Serious life-threatening health issues for their son prompted Stephanie to delve into healing resources that took a holistic, healthy approach rooted in lifestyle changes that includes seasonal organic foods sources and herbs. Their son's health has ...
The Ashland City Farmers and Artisans Market is a showcase for the fruits of those who invest in Cheatham Countyâ€™s rich agricultural roots and breathtaking rustic landscape of greenery and waterways.â€œWe love being at the farmers market in Ashland City because it gives us a chance to educate others and celebrate community,â€ said Stephanie Oaks, co-owner of No. 9 Farms.No. 9 Farms, located off Highway 12 South at 1403 Little Marrowbone Rd., is a family-run farm that offers a variety of organic locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables, culinary and medicinal herbs, and provides an opportunity for handpicking berries on the premises.In fact, owners Brian and Stephanie Oaks have created the farm with its hands-on approach for the purpose of teaching others to become healthier, more nutrition focused and gain a better understanding of the benefits of organic farming, while also celebrating community through seasonal harvesting and cooking.â€œStephanie is the grower, and Iâ€™m more of the labor, moving stuff around with the tractor,â€ said Brian, who is a successful musician and producer.Originally from Seattle, the couple moved to East Nashville in 2007 with their two young children.Serious life-threatening health issues for their son prompted Stephanie to delve into healing resources that took a holistic, healthy approach rooted in lifestyle changes that includes seasonal organic foods sources and herbs.Their sonâ€™s health has improved, and the Oaks are on a mission to share the bountiful harvest that comes with a healthy lifestyle afforded in part by organic locally-grown seasonal farming and cooking.â€œOne day I would like to have a restaurant located out here on the property, with chefs in residence, with dinners out here, conferences and classes on seasonal eating,â€ Brian said. â€œI want us to become a destination.â€The desire to offer a place for healing and encouraging a healthy lifestyle is what drives the Oaks to open up their farm to the community.The restaurant would provide a showcase for healthy meals and would be an additional space for teaching.Both Stephanie and Brian encourage families to bring their kids by appointment to the farm so that they can enjoy picking berries, learning about seasonal organic growing, get a sense of the hard work that is invested, and to get a chance to step away and enjoy the wonder and wisdom God gives through nature.â€œWeâ€™re a no-till farm,â€ Stephanie said. â€œTilling disrupts the nutrients that are provided. Organic farming is higher in nutrients.â€Stephanie also pointed out that organic foods when purposed out of season in the store are not only expensive but may not have the nutrients and flavor because of shipping time and other issues impacted by transit and storage.â€œOne of our goals is to offer good food and to change and save lives through teaching,â€ she said.The Oaks do not use pesticides or insecticides. Also, items that are grown alongside each other are purposely chosen because they protect and encourage growth for each other.â€œPlants are alive,â€ she said. â€œThey respirate and breathe and pull in nutrients through their roots, and they communicate with each other.â€She pointed out that if a predator is nearby a plant alerts other plants so that they can protect themselves, if possible.The bulk of their business is supplying several top restaurants in Nashville, including Josephineâ€™s on 12th Avenue and Margot CafÃ© on Woodland Street.No. 9 Farms offers a variety of organic teas and seasoned salts.The farm will also offer Christmas trees in the future.FYIFor more information on classes, opportunities to come to the farm for picking, call 615-545-0925 or send an email to Stephanie@no9farms.com. They also have a Facebook page, â€œNo. 9 Farms.â€ The Ashland City Farmers and Artisans Market is at Riverbluff Park. Summer hours are 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.Read or Share this story: http://tnne.ws/29yYp2G
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