With Your Help, 20 Families Will Receive Fresh Vegetables Throughout the 2016 Growing Season! 

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Fresh vegetables and fruit are the cornerstone of good health. Jefferson County Community Ministries (JCCM) and their partner Fresh and Local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) are raising money  to provide bi-weekly boxes of fresh. local, chemical-free produce to 20 families in need through JCCM’s new Farm-to-Food Pantry initiative.

Your donation to this new project counts double!  The same donation  supports both feeding families in need and the family farm that produces this food — equally!

Donate the Gift of Fresh, Local, Healthy Food

What Will Families Receive?

Plenty of nutrient-rich greens, summer favorites like tomatoes and cucumbers, and in the fall, hearty staples like sweet potatoes and winter squash as well as delicious recipes for easy, quick meals with each week’s harvest

You Can Help Make this Happen

To feed 20 families, we need to raise a total of $6,000.

A donation of $600 provides a full share of fresh local food, but donations of all sizes make a difference.  Your generosity will help  provide families in need with fresh, local, chemical-free food throughout the growing season.

This is a tax-deductible donation and you will receive a donation receipt if you give at the following link:

Donate the Gift of Fresh, Local, Healthy Food

About Jefferson County Community Ministries (JCCM)

“JCCM is striving to help our clients become more self-sufficient in many areas.  Access to healthful food is important to both household economics as well as family health and well-being.  Being able to stretch the food dollars along with reducing some medical costs through healthier diets is a great benefit to our clients and a key component to achieving the goal of increased self-sufficiency.”

Robert Shefner, Executive Director, JCCM

Jefferson County Community Ministries, in Charles Town, West Virginia, provides county residents with emergency assistance, including access to food.  In 2015, we distributed 160,000 pounds of food, which amounted to about 72,000 meals. We also host a community garden, the Charles Town Farmers Market and receive many contributions of fresh, local food from local gardeners.  This year, we are expanding our efforts to ensure that a greater percentage of our food is made up of fresh vegetables and fruit. We believe that healthy food—like fresh farm produce—should be available to all members in our community, including those in need.

About Fresh and Local CSA


Fresh and Local CSA has been working for over a decade to provide families foods of nutritional quality that are not typically available through the free market economy

Fresh and Local CSA is a biodynamic farm located in Shepherdstown, WV that provides families with fresh, seasonal produce through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Biodynamics is a school of regenerative farming that focuses on nutritional value over yield quantity, which can only be achieved without pesticides or chemical fertilizers. CSA’s help connect families to their food, the land, and with those that tend the soil. Participants in this Farm-to-Food Pantry CSA program will receive CSA shares that include 5-10 items, including at least one crop in each of the following categories: a salad or cooking green (e.g. arugula, kale, or bok choy); a root vegetable (e.g. beets, radishes, or potatoes); and a seasonal vegetable (e.g. tomatoes, beans, summer squash, or cucumbers). This ensures that food pantry families are getting a diversity of nutrients while balancing the fun of a surprise with the ease of consistency.

Fresh and Local CSA is operated by farmer Allan Balliett, a biodynamic farmer and disabled veteran. Allan became an advocate and proponent of what he calls ‘nutritional farming’ in the late 80’s after changing his diet to organic-only foods to recover from a wasting disease that baffled conventional doctors.  It also gave him a direct experience of the value of nutrient-dense, whole foods in recovering from illness, in human performance andin the experience of Well-Being. Drawn to the mission of producing high quality, chemical-free food for local families while actually improving soil quality and maintaining habitat for wildlife, he started his first biodynamic CSA in 1995.

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors – Please Support JCCM’s New Farm-to-Food Pantry Effort

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Your donation will help JCCM provide fresh, local, healthful food throughout the growing season for up to 20 Jefferson County, WV families!

