Jan 292017
Mark has some healthy local goods this week! Join our CSA for Spring/Summer now, or finish the second half of the season to support those healthy eating goals! Please visit our Market: Tuesday – Eastern Market, 225 7th Street SE 4-7pm,  If you have questions regarding the markets, please call or text Mark at 804-397-7337. Our Patriot’s Plaza market is closed for the season until further notice.Mark is looking to rent warehouse space in DC 500-1500 Sq feet. email him if you know of anything: Mark@thefarmbus.com.

Happy Cooking!

Suzi Lilly

It’s time to sign up for the Spring/Summer CSA!! We’ve partnered with Schlep to use their awesome eco-friendly trikes for home delivery,  and the fruit share is back! Share with your friends, family and coworkers and get a referral reward! The 10% off coupon for the FULL share (produce, meat, dairy and bread all in one share) paid in full up front, is FULL17. This coupon is not valid for any other share ie produce, meat or dairy alone. Let me know if you have questions. Military/Veterans discount coupon remains the same (email me for the code).
Here is what is in the share:

  • shiitake mushrooms –
  • cabbage – apple cider braised cabbage – although this recipe comes from all star chef Tom Colicchio, it is made just the way my dad made it.
  • butternut squash – squash with sorghum syrup and butter
  • turnips – roast turnips with mushrooms and wine
  • carrot
  • golden beets – farrotto with mushrooms and beets, can also use carrots or turnips
  • potatoes
  • kale – pasta with kale pesto and butternut squash
  • collards – vegetarian “southern style” collards
  • sorghum molasses – sorghum makes everything more deicious. I love to put it on cornbread, biscuits, or in oatmeal. it is also yummy in coffee, on pancakes or waffles and can be used as a sugar substitute in baking or cooking. Our sorghum is Virginia grown, and comes from some of our Mennonite farmers in the Shenandoah Valley and has a fairly robust nutritional profile, not just empty sweetness.
  • creasy greens Here’s a cool blog on creasy greens, along with a song! My own song goes like this: rinse rinse rinse your creases, repeat 6 times!  they grow in sandy soil so rinse them well, or you will be eating grit. Here’s another recipe from our friend E.A.T. And my blog post from ages ago. They are one of my favorite green, I love to just throw them in the pan after I have cooked whatever meat and sautee them up, adding in mushrooms, garlic, onions if I have it, and seasoning with some vinegar, salt and pepper.
  • maybe brussels sprouts


Happy Cooking!
Warmly, Suzi

We’re Hiring for a Farmer’s Market Assistant + Interns

Farm to Family, based in Richmond, VA, has an immediate part time JOB opening for Farmer’s Market Associate/Customer Service for our well-established pop-up markets + CSA on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC. Interships also available.

Schedule is currently Tuesday 2-7pm; Wed 9-7pm, Thursday 10-7pm (25-30 hrs/wk). $12/hr to start based on experience – advancement opportunities exist to grow with our company.

Job duties include but not limited to:

. Market management including customer service and sales, staffing, forecasting, reports
· Educating and interacting with community members at CSA pick-ups, farmers markets, and more.

· Marketing experience including social media and events

· Must be able to do heavy lifting

· Setup, breakdown of farmer’s markets

· Assist with CSA delivery
Skillset and Experience:

· Experience with retail, CSA model as well as farmers markets a+ including inventory management, ordering, interaction with farmers and vendors.

. Excel, Microsoft word, Square, Powerpoint, graphic design a plus.

· Excellent customer service skills required

· High level of responsibility reliability, motivation, passion about local food and a willingness to learn required

· Ability to work effectively and cooperatively with staff = Required

· Must be able to do heavy lifting – Required

· Clean driver’s license/ability to drive a box truck a +
This is a year-round position for someone who is enthusiastic about growing the CSA and Farmer’s Market experience with us.

For more info about us: www.thefarmbus.com

Please forward resume to mark@thefarmbus.com or call 804-397-7337

Jan 082017

bok-choyHi members, here is our share for this week.Just a reminder that I have gone back to work full time, and  do not have access to my phone or email except for very brief periods during the week. If you have a problem with your share the day of pickup – running late, cannot pickup etc, please text Mark at 804-397-7337, and then email me with resolution so I can make sure your are taken care of.

Thank you. Have a great week and enjoy the share. It is super nice!


Meat – 7th/G drop

ground lamb – Moroccan Shepherds pie with sweet potatoes

Meat – Eastern Market drop

Dec 182016
Apples and Onions, Delicious!

Apples and Onions, Delicious!

Hi DC members,

This will be your last share for the year, and those of you who are weekly will have your next share on Tuesday,  ⅓ Tuesday – those of you who are bi-weekly, 1/10. There is currently a glitch in the CSAware system and the schedule is OFF, we are working to get that fixed.

We are so grateful to have you as members this year, and glad you made the choice to get your family’s food with us.  We hope you have enjoyed everything so far.  We wish you happy holidays and a wonderful New Year!

here is what is in the share:



Eastern Market folks will get the following:

  • Morning Glory chicken leg quarters – Nom Nom Paleo Asian Chicken thighs – perfect if you still have some fresh ginger! and serve with the roasted broccoli. NOM NOM!!
  • Puff’s Maple BBQ – heat this up, make a little salad, roast brussel sprouts, or sautee kale and  you are set for an easy dinner after holiday shopping frenzy. This is also tasty enough to wow  your friends – make little sliders.
  • Puff’s Maple sausage – Savory sausage, greens, roasted tomatoes bread pudding great comfort food perfect for family breakfast or dinner.

7th/G people will get the following:

  • Edmonds Farm – Bison chuck roast –  this is a treat. Cook it like you would a beef pot roast. This secret is to thoroughly brown the meat on all sides when you start your prep so it has a nice crust on it – that ensures your meat will be tender, juicy and flavorful.   Here is a beer braised version, with fresh rosemary and thyme.  Chuck roast, whether beef or bison, are one of the most economical cuts of meat, and super delicious. You can modify any beef recipe for your bison. I love to make bison bourgognone also!!! and here is barbecue bison and pulled bison with cider! Good luck and enjoy!

Happy Cooking!


Nov 132016


Bread – Billy Bread – if, horrors, you do not eat your Billy Bread fast enough, do not throw it away!  here are other ways to use it.



  • Morning Glory – whole broiler – slow roasted chicken with cilantro lime butterroasted chicken bahn mi sandwich with cilantro and marinated carrots. 
  • Polyface hot dogs – these are so delicous. Kids love them, and so do grown ups. I love to eat them with legendary Michigan sauce (a local favorite from my home area, northern NY, only as a kid we ate them with Glazier’s Red Hotdogs. I cringe to think of ingredients in those hot dogs but they were soooo good). Here’s a basic recipe and this is another good one for game day – lots of cumin is very important. You can adjust for your own palate and depending on how sweet you like your sauce. I put all my ingredients in slow cooker, ground beef goes in raw, and let it go till its done – 6-8 hours. then I mash with a potato masher to get the right consistency.  You can eat them with mustard and onions (I like mine with, buried). You will want to make a lot of this sauce, and freeze it for when you get a hankering.
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