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What’s in the CSA Share: 4/29+30

Sauteed Bokchoy with garlic!

We are super excited to get in the rhythm and flow of the CSA — all of our lives have been disrupted, but we hope that we are able to provide you with some stability, confidence, hope and if you are a foodie, a little bit of excitement, with your CSA share.

Here is the preview menu of what we think will be in the share for 4/22+23. Remember the menu may change between now and when you actually receive it due to weather, product availability. We will try to let you know any major changes by email, and also post on our Facebook page, Facebook group, and on Instagram. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns!  Lauren, who helps in the market and packing shares, is helping with some of the produce recipes this week. Remember if you need help identifying veggies or suggestions cooking, to post on our Facebook group, or email. We are LOVING both the easy simple meals and fancy projects you are doing! Keep posting!! 

Just a teaser — we have oysters and clams from Rappahannock River oysters coming up soon for the meat shares and also available a la carte. These are opt-in, so those of you who prefer a meat sub for these weeks, will get that. Watch for the email about opt-in and purchase. yay for these! 

If you are a DC member and need to move your pickup location to Eastern Market or home delivery, let me know! I will let you know what time for Eastern market pickup in a separate email. 

If you are home delivery- please leave us out a box and/or cooler to place your items in.

Thank you everyone, and happy cooking!

Mark + Suzi

PRODUCE * indicates small share – you will not get items without a *. Produce is from Flores Family Farm (George, Omar and family) Hague, Va unless otherwise indicated. 

  • StrawberriesAgriberry – Hanover VA – These strawberries are full of flavor! That’s one of the benefits of sourcing strawberries locally! Berry pies are a great way to welcome the warmer weather. Here is my favorite Strawberry Pie recipe. Top with some sweet whipped cream!
  • Mushrooms* AM Fog, Afton, VA – Did you know that if your mushrooms dry, that you can powder them? It makes a great nutritious addition to coffee and tea. They contain protein and fiber. They also contain B vitamins and antioxidants. They support the immune system and prevent cell damage. 
  • Spring Garlic* Garlic is generally planted in the fall before the first frost, and harvested the following late summer. But from March to May, once the ground has finally thawed, the young plants, called spring garlic can be harvested. The cloves usually have not formed in the bulb of garlic this young, which is why it looks more like a spring onion than a mature garlic bulb. The top is bright green and the bottom bulb is white and speckled with purple. They can be diced and used as you would normally use garlic.
  • Bombolini Pasta* Richmond. Using only the finest quality ingredients and the skills acquired by years of practice make their pasta the finest quality fresh pasta available.  Consumers are increasingly excited about fresh pasta given its superior quality and nutritional value, as well as its ease of preparation. Bombolini Pasta enjoys incorporating exciting, non-traditional ingredients into this highly traditional product. The next recipe I am going to share, combines the previous three ingredients, to make a flavorful, hearty dinner. Try this Mushroom. Garlic, Pasta Recipe.  Fresh pasta cooks in a flash – usually 2 minutes or less – so follow directions carefully and err on the short side of timing.  We are trying to get some of their GF pasta, so if you have a GF note on your share, you will hopefully get this, or a sub. 
  • Asparagus* – I made the most amazing white pizza the other night! It was topped with asparagus, ramps, ricotta, and mozzarella. You can sautee the asparagus in spring garlic and butter for added flavor. My nine year old loved it too! Asparagus and Ramp Pizza
  • Bok Choy* – this is a versatile and delicious vegetable – great in stir fries, soups, and even in slaw. Here are some ideas
  • Arugula/Spicy salad mix* – try this strawberry arugula salad with spicy pecans 
  • Spinach – 30 ways to make you stronger than Popeye! I love it in salads, sauteed, in soups, with eggs, creamed spinach and more! It is a delicous cooler season green. 
  • Leeks- These are a cornerstone of fine cooking and go well with spinach and rutabagas. Here are some recipes to get you started. The curried leek potato hash looks really good. 
  • Rutabagas – so many of you have emailed to say you never realized how much you love rutubagas. They are on their way out till next year. Maybe one more week. here is a cool vegan recipe for kale rutabaga lasagna to try. I would sub spinach for kale. 
  • Thyme – One of the stalwarts of seasoning – thyme is easy to grow and is super fragrant. If you don’t use up your thyme, you can hang it up to dry and use it later. Here are some ways to use it . For those of you who enjoy cocktails, thyme is a lovely ingredient to brighten up happy hour! Here are some recipes
  • Buckwheat Pancake Mix– Wades Mill, Raphine, VA These are delicous! Top them with this easy berry compote from Minimalist Baker. If you are GF you will get a sub. This may possibly be grits. 

MEATS

Biweekly members:

  • Maple Pork BBQ – Southernmost Maple – This is a delicious quick meal – just heat and eat — add a salad and a side of rutabaga mash and roasted asparagus and you are all set! I like to keep this in the freezer for a busy night. 
  • Bacon –Polyface Farms Swope, VA   spinach salad with hot bacon dressing (but possibly could be sausage links)
  • ground beef -Harmony Hill Farm – Here are some tips for cooking grass fed beef. Picadillo is one of my favorite ways to use ground beef – included here are slow cooker and instant pot versions. 

