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DC CSA Winter Farm Shares Available to Join Now! Eastern Market/Patriot’s Plaza

applesCSA members have a heavy hand in helping us change our food system one farm at a time.   We need more people to join a CSA as this is the best way to make positive changes immediately, supporting the many small local farmers so they can continue to grow healthy food and give us better choices.  We love what we do and seeing our members picking up their food with smiles on their faces really grabs our hearts and helps us know that we are doing the right thing and that it is important to create the changes that are needed.  We know CSAs are not very convenient for many people. We see the sacrifices members make and  prioritize  to support local/eat healthy while building community and this is very important and says a lot about one’s strong/good character.  CSA members stand out as some of the best people we know.

We hope you will consider joining for the Fall/Winter and will share our info along with all yor contacts, as we have lots of exciting products coming and we love the Fall food!

NEW INFO

Our 2015/16 Fall/Winter CSA Farm Shares are now available to JOIN online for Eastern Market and Patriot’s Plaza pickup locations. Details are pending for potential drop-sites. We need a host for Petworth. Read carefully for details, discounts, other ways to save, and more.

What to Expect/Changes:

1.  New season starts October 20th, 2015 for both weekly and Bi-weekly shares, running 22 weeks long (11 for bi-weekly people) ending March 22nd, 2016. There will be a 2 week winter holiday break. Last share before holiday is 12/22/15, starting again 1/5/2016.

2.  We also offer a 6x flex share, perfect for those who travel extensively, or who have an unpredictable schedule. If you are moving mid-season, this may be for you. This must be ordered OFF-LINE and is manually administered – Please email farmshares@thefarmbus.com for info. Rates for the shares are the same.

1.  Member fees: have dropped due to lower gas prices (hopefully they stay low). It is now $80 weekly, $40 bi-weekly, for the full season, and is pro-rated if you join later. This member fee is charged separately from your CSA food charges, which is what you pay for online. Member fee covers all delivery costs, including gas, labor + admin – all the costs to get your share’s food picked up from all the farms, packed and delivered, other than the cost of food. Member fee is charged shortly after you join, to the card on file or if you wish, via check or cash. We tried to get this automated, but as our shares have a lot of moving parts for flexibility, we are unable to do so at this time. If you have questions or concerns email Suzi, or chat with Mark at pickup. The member fee is waived for those who sign up for a FULL share package (produce, meat, dairy, bread) and pay in full at time of purchase.

fullshare2.  Paid in Full Discount: A 5% discount is offered for ANY share paid in full, at time of purchase for whole season. This includes the FULL share package (produce, meat, dairy, bread) as well as all stand alone shares, produce, dairy, or meat. This code is UPFRONT.

3.  Military Discount: 10% discount is offered for active military, or veterans. Thank you for your service. This discount can’t be combined with other discounts. Email for this discount code. Use this code, as opposed to UPFRONT for the better rate.

4.  F2F CSA credits – If you have credit with us, your credit will roll over to this season. Upon signing up for your share, the software will pull from any existing credit first, then charges your card for the balance. You can check your credit from your dashboard, or email if you need help or have questions.

5.  Referral Rewards/FREE FOOD! Once you are a member you can participate in Referral Rewards. You will receive $25 credit for each NEW member you refer; there is no limit to the number of people you can refer. These credits can be used towards shares and a la carte shopping. When referring, tell your folks to write your name in the “how did you hear about us” question at check out. It is also more fun to have friends and family doing the CSA.

Fall Fruit and Veggie Box/Grab and Go

6.  New Pantry – We will be adding more local artisan dry goods this season to supplement the fewer fruits and veggies over the winter. These items support our local food system/businesses, support food security via storage and preservation, are often value added from an earlier harvest, and provide year round income for our farmers and vendors. You will always be able to opt out. Our members have truly enjoyed these items in past years, and have many new favorites. If you have specific allergies or preferences, i.e. no nuts or grains, let us know, and we will make that note to send you an alternate, or double up on a produce item. Some examples are: sauerkrauts/fermented vegetables, local grains like black beans, grits, polenta, Indian cornmeal, flours, granola, nut butters, peanuts, apple butter, pasta, jams, jellies, honey, maple syrup, sorghum molasses, sweet breads and more. We are very excited about these products.

7.  Online ordering: We will be expanding our a la carte pre order online store. You can order anything we have online by Friday, 6pm, before your delivery day. We also bring a selection of add on items that you can purchase at pickup.

8.  Holiday meats – We will again be offering holiday meats for Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Years etc. (or anytime throughout the season) we will send out pre-order info. These include heritage turkeys, loins, roasts, and more specialty meats. We usually need 2-3 weeks notice depending on availability.

