May 182015

Hi members — We have a stellar share for you this week.  Some favorites, plus a few interesting new things to stretch you a little. We have some amazing vinegars packed a la carte for you to try – they have been flying out of the market: Agriberry/Virginia Vinegarworks cooperative Sweet Releast Blackberry Vinegar (use like balsamaic),  and RazzleDazzle Raspberry — amazing in salads, or try as a reduction.


  • ramps – foraged wild. great interview with Chef Jeremiah Langhorne on ramp foraging in WaPo. FoodInJars ramp post, plus other great easy pickles
  • asparagus – Sneads Asparagus Farm: try grilling! or roast in oven with balsamic vinegar and cheese
  • strawberries – Agriberry. with balsamic vinegar Allie made this strawberries and cream cake, and subbed coconut oil for veg oil,  jam, or small batch jam from food in jars (great site for cool stuff to jar up in small batches). I am making  strawberry balsamic blackpepper jam tomorrow as wedding favors for my niece’s wedding.
  • beets – Flores Farm these are delicious. don’t  forget  to eat the tops – sautee or cook like you would greens.
  • romaine lettuce – Flores  Farm Mark grilled, then we put blue cheese and vinaigrette on it.would be good with caeser dressing too.
  • cilantro   Flores Farm-   cilantro pesto or cream sauce
  • dandelion greens – Flores Farm perfect for spring! its slight bitterness allows for expansion in life, and stimulates the liver (chinese dietary therapy). Try Sauteed Dandelion Greens with olive oil, Lemon and Garlic
  • long radish – Flores Farm  perfect for pickling
  • pea shoots – Flores Farm — Taste like sweet peas, so sweet you can just eat as a snack. Or throw in your salad.
  • totsoi – Flores Farm – a type of chinese spinach Try this Vietnamese Hanoi Noodle Soup  with Tatsoi,  Bokchoy and chicken breast. or breakfast Tatsoi Egg Bake
  • bok choy – Flores Farm –  stir fried chicken with bok choy — use the ramps! and chicken breast.

Meat – Probably a combination of these, not sure yet.




May 112015

Hi folks — We look forward to seeing you for your first share this week, if you are at a bi-weekly drop, or second share if you are at Eastern Market.

I’ve included some of my family’s recipes this week, food that I grew up with, and I hope you enjoy.

If you need any last minute changes, let me know.

Warmly, Suzi


  • asparagus – Try Viviane Banquet Farre’s Shaved Asparagus and goat cheese bruschetta with chive infused oil! Yum!
  • spinach – See my recipe below for salad, and family recipe for soup, also below.
  • strawberries – If your berries make it home, try shortcake! Leslie, our workshop coordinator made strawberry kombucha with the tops of hers a few days ago.
  • shiitake and Lion’s mane mushrooms – sautee in butter with shallots. Lion’s Mane are basically little sponges for butter, sauce, whatever. they are delicious. These come from our friend Rob Woolfolk, who is a nurse as his day job. He does innoculated mushroom logs, and harvests a few mushrooms for our shares. They are beautiful. Lion’s Mane mushrooms are good for your brain. Here’s some info on them.
  • BusFarm chocolate mint – We are excited to share our first crop of the season with you! It arries well with strawberries. If you make a salad or smoothie, throw in a handful. Muddle for your favorite cocktail.
  • Tuscan Black kale – I like to sautee this in coconut oil. Just strip the leaves off the stems with your hands. Tuscan kale is my favorite, and perfect for caeser salad and kale chips.
  •  butter crunch lettuce – so delicious. you can sub this for spinach in the salad below
  • red radish – Try this recipe for radishes with butter and salt from Ina Garten – the butter herbed, and versatile. Serve with fresh baguette.
  • shallots – so delicious. Here’s a video from Mark Bittman to get you started. Try them with the chicken tenders and mushrooms
  • maple syrup  -Real Virginia maple syrup from Southernmost Maple in Virginia’s Switzerland, Highland County. Mike Puffenberger and his family are old friends of Mark’s mom and dad, and are one of our Mennonite families who seem to farm so well. Puff, as Mike is called, is well known for his barbecue and maple sausage, which you got last week. Mark’s special dessert for company at our house is the Old Church Creamery yogurt, with fresh fruit (strawberries) and a drizzle of maple syrup. Maple syrup is lovely in coffee, and a splash in a smoothie.  You can also try on pancakes, french toast and waffles (with strawberries of course). My niece likes to make stuffed french toast with the banana or pumpkin bread, with goat cheese and sliced strawberries.  I also like to make my grandmother’s egg nog, see recipe below.


