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What’s in the Share + the Market 9/23-24

 Keep in mind this menu may change as we are still getting available items in. But Here is what we think is in the share. Please know that our farmers are having a hard time with the harvest due to weather and labor shortages. We ask for your flexibility with changes. We will try to get these to you but often we don’t know until day of and they don’t always get to me (Suzi). I know  there have been surprises and disappointments –  So thanks again for your patience. 

A note on the Billy Bread — when you get it and you plan to keep it on the counter – please take it out of the plastic bag so that it can breathe. If it gets moisture trapped in there, it will mold. I keep mine the in the fridge  in the plastic bag after the first day. 

The Fall CSA is LIVE to join now.  Make sure you are signing up for Winter pickup/delivery sites. Partial seasons will be available for you if you think you might be moving or otherwise needing more flexibility in your season. We will have the same 3-4 installment plans as last time – if you need more than this to make it work for you, let me know.  Email me with questions. If you have friends who want in, tell them to sign up early as we expect the CSA to fill up quickly like it did last season. 

Yard Signs – We will have yard signs at Eastern Market and Farm to Family Market and can drop off for you if you are home delivered. We get a tremendous response from this type of marketing. If you would like a yard sign – let us know. Thank you for sharing us with your neighbors and friends. 

PRODUCE * indicates small share. Produce is from Flores Family Farm (George, Omar and family) Hague, Va. not a lot of recipes this week as I am working on our CSA for fall. 

FRUIT SHARE/from Agriberry – Make easy small batch fridge jam! This recipe is good to save for all fruit. 

  • peaches
  • muscadine grapes
  • apples

PANTRY SHARE 

  • TBD

MEAT 

  • lamb sausage
  • trout filets or whole trout
  • ground beef

BREAD

  • Billy Bread rustic sourdough

DAIRY

  • Mt View cheddar
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What’s in the CSA Share and at the Market 9/16+17

Hello Members! Keep in mind this menu may change as we are still getting available items in. But Here is what we think is in the share. Please know that our farmers are having a hard time with the harvest due to weather and labor shortages. We ask for your flexibility with changes. We will try to get these to you but often we don’t know until day of and they don’t always get to me (Suzi). I know  there have been surprises and disappointments –  So thanks again for your patience. 

A note on the Billy Bread — when you get it and you plan to keep it on the counter – please take it out of the plastic bag so that it can breathe. If it gets moisture trapped in there, it will mold. I keep mine the in the fridge  in the plastic bag after the first day. 

The Fall CSA is LIVE to join now. Tomorrow the  Early Bird specials end so join today!  Make sure you are signing up for Fall/Winter subscriptions and Winter pickup/delivery sites. Partial seasons will be available for you if you think you might be moving or otherwise needing more flexibility in your season. We will have the same 3-4 installment plans as last time – if you need more than this to make it work for you, let me know.  Email me with questions. If you have friends who want in, tell them to sign up early as we expect the CSA to fill up quickly like it did last season. 

Yard Signs – We will have yard signs at Eastern Market and Farm to Family Market and can drop off for you if you are home delivered. We get a tremendous response from this type of marketing. If you would like a yard sign – let us know. Thank you for sharing us with your neighbors and friends. 

PRODUCE * indicates small share. Produce is from Flores Family Farm (George, Omar and family) Hague, Va. not a lot of recipes this week as I am working on our CSA for fall. 

FRUIT SHARE/from Agriberry – Make easy small batch fridge jam! This recipe is good to save for all fruit. 

  • peaches
  • muscadine grapes
  • apples

PANTRY SHARE 

  • TBD

MEAT 

BREAD

  • Prairie Grain assorted 

DAIRY

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Fall/Winter CSA is Here! Sign Up Today!

Winter is HERE!

Our 2020/21 Fall/Winter CSA season is LIVE for subscription. It starts second week of October 10/6+7 depending on your location. There is no Break between Summer and Fall. It will run 22 weeks thru the 2nd week of March . There is a 2 week Winter holiday break: December 20 and 27.  There will be NO CSA those weeks. Mark your calendars. 

