is all together for breakfast.

 

  ...Our egg CSA

When you sign up, we will deliver a dozen or two dozen fresh eggs to your doorstep each week, depending on your preference. Your subscription allows our farm to buy feed and make preparations throughout the year to ensure chickens are safe, well-fed and healthy. To sign up, go to our store/signup page. We have alsmost 200 customers inside New Circle Road who receive our eggs at least every two weeks.

Does free-range make a difference?

Studies suggest the nutritional content of eggs from hens that forage daily on a grass range is superior to that of eggs produced by conventional means. these studies report higher levels of Omega 3 and vitamins A and E, and lower levels of total fat, saturated fat, cholesteroal and Omega 6. Need proof for yourself? Take a conventional egg and a free-range egg and crack them open side by side. The free-range egg will be darker orange, a result of the varied diet hens peck around and find on pasture. Of course, there's another way to prove the eggs' superiority: eat one. They're big and rich and delicious.