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GET HOTTTT!! WITH GHOST PEPPPERS!! DC MARKET ONLY AT EASTERN MARKET THIS WEEK!

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PLEASE JOIN US AT EASTERN MARKET THIS WEEK! WE WILL NOT BE AT PATRIOT’S PLAZA THIS WEEK OR NEXT, RESUMING NEXT WEEK. THANK YOU!!

HERE ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS:

Produce

  • corn – ask diego for his awesome grilled corn recipe!
  • sugar cube cantaloupe
  • carrots
  • mexican squash
  • heirloom tomatoes
  • tomatillos – great cooked or raw. key ingredient in salsa verde
  • basil
  • ghost peppers – these used to be the world’s hottest peppers so please use extreme care. They can be amazing and if you are a chili head you will be jumping for joy. Please do not give to children, sensitive stomachs, or elderly.  We know you are adults, so we have chosen to offer these in the share, but do prepare smartly as you can cause yourself serious damage otherwise.  Here’s 7 Must Follow Rules for ghost peppers. Here’s some safety info from Bustle, and some recipes so you can actually eat them:For those of you who have not clicked thru the 7 Must Follow Rules, I am not joking. PLEASE READ: “Ghost peppers are so hot that the Indian military announced plans in 2010 to use the peppers in “chili grenades to combat terrorists. So, needless to say, you do not want this stuff to get on your skin or on delicate membranes like the inside of your nose or eyes. When you’re handling ghost peppers, wear gloves to protect your hands, and be careful not to touch your face or eyes. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, and clean your cooking equipment carefully. If you’re grinding the peppers in a food processor or blender, be careful to avoid inhaling any dust that may arise; it may be a good idea to wear goggles.”
  • colored bell peppers
  • sweet yummy peppers
  • tuscan kale
  • nectarines
  • white peaches

Fruit

  • yellow peaches
  • blueberries
  • personal watermelon

Meat

Not sure yet what meat is.

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DC Farmers Markets – more chanterelles, watermelons, peaches and berries

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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.
Please know that Mark will be away for the next two weeks. There will be NO Patriots Plaza drops or market next week 8/17, or the week after, 8/24, resuming the week after, 8/31 – If you get your CSA at Patriots Plaza, your share pickup is moved to Tuesday at Eastern Market, 4-7pm.  PLEASE VISIT US AT EASTERN MARKET ON TUESDAYS!
here are some highlights:

Produce

  • raspberries
  • watermelon
  • sugarcube cantaloupes – these  have been outstanding!
  • white peaches – oh these should be lovely. For the drinking crowd, try turning these into your summer favorite cooler.
  • carrots
  • Tuscan kale
  • spinach
  • paddy pan/mexican squash — these go really well on the grill and are super tasty. They are also fun to stuff. These are old-timers favorites, so have Grandma over for dinner.
  • pablano peppers
  • sweet banana peppers
  • chanterelles  – these are known as the Queen of the Forest and are really a tasty treat. Our West Virginia forager got these for us. We have been having fun with them all week. To clean, lightly brush debris off with a brush or towel, no need to wash with water unless they are really dirty, then only wash what you have to and drain. You can cook as with any mushroom, but they do have a very delicate flavor so keep that in mind — our favorite is simply just to sautee in butter, and season with salt and pepper. Here are some ideas from Food + Wine to get you started.
  • tomatoes – we’ll have red, but maybe green too. Naturally we think of fried green tomatoes, but you can use them in a lot of really cool ways.

FRUIT

  • Blackberries
  • blueberries
  • peaches

CHEESE

  • Peachy Family Mozzarella

MEAT – its all about Southernmost Maple this week and they are renowned for their maple syrup, sausage, apple butter, barbecue and sauce! We love the Puffenberger family from Bolar, VA (in Highland Country near Monterey), and Mark’s stepdad has been friends with Mike for 30 years. We love how they integrate maple syrup into everything. They provide wonderful hospitality, are a stop during the annual Maple Festival, and have their own Fall Harvest Festival. If you are just in the area you can shop at their Country Store. They also have cozy cabins you can rent (we spent last Thanksgiving with them and it was wonderful.) They are a Mennonite family, so are NOT open on Sunday – but you are welcome to worship with them, as they have services open to all on Sundays.

  • Puff’s (Southernmost Maple) pork BBQ – these are pulled and ready to heat and eat.
  • Puff’s (Southernmost Maple) chicken BBQ – these are pulled and ready to heat and eat.
  • maple sausage – ridiculously tasty.

PANTRY
Jam, sorghum molasses, Virginia peanuts, local honey, maple syrup, hot sauce, soaps and other local goods!

All items are subject to availability! Get there early to get the best stuff! For more info on specifics, Call Mark at 804-397-7337 or email farmshares@thefarmbus.com

Happy Cooking!
Suzi

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

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DC FARMERS MARKETS – BEST WEEK EVER! CHANTERELLES, WATERMELON, PEACHES, BERRIES!

