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

 

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

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