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Week of July 5th Farmer’s Markets/CSA – Summer Favorites

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Week of July 5th Farmer’s Markets/CSA – Summer Favorites


We hope you had an amazing 4th of July celebrating our country’s Independence! Mark has some truly inspired local goods for you this week! Our Thursday Market is still on hold, please visit our other Markets: Tuesday – Eastern Market 4-7pm, Wednesday – Patriots Plaza 11-6:30 pm.

 

Here are the highlights:

PRODUCE

  • Italian eggplant – not all eggplant are the same, and you will get several different varieties this season. Here’s a guide. The ones you get this week are perfect for classic italian favorites like rattouille, rollatini, caponata and parmesan because of their larger size. When I was in my early 20s I lived in Carroll Gardens Brooklyn (classic Sicilian Italian (ssssh aka mafia neighborhood – it was all about respect) and my introduction to eggplant. Here are 101 recipes to use eggplant Sicilian style (Mark’s mother’s grandmother’s family is from Sicily).
  • hanover tomatoes – Hanover tomatoes are known for their special deliciousness. It is because of the wonderful sandy soil.  And we are lucky enough to be just a short hop skip and jump from Hanover County. Make a sandwich! And here are some other ideas.
  • cukes
  • onions
  • yellow summer squash – Try Squash Cassserole! I discovered this gluten free version and have made it 3 times this week. (our garden has exploded.) I never even missed the cheese.
  • corn – grilled street corn, Mexican Style
  • green beens
  • blackberries – drink them! here are berry drink recipes.
  • raspberries
  • mushrooms
  • pablano, jalapeño purple peppers
  • turnip greens  Kale
  • potatoes

fruit

Meat

PANTRY
Jam, sorghum molasses, Virginia peanuts, local honey, maple syrup, hot sauce, soaps and other local goods!


All items are subject to availability! Get there early to get the best stuff! For more info on specifics, Call Mark at 804-397-7337 or email farmshares@thefarmbus.com

Happy Cooking!
Suzi

We’re Hiring for a Farmer’s Market Assistant + Interns

Farm to Family, based in Richmond, VA, has an immediate part time JOB opening for Farmer’s Market Associate/Customer Service for our well-established pop-up markets + CSA on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC. Interships also available.

Schedule is currently Tuesday 2-7pm; Wed 9-7pm, Thursday 10-7pm (25-30 hrs/wk). $12/hr to start based on experience – advancement opportunities exist to grow with our company.

Job duties include but not limited to:

. Market management including customer service and sales, staffing, forecasting, reports
· Educating and interacting with community members at CSA pick-ups, farmers markets, and more.

· Marketing experience including social media and events

· Must be able to do heavy lifting

· Setup, breakdown of farmer’s markets

· Assist with CSA delivery
Skillset and Experience:

· Experience with retail, CSA model as well as farmers markets a+ including inventory management, ordering, interaction with farmers and vendors.

. Excel, Microsoft word, Square, Powerpoint, graphic design a plus.

· Excellent customer service skills required

· High level of responsibility reliability, motivation, passion about local food and a willingness to learn required

· Ability to work effectively and cooperatively with staff = Required

· Must be able to do heavy lifting – Required

· Clean driver’s license/ability to drive a box truck a +
This is a year-round position for someone who is enthusiastic about growing the CSA and Farmer’s Market experience with us.

For more info about us: www.thefarmbus.com

Please forward resume to mark@thefarmbus.com or call 804-397-7337

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Week 4 CSA Recipes — Blueberries! Mmmmm!

Moore Family Blueberries coming your way! Photo by Agriberry.
Moore Family Blueberries coming your way! Photo by Agriberry.

HI members, we received an unexpected email from Agriberry about blueberries, hence they are in the shares this week! We are very excited about this, and almost don’t miss strawberries.

Produce

  • blueberries – if you get past eating them just as they are, into to making something, try  these no-bake blueberry cheesecake bars from Mark Bittman
  • beets – here  is a gorgeous grilled beet salad with arugula, chevre and nuts. Grilling the beets brings out the sweetness in them.
  • endive – grill it and top it with arugula and cheese. yum.
  • red kale – here’s a  raw kale salad with pine nuts, shaved parm and lemon. You could sub any kind of nut, or leave them out too. I would use the goat cheese here also.
  • baby fennel – Fennel is one of my favorites. I was introduced to it many years ago by Cindy Savoia, who now owns Dish Osteria and Bar at a house party with friends.  I watched as she swiftly made a classic Italian apertif – she shaved fennel thin with a mandoline, a few  turns of EVOO, a squeeze of lemon juice, and  a dash of salt. Turn to mix.  It was that simple. You can use  any type of citrus, I especially love blood oranges or nectarines, and slice up a few pieces to add sweetness. I also love to grill it.
  • fresh garlic – My favorite is to shave it thin,  and add to any salad, vegetable or  other dish. You don’t have to cook it.
  • totsoi – We loved this last week. So delicious. Sautee with olive  oil, and dress with a squeeze of  lemon or vinegar. and season to taste.
  • dill – goes beautifully with beets – chop some fresh and sprinkle on top. You can also roast  your beets, and  dress  with  with a fresh dill vinaigrette, Bobby Flay does a nice one.
  • arugula – I love arugula and goat cheese on my pizza, especially if it’s grilled. (there  is a grill theme here.
  • swiss chard – Chard, Ricotta and Saffron Cakes with Micro Greens from Deborah Madison
  • collards – collard green salad from Eating Bird Food; I love this blog post about collards from a fellow northerner in the south.
  • maybe peas …. not sure if this is happening
  • mushroom – Lion’s Mane — These are little sponges for butter and sauce. Here’s a recipe where they taste like lobster.

 

Meat

  • Morning Glory whole broiler chicken
  • Polyface breakfast links – everybody’s favorite…

Butter- Unfortunately there is no butter this week, so we will be swapping out with Goats R Us Chevre. You can also swap for another dairy item, or take a credit. If you want the credit, let us know!  We hope to be back to normal with butter by next week. Thank you for your patience

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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.