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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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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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Join our DC Fall CSA Now! Patriot’s Plaza/Capitol Hill/Farmer’s Markets Menu This Week

DC Farmers Markets – 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.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.

Happy Cooking!
Suzi Lilly

PRODUCE

  • Squash
  • concord grapes – so delicous! they are really good juiced also
  • watermelon – sugar babies
  • honey crisp apples
  • pears
  • purslane/greens – these are super good for you and a little salty.  My dad used to harvest these for us when I was a kid. Some folks think these are a terrible weed, but smart folks know they are a superfood, packed with Omega fatty acids and are cultivated or foraged. How to eat them here. and Here. 
  • swiss chard
  • tuscan kale
  • thyme
  • cherry tomatoes
  • green tomatoes
  • cukes
  • red bell pepper
  • mushrooms


FRUIT

  • grapes
  • pears
  • apple cider

MEAT

  • Puff’s Maple Sausage
  • Puff’s Pork or Chicken BBQ (not sure which you will get)
  • Ground Beef

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 Farmers Markets – We’re back!!! Peaches, nectarines, Okra, blackberries, watermelon, shiitakes and more!

DC Farmers Markets – We’re back!!! Peaches, nectarines, Okra, blackberries, watermelon, shiitakes and more!

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.The summer season is winding down, and after this week only have 2 CSA shares for our biweeklies, and 4 more shares for our weeklies, ending the season the last week of September. We will start up again in October, date TBD. Please watch for info on the Fall season, coming soon! Please tell your friends about us, if you loved us! If they sign up, you get a $25 referral bonus!  If you have enjoyed our items this summer, please consider becoming a CSA member and get the goodness regularly!

2 for 1 BOGO Twin Oaks soy special (except tempeh) going on this week and next. We over ordered, so bargain time for you on this USDA organic/GMO free soy goodies — the best we’ve ever had.  Buy one tofu or vegan sausage, and get another free! Tofu: plain, fine herb, italian; Vegan Sausage: Breakfast and Chorizo style. Stock up: Tofu and vegan sausage freeze well, ,and impart a chewier, denser texture which is well suited for many dishes.

MILK – This will be the first week for the Farm Friend milk from Trickling Springs and we will work them until Old Church Creamery gets back in production in the Fall. Farm Friend is labeled “natural” and supports grass-fed dairies transitioning to certified organic status or farms committed to a very strict set of standards. The milk comes from Twin Oaks Farm (not to be confused with the tofu) and they are in the process of taking their herd organic. You can read more about the Farm Friend brand, processing, values and farms they work with. We really love their products and they have been amazing to work with during our need for quick transition.

PRODUCE

  • shiitake mushrooms
  • small watermelons
  • swiss chard
  • okra !!! we love this roasted in the oven! so easy and good. Kid friendly.
  • summer squash
  • beets (don’t forget to eat the greens, cook like chard)
  • roma tomatoes
  • cherry tomatoes
  • lemon basil – great with tomatoes peaches or make pesto!
  • pears — oooh yum. fall is coming!
  • blackberries – probably the last time we see these. But raspberries may be back.

FRUIT SHARE

  • peaches – how good have these been!!
  • nectarines – how good have THESE been!
  • pears – yum!

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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Kalettes!! Our new fave Veggie!!

News about BusFarm/Farm to Family + The FarmBus Mobile Markets
We proudly serve RVA and Washington, DC – We Are Veteran-Owned
Call us: 804-397-7337 DC or 804-767-8570 RVA
DC Markets: Tuesday @ Eastern Market; Wednesday @ Patriot’s Plaza; Thursday Capitol Hill 8th St@Capitol St, NE
RVA Market Open:  Closed for Season, or by Apt.
Always honoring Veterans and Active Military – 10% discount
We take SNAP/EBT

…Growing Forward!
For more info, or to volunteer: 804-397-7337
I hope you are hungry this week, because we have lots of great stuff. We will  be at our Thursday PropUp Market at East Capital St, NE and 8th t, NE this Thursday, from 11-7 to help you with your weekend local food needs.

