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Apples and Onions, Delicious!
Apples and Onions, Delicious!

Hi everyone, what an amazing share  Mark has for you this week, as the first cooler days have come our way. Fall is on the way, and so is our Fall CSA!

  • I will have that info up online this week – I have had some technical difficulty, so bear with me!  Details: Starts the first week of October, runs 24 weeks with a two week break for winter holidays for Christmas and New Years,
  • Prices are the same for meat and dairy etc, except Produce is $40, and Full Share is $115 (produce is slightly smaller share).
  • Locations: Eastern Market, Patriot’s Plaza, and 7th/G drop (will revert to Eastern Market if we do not get 10 people.) We will not be offering Home Delivery – We are so grateful to our home delivery members for their patience and flexibility with delivery. Logistically it was very challenging for our small operation. We hope you will stay with us, and move over to the other locations. Eastern Market and Patriots Plaza offer the best flexibility, with ability to swap out items, and add more depending on what extra he has.
  • if you have credit, it will roll over to Fall (CSAware will pull from credit first, then your card on file). If you want to pass on Fall, but rejoin us in Spring, your credit will still  roll!
  •  If you still have boxes held from earlier in the season, and wish to convert them to credit, let me know as I do not automatically do that. They need to be manually moved. If you wish to redeem your held box by picking it up on an off week or doubling off, you need to let me know!
  • Please share us. When you refer us, ask folks to use your name upon signing up (there is a field) and you will receive a Referral Reward credit.
  • Partial season? A lot of people move, but still want to do a share for the time they are in the area. No problem. Email me to discuss options.
Spring Summer CSA Bounty
Spring Summer CSA Bounty

What will you get? Virginia is a very diverse 4 season growing state – greens grow straight thru! We also work with innovative farmers using greenhouses and hoop houses to stretch the seasons. Many items are picked and stored, such as apples,  root veggies and squashes. Mushrooms move indoors.

  • Fruit: pears, grapes, different apples (straight thru), asian pears, possible late raspberries.
  • Veg: pumpkins, squashes, beets, turnips,carrots, leeks, onions, potatoes, mushrooms, herbs, sweet potatoes, Jerusalem artichoke,  rutabagas, greens like chard, spinach, creasy greens, kale, kalettes, cauliflower, broccoli, romanesco, we are hoping for fresh ginger and turmeric, and more.
  • In addition as the season progresses, or if we have bad weather (snow, cold and ice can affect greens and either items growing),  you will start getting 1 or two pantry items or added value item – this helps us get thru the winter season with diversity and supports our farmers who are preserving, drying or otherwise using their harvest from earlier in the year. What might you get?  honey, applesauce, apple butter, maple barbecue sauce, fermented veggies (kraut), dried black beans, frozen corn, buckwheat flour, Wade’s Mill (400 year old mill) cornmeal, polenta, grits, baking mixes and other grains, sorghum molasses, Virginia peanuts, Twin Oaks soy foods, heirloom popcorn, our own  jam, and more.

Twin Oaks Tofutwo for one sale/BOGO continues on the best tofu and vegan sausage ever! Non-gmo and organic, this helps support the Twin Oaks intentional community in Louisa, Va. Twin Oaks Foods is a sister project to Southern Exposure heirloom seeds, and they also make hammocks!

Varieties included in the sale: plain, Italian Herb, Vegan chorizo sausage (not GF), Vegan Breakfast style sausage (not GF). This will be first come, first served (unless you email me to reserve). If you are receiving tofu or vegan sausage this week, you will get an extra item!  The expiration is up on some of them this week, but these are conservative for food safety, or freeze, they all freeze well and it imparts a chewier texture.

Here’s what’s in the share:

  • grapes (yum! They will have seeds, but don’t let that deter you from their amazing sweet tart flavor.
  • honey crisp apples (yum)
  • edamame – steam and salt Japanese style. make hummus!
  • swiss chard
  • sorrell
  • shiitake mushrooms
  • frog  skin melon – like honeydew
  • sweet banana peppers
  • roma tomatoes (roast them! make sauce!)
  • zuchini (anybody try that brownie recipe floating around?)
  • hanover tomatoes
  • pablano peppers


  • gala apples
  • pears
  • sugar cube cantaloupe


  • trout filet
  • smoked trout (YUM!)
  • ground bison
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Week 8 CSA Recipes, Capitol Hill Market Update and Go Fund Me


7060515_1449430170-1.5258Hi Folks — We hope you enjoy this really great share for you this week. Mark will again have Christmas trees and wreaths this week – Get there early to choose your tree. I believe he will also be doing free delivery this week. Trees while they last, will also be available at our Thursday PopUp Market at 8th St + East Capital, NE.

A reminder to check your holiday plans, and put your share on hold if you are traveling. Email me to let me know you wish to redeem any held shares: move to another date, tranfer to credit, or donate. We have families and a church we give donated food to.  Final shares for December will be 12/22 for weekly, and 12/15 bi-weekly, returning 1/5 for weekly, and 1/12 for weekly. Let me know if you have questions or concerns.

Capitol Hill Market Update –  We are working on a Business Plan, and are seeking someone to help with that. If you want to help, please email or chat with him at pickup. We are excited to be finalizing plans to move into our first brick and mortar store on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., in the old Morton’s Pharmacy on 8th and E. Capital, where we have been doing the pop-up the last few weeks. We feel strongly that all Capitol Hill residents have access to high quality produce, meat, dairy, grains and more – as well as a strong local food economy.

GO FUND ME! We have launched our GoFundMe fundraiser. This fundraiser is intended to provide Mark with the funds to cover rent, payroll and equipment for the first 6 months. Please llike and share, and donate if you can. We are grateful for any support!


