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What’s in the Share – Week of 5/22/17

Lemon-dill-soup-9236Hi Members –

We are getting into summer holidays.   Some of you may be away for your share – don’t forget to hold. When you put your share on hold via your dashboard, please send me an email letting me know how you wish to redeem that held share: move to another week, credit or donate. Held shares do not automatically get moved to the next time – I need to hear from you to know what to do with it. You can also give your shares to friends – but let me know. Thanks!

There are a few things in the share that look similar – dill, chamomile and baby fennel. Ive posted some pictures in the FB group, along with extra recipes.

Here’s what we anticipate to be in your share this week – subject to change. Often what we think will be in the share changes by the time Thursday rolls around. Mark often gives you extras of things. I hope you are enjoying it all.



Meat – Weekly people I do not know what the meat will be yet. Will try to send out an email as soon as Mark knows so you can plan – so sorry.

Biweeklies – this is what you might expect.

  • pork short ribs
  • trout filet (2 filets in the pack)
  • Sausage Craft Sat Nite Sausage – with Sriracha and beer (gluten alert)


Cheese – TBD

Happy Cooking!


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What’s in the CSA- week of 5/1 – Oysters, Clams, Asparagus, Ramps, Strawberries!!!

13130879_10154064264569360_4995498652799122823_oHi members, Hope you are all staying cool!

We have a bang up share for you this week. Post pictures of what you are making on our facebook group page! Others love ideas and recipes. I also post other ideas and info. Thank you!

We will be having the option of oysters and clams again next week, so if you are getting a share with meat in it, and need to OPT OUT and get the ALTERNATE MEAT (I do not know what it will be), send me your OPT OUT email with no oysters clams in your subject. If you want them, do NOTHING – you will get 2 dozen each oysters and clams, or the quart of shucks (email if you want the shucks). If you want more, or a la carte oysters, clams by the dozen, or pints or quarts of shucks, please order via your dashboard under MEATS – Oysters Clams a la carte.  NEED ORDERS BY WED next week. thank you.

Happy eating. Suzi

Veg share so far, subject to changes:

  • Swiss chard – Swiss chard is delicious, versatile, and don’t forget to pickle the stems. It is hearty enough to stand in for pasta, say in a lasagna. The stems take longer to cook than leaves, so I usually put stems in first, then leaves. Here are some ideas.
  • Baby spinach – put on pizza with the ramps. or make a salad.
  • Green onions – these guys may get overshadowed by the ramps this week, but put them in your salad with bibb lettuce, baby spinach and strawberries and they will shine.
  • Ramps – boy we love these, and we have a family tradition of getting them every year. Ive posted some ramp info on our FB group. Don’t be intimidated by them. Treat them like you would garlic or onions, only better, and you’ll be ok. Here’s a great video on how to find, clean and pickle them. They are forest foraged, so still have soil on them. Clean them well, dirt can  hide in them, like leeks. Use the leaves to make pesto, or chimmichurri. If you aren’t going to get to them for a bit, cut off your leaves, and keep them in a bag in your fridge. I have actually had them stay in the fridge for a month or so.  They are great in biscuits, which we included below. Put on pizza.
  • Bibb – make lettuce wraps, use it as a bun for your burger.
  • Radishes – young radishes have a sweetness to them. Try roasted radishes with brown butter, radish tops, and lemon. You can also sautee the tops like any green.  Slice and add to salad. Pickle. Here are some recipes. There is a radish corn salad in here, that would be good with your corn if you haven’t used it yet.
  • Strawberries – I posted info on how to freeze them to use later in the season in smoothies. You can also make fruit leather, dehydrate for snacks, or jam. Here is the boss small batch strawberry balsamic jam recipe I posted in the group that I made for Mother’s Day gifts last year. I cooked it in the slow cooker. this makes only 4 half pints, so refridgerate, eat on the biscuits, or give away. No need to process. But if you want to process, I used a saucepan, and a veggie steamer and it worked great. I used this on baked brie at mom’s for Easter.
  • Asparagus – we are grilling bacon wrapped asparagus for dinner tonight. or put in salad.
  • Arugula – good on pizza with the ramps.
  • Cilantro (good with clams) – Clams with bacon, cilantro, ginger and galic (sub ramps!!)
  • Mushrooms – good on pizza with the ramps.
  • Golden biscuit mix from Wade’s Mill for strawberry shortcake and ramp biscuits. to make ramp biscuits: thinly slice the bulb and add it right in. Or you can use only the leaves. You can caramelize the bulbs in a little butter first. Cook as usual. Wade’s Mill is a circa 1750 water grist mill and we love their products. You will see them on the menu at fine restaurants.

