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Summer News and Upcoming Classes


FarmStand is now open: Monday-Friday 11am-7pm, Saturday 9-6pm and Sunday 11-4pm. FarmStand features all your local summertime favorites: Hanover tomatoes, watermelons, cantaloupes, potatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, squash, green beans, peaches, berries, cabbage and other fruits and veg. We also have a selection of our pantry favorites like local honey, jams, salsas, bread, cookies, eggs, milk, cheese, yogurts and more! We take EBT, cash, credit, debit and checks (with ID). FarmStand is located on our corner, where you turn into the Market, easily accessible from the road with lots of parking. We are loving the easy, open air exchanges with our neighbors, talk about recipes, food traditions and making new friends.

Upcoming Classes

Wednesdays, 7/30 – 8/20; Saturday 8/17 EAT YOUR WAY TO HEALTH: HEALING WITH NUTRIENT DENSE FOODS Join us for a 5-class series focusing on autoimmune conditions, allergies, and other health issues such as leaky gut syndrome. This class is also for people who are just looking to feel better, and learn more about real food. It will provide a step-by-step guide to the basics to get you on track towards supporting your body through diet and lifestyle. Each class you will experience a healing food, and learn how to easily make it at home. Cost is $125 for the 5-class series. Class series will be co-taught with RVA Weston A. Price Foundation chapter leaders Sallie and Chance Godwin, Suzi Lilly of BusFarm/Farm to Family, and special guest, Amanda Torres from The Curious Coconut. Tickets and more information are available here.


We offer ongoing education every Thursday night, 6:30 pm for the doTERRA CPTG Essential Oils that we sell in the Market. Subjects vary, but each class is about health, healing and wellness without chemicals or harmful side effects. For more info, or to purchase oils wholesale or retail, visit

Thursday, July 24, 6:30 pm – MAKE OVER YOUR DIAPER BAG Come join us for a “Makeover Your Diaper Bag” class with a bonus Essential Oil Make & Take project at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday, July 24th at Farm to Family. Lots of great information. We are making a 2 ingredient diaper rash spray. All natural, no chemicals! $5

Thursday, July 31, 6:30 pm –Essential Health + Wellness – Auto-Immune Health  Essential oils can support and heal our immune system from the inside out. Great for those challenged by lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s, Celiac, Lyme disease, and other chronic problems. This is an excellent class also for those who just want to feel better, and learn more about the versatility of essential oils for health and well being. Great companion class to our 5 class series, EAT YOUR WAY TO HEALTH: HEALING WITH NUTRIENT DENSE FOODS , starting Wednesday, July 30.


Farm shares are still available for the second half of our Summer CSA. Share cost is pro-rated and feature weekly or bi-weekly choices of local fruit and vegetables, dairy and eggs, sustainably farmed meats and add-ons of bread, organic, non-gmo soy and other local items like honey, jams, and more. Gluten free/vegan items available. We have payment plans. Pickups available at the Farm to Family Market in Richmond, Eastern Market in Washington DC, and other area spots. For more info, visit our online CSA store.

BusFarm is a 501(c)3 non-profit based in Richmond, VA. Our focus is on sustainable urban agricultural initiatives, including an urban agriculture-training center that will train youth and adults how to grow healthy soil, food and communities.The BusFarm urban farm re-connects people back to the earth and their food through the hands-on processes of daily activities and seasonal rhythms including: planting, harvesting, cooking, preserving, construction, composting, soil building, bee keeping, vermiculture, aquaponics, retail marketing and entrepreneurship. Our goal is to create a local, regenerative, highly resilient model others can follow.

Donate or volunteer today to help us continue our work! To donate, email us, or call 804-767-8570.

BusFarm…..Growing Forward
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FarmStand Opens, CSA Goodies and Summer Recipes to Delight

FarmStand customers are enjoying Summer favorites like squash, corn, watermelon, green beans and tomatoes!

