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FALL/WINTER CSA IS LIVE FOR SUBSCRIPTIONS! JOIN NOW! DON’T DELAY!

The Fall Winter CSA IS HERE!!! Our 2021/22 Fall/Winter CSA season is LIVE for subscription. It starts October 12/13 depending on your location. There is a one week break between Summer and Fall seasons. The season runs 22 weeks thru the 3rd week of March ending March 23, depending on your location. There is a 2 week Winter holiday break: There will be NO CSA 2/22 or 12/29. Mark your calendars. Sign Up Today — Don’t delay!

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 – Sign up anytime this season and SAVE 10% on Full Share purchase (this is for the combo produce, meat, dairy and bread share ONLY) use code: 10FULL – This is the best deal and includes installments .

ACTIVE MILITARY/VETERANS/FIRST RESPONDERS- Use our 10% military discount code to save on all CSA shares signing up anytime during the season. 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 except Farm To Family 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:

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.

Choose FALL/WINTER 2021/22 subscriptions and dropsites, as Spring/Summer are still up for a few more weeks. Summer drops are still active 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. If you choose installment payments this will also be split up.

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. Email me if this is what you are doing and I will double check to make sure you do it correctly and make sure your schedule alternates. Email me if you need help.

Other tips/FAQ

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. I usually set you up manually.

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 Dues – All members excepting promotions will be charged seasonal membership dues that include delivery and administrative costs. DC is $100 for the weekly season, $50 for biweekly season; RVA is $50/weekly season, $25 for biweekly and will be prorated if you join post start. These dues are 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. 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 us. 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 – otherwise you will have to write checks each time for small amounts and I will have to add on your item manually.

Share Donation program – our share donation program is more important than ever this year with record number of 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 and food. You can also donate towards or purchase shares to support our families. Contact us 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.

Questions? Email farmshares@thefarmbus.com or call Mark at 804-397-7337.

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What’s in the Share and at the Market 7-14-21

Welcome to our new members this week – we are so glad to have you! 

Summer holidays – if you are traveling, don’t forget to put your shares on hold. Just a reminder – our CSA vacation is August 11th and 18th – there will NOT be any CSA those weeks. Please mark your calendars and make arrangements to feed your family if you are not on vacation those weeks. We hope you are loving the glorious abundance of summer fruit!!

Home Delivery – Richmond home delivery – your delivery day is TUESDAY.

Cooler Bins/Porch Pirates – Please try to have a cooler or bin out with ice for delivery people to leave your share in – some of you still do not have one out for us. With warmer temps, this will preserve your share, especially more delicate items. The bin method tucked away from your door (let us know where you want it) also helps to disguise your share if porch pirates roam your neighborhood looking for opportune booty – we have occasionally had shares stolen and we find this method an effective deterrant.

Below is the preview menu, subject to change. Reminder – if something is wrong with your share/delivery, let us know right away so we can remedy it for you!

Happy Cooking and Eating!

~ Suzi

PRODUCE – Produce is from Flores Family Farm (George, Omar and family) Hague; , Va unless otherwise indicated.

FRUIT share – We are really rocking the fruit now!

  • Blackberries 
  • Blueberries 
  • Peaches

MEATS –

  • Trout
  • Ground Beef
  • Duck and pork sausage

BREAD

Prairie Grain Mix

DAIRY

Cheese – fresh mozzarella – y.u.m. 

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We All Need Love

WTVR Channel 8 Richmond traveled with the FarmBus on 12/22/20 as we distributed some veggie bags to families in the East End of Richmond. We are grateful to all our CSA members and our customers. May you all know peace and great health in the coming year.

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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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