Oysters and clams – how to shuck an oyster with Chef Pete at Merroir. How to prepare them raw 0 use your ramps, or green onions! Grill them. Here’s a few other methods of cooking like roasting, and steaming. Here’s how to steam clams. Here’s the Ultlimate Pasta with Clams – perfect if you still have your pasta from the other week! Make oyster shooters. You can use sake, tequila, vodka etc. Look them up. You’ll be in heaven.
If you opted out, looks like a picnic grill special:
Polyface hot dogs
ground beef
bison summer sausage – make a plate with the cheese from  your share. You can add in sliced radishes, and make a delicious sauce with a spoon of our lovely jam with some stone ground mustard.  You can slice it and add it to your salad. Or put it on the pizza!!!!


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What’s in the Share – strawberries, asparagus, bison – week of 4/17


11084032_10153185802240935_7942784199934615198_oHope everyone is enjoying this beautiful weather and are settling into your CSA food. We have a lovely share coming your way this week. Keep in mind that these previews are what we think will be in the share, and may change due to a number of reasons. We ask you stay open minded when substitutions arise. Thank you!

Produce – so far:

  • bibb lettuce – Linda Bruce, Rain or Shine Greenhouse Gardens
  • mushrooms – Rob Woolfolk, Beaver Dam, VA
  • asparagus –  Sneads Aparagus Farm, Emmet Snead, Fredericksburg, VA. We made eggs benedict with asparagus and bacon for my mom for Easter Brunch.
  • strawberries – Anne + Chuck Geyer, Agriberry, Hanover, VA – We also made vegan strawberry shortcake with coconut whip for my mom. I’ve taken her off dairy and gluten for her eczema, which has been super helpful. I am planning a batch of strawberry balsamic jam, and going to try it in my Instant Pot. I made it last year as gifts for Mother’s Day and it is the best jam I’ve ever made. This recipe makes 4 jars.
  • spinach – Flores Farm, Northern Neck VA – Try my spinach strawberry salad with caramelized nuts(uses honey, but you can sub maple syrup to make vegan) – you can top with chèvre! The Agriberry vinegars are amazing in this.
  • leeks – Flores Farm, Northern Neck, VA – Mac and Cheese with braised leeks, asiago + park breadcrumbs.
  • red onions – Flores Farm, Northern Neck, VA  – spinach, mushroom, goat cheese pizza.
  • Chives or thyme – Flores Farm, Northern Neck, VA – Romanian gypsies are said to have used chives in their fortune-telling rites, and hung garlands of chives around their homes to ward off disease and evil spirits. I have them growing in my kitchen herb garden, and snip them into small bits, into eggs, potatoes, salads, vegetables. Here are thehealth benefits along with a fines herb omelet. Here are some other  ways to use them.
  • honey** – Hungry Hill Farm – Try strawberry honey butter. Steal a strawberry and some  yogurt away to make this face mask. Here is a strawberry honey smash cocktail perfect for porch sitting. **If you are vegan and home delivered, email me for a sub. Otherwise, check with Mark at pickup. 
  • Virginia Peanut Company – chocolate peanuts – lightly salted. These are ridiculous. Store in your refrigerator. Hide them from your children.


  • ground bison – Edmonds Farm, Lancaster, VA – we love to make burgers with these – go easy on toppings and condiments, they are so flavorful all you really need is salt and pepper. You can use the Bibb lettuce as a bun. However, you can make almost anything wth bison you would use ground beef in. Bison is super lean, so make sure to use coconut oil, butter, ghee, olive oil, bacon fat or another fat when frying. Cooking time is fast, temperature is lower.  Here are some cooking tips. We love Don and  Kim Edmonds and their 3 little girls. Their farm is a Dr. Dolittle kind of place – Don was a vet tech, and has a soft spot for rescues and odd creatures. He has a pet possum, emus, some other exotic birds I can’t remember, a tame bison named Ginger that grew up in the house alongside a fawn, lots of cats, dogs, ducks of many types, chickens, pigs and of course the majestic bison.
  • Bison Jerky – Edmonds Farm, Lancaster, VA – super good snack to keep you from going  hungry!
  • Smoked bacon – Edmonds Farm. This bacon is super tasty. Its got terrific smoked flavor, but not cured, so make sure to cook it up quickly after defrosting. Try roasted asparagus with mushrooms and bacon.Its amazing with greens,