Weekly members:

  • Trout Filets – Virginia Trout Company Monterey, VA –  – so delicious and cook quickly. I usually just panfry with butter (or olive oil) and season with salt and pepper, or you can roll in cornmeal. easy!
  • Smoked trout – this is delicous as a fancy appetizer with the Billy Bread, with eggs benedict, or on a bagel with a schmear. 
  • sausage – I am not sure what variety this will be or who it is by — I am sorry!!! 

BREAD

  • Billy Bread – Rustic Sourdough — This is the famous Billy Bread!  Don’t distress if it starts to get hard before you can eat it all, although it is easy to eat it all at once – it is so delicious. Here are some ways to revive and  use leftover sourdough bread. 

DAIRY

  • Cheese -mozzarella  – Mt View – Make shakshuka if you get feta! This is one of my favorite dishes of all times and showcases the eggs beautifully in a dish that is great for either brunch or dinner. If you get mozzarella, make this rainbow veggie sandwich
  • Here’s a tutorial on how to strain yogurt to make it thick like Greek. If you let it sit longer it makes yogurt cheese that you can use like cream cheese. Delicous and easy. 
  • ABOUT THE MEOW MILK –  Milk folks will be getting “meow milk” from Mountain View.   Do not be alarmed! This milk is what is used for their butter and cheese . It is low pasteurized at the USDA legal limit but it is not homogenized – so the cream will rise to the top. Shake it to blend. It is is fully inspected every time by USDA and VDACS. The milk is labeled as a “dairy treat for cats” which is a legal loophole for the dairy to sell this milk legally under “pet milk” regulations, without having to purchase additional costly permits/license to sell milk for people, work thru red tape etc. Dairy farming is the HARDEST farming there is, partly because of the heavy regulation, costly licensure and expensive equipment needed for every single item.  In order to do be labeled as Pet Milk, it has a disclaimer” not for human consumption.” The milk is safe to do as you wish, within the privacy of your home. This is a common, and legal practice. Please enjoy, and let me know if you have questions or concerns.
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Farm to YOUR Table- Chef Prepared Meals on the Menu!

Great News! 

We are pleased to announce that we are partnering with a local chef and have added gourmet Prepared Meals using fresh local ingredients (the same as in your CSA!) to the menu and they are available to order for pickup/delivery next week. Deadline to order online is Friday at 5pm for the following week. If you miss the deadline and want to order, email and I can place the order for you. They are also for sale in Richmond at the Farm to Family Market, 2817 Mechanicsville Turnpike, RVA 23223. You do NOT have to be a current member to order. 

This week’s meals come from Richmond, VA Chef Michael Hayes (Awful Arthur’s and Chef Mike’s “Your Craving Is My Command). Meals are frozen and ready to heat.  All are single serve portions this week. We are working on family sized options for next time.

1. Braised lamb shank with sweet potato hash and sweet carrot/ honey scallions. GF – $18

2. Meat loaf with roasted golden beets and garilc chive rutabega/potato mash – $14

3. Marinated tofu with spinach pie and veg fried rice (Vegan contains soy) – $12

4. Pasta with ramps, mixed mushrooms (oyster, maitake and shiitake) with roasted garlic oil. (Vegetarian/contains egg and dairy) – $12

I do not yet have the menu for the following week – but once I have it, I will be sending it out. If you are getting a share the week of the 14th/15th – you need to wait for next week’s menu, and your order deadline will be Friday 4/10.

How to Order

Go to Prepared Meals under Categories on our website and log in or create a log in. Click on the item you wish, and adjust quantity. Let me know if you need help or have difficulty. As the order deadline is Friday at 5pm for next week, and we just got these, please email farmshares@thefarmbus.com with your order and quantity and I can place this for you 

We are looking forward to working with Chef Michael and we appreciate your feedback! Let us know if you have special requests!

Bon Appetit! 

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Fall CSA Starts 10/1 DC and RVA – Help us Celebrate 10 Years of Local Food!

Our 2019 Fall/Winter CSA season is live for subscription and starts the first week of October running 22 weeks thru the 2nd week of March (includes 2 week Winter Holiday break). We are celebrating our 10 Year Anniversary!!. Sign Up TodayDon’t delay! And please share us with your friends!

Active military/veteran? Use our military discount vs the 10 Year anniversary code. Please email for the code.

THE DETAILS

Subscriptions (descriptions of each share/prices are on the website)

  • Produce/Fruit (will include a few pantry items as the season progresses)
  • Grass-fed Meats
  • Grass-fed Dairy/Eggs (Milk, Butter,Cheese, Eggs, Yogurt)
  • Full Share Package (Produce/Fruit, Meats, Dairy, Loaf of Bread)
  • Pantry – value added items like vinegar, jams, nut butters, krauts, popcorn, grains support our farmers year round as well as small artisan producers.
  • Add ons – eggs and all other dairy items, tofu, bread, certain pantry items, meats, holiday items, etc
  • 1 time shares available for those who can’t commit/have erratic schedules.
  • Partial seasons available for people who may be moving (email for info – don’t sign up online)
  • Holiday break-  no CSA weeks of 12/22 and 12/29, resuming week of 1/5. Your schedule may vary due to your location.
  • Memberships are modular, and flexible with payment plans and vacation holds. Credit rolls season to season.
  • Forms of payment include cash, checks (preferred made out to Farm to Family, LLC and can be mailed or given to Mark), and credit/debit.