  • Polyface chicken tenders – You learned about the chickenness of the chickens in the movie, Food Inc. right? We are glad to call one of the world’s most famous farmers, Joel Salatin, our farmer. And so can you. Here’s Jamie Oliver’s recipe for chicken nuggets, from that crazy episode of Food Revolution when he shows kids how the OTHER kind are made. This is quick, easy and delicious.
  • Fleetwell Farms side meat (great for the kale!) –  Sharon + Ken Davidson are some of our favorite farmers, and homestead in King and Queen County, VA. Side meat is a cut of pork taken from the fresh pork side of the flank area. This cut can be sliced, but is more commonly smoked, cured, sliced and then sold as bacon. It will go great with any kind of kale or collards and make a flavorful potlikker. You can try this family recipe from my dad’s side of the family below, or  this recipe for Potlikker Noodles with mustard greens (you can sub spinach or kale) from our friend Chef Jason Alley from award winning restaurants Comfort and Pasture here in RVA.
  • Polyface ground beef – Best prepared simply, burgers, at least the first time, to allow yourself to truly taste the difference of grass-fed beef. Then you can doll it up.


  • Assorted Mt. View cheese – handmade by Christy Huber. Christy is an art teacher turned cheesemaker. Her husband Fred made a deal with her to give her a year off from teaching, to make cheese. She never looked back. She also makes butter, and does the Meow Milk I hope you loved last week!

Farm to Family Spinach Salad with Carmelized Pecans, Strawberries and Cheese – serves 4. Prep: @15 min.

I invented this fancy salad a few seasons ago. You can also make the carmelized nuts as a sweet snack, or use them to top other delicous strawberry treats.

½ cup pecans (halves or whole – try it with walnuts too)

1 tsp cultured butter (unsalted), coconut oil or olive oil

1 TBS raw honey (can use maple syrup)

4 cups Spinach and/or lettuce washed, dried and torn into bite sized pieces

5 or 6 strawberries – washed, hulled, sliced  (experiment with using other seasonal fruit like apples or peaches, or dried fruit like cranberries)

½ cup crumbled cheese (feta cheese, goat cheese are nice, but you can also grate cheddar or colby)Keep the cheese out if you prefer.

2 TBS olive oil

2 TBS unpasteurized apple cider vinegar (Balsamic vinegar is nice too with the berries – more or less to taste. Europeans like less vinegar than Americans, who have a sharper palate.)

·  Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a bowl mix pecans, butter or oil and honey together. Place coated nuts on a toaster oven tray or baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes.

·  Gently toss spinach, berries, nuts, cheese and onions.

·  Add oil and vinegar and toss again.

Grandma’s Egg Nog

I’ve had this almost every day, since we go the fresh strawberries. This is an amazing treat, and very nourishing for someone who may not be feeling good. It makes a great on the go breakfast.

My mom’s dad was a dairy farmer, and her mom did chicken, turkey and eggs.. After World War I, my grandfather (he was wounded and gassed at the Somme) went to Agricultural school in Bozeman, Montana on a fund for veterans that turned into the GI bill. They farmed in North Dakota, Montana and my grandfather also traveled working the wheat harvests up in Canada to make extra money. He had a large 8×10 camera that he carted around with him (frivolous! my grandmother would snort) and photographed life as he saw it. My mother has these amazing photographs and is working on scanning them – amazing images of folks living in sod houses, and farming with huge draft horses. Then they came back to civilization, Northern NY along the St. Lawrence River, after Grandma “had enough of nonsense,” traveling across country in Model T Ford, grandma peeling potatoes as they drove. At night they pitched a tent. Right after that, Montana began to blow away in “dust storms.”

If you were sick, Grandma made this. My mother would also make it as a treat. My mother has my grandmother’s recipes – she was the famous cook so I look forward to sharing more. Try it with some fresh strawberries.