Sign Up Today — Don’t delay!  Last year we SOLD OUT quickly in Washington DC, Richmond Home Delivery and our RVA drop-sites.   Please share us with your friends, family and coworkers – if they sign up and use your name during sign up, you will earn a $25 referral reward – share early and often!  Watch for a shareable social media post. 

HERE ARE THE DEALS:

FULL SHARE SAVINGS ALL SEASON – Sign up anytime this season and SAVE10% on Full Share purchase paid in full for the season (this is for the combo produce, meat, dairy and bread share ONLY) use code: FULLFALL20 . If you sign up by Monday, 9/14 and pay in full for the whole season (no installments), your member fee will also be half off ($50/$25). This is the best deal! 

ALL OTHER SHARES EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT NOW THRU MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 – MEMBER FEE WAIVED!!! Easy Peasy to save $25-$50! No code! Nothing to do but sign up! This is Produce, Meat, Dairy and Full share installments.

ACTIVE MILITARY/VETERANS/FIRST RESPONDERS– Use our 10% military discount code to save on all CSA shares signing up anytime during the season. If you sign up by Monday, 9/14, your member fee will also be half off ($50/$25). Please email with proof of your service for the code, as it has changed. THIS IS THE BEST DEAL FOR YOU if you are Active military, Veteran or First Responder (Police, Fire, EMT). 

Descriptions of each share/prices are on the website.  All shares will be pre-bagged using Covid-19 precautions. These are not packed in the most sustainable packing materials – but they are more sanitary. More information is in FAQs and Policies

Shopping tips and FAQs: 

