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DC Farmers Markets – leeks, celery, squash, red raspberries, pears 😍

 

 

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, 225 7th Street SE 4-7pm, Wednesday – Patriots Plaza, 315 E Street, SW 11-6:30 pm. If you have questions regarding the markets, please call or text Mark at 804-397-7337.

Joel_Turkeys-574x268-1Turkeys – I am taking pre-orders for Turkeys from Polyface. They are $5.50/lb, with a $20 deposit. Please let me know if you want a turkey, and what size (small 12-14, medium 14-16, large 18=22 lbs). I have not gotten any turkey orders from any of you yet, so please get your orders in. We have a limited number of turkeys available. There are also other holiday meats available, email me with what you want.

Here are our highlights for this week!

Happy Cooking!!

Suzi

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  • leeks – finally!! these are so yummy. Here’s a bunch of  ways to use them.
  • celery – one of my favorite things that Omar Flores grows. so sweet and flavorful. This is not that pale imitation celery in a bag from the Stop n Shop – you will WANT to use these leaves! Try this Celery Soup with Bacon Croutons. It uses plenty of unsalted butter (but I don’t think it really matters), so make sure to either get some from Mark, or use up some you may be hording in your freezer. This would be great with last week’s bacon. You can swap out the creme fraich/sour cream with yogurt. You may need a second head of celery, so check this recipe before you pick up your share if you are interested, and grab another from Mark.
  • bok choy – 10 ways!!! this is so good just sauteed with garlic and ginger.
  • spicy mix salad
  • bibb lettuce
  • cherry tomatoes – savory sausage, greens and roasted tomato bread pudding.
  • onion chives – 10 ways, including make ice cubes to jazz up a martini or bloody mary!
  • cherry tomatoes
  • butternut squash – well yes. butternut squash soup with brown butter and nutmeg creme is good. but what about butternut squash apple cake with ginger streusel?? or how about a savory sherry roasted butternut squash bread pudding? You need to practice! before Thanksgiving. This is a lovely vegetarian dish, and I would use the Mt View McClure (baby swiss) cheese in it. Or you could easily make this vegan. It calls for brioche, but you could use the AnnaB bread to make it gluten free.
  • Some type of shelled beans – probably October beans. These are lovely to look at and delicious to cook. Here’s a great vegan slow cooker recipe you could also do in Instant Pot. It calls for herbs – you can use the onion chives, greens (chard, kale etc) and also includes a recipe for cheesy polenta.
  • red radishes – I love to slice these into salad, but they are lovely in a sandwich, or sauteed in butter for breakfast. Here are some suggestions, I love the one with the ricotta, which you can make in minutes using the milk.
  • red raspberries – these are late season raspberries. Agriberry specifically plants european varieties that ripen later so the season is extended!!  Try this easy basic galette. Here is a lovely spicy salad with raspberry vinaigrette.
  • magness pears – you could add these to the fruit galette above. Or make a bunny, or (mouse) pear salad with the children (or your crazy friends). Experiment with what you will use for ears (banana chips are nice too!), eyes and mouth, and fresh ricotta or yogurt would make a nice tail!

Cheese

 

Meat

  • Facebook – We are trying to utilize our CSA facebook page more. For instance, I posted what I thought the share preview was going to be (it has since changed a little bit). If you would like to particpate, make sure you adjust your notifications to ALL so you are getting our posts.  Ask to join here. 

Fall/ winter shares are LIVE for you to sign up for. I am so excited. The honey crisp apples we got last week were so delicious! And there are more this week PLUS Apple Cider!  If you are interested in signing up for Fall, please do so now here! Make sure to review our FAQ and Policies, as many of your questions may be answered there.   Please share us with your friends!

  •  Details: Starts the first week of October, runs 24 weeks with a two week break for winter holidays for Christmas and New Years,
  • Prices are $45/week for produce, $32/week for meat and dairy shares, $120 for Full share (produce, meat, dairy and bread). Add ons are available for eggs, bread etc.
  • Locations: Eastern Market, Patriot’s Plaza, and 7th/G drop (will revert to Eastern Market if we do not get 10 people.)

PROMOTIONS/DISCOUNTS (for shares only, does not apply to member fees)

  • PAID IN FULL upfront for the FULL share (includes produce, dairy, meat, bread) GET 10% off. Members still pay member fee. Expires 11/1. Coupon Code is WHOLESHEBANG16 (there is a place to enter it during checkout).  We appreciate our paid in full, full share members because your commitment is the glue to help us do what we do. You provide us working capital to work with our farmers in the best possible way at the beginning of the season, and supports our local farming micro-community. Our farmers put in a HUGE investment at the beginning of THEIR season for us, and this way we are able to pay them back in a timely manner. THANK YOU!
  • MILITARY DISCOUNT – 10% – for ACTIVE or VETERAN MILITARY – Thank you for your servce! Please email farmshares@thefarmbus.com for your verification and code. For those of us who have been with us before, the code is the same, so search your email or ask me again. 
  • REFERRAL REWARDS PROGRAM – For every friend, family member, co-worker or random person you refer who joins, you receive a $25 credit that goes towards FREE FOOD! Make sure to tell your friends to use YOUR NAME when they sign up, so you get your credit. THANK YOU!