This project has been several years in the making. We are eternally grateful to you, our CSA members, and look forward to playing a bigger role in the Capitol Hill Community.

If you have any last minute changes on your share this week, email asap as we are packing the truck now.

Thank you!

Suzi, Mark, Allie and team


•    brussel sprouts – farro with roasted brussel sprouts and pistachios. Or easy flash fried brussels sprouts with garlic and lime

•    collards – 13 ways to make them delish

•    tuscan kale – kale suggestions

•    apples – My friend Rudston leads Walking Food Tours for Truffle Pig in Tuscany. I found this recipe today, and thought of him. If you are looking to tour Tuscany, he’s your guide. Tuscan Apple Cake

•    shiitake – sauteed shiitakes with brussel sprouts and truffle oil

•    purple radish – Orange and radish salad with pistachios 

•    red vein sorrel – sorrel explained

•    creasy greens – One of our favorite winter greens, and richer in Vitamin C than oranges.They are in the cress family, so have a bit of a peppery bite, that is reduced by cooking. Here’s a great blog post from our friend Tim Vidra. I also like to sautee or briase them. You can add smaller, tender pieces to salads and sandwiches. Old timers are either looking for them, or stay far away, as they are reminded of having to go forage them out in the field for dinner!  Wash wash Wash and rinse thoroughly, as these grow in sandy Hanover County soil. You can even put them in the washing machine, like some folks do!

•    spinach – 5 dinners with spinach in them

•     broccoli – don’t forget the stems

•    sweet potatoes – Sweet Potato Latkes – perfect for Hannukah


•    Pork chops – roasted pork chops with apples

•    Bison Skirt Steak – Thai Bison Grilled Skirt Steak Salad Grilled with Balsamic apricot marinade (or Lime) (you can sub one of our yummy jams for the apricot – this would be amazing with the nectarine or plum.


CSA Recipes – Brussel Sprouts! Yum!

brusselsprouts markHello members! Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving spent with family and friends! We will be resuming our regular DC Market schedule: Tuesday at Eastern Market 4-7pm (members only), Wednesday at Patriot’s Plaza 315 E Street, SW, 11-6pm, and Thursday at our Pop-Up on Capitol Hill at E Capitol Street, NE at 8th Street, NE 11-7pm.

Here are the share items for this week:

Produce Share:


Brussels sprouts
^Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice for some tang!




Besides supplying good amounts of protein, phosphorus, and zinc, beet greens are also a great source of fiber. Packed with antioxidants, they’re high in vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese, and low in fat and cholesterol.”
^We made this for supper a few weeks ago and it is SO good!


^Two different apple and cabbage slaw recipes. Delicious served alone, or use to top your BBQ sandwich! I like to add pumpkin seeds if serving as a side dish.

Butternut Squash

Spaghetti Squash
^Vegan recipe! Substitute tofu and vegan cheeses for real cheeses if you limit your soy intake.



Shiitake mushrooms

And a recipe idea for all your Thanksgiving leftovers! Pot pie!


One Whole Trout

Two Trout Fillets

Puff’s BBQ
^Make BBQ sandwiches or tacos and top with the cabbage and apple slaw above!

Amish Maple Sausage

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Week 16 CSA Farm Shares + Recipes/Mark’s Apple + Bibb Lettuce Salad

10672287_10152963389815935_2872129088790716652_nSuch an amazing share this week!


Meat – Mark has finished rummaging in the freezer. Remember if you hate it, you can swap it, just let me know.

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.

applesBibb 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 review on Local Harvest, and on our Facebook page – we are trying to sell our Spring season, and good reviews help tremendously! Thank you so much.


Suzi + Mark Lilly


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Virginia is for Apple Lovers

F2F Apples
F2F Apples

by Ashley Cheng

It’s been credited for the fall of man, the theory of gravitation and the attempted assassination of Snow White. So intrinsically grafted onto our national identity, it’s the namesake for our largest city and most patriotic dessert. The one in your eye is your beloved, yet the one in your throat is just Adam’s. It’s both a gift of gratitude to our favorite schoolteachers and a daily defense against doctors, but be careful…one bad one can spoil the whole bunch.

Yes, Henry David Thoreau said it best, “Surely the apple is the noblest of fruits.”

October happens to be National Apple Month, so what better time to stop and take stock in this special fruit and the many ways we can enjoy them this season?

Here in the store we already have Fuji, Gale Gala, Crimson Crisp, and Honey Crisp; but there are more than 7,500 varieties of apples worldwide. Apples are also incredibly healthy as many studies suggest they:

  • Are a fantastic source of fiber
  • Contain vitamins A, B1, B2, C and niacin
  • Provide nutrients phosphorous magnesium, iron and potassium
  • May help reduce cholesterol, prevent cardiovascular disease, slow the growth of colon and liver cancer cells, reduce the risk of stroke, improve lung function and strengthen bones

No wonder they’ve been a part of our diets for as far back as 6500 B.C.

Keeping it local is at the heart of everything we do at Farm to Family, so in that spirit here is a simple recipe plan for the perfect fall dinner (featuring apples from start to finish!) with a collection of posts from some of our fave RVA bloggers. Let us know what you think, or post your own recipe and photos on our Facebook page.

Butternut Squash Soup by One Couple’s Kitchen

Apple Down Slaw by Richmond Food Collective

Turkey Burgers with Brie, Granny Smith Apples and Arugula by Tim Vidra Eats

German Apple Cake by Finding Delicious

And for breakfast the next morning:

Paleo Apple Cinnamon Streusel Muffins by Gabby’s Gluten-Free