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Oct 31 2014

Nashville Loves Food: Wedge Oak Farm

By Sheri Oneal

With Thanksgiving right around the corner I thought  Wedge Oak Farm would be perfect to showcase because it is turkey time and they have great tasting farm raised turkeys available! Last summer I was introduced to the Overton family farm while taking photos for the Nashville Loves Food project. The weather was hot but beautiful the morning Melissa Corbin, Erik Lara (my assistant) and I arrived and we began our tour of the farm right away. Brian and Karen were preparing to feed the chickens so we headed over to the chicken coops because I wanted to capture images of them hard at work.

 

Wedge Oak Farm, chickens
Brian Ferrell (above) feeds the chickens on his morning rounds at the farm.

 

Wedge Oak Farm, chickens
Wedge Oak Farm, feeding chickensKaren Overton (above) adds some greens to the chickens diet.

 

Wedge Oak Farm, chickens
Wedge Oak Farm, feeding chickens
Located in Lebanon, Tennessee, Wedge Oak Farm originated  when Karen Overtons great grandmother purchased the land in 1904. The goal was and still is to function as a small diverse, family farm where they can gently and humanely raise food for the local region. They collect and reuse rainwater, they compost everything they can and even use recycled lumber when possible. They offer pasture raised, chemical free chicken, pork, beef, turkey and duck as well as duck and chicken eggs. Their animals are fed herbs, fruits, vegetables and locally mixed feed and they by exercising a homeopathic approach they don’t use antibiotics, nitrates or sodium solutions.  Their food is offered in and around Nashville at various markets, restaurants and farmers markets.

 

Wedge Oak Farm, Overton Family
Ned and Anne Overton with Karen Overton and Brian Ferrell (above)

 

Wedge Oak Farm, chickens
Karen shows me some of the eggs she has collected from the chicken coops (above). Brian and Karen always have work to do at the farm (below).

 

Wedge Oak Farm, farming, feeding chickens
Wedge Oak Farm, feeding chickens
Brian feeds the chickens in the coops (above left) and later he goes out and picks up some new chicks (above right). We make our way from the chicken coops to the barn where the baby chicks are being fed and checked out.

 

Wedge Oak Farm, pup with chicks

 

Shem the farm dog takes a peek at the new chicks getting ready to be put into the barn (above), I was sad to learn that they lost him a few months ago, he was such a friendly pup. A young chicken poses for the camera in the barn while awaiting to be fed (below).

 

Wedge Oak Farm, young chicken
Wedge Oak Farm, feeding hogs
From the barn we made our way over to where the pigs….or are they hogs were, I have to admit I was a bit intimidated, they were bigger than I had expected. Brian begins the process using feed along with vegetable and fruit compost.

 

Wedge Oak Farm, hogs
Wedge Oak Farm, hogs
Wedge Oak Farm, hogs
As we ended our day I got my last shot of this furry and extremely dirty hog who almost blends right in with the mud! I had a great day of shooting and a wonderful time learning about what it takes to make a farm like this one operate. This was the last farm I visited for the Nashville Loves Food project and as I drove away I remember thinking how nice it was to meet all these wonderful people on their farms and see first hand the passion they have for what they do. This project overall has really given me insight to the small farmers work load and I am amazed at the dedication and long hours they put into their work, it truly has to be a labor of love! We overlook what goes into the food we put on our tables. The idea of local healthier choices really appeals to me and helping our fellow small business owners is something I support 100%! If you want to buy a great pasture raised chemical free bird for your holiday be sure to reserve your turkey with a deposit at Wedge Oak Farm today by calling 615-547-4222 or emailing wedgeoak@gmail.com

 

Have a great weekend!

 

This assignment was shot for the “Nashville Loves Food” project with Lithographics, Inc.Melissa Corbin and Joe Smith.

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Sep 29 2014

Nashville Loves Food: Noble Springs Dairy

By Sheri Oneal

Noble Springs Dairy

Who doesn’t love cheese…and cute little goats? In June of last year I had the opportunity to visit the Noble Springs Dairy farm and meet owners Justyne and Dustin Noble. Located minutes from downtown Franklin their farm produces and ships a variety of farmstead goat cheeses like Chevre, Harpeth Fleur, Southall Gouda and Feta. They learned their process from a Dutch cheese maker who gave away the secrets of making delicious goat cheese. Their southern creamery also offers goat milk fudge, goat milk soaps and bottled milk. They take pride in raising their goats’ with a forage-based diet and they slow pasteurize their milk at 145 degrees in small vats so it is never mechanically homogenized. And if you have kids….they offer farm tours! The kiddos can pet the animals, learn about the goats, farm life, learn how cheese is made and the tour offers many hands on opportunities.