1463268_10152027436440935_686387838_n9.  Xmas Trees: We will offer Christmas trees and wreaths this year for pre-order. They are local Frasier Fir, no spray. 6-7 ft $45; and 8-10 ft $90. Watch for info.

10.  Gift certificates: These are available for purchase for CSA shares, or for dollar amount to use a la carte. This is a great way to introduce our CSA to friends and family. As a member you will receive a 10% discount on any gift certificates you purchase. Email for info.

11.  Hosting: We are always looking for new drop sites, and we do need someone to cover Petworth this winter. If you are interested in hosting a drop site, we need 10 people to start a drop. All host receive a free share. Email for info, or chat with Mark.

Let us know if you have questions or concerns. We can send our electronic brochure for sharing, or see Mark at pickup for flyers. We appreciate your help in getting the word out about our CSA.  Many of you have been great ambassadors and we appreciate all the support!  We can’t continue this without you!

We are so grateful for your membership, and for your support of your local food system. Your membership supports on average 40 different farmers and vendors during a season, and helps them to continue doing what they do.

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Eastern Market Pick Up

Sincerely,

Suzi + Mark Lilly

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Join Now! 2015 DC/RVA Spring + Summer CSA Farm Shares

Spring Summer CSA Bounty
Spring Summer CSA Bounty

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

Dairy share – (milk/goat milk, yogurt, cheese, butter, eggs) $33 —-weekly cost $768 —-bi-weekly $384

Meat – (3-7lbs or 2-4 items depending on the variety and cut) $35 —weekly cost $840 —bi-weekly $420

Bread – (white, wheat, nine grain, spelt, herb) $6 —-weekly cost $144 —-bi-weekly $72 GF Bread (multigrain, white, cinnamon) $10 – weekly cost $240 —bi-weekly $120

Full Share – Produce, Meat, Dairy, Bread -$118 —-weekly cost $2,832 —-bi-weekly $1,416

 

Weekly members (6 month) one time Member fee $110

Bi weekly members (6 month) one time Member fee $55

10% discount for all former and current military members (not including member fee)

ADD ONS

Soy

Gluten free bread-cookies-pizza dough-pie crust-bagels

Fermented foods  (kraut-juice-pickles)

Honey $10 (local and raw)

Notes

  • Spring-Summer CSA runs for 24 weeks. Starts April 21st and runs through September 28th 2015
  • If you have any allergies or need to sub out any items please let us know
  • If any share is paid up front in full we will waive all member fees
  • Shares can also be broken up into 3 payments for veg, meat and dairy, 4 for the Full share
  • Referral Reward Program earns you $25 credit reward for each member you refer
  • As of now (subject to change to Wednesdays) pickups are at Eastern Market every Tuesday 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, other drop sites pending 10 members.
  • You can manage your CSA online-buy extra items-put your share on hold if traveling, etc.
  • Please have any changes to your share to us by Friday the week before pickup
  • All products are within your local food shed, (Virginia-Maryland) and from small farms (5 acres or less)
  • We partner closely with like-minded farmers who use no chemicals or pesticides in their growing methods and are practicing organic type farming.

Meats and DairyPlease visit our online CSA  to join, or for more info.  Questions?  Contactor call 804-397-7339.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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JOIN NOW! Fall/Winter USA Farm Share Memberships Available for RVA/DC

We are now accepting members for our bi-weekly Fall/Winter USA Farm Share programs in Richmond, VA and in Washington, DC which starts Tuesday, October 16, 2012 on Capitol Hill, Wednesday October 17 in NW DC at the Maret School, and Thursday, October 18 in Richmond, VA.

  • Our USA Farm Shares are a flexible program that include options of seasonal, local fruits/vegetables, grass-fed/pastured meats, grass-fed dairy and add-ons of eggs, bread, soyfoods, pet treats, coffee, pizza/pasta and bodycare (soaps, lotions and potions). Everything in our shares is locally sourced. Your USA Farm Share membership supports our non-profit urban farm, BusFarm and other local farms and artisanal food makers.

You can download our Fall/Winter 2012-13 applications here:

PICKUP LOCATIONS:
  • NW DC – NW DC – Maret School, 3000 Cathedral Ave NW, 20008 (lower parking lot) Wed. 3-7 pm – UPDATED!
  • Capitol Hill – Eastern Market, Farmer’s Line, 225 7th St, NE, Washington DC 20003. Tues. 3-7pm
  • Richmond – Farm to Family Market, 2817 Mechanicsville Turnpike Turnpike. Richmond, VA 23223. Wed. 11 am (pickup can be any day, but we suggest Wed. or Thurs. to insure freshness of your share). Corporate shares are available for groups of 25 or more. Please email farmshares@thefarmbus.comor call 804-767-8570 for more info.