In a blender:

1 cup cold milk (low pasteurized, or raw if you can get it)

1 tbs maple syrup (or other sweetener) – to taste

1 raw egg – make sure it is pastured and fresh. crack it into a bowl before you put into blender.

3-4-5 strawberries, washed and hulled

dash nutmeg

whiz. drink. 

Pigweed Soup (with noodles)

I have been waiting months until we would be giving you spinach and side meat together so I could share this recipe with you. My cousins are very excited that you are getting this. My father used to make this when I was a child, from pigweed, a weed that grew in our garden, and it came from his mother, Estella, who was also a renowned cook. My dad passed away before I was able to write down a lot of family recipes, so much of that tradition was lost. Sit with your parents and grandparents, and write down the recipes and get the stories so you can share! So important.

I believe that pigweed is actually the male version of lamb’s quarters. You can make it with any foraged green, or spinach, or kale. Mothers used to send their kids out to forage for greens, and then make some sort of soup like this with a handful of this or that. Dad would send me out with instructions to pull pigweed. I had a great conversation with Chef Jason Alley, above, about poor folks food from our Grandmothers, North (mine) and his (south) and how similar they are and how important it is to talk about how easy it is to make food out of nothing.

Luckily, this recipe was written and down and preserved by my cousin Pamela, whose mother, Ione (Estelle’s sister) also used to make it, so I am assuming it came from their mother, my great grandmother. Ione’s daughters sat down with her before she died and this was how she would make it. The amounts and ingredients are vague – I think it depends on what you have, and who you have to feed, I think it is hard to mess up, so do your best and let me know if you make it. You can refer to Jason’s recipe above, for help. I have made this and it is wonderful. I think it would taste great with a pan of hot cornbread, with butter and honey.

  • Cut and slice potatoes, put aside in cold water
  • cut and slice onions, put aside in water with potatoes
  • cut pork in small pieces. Put salt pork and onions in water. Let cook until grease rises to the surface. (calls for salt pork, but works great with side meat)

Make Noodles (!!! – make more than you think you need, as everyone will eat them. You can also refer to Jason’s recipe above, as it is very similar)

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • Add 3 eggs
  • Add 4 tbs milk

Mix above ingredients. Dough should be wet enough to work with. Add more milk if necessary. Roll out, not too thin. Flour top of dough (quite a bit). Roll up like a jelly roll (should be rolled fairly tight). Rol about 2 turns, then cut in very small slices. Noodles look like small pinwheels. Will also have to cut down the length of the dough to release this portion of the dough from the rest. Continue with the rest of the dough. Put in water wiht salt pork and onions to cook (do not stretch out, leave in circle) Add potatoes/onions. Cook noodles and potatoes about 30 minutes. Add spinach, or pigweed – (I would say a couple handfuls, remember that it cuts down.) Simmer another 5 minutes or so. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Have to determine how many potatoes you want yourself. Also, used quite a bit of pork. Cut up the whole thing.

The best I could do.


May 062015


We are excited to be reopening our non-profit Market in Richmond this week. We will be opening on Thursday, May 7.  Hours will be:

Monday – 10-6:30pm

Thursday – 10-6:30pm

Friday – 10-6:30pm

Saturday – 10-5pm

Sunday – 11-5 pm

Hours will extend as the season gets underway.


Produce is all local, raised either organically, or low spray, unless indicated
  • Agriberry strawberries
  • Sneads Farm asparagus
  • Flores Farm fresh garlic
  • BusFarm fresh herbs – our own
  • Flores radishes
  • Flores spinach
  • Greenhouse Gardens hyrdoponic bibb lettuce, red oak and arugula
  • Flores lettuce mix
  • Pampatike Organic Farm Siberian kale
  • Pampatike Organic Farm rainbow chard
  • ramps (wild foraged)
  • collards – Kirby – conventional
  • Curly kale – Kirby  – conventional
  • Sweet potatoes –  not local. Conventional
  • pink lady apples – Crown Orchard – integrated pest control
  • yellow delicious – Crown Orchard – Integerated pest control
  • potatoes – Clifford Rohr
  • cabbage – Clifford Rohr
  • spaghetti squash – Clifford Rohr
  • Napa Cabbage
  • yellow onions – not local
  • white onions – not local

We will also offer a selection of not local, but much requested items. As we are in a food desert, we try to accomodate! Please let us know what you would like.

