Delvin Farms, a second-generation farm located along the Harpeth River in College Grove, Tennessee, offers 140 acres of locally grown fresh produce and certified organic meats. For Hank and Cindy Delvin, growing healthy, delicious food is just a way of life that they’re eager to share with their customers.
History Never Tasted So Good
In 1972, the Delvins began by selling their goods through distribution centers, grocery stores and at Shoney’s Restaurants. In 1998, they made a major change to their business model by becoming a certified organic farm, a change that allowed Hank, Sr. and Cindy to focus on local consumers. Today, that means being a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm, a model they have followed since 1999. Arguably, the Delvins got in on the front end of a trend – and that forward thinking has served them well. By focusing on the local community as their priority, they unknowingly tapped the local consumer movement, where massed produced food is “out” and buying groceries and ingredients at farmers’ markets and direct-sell farms like Delvin Farms is definitely “in.”
From a consumer’s perspective, the term “organic food” has become synonymous with healthy eating. But from the Delvin’s perspective, it is about caring for the land, which to Hank, Sr. is a living, breathing entity. For the Delvins, farming is not just about selling produce and organic meats, it’s his way to ensure the land will be there to provide for this generation and all of the generations that follow. With three grown children—Hank, Jr., Eric and Amy—and a gaggle of grandchildren, their family farm provides a link to heritage farming for their family’s future.
The Products and Services
Hank and Cindy offer two basic services through their CSA: certified organic meats and certified organic produce.
Certified Organic Meats
Hank, Sr. is more than just a Tennessee beef farmer; in addition to certified organic beef, he raises lamb, pork and chickens, all of which are grazed in organically certified pastures. Delvin Farms offers organic meats by full- or half-shares on a subscription-based method. The full-share plan means a customer can pick up meat once a month for six months, while the half-share plan provides meat on an every-other-month basis for six months. By delivering on a monthly basis, Delvin Farms provides their customers with the freshest food ‒ instead of meat that has been frozen for months. Each delivery comprises meat harvested fresh that month.
The Produce CSA
Just like the meat CSA, produce is sold in full- or half-shares, but instead of monthly deliveries, produce is available every two weeks, based on which crops are ready for harvest. Their customers receive the freshest food, and they know their farmer.
Certified organic veggies and meats may be picked up three times a week at various locations, like local farmers’ markets, such as those in East Nashville, College Grove, Franklin or Richland Park. Or, if desired, customers are welcome to pick up directly from the farm.
Connect with Delvin Farms
To learn more about Hank, Sr. and Cindy’s farm, visit their website, where you can find detailed information about the CSA programs and links to the farmers’ markets they attend. Customers may also sign up for their Delvin Farms CSA online as well. Also available online is their blog, which is informative, inspiring and full of recipes. Find Delvin Farms online or by phone at (615) 538-5538. Because of the schedule that farming requires, the easiest way to reach them is online.
All photos courtesy of Delvin Farms.