See What’s Cookin’ at Pinewood Store & Kitchen

 

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Pinewood Store & Kitchen is our farm-to-table diner just across the street from our farm in a restored 1920s gas station in the heart of downtown Pinewood, TN. The country kitchen, which is owned and operated by television chef, restaurateur, and author Mee McCormick, offers an innovative new approach to creating healthy, country cooking.

20150508_124759-300x225In addition to traditional, down home fare, the farm-to-table restaurant also offers a number of gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free items for customers with food allergies and sensitivities to enjoy. From the grass-fed beef burgers and woodfired pizzas to the farm fresh salads and falafel wraps, Pinewood Store & Kitchen offers healthy alternatives for every taste.

Mee’s inspiration and passion for cooking for wellness stems from her childhood as a “food stamps and fishsticks” kinda girl growing up in a poverty-stricken town in Northern Pennsylvania. Growing up with a digestive disease and a number of food allergies, Mee began cooking for wellness out of sheer survival.

home1With the help of the entire family, including her husband Lee, her sister Nicole, and her two daughters, Mee hopes to create an oasis in the middle of a food desert with meals that are scrumptious, familiar and healthy to provide nourishment and wellness to the entire community.

The meals at the Pinewood Store & Kitchen are seasonal, based on what’s coming out of the garden that time of year. The kitchen’s ingredients — including the fruits, vegetables, grass-fed meats, and even the wild mushrooms and sweet Tennessee honey — are all sourced from right across the street on our 10-acre farm.

We’re always entertaining at the cafe with live music, open mic nights, Sunday brunches and good old fashioned camaraderie. Visit www.pinewoodstoreandkitchen.com to see what’s on the menu.

Pinewood Store & Kitchen is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Tuesday-Sunday. We’re located at 4951 Hwy 48 North Nunnelly, Tennessee.

Mob Grazing

Brief History of our “MOB” grazing experience. OK maybe not so brief.

mob-grazing-300x179I want to start by saying thank you for the interest in our Ranch and the Holistic approach. It has been a very long road getting here. We were introduced to the idea of “MOB” grazing in 2009. We immediately knew it was something that could heal our land and our bank account. So we started planning a Workshop with Ian Mitchell-Innes. He was going to come to the ranch and help us start out on the right foot, so to speak. He had a health issue that prevented him from coming to the states. So with that set back, we were still on track to set up the grazing. When in May of 2010 the worst flooding in Tennessee history happened. We got over 21 inches of rain in TWO DAYS!!

We manage around 4000 acres and it is almost all on the Piney River or smaller streams. To say we had extensive flooding was an understatement. We lost a lot of time cleaning up and we still aren’t done. Miles of fences were down and it has been a long road back. We knew we wanted to continue with the Holistic direction, if we could ever get out from under the mess with the flood. So we started with our small herd of Registered Murray Grey cows that had been “MOBBED” up before.

We started in a field of about 50 acres, with a small amount of woods. Our goal was just to see if it was feasible and to learn a routine. We ended up getting over 20 extra days grazing. But we were dealing with cows that had lived in New York and had never dealt with the humidity of the south. They were suffering in the heat. We had to allow them to get use to the climate. Several were due to calve within three to four weeks, so we eased up on them and focused on the flood clean up. We were well on our way with the large herd. We had to address the facts of cow behavior. Piney River Cattle Co. has been in operation for a long time. Changing with the times and different types of cows. We have had several different breeds, a large percentage were Brahma influenced. Lots of “leather” we knew we had to cull out the cows that didn’t fit into the direction we were headed. We wanted to focus on smaller frame, better “grass” genetics. So over a period of time we culled several head out and purchased several at the same time. More “English” type of direction. We also had to cull for behavior. Making the changes was imperative. The cows in the main herd had been on a 3 day rotation all their lives. They adjusted better than any of us planned.

So we have the herd at the Pinewood farm in “mobs” they seem to be doing well. Getting the correct amount of ground litter and hoof action is hard at first, but after awhile it is a flow. Our neighbors think we are crazy, but they already knew it! So after a few months of adjusting we have figured out some great things but still have a lot to learn. One of the best changes we made was to the FREE CHOICE Minerals. The benefits to the herd as a whole could be seen in just weeks. Mark Bader will be at the Workshop to explain why these minerals work better.