  • USE THE RIGHT CODE for your share/s to get the best value. If you are getting the Full share or the Military/Veteran/First Responder discount, when you get towards the end of the sign up process, you will be prompted to enter in the discount code in a field towards the top and the software will subtract it at checkout.
  •  HOW MUCH IS IT?The price shown for a subscription is for the ENTIRE Season for weekly. In order to find out your price, go thru the process like you are purchasing – when you choose your frequency – weekly/biweekly in the drop down menu – your cost will also adjust. It will pro-rate and adjust if you join after we start. If you leave your cart and come back, make sure to clear your cart to avoid duplicate purchase.
  • 1 size Produce share – We are offering one size only this season $40/time. We have made the produce share a mid-sized share between the small and the large produce share. It will have about 12 items – 2 less than the large and 2 more than the small.
  • Summer into Fall– If you currently have a share and want to continue for Fall you need to do another subscription for fall. Your share and any add ons you have will not automatically renew.  
  • Software Is Telling Me I already Have a Share – If you currently have a subscription for Summer, the software will alert you that you currently have a share –  continue on with your purchase- as you are now creating a subscription for the Fall share. 
  • Choose FALL/WINTER 2020/21 subscriptions, as Spring/Summer are still up for a few more weeks. 
  • Choose FALL/WINTER 2020/21 dropsites/delivery as Summer are still up so that we can communicate with you. This is to avoid confusion with Fall subscribers receiving emails meant for Summer. 
  • Home Delivery – This is $10/time and will be auto-charged up front in full for the season when you purchase your share (i.e. 11 x season  = $220 delivery charge plus whatever your share costs). You will see these on your invoice/receipt. 
  • Weekly shares – Eastern Market and Farm to Family are weekly shares. Everywhere else is biweekly. If you want a drop site or home delivery and want a weekly share, you will go in and create a second biweekly subscription that is a drop site (Farm to Family and Eastern Market are weekly). You may have to log out and log back in to do the second share.  I will double check to make sure you do it correctly and make sure your schedule alternates. If we get enough people who want this, we may consider delivering weekly. It must be enough people to make it efficient. Email me if you need help. 
  • Add ons are available for the season or by the time – eggs and all other dairy items, tofu, bread, coffee, honey, pasta and other pantry items, some meats allowing you to customize your share. 
  • Changes –  frequency or  modifying your share. If you are new, it is good to start biweekly to see how your family does with the volume.  Once we get in the season, you may want to change frequency or make other changes – email me so I can advise and help you. 
  • Moving? Partial seasons available for people who may be moving (email for info – don’t sign up online. I will set you up manually.) If you have the slightest thought about moving, let me know ahead of time. Email and I can advise you on how best to proceed.
  • Installment payments available – 1-4 payment available depending on type of share – the installment schedule  is monthly until your share is paid. You will be billed the first portion of your bill the day you join, and then charged every 30 days on about the same date until your account is paid off 2, 3 or 4 installments – so if you join on September 10, your next payments will be October 10, November 10th etc until you are done – then you are paid for the season. This is different than some payment plans where payments are spread out over the season. The nature of the CSA model is that members usually pay in full up front for the season, so that money/working capital is available to work with farmers throughout the season – most CSAs do not have payment plans at all. This  partnership with you helps keep the fragile farm micro-economy intact and moving. This is even more important this season in this time of pandemic uncertainty – our farmers are really challenged with staying in business so this helps them.  In some ways it is like buying stock, and instead of dividends, you receive food.  This hybrid installment schedule helps us get payment earlier than later, but still allows you to split it up, so we can continue to work with small farmers.
  • Seasonal Member Fees –  All members excepting promotions will be charged a seasonal membership fee that includes delivery and administrative costs. This fee is charged separately from CSA food charges, upon on-boarding. It is charged shortly after you join, to the card on file if you pay via card, or you will be notified of the amount to add to your payment due if you pay via check or cash. It is pro-rated if you join post-start.  See Policies and FAQs for  more info. 
  • Financial Challenges – If you need more installments for your payment plan than offered on the website please email Suzi.  We want everyone to be able to afford the CSA and we know this year finances are more challenging. 
  • Account Credit rolls season to season. If you have credit with us, the software will look for it, apply it, then charge your card on file the balance. 
  • Payment by check/online billypay, money orders. Checks should be made out to Farm to Family, LLC and can be mailed or given to Mark. You will be told your member fee so you can add this to your check/cash payment. 
  • Payments by credit/debit cards have a 3.5% surcharge fee which you will be reminded of by CSAware if you choose this payment method. As a small business in an industry with thin margins and high rates of product shrinkage due to limited shelf life, we, along with other CSAs, farms and other food service providers, have chosen to charge this fee instead of raising our prices to cover it. Choose the surcharge fee-free options provided of check, online bill pay or money order to avoid the surcharge. If you pay in this way, we recommend that you also add a card to keep on file to make a la carte add on shopping for small items easier. 
  • Donation program – our donation program is more important than ever this year with families dealing with unemployment and financial challenges.  When you hold/put on vacation a share, you have the option to donate. Any missed/forgotten shares you don’t tell us about (message Suzi if you are going to miss or forgot or had some sort of mitigating circumstance) go towards our donation program that provides under-served families and individuals with CSA shares. You can also donate towards or purchase shares to support our families. Contact Suzi for more information. 
  • Currently out of town/uncertain of return but don’t want to miss out – Email Suzi on how best to proceed for your situation. 

DC

  • DC Eastern Market – Starts Tuesday, 10/6  4-7 on the Farmer’s Line; weekly/biweekly; seasonal member fee $100/50*
  •  DC Home Delivery – Starts Wednesday,10/7(Capitol Hill 20002, 20003 and Navy Yard); biweekly only, additional $10/time delivery fee charged in full for the season at sign up; seasonal member fee $50 charged separately at onboarding.  50 people minimum for home delivery to happen. If we don’t get enough people – you will be moved to Eastern Market and delivery fee refunded. If you wish to go biweekly – you will need to do a second, separate bw subscription for Eastern Market on your alternate week. 