Jefferson County Community Ministries (JCCM), in Charles Town, West Virginia, provides county residents with emergency assistance, including access to food. In 2015, JCCM distributed 160,000 pounds of food, which amounted to about 72,000 meals. This year, they are making a special effort to ensure that a greater percentage of that food is made up of fresh fruits and vegetables. JCCM  believes that healthy food—like fresh farm produce—should be available to all members in our community, including those in need.

JCCM is striving to help our clients become more self-sufficient in many areas. Access to healthful food is important to both household economics as well as family health and well-being. Being able to stretch the food dollars along with reducing some medical costs through healthier diets is a great benefit to our clients and a key component to achieving the goal of increased self-sufficiency –Robert Shefner, Executive Director, JCCM

New Farm-to-Food Pantry Fundraiser

With this goal in mind, JCCM is launching a new partnership with Fresh & Local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), a biodynamic farm located in Shepherdstown, West Virginia that grows a wide array of fresh vegetables, all grown without the use of chemicals or synthetic fertilizers Through our new joint effort, 20 families will split 10 CSA shares of a bountiful weekly box of fresh produce—all grown at the farm—from late spring through early fall.

Types of  Produce People Will Receive

Each box includes plenty of nutrient-rich greens, summer favorites like tomatoes and cucumbers, and in the fall, hearty staples like sweet potatoes and winter squash as well as a melon or two in the late season.

How You Can Help

We all know that fresh fruits and vegetables are a cornerstone of a healthy diet. However, for many of our neighbors in need, fresh produce is a luxury that they simply cannot afford on their own

With spring upon us, it is critical that we receive support as soon as possible for this new project to launch during this 2016 growing season. To feed 20 families, we will need to raise a total of $6,000

Any amount that you donate would be greatly appreciated! It will provide your neighbors in need with fresh, local nutrient-rich food throughout the growing season

This is a tax-deductible donation and you will receive a donation receipt if you give at the following link:

Give the Gift of Healthy Food

(You’ll receive your charitable donation tax deduction receipt by return email.)

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Seasonal Treat at the Market This Week: Green Garlic (with Recipes)


Green Garlic tastes so GOOD!

If love the flavor of bulb garlic, Green Garlic is a way to get some of that flavor locally without waiting for another couple of months!

We only have Green Garlic a couple of weeks in the Spring. This is one of those weeks. If you like Ramps or Garlic Scapes, you’re likely to LOVE Green Garlic.

Although green garlic (or spring garlic as it is sometimes called) sounds exciting and exotic, the truth is that it’s just the young version of the garlic that we all know and love. Before  divides itself into separate cloves, is pulled and dried, it starts out as a green plant, with a stalk, leaves and the garlic scapes. There are a lot of things to love about green garlic, but we want to highlight two of the biggest ones :

  1. Green garlic can be used anywhere you’d use regular garlic, but it will impart a slightly less intense, slightly more verdant flavor to whatever you put it into. We often end up using a little more green garlic than we would regular garlic in recipes, but it is also important to note that we really love garlic.
  2. Our favorite thing about green garlic is that the whole plant is edible, from bulb, to stalk, to leaf, to scape. The higher up you get on the stalk, the woodier it usually gets — once it gets to the point where it would be too tough to chew, cut it off and toss that portion and store it in your freezer with other vegetable scraps to make stock with.

Although green garlic is great in just about everything, we especially love to make recipes that highlight the specific, springy, summery qualities of this onion family member.


Simple ways to cook:

– Use the whole thing! Green Garlic is precious—if left in the ground, it turns into a mature head of garlic, so don’t let any of it go to waste. No need to peel before using (the thicker skin of garlic has not developed yet). Use the bulb and tender stalk in one dish and then save the green parts for the next meal. Chop the green parts finely and toss them into soups, pastas, grain salads, potato salads, etc.

– Use much like a leek or a scallion, green garlic is less intense than mature garlic and is something garlic fans look forward to all year long.

– One way to enjoy green garlic in a milder state is to boil it whole until tender and then chop it up and add to any dish. (Oh, I sure hope you don’t do this!)

