The “Farmily” at Allenbrooke Farms

I am  fortunate to have a job in which I get to meet a variety of unique people doing interesting things on a daily basis.  Most recently had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with Stephanie and Daniel Allen at their 120 acre Allenbrooke Farms.  Spring was in full tilt and there was a ton beautiful produce being harvested, not to mention the newborn chicks and kittens running around.

The “farmily”, as Stephanie has coined their farm home includes; Stephanie and Daniel, their potbelly pig, Maybelline + her parents, a couple cats, 2 new litters of kittens, 4 dogs, 3 or 4 types of chickens, a rooster and a hen with her new baby chicks. Stephanie and Daniel put a ton of hard work and love into their farm.  (Speaking of love, did I mention that they were high school sweethearts?) The Allens grow a variety of certified naturally grown vegetables, fruits and herbs; they have chickens that lay eggs as well as a breed  that are raised solely for cooking. It was impressive to learn that they also make their own kombucha and kefir water.  I got to try a glass of their pineapple kefir water. It was refreshingly effervescent and delicious. So good in fact that I think I must learn how to make it!

If you live in the Nashville area, Stephanie and Daniel offer a CSA (sign up for next year!). Their produce is certified naturally grown which is the grassroots alternative to “organic” for small farms. They sell at the Franklin farmer’s market during the summer months so get yourself there soon!  Please visit their website to learn more about Stephanie and Daniel + the farm.

Stephanie & Daniel - Stephanie w/Maybelline ©Susan Pittard

Daniel with a newborn kitten ©Susan Pittard

Daniel & Stephanie Allen ©Susan Pittard

©Susan Pittard

Feeding time ©Susan Pittard

watering the seedlings in the greenhouse ©Susan Pittard

Maybelline's mama and papa ©Susan Pittard

fresh picked vegetables - pineapple kefir water ©Susan Pittard

©Susan Pittard

©Susan Pittard

©Susan Pittard

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