Noble Springs Dairy Farm

 

Noble Springs Dairy Farm

Noble Springs Dairy Farm

A goat at the Noble Springs Dairy Farm

The Noble Springs Dairy farm came about as a bit of a love story. Dustin grew up in Williamson County, his parents owned and managed Traveler’s Rest Hotel and Noble’s Restaurant in Brentwood for many years. When he was little his family discovered his brother, Christian was allergic to dairy. Upon trying a friends suggestion to substitute goats milk, they  borrowed two goats to maintain a steady milk supply for the family. Justyne grew up in a small town in Kansas and in 1996 her mom got her two Alpine goats for a 4-H project. This set the stage for both Justyne and Dustin to work with goats and compete at local and national shows. They met in 2003 at the American Dairy Goat Association national show, exchanged emails and stayed in touch. In 2006 Justyne moved to Tennessee to go to college, fast forward to 2009, Justyne and Dustin were in love and began building their Noble Springs Dairy and living their dream of owning and operating a farm.

Noble Springs Dairy Farm

Noble Springs Dairy Farm

The day I showed up at Noble Springs Dairy there was a torrential downpour on the drive out, I was seriously thinking the shoot would never happen. As I arrived the skies cleared the sun peaked out and made for some great photos. It was a great tour, lots of laughs with the little goats and Justyne and Dustin were perfect host! Noble Springs milk, cheese and soap can be found at numerous retail locations, farmers markets and restaurants. Some of their items can be purchase online here!

Noble Springs Dairy Farm

Chickens at the Noble Springs Dairy Farm

This assignment was shot for the “Nashville Loves Food” project with Lithographics, Inc.Melissa Corbin and Joe Smith.

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Aug 29 2014

Nashville Loves Food: Kennys Farmhouse Cheese

By Sheri Oneal

Kennys Farmhouse Cheese, Farm, Cheese Making

Almost everyone loves cheese…right? While working on the “Nashville Loves Food” project I had the opportunity to visit Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese located about 85 miles from Nashville in  Kentucky and owned by the Mattingly family.

Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese, milk farming, cows, cheese

My assistant, Erik Lara and I arrived around 5:30 AM hoping to catch some great sunrise pictures of the farm but the weather didn’t cooperate. The guys had already rounded up some cows (above photo) and were running them through the milking area (below photo). It was my first time seeing cows being milked with machines and I found it very interesting to watch the whole process. I couldn’t believe how big these dairy cows were!

Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese, milking cows

Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese, cows, milk, farm

From there we moved inside after an elaborate shoe cleaning and hair net preperation. The fresh milk was being pumped into a large stainless tub (still warm) and the process began. Making cheese is a very scientific process, I did not understand a lot of what I was being told but I really enjoyed the experience! Over the course of a few hours we watched, we learned and best of all…we tasted.

Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese, cutting the cheese

Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese, speciality cheese, farms, making cheese

Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese, speciality cheese, farms, dairy, making cheese With the belief that cheese is only as good as the milk Kenny Senior started by crossbreeding specific pure bred cows (American Holstein, Brown Swiss, Australian Red and Jersey) and by doing so he has been able to keep the flavor of the milk consistent. They are pastured, GMO free, fed a supplemental grain diet and reside on the family owned 200-acre farm. Kenny studied Old World handmade cheese making techniques and has developed his own signature flavors sold locally and abroad. They have a wide variety of cheese available including Cheddar, Colby, Jack, Asiago, Swiss, Havarti, Blue and other special, signature flavors created by Kenny himself. They also allow tours so if you want to see it first hand check out their website!

Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese, speciality cheese, farms, dairy, cows

Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese, speciality cheese, farms, dairy

Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese, speciality cheese, farms, dairy, cows

Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese, speciality cheese, farms, dairy, cows

With Labor Day weekend ahead what cookout wouldn’t be that much better with some rich, tasty cheese…the Asiago is one of my favorites! I can taste that chargrilled cheese burger now!

