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What’s in the Share – Week 2 – Time to reserve your Holiday Polyface Farm Turkey

Welcome to Week 2 of our CSA! This will be the first pickup for our 7th/G Capitol Hill, DC Home Delivery, Farm to Family biweekly, and some of you at Eastern Market. This is week 2 for our Eastern Market and Farm to Family weeklies. Remember you can check your calendar to see when your share is expected by logging into your member dashboard. If you have questions or difficulties on how to do that, let me know.

Polyface turkeys – It’s time to reserve your turkey for the holidays. Turkeys are $5.75/lb and are available in 12-14 lbs, 14-16 lbs, 16-18 lbs and 18-22 lbs.  You can order your turkey and pay $20 deposit thru your dashboards. After ordering, email with TURKEY in the subject and let me know what size range you want, and if you want it Thanksgiving week or before the winter holidays, and we will do our best to match you up. Balance will be due upon delivery (we will email you with balance due amount.) I will also have other holiday meats available: pork, lamb, beef and bison roasts/lamb/leg etc. We can also get oysters/clams. Email me with your interest – HOLIDAY MEATS in subject.

Produce

Fruit

  • raspberries – if available
  • apples
  • pears

Bread – Prairie Grain

Cheese – Mix from the same dairy as milk and butter

Meat

Yogurt – How to make Greek style, if you prefer a thicker style. Otherwise, its wonderful just as is. You can add fruit, honey, maple syrup or jam to sweeten. Here’s a video on how easy it is. I usually line a strainer with a clean tea towel,  put it in a saucepan and put the lid on it.  You can strain it for a long time, and make yogurt cheese, which you can use in place of cream cheese. Use your left over whey in smoothies, or to ferment veggies with. Pets love it. It is also great to cook with yogurt – I use it to replace sour cream and ricotta cheese in my recipes.

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Fall/Winter CSA – Join Now and Save! DC/Capitol Hill and Richmond, VA

Details have been finalized on our CSA for the Fall/Winter season, and are online now!

Join Now because…. We are offering a FLASH WAIVE on the member fee if you sign up now thru Wed at midnight. This is for ANY type of share, and includes payment plans. Cannot be combined with Military discount, or  the FULL17 discount (see details below).

Our CSA proudly serves Washington, DC and Richmond, VA

You will receive a seasonal mix of the finest local produce, sustainably and humanely raised local grass-fed/pastured meats, fresh grass-fed dairy, pastured eggs, fresh baked bread, and a variety of other items are also available!

  • Shop a la carte items.
  • Hold deliveries when you need to  – use online calendar to place your box on hold when you want.
  • Payment plans available.
  • Membership fee (includes fuel, admin, labor) is $90/$45 for Washington DC, $25/50 Richmond for the  season of weekly 20x/bi-weekly 10x.  Member fee is charged separately (we will bill, and pro-rate)
  • Home Delivery in Washington, DC is powered by Schlep It eco-friendly trikes $8 time). RVA home delivery is FREE within 5 miles of Farm to Famiy.
  • Referral Rewards Program – Earn $25 credit for each new member you refer!
  • 10% discount for Active military/Veteran (not including member fee) – email for info.
  • We were listed in the Washington Post story on flexible CSAs in the Washington DC area.

Here’s the info on Fall season:

