By Leslie Lassiter
Nothing quite compares to fresh, ripe produce straight from the farm where it was grown and harvested. In addition to farmersâ€TM markets and produce stores, Middle Tennesseans have the opportunity to buy fresh produce right on the farm. From year-round operations whose offerings rival a supermarket, to seasonal stands that may be as simple as a table of fruits and vegetables and a jar to pay on the honor system, you donâ€TMt have to travel far to find a good selection of farm-fresh produce. Hereâ€TMs a guide to some of produce stands you should visit. Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.
The Delvinsâ€TM store—open from May through November—is housed in an old tobacco barn and offers seasonal produce from their organic farm. Green Door Gourmet, Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The large market at Green Door Gourmet is open year-round and offers a wide variety of farm-grown and locally made products. In addition to fruits and vegetables, there are meats, eggs, dairy products, beverages, breads, bath products, candies and gifts available to purchase. Hatcher Family Dairy, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The Hatcher Dairy store offers milk, eggs, beef and farm produce, as well as a selection of locally made products such as Frothy Monkey coffee. The store also houses a cafe serving breakfast and lunch. Pinewood Kitchen and Mercantile, 4951 Highway 48 North, Nunnelly
Hours change seasonally.
Cookbook author and chef Mee McCormick offers produce from her familyâ€TMs farm, as well as a selection of goods from soaps and kitchenware to clothing and jewelry. The Kitchen restaurant menu consists of a variety of items also made with the farmâ€TMs produce. Half Hill Farm,
Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday through Monday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Half Hill Farm is an organic operation that focuses on growing products for the wellness industry; the farm store includes items such as kombucha, kefir, extracts and tonics. Circle S Farms,
Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.
The farm store offers a variety of vegetables, canned goods and meats from the farm, or, stop by to pick your own strawberries and blackberries when in season. Farmer Brownâ€TMs Produce and General Store 386 Douglas Lane, Gallatin
Farmer Brownâ€TMs specializes in summer produce but also operates a small cafe that sells baked goods and handmade gift items on the weekends year-round. Check the farmâ€TMs Facebook page for seasonal operating hours and special events. S.E. Daugherty & Sons, Hours vary by season.
The folks who offer the Fresh and Local CSA also sell produce from their on-site farm stand. Hill Family Farm, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. – Noon
Meat, eggs, and vegetables are all available at the farm stand, which also serves as a pick-up location for their CSA. Madison Creek Farms, 1228 Willis Branch Road, Goodlettsville Primarily a flower farm, Madison Creek also offers organically grown vegetables and herbs. The on-site farm stand is open on “market days” during the summer, so check their website for more information. Edenâ€TMs Garden
513 Elkmoore Drive, Pegram
Find this quaint store on the grounds of an old-fashioned “natural” farm. Itâ€TMs open seasonally, primarily during the summer growing season. Call ahead (615-662-8390) and theyâ€TMll meet you at the stand. Dillehay Farms of Defeated Creek
14 Kempville Highway, Carthage
During the late spring and summer, stop by Dillehay Farms for a variety of fresh produce grown right on-site. Call ahead for availability at 615-774-3688. Kelleyâ€TMs Berry Farm, 50 Riverview Estates Lane, Castalian Springs Kelleyâ€TMs is primarily a pick-your-own farm for strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and peaches, but you can also find a few pints and gallons of already-picked berries at the stand at the farmâ€TMs entrance. Kirkview Farms
8271 Horton Highway, College Grove