-Thank you Melissa Corbin for capturing the behind the scenes photos!

Nashville Photographer, Sheri Oneal, photos of cheese

This assignment was shot for the “Nashville Loves Food” project with Lithographics, Inc.Melissa Corbin and Joe Smith.

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Jul 31 2014

Nashville Loves Food: Smoke Et Al

By Sheri Oneal

Smoke Et Al, Ribs, Foodtruck, Nashville Loves Food: Smoke Et Al

We are in the heart of BBQ season and in the South we love our barbecue! Have you heard of Smoke Et Al, if not you are missing out on some great food! I had the wonderful opportunity to meet owner Shane Autry, for the Nashville Loves Food project I worked on last year. This year he was the 2014 Golden Skillet winner of $10,000 on the Chow Master tv show on the Travel Channel! The day we shot these images it was HOT outside but the smell coming from the smoker helped motivate me to press on.

Smoke Et Al, Shane Autry, BBQ, Foodtruck, Nashville Loves Food: Smoke Et Al

This is not an average food truck, they go way beyond BBQ, they are a smokin boutique on wheels. Their menu items include hot ribs, brisket tacos, friend pickled okra, fiddlers biscuits, smoked veggie tacos among other tasty items. They use local food source providers, offer seasonal items and recycle what they can. Their catering is off the hook! And if you want to know what won him the Chow Master Golden Skilit…try this on: “Les Trois Petits Cochons” sandwich of Yazoo mustard, buttermilk slaw, pork belly, head cheese and chicharonnes. YUM!!!

Smoke Et Al, Shane Autry, BBQ, Foodtruck, Nashville Loves Food: Smoke Et Al

It’s lunch time….I think it is time for you to go get some BBQ!

This assignment was shot for the “Nashville Loves Food” project with Lithographics, Inc.Melissa Corbin and Joe Smith.

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Jun 26 2014

Nashville Loves Food: KLD Farm

By Sheri Oneal

KLD Farm, Angus beef, cattle

Last year around this time I had the opportunity to visit Ken Drinnon’s KLD Farm in Ashland City, Tennessee for the Nashville Loves Food series. This 82 acre family owned farm allows plenty room for his Angus cattle to roam, with lots of natural grass, hay and clean water.  Ken doesn’t use steroids, growth hormones or antibiotics of any kind with his cattle. His beef is USDA inspected and 100% chemical free, it is healthier and has a much richer taste than what you get at the grocery store. 

Ken and his wife Lucy greeted my team when we arrived at his farm. He first drove us out to a stream where we could see the cattle up close. Then we got a tour around the farm and met the family. Ken is extremely passionate about what he does and about preserving his family farm. Before leaving he gave us all some ground beef and ribeye samples to take home. I was extremely impressed with the tender, rich, juicy flavor, it was my first grass fed beef and I am sold!

KLD Farms, Angus Beef, Ken and Lucy Drinnon

KLD Farms, hay barn, Ken Drinnon

KLD Farm, cattle

KLD Farms, Angus Beef, Ken Drinnon

KLD Farms, Angus Beef, Drinnon Family

Soon we will all most likely be sitting around a grill celebrating Independence Day with friends. If your looking for something really special you should consider getting some KLD beef for your celebration. KLD farm beef can be found at locally owned restaurants, farmers markets and butcher shops. I love supporting our local farmers and it really is a healthier choice.

KLD Farm, Angus Beef

This assignment was shot for the “Nashville Loves Food” project with Lithographics, Inc.Melissa Corbin and Joe Smith.

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May 30 2014

Nashville Loves Food: Delvin Farms

By Sheri Oneal

Nashville Loves Food, Delvin Farms, Strawberries

It is strawberry season and for my Nashville Loves Food series I wanted to introduce you to Delvin Farms, the best local farm around for the juiciest strawberries you will ever put in your mouth! Upon my early morning arrival, I was given a tour of Delvin Farms by Amy, daughter of Hank Sr. and Cindy Delvin. We started with a picture of the family (below) members that were around that morning, Amy, Cindy, Hank Sr. and Hank Jr. Hank Jr.’s two kids were so cute I wanted to grab a photo of him with the munchkins as well.

Nashville Loves Food, Delvin Farms, Delvin Farms Family

I caught Hank Sr. (below) later with the tractor and I got a tour of the kale, asparagus and other areas around the farm. 