  • Season is 20 weeks (10 for biweekly, every other week)
  • If you have credit, it will roll over to use for Fall. If you forego Fall, it will roll until Spring. You can donate your credit, or transfer it to someone else.
  • Promo code for Full Share (the combo one with produce, meat, dairy, bread) paid in full up front: receives 10% discount with code FULL17. This will be valid until the end of September. Does not combine with any other discount. This is not for any of the other shares paid in full up front.
  • Military discount 10% for active military/retired veterans. Must be someone in your immediate family. Email me with your service info. Code is same as last time. Email me for the code if you need it. Does not combine with any other discount.
  • Starts week of 9/26 – no break from Summer so no missing out on any of the bounty! Host drops and biweekly deiveries start week of 10/3. Ends week of 2/27. Based on weather, the Spring CSA will start in March or April, with a little break to let the farmers get back on their feet.
  • We will have a holiday break from 12/25 resuming 1/9.
  • Holiday meat will be pre-ordered soon. More details as we go along: Polyface turkeys, lamb, oysters, etc.
  • Cost: Produce remain the same $45 (yay!); meat and dairy are going up $1 to $35, Full share $2 to $122. Fruit is $10 and goes until the winter holiday. Use the drop down menu to choose frequency. Price will pro-rate for the number of drops left in season.
  • Payment plans: You have the option of paying in full at subscribing (we appreciate this!), or choosing payment installments. Depending on subscription type, between 2- 4 payments. These happen every 30 days from the time of subscription. It is a hybrid between a more conventional CSA where you have to pay in full up front months in advance, and  a service where payments are more spread out as it helps us to have more money at the beginning of season to work with your farmers. If you need a more generous payment plan, email me and I can set that up for you. We want everyone to be able to afford the CSA! Thank you!
  • DC drops are Eastern Market, 7th/G, 23rd Pl (if we get 10 people!) and Home Delivery ($8/time 20002/20003 Capitol Hill).
  • RVA – Drops will be: Farm to Family Market, Home Delivery (FREE).
  • Host Sites/Home Delivery need 10 minimum people before they are a go. If this is you – please share so that it happens!
    • 7th/G – biweekly
    • 23rd Place – biweekly
    • DC Home Delivery – weekly/biweekly
    • RVA Home Delivery – weekly/biweekly
    • If we do not get enough people at the DC drops they will revert to Eastern Market. If we do not get enough weekly home deliveries, they will revert to biweekly. If we don’t get enough biweekly home deliveries, they will revert to Eastern Market in DC and Farm to Family Market in RVA.
  • Seasonal member fees are:  DC $90/45, RVA $50/25 for weekly and biweekly memberships. Member fees are for the season (not per time) and prorate for late joiners. These fees pay for fuel, labor, software, admin etc – everything to get your food to you. We are unable due to our many flexible options to roll these into the CSAware software without multiply charging the people who have multiple options in their share.  Charges thru CSAware are COST OF FOOD ONLY. The member fee will be charged to your card on file shortly after you subscribe for the season, or added on to a check or cash payment.
  • Home Delivery – Weekly/Bi-Weekly – We need a minimum of 10 members to do weekly home delivery. Share and get your friends on board! Your home delivery fee will be charged separately when you sign up.
  • Partial season: if you think there is even a remote chance you are moving or need a partial season for any reason, email me and I can set you up. We can extend you based on what happens. It is very hard on us and our vendors when you decide to exit mid-season without notice, or making arrangements for someone to take over your share.
  • Host a drop! You need 10 confirmed members to host a drop and receive a free share. Contact Mark at 804-397-7337 for more info and see if your location works. Share with  your friends/family etc. Worksites are ok!
  • Fall Fruit share (hooray!) – DC only. 12x weekly/5x biweekly at $10 time This will end in December. This will be apples, pears, possibly raspberries (Agriberry has a variety that fruits in November) or other late fruit season surprises. maybe jams and other fruit added value items. This is great if you have kids, juice, love apples, pack your lunch, make applesauce, pies and other desserts, dehydrate, jam, etc. If you are in Richmond and want extra fruit, please join the Agriberry Fruit CSA – They are our fruit partner. Thank you!

What will be in Produce?

  • Late Summer/early fall will overlap.
  • We promise this will never be the kale/potato/turnip CSA.
  • Virginia and surrounding food shed  are 4 season growing states – You will see numerous varieties of heirloom veggies: greens such as kale, creasy, collards, some herbs may grow all winter thru snow and cold, and broccoli, cauliflower, beets, cabbage, parsnips, spinach, lettuce/salad greens, herbs and other veggies thrive in cooler weather.
  • We also work with a lot of smart growers who are using hoop houses, greenhouses, hydroponics and other methods to stretch the season with lettuce, herbs, sprouts, tomatoes, mushrooms.
  • You will get items that are also grown, harvested and stored in the fall – apples, pears, squash, pumpkins, turnips, rutabagas, sweet potatoes, potatoes, carrots.
  • Produce share WILL contain pantry items in addition to veggies/fruit depending on weather, and especially as the season progresses. These are items that are grown and dried/preserved/frozen and support our farmers during the lean seasons and reduce food waste. Some vendors are food artisans using ancient food traditions, women/minority owned, or other small entrepreneurs that work year round and keep the local food economy cooking. You may see: fermented veggies/krauts, apple sauce, vinegars, sauces, pastas, popcorn, grains, cornmeal, flours, baking mixes, barbecue sauce, honey, sorghum molasses, jams, Virginia peanuts, nut butters, frozen corn and more.  We encourage you to try these items. These are our personal favorites, we choose them carefully and hope you do too. If there is something on the pantry list you cannot eat, or don’t want to eat, a sub is always available with advance notice.
  • Please help us get the word out! We rely on word of mouth to sustain our business season to season. We will have paper and electronic flyers (email me) you can share starting next week, and I will do posts with links. Mark needs people to flyer and he will pay (contact him 804-397-7337)If you share paper, do so mindfully (we hate litter and so do your neighbors). Please post us on your neighborhood listserves and facebook groups. Anyone who signs up that uses your name in referral earns you $25 . If you know of a fall fair, or other event we can bring the FarmBus to, let us know!

So Join Today and Eat Well all Winter. We appreciate you and your families and your choice to eat local.  Email us with questions.

 

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What’s in the Share – Week of 7/16 – Deep summer deliciousness

252618_10151035682480935_2070985791_nWe congratulate Omar Flores and his wife on the birth of their new baby, who joins their two year old. The share list is late this week because of the birth! We wish mama and baby vibrant health and many blessings. Baby is super cute and I hope to have a picture to share with you soon.