DC

  • Starts Tuesday, 10/1 DC Eastern Market; weekly/biweekly; seasonal member fee $100/50*
  • Starts Tuesday,10/8 DC Home Delivery (Capitol Hill 20002, 20003 and Navy Yard); biweekly only, additional $15/time delivery fee charged separately; seasonal member fee $50*

RVA

  • Starts Wednesday, 10/2 Farm to Family/RVA 2817 Mechanicsville Turnpike, RVA 23223; weekly/biweekly; seasonal member fee $50/25*
  • Starts Wednesday,10/9 RVA Home Deliver (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 $5/time delivery fee charged separately; seasonal member fee $25*

*seasonal member pro-rated if you join post-start. Member fee includes everything except cost of food. See Policies and FAQs for  more info. 

Shopping tips: 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. 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. If you leave your cart and come back, make sure to clear your cart to avoid duplicate purcha

Questions? Email Suzi.

Sincerely,

Mark + Suzi

 

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Spring/Summer Farm to Family CSA Ready for Signups with Early Bird Discounts

The Spring/Summer season of the CSA is ready for sign ups!

The Farm to Family Spring/Summer CSA in Washington, DC (Capitol Hill) and RVA is ready for Early Bird Sign Up!

And there are discounts!!!

5% Early Bird DISCOUNT the whole month of February for ALL shares including installments!!!!  Use code “19S” at checkout.

10% Early Bird DISCOUNT for FULL SHARE PACKAGE (Veg, Meat, Dairy, Bread value $127/time) paid in FULL up front the whole month of February!!! Use code “19SF” at checkout. Good only for the Full Share Package paid in full (not installments or single shares i.e. dairy, meat or veg — please use 5% discount above if this is you.)10% Military Discount – For all active, retired, veteran military families. Email me for the code along with info on your service. Returning members – you will have to reenter the code, and it is the same. This discount carries over to everything you purchase all season. If you buy direct from Mark remind him you are military for your discount.  Thank you for your service.

Anyone you refer who joins, earns you a $25 Referral Reward = Free Food! 

2019 SPRING/SUMMER CHANGES:

24 weekly/biweekly deliveries.  2 week summer holiday break 8/1-8/20 

Start/end dates (Projected)

We are currently scheduled to start on 4/2, subject to change pending weather and what the farmers have.  End date includes two week holiday break.

DC:  24 Weekly/12 biweekly  – Tuesday – Start 4/2; End 9/17

  • Tuesdays – Eastern Market 4-7pm (weekly/biweekly)
  • Home Delivery – Tuesdays (via courier $24/time charged separately at onboarding) Home Delivery available on Capitol Hill 20002, 20003 and Navy Yard.
  • Full season member fee is $100/50 and will be charged separately at on-boarding.  It is pro-rated late join.

RVA : 12 Biweekly only Thursday – Farm to Family; RVA  Start 4/4 – End 9/20

  • Pickup at Farm to Family, or
  • Home Delivery (within 5 mi radius F2F) $5/fee per time  (full season $60) .
  • Full season member fee is $30 and is pro-rated late join.
  • All fees charged separately at onboarding.

PARTIAL SEASON/1xSTAND ALONE SHARES– Partial seasons are available. Email me with your start/end dates and I will manually set this up for you. Do not sign up thru the website. You also have the option to get 1x stand alone shares thru website as needed if you need more flexibility.

Start/end dates are as follows – We are currently scheduled to start on 4/2, but this is subject to change pending weather and what the farmers have.  If you are a current member, you will stay on the same schedule you have now. End date includes two week holiday break.

Please visit the website for specifics on pricing and shares.

Let Suzi know if you have additional questions – email is preferred: farmshares@thefarmbus.com or you can call Mark directly at 804-397-7337.

 

 

Thank you so much for being loyal CSA members and supporting your local food system!  Please share our info we could always use more members!  We are looking forward to a tremendous Spring and Summer Season!

Warmly,

Mark Lilly + Suzi Miles

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What’s in the CSA Share — 1/29/19 Eastern Market

We are almost ready to release info on the Spring/Summer season – so watch for that! Please tell your CSA curious friends that they can order 1x shares, and try us out! Perfect for folks who travel or hate to commit.

Here is what we think will be in the share next week, subject to change. Mark is still waiting to hear back on a few items.

 

PRODUCE – * Indicates it will be in the small share.

MEATS – still to be finalized, but here is what he is looking at depending on availability:

  • whole broiler chicken
  • lamb chops or Polyface Breakfast links (still to be finalized)

DAIRY

cheese – Eberly cheddar

BREAD — Billy Bread rustic