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CSA/Farm Market Recipes

Pan-Fried Fennel

  • SERVINGS 4

Ingredients

  • 2 medium fennel bulbs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, for dredging
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh bread crumbs, for dredging
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus more for seasoning
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups Green Pasture coconut oil, just enough to yield about 1/4 inch in the pan

Directions

  1. Remove tops and fronds from fennel bulbs. Slice each bulb in half widthwise. Cut each half into slices about 1/8 inch thick.
  2. Pour flour into a medium bowl and bread crumbs into another. Season with the salt and pepper. Crack eggs into a third bowl; whisk until frothy. Season with salt and pepper. Dredge fennel lightly in flour, then in egg, and then in bread crumbs, shaking off excess after each step.
  3. Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Check to make sure the oil is hot enough by tossing a pinch of flour into the pan. If the flour sizzles, the oil is ready.
  4. Fry fennel slices until golden brown on each side, about 30 seconds per side, working in batches so as not to crowd pan. Drain on paper towels; season with salt. Serve hot.
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CHEF SHARES – New CSA Program for Spring/Summer 2013

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2013 Spring/Summer CSA Farm Shares are available for chefs, restaurants, food trucks and caterers in the Richmond and Washington, DC areas.Our  program runs for 24 weeks and begins on Wednesday, April 10th with weekly/bi-weekly shares available. This share is perfect for kitchens who are committed to local, Farm to Table operations, or for those who are looking to integrate more local items into their menu. Local items are perfect for daily specials. Shares will change every time depending on what is available and seasonal. See our Chef Shares page for in-depth info on our professional CSA program.

What might you get in your share?  Download this seasonal chart from the Virginia Department of Agriculture to see what is typical. Please note that this chart is by no means inclusive, doesn’t account for Mother Nature and doesn’t  include available items grown in hoophouses or greenhouses which may transcend the typical mid-Atlantic growing season (salad greens, sprouts, tomatoes, herbs, greens, mushrooms, cucumbers etc.)

Please support our local farmers and Farm to Family.  Together we can make positive changes to our food system, create local resiliency, educate our youth, create jobs and eat healthier.  A portion of our Chef CSA sales will be donated to our NPO BUSFARM and urban farm project, and opportunities for you to get involved by do cooking demos/videos, sharing recipes and participating in other educational activities will be available. Thanks for your support!

JOIN NOW! Download  DC CHEFS Spring 2013 CSA Brochure.

SHARE DESCRIPTIONS

SEASONAL PRODUCE – Vegetables and fruit items are a mix from local farms using organic or natural farming methods (low spray, integrative pest control, etc). Your CHEF CSA shares will be comprised of  seasonal vegetables and fruits. Farmers that we work with and items that are currently in season are here.  If you would like more of a particular item that week let us know a week in advance please i.e. flats of tomatoes or raspberries, boxes of greens etc.  We are happy to do special orders; other wise we will give you a good variety of everything that is local and seasonal. We will do our best to source for you whatever it is you are looking for. Shares are available in Small, Medium and Large to suit your needs, and we allow flexibility in your share.

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ALSO AVAILABLE:

MEAT – grass-fed, pastured meats- chicken, beef, pork, bison, lamb, goat, oysters/clams, trout and more. All meat is humanely raised on small farms without the use of hormones or antibiotics.

DAIRY –  whole milk, cream, raw cheeses, goat chevre, yogurt (plain, Greek or kefir), cultured butter and pastured eggs.

SOY– tofu, tempeh, vegan sausage.

GLUTEN FREE/VEGAN – breads, bagels, cupcakes, cookies, pie-crusts, pizza crusts, baking mixes and other items are available, pre-ordered.

PANTRY STAPLES – Many other local A la Carte pantry staples are also available upon request – jams, honey, maple syrup, sorghum molasses, spice blends, wheat berries, flours, corn meal, baking mixes and more.

Questions? Just call Mark at 804-397-7337 or email chefshares (@) thefarmbus (dot) com

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2013 Spring / Summer CSA Farm Shares – Richmond, VA, and Washington, DC

Join Today! Applications now being accepted!

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Strawberries, spring onions, bibb lettuce, apples and more!

We are now accepting applications for the Spring/Summer CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Farm Shares in Richmond, VA, Washington, DC (Capitol Hill at Eastern Market/NW at Maret School) and surrounding areas to start the 2nd week of April running 24 weeks (6 months) through September.

