We will be closed at our Market on Mechanicsville Turnpike for Spring Cleanup and a short break until the rest of the Spring local food from Monday 4/13 – Friday, 5/8. Last day will be Sunday, April 12. Look for us to reopen on Friday, May 8 for the Spring and Summer season.
We will be setting up some workdays and are looking for volunteers to help us spruce things up. If you are interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to reopening for the Spring/Summer season. In the meantime, we are still accepting memberships for our Spring/Summer CSA. Sign up online for 6 months of fresh, local food now! Weekly/bi-weekly pickups are available at our Market at 2817 Mechanicsville Turnpike, RVA 23223. We also have satellite drops pending in the surrounding Richmond area at Ash Creek + Bell Creek in Hanover, Kitchen Thyme in the West End, New Kent at Patriot’s Landing, Quinton, Woodlake in Chesterfield. Sign up today for fresh food all summer long.
Thank you for a great winter, and we look forward to seeing you in mid-May along with strawberries, asparagus, ramps and rhubarb!
Upcoming jobs at Farm to Family, 2 in RVA, one in DC. Please follow directions and send your resume and cover letter to email! Thank you!
FARMER’S MARKET/CSA ASSISTANT – 1 position.
Part Time: @ 25 hrs/wk to start.
Starts: 4/27/15 – thru 12/15
Rate: $10/hr or trade for food
Location: Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
· Assistant will help with DC Farmer’s Market/CSA pickup for Richmond, VA based company.
· Must be mature and reliable with own transportation, and have retail experience, preferably food related.
· Must have excellent verbal and written communication and customer service skills, and be good at taking direction.
· Will help unloading and loading truck, and setting up Farmer’s Market stall. Must be able to lift 50-75 lbs.
· Assist with marketing and social media as needed.
· Have knowledge of, and passion for, local/sustainable food systems
· Perfect for student, could become full time.
· 3 references required
· Send resume and cover letter to: email@example.com
· No calls please.
FARMERS MARKET MANAGER – 1 position
Full time: M-F, some weekends required.
Starts : 4/27/15
Rate: $13/hr +, depending on experience
Location: Richmond, VA
·Manager will be responsible for running a small family-owned retail farmers market specializing in local products in Richmond, VA.
Duties include but are not limited to: inventory management, open and closing duties, merchandising, shrink management, staff supervision, scheduling, ordering products, financial reports, customer service, answering emails and general store management. Duties will also include marketing, social media, workshop and other event development and implementation.
Previous grocery and management experience required.
Knowledge of and passion for local/sustainable food systems required.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
Excellent organization, problem solving, ability to take direction, be both a team leader and player, required.
Must be mature and reliable
Knowledge of Quickbooks, Excel, Word, ShopKeep and other technology programs preferred. Graphic design a +.
3 references required.
Send resume and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org
No calls please
DRIVER – 1 position.
Part Time 25-30 hrs to start
Rate: $10-12/hr based on experience
Location: Richmond VA
Driver will be responsible for pickup and delivery of food items from local farms and for home delivery.
Must provide clean driving record, and be comfortable driving a large truck and/or trailer.
Must be mature and reliable with own transportation, excellent communication skills, ability to take direction.
Must have flexible availability, M-F.
Must be available to lift 50-75 lbs.
3 references required
Send resume and cover letter to: email@example.com
No calls please.
Smoked Trout – Virginia Trout Company – What a great appetizer for Valentine’s Dinner! Many of our customers also like to use this to flavor their greens.
In addition I have: lamb leg, beef tenderloin, pastured turkey, pork fat for lard rendering.
Here is our featured recipe today, from Mark! Mark as you may know, is an accomplished chef, and has gone head to head with some of Richmond’s celebrated chefs onstage in competition at Richmond’s Broad Appetit festival.
Bibb Lettuce and Apple Salad
1-2 heads bibb lettuce, chopped
1/2 apple, chopped (more or less to taste)
couple thin slices red or yellow onion – sliced or diced
we also like an assortment of nuts and seeds – walnuts, pecans, pistachios, sunflower seeds, chia, flax or pumpkin seeds.
Assemble the above in a bowl.
Dressing – swir/sprinkle to the top of your salad
good quality olive oil – a couple swirls over the bowl
Balsamic or red vinegar – we love the Bombolini or Agri berry Razzle Dazzle vinegars – ½ to ¼ swirls around the bowl, depending on level of acidity desired.
dried or fresh herb (basic, or thyme or oregano) – sprinkle handful
salt and pepper – to taste (we like to use diferent salts like smoked sale, pink salt, sea salt)
We also like to add a splash of Farmstead Ferments kraut juice, for the Je ne c’est quoi.
Lightly toss and enjoy.