Hi Folks —  i think this is the BEST WEEK EVER in the history of our farmer’s markets. It is ridiculous what is in store for us this week. I think the universe (and Mark) went all out.
HAPPY COOKING Y’ALL!
Aaaaand drum roll please…..
PRODUCE

  • nectarines
  • sweet corn
  • sweet yummy peppers
  • mint
  • mini watermelons — hoo rah! — I know you just want to eat it, but watermelon salad with feta and mint is delicious. And save your rinds for watermelon rind pickles easy and tasty. kids will love them.
  • sugar cube cantaloupes – sweetness themselves
  • spinach – be like popeye
  • cherry tomatoes
  • russet potatoes
  • green peppers
  • white onions
  • CHANTARELLE MUSHROOMS !!!!!!! sautee in the cultured Mt. View Butter!
  • peaches
  • Hanover tomatoes
  • pickle cukes – small batch garlic dill pickles

FRUIT

  • blackberries
  • peaches
  • raspberries

MEAT

  • Edmonds Farm Bison steak – Ribeye, skirt or flank. If you get ribeye, you will NOT get smoked trout. I don’t know who that will be – Mark is not responding to me )-: If you have a no trout on your share, there will be something else for you.
  • Polyface breakfast links
  • Virignia Trout Company smoked trout — This is truly a decadent delicious treat perfect as an appetizer whenever you want to treat special friends, or just because. It reminds me of smoked salmon, only better. My dad used to smoke trout (and eel) when I was a kid, and this reminds me of his.

YOGURT/KEFIR UPDATE – no yogurt or kefir this week, but Mark thinks this will be sorted by next week. We are very sad that Old Church Creamery has suspended their yogurt and kefir operations. However, milk will continue, and it is super easy to make at home, and their milk is perfect for this.

DIY PROJECT: YOGURT and KEFIR are super easy to make at home in your oven, slow cooker, electric pressure cooker,  dehydrator or a yogurt maker. You can also make it on your kitchen countertop. But remember you don’t need fancy gadgets – just a steady temperature and time.  You also need good quality whole milk (like Old Church which is chock full of healthy fats that support your brain, heart and help you obtain healthy weight – for real! drink it and lose weight!  Jersey cow milk is the healthiest cow milk.) and good quality plain full fat yogurt that has live probiotic in it (did you save some from last week when I told you to?)
Here’s how to make it in your oven from yogurt, and here’s how to make it from a culture (also tips on how to make different types/styles of yogurts).  You can get culture at Hill’s Kitchen, 713 D Street SE (Leah will be looking for you, so let her know you are one of our members!) I also love Cultures for Health — Great recipes and great products and they have frequent sales. They also carry supplies for home brew, and more. You can purchase online, or at any Mom’s store and at Dawson’s Market.
What I like to do: Strain yogurt it to make it THICKER Greek style, OR strain it for a longer time to make yogurt cheese or cream cheese (save your whey to culture veggies or add to smoothies, pets like it too). So wonderful and easy to make, you will NEVER buy storebought creamcheese again. I also add grass fed gelatin to thicken my yogurt and add more nutrients (like Aussie style) – Great Lakes is cheaper, Vital Proteins (has a cold water soluble) and Perfect Supplements more expensive but smell and taste better. Thrive online has good price on the Vital Proteins brand. Our favorite yogurt toppings? our LOVE + GRATITUDE jam, raw honey, fresh fruit and Sheila’s addictive Thinking of You granola.
KEFIR – WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOGURT AND KEFIR?  I like to think of kefir as yogurt’s tangy drinkable therapeutic cousin. I like both of them, but I find kefir makes my tummy work better, and boosts my immune system more. I love good quality kefir and like to drink it straight with no fruit or sweetener. When you use good quality milk, you can taste the sweetness of the milk. and don’t need to disguise the kefir with fruit or sweeteners (like store kind).
HOW TO MAKE MILK KEFIR – you need kefir grains for this, either a purchased variety or from a friend.

PANTRY
Jam, sorghum molasses, Virginia peanuts, local honey, maple syrup, hot sauce, soaps and other local goods!

All items are subject to availability! Get there early to get the best stuff! For more info on specifics, Call Mark at 804-397-7337 or email farmshares@thefarmbus.com

Happy Cooking!
Suzi

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

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#DC #farmersmarkets #local food – so Juicy! – peaches, raspberries, blackberries, watermelon,  cantaloupe, tomatoes, corn, … – *|URL|*

Week of July 27th Farmer’s Markets – This is such a JUICY WEEK!!!! peaches, blueberries, blackberries, cantaloupe, raspberries and YELLOW WATERMELON!!!

