Wednesday, March 31, 2010
My wife, Katherine, and I own and run Dragonfly Farms in Beaverdam, Va. (north west Hanover County) We raise Belted Galloway and Angus cattle for all natural grass fed beef. We produce pastured eggs with a couple of small flocks of chickens. We grow some produce, enough for us and to supplement sales at a few farmers’ markets. We grow perennials and Japanese Maples, and are beginning to be able to offer some greenhouse crops. Katherine is a working horse vet, so with that advantage we also board some special needs horses. We have a beautiful farm and love showing it off. We welcome visitors anytime.We sell our beef and eggs at the Ashland Farmers’ Market every Saturday. We plan to go to the market in front of Whole Foods the first Thursday of each month, and would like to go to the St. Stephens market and maybe the new one on Monument and Robinson a couple of times this season. We also are a producer in Fall Line Farms.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Carolyn Steel: How food shapes our cities | Video on TED.com
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Check out their website here.
COME LEARN ABOUT THE * * *
frog bottom farm csa
community supported agriculture in the heart of Virginia
CSA Info Session
*meet the farmers
*learn about the CSA model
of eating fresh local vegetables
* learn about frog bottom farm and
their sustainable growing methods
*sign up for the 2010 CSA season
Thursday, April 1
Central Montessori School
323 N 20th St near E Broad
ALL ARE WELCOME
Get more details at frogbottomfarm.com
With Dominion Harvest you can sign up and order a 1 of 4 different boxes of fresh food ranging from 10-11 types of greens and vegetables, to one with enough greens, vegetables, raw milk, bread, and meat for a family of four. You can choose weekly or bi-weekly delivery, and there is no sign up fee. You can cancel your participation at anytime. The cost for the 2 smaller boxes is $37. The largest box is $67.
The one flaw that I see on the website is the apparent lack of clear sourcing information. The site states that they track the source of each product so you can find out where each item came from by contacting them. This part doesn't sound like the most convenient system for consumers who actually care where their food is coming from. One improvement they say will be in place as of the season starting May 2010 is a Dominion Harvest blog that will allow customers to read about, and directly contact the producers with whom Dominion Harvest is working.
I plan to give it try for one week in May and see how it goes. I'll keep you posted. To check out our other related post simple type Dominion Harvest into our search window.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
What is a meat CSA and why should I join?A CSA is Community Supported Agriculture. You have seen many veggie CSAs at our Richmond markets. We raise animals, and have seen the need for a meat CSA and would like to offer this year round to our customers. By joining a meat CSA, you are helping support our local family farm with a healthy and nutritious source of meat. You are allowing us the guarantee that our meats will be sold enabeling us to plan for our future needs. In return, you get a guaranteed a certain amount of meat at a discounted price. The most important part is that our animals are raised without all the hormones and antibiotics that have become a standard in the growing practices of “Factory Farms”. You can eat knowing that your meat came from animals that were allowed to roam pastures, eat grass, breathe fresh air and generally lead a happy life.Are we organic?No, We are not certified organic, nor do we plan on becoming organic.We believe in treating our animals humanely, allowing them to graze on our 95 acreas, breathe clean, fresh air and run and play all they want in the sunshine. We go as organic as possible on the feeds, but nothing is certified organic. We never use animal by products or any type of antibiotics or growth hormones.What is in a share?We will include most everything we sell. Eggs, Grass Fed Beef, Pastured Chicken,Pastured Pork, Honey, Amish Roll Butter, Goat Cheese, Jams, NoodlesOur shares will work on the debit system , each week the amount you purchasewill be deducted from your share. Members get the upfront discount as well as additional discounts for specials and opportunities for products not available to the general public.Can I get anything I want?Our CSA members will be entitled to all our products first. Realizing we process chickens April thru October, have a limited amount of steak cuts, (flank steaks, filets, hearts,tongue,etc) our pork is limited in tenderloins & chops our jams are produced seasonally… That is the reason, at this time, we will take only 50 new shares. We feel we will be able to fill your orders.How can I become a member?E-mail us at faithfarmfoods.com and let us know if you would likeTo be part of our CSA. We would need a $ 100.00 deposit by Apr.1st.And we will take only 50 new CSA members for this seasoncommitment, May thru August. Balance of $ 250.00, due by May 1stMay 1st 2010 – August 30th 2010 is the share term.We do want you to be aware that any unsued portions may not be credited to another person or carried over to another date. This is a new venture for us. We will be as flexible as possible.We will be at:BYRD HOUSE : 3:30- 7:00 TuesdaysBRYAN PARK : 3:00-6:30 TuesdaysGREAT BIG GREEN HOUSE: 10:00-2:00 Every other ThursdayFOREST HILL 8:00 - TBA SaturdaySAINT STEPHEN'S 8:00-12:00 Saturday
Monday, March 15, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
I placed a metal trellis in the center for the snow peas to climb, and sprinkled a package of salad greens in the rest of the bed. I am keeping the top consistently moist and today I saw the first little cotyledons breaking through the top of the soil. Let the riot begin!
Monday, March 1, 2010
"To support our kids for being so bright and wanting to help the kids in Haiti, there will be a DONATION BOX at the market this week. Click the link "Kids Yard Sale for Haiti" at www.byrdhousemarket.blogspot.com to learn more. Special Thanks to vendor Rostov's Coffee & Tea for donating coffee to the cause.
Here's a little press from the Times Dispatch:
If you see Marlene, our Volunteer Environmental Coordinator, looking a wee tired it might be because she and a resilient assistant spent 6 hours on Saturday cleaning up the fence-line around the land that will be the BHM Farmlet. Blackberries will take the place of 6 truckloads of trash wood and weeds that our intrepid team carted out of there. Since we'd like Marlene and Pat to live into their next decades, why don't you come on out for the next Farmlet Work Out Day, next Saturday, Mar. 6. layout and notifying new vendors of their status... "
In addition check out some of the great food you find at this weeks renegade market!....
Bread for the People: Baguettes, Foccacia (feta, herbed), Brioche, Wheat loaves, Rolls and other good breads - breadman(at)netscape(dot)net
Empress Farms: Whole Turkey, Ground Turkey Turkey cutlets, Turkey eggs, Rabbit, canned apple goods (Apple-Maple Jam, Spicy Pickled Tomatoes...) rabbits(dot)for(dot)you(at)gmail(dot)com
Faith Farm Food: Grass-fed Beef, Pastured Pork, Amish roll butter, Eggs (all winter), Local Honey, Jams, Egg Noodles - Boston Butts for barbecue, Meaty Chicken Wings,Steaks for grilling, chili a mix of Chorizo; Ground Beef works great, suckling pigs - faithfarmfoods(dot)blogspot(dot)com
Thistledowne Farm: Local Apples, Foccacia Breads, Herbs, Jams (Peach-Rosemary, Blueberry-Basil...), Pickles, Apple sauce, Pizelles and handmade Soaps
Plus more from their renegade CSAs.