Nashville Loves Food, Delvin Farms, Hank Delvin Sr.

Nashville Loves Food, Delvin Farms, kale, Amy Delvin Tavalin

Nashville Loves Food, Delvin Farms, Kale

Asparagus, Nashville Loves Food, Delvin Farms

Organic vegetables, Nashville Loves Food, Delvin Farms

Delvin Farms is a 140-acre family farm located in College Grove, TN and offers 100% certified organic produce. Through out the season they offer over 80 varieties of heirloom and traditional farm grown vegi’s. The farm started in 1972 while growing primarily  kale for the restaurant chain Shoney’s. In 1998 they became USDA Certified Organic and their produce is sold in farmers markets, grocery stores, schools and restaurants.

At the end of my visit Amy set me up with a goodie box and handpicked me the best strawberries I have ever tasted! What a wonderful opportunity to meet some local people who make a difference in the community through the “Nashville Loves Food” project with Lithographics, Inc.Melissa Corbin and Joe Smith. If you are out at one of the local farmers markets this weekend look for the Delvin Farms sign, tell them I sent you and taste the strawberries…the best you will ever put in your mouth I promise!

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May 2 2014

Nashville Loves Food: Local Farmers Markets

By Sheri Oneal

My favorite thing to do on a Saturday morning in the summer (other than hitting garage sales) is head to a local farmers market and get my fresh vegetables for the week. After the long winter we have had I can’t wait to get outside and going to the farmers market is a perfect way to start a weekend! While working on the “Nashville Loves Food” project last year with Lithographics, Inc.Melissa Corbin and Joe Smith I was introduced to “Hip Donelson Farmers Market” and “12 South Farmers Market”. I was pleasantly surprised at the size of both and the items their vendors had to offer.

The 12 South Farmers Market located over in Sevier Park came to be after folks from a book club were reading Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” in 2010. They felt the area would be great for a farmers market because of the sustainable, local business landscape. Most of the folks in that community shop at Whole Foods and expect high standards, owner Mary Crimmins makes sure that need is met by doing business with over 30 farmers and artisan. Here are some photos I shot as I walked around…

Ramble Hill Farms, 12 South Farmers Market

Oatmeal blend, Haulin Oats, 12th South Farmers Market

Mary Crimmins, owner of 12th South Farmers Market

Bountiful Blessings Farm Scallions, 12th South Farmers Market

Mushrooms, Whispering Creek, 12th South Farmers Market

Kids, 12th South Farmers Market, Nashville, TN

Bountiful Blessings Farm farm eggs and beets, 12 South Farmers Market

 

The Hip Donelson Farmers Market has more than forty vendors and offer kids activities, non-profit booths and other fun things to make it feel more like a festival. Manager Frank Trew tells the story of how the market came to be after the Hip Donelson Facebook group held a meeting in June of 2012. With people in the room who wanted a farmers market and others who wanted a community garden they decided to create the Hip Donelson Farmers Market two months later. They wanted people to know the farmers and understand exactly where the food was coming from so they created a producers only market. The Hip Donelson Farmers Market averages $10,000 plus in weekly sales! Below are some of my favorite photos from my shoot…

Frank Trew, Hip Donelson Farmers Market, Strawberry vendor

Hummus, Hip Donelson Farmers Market

Local vendor at Hip Donelson Farmers Market

Live Music, Hip Donelson Farmers Market

Local Vendor, Hip Donelson Farmers Market

Cherries, Hip Donelson Farmers Market

Hummus Chick, Hip Donelson Farmers Market

Donelson Farmers Market

Local vendor at the Hip Donelson Farmers Market

Food presentation, Hip Donelson Farmers Market

I live on the West side of Nashville so I usually go to the West Nashville Farmers Market or to the Nashville Farmers Market near downtown. I was surprised to run into people at both of the farmers markets I photographed in this blog even though they are not close to where I live!  Where ever you live there are small farmers markets around the area catering to specific neighborhoods making it easy to get great locally farmed items. Most of the smaller markets are opening back up for the summer in the next week or so and are a great place for all kinds of fresh food as well as meeting people in your community. Tomorrow the weather is supposed to be great so why not get out and do a little shopping while supporting your local farmers and artisans!