– Or pound it up in a mortar and pestle or put in your food processor as the basis for an incredible aioli or pesto

– To store well, wrap in damp paper towels and put in plastic bag in the fridge


Green garlic pesto

Spring tart with bacon, leeks, green garlic and gruyer

Green garlic risotto

Green garlic gnocchi

Green garlic omlete

We are indebted to Transplanting Traditions for most of this post

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Fresh and Local CSA Work Shares for the 2016 Season

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So you’re interested in doing a work-share this year at the Fresh and Local CSA farm. Work-shares are essential to getting the CSA farm work done every week, from the beginning of the season until we wrap up in the late-fall. We are looking for people who can commit themselves to the fi;; 2016 growing season and make it out to the farm on a weekly basis. Every week you will come out to the farm for a 4-hour shift (on a specific day) and in return you receive a work-share’s worth of vegetables. (You will pick up your CSA share at the normal CSA distribution, which is on Thursdays in Shepherdstown.) If you are interested it is very important to consider the following list of information and see if it will work for you. CSA Work Sharesan are awesome way to get involved with the food you eat and Nature, herself.. Hope you will join us.

What are the benefits of joining us?

  • You get to eat fresh, healthy and nutritious local food
  • You know where your vegetables come from and the people who grow them
  • You reduce your food miles
  • You have a say in how your food is produced
  • You can enjoy fresh air and fun (and exercise!) by sharing in the work and the harvest and joining in social activities
  • You get the chance to take advice and learn from professional growers
  • You contribute to making your community a better, healthier, greener place

Work-share members…

1. Must commit to a weekly 4-hour shift in exchange for a share of vegetables. Shifts times available are Sundays 9-1pm, and 8-noon other days. If you need a different schedule, we can discuss your needs.

2. Must be able to make your shifts on a weekly basis. We are looking for people who are dependable on a weekly basis and a seasonal basis. Look at your summer/fall plans. If you see yourself being unavailable 3-4 weeks out of the season then the work-share is not a good option for you. Students can set up a seasonal schedule, we want to work with you.

3. Should consider the position with the same respect you would a job, take it seriously. Calling out 20 minutes (or even an hour) before you are supposed to arrive is just not acceptable. We ask that you treat us with respect and follow through on your commitment to be at the farm on time. If you are consistently late then the work-share is not a good option for you.

4. Must have reliable transportation back and forth from the farm. We are just two miles outside of Shepherdstown. It currently is NOT practical to bike to the farm.

5. Must be willing to work in lousy weather. Rain or shine the show goes on. Bring rain jacket and pants (should probably always have them in your bag or car when you come). Often there is indoor work that can be done during the rain.

6. We will have to get work done quickly and efficiently. You must come willing to work and be able and willing to take instruction.

7. All members must commit to a shift in MARCH or APRIL before the CSA begins.

8. MOST IMPORTANT! You must have a good sense of humor! We kick around a lot of jokes and have a lot of fun.

If this all sounds good then sign up today!

Be ready to work hard!
Be ready to work hard!

More Information on the 2016 Fresh and Local CSA Work Share

A Fresh and Local CSA Work Share Member is someone who works a farm shift of at least 4 hours on the same day every week from the date they start (typically, some time in March, but it’s possible to start right now)  through October in exchange for a Full Vegetable Share bag of the farm’s produce the week they work. CSA Work Share members differ from one-time volunteers and CSA members who volunteer to work in that Work Share Members develop skill and speed over the course of a season, which gives them an important role to play in meeting the farm’s labor needs. The farm and its CSA shareholders rely on Work Share Members for the quantity and quality of food they’ll receive through the season. Work Share Members enable the farm to also meet its goals. The Work Share is a relationship, which makes it more challenging and more rewarding then a monetary exchange.

