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Fresh Harvest LLC

John Drury, Drury Family Farm; Tally May, Turnbull Creek Organic Farm Thompson Station, TN 37179

Fresh Harvest is available all year--online," says Tally May, of Fresh Harvest. The local food collaboration is the brainchild of Tallahassee May , of Turnball Creek Farm and John Drury, of Drury Family Farm. Their arrangement is unique in Middle Tennessee.

Almost a decade ago, with neighboring farms and adjoining booths at the Franklin Farmers' Market, John and Tally acknowledged their similar quest to produce and harvest fruits, vegetables, and flowers in accordance with the principles of sustainable agriculture. In time, they got to thinking of a new way to market their products.

By working cooperatively, they offer a subscription service for fresh local produce and flowers, grown without chemicals, to a growing subscriber base. Each Sunday evening they send an e-mail to customers listing current selections. Orders are placed online and are then delivered each week on Wednesday to Trinity Presbyterian Church in Green Hills.

John and Tally use cover crops, beneficial insects, succession planting, crop rotations, and organic amendments to enhance the soil on both of their farms. They tender heirloom and specialty varieties of lettuces, arugula, spinach, Asian greens, kale, Swiss chard, broccoli, tomatoes, edamame, melons, green beens, eggplant, summer and winter squash, carrots, beets, sugar snap peas, cauliflower, peppers, potatoes, cucumbers, herbs, corn, and okra. Sourced from other like-minded producers, meat, eggs, specialty products, and baked goods are included to round out the shopping list.

"We found a niche and want people to know that everything we sell comes directly from the farmer, picked to order," Tally says.

Groceries for the week are not the only benefit of picking up a Fresh Harvest order. With smiles as rich as the nutrients they accrue in their produce, Tally and John extend a soul connection for mealtime, and in season, the order can be topped with a glorious bouquet for your table.