RVA

  • Farm to Family/RVA – Starts Wednesday, 10/7  2817 Mechanicsville Turnpike, RVA 23223; weekly/biweekly; seasonal member fee $50/25* We are super easy to get to. We are NOT in Mechanicsville but right on the Church Hill border, 5 minutes from downtown, adjacent to I-64 and I-295 
  • RVA Home Delivery – Starts Wednesday,10/14 (within 5 miles of Farm to Family includes Downtown, The Fan, Carytown, Church Hill, Forest Hill, Manchester, Northside, Old Mechanicsville, Ginter Park, Lakeside) biweekly only, additional $10/time delivery fee charged separately; seasonal member fee $25*
  • Surreywood /Chesterfield – Starts Wednesday,10/14 (Off Midlothian Turnpike behind Fresh to Frozen) biweekly only, seasonal member fee $25* 10 member minimum otherwise you will be moved to Farm to Family. 15 member max.
  • West End –  Starts Wednesday,10/14 – Host TBD –  biweekly only, seasonal member fee $25* 10 member minimum and we need hosting – otherwise you will be moved to Farm to Family. 15 member maximum.

Questions? Email Suzi or call Mark at 804-397-7337.

Sincerely,

Mark + Suzi and our amazing team

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What’s in the Share and at the Market – 9/9-10 Happy Labor Day

Happy Labor Day Weekend! We are definitely moving into Fall with Acorn Squash, Asian pears, honey crisp apples and the amazing Concord Grapes. Mark says this menu will change as we are still getting available items in. But Here is what we think is in the share and will be at the Market this coming week. Please know that our farmers are having a hard time with the harvest due to weather and labor shortages. We ask for your flexibility and patience with changes.

I am finishing up on the Fall/Winter subscriptions – just waiting on a few more things from Mark –  and am shooting to have this up on Monday for you. Early Bird specials!  Partial seasons will be available for you if you think you might be moving or otherwise needing more flexibility in your season. We will have the same 3-4 installment plans earlly in the season as last time – if you need more than this to make it work for you, let me know.  Email me with questions. If you have friends who want in, tell them to sign up early as we expect the CSA to fill up quickly like it did last season. 

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

FRUIT SHARE/from Agriberry – Make easy small batch fridge jam! This recipe is good to save for all fruit. 

  • peaches
  • grapes
  • apples

PANTRY SHARE 

  • TBD

MEAT 

BREAD

  • Prairie Grain assorted 

DAIRY

Happy Cooking!

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What’s in the Share and at the Market? Asian pears, more Chanterelles, raspberries, peaches, and our own Watermelon!

Happy almost September! If you are going on Vacation next week or the week after for Labor Day – please hold your shares, or ask me for help. As you can see from this week’s menu, we are segueing into Fall with Butternut Squash, Asian pears and the amazing Concord Grapes (I can hear some of you squealing with glee on the grapes!) And we have the tremendous forest-foraged chanterelles again! 

I am still working on the Fall/Winter subscriptions and will have this up online this week for you with Early Bird specials!  Partial seasons will be available for you if you think you might be moving or otherwise needing more flexibility in your season. Email me with questions. If you have friends who want in, tell them to sign up early as we expect the CSA to fill up quickly like it did last season. 

Here is what we think is in the share -Mark says he knows this will change. Please know that our farmers are having a hard time with the harvest due to weather and labor shortages. We ask for your flexibility with changes. We will try to get these to you but often we don’t know until day of and they don’t always get to me (Suzi). I know last week there were a number of surprises! So thanks again for your patience. 

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

FRUIT SHARE/from Agriberry – Make easy small batch fridge jam! This recipe is good to save for all fruit. 

  • raspberries
  • Asian pears
  • blackberries 

PANTRY SHARE 

  • TBD

MEAT 

  • Polyface Breakfast Links
  • Ground beef
  • chicken legs/thighs or Cornish hens

BREAD

DAIRY

  • Goat Chevre