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BBC World News Feature on Farm to Family

Here is the long version of the BBC World News story on Farm to Family that aired today on local food security in the time of COVID-19 featuring our farms Polyface FarmMountain View Farm Products, LLC and Cestari Yarns. Due to the breaking news peg on Ghislaine Maxwell they ran the short version – but hopefully people worldwide will be moved and inspired by what is happening in our local food system right here in Richmond, VA and Capitol Hill, Washington, DC! We are grateful to all of you, our members, who help support us, our staff, our farmers and other food partners. We are grateful to our Producer Lara Hartzenbusch and Cameraperson/Editor (and CSA member) Maxine Collins for the incredible story on us. 

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What’s in the Share and at the Market 7/2

Dear members — here is what we anticipate being in the share next week – subject to change. If you will be away for the July 4 holiday, but have not yet held your share, please email asap so we can hold you and adjust our counts for the farms. Thank you. 

PRODUCE * indicates small share. Produce is from Flores Family Farm (George, Omar and family) Hague, Va.

FRUIT SHARE/from Agriberry

PANTRY SHARE 

MEAT SHARE

BREAD

  • Billy Bread rustic sourdough –  Note that Billy Bread is now available to add on in the Bakery section! 

DAIRY

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BBC World News to Revisit Farm to Family: Food Security in Covid-19

A few months back BBC World News contacted us to do a follow up on the story they did on us way back when we started in 2010. They wanted to know what effect Covid-19 had on food security in the local food system. We have received word that the story  will air on Monday 6/29, barring world disasters. Here is how you can watch: BBC World TV (pay-cable) at 5pm EST and on PBS stations BBC World News (public access) at 630pm.. It may or may not be on their website, but I will share the producer’s video of it from Vimeo once she puts it up. What a long strange trip it has been. Thank you all for supporting us thru 11 years!

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What’s in the shares/market 6/10

Here are some berry storage tips for fragile berries to help keep them fresher longer in hot humid days – from Agriberry our fruit partner. 

This week’s menu is below – subject to change. 

PRODUCE * indicates small share. Produce is from Flores Family Farm (George, Omar and family) Hague, Va.

FRUIT SHARE/from Agriberry 

  • Strawberries – 
  • Blueberries – 

PANTRY SHARE – honey — if I know you are vegan you will get a sub. If you have not told me you are vegan, please do so. 

MEAT SHARE

Bi-weekly Shares

  • Bison NY Strip Steaks – this is one of our premium meat items which we give a few times a season. It is smaller in volume and more expensive in price (steak in general as you may know, is more expensive than ground meat).  Bison is classified as a wild animal by the USDA and they are harder to raise by the farmer thus it is the most expensive meat item that we have. We try to average out the meat over the season in value and a few treats. This is why your meat share seems smaller this time.  Here are some cooking tips for grass-fed bison = keep it simple less time, less heat. 
  • sausage (bulk)

Weekly shares

  • whole roasting chicken
  • ground beef

BREAD

  • Billy Bread – rustic sourdough – now available to add on in the Bakery section! 

DAIRY

  • Cheese – Mt View Pimento cheese — this is so yummy and versatile! 
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What’s in the Share – 5-20 + 21 – Ramps, Strawberries and Ula Tortillas! It’s Taco Tuesday EVERY DAY!

Here is the preview menu of what we think will be in the share. The menu may change between now and when you actually receive it due to Mother Nature or other factors. We will try to let you know any major changes by email, and also post on our Facebook page, Facebook group (please join it’s fun and Chef Mike has been doing some cool how to videos!), and on Instagram. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns! Happy Cooking! 

PRODUCE * indicates small share. Produce is from Flores Family Farm (George, Omar and family) Hague, Va.

FRUIT SHARE/from Agriberry 

  • Strawberries – I shared this recipe for Strawberry Balsamic refrigerator jam earlier in the Facebook group, but it is so good I am sharing for all those not on FB. I made this for Mother’s Day gifts one year. I ended up eating mine out of the jar with a spoon. It calls for vanilla  bean, but I used vanilla extract. 
  • Blueberries – how exciting we are moving into blueberries. No recipes because you will probably eat them out of the container. You can throw them into your salads. 

PANTRY – TBD  

 MEATS

BREAD

  • Prairie Grain – mixed

DAIRY

  • Cheese – Peachy Family Dairy, Pennsylvania – Amish raw goat Cave-aged Tomme – this is a delicious nutty hard aged European style cheese – perfect for grating. We are loving this, and really excited for you to try it.

TOFU- for those with tofu add ons —Twin Oaks, Louisa, VA.  As so many of you are getting the incredible Twin Oaks tofu (available here – best tofu ever! ) Here is buffalo tofu from the Wicked Healthy Sarno Brothers. And there are a lot of recipes on the Twin Oaks site.