Our CSA Farm Share program is a versatile, flexible program that includes locally produced food options, payment plans, and open enrollment/pro-rated join-anytime membership. Bi-weekly/weekly frequency will vary with location site and interest. Check out our dropsites on this map which include metro DC, Richmond, NoVa, Northern Neck, New Kent, Chesterfield and more. Note that not all sites are confirmed, as we need 10 members per site to make it work, so let us know your interest/commitment ASAP! For more info on our CSA Farm Shares, to download an application and join, visit our CSA page.

BusFarm, our Urban Farm, supplies fresh food for our market and CSA Farm Shares

We work with notable farms/producers like Polyface FarmsMt Vernon FarmsProspect FarmEdmond’s FarmMt. View FarmGoats r UsOld Church CreameryGreen Fence FarmPampatike Organic FarmPromise Land PasturesTuckahoe Lamb and Cattle CompanySausage CraftAgriberry and Twin Oaks along with our own non-profit urban farm and agricultural educational center, BusFarm. Your CSA farm share directly supports BusFarm. See BusFarm in action!

We are EBT, vegan, gluten-free, paleo, WAPF and food allergy friendly. We offer payment plans. Got an issue? Ask us and we’ll see if we can accommodate you!  We donate missed pickups (without prior arrangements) to needy families. You can also sponsor a family for one time, or the whole season. Contact us for info on being a sponsor.

Options include:

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Produce, Dairy, Meats, Soy, Bread and other good foods are available.
  • Seasonal produce – locally grown on small farms with no to minimum sprays, pesticides. Some of our farms have organic certifications, but others choose to grow with organic methods, without certification.
  • Grass-fed/pastured meats like beef, pork, bison, trout, oysters/clams, lamb, sausage, chicken. No hormones, antibiotics and we work with small, humane family farms.
  • Grass-fed dairy with milk, butter, yogurt, cheeses from Mountain View, Goats R Us, Old Church Creamery. No hormones, antibiotics and we work with small, humane family farms.
  • Package — Fondly called “The Whole SheBang” by our long-time members, this includes produce, meat, dairy (including eggs) and bread. Purchase and pre-pay the package, and receive a discount.
  • Bread/Gluten Free Bread
  • Eggs
  • Pizza/Pasta
  • Dog Treats
  • Body Care
  • Soy
  • a la carte items like honey, jam, baked goods, and more are available

Want to see what you might get in your share? Check out these pictures!

Get Involved/Earn Free Food — Be a Drop Site

Farm to Family Farm Share drop on Capitol Hill at Eastern Market

Want to get involved and earn free food by hosting a drop-site at your home, worksite, church or community center? Contact us for more info. Recruit friends, family, neighbors, church members and co-workers to make it happen. Create community! Eat fresh, local, healthy food!

BE HAPPY! EAT LOCAL!

For more info on our CSA Farm Shares, or to download an application and join, visit our CSA page.

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CSA/Farm Market Recipes

What the heck is this thing?

Purple and Green Kohlrabi
Purple and Green Kohlrabi

by Devin Hunter, F2F Market Coordinator

Kohlrabi is a strange looking vegetable that tastes an awful lot like broccoli stems. They come in green or purple and can be eaten raw or cooked. The word kohlrabi is German for cabbage turnip (kohl as in cole-slaw, and rübe for turnip) though kohlrabi is more related to cabbage and cauliflower than to root vegetables.

Customers are forever asking us what to do with these tasty sputnik-shaped veggies. I found this great recipe from the Stone Barn Center in upstate New York. I hope you enjoy it!

Roasted Kohlrabi for Four

Treat kohlrabi like Brussels sprouts or turnips and roast it for a simple, delicious fall side.

4 bulbs kohlrabi
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
salt and ground pepper

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.

Trim the ends and leaves and peel the tough, outer skin (about 1/8-inch) off each bulb.

Evenly dice the bulbs (or you can cut them into fries!).

In a large bowl, toss kohlrabi with olive oil, a good pinch of salt and ground pepper (you can always taste for saltiness and add more) until evenly coated.

Spread in one layer on a cookie sheet or shallow baking pan.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring once or twice for an even browning.

Serve hot and enjoy!

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CSA/Farm Market

Delicious Zesty Summer Veggies and Fruits now in Season at Farm to Family!

We are in the heart of summer fruits and vegetables and the market is overflowing: corn, tomatoes, peaches, plums, watermelons, cantaloupes, honey dews, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, figs, grapes, squash and eggplant — 8-10 varieties weekly! Peppers, onions, potatoes, beans, cabbagesGrab and Go boxes are available every day filled with the best the market has to offer.

Tomatoes of all varieties are in season grown right here at BusFarm — Heirlooms for salads and sandwiches, romas for sauces and to sun-dry, big red slicers for sandwiches (try our Henricos vs Hanover!), Sungold cherry tomatoes sweet as candy.