Mark will have in addition to lots of great veggies, plenty of grass-fed meats including: Polyface ground beef, chicken and ground pork, sausages and more.

Duck and chicken eggs — duck eggs are richer in flavor and perfect for baking – check out specific nutrient info below. They may also be tolerated by folks with chicken egg allergies.

10649804_10153689250785935_8905127908953939178_nGorgeous grass-fed dairy including low pasteurized Jersey milk, cultured butter, greek and regular yogurt, kefir, chocolate milk and blackberry drinking smoothies. We’ll also have lots of cow and goat cheeses, including different kinds of flavored chèvre. Try a cheese plate as an appetizer, or as an after dinner affair.

Mark has tons of  wonderful pantry items : local honey, Virginia Peanuts in all flavors (ncluding Chesapeake, Chocolate Sea Salt, Garlic, BBQ, Cajun, Peanut Squares, Salt and Vinegar, Red Skin, Sea Salt, Unsalted and more), Sorghum Molasses. our popular house-made jams, maple syrup, Wade’s Mill grits, polenta and other mixes, and other assorted goodies.

He has breads, pumpkin, banana and gluten free breads, chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies, and gluten free cookies too.
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I’ve consolidated several emails over the last week into one, sorry for the length and unweildiness of it. Below is the list of veggies this week, info on duck eggs, info on kalettes the new vegetable we are obsessed with, and info on our chicken soup packs and larger cuts of meat available. thanks for your patience.

10579988_10153689252810935_5360227127297505635_nThis week we harvested out at Omar’s farm. It was tons of fun, but also very hard work. My take away: make sure to dress in layers, bring a sit/kneel upon, and gloves. I am grateful for all those squatting postures I do in yoga – they are supportive of harvesting kalettes!  Here are more pictures from our day, which also included dairy pickup at Old Church Creamery, and a visit with the baby cows! I also loved the mini horses/ponies at Omar’s Farm.

Produce
Beets
Roasted beet & walnut dip
Beetnik martini
Sweet potato, beet, & black bean tacos
^top with cilantro
Brussels sprouts
Warm brussels sprout, bacon, and spinach salad
Mini brussels sprout & spinach dip bread bowls
Broccoli
Spinach & broccoli soup with garlic & cilantro
Broccoli (or brussels sprouts) marrow with pecan garlic butter
Baked potatoes stuffed with broccoli
Apples
Crispy apple & kohlrabi salad

Bibb lettuce

Sweet potatoes
Sweet potato pancakes
Roasted sweet potato, parsnip, & apple soup
Onions

1937041_10153689249355935_7004463791713593808_nKalettes – Kalettes are our favorite veg right now. They are a brand new vegetable that are a fresh fusion of sweet and nutty. Not only do they have great flavor but Kalettes are also incredibly versatile and can be cooked in a variety of ways; in fact, Kalettes may well be one of the most versatile vegetables out there! Kalettes can be sautéed, roasted, grilled or eaten raw.
Kalettes are the product of 15 years of hard work and dedication (using traditional breeding techniques) from the British vegetable seed house Tozer Seeds.  Kalettes are a non-GMO vegetable developed through traditional hybridization and not genetic modification.  Known as Flower Sprouts in the U.K., this delicious vegetable has now made its way across the pond and is called Kalettes in North America.
The inspiration behind Kalettes came from a desire to create a kale type vegetable which was versatile, easy to prepare and looked great. Crossing kale with brussels sprouts was a natural fit since they are both from the Brassica Oleracea species which also includes cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli.
The result is a brand-new vegetable which looks a little like a tiny cabbage with green frilly leaves and streaks of purple. Kalettes get their great taste by combining the best flavors from brussels sprouts and kale, resulting in a fresh fusion of sweet and nutty.
-http://www.kalettes.com/about-kalettes.aspx
My favorite way to enjoy a new vegetable is to toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper and roast. Here’s a recipe for roasted kalettes with beets, except of course use the beets in your share instead of using packaged beets as the recipe suggests

