A few months back BBC World News contacted us to do a follow up on the story they did on us way back when we started in 2010. They wanted to know what effect Covid-19 had on food security in the local food system. We have received word that the story will air on Monday 6/29, barring world disasters. Here is how you can watch: BBC World TV (pay-cable) at 5pm EST and on PBS stations BBC World News (public access) at 630pm.. It may or may not be on their website, but I will share the producer’s video of it from Vimeo once she puts it up. What a long strange trip it has been. Thank you all for supporting us thru 11 years!
We are pleased to announce that we are partnering with a local chef and have added gourmet Prepared Meals using fresh local ingredients (the same as in your CSA!) to the menu and they are available to order for pickup/delivery next week. Deadline to order online is Friday at 5pm for the following week. If you miss the deadline and want to order, email and I can place the order for you. They are also for sale in Richmond at the Farm to Family Market, 2817 Mechanicsville Turnpike, RVA 23223. You do NOT have to be a current member to order.
This week’s meals come from Richmond, VA Chef Michael Hayes (Awful Arthur’s and Chef Mike’s “Your Craving Is My Command). Meals are frozen and ready to heat. All are single serve portions this week. We are working on family sized options for next time.
1. Braised lamb shank with sweet potato hash and sweet carrot/ honey scallions. GF – $18
2. Meat loaf with roasted golden beets and garilc chive rutabega/potato mash – $14
3. Marinated tofu with spinach pie and veg fried rice (Vegan contains soy) – $12
4. Pasta with ramps, mixed mushrooms (oyster, maitake and shiitake) with roasted garlic oil. (Vegetarian/contains egg and dairy) – $12
I do not yet have the menu for the following week – but once I have it, I will be sending it out. If you are getting a share the week of the 14th/15th – you need to wait for next week’s menu, and your order deadline will be Friday 4/10.
How to Order
Go to Prepared Meals under Categories on our website and log in or create a log in. Click on the item you wish, and adjust quantity. Let me know if you need help or have difficulty. As the order deadline is Friday at 5pm for next week, and we just got these, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your order and quantity and I can place this for you
We are looking forward to working with Chef Michael and we appreciate your feedback! Let us know if you have special requests!
Farm to Family/The FarmBus’ role as local food providers is critical, and is likely to become more so during the next few months. Promoting access to local and quality produce is what we do best. In this time of re-localization, and as more Americans are quarantined or practice the recommended social distancing, supply chains will get under stress, people will still need food, and you all are helping fulfill that need. We believe local food is more important than ever with the global threat currently facing our country especially in light of current shortages many of us are experiencing with key items in grocery and big box stores. We are working closely with our farmers and will to continue to provide you with the quality and convenience of local food.
As many of you know, I studied Disaster Science/ Emergency Management at the University of Richmond 2007-09. The key course I took was called “Hazards and Threats of the Future.” We had to pick a topic (mine was famine and severe hunger in the US and western developed countries) and do a 20 year forecast. From all the info I gathered, I predicted a deliberate pandemic to control the world’s growing/over population. I read lots of material on Thomas Malthus and his Malthusian catastrophe mode – it’s worth a look if this kind of stuff interest you. This was the catalyst that led me to start a new business – Farm to Family and the Farmbus. I wanted to create a sustainable food model in case our food supply chain was disrupted or halted all together. Whether a pandemic is deliberate or not, I felt it of the utmost importance to focus on local food supply chains and food security.
We ask you to remain patient, fluid and agile as the landscape is changing very quickly. Our produce and fruit farmers are continuing to plant spring crops, the weather is perfect for strawberries and the bees are busy. Our meat and dairy farmers are occupied with stewarding newborn animals and the herds are enjoying outdoor grazing and sunshine. Luckily local food is not dependent on complex over stressed delivery chains.
After speaking with all our farmers and vendors we are not anticipating any disruptions, it’s business as usual, but as we know, things are very different today than earlier in the week. We are keeping a close eye on the rest of the world as well as what is happening in the US. Our farmers practice, and are certified Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Handling Practices (GHP) by the USDA. These are voluntary audits that verify that fruits and vegetables are produced, packed, handled, and stored as safely as possible to minimize risks of microbial food safety hazards. GAP & GHP audits verify adherence to the recommendations made in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (pdf) and industry recognized food safety practices. Our dairy and meat farmers are subject to USDA testing, inspection and sanitation practices and our vendors are certified thru VDAC and adhere to those regulations. We and all of our farmers are keeping your health our priority by practicing additional sanitation action.
