What’s in the Share/Market — Recipes for 5/13+14

This week we have oysters and clams from Rappahannock River Oyster in the shell, and pints and quarts of shucked oysters. We are loving the garlic scapes and how they go so beautifully with the shellfish.

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. They are revolutionizing plant based meals.

Here is the preview menu of what we think will be in the share/Market.. The menu may change between now and when you actually receive it especially due to this weekend’s freezing temps. We are particularly watching its effects on the strawberries and other delicate items. We will try to let members 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.

FRUIT SHARE – Strawberries – please know there is a real chance that we may not have strawberries because of the freeze. It is possible that you will have subs, or partial subs with some of the delicious fruit value added products. Thank you for your patience with Mother Nature. 

PANTRY – TBD we are waiting to see what happens with the strawberries to see what you will get. 


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 roaststeam, 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. 

  • Polyface Breakfast links – here are some cool ways to use them for breakfast (or breakfast for dinner) including french toast egg cups, and breakfast mac and cheese
  • Lamb shanks – these are best cooked low and slow. try red wine braised lamb shanks with garlic and maple glazed veggies (use up any root veggies left over). 
  • whole trout – Virginia Trout Company Monterey, VA –  – so delicious and cook quickly. I usually just panfry with butter (or olive oil) and season with salt and pepper, or you can roll in cornmeal. easy! These are cleaned and ready to go – you can cut off the head if it bothers you and use it for fish stock. 


  • 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. 


  • 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 for those with tofu add ons —Twin Oaks, Louisa, VA.  As so many of you are getting the incredible Twin Oaks tofu (available here – best tofu ever! ) Here is an easy roast tofu with veggies.  And there are a lot of recipes on the Twin Oaks site.

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Spring/Summer Farm to Family CSA Ready for Signups with Early Bird Discounts

The Spring/Summer season of the CSA is ready for sign ups!

The Farm to Family Spring/Summer CSA in Washington, DC (Capitol Hill) and RVA is ready for Early Bird Sign Up!

And there are discounts!!!

5% Early Bird DISCOUNT the whole month of February for ALL shares including installments!!!!  Use code “19S” at checkout.

10% Early Bird DISCOUNT for FULL SHARE PACKAGE (Veg, Meat, Dairy, Bread value $127/time) paid in FULL up front the whole month of February!!! Use code “19SF” at checkout. Good only for the Full Share Package paid in full (not installments or single shares i.e. dairy, meat or veg — please use 5% discount above if this is you.)10% Military Discount – For all active, retired, veteran military families. Email me for the code along with info on your service. Returning members – you will have to reenter the code, and it is the same. This discount carries over to everything you purchase all season. If you buy direct from Mark remind him you are military for your discount.  Thank you for your service.

Anyone you refer who joins, earns you a $25 Referral Reward = Free Food! 


24 weekly/biweekly deliveries.  2 week summer holiday break 8/1-8/20 

Start/end dates (Projected)

We are currently scheduled to start on 4/2, subject to change pending weather and what the farmers have.  End date includes two week holiday break.

DC:  24 Weekly/12 biweekly  – Tuesday – Start 4/2; End 9/17

  • Tuesdays – Eastern Market 4-7pm (weekly/biweekly)
  • Home Delivery – Tuesdays (via courier $24/time charged separately at onboarding) Home Delivery available on Capitol Hill 20002, 20003 and Navy Yard.
  • Full season member fee is $100/50 and will be charged separately at on-boarding.  It is pro-rated late join.

RVA : 12 Biweekly only Thursday – Farm to Family; RVA  Start 4/4 – End 9/20

  • Pickup at Farm to Family, or
  • Home Delivery (within 5 mi radius F2F) $5/fee per time  (full season $60) .
  • Full season member fee is $30 and is pro-rated late join.
  • All fees charged separately at onboarding.

PARTIAL SEASON/1xSTAND ALONE SHARES– Partial seasons are available. Email me with your start/end dates and I will manually set this up for you. Do not sign up thru the website. You also have the option to get 1x stand alone shares thru website as needed if you need more flexibility.

Start/end dates are as follows – We are currently scheduled to start on 4/2, but this is subject to change pending weather and what the farmers have.  If you are a current member, you will stay on the same schedule you have now. End date includes two week holiday break.

Please visit the website for specifics on pricing and shares.

Let Suzi know if you have additional questions – email is preferred: or you can call Mark directly at 804-397-7337.



Thank you so much for being loyal CSA members and supporting your local food system!  Please share our info we could always use more members!  We are looking forward to a tremendous Spring and Summer Season!


Mark Lilly + Suzi Miles

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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)



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

Fermented foods  (kraut-juice-pickles)

Honey $10 (local and raw)


  • 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.