Cilantro
Kohlrabi
5 ways to prepare kohlrabi
Roasted kohlrabi

Meat
Milton’s pork tenderloin
A cooking lesson on how to make roasted pork tenderloin
Roasted pork tenderloin with apples
Green Fence lamb chops
Herb roasted lamb chops
Vietnamese lamb chops
Morning Glory chicken wings
Crispy baked chicken wings
Buffalo wings with blue cheese dip

Here’s info on duck eggs – with any kind of egg, it is always best to crack them into a saucer first to make sure of their integrity.
What Are The Benefits To Eating Duck Eggs?
Duck eggs stay fresher longer, due to their thicker shell.
Duck eggs are richer, with more albumen, which makes cakes and other pastries fluffier.
Duck eggs have more Omega-3 fatty acids.
People who cannot eat chicken eggs, due to allergies, can often eat duck eggs.
Not trying to knock chicken eggs (chickens rule!), just showing how awesome duck eggs are. Here’s a table comparing the two:
Nutrient    Chicken egg (1 egg)    Duck egg (1 egg)
Iron (mg)    0.9 (5%)    2.70 (15%)
Phosphorus (mg)    95.5 (10%)    154 (15%)
Zinc (mg)    0.6 (4%)    1 (7%)
Selenium (mcg)    15.8 (23%)    25.5 (36%)
Vitamin A (IU)    244 (5%)    472 (9%)
Vitamin E (mg)    0.5 (2%)    0.9 (5%)
Thiamin/Vitamin B1 (mg)    0.02 (2%)    0.1 (7%)
Riboflavin/Vitamin B2 (mg)    0.2 (14%)    0.3 (17%)
Vitamin B6 (mg)    0.1 (4%)    0.2 (9%)
Folate/Vitamin B9 (mcg)    23.5 (6%)    56 (14%)
Vitamin B12 (mcg)    0.6 (11%)    3.8 (63%)
Pantothenic Acid/Vitamin B5 (mg)    0.7 (7%)    1.3 (13%)
Choline (mg)*    126    184
Total Omega-3s (mg)*    37    71.4
Total protein (grams)    6.28    8.97
*There is currently no %DV for choline or Omega-3 fats.
Duck eggs win hands-down, probably because proportionally they have much more yolk (where all the nutritional goodness is) and much less white (which is just empty protein). More micronutrients, more protein, and more Omega-3s.
A few of these nutrients are particularly notable because there aren’t many sources of them aside from eggs:
Choline is incredibly important for liver health: there’s some evidence that fatty liver disease is very closely connected with choline deficiency. Egg yolks are a staple dietary source of choline (if you don’t eat organ meats, they’re probably by far the biggest source of choline in your diet), and duck eggs simply have more.
Folate, or Vitamin B9, is especially important for mental health, pregnant women and nursing mothers. Eggs are a key source on Paleo because many other sources – like beans and lentils – are out. One duck egg has over twice as much folate as one chicken egg.
Duck eggs also have other benefits as well. The whites of duck eggs may have different proteins than the whites of chicken eggs, and some people can tolerate duck eggs even if they can’t tolerate chicken eggs. So if you’re struggling to find good breakfast options, check with a doctor to see whether duck eggs might be a better alternative for you than chicken.
It’s also worth noting that duck eggs are still a specialty food sold primarily by people who really care about food quality. This means that the ducks that produce duck eggs are rarely fed soy or wheat: if you’re sensitive to even the slightest trace of these things in the eggs, duck eggs are probably a safer choice.
You can cook duck eggs exactly like chickens eggs– they are delicious fried, poached, scrambled.
Here are some recipes to get you started:
Duck egg cake with Rosemary
7 ramen recipes
^I love to soft boil a duck egg (or two!), slice in half, and add to my homemade ramen.
Salmon scrambled eggs

We have chicken soup packs and large cuts of both pork and lamb available for a la carte purchase. If you are interested, shoot us an email at Farmshares@thefarmbus.com Mark should have some on the truck also, if you decide to spur of the moment try them out.

