April Snapshot: How much did it cost?

Hello friends!

Building relationships with local farmers has been a huge blessing of going Unchained. We are beginning to know their stories and learn of their triumphs and challenges by investing in a small piece of their lives….the struggle of unsuspecting temperatures with little rain, the perfect time to harvest bee pollen, or even walking through how to send a photo message on a new phone. I didn’t have those experiences in the Publix check-out lane. 😉  Investing into our local community has truly been a learning experience that we have treasured….a glimpse into a slower way of life that has been long forgotten in our fast-paced culture.

Mr. Don Walker ~ Bard-Roc Farm

Mr. Don Walker ~ Bard-Roc Farm

The Clarksville Downtown Market is kicking off this Saturday. I encourage you to visit your local farmers this weekend. Ask about their growing practices and their favorite way to cook the produce they offer. Pick up some bright asparagus, crisp greens and sweet strawberries while they are abundant!

Here is our April breakdown:

Nature’s Promise Farm = $28.00 (Asparagus, Mushrooms, Eggs)
Bard-Roc Farm = $48.00 (Honey, Cabbage, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots)
Country Pantry = $34.73 (Wheat Berries)
Trading Post = $109.00 (Local Honey, Homemade jam, Oats, Bulk Spices, Asparagus, Gouda Cheese, Coconut Oil)
Lasaters = $28.31 (Coffee)
Tennessee Grass-Fed = $265.00 (1/4 cow divided by 3 months)
Giving Thanks Farm = $173.90 (Chicken, Pork, Eggs)
My Neighbor = $18.00 (Eggs)
Milk Share = $42.00 (13 gallons)
Grand Total for April = $746.94

You can find the information for each one of these sources under the Community Resource Guide.

Have a great week!


Dinner Menu ~ Weeks 9 & 10

After a dreary few weeks, we carved out some time to visit the Franklin Farmer’s Market last weekend. To be honest…I was resisting the trip on Saturday morning; I had been awake for 24 hours celebrating our son’s 10th birthday and then to the hospital to support a sweet friend while she welcomed a precious new baby into the world! However, I’m glad Cliff made the call for us to go then and sleep later….he knows me well. 😉


Photo credit: http://franklinfarmersmarket.com

The Franklin Farmer’s Market is one of the only markets open year-round in our area.

We saw many vendors selling homemade goat’s milk soap, cheese and other impressive handmade items, but I only wanted one thing….GREENS!

Only one farmer had a variety of local vegetables that morning: Kirkview Farm.

We picked up bunches of kale and collards, turnips, red potatoes and the most colorful, delicious carrots. I knew the work that went into this harvest during such harsh winter conditions, and I appreciated the nutritious addition to our meals. Thank you, Jesus!


This abundance was exactly what I needed to power through the final few weeks of winter!

Dinner Menu  ~ Weeks 9 & 10

Day 1
Roasted winter squash & sausage

Day 2
Sweet potato, egg & kale hash

Day 3
Pancotta (Tuscan bread soup)

Day 4
Chicken tamale pie

Day 5
Meatballs and twice baked sweet potatoes with kale

Day 6
Spaghetti with tomato sauce

Day 7
Gnocchi with mushroom ragu

Day 8
Butternut bean soup & cornbread

Day 9
Kale, cheese and bacon quiche

Day 10
Homemade sloppy joes & collards

Day 11
Butternut squash, kale and sausage bake

Day 12
Breakfast for dinner: Waffles

Day 13 

Day 14
Grilled steak, sweet potatoes and kale salad

Day 15
Chicken soup with fresh bread

Have a great week!