October 12th is National Farm Day and I thought I'd celebrate the occasion by sharing with you one of my absolute Loves in life outside of making music: local, organic foods!
A few weeks ago my friend Trista invited me to join her for Fall Farm Day at her CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, which is a group of individuals who pledge to guarantee a farmer's crop financially and in return receive shares of food weekly or bi-weekly. It's a great way to live by the seasons, have an adventure in your kitchen every week with seasonal produce and support your local farmer!
So, let's begin our virtual tour of Rosie Belle Farm, an hour or so south of Nashville in a town called Pulaski, TN. (All photos taken by me or Trista except if otherwise noted).
Meet Pat and Paul Schertz, the farmers of Rosie Belle. Overall-clad and sporting a purple bandana, Pat greets us with a warm smile and leads us through the flower gardens up to the Farm House which was built, along with its outbuildings, in 1894. Once I step onto the front porch I have an overwhelming urge to just sit, sip, and stay here forever, but I fight it back and head on inside...
The first thing I see when I walk inside is this amazing staircase. I can honestly say this is the most unique set of stairs I have ever seen. And yes, those are real yard sticks.
Just to the right of the staircase the house opens up into the main sitting area. Past the wood burning stove with fresh rosemary foccacia bread waiting to be devoured (Pat is an extraordinary cook by the way) there is a heaping pile of apples sitting in the light of the window. Go ahead, take one! I've already had three...
We head outside on this gorgeous autumn day and start exploring their 65 acre backyard. Can someone please explain to me why farm buildings make such great photography material??
Oh, there's Trista, chillin' by the pumpkins...
There are plenty of farm animals running around! Eleven dogs, many of whom were rescues, are making good use of the open space. And look...wasn't it nice for the pigs to line up for a family photo?
And how about those goats! They're certainly eager to eat my purse and...I KID you not, this actually happened...later on one jumps on the table as I'm eating and head straight for my plate!
All I have to say about this shot is that Diana Ross's "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)" somehow starts playing softly in the background...
And what Farm Day would be complete without cuddling with a baby duckling?
Lunch time! After three rounds of appetizers (we're being fed like Queens!) it's time for the crispiest fried chicken I've ever tasted, farm cheese and tomato sandwiches and yes, even the ice cream on the ice cream sandwich is made from scratch.
It really has been a perfect day. Thank you to Pat, Paul and the whole crew at Rosie Belle Farm for your hospitality and generosity!
Now, I leave you with Trista and I laughing because Farmer Paul is acting like he doesn't know how to use an iPhone (he did a nice job though!)