I have 2 shares to sell for members who are moving:
 5x biweekly full share with fruit add-on which would either this week 7/18 for EM/Richmond, or next week, 7/25,  all locations, for $675.
 I also have  2x shares of produce and choice of either meat or dairy for $158- this also makes a great gift. Member fees waived.  If people are interested, they need to email me farmshares@thefarmbus.com, and I will manually set them up.

Thanks everyone and happy cooking.

Suzi

Here is what is in the share, subject to change:
orange cherry tomatoes
fairy tale eggplant
green onions
bitter melon – used in Asian medicine for a host of benefits. Here’s what Dr. Axe says. And recipes.
colored peppers
tomatillos – My tomatillos this year were volunteers, and are a huge patch in the middle of the yard. They are awesome!! We put them in all sorts of things, and love to make raw salsa verde, ready in moments by putting in the blender, or you can get all fancy and grill your peppers like Jamie Oliver. Here are a bunch of other ways to use it.
string beans
baby celery – one of my favorite things. you’ll never want to use store celery again.
Austrian crescent fingerling potatoes from Dominic Carpin
sweet jalapenos
carrots
peaches
corn
cantaloupe or blackberries

fruit – blackberries, raspberries, peaches

meats – ground bison, pork chops, polyface breakfast sausage

Bread – mixed

Cheese – Eberly Farms Stonewall

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News about BusFarm/Farm to Family + The FarmBus Mobile Markets
We proudly serve RVA and Washington, DC
Call us: 804-767-8570 or 804-397-7337
DC Markets: Tuesday @ Eastern Market
RVA Market Open:  By Appointment  804-397-7337
Veteran owned. Always honoring Veterans and Active Military – 10% discount

CSA-Day-Logo-3Farm to Family CSA in DC/RVA/Hanover Celebrates CSA Day
with Extended Discounts!

Farm to Family is celebrating National CSA Day, Friday, February 24, ALL WEEK!! and we are offering discounts for our DC,  Richmond and Hanover area members and new members along with free Home Delivery within our RVA delivery area.  We have extended the 5% CSA Day discount to begin now, thru Sunday2/26 – sign up now to get the best value on all shares, including payment plans.

10154035_10152105348736483_4621415552134914340_nYou will save 5% on all shares and payment plans using discount code CSA17 ALL WEEK! Share pickups in DC are at Eastern Market, 7th G, and 23rd Place and E st, NE. DC home delivery is $4/time.  Pickup for RVA members is at the Farm to Family Market at 2817 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Richmond VA 23223 (not Mechanicsville).  Pickup location is adjacent to I-64, I-295, Church Hill, Downtown, Northside, Mechanicsville.  FREE RVA home delivery is available within 5 mi radius of the F2F market, with 2 drops in Hanover (Ash Creek and Bell Creek neighborhoods pending 10 members).

Additional savings are available with 10% discount code FULL17 for FULL share (combo produce, meat, dairy, bread) pd in full up front, and 10% discount for active military/veterans (email farmshares@thefarmbus.com for code).

The Spring season starts on Tuesday, 3/28 with weekly and biweekly shares, and runs for 24 weeks.  All drop locations start Wed, 4/8 (biweekly only). Shares include locally grown produce (veggies and fruit), fruit only (starts 4/23), grass-fed dairy and eggs, grass-fed/pastured meats, and combo full share that features produce, dairy, meat and bread. Add ons available.

Pampatike Organic Farms Delivery!
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We offer flexible payment plans and vacation holds.  Farmers and vendor partners include Polyface Farms,  Edmonds Bison Farm, Morning Glory Farm, Agriberry, Flores Family Farm, Farmstead Ferments, Bombolini, Twin Oaks, Rappahannock River Oysters, Local Food Hub, Trickling Springs Dairy, Old Church Creamery, Mt View Dairy and others.

To sign up, or for more info, visit http://thefarmbus.csaware.com/store/, email farmshares@thefarmbus.com or call 804-397-7339. For up to the moment info, recipes and more on our CSA, join our Facebook group.
If you believe in the value of the work our local farmers and small artisan vendors do and would like to help them be successful, sign up for a CSA this week. Your membership guarantees support for them for a 6 month season and is integral in the success of local farms and small business economy.  Use the hashtag #CSAday #farmtofamily or #RVA to share our offer, and join the online conversation. For more information on CSA day, visit www.csaday.info.

 

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13221606_10153965017670935_6177802699631889330_nMark has some truly inspired local goods for you this week! Please visit our 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.HIghlights this week:

 

Meat

We have added more Trickling Springs Dairy just in time for holiday baking — you can now get milk, chocolate milk, dark chocolate milk, half and half, heavy cream, 1 lb butter (tastes different than the Mt. View cultured butter we also carry), buttermilk, and eggnog. Please email if you wish to pre-order to guarantee product.

Fall/ winter shares are LIVE for you to sign up for.   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