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:
Produce

  • 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

Meats

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!

Produce

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:

PRODUCE

MEAT

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!

Suzi

Nov 132016
 

13221606_10153965017670935_6177802699631889330_nProduce

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.

cheese

Meat

  • 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.
Nov 062016
 

DC Farmers Markets: Kalettes, Late Season Raspberries, Purple Sweet Potatoes and Thanksgiving Updates #capitolhill #patriotsplaza #easternmarket #CSA #farmshares

kalettesMark has some truly inspired local goods for you this week! Our Thursday Market is still on hold, please visit our other Markets: Tuesday – Eastern Market, 225 7th Street SE 4-7pm, Wednesday – Patriots Plaza, 315 E Street, SW 11-6:30 pm. If you have questions regarding the markets, please call or text Mark at 804-397-7337.Share this week

MEATS

  •  Rappahannock River Oysters, LLC- 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 it 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 and grills. So awesome. I also love Rappahannock, in Richmond with prosecco on tap. Say hello to Exec Chef Dylan Fultineer at any Rapp restaurant – he is really one to watch. Clams – Here’s how to roast, grill, steam and chowder them.
  • Sausage Craft Della Nonna (Inspired by the sausage made by Chris’s grandmother, who, incidentally, rocks. Spirals of porky greatness flavored with fresh parsley, white wine, and pecorino cheese). This is one of my favorites they do.
  • Edmonds Farm – Bison, Pork & Hay Farm, Lancaster, VA bison summer sausage – this is ridiculously delicious and you may want to keep it in the freezer till Thanksgiving to impress your guests.
  • Morning Glory Farm  chicken wings. TryTandoori chicken wings from Food Babe (uses yogurt in the marinade!) a nice spin on game day wings. She says they are the Best. We will try them and see! You can either grill or bake, and the marinade takes an hour, so plan accordingly.

We are getting closer to the Thanksgiving holiday, so here are updates for your consideration.

Turkey – We still have a few Polyface turkeys available — you can preorder via email farmshares@thefarmbus.com. Turkey will be delivered 11/22 for all pickup weeks, so you may have to make a special trip for your turkey. If you are at 7th/G your turkey will be delivered there. Make sure you start defrosting it immediately, here is a safe defrosting guide by our friends at the USDA. I have used the trashbag method and it works great.  Here are some tips and more tips on cooking a pastured bird. Here’s how to smoke it. I also recommend brining it, which can be simple like how Shari Salatin from Polyface does it, or fancy like Nigella Lawson. I have used both of these recipes successfully for succulent, moist and delicious turkey that my guests raved about. You can use a large bucket for a smaller turkey, or even a clean trashcan and line it with a trashcan for brine. I have also put my trashbag in the bathtub to brine.

Lamb – we also have pastured lamb. Please email about lamb.

Rolls + Pies, and other baked goods – You can also preorder baked goods(GF also) and Anna B gluten free pies via email.  The Anna B pies are really yummy, and don’t be turned off because they are GF.  The pumpkin and banana bread are guest pleasers, and also make amazing french toast. Stuff it with goat or yogurt cheese.

We have added more Trickling Springs Dairy just in time for holiday baking — you can now get milk, chocolate milk, dark chocolate milk, half and half, heavy cream, 1 lb butter (tastes different than the Mt. View cultured butter we also carry), buttermilk, and eggnog. Please email if you wish to pre-order to guarantee product.

Fall/ winter shares are LIVE for you to sign up for. I am so excited. The honey crisp apples we got last week were so delicious! And there are more this week PLUS Apple Cider!  If you are interested in signing up for Fall, please do so now here! Make sure to review our FAQ and Policies, as many of your questions may be answered there.   Please share us with your friends!

  •  Details: Starts the first week of October, runs 24 weeks with a two week break for winter holidays for Christmas and New Years,
  • Prices are $45/week for produce, $32/week for meat and dairy shares, $120 for Full share (produce, meat, dairy and bread). Add ons are available for eggs, bread etc.
  • Locations: Eastern Market, Patriot’s Plaza, and 7th/G drop (will revert to Eastern Market if we do not get 10 people.)

PROMOTIONS/DISCOUNTS (for shares only, does not apply to member fees)

  • PAID IN FULL upfront for the FULL share (includes produce, dairy, meat, bread) GET 10% off. Members still pay member fee. Expires 11/1. Coupon Code is WHOLESHEBANG16 (there is a place to enter it during checkout).  We appreciate our paid in full, full share members because your commitment is the glue to help us do what we do. You provide us working capital to work with our farmers in the best possible way at the beginning of the season, and supports our local farming micro-community. Our farmers put in a HUGE investment at the beginning of THEIR season for us, and this way we are able to pay them back in a timely manner. THANK YOU!
  • MILITARY DISCOUNT – 10% – for ACTIVE or VETERAN MILITARY – Thank you for your servce! Please email farmshares@thefarmbus.com for your verification and code. For those of us who have been with us before, the code is the same, so search your email or ask me again. 
  • REFERRAL REWARDS PROGRAM – For every friend, family member, co-worker or random person you refer who joins, you receive a $25 credit that goes towards FREE FOOD! Make sure to tell your friends to use YOUR NAME when they sign up, so you get your credit. THANK YOU!

What will you get? Virginia is a very diverse 4 season growing state – greens grow straight thru! We also work with innovative farmers using greenhouses and hoop houses to stretch the seasons. Many items are picked and stored, such as apples,  root veggies and squashes. Mushrooms move indoors.

  • Fruit: pears, grapes, different apples (straight thru), asian pears, possible late raspberries.
  • Veg: pumpkins, squashes, beets, turnips,carrots, leeks, onions, potatoes, mushrooms, herbs, sweet potatoes, Jerusalem artichoke,  rutabagas, greens like chard, spinach, creasy greens, kale, kalettes, cauliflower, broccoli, romanesco, we are hoping for fresh ginger and turmeric, and more.
  • In addition as the season progresses, or if we have bad weather (snow, cold and ice can affect greens and either items growing),  you will start getting 1 or two pantry items or added value item – this helps us get thru the winter season with diversity and supports our farmers who are preserving, drying or otherwise using their harvest from earlier in the year. What might you get?  honey, applesauce, apple butter, maple barbecue sauce, fermented veggies (kraut), dried black beans, frozen corn, buckwheat flour, Wade’s Mill (400 year old mill) cornmeal, polenta, grits, baking mixes and other grains, sorghum molasses, Virginia peanuts, Twin Oaks soy foods, heirloom popcorn, our own  jam, and more.

If you have questions about the Fall share, email me. Join Now, and Support the local food system.

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

 

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