We put the Pinewood herd into a Bermuda field that had not been harvested for hay. It averaged 15 to 17 inches deep. There is another field behind the Bermuda that has some briars and no Bermuda. The cows would go to the field with nothing in it and eat ALL the fescue there was not much of anything. This was very interesting, the cows wouldn’t eat the Bermuda. There was around 375 cows and calves total on this lane. You couldn’t even tell they were on it. They just didn’t want it. At night we rolled out one roll of hay just to keep body scores up. They were like a bunch of kids that refused to eat their Green Beans! On the 4th day it looked like it should have the 1st day.

grazing-octlrPictured Above: We started on the 1st day on the top left with lane to pond going into the field behind where I was standing. we had 375 head cows and calves. We would have gained over 20 days grazing on this field. But we had a fire that claimed most of the field. Gaining 20 days is amazing. This is worth getting excited about. This is saving money, time, and is better for the enviroment. This is why we are having Ian come to teach. So join us if you can. So far it is the only workshop like this, this side of the Mississippi. Now when we turn them into a new pasture, they put their head down and eat. Instead of looking for what they want.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join Our CSA

There are great reasons to join our CSA! Buying direct from your Farmer is a wonderful way for people who eat to connect with people who grow.  To use your food dollars to buy well-grown food fosters not only your personal well-being but also supports a healthy community.  Community Supported Agriculture aka “CSA” is characterized by prepaid membership subscriptions sold prior to the harvest season. Pinewood Farm grows over 75 varieties of fruits, veggies and herbs. Fresh, local produce is a healthy and affordable choice for you and the whole family!

We’re taking subscriptions for our 2013 Season.

Click on Pinewood Farms CSA 2013 to download a sign-up form!

Read more about our CSA on our How To Buy page.  For any additional questions please call Ginny & David Lundell (615) 948-0990.

The Orchard

The Orchard at Pinewood Farms has been planted!

It includes a variety of trees … Asian pear, Sweet Honey Pear, Stanley(prune) plum, Bluebyrd plum, Apples – Goldrush, Liberty, Pristine, Wolf River and a bonus of two Brown Turkey Fig trees.

Come on over and “Like” us on Facebook to see more photos of the Orchard and stay connected to our day to day and play by play Pinewood Farm adventures!

The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago; the second best time is now.  -Chinese proverb

July CSA is ready!

We may be a lil’baked from the heat but we’ve got veggies ready for CSA deliveries! It’s time to choose WHEN and WHERE you would like to pick up your weekly share of fresh, real food.  Please notify us quickly as to your choice so that we can keep your place reserved… our roster of subscribers is filling quickly. Those of you who have paid the $15 annual membership fee and/or $80 for the first 4 weeks of produce, we will contact you to confirm delivery location. Thank you for your patience.

Please email to: thepinewoodfarm@gmail.com, send us a Facebook message or call us directly (615) 948-0990.

 

 

2013 Foals are being weaned!

We are so excited about our foals this year! They are so pretty and have the best temperaments. All are AQHA registered.  Our broodmares are stout ranch mares with proven Working Cow Horse bloodlines; our stallions are bred to perform on the ranch, on the trails, and in the arena. We breed very successfully for strong bones, lots of cow, hardiness, athleticism, and good disposition.

Horses raised as nature intended:  The horses are raised on the open range. Our foals are nurtured as much by the landscape as by their dams, evoking millennia upon millennia of deeply-rooted equine instinct as they mature.

Quality range-bred horses are hard to come by.  Our foals move with the foraging herd, traveling every day.  Not only does this work to develop physically superior horses, but by raising foals in a herd, as nature intended, mentally healthy horses are created.  From birth, the foals learn to traverse rocky, brushy country, cross streams, graze, and to respect the herd dynamic.  In other words, our foals learn to handle themselves physically, deal with a variety of naturally occurring challenges, and to submit to dominant herd members–all of this translates directly to a foal’s future relationship with humans. 

