Kenny’s Story

Way, way, way back, a long, long, time ago, practically in another world, 1992 I believe it was, My family went a lookin’ for some propane in Southern Indiana where we were living at that time. We were told we could find what we were looking for at the home of a man named Kenny Freeman. So we wound around on some country roads and came upon a cozy little farm with a wonderfully kept garden. Sure enough this was the place!

The friendly farmer came out and greeted us and quickly set us up with the propane we were looking for. But by the time he had finished we had struck up quite the conversation, and to complete it he needed to take us on a tour of his little farm. He showed us his tool shed with its immaculately cared for spades, digging forks and the like. Then he led us all around the garden, talking about varieties and methods. He was a veritable wealth of information!

Finally we came to rest in front of a trellis packed with tiny golden balls! Cherry tomatoes of a sort I had never before encountered! I was too polite back then to just pop a couple in my mouth, so I waited for he and my sweetie to stop jawing a spell and asked him what they tasted like.

He pulled three tomatoes off the vine and put them in my hand and said “Don’t eat these. Take them home and squeeze them out into a jar. Fill the jar with water and put a lid on it. Every day for the next three or four days shake the jar up, and when only the seeds sink to the bottom carefully drain off the water. Fill it again and shake to rinse off the seeds a couple of times, then drain the seeds well and lay them out on a plate. When they dry, put them someplace safe. Then next year plant those seeds and when the plants bear, you will know what those tomatoes taste like!”

This was completely unexpected, but it started me on a journey I have never turned back from! I never asked him what the varietal name was, but for our family they have always and only been known as Kenney’s Gold! We have saved them (sometimes through other folk’s plantings) for 28 years and counting! All the while we have taught countless people about seed saving and the desperate importance of using open pollinated and heirloom varieties in their gardens!

Springing Forward!!!

Taters in the ground!!

Spring is always a busy time on the farm but this year it’s even more exciting. We are getting lots of plants started in the greenhouse and the big work of this week is getting potatoes in the ground. It has been soooooo wet that we haven’t been able to get in the field but now we can and there’s no time to lose. Also this spring new for us and new for you, our Macon County neighbors, we are providing fresh baked goods on a weekly basis by home and business delivery from Groundwell Farm Baked!!!

As of last week we began “no contact delivery” for anyone who requests it. It’s simple to arrange with us, just let us know where your payment will be and which bin or box on your porch to place your baked goods in! You can even paypal us your payment at

We will continue to offer our full line of baked goods at our normal prices. You can see a good sampling of what we offer on our about page. Of course, as always, there is no menu to stick to! Contact us to discuss any specialty items you might want!

In addition to our line of baked goods we have quite a few herbal remedies available for sale. Look below for the “It’ll Cure What Ails Ya!” blog post for a full listing! Consider especially the Honeysuckle Leaf Syrup which is a strong antiviral and the Mullein/Plantain Tincture which eases the respiratory tract!

Our greatest wish is that all of us come out of this challenging time happy and healthy! Stay safe everybody!

It’ll Cure What Ails Ya!

Herbal remedies available now from Groundwell Farm!

Most of these herbs have more uses than what I have listed here, I have only listed them as what I have used them for over the past thirty years. Call or text us at 615-670-8510 to order!

Elderflower Syrup – Induces sweating to help reduce fever – great for colds, flus, and fevers – $10 per half pint

Plantain Tincture – Expectorant – Helps clear the lungs – $10 per 1/2oz. dropper bottle

Echinacea Passionflower Tincture – Echinacea boosts the immune system while Passionflower calms and aids with sleep. Great for colds and flus – $10 per 1/2oz. Dropper bottle

Passionflower Tincture and Mimosa Tincture – Both of these are good for calming anxiety and relieving insomnia – I offer them singly and in a 50/50 blend (my favorite) – $10 per 1/2oz dropper bottle

Slippery Elm/Honeysuckle/Chamomile Syrup – Great for colds and viruses – Slippery Elm soothes the throat, Honeysuckle is a powerful antiviral, and Chamomile is calming and mildly diuretic – $15 per half pint – $25 per pint

Yarrow Syrup – Tastes like medicine!! Relieves chest congestion and head/body aches and brings on sweats to help reduce fevers – Research shows 12 anti-inflammatory compounds! – $15 per half pint – Limited supply

Hooflands All-Around Tonic- Contains: Elder, Honeysuckle and Yarrow Infusions combined with Echinacea, Passionflower, and Plantain Tinctures and flavored with Mint Infusion made into a syrup with Non-GMO pure cane sugar – Combines most of my remedies in one! – $15 per half-pint

Honeysuckle Leaf Syrup – Not as tasty as Honeysuckle flower syrup but just as useful against virus and there are no flowers yet! Honeysuckle leaves, flowers, and root all contain multiple antiviral compounds. – $10 per half-pint

Mullein/Plantain tincture – very powerful against respiratory issues! $10 per 1/2 ounce dropper bottle

Mullein Leaf – Smoked in small quantities or made into a tea (strained through tightly woven cotton cloth to remove leaf hairs) is a very effective expectorant – $2 per gram

This is what I have here in the beginning of January, keep your eyes open for updates!

