Bring it, Spring!

9 Apr

After a long winter break from fresh, local produce, The Farm Table is eager to begin our second season of bringing delicious vegetables, fruits, and herbs straight from the farmer to your doorstep! We have been busy checking in on our hard-working farmers, trying out new recipes, and coming up with exciting ideas to make our second year of The Farm Table even more enjoyable.

We expect deliveries to begin on April 18th for our corporate Anthem members,  and April 19th for all of our home delivery members.  We hope to bring you a combination of greens (collards, kale, spinach, maybe lettuce), turnips, possibly spring onions, strawberries, and if we can find it, asparagus. Finally, we can rejoice in the knowledge that we are beginning to locate egg farmers. Our first 80 dozen free range eggs are scheduled to be delivered to our packing facility this month.

We are thrilled to begin the new year by bringing you recipes, cooking tips, tools, and other useful information by way of our new blog. We will occasionally introduce you to our team and thought we’d begin by profiling the owners, Rick Grossberg and Duane Slyder, who launched The Farm Table in 2011:

Rick learning how to make tortillas

Rick refers to himself as a “Professional Foodie.” Rick, and his wife, Judith, have spent years pursuing their passion for preparing and serving foods of every type and sort. This includes growing some of their own fruits and vegetables – squash, tomatoes, kale, cabbage, figs (a lot of ’em), grapes, cherries, herbs – making homemade bread from wild yeast captured 5 years ago, homemade cheese, sour cream, crème fresh, smoked meats, jellies, jams, canned fruits, and more.

Rick was born in NYC in 1950 and received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Virginia in 1974. He founded Archadeck in 1980 in Richmond and remained with the company until its sale in 2008.

Duane (in red), at one of many Farm Table events

Duane (in red), at a Farm Table event

Duane grew up in Plattsmouth, Nebraska, and Loudon County, Virginia. He spent his youth raising cattle and horses, and has a passion for locally grown, vine-ripened tomatoes. Duane spent the last 15 years working with his wife in a family business, designing and selling Christmas decor. He enjoys tutoring his two teenaged children in math and likes to make soup.

Rick and Duane are pleased to make Friday the 13th a lucky day for one Farm Table member by offering our very first blog giveaway: two (2) weeks worth of produce valued at $50!

To enter the giveaway you must renew your membership, or redeem your Living Social membership voucher, or become a new member, AND post a comment below stating what local produce you would like to see in our boxes this season by 9:00pm on Friday, April 13th, 2012. Congratulations to Mara Servaites – our first blog giveaway winner. Please follow our blog for immediate updates on posts, recipes, events, and giveaway opportunities.

The giveaway winner will be randomly chosen and announced on our blog by April 20th.

To learn more about becoming a member, visit www.thefarmtable.org and click on “How It Works” and then “Sign Up Now.”

Thank you for joining us and check back often!

25 Responses to “Bring it, Spring!”

  1. wvfarm2u April 9, 2012 at 9:42 pm #

    I love my CSA!!!

  2. Mike Shook April 10, 2012 at 7:44 am #

    If there is any hope of getting local berries and Hanover tomatoes, I will be a happy boy!

  3. KathyB April 10, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    Looking forward to tomatoes! I’ve tried growing them myself and we just don’t have enough sunlight.

  4. Tracy Vail-Rhodes April 10, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

    I would love to get Brussels sprouts and of course – Hanover tomatoes!!

  5. Rebecca Masten April 10, 2012 at 5:46 pm #

    I ADORE my CSA!!! IF possible, I would love asparagus & brussel sprouts. I LOVED all of my squashes that I received last year!

  6. Shaun H April 11, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    Oh gosh – put local berries (all kinds) and a variety of tomatoes on my wish list. And what about cilantro for fresh salsa? YUM

  7. Cheryl Shiembob April 12, 2012 at 8:39 pm #

    Hanover tomatoes will be great, but I wonder if we will get any peachs? I don’t even know if they are grown locally, but I would love fresh peachs!

    • Rebecca April 13, 2012 at 6:19 am #

      Cheryl – we shoudl get peaches this year if the season goes well. We had them in the garden box last year on several occassions. YUmmy!!!!! I CAN NOT wait until next week!!!

  8. erica April 13, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    love to see brussel sprouts

  9. Nathalie April 13, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    I’m hoping for the asparagus. There’s nothing like fresh asparagus! Local berries and peppers would be wonderful too.

  10. Mara April 13, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    We are so excited to get our produce box next week. Really pleased to see the addition of honey and eggs. How great. I’d love to see lots of greens and maybe some peas. Berries and peaches are always appreciated. We have a new baby who will start solids this summer and I so excited to introduce him to a world of yummy, local food. So glad to have you all.

  11. Sharon Linari April 13, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

    I love the Asian Pears and hope to see a lot more of them this year. Some good Hanover Tomatoes big enough for a sandwich would be wonderful. (mouth watering)

  12. Michael Burt April 13, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    Just joined, and placed my order for my first basket. I am very excited to get fresh local produce! I would love to see asparagus in the future.

    • The Farm Table April 14, 2012 at 8:59 am #

      Michael – welcome to the Farm Table! We are so pleased you are joining us this season!

  13. Keri April 13, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    I’m a new member and super excited! I am looking forward to the tomatoes, berries, apples. Do we get watermelon this summer?

    • The Farm Table April 14, 2012 at 9:01 am #

      Keri – We are excited that you have decided to join us, and hope that you will enjoy the local produce. I will have to ask our fearless leaders about the watermelon – we did receive cantaloupe last season that was enormous and delicious! Welcome to the 2nd season of The Farm Table.

  14. Heather V April 13, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    Hanover tomatoes, asparagus, Brussels sprouts. I would love potato add ons or mushroom add ons offered more regularly. Love the boxes!!

  15. Gabrielle Taliaferro April 13, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

    I would love to see broccolini. Its my favorite! Not sure where it grows. Thanks!

  16. steve ouellette April 13, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

    I would love to see asparagus!! Yummy risotto!!!

  17. Tammy Beard April 13, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

    I tried to renew my membership, but I couldn’t find where to do that in my account. We would like rhubarb if that’s available and also love the crimini mushrooms.

  18. Jackie Brennan April 13, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

    Am new to the Farm Table through Living Social. Am currently waiting for a return phone call to activate my membership. Am a lover of just about all fruits and vegetables. Am hopeful that we will receive some asparagus, brussel sprouts, tomatoes, peppers, etc.

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