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What’s in the CSA Share 5/6+7 Oysters and Clams!!

Hello members – Happy May!!  sadly rutabagas have gone away…till next year. 

This week we have oysters and clams for our Meat/Full customers – if you don’t want the oysters/clams and have NOT opted out – please send me an email as soon as you can. Otherwise you will get them. This is especially important for our home delivered members as we will not be able to swap them out.  If you are having them home delivered, PLEASE make sure you have a cooler with ice pack for them to keep them fresh as we can’t guarantee their freshness once they leave our icy coolers. Thank you! 

For those of you interested in cooking at home with your kids, or learning a few super easy delicious vegan dishes for yourself, the Sarno Bros. Wicked Healthy Food have made their Wicked Healthy Kids online cooking classes free. I love these guys – and what they are doing for plant-based meals. You will probably see a lot of their recipes here bc they are really innovative and make vegan cooking fun and exciting. 

Here is the preview menu of what we think will be in the share for 5/6+7. Remember the menu may change between now and when you actually receive it due to weather, product availability. We will try to let you know any major changes by email, and also post on our Facebook page, Facebook group, and on Instagram. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns!  

PRODUCE * indicates small share. Produce is from Flores Family Farm (George, Omar and family) Hague, Va.

  • StrawberriesAgriberry – Hanover VA – These strawberries are full of flavor! That’s one of the benefits of sourcing strawberries locally! make small batch strawberry balsamic jam
  • Maitake Mushrooms* AM Fog, Afton, VA – Maitake is perfect for grilling vegans and meatless Mondays. Here are BBQ Maitake Skirt steaks from Wicked Healthy
  • Garlic Scapes* – Garlic scapes are the tender stem and flower bud of a hardneck garlic plant and will probably have a curly coil to them. Use them just as you would garlic — so they are perfect for stirfries, pesto, and marinades. Here is a guide to them. 
  • Kale – try goat cheese lemon pasta with kale! ; kale goatcheese tart; kale caesar salad
  • Asparagus* -roasted asparagus with walnuts and goat cheese
  • Arugula – make pesto, put on pizza with mushrooms and your garlic scapes,  or sautee. we like to freeze pesto in ice cube tray to have for later! arugula is good to use early in your share, as it is pretty delicate. 
  • Bombolini Pasta*- Richmond.   Fresh pasta cooks in a flash – usually 2 minutes or less – so follow directions carefully and err on the short side of timing.  Do not multi-task or walk away from pasta cooking or you will overcook it and be sad. Try this Mushroom. Garlic, Pasta Recipe
  • Bok Choy -Otherwise known as Chinese white cabbage is a staple ingredient in Asian dishes. The tender dark green leaves and crisp off-white-colored stalks provide a nice fresh crunch. The greens have a spinach-like taste with a very mild bitterness. I like to add them to my veggie kimchi, or I like to roast them. Roasted Bok Choy or try bok choy in vinegar oyster sauce; or vegan pho with bok choy and mushrooms and garlic why not! 
  • Spicy Salad Mix – For a sweet and healthy salad, add strawberries, chopped walnuts, red onion, and goat cheese. Top with balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Its delicious!
  • Salted Virginia Peanuts – Virginia Peanut Company, Franklin, VA – oh these are so ridiculously addicting….I am not even going to give you recipes bc you are going to eat them out of the can. If you have a peanut allergy, let me know so I can sub you out. 
  • Chamomile – this is always one of our faves. You can make cake, ice cream, syrup, tea…and more

OYSTERS + CLAMS

Rappahanock oysters and clams –  Topping, VA Check our facebook group for the video I made on how to open them, but please wear gloves. Here are some recipe suggestions Grill themOven roast or try one of these . Clams – Here’s how to roast, grill, steam and chowder them. Your oysters will be in a lightly tied plastic bag — when you get home, open the bag a little more so they can breathe, and put them in a cool part of your fridge. Please use your clams quickly as they are fragile. It is also good to use your oysters as soon as possible for best fresh flavor, as they are hardier, they will be ok in your fridge for a few days if you don’t get to them.  When you are ready to prepare your shellfish – look them over carefully and discard any that may be open. 

ALT MEATS for those of you who opted out of the oysters/clams. If you have not done this, let me know ASAP, otherwise you will get oysters. 