What will you get? Virginia is a very diverse 4 season growing state – greens grow straight thru! We also work with innovative farmers using greenhouses and hoop houses to stretch the seasons. Many items are picked and stored, such as apples,  root veggies and squashes. Mushrooms move indoors.

  • Fruit: pears, grapes, different apples (straight thru), asian pears, possible late raspberries.
  • Veg: pumpkins, squashes, beets, turnips,carrots, leeks, onions, potatoes, mushrooms, herbs, sweet potatoes, Jerusalem artichoke,  rutabagas, greens like chard, spinach, creasy greens, kale, kalettes, cauliflower, broccoli, romanesco, we are hoping for fresh ginger and turmeric, and more.
  • In addition as the season progresses, or if we have bad weather (snow, cold and ice can affect greens and either items growing),  you will start getting 1 or two pantry items or added value item – this helps us get thru the winter season with diversity and supports our farmers who are preserving, drying or otherwise using their harvest from earlier in the year. What might you get?  honey, applesauce, apple butter, maple barbecue sauce, fermented veggies (kraut), dried black beans, frozen corn, buckwheat flour, Wade’s Mill (400 year old mill) cornmeal, polenta, grits, baking mixes and other grains, sorghum molasses, Virginia peanuts, Twin Oaks soy foods, heirloom popcorn, our own  jam, and more.

If you have questions about the Fall share, email me. Join Now, and Support the local food system.

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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DC Farmer’s Markets/Final Summer CSA/Sign up for Fall

DC Farmers Markets – Honey Crisp Apples, plums, bison, Roma Beansand Concord Grapes! Join Now for Fall CSA Shares #capitolhill #patriotsplaza #easternmarket #CSA #farmshares

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, 225 7th Street SE 4-7pm, Wednesday – Patriots Plaza, 315 E Street, SW 11-6:30 pm. If you have questions regarding the markets, please call or text Mark at 804-397-7337.

Here are our highlights for this week!

Happy Cooking!!

Suzi

HOLIDAY MEAT ORDERS – its almost turkey time! We will be getting turkeys from Polyface Farms again this year. Other meats are available, like beef, bison and pork roasts, fresh hams (country hams are hard to get, so sorry none of those), lamb leg/shoulders etc. There will be a $20 downpayment. You do not have to be a member to get one. Let me know if you wish to order something, the general size, and if you want Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday.

FALL SHARES START NEXT WEEK! Sign up NOW!!!

FALL SHARE FLYER DISTRIBUTION – Mark has a job handing out flyers – please see him if you or someone you know is interested. We also appreciate any flyers you can hand out at work, gym, yoga, coffee shop etc. I have an electronic version as well that can be posted via email, social media etc. Please be mindful of flyer placement, ask permission as we don’t want to litter or upset anyone with them.

Here’s are this week’s highlights:

PRODUCE

  • Swiss chard – this makes awesome lasagna noodles. 
  • banana butternut squash – looks like a mini baseball bat, tastes great!
  • carrots
  • tuscan kale – how to prepare it
  • green beans
  • kohlrabi – its a weirdo vegetable. But versatile. 
  • radishes
  • honey crisp apples
  • pears
  • plums – Plum Crisp with cornmeal streusel – heavenly. I swap out the flour with GF. 
  • grapes – be still my heart. These are so amazingly delicious. 
  • basil  –how to use a bunch of basil in a week. 
  • roma beans – so yummy. They do everything green beans do and more. Here’s info on how to use them. 

MEAT

  • Edmonds Farm Ground Bison
  • Bacon
  • Chicken legs/thighs

Fall/ winter shares are LIVE for you to sign up for. I am so excited. The honey crisp apples we got last week were so delicious! And there are more this week PLUS Apple Cider!  If you are interested in signing up for Fall, please do so now here! Make sure to review our FAQ and Policies, as many of your questions may be answered there.   Please share us with your friends!

  •  Details: Starts the first week of October, runs 24 weeks with a two week break for winter holidays for Christmas and New Years,
  • Prices are $45/week for produce, $32/week for meat and dairy shares, $120 for Full share (produce, meat, dairy and bread). Add ons are available for eggs, bread etc.
  • Locations: Eastern Market, Patriot’s Plaza, and 7th/G drop (will revert to Eastern Market if we do not get 10 people.)