We recommend that you wash down any fruits and vegetables – here is an easy DIY solution to use – and practice good sanitation with any other foods and containers you may be receiving from us.
As of now we are going forward with next week’s shares, and if there are any changes/modifications. we will let you know. We recommend social distancing like you would anywhere else in public at our group pickups.
At this time we are not anticipating delays to our March 31st start. We are in contact with Eastern Market and our drop sites. If you want to switch over to home delivery, let Suzi know. We will continue to do our best to get your food to you in a timely manner. If you have questions, concerns or would like to brainstorm with Mark, please email or call him directly at 804-397-7337. We would encourage more than ever share our services with friends/family, strangers, neighbors and co-workers!
We will get thru this together. If we need to modify things or any sudden changes come about we will let you know as quickly as possible and again we ask for your patience as we navigate this together.
Mark, Suzi and our Farm to Family team
Our 2019 Fall/Winter CSA season is live for subscription and starts the first week of October running 22 weeks thru the 2nd week of March (includes 2 week Winter Holiday break). We are celebrating our 10 Year Anniversary!!. Sign Up Today — Don’t delay! And please share us with your friends!
Active military/veteran? Use our military discount vs the 10 Year anniversary code. Please email for the code.
Subscriptions (descriptions of each share/prices are on the website)
- Produce/Fruit (will include a few pantry items as the season progresses)
- Grass-fed Meats
- Grass-fed Dairy/Eggs (Milk, Butter,Cheese, Eggs, Yogurt)
- Full Share Package (Produce/Fruit, Meats, Dairy, Loaf of Bread)
- Pantry – value added items like vinegar, jams, nut butters, krauts, popcorn, grains support our farmers year round as well as small artisan producers.
- Add ons – eggs and all other dairy items, tofu, bread, certain pantry items, meats, holiday items, etc
- 1 time shares available for those who can’t commit/have erratic schedules.
- Partial seasons available for people who may be moving (email for info – don’t sign up online)
- Holiday break- no CSA weeks of 12/22 and 12/29, resuming week of 1/5. Your schedule may vary due to your location.
- Memberships are modular, and flexible with payment plans and vacation holds. Credit rolls season to season.
- Forms of payment include cash, checks (preferred made out to Farm to Family, LLC and can be mailed or given to Mark), and credit/debit.
- Starts Tuesday, 10/1 DC Eastern Market; weekly/biweekly; seasonal member fee $100/50*
- Starts Tuesday,10/8 DC Home Delivery (Capitol Hill 20002, 20003 and Navy Yard); biweekly only, additional $15/time delivery fee charged separately; seasonal member fee $50*
- Starts Wednesday, 10/2 Farm to Family/RVA 2817 Mechanicsville Turnpike, RVA 23223; weekly/biweekly; seasonal member fee $50/25*
- Starts Wednesday,10/9 RVA Home Deliver (within 5 miles of Farm to Family includes Downtown, The Fan, Carytown, Church Hill, Forest Hill, Manchester, Northside, Old Mechanicsville, Ginter Park, Lakeside) biweekly only, additional $5/time delivery fee charged separately; seasonal member fee $25*
Shopping tips: When you get towards the end of the sign up process, you will be prompted to enter in the discount code in a field towards the top and the software will subtract it. In order to find out your price, go thru the process like you are purchasing – when you choose your frequency – weekly/biweekly in the drop down menu – your cost will also adjust. If you leave your cart and come back, make sure to clear your cart to avoid duplicate purcha
Questions? Email Suzi.
Mark + Suzi
Solve last minute gift dilemmas with the gift of local food and take advantage of our Gift Certificate/CSA Share SALE! Give (or receive!) the Gift of Local Food and Support our Farmers! Receive 20% off all Winter season CSA shares and Gift Certificates over $100 with discount coupon code HOL2017 thru 12/31 (Enter code at checkout when prompted.)
Gift certificates can be put towards Spring/Winter shares (when they go up) the current season, or any of our add-ons or Stand Alone items. Visit our online storefront to purchase winter season shares and Stand Alone items (1x shares, add ons) which can be put in the name of your gifted one (or yourself.)
Our CSA serves the Richmond, VA and Capitol Hill/Washington, DC areas. Happy gifting!