  • Billy Bread– Leckers Baking Company, Richmond, VA – This bread is renowned in RVA and served in many of its best restaurants. It’s one of Mark’s favorites.  Its a crusty artisan multi-grain sourdough, and includes spelt rye and whole wheat berries.  It’s 100 percent hand-made and naturally leavened. Do not be dismayed by its hard exterior! it is best eaten quickly, but here are some tips to use it if you don’t.  Try goat cheese toasts with honey and thyme. Use it to sop up sauces and to convey goat cheese to mouth.  Eat spread with very good butter and very good preserves or the strawberry honey butter above.


  • Peachy Family chèvre – We love the Peachys, an Amish farm family from Pennsylvania who we have gotten to know over the years, and we are happy to partner with them.  One of my favorite easy treats is plain chevre drizzled with honey with strawberries. Its great on pizza, in a salad, on a cracker or veggies. Top the asparagus with it.  Here’s 39 other ways to use goat cheese.


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Farm to Family is celebrating National CSA Day, Friday, February 24, ALL WEEK!! and we are offering discounts for our DC,  Richmond and Hanover area members and new members along with free Home Delivery within our RVA delivery area.  We have extended the 5% CSA Day discount to begin now, thru Sunday2/26 – sign up now to get the best value on all shares, including payment plans.

10154035_10152105348736483_4621415552134914340_nYou will save 5% on all shares and payment plans using discount code CSA17 ALL WEEK! Share pickups in DC are at Eastern Market, 7th G, and 23rd Place and E st, NE. DC home delivery is $4/time.  Pickup for RVA members is at the Farm to Family Market at 2817 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Richmond VA 23223 (not Mechanicsville).  Pickup location is adjacent to I-64, I-295, Church Hill, Downtown, Northside, Mechanicsville.  FREE RVA home delivery is available within 5 mi radius of the F2F market, with 2 drops in Hanover (Ash Creek and Bell Creek neighborhoods pending 10 members).

Additional savings are available with 10% discount code FULL17 for FULL share (combo produce, meat, dairy, bread) pd in full up front, and 10% discount for active military/veterans (email for code).

The Spring season starts on Tuesday, 3/28 with weekly and biweekly shares, and runs for 24 weeks.  All drop locations start Wed, 4/8 (biweekly only). Shares include locally grown produce (veggies and fruit), fruit only (starts 4/23), grass-fed dairy and eggs, grass-fed/pastured meats, and combo full share that features produce, dairy, meat and bread. Add ons available.

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CSA-Day-Logo-3Farm to Family is celebrating National CSA Day NEXT FRIDAY, so if you have not yet signed up for Spring, mark your calendars to sign up on Friday, February 24th and save 5% on ALL shares (including payment plans) using code CSA17 (valid that day only).

The Spring season starts on Tuesday, 3/28 and runs for 24 weeks. We serve Capitol Hill in Washington, DC and offer 3 pickup locations — our main pickup at Eastern Market, plus two neighborhood drops, one at 7th/G St, NE, another at 23rd Place/E St NE and we are offering home delivery via Schlep eco bikes ($4/time.) Shares can be weekly or biweekly, and are locally grown or raised produce (veggies and fruit), fruit only, grass-fed dairy and eggs, grass-fed/pastured meats, and combo full share that features produce, dairy, meat and bread. Member fees for the season (for fuel, labor, admin etc) are $45 for biweekly share/$90 for weekly share and will be charged separately to your card on file. Checks are our preferred payment (Thank You!) and should be made out to Farm to Family.

Mark will be at Eastern Market all day next Friday signing folks up, with potluck items and other fun surprises. If you want to help out, we need volunteers all that day. Please email him at or 804-397-7337 if you want to help out.

The CSA Day promo code will only be valid on Friday, 2/24, but our FULL share package discount  (produce, meat, dairy, bread combo package) paid in full upfront, is available up until start (FULL17 code), and our 10% military discount for active and retired veterans is always valid (email for code).

If you believe in the value of the work our local farmers do and would like to help our farms be successful, sign up for our CSA on February 24, and use the hashtag #CSAday to share our offer, and join the online conversation. For more information on CSA day, visit

We are grateful for your membership, and your support of Farm to Family and the family farms and vendors we work with.


Mark + Suzi Lilly

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