PROMOTIONS/DISCOUNTS (for shares only, does not apply to member fees)

  • PAID IN FULL upfront for the FULL share (includes produce, dairy, meat, bread) GET 10% off. Members still pay member fee. Expires 11/1. Coupon Code is WHOLESHEBANG16 (there is a place to enter it during checkout).  We appreciate our paid in full, full share members because your commitment is the glue to help us do what we do. You provide us working capital to work with our farmers in the best possible way at the beginning of the season, and supports our local farming micro-community. Our farmers put in a HUGE investment at the beginning of THEIR season for us, and this way we are able to pay them back in a timely manner. THANK YOU!
  • MILITARY DISCOUNT – 10% – for ACTIVE or VETERAN MILITARY – Thank you for your servce! Please email farmshares@thefarmbus.com for your verification and code. For those of us who have been with us before, the code is the same, so search your email or ask me again. 
  • REFERRAL REWARDS PROGRAM – For every friend, family member, co-worker or random person you refer who joins, you receive a $25 credit that goes towards FREE FOOD! Make sure to tell your friends to use YOUR NAME when they sign up, so you get your credit. THANK YOU!

What will you get? Virginia is a very diverse 4 season growing state – greens grow straight thru! We also work with innovative farmers using greenhouses and hoop houses to stretch the seasons. Many items are picked and stored, such as apples,  root veggies and squashes. Mushrooms move indoors.

  • Fruit: pears, grapes, different apples (straight thru), asian pears, possible late raspberries.
  • Veg: pumpkins, squashes, beets, turnips,carrots, leeks, onions, potatoes, mushrooms, herbs, sweet potatoes, Jerusalem artichoke,  rutabagas, greens like chard, spinach, creasy greens, kale, kalettes, cauliflower, broccoli, romanesco, we are hoping for fresh ginger and turmeric, and more.
  • In addition as the season progresses, or if we have bad weather (snow, cold and ice can affect greens and either items growing),  you will start getting 1 or two pantry items or added value item – this helps us get thru the winter season with diversity and supports our farmers who are preserving, drying or otherwise using their harvest from earlier in the year. What might you get?  honey, applesauce, apple butter, maple barbecue sauce, fermented veggies (kraut), dried black beans, frozen corn, buckwheat flour, Wade’s Mill (400 year old mill) cornmeal, polenta, grits, baking mixes and other grains, sorghum molasses, Virginia peanuts, Twin Oaks soy foods, heirloom popcorn, our own  jam, and more.

If you have questions about the Fall share, email me. Join Now, and Support the local food system.

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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Happy Thanksgiving! CSA Recipes – Porcelain Doll Pumpkins!

porcelain doll pumpkinsHi everyone, we have a beautiful share for you. We are so grateful for your membership in our CSA this year, and that you ARE making a difference in our food system, while eating delicous local food!

You will be getting an heirloom pumpkin this week which is quite dense and heavy, so be prepared to carry that. Bring a friend or a cart if you are walking. Mark says he will be ready for you from 4:30-7pm. Let us know if you have any quesions, concerns or last minute changes. We have pre-bagged your produce shares for a quick grab and go this week.

Warmly,

Suzi

Produce

thanksgiving CSA bags

Meats

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Week 5 CSA – Turkey delivery and Thanksgiving Ideas

12227760_10153575046975935_5580248392287224796_nHi Folks, Its the week before Thanksgiving and Mark will be bringing all kinds of extra goodies to tempt your table. We will also have the all important turkey basters and gravy separators at a good price! (for real!) We will also have:

  • heirloom pumpkins perfect for pie and soup
  • jams – all flavors
  • chocolate sauce – many flavors
  • coffee
  • peanuts – many flavors
  • sorghum molasses – great in baking and sauces
  • maple syrup
  • granola – for breakfast, or use with apple recipes
  • nut butters
  • salsa
  • polenta and grits
  • honey
  • applesauce
  • hot sauce
  • fermented veggies and krauts

We still have turkeys, more than we expected. So if you are wanting one, please let me know asap, and please share with friends and relatives that we have them.  otherwise, I’ll be eating turkey for the next year. People can pick them up next week also, or before Winter holiday break.

Here is the very important turkey defrost guide, which includes cold water thawing if you need to speed things up.

Here is an easy brining recipe from Sheri Salatin at Polyface.

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Meat

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The Veggieducken

by Devin Hunter, F2F Market Coordinator

Just in time for Thanksgiving- a treat for vegetarians and omnivores alike. Introducing the Veggieducken, a sweet potato surrounded by leeks inside of a banana squash.

Follow the link above for the recipe. And if you decide to make one this holiday season, then please comment below on your experience.

Happy Holidays!