If you love us, please give us a reviewon Local Harvest, and on our Facebook page – we are trying to sell our Spring season, and good reviews help tremendously! Thank you so much.
Spring is just around the corner which means its time to sign up for our 2015 Spring and Summer CSA Farm Shares.
We serve the Washington, DC area with convenient drops on Capitol Hill at Eastern Market, Petworth, Patriot’s Plaza and Falls Church/NOVA.
In RVA, drops are at our Farm to Family Market, West End/Kitchen Thyme, Woodlake/Chesterfield, Ash Creek/Hanover, Bell Creek/Hanover and Quinton/New Kent.
Our CSA features local, sustainably raised vegetables and fruits, grass-fed/pastured meats, grass-fed dairy and pastured eggs, fresh baked bread and add-ons ranging from local tofu/tempeh/vegan soysage, pizza and pastas, gluten-free baked goods, jams, honeys, and other artisanal pantry items. We offer flexibility, online share management, payment plans, and weekly or bi-weekly schedules.
Want more examples of what our CSA shares might look like? Visit our Facebook CSA share gallery. Please visit our online CSA store to join, or for more info.
2015 Spring-Summer CSA pricing
Produce share – (10 to 14 items) $44 —-weekly cost $1,080 — bi-weekly $540
We are at the halfway mark in our CSA – Welcome to Winter! This time of year farm production typically starts to slow down due to winter’s colder and unpredictable weather with possible snow and ice inhibiting green growing things. With that said, what are you going to see in your CSA and in the Markets? I’ve gotten a few emails from people who are not quite sure what to expect. Keep in mind that being in a CSA is not quite like going to the grocery store, so selection this time of year tends to be less interesting than summer’s bounty, and you may see some of the same items more frequently.
We are lucky that Virginia is not only a 4 season growing state, but it has a growing number of farmers who are using alternative farming methods like high tunnels, hoop houses and indoor hydroponics and green houses to keep things growing. We are also incredibly lucky that Mark is a great forager, and he has built amazing relationships with farmers so he is able to keep finding fresh and unique food, even in cold and snow. Think of your farmer, his animals and h
You will notice with our winter selection that this time of year we do rely on veggies and fruits that have been harvested and stored in the fall – root veggies, squashes, apples. You will also see a lot of different types greens, dependent on the weather. Hardy greens do OK even in cold and snow, but don’t like cold winds or ice. Brassicas like cabbage, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kohlrabi, cauliflower and broccoli also like the cold. You will also continue to get mushrooms, hydroponic lettuce, and herbs. We will try to keep items rotated so things don’t get monotonous and you don’t end up frustrated by a kale, turnip, potato CSA. Mark is on the lookout for other fresh stuff that may be growing in greenhouses, so there may be surprises on the horizon. Please know that some weeks if the weather is particularly bad you may get dried items like popcorn or beans, or pantry items like jam, honey, peanuts or other preserved food. Winter is the time to eat preserved and reserved stores. I encourage you to use your favorite search engine, or Pinterest to find different fun recipes for winter staples. If you simply can’t face adding another squash to your collection, please know you can email me so we can make arrangements to swap it out. Squash makes great pie, btw, so consider creative ways to use your veggies and fruits.
Box Hold Reminder – If you put a box on hold, please remember to send an email to let me know how you wish to redeem it. If you plan to pick up on a different week, or double up, I need to know your plans in advance in order to pack your food for you. We are very flexible with our box holds because we know life happens, but know we pack the amount of food according to the number of members I have on my list, so if you just show up, you run the risk of not getting a share. Thank you for your consideration.
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potatoes – Try this potato chowder recipe. You can make it vegan or veg, by substituting non-dairy items.
Fleetwell Farm pork chops – Try stuffed porkchops with thyme apple sauce
Our feature recipe this week, is Fried Apples ‘n Onions, and it will go wonderfully with the pork chops. It would also make a delicious breakfast. It comes from the Little House Cookbook, by Barbara M. Walker, which features recipes from the Little House series of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The recipe is from one of my favorite books, Farmer Boy. It’s a wonderful book to read aloud to your family (as are all the books in the series.) and it is a wonderful place to visit. As many of you know, I grew up 6 miles from the Wilder Family Farm in Burke, NY. He and Laura are actually ancestors of mine. I particularly like Farmer Boy because it helps me to understand my family’s farm roots. When I read it I imagine my great greats, William + Lydia, my great grandfather John and his sisters scrabbling out a living on their farm and hunting and playing in the woods. We even have pictures of them at the Franklin County Fair, just like Almanzo and his family. If you plan to go, let me know because there are a few amazing places to visit near the Wilder Farm, including High Falls in Burke village, a wonderful place to picnic and swim and there is wonderful fishing along Trout River.