We would love for you to come have a look at these gorgeous babies and hopefully make one part of your program. We offer our foals, young prospects, and selected broke horses for sale – please contact us for availability.

Fresh Awakenings

Spring brings with it a fresh awakening. The wildflowers are blooming and the vegetable seeds are being sown. Pinewood Farms is no exception to the freshness of spring. For the past three years the Lundells’ have worked to create a sustainable community garden full of life, love and hard work. This year they have passed the challenge on to Crystal Lewis, a native of Pinewood who has a passion for growing high quality fruits and vegetables. For this transition, Pinewood Farms has solicited the help of well-known gardener, Jeff Poppen, better known as the Barefoot Farmer. Together, Crystal and Jeff, are revitalizing the magic that Pinewood Farms has locked in its soil in order to offer fresh, nutritious vegetables to the surrounding community.

Pinewood Farms has always functioned as an organic farm. This year, with guidance from Jeff Poppen, we will grow food with the integrity of the soil in the foremost of our mind and take our gardening ‘beyond organic’. The practice of biodynamic farming is based on the teaching of Austrian educator Dr. Rudolf Steiner and promotes a holistic understanding of the agriculture process. Biodynamic simply means “life-energy” and strives to create a diversified but balanced farm ecosystem.  It treats soil fertility, plant growth and livestock care as ecologically interrelated tasks and strives to generate health and fertility, when possible, from within the farm.

Pinewood Farms is committed to the biodynamic production of Earth’s bounty and wants to share this bounty with the community. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) began in the US in the 1980’s. This type of economic model and food distribution assumes a shared risk between farmer and consumer. This notion of shared risk, asks that members pay up front for the whole season and the farmers do their best to provide a variety of produce each week. If pickings are slim, the weather is bad etc. members are not typically reimbursed. The result is a feeling of “we’re in this together”. Many times, this idea of shared risk is part of what creates a sense of community among members and the farmers. Some advantages to participating in a CSA include access to fresh produce, new ways of cooking and a reliable source for healthy food options.

Pinewood Farms is now accepting CSA subscription for 2014. We ask for a one-time sign up fee of $15. This fee gives you a lifetime membership in the farm. So if you take a year or two off from the program then choose to come back, you will not be charged again.

The basic share is $100 per month due at the beginning of each month or $650/year, if paid up front or in two installments, one by the first pickup and one by September 1st.  Each week you will receive approximately 8-10lbs. of fresh picked, in season produce and a recipe card (the typical season for CSA is 7 months of the year).  We also offer grass fed beef, chickens, lamb and pork available upon request and cut to custom standards. All animals are pasture raised and processed in a USDA certified and inspected facility.

Beginning late May, look for us every Friday at Integrated Life Center on Music Row in Nashville and on Saturdays at Wild Duck Soup Emporium located on the Centerville Square. These two locations will serve as Market and CSA pick up locations.

By being a part of Pinewood Farms CSA, you are supporting your local farmer and economy. We encourage you to get to know your farmers, so come visit Crystal, Samantha and Nicole at the Farm.

For more information please visit us on Facebook, the Web or email us at thepinewoodfarm@gmail.com. For a downloadable CSA sign-up form click here.

 

 

 

 

 

2014 CSA Sign UP

There are great reasons to join our CSA! Buying direct from your Farmer is a wonderful way for people who eat to connect with people who grow.  To use your food dollars to buy well-grown food fosters not only your personal well-being but also supports a healthy community.  Community Supported Agriculture aka “CSA” is characterized by prepaid membership subscriptions sold prior to the harvest season. Fresh, local produce is a healthy and affordable choice for you and the whole family!

We are now taking subscriptions for the 2014 season!

To sign up click here. Questions? Email thepinewoodfarm@gmail.com.

2015 CSA Subscription Sign Up

There are great reasons to join our CSA! Buying direct from your Farmer is a wonderful way for people who eat to connect with people who grow. To use your food dollars to buy well-grown food fosters not only your personal well-being but also supports a healthy community. CSA (Community Supported Agriculture ) is characterized by prepaid membership subscriptions sold prior to the harvest season. Fresh, local produce is a healthy and affordable choice for you and the whole family!

Learn More Here