Oct 312016
 

DC Farmers Markets –   DC Farmers Markets – RRO Oysters, clams, mushrooms and more #capitolhill #patriotsplaza #easternmarket #CSA #farmshares

oystersMark 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.It is truly a glorious share this week! Wow!!! You will be feasting like kings. Don’t forget butter if you are getting oysters and clams!

I went to pick up oysters, so watch Facebook and twitter for some pictures!

We are excited to offer you Trickling Springs add on dairy items: egg nog – thru the winter holidays, non fat milk, chocolate milk, buttermilk, half and half, heavy cream, butter (lb – different from the cultured butter from Mt. View). In addition, Trickling Springs offers egg noodles +  pot pies – doesnt that sound interesting!  email me to preorder.

Don’t forget to order your holiday Polyface turkey! Email me to preorder,  pay the deposit and let me know your preference on size.

coming up: You will be able to order holiday pies from AnnaB (forget that they are gluten free – your guests will never know!!) and don’t forget to get extra pie shells. I made a quiche over the weekend, with duck eggs, and my guests were oohing and aahing.  Don’t forget to order rolls – white, or whole grain, gluten or gluten free.

Produce

  • russet potatoes – these are some of the best potatoes I’ve ever had
  • green peppers
  • broccoli
  • leeks – Anthony Bourdaine’s Les Halles Vichysoisse
  • celery – Best. Celery. Ever. Here are some great ways to use it.
  • beets
  • cherry tomatoes
  •  tuscan kale
  • chard
  • Daikon (make easy pickles) – Vietnamese pickles
  • white bok choy
  • red leaf lettuce
  •  cilantro
  • mushrooms
  • late season raspberries – savor each one by one, or here are some recipes

MEAT

  • Meat is oysters and clams, – Here’s how to open your oysters and drink them too. 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.
  • Alt Meat – for those who do not want oysters –  whole roaster chicken – why you should brine (and brine your turkey too!) +  Sausage Craft Brats.

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)

  • 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
oysters

Sep 262016
 
Spring Summer CSA Bounty

DC Farmers Markets – Honey Crisp Apples, plums, bison, Roma Beansand Concord Grapes! Join Now for Fall CSA Shares #capitolhill #patriotsplaza #easternmarket #CSA #farmshares

Mark 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.

Here are our highlights for this week!

Happy Cooking!!

Suzi

HOLIDAY MEAT ORDERS – its almost turkey time! We will be getting turkeys from Polyface Farms again this year. Other meats are available, like beef, bison and pork roasts, fresh hams (country hams are hard to get, so sorry none of those), lamb leg/shoulders etc. There will be a $20 downpayment. You do not have to be a member to get one. Let me know if you wish to order something, the general size, and if you want Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday.

FALL SHARES START NEXT WEEK! Sign up NOW!!!

FALL SHARE FLYER DISTRIBUTION – Mark has a job handing out flyers – please see him if you or someone you know is interested. We also appreciate any flyers you can hand out at work, gym, yoga, coffee shop etc. I have an electronic version as well that can be posted via email, social media etc. Please be mindful of flyer placement, ask permission as we don’t want to litter or upset anyone with them.

Here’s are this week’s highlights:

PRODUCE

  • Swiss chard – this makes awesome lasagna noodles. 
  • banana butternut squash – looks like a mini baseball bat, tastes great!
  • carrots
  • tuscan kale – how to prepare it
  • green beans
  • kohlrabi – its a weirdo vegetable. But versatile. 
  • radishes
  • honey crisp apples
  • pears
  • plums – Plum Crisp with cornmeal streusel – heavenly. I swap out the flour with GF. 
  • grapes – be still my heart. These are so amazingly delicious. 
  • basil  –how to use a bunch of basil in a week. 
  • roma beans – so yummy. They do everything green beans do and more. Here’s info on how to use them. 

MEAT

  • Edmonds Farm Ground Bison
  • Bacon
  • Chicken legs/thighs

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

Nov 302015
 

brusselsprouts markHello members! Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving spent with family and friends! We will be resuming our regular DC Market schedule: Tuesday at Eastern Market 4-7pm (members only), Wednesday at Patriot’s Plaza 315 E Street, SW, 11-6pm, and Thursday at our Pop-Up on Capitol Hill at E Capitol Street, NE at 8th Street, NE 11-7pm.

Here are the share items for this week:

Produce Share:

Apples

Brussels sprouts
http://ohmyveggies.com/recipe-roasted-brussels-sprouts-apples/
^Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice for some tang!

12239926_10153563634250935_4785596539662576977_nCelery
http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/celery-tonic
http://food52.com/recipes/16471-italian-celery-and-mushroom-salad

Leeks
http://www.onceuponachef.com/2011/11/potato-leek-soup.html

Beets

Besides supplying good amounts of protein, phosphorus, and zinc, beet greens are also a great source of fiber. Packed with antioxidants, they’re high in vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese, and low in fat and cholesterol.”

http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1016159-beet-greens-and-cheddar-crumble
^We made this for supper a few weeks ago and it is SO good!
http://www.howsweeteats.com/2014/08/roasted-beet-goat-cheese-and-honey-drizzled-tarts/

Carrots
http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2014/10/carrot-cake-with-cider-and-olive-oil/
http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2012/03/carrot-cake-pancakes/

11225997_10153558199135935_2771923391336845605_nCabbage
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/238204/easy-apple-cabbage-slaw/
http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/12311-sweet-and-pungent-apple-and-cabbage-slaw
^Two different apple and cabbage slaw recipes. Delicious served alone, or use to top your BBQ sandwich! I like to add pumpkin seeds if serving as a side dish.

Butternut Squash
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/mushroom-and-butternut-squash-empanadas-107182
http://thewimpyvegetarian.com/2012/12/butternut-squash-and-caramelized-onion-empanadas/

Spaghetti Squash
http://minimalistbaker.com/spaghetti-squash-lasagna-bake/
^Vegan recipe! Substitute tofu and vegan cheeses for real cheeses if you limit your soy intake.

Potatoes
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Mustard-Roasted-Potatoes-240694

Onions

Shiitake mushrooms
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/mushroom-and-butternut-squash-empanadas-107182
http://food52.com/recipes/16471-italian-celery-and-mushroom-salad

And a recipe idea for all your Thanksgiving leftovers! Pot pie!
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/215447/dads-leftover-turkey-pot-pie/

Meat:

One Whole Trout
http://cookingwithkimberly.com/caribbean-style-rainbow-trout/

Two Trout Fillets
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/anne-burrell/pan-fried-trout-recipe.html

Puff’s BBQ
^Make BBQ sandwiches or tacos and top with the cabbage and apple slaw above!

Amish Maple Sausage
http://www.foodiecrush.com/2013/01/sausage-and-egg-french-toast-cups/
http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/easy-cheesy-breakfast-casserole-recipe/

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