Our large cuts of meat include the following from Green Fence Farm:
Pork bone-in boston butts $9.28/lb
Weights: 5.69 3.94 5.26 4.77 4.99 5.37
Bone-in leg of lamb $14.53/lb
Weights: 5.94 5.2 4.39 5.58
Boneless lamb shoulder $14.53/lb
Weights: 2.72 3.49 2.5 3.98 3.96 3.02
Pork bone-in picnic roast $9.28/lb
Weight: 5.36

Pastured Turkey, 5.75/lb, 16-19lb range.

The soup packs contain chicken necks, backs, & feet. They’re 3.50/lb and are around 4-4.5 lbs. They are Freedom Rangers, and are from Morning Glory Farm

We don’t like to make bone broth without the feet. I make a batch, freeze it for later and have some every day. This is a great to help rebuild gut integrity, boost immunity, fights inflammation and creaky joints. Bone broth is extremely easy to make in the slow cooker. I also add a little bit to the dogs’ food every day.

Here is some great information courtesy TheElliotHomestead.com:
WHY YOU SHOULD BE EATING CHICKEN FEET
Because your body needs lots of vitamins, trace minerals, collagen, and calcium. That’s why.
Most of us are familiar with the health benefits of homemade bone broth. Truly, as a real food enthusiast, I cannot stress the importance of drinking bone broth enough. It should be everyone’s ‘bread and butter’. A staple. A companion that lives long by your side. “In most every culture throughout history has used bone broth for its nutritional significance, versatility and overall deliciousness. Chinese medicine practitioners use bone broth to strengthen the kidney, support digestive systems and build blood. The term“Jewish penicillin” is used for chicken soup, known to inhibit cell inflammation and mitigate cold symptoms. And the English sip beef tea, or beef broth, used since the Victorian era.”
Bone broth has been known for centuries to aid in joint health, immunity, gut health, and more. Nutrients are pulled from the bones and cartilage, slowly swirling into a liquid gold – rich in vitamins, minerals, and feel good-ness.
Yes, feel good-ness is a technical medical term. I looked it up…
Bone marrow carries oxygen to our to our cells. Collagen builds the cells in our brains and bones. It rebuilds damaged cells in our intestines.
It is, truly, natural’s super-supplement.
Adding chicken feet to that pot ‘o stock ups the anty. Chicken foot stock is like stock on steroids. Chicken feet are comprised of entirely bones, tendons, and cartilage. Gross, right?
Wrong.
I mean, sure, yes – gross. But what our bodies can pull from those feet nutritionally is pure magic. Track minerals and calcium dance like sugar plums in our bowls. If you want to heal yourself from the outside in, start with chicken foot bone broth.
And another good source of information from The Nourished Kitchen.

Happy cooking!

FARM TO FAMILY JOBS

Farmer’s Market Associate/Customer Service Associate for our well-established pop-up markets + CSA on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC.

Schedule is currently Tuesday 2-7pm; Wed 9-7pm, Thursday 10-7pm (25-30 hrs/wk). $13/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 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

Washington, DC— Farm to Table/Local Foods Market Manager

Farm to Family, based in Richmond, VA, has a JOB opening for a manager for a new local foods/farm to table market opening on Capitol Hill, Washington DC. $13/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, orders, budgets, interaction with farmers and vendors, merchandising.
·      Educating and interacting with community members
·      Marketing experience including social media and events
·      Must be able to do heavy lifting

Skillset and Experience:
·      Experience with natural foods retail, CSA model as well as farmers markets a+ including inventory management, ordering, interaction with farmers and vendors.
. Excel, Microsoft word, Square and other POS systems, Powerpoint, graphic design a plus.
·      Excellent customer service skills required
·      High level of 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 +
For more info about us: www.thefarmbus.com
Please forward resume to mark@thefarmbus.com or call 804-397-7337