Home Delivery FAQ

How do I place an order for home delivery with Groundwell Farm Baked?

The most effective way to order is by calling or texting us at 615-670-8510. If you are ordering early in the week you can use e-mail ( or facebook messages, but you can text us all the way up to wednesday evening (we bake on thursdays) If you set up a standing order, you only need to notify us of special additions, changes or holds on your order.

Do I need to order every week to be a delivery customer?

No! Standing orders can be set up on a weekly, bi-weekly, or even monthly basis. But if you don’t want or need a standing order, keep our number (615-670-8510) on hand for birthday parties, holiday dinners, or other special events!

Is there a minimum order to qualify for a standing order?

No! One customer receives just one pound of Danish Butter Sandwiches per month, another, 3 Danish per week, yet another 1 loaf of Sourdough White per week. If you live outside our range you may meed to become a delivery spot/coordinater by finding others in your area to join in your order to make the drive to your area affordable for us.

Is there a benefit for me in becoming a Delivery Hot Spot/Coordinator?

Yes! If you increase our customer base enough for us to drive out of range you will receive a portion of your order free!

Am I restricted to the weekly menu for my orders?

No! The earlier in the week you order the better, but up until Wednesday evening you can order just about anything we would typically bake. If you order early folks will be notified that that item is available for them to order as well. In this way our customers ultimately create much of our menu!

Outside of receiving excellent, fresh baked goods at my door, what advantages are there to becoming a GFB delivery customer?

  1. Occasional free samples of new products
  2. Compliance with dietary restrictions you may have
  3. Organically grown garden plants and vegetables in season
  4. Farm fresh eggs (when our chickens start laying)
  5. A detailed list of the herbal remedies we have to offer
  6. Greater variety, freshness, and wholesomeness than any other bakery in town!

New Direction!

At the end of January we will be closing our storefront location at 200 Church Street in Lafayette, TN. It was a short lived adventure that brought us many good things like local exposure, of course, but also new friends and a better picture of what our local community wants in the way of baked goods.

We are already moving strongly in a new direction with our little bakery! We have several folks signed up for our home and business delivery service and we will be vendors at the 3rd Annual Handmade Market in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on February 1st!

Here are both the sign up form for home and business delivery, and a sample menu. Keep in mind that this service is designed to better serve your needs for baked goods, so if you have any special considerations (food allergies or sensitivities) please let us know so we can work with you! Contact us at 615-670-8510 if you’d like to join in, or print and fill out your form and drop it by 200 Church Street before January 25!

Feeling Ornamental

This week I experimented for the first time with salt dough. Some of you may remember this interesting artistic medium from grade school (either your own or your children’s). Salt dough consists only of flour, salt and water and with it you can produce quite remarkable things. Baskets, wreaths, dolls, picture frames and so much more! With this being my first time I kept it pretty simple and seasonal, borrowing some from techniques I’ve used in the past (and hope to use in the near future) decorating cakes with fondant and marzipan!

These are available for sale here at Groundwell Farm Baked at 200 Church street! I’ll be working with salt dough some more and also moving into Pate Morte (similar to salt dough but made with sugar and a tiny bit of yeast) as time goes on!

Cozy on a Rainy Winters Day

Here I sit in my cozy little storefront in Lafayette, TN. waiting for someone to play backgammon with.

It’s cool out but not too cold and we’ve been so busy this morning that my husband has gone home to roll out more pastries so we don’t run out before the end of the day!

There’s a light misty drizzle falling outside and I can’t help but feel a little bit snackish! Perhaps after a bit I’ll make myself a sandwich on some Cheddar Cheese Sourdough!

To distract myself perhaps I’ll learn some new Christmas carols on my trusty ukulele.

In the past week we’ve done quite a bit of work to find ways of better serving our customers. For example we have started a Baker’s Dozen Club

We also printed up Holiday ordering menus

And worked up a plan to offer Home and Business Delivery to our customers who may not have the time in their increasingly busy lives to stop in at the store!

So stop on in at 200 Church Street (Between the Square and Key Park) and see what’s happening! Maybe even play a game of backgammon with me!

Adult Erector Set!

At long last we have begun constructing the walls of the Craftshack! It feels so good to have my great grandfather’s tools in my hand once again! Here are a few quick pics of the erector set and a bit of the work, updates will be forthcoming!

On Fire!

I feel better already! Since I made the decision yesterday to leave Facebook next week, space has already opened up in my brain! I’m making more plans and accomplishing more. I can think clearly enough to actually write a little something!

So here’s a little helpful hint for anyone who has the occasional back spasm. Make Sriracha!

Sriracha beginnings

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