Apr 232018
 

Hi everyone, here are some recipes for you. This is a bang up share and I am getting hungry just thinking about it. This may be my favorite share of the season!  Lots of garicky onioney stuff this week. strawberries, asparagus. chamomile.  It’s the spring season for it. Hope you all did well with everything last week. What did you make with your ramps?

Large Produce:

Small/half share folks:

  • Bibb lettuce
  • strawberries
  • ramps
  • mushrooms
  • kale
  • asparagus
  • vine tomatoes (hot house)

dairy: Trickling Springs organic milk, natural yogurt (with strawberries and maple syrup), organic butter, Eberly havarti cheese – fried cheesy pickles, Promise Land eggs

meats:  Peachy farm pork chops – pork chops with ramp chimmichurri, Polyface breakfast links – strata with sausage and greens (great for breakfast and supper, Sky View Acres ground beef – Havarti burgers with cuke celery slaw,  make burgers and put sauteed ramps on them, or heck just make an Appalachian ramp burger! or ramp compound butter

bread:  Billy Bread rustic sourdough – If you don’t eat it all quickly, this bread will get hard, but don’t be sad or throw it out!  It is perfect for so many amazing dishes that call for bread on the harder side.

Apr 142018
 

Hi folks — Welcome to the CSA! Below is what we think will be in the share this week. Feedback on last week’s share was happiness! We hope you enjoy it as well. If you have questions on what items are, or

Half aka Small Produce share – 1/2 symbol represents half share members. Our half share aka small share is about 7-8 items, and unfortunately we can’t just split the large share items in half as so many of them consist of one item, or are packaged in one unit. We have to pick and choose what will work based on multiple logistics. We are trying to rotate to make sure you get enough quantity as well as all the great stuff as our season progresses. Send us feedback on the half share as we go along.

PRODUCE Large14 items/Half or Small – 7 items

Meat:  pork chops (Peachy – our Amish farm friends who do goat cheese also), ground lamb (Greenfence), chicken legs and thighs (Polyface)

bread- prairie grain – We love this bread! Robyn grinds the grain before she bakes, and Jeff delivers. Here’s a cool article on them.

cheese- Eberly cheddar – Mennonite family

eggs- Promise Land Pastures

butter- Trickling Springs

Farm Spotlight: Flores Farm – The Flores family has provided us with the majority of our produce during the height of our seasons for years now. Here are some winter photos from Flores Farm. Gerardo and Veronica Flores emigrated from Mexico more than 20 years ago. Now their son Omar and his wife and kids are starting to take over. DC folks may get to meet Omar over the summer as sometimes he comes up to DC to help with the drop. The Flores family farms 50 acres that are sustainably planted with an amazing variety of heirloom crops: herbs, greens, lettuces, eggplant,squash, tomatoes, onions, garlic, melons, root crops, chinese long beans, cukes, peas, dozens of different peppers and more. Diverse heirloom plantings with companion plants and herbs create more natural ecosystems that are good for our soil, water, and air and require low spray to keep the plants healthy. Their rich patchwork of fields, meadows, woods, and ponds are the perfect habitat for native plants and wildlife. There are bees and butterflies in the wild flowers that edge the fields, chickens for eggs (and manure) and ponies whose manure contributes to soilbuilding. That’s much better for our environment than monocrops or yet another suburban development. They also provide produce (and donate leftovers) to the Table at St George’s Episcopal Church, a market style food pantry for low income folks in Fredericksburg, VA.

Oct 282017
 

Mark has lots of treats in store for you for our Halloween CSA share.

We are gauging interest for Holiday trees and wreaths – if you are interested email me with TREE or WREATH  or TREE/WREATH in subject.

Don’t forget to order your holiday meats – Grass-fed bison roasts are now available to order online, along with Polyface Turkeys. Additional holiday meats are available (pork, lamb) – email for pricing.  After ordering, let us know when you want it – Thanksgiving or Winter holiday.

PRODUCE

FRUIT

MEAT

  • Rappahannock River Oysters/Clams – Check our facebook group for the video I made on how to open them, but please wear gloves.  Here are some recipe suggestions Grill themOven roast or try one of these . Please visit one of Rappahannock’s amazing restaurants – Rappahannock Oyster Bar at  Union Market is your closest. My favorite is Merroir,, which is out at the Marina on the Northern Neck, where Rappahannock has their operation. Its a tiny tasting room, with lot of outside seating, grills and a fabulous view. Or visit Richmond’s Rappahannock. Clams – Here’s how to roast, grill, steam and chowder them.
  • alt Meat:

BREAD

  • Prairie Grain Pumpkin Raisin – this is Mark’s favorite. It makes an amazing french toast. We stuff it with plain chevre or mascarpone and drizzle with maple syrup. Its also great grilled, or put in the toaster oven and slathered with butter.

CHEESE

  • Pimento – this is ridiculously good and  yes I ate it with a spoon. Here’s 14 other ways to eat it.