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 4-7pm, Wednesday – Patriots Plaza 11-6:30 pm.
Here are the highlights:

Produce

  • peaches
  • blackberries
  • blueberries
  • Chinese long beans — these are AMAZING!!!
  • russet potatoes
  • kale
  • green habaneros
  • squash blossoms – such an incredible treat!! http://www.thekitchn.com/five-ways-to-eat-squash-blosso-87564
  • purple/white eggplant
  • Marzano Roma tomatoes
  • onions
  • sweet Italian peppers
  • butter beans —  wonderful recipe from Kendra Bailey Morris that will be beautiful with some of the BACON below. If you are veg or vegan, you can omit and use coconut oil instead of butter.


FRUIT

  • sugar cube cantalope
  • raspberries
  • peaches.

MEAT

 

  • Edmonds Bacon
  • Morning Glory whole roaster chicken — For many of you this is your introduction to Freedom Rangers. See below for info! T Follow these directions and your chicken will be wonderful.

Farmer highlight/How to cook Morning Glory Freedom Rangers/Why pasture raised chicken is different. — The Porter family from Morning Glory raise pastured and soy-free chicken, pork, eggs. Tracy is an Iraq War veteran and has a Masters in food safety, and he works doing this for Cooperative Extension — he is my go-to for any kind of technical food safety question. Here is a note on Freedom Rangers from Tracy, and how to get the best out of it:  “Morning Glory raises Freedom Rangers, a traditional breed from France. They are known for their excellent flavor, are prized by chefs, and the breeder we got our breeding stock from was recently featured on CNN along with the notable chefs and restaurants they work with. They take longer to mature, and are larger than the Cornish Cross, which is what you’ll see from commercial poultry (Purdue or Tyson) as well as Polyface (also raised in pasture). Pastured raised chickens will have a different flavor, and texture as they actually use their muscles instead of sitting because their legs can’t support their body weight like commercial chicken (Cornish Cross is bred to have extra breast meat. sm). Commercial chicken is also injected with up to 14% saline to increase size and tenderize it.

Morning Glory chicken is processed on site at the farm per VDAC (Virginia Dept of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs) guidelines at between 12-13 weeks,  then vacuum sealed with a commercial vacuum sealer with allows zero air inside to grow bacteria. Store chicken is packaged with a combination of gases to include oxygen, carbon dioxide and nitrogen to extend shelf life. They are frozen the same day they are butchered. (Tracy says he is happy to speak with you if you want to more about processing or about the birds themselves.)

In addition to NOT being injected with saline, please know historic breed chicken have more exercise over a longer time before it is butchered, which greatly increases flavor but also increases cooking time for those muscles – your legs and thighs in particular will have a chewier texture which you may associate with older birds – don’t mistake chewy for tough and stringy. Breast will also have more texture. Pastured chicken may not seem like it has much meat on it, but that is because it is not swelled up with saline.

Tips on cooking — they will take less time to cook than thicker water filled commercial chicken, don’t trust your normal time/temp you have used with store chicken or you may over cook it. Do not microwave! ”

Keep in mind most modern recipes and cookbooks are geared towards commercially raised chicken, so you may wish to check and adjust your dish as you go along. We find broiling is a great method. Mark made the legs and thighs the other night, and they were super, but they definitely have texture much different than Purdue! We ask you to keep this information in mind as you prepare and eat your birds. Let me know if you have more questions or concerns about the chicken, or any of our products.

 

PANTRY
Jam, sorghum molasses, Virginia peanuts, local honey, maple syrup, hot sauce, soaps and other local goods!

All items are subject to availability! Get there early to get the best stuff! For more info on specifics, Call Mark at 804-397-7337 or email farmshares@thefarmbus.com

Happy Cooking!
Suzi

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

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DC Farmer’s Markets and CSA – Butter beans, Corn, Tomatoes, Blackberries and Peaches!

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Week of July 19th Farmer’s Markets – BUTTER BEANS, BLACKBERRIES, PEACHES, BLUEBERRIES, TOMATOES!!!

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 4-7pm, Wednesday – Patriots Plaza 11-6:30 pm.
Here are the highlights:

PRODUCE

 

  • Pablano peppers – these are my favorite. just enough heat to be interesting, big enough to stuff. 
  • yummy peppers — and  yes they are. sweet and delicious, kid fave
  • corn
  • zucchini
  • butter beans — OH MY!!!!
  • yellow tomatoes — milder in flavor, low acidity. Pairs beautifully with peaches in a salad.
  • green beans
  • heirloom tomatoes — hallelujah! so delicious! beat the heat and make tomato sandwiches! Add cukes. 
  • cukes
  • yellow cherry tomatoes
  • peaches
  • blackberries
  • onions

FRUIT

  • peaches
  • blackberries
  • maybe blueberries?

MEAT

  • Edmonds Farm Bison Brats
  • Mitons Bacon
  • Polyface Chicken wings

PANTRY
Jam, sorghum molasses, Virginia peanuts, local honey, maple syrup, hot sauce, soaps and other local goods!

All items are subject to availability! Get there early to get the best stuff! For more info on specifics, Call Mark at 804-397-7337 or email farmshares@thefarmbus.com

Happy Cooking!
Suzi

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