  • lemons, limes, blueberries, ginger oranges, avocados, bananas
Dairy + Eggs – beyond organic. Dairy is grass-fed, no hormones or antibiotics. Eggs are pastured.
Pampatike organic farm eggs
Promised Land Farm Eggs
Old Church Creamery milk, yogurt, kefir
Mt View milk, cheese, butter
Eberly Farms cheese
Farm Friend goat milk
Peachy Family goat cheese
Goats R Us goat cheese
Quail eggs
Duck eggs
Meats – beyond organic. Grass-fed/pastured on small local farms, no hormones
Polyface Farms  beef, chicken
Milton’s Harvest steaks
Sausage Craft
Puff’s barbecue + maple sausage
Edmonds Farm bison
Morning Glory chicken
Green Fence Farm lamb
Goats R Us Goat
Fleetwell Farms pork

Fresh Grocery/Bakery

Bombolini pasta, sauces, ice cream\Farmstead Ferments kraut, kraut juices, pickles

Nettie’s Naturally organic, desserts, almond milk, almond flour
Priairie Grain bread
Pizza Tonight pizza kits, sauce and cheese
Anna B gluten free breads/cookies

Blanchards coffee, Rostov’s coffee and teas, local honey, local bee pollen, jams, nut butters, vinegars, baking mixes, corn meal, grits, flour, maple syrup, Virginia peanuts, gluten free mixes, San Pellegrino sodas, water, coconut water,

local remedies
doTERRA CPTG Essential Oils
Green Pasture coconut oil, fermented cod liver oil
bulk section featuring herbs, salts, peppercorns

Natural, local cleaning products



Our CSA also has its spring launch in RVA, and Washington DC at Eastern Market and Patriot’s Plaza this week. We are looking forward to sharing ramps, strawberries, asparagus, thyme bundles, lettuces, radishes, green onions, garlic and Wade’s Mill grits with our produce members. There is still time to join our flexible CSA, as we accept members at any time. We start next week at our dropsites in Hanover, Stanton Park/Capitol Hill, Petworth and Potomac Place Towers.


Our Wednesday Farmer’s Market will resume this week at 355 E Street SW, Washington DC, with fresh food, snacks and more for residents of the area, and folks who work in the Federal buildings. Its been a long, cold wet spring, but we are glad to be back.


Things are growing at BusFarm! We are  already harvesting fresh herbs to sell in the store this week,  have two herb gardens in, and have been working on the fruit, tending to grape vines and berry bushes. We are prepping beds for seedlings. We will have workdays every Saturday, 10:00 am, and Wednesday evenings. We are looking for donations for many gardening items, please check your garden shed to see if there is anything you would like to donate to us. We are a 501(c)3, so your donations may be tax deductible.

Looking for the following items:

  • tools of all shapes and sizes
  • plants, seeds
  • pots
  • garden decorations
  • yard furniture
  • tiller, new, used or borrow (you can come till for us)
  • tractor, new, used or borrow (you can come plow for us, and move stuff around)
  • compost — bring us  your compost!
  • water barrels
  • We also need cash donations. This helps us more than anything. If you wish to donate, you can send us a check payable to BusFarm, or via Paypal.


Jan 272015


  • bibb lettuce — make a nice big salad, or make asian lettuce wraps and use the ground pork or beef below.
  • sweet potatoes — Mark Bittman has a super easy sweet potato coconut pie
  • honey crisp apples – slice and add to your salad
  • beets – I love the Moosewood Restaurant recipe for borscht. Its vegetarian and delicious. Mom and I pass this back and forth whenever we have beets.
  • Rutabagas – roast or mash
  • watercress – this is a hardier variety, so perfect to braise or sautee. Rinse well it grows in sandy soil.
  • spinach — the ultimate comfort food – Italian Wedding Soup – and use the ground pork/beef for meatballs
  • brussels sprouts – these are on the big side, so perfect to pull off the leaves and roast, and toss with salt, or cut into slices.


  • Sausage Craft — assortment
  • Polyface ground beef – sliders, or the Mark Bittman easy meatloaf from a few weeks back
  • Fleetwell Farms ground pork
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