BREAD

  • Billy Bread – Rustic Sourdough — This is the famous Billy Bread!  Don’t distress if it starts to get hard before you can eat it all, although it is easy to eat it all at once – it is so delicious. Here are some ways to revive and  use leftover sourdough bread. 

DAIRY

  • Cheese -chevre – Goats R Us, Blackstone, VA – Robin and John have been with us as farmers for many years and we love their delicious creamy cheese. It freezes well if you aren’t going to eat it right away. Here are some ways to get you started with your goat cheese. 

TOFU —Twin Oaks, Louisa, VA.  As so many of you are getting the incredible Twin Oaks tofu (available here – best tofu ever! ), I’ve decided to add in a tofu recipe. Here is an easy roast tofu with veggies.  And there are a lot of recipes on the Twin Oaks site 

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Farm to YOUR Table- Chef Prepared Meals on the Menu!

Great News! 

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 farmshares@thefarmbus.com 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!

Bon Appetit! 

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Local Food’s Importance in a Time of Global Threat

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.

Sincerely,

Mark, Suzi and our Farm to Family team

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2020 Spring Summer CSA Season is LIVE! Time Sensitive Discounts now till 2/23/20

The FarmBus 2020 Spring/Summer CSA season is LIVE for subscription. It starts* the last week of March running 24 weeks thru the 4th week of September  (includes 2 one week breaks: the week of April 21/22, and the week of August 18/19th. Mark your calendars.)  Sign Up TodayDon’t delay! And please share us and these codes with your friends, family and coworkers – if they sign up and use your name during sign up, you will earn a $40 referral reward – share early and often!  Watch for a shareable social media post. *Start dates subject to change due to weather, acts of nature etc.

 FULL SHARE SAVINGS ALL SEASON – Sign up anytime this season and SAVE10% on Full Share purchase (this is for the combo produce, meat, dairy and bread share ONLY) use code: 10FullSS20 If you want any of the other modular shares, use the Early Bird code below.
ALL OTHER SHARE EARLYBIRD DISCOUNT NOW THRU FRIDAY 2/23/2010% discount on all other shares other than FULL use code: 1S20EARLY

ACTIVE MILITARY/VETERANS– Use our 10% military discount code to save on all CSA shares signing up anytime during the season. Please email with proof of your service for the code, as it has changed. 
*Make sure you are choosing Summer 2020 shares, as Fall/Winter is still up for a few more weeks. 

SHOPPING TIPS: Verify you are using the right code for your share/s to get the best value. 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 at checkout. 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 purchase.

THE DETAILS

Descriptions of each share/prices are on the website.
Add ons are available – eggs and all other dairy items, tofu, bread, certain pantry items, some meats 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. I will set you up manually.)

Memberships are modular, and flexible with payment plans and vacation holds. Credit rolls season to season.

PREFERRED PAYMENTS are cash, checks or online billypay, money orders. These should be made out to Farm to Family, LLC and can be mailed or given to Mark at Eastern Market/DC. You will be told your member/home delivery fee so you can add this to your check/cash payment. Credit/debit now have a 3.5% surcharge fee which you will be reminded of by CSAware if you choose this payment method. As a small business in an industry with thin margins and high rates of product shrinkage due to limited shelflife, along with other CSAs, farms and other food service providers, we chose to charge this fee instead of raising our prices to cover it. Choose the fee-free options provided to avoid the surcharge. 

DC

  • Starts Tuesday, 3/31 DC Eastern Market; weekly/biweekly; seasonal member fee $100/50*
  • Starts Tuesday,4/7 DC Home Delivery (Capitol Hill 20002, 20003 and Navy Yard); biweekly only, additional $10/time delivery fee charged separately; seasonal member fee $50*

RVA

  • Starts Wednesday, 4/1 Farm to Family/RVA 2817 Mechanicsville Turnpike, RVA 23223; weekly/biweekly; seasonal member fee $50/25*
  • Starts Wednesday,4/11 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*

*seasonal member pro-rated if you join post-start. Member fee includes everything except cost of food. See Policies and FAQs for  more info. 

Questions? Email Suzi or call Mark at 804-397-7337.

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Fall CSA Starts 10/1 DC and RVA – Help us Celebrate 10 Years of Local Food!

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 TodayDon’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.

THE DETAILS

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.

DC

  • 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*

RVA

  • 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*

*seasonal member pro-rated if you join post-start. Member fee includes everything except cost of food. See Policies and FAQs for  more info. 

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.

Sincerely,

Mark + Suzi