We hold you dear to our hearts this coming Valentine’s Day, and we hope that eating our food is supporting your heart, and whole body health! One of the biggest benefits we have heard from our members, is how much healthier they feel by eating local food, and committing to a CSA helps them stay on their food goal track. If you have any success stories you’d like to share with our public, please email them to me (pictures are good too!) Thank you! Don’t forget to sign up for Spring! It starts on Tuesday, March 28. You can sign up online, or in person at Eastern Market on Tuesday nights 4-7pm.
We are super excited about home delivery for our CSA this spring on the Schlep trikes, that he is cutting the delivery fee in half – from $8/time to $4/time.
We also have a 10% discount on the FULL share (produce, meat, dairy, bread) that is paid in full, up front – discount code FULL17 at checkout. 10% discount for active military, or retired veterans (email for code).
We have added another neighborhood drop site, pending 10 members at 23rd Place, E St NE, near Kingman Park. If you have signed up and want to switch over, let me know.
Share with friends and family — if you refer someone and they sign up, it earns you $25 referral reward!
Sign up today!
Email me with questions or concerns.
Happy Cooking! Here is what’s in the share – I see some lovely Valentine’s meals here.
- sunflower shoots
- carrots with tops
- Wade’s Mill white grits – these are phenomenal, and prized by chefs all over the region More about Wade’s Mill here. How to make grits without recipe.
- Romaine lettuce – apple carrot romaine juice
- bibb lettuce
- sunflower shoots
- fresh horseradish – this is indeed a treat, and you have not had horseradish until you have had it fresh. It is terrifically aromatic, and it will clear out your sinuses and may make you cry (like chopping onons) so you might want to wear safety glasses and prep in a well ventilated area to avoid tears. (i had a restaurant job once where I wore swimming goggles when I chopped onions). Here are a ton of cool recipes. I like to use a plane zester and grate it into dishes. Fire Cider is also a great way to use it, easy, and not only makes a wonderfully spicy condiment and DIY on trend gift your friends will love, it helps keeps the cooties at bay (here is another version, called Master Tonic with video tutorial, that has a much more therapeutic spin on it.) I try to keep some of this on hand at all times, not just for flavor, but for health. A shot a day.. Another easy favorite is horseradish preserved with vinegar. My dad had horseradish growing in the garden, and along the brook, and I remember he and my mom taking turns grinding it by hand, tears streaming down their face. Then they would put it in baby food jars, and freeze. Then we would have horseradish at every meal – its really good with potatoes, turnip mash, and with meats and eggs! You can easily grind it in a food processor or Vitamix type blender, put into your jars, and top with vinegar. it will stay fresh in your fridge for a long time, but also you can freeze, like my parents did. If you are a Bloody Mary person, this will really take your drinks to the next level. Here’s an easy recipe. Horseradish is, as my dad would say, “good for what ails ya” and just one of the weird folklore things I grew up with that I now find are REALLY good for you. Here’s more info on using it therapeutically from the late, great Dr. Christopher.
- leeks – potato leek soup with cheese rinds – I hope you have been saving your Mt. View cheese rinds. I keep mine in a ziplock in the cheese drawer. They were made for recipes like this one.
- bok choy
- turnips – smashed turnips with horseradish
- Smoked trout – this makes such a dramatic appetizer, and lovely on a bagel in the morning. Smoked trout and horseradish spread.
- Sausage Craft Cerdito Sausage – Meant to emulate the flavors of roast Cuban pork shoulder; made from pork, cilantro, orange zest, garlic, cumin and other spices. Savory and warming like the Caribbean sun! Cuban style sausage and beans
- Chicken breast – here is an easy way to poach your chicken breast on stove top, perfectly. It calls for boneless, and to pound it, but I used this just fine earlier this week without doing either.
|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.
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 804-397-7337
Our Spring Summer CSA is now live and you can sign up for shares.
We start 3/28 for 24 weeks, weekly and biweekly shares available. Ways to save:
- Sign up and pay in full upfront for the FULL share (that is the share that includes produce, meats, dairy and bread) and receive 10% discount
- We also have a 10% military/veteran discount (code remains the same, if you are military active or retired, email me for the code).
- Another way to save is to make referrals — for every referral you make who signs up, you get a $25 referral reward credit.
- $120 full share (vegetables, fruit, pastured meats, dairy, eggs, bread)
- $44/week vegetable/fruit
- $33/week eggs and dairy (milk, butter, yogurt or kefir, cow or goat cheese)
- $34/week meats (beef, pork, chicken, lamb, bison, trout, oysters includes meats from Polyface and other local sustainable farms)
- $15 Fruit Share. 24 weeks.
- Home Delivery is back and better! We have partnered with Schlep It bike delivery service to delivery shares in an efficient and eco-friendly manner. $8 extra/time will be billed to your card on file at the start of your season.
- Extras – Local organic/non-GMO soy, coffee, gluten-free bakery and egg shares/add-ons and a la carte available.
- All members will be charged a membership fee each season that includes delivery and administrative costs, which is pro-rated with the number of shares purchased. The DC members is $4.09/time. For weekly shares, that comes to $90 for DC members and $45 for bi-weekly shares. This fee is charged separately from your CSA food charges, which come through this software system. This will be charged shortly after you join, to the card on file, or if you wish, via check or cash. It will be pro-rated for those who join after the season starts.
We hope you join us. Any credit you currently have will roll over to your Spring share first, then your card will be charged. Questions? email me! Want an electronic flyer to hand out to neighbors or work? Let me know. I will also upload flyer to Facebook.