The FarmStand opened this week to give shoppers an open air, traditional roadside experience. The FarmStand features seasonal and temperature stable summer favorites like corn, tomatoes, watermelons, cantaloupe, green beans, egg plant, squash, cherries,  peaches and more. The FarmStand has brought our regular customers, and many new people already! We are excited by the great dialogues we’ve had about food, cooking, recipes, traditions, and the new recipes we plan to try! Fried Corn sounds good! Mmmmm.

Hours will be the same as the Market to start: M-F 10-6:30 pm , Saturday 9-5 pm, and Sunday 11-4pm. The stand is located roadside in front of our Market on Route 360 (2817 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23223) across from Rose’s and will take cash, credit, debit and EBT.  Wanna win a watermelon? Watch social media – Facebook and Twitter – for FarmStand deals and giveaways.




Green tomatoes, black raspberries, cherries, eggplant, watermelon, cantaloupe, candy onions, chard, hydroponic lettuce, red slicing tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cauliflower, green beans, yellow Hungarian wax beans,  english peas, snow peas, corn, red potatoes, yellow squash, zucchini, patti pan and other squash….


Sweet cherries have had a great season this year — sweet, juicy and very delicious.Caitlin compiled these yummy recipes that go with our CSA share this week. I think she has really done an outstanding job!Check out her meal, and make it for someone special this week. Everything is available in the CSA share this week, or at our Farmer’s Market.


Today I will plan out an entire meal for you. For your protein we will have Pan-Fried Trout with Pecans and Brown Butter:

2 cups flour
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
3 large eggs
3 tablespoons milk
2 cups white cornmeal
4 (8 to 10 ounces each) whole trout, scaled and gutted
6 tablespoons vegetable or peanut oil
2 lemons
2 sticks butter
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh flat leaf parsley

For your hot side we have Swiss Chard with Serrano Chile Vinegar:

Sauteed Swiss Chard with Red Onion and Serrano Chile Vinegar:
2 1/2 pounds Swiss chard
1/2 pound slab bacon, cut into small dice (optional)
2 medium red onions, halved and thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup Serrano Chile Vinegar

Serrano Chile Vinegar:
4 serrano chiles, coarsely chopped
2 cups white wine vinegar
Kosher salt

Then to cool off we have Cucumber Salad with Chile and Roasted Peanuts from “Local Flavors” by Deborah Madison.


  • 1 long cucumber
  • 1 bunch scallions, including 1/2 inch of the greens (consider replacing with candy onions)
  • 1/2 serrano or jalapeño, finely diced
  • grated zest and juice of 2 limes
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons roasted peanut oil (or oil of your choice)
  • 1/3 cup rasted peanuts, chopped
  • 6 mint leaves, slivered
  • 6 Thai basil leaves
  1. Peel the cucumber, halve it lengthwise, and cut it into long strips. Or remove long thing slices with a vegetable peeler. Thinly slice the scallions (or onions), making them long and thin. Combine the cucumbers, scallions, and peppers in a bowl.
  2. Combine the lime zest, juice, soy, sugar, and oil.
  3. Toss the vegetables with the dressing, then add the peanuts and herbs and toss again.

Finally for dessert we have Cherry Lambic Brownies from one of Jennifer’s favorite food blogs,


Cherry Lambic Brownies

    • cooking spray
    • 3/4 c. cherry lambic (or any wheat beer)
    • 12 oz. semi- or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
    • 1 c. butter
    • 1 1/2 c. sugar
    • 3 large eggs
    • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
    • 1 1/4 tsp. salt
    • 1 c. pitted & halved cherries
    • vanilla ice cream (optional)
    • cherry sauce (optional)

Cherry Sauce

  • 1/3 c. cherry lambic
  • 1 c. pitted & halved cherries
  • 2 tbsp. granulated sugar

CSA Veggies: This week in veggies we EXPECT (but do not guarantee) that you will get:

This week in meat we EXPECT (but do not guarantee) that you will get:

  • Edmond’s Bison Summer Sausage
  • trout
  • chicken legs and thighs from Polyface
Suzi's office view this week sure beats a cubicle!
Suzi’s office view this week sure beats a cubicle!