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Apr 18 2014

Nashville Loves Food: Holland House Bar and Refuge

By Sheri Oneal

Last year I was introduced to executive chef Kristin Beringson, of the Holland House Bar and Refuge for part of our “Nashville Loves Food” project with Lithographics, Inc.Melissa Corbin and Joe Smith. She introduced me to the kitchen, the staff and created one of her fabulous menu items for us to photograph.

Chef Beringson, Holland House Bar and Refuge

Appitizer, Holland House Bar and Refuge

Meat from a local farm is prepared by Sous Chef Ben Hauk.

Sous Chef Ben Hauk prepares food at Holland House Bar and Refuge

Appitiser, Holland House Bar and Refuge

I was pleasantly surprised by the show bartender Graham “Guice” Fuze gave me with his mixology while making this Jack Daniels speciality drink!

Graham "Guice" Fuze, Holland House Bar and Refuge

The Holland House (HHB&R) is located in East Nashville and offer seasonal dining in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. They utilizing fresh culinary artistry combining new and traditional flavors characterized by a French and Mediterranean palate. They have been featured in Food & Wine Magazine and Entrepreneur Magazine. I have yet to eat there but I have friends on the East side who love going. It is supposed to be a beautiful weekend ahead and they have a patio…  it may be time for a visit!

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Mar 7 2014

Nashville Loves Food: Porter Road Butcher

By Sheri Oneal

If you are a vegetarian you might want to stop reading now and cover your eyes but I have to say I am excited that us folks on the West side of Nashville now have our very own Porter Road Butcher shop! While working on the Nashville Loves Food project I was introduced to PRB’s owners, Chris Carter and James Peisker while shooting for the Lithographics, Inc. marketing piece “Nashville Loves Food” with Melissa Corbin and Joe Smith.

Owners James Peisker and Chris Carter of Porter Road Butcher

Over the past few years in my quest to be healthier I have found that I enjoy fresh quality grass fed meat best (there is a huge difference in flavor). As an independent small business owner I also see the importance of buying from other small local businesses. PRB offers hand cut pork, beef, lamb and chicken meat (among other speciality items), their meat is by far the tastiest and healthiest in Nashville!

GM Tim George Porter Road Butcher

Dorian Richardson of Porter Road Butcher

Porter Road Butcher’s original location opened in 2011 on the East side of town on Gallatin Road. We did our photoshoot at this location in June of last year and at the time they had not announced the new location that was to open in my neighborhood on the West side of town last August. Along with their hand cut artisan meats the west side offers some great but limited sandwich and breakfast items and has a drive thru! If you are looking for quality meat that is  locally sourced, pasture raised with no antibiotics or hormones PRB is the place to shop!

Sausage at Porter Road Butcher

Owners James Peisker and Chris Carter of Porter Road Butcher

The Bloomy Rind is also located inside PRB, cheesemoger Kathleen Cotter sells American artisan cheese she finds from cheesemakers who pasture raise their animals. She makes sure they don’t use antibiotics to produce their products and chooses only the rich and tastiest cheeses. She picks cheese produced from around the country, 8-12 varieties at the West location and 40-50 variations cut-to-order at the East location.

Bloomy Rind owner Kathleen Cotter

Bloomy Rind Cheese

Cheesemonger Kathleen Cotter-the bloomy rind

If your looking to prepare some great food in the kitchen or for a cookout, get over to Porter Road Butcher and The Bloomy Rind now to kick your weekend off to a great start! Have a great weekend!!!!

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Feb 24 2014

Nashville Loves Food: The Frothy Monkey

By Sheri Oneal

I love the choices we have for food in Nashville and I also love coffee! One of my favorite places to go is the Frothy Monkey, they have great coffee and food! I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing restaurateur Ryan Pruitt and the chef Chase Ingalls last year for the “Nashville Loves Food” marketing piece I did for Lithographics, Inc. with Melissa Corbin and Joe Smith. I had a great visit as always and enjoyed the experience, boy do I love my job!

Nashville Loves Food: Frothy Monkey

 These are two great guys, and the Frothy Monkey is an awesome place to have business meetings. They have several locations throughout Nashville but I always go over to the 12 South location (I believe was their first location). The photo below is one of their signature dishes for dinner, corn crusted Bob White Springs trout with kale. If you make it by for lunch my personal fav is the turkey royale with a white monkey mocha.

Corn crusted Bob White Springs trout with kale at Frothy Monkey, Nashville

Happy Monday everyone now go get you some!!!!!

 

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