Because CSA Work Shares are so important to meeting the goals of the farm, participants must sign an agreement that they will be available across the season to fulfill their obligation, and that they will make an effort to find a replacement worker for weeks when they cannot make it. Before you sign the Work Share Member agreement, please make sure you have a sense of commitment to supporting the community that has formed around this farm for an entire season. The consequence of breaking the workshare agreement (missing a scheduled work day twice without calling in) is that your CSA Work Share will be given to someone else. (Yes, you can be a Work Share Members and still take up to two weeks off for your summer vacation if you need to – – but you must schedule your time off well in advance for the sake of farm planning.)

What is involved in a CSA Work Share Membership?

Work Share members commit to working at least 4 hours per week in exchange for receiving a Full Vegetable CSA share. (We do not do Work Shares for Half Shares.)  It is likely you will spend most of your time weeding, planting or harvesting vegetables.  You may also spend time preparing beds for replanting, or other pertinent farm tasks. If you have other special skills to offer, please let us know. (Such as computer graphics or social media skills.)

What Does Fresh and Local CSA ask of Work Share Members?

Work Share members commit to a shift, coming the same day each week for 4-6 hours throughout the length of the season (which should last between 18-20 weeks). We give priority for selection for these positions to individuals who will commit to working with us for the full season. Prior farming/gardening experience is not necessary, but a willingness to work hard with focus and efficiency is expected. Also be aware that our bed layout is not very human friendly, and you will need to be physically able to maneuver narrow pathways and carrying sometimes awkward loads of produce or bed materials.  You need to be able to lift 50 pounds. You also need to be prepared to work outside in any weather conditions – – be it raining, or  hot and sunny, or cold and windy. Because of the nature of our farm and tasks, you won’t be able to bring your babies, children or pets.

Do Work Share Members receive any other benefits besides high quality, fresh, and CASH-FREE food?

Absolutely! We want to help you achieve your goals – whether it’s enhancing your gardening experience, farming know-how, soil-based radical healthy food activism, or community building skills. As we get to know you and your interests, we’ll gladly share contacts and resources. This is a unique opportunity for hands-on learning about all aspects of innovative wholistic farming. At our farm, you can learn about raising loads of flavorful nutrient dense vegetables in an urban environment and the unique techniques and problem solving strategies that it takes. You will also have a chance to get to know and spend time with some other awesome, ecologically-minded folks interested in changing our food systems and affecting the health and future of our community for the better.

What are the Shifts and What is the Season?

From the first of February thru the End of October, 2016,   8 AM – 12:00 PM Mon – Sat or 9AM – 1PM Sundays
We are flexible to some degree and we want to do anything we can do to make it possible for you to work with us this season. We can’t make any decisions that do not work in the interests of the professional farm staff or the CSA Shareholder Community, however.

To apply, please send an email describing your interest , experience, commitment level, and availability to info@freshandlocalcsa.com  subject=2016 Work Share. Include your email address and phone number. We’ll get right back to you!

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Farmer Allan Balliett on “Foodie and the Beast”

I’m going to be on Nycci Nellis’ “Foodie and the Beast this morning at 11am.

As far as I understand it, you can listen to it live at 1500 AM at 11am or catch it live or archived on the web at

http://www.federalnewsradio.com/?sid=2220087&nid=437 later.

There will be a several important local chefs and, as I understand it, a baker on the program, as well as myself, a simple biodynamic CSA farmer from the valleys of West Virginia.

I haven’t had a chance to listen to any of the earlier Foodie and the Beast programs, but I understand that the program is structured around a ‘food fight’ between the husband and wife stars of the program. Reminiscing on classic radio programs, I imagine my position on “Foodie and the Beast” will be much as Paul Krassner’s was on the old Joe Pyne show, with husband David doing his damndest to associate CSA farming with the sort of pink communalism that led to the fall of the Soviet Union. I’m assuming this, though, like I said, I haven’t had a chance to listen to earlier programs.

So, as far as I understand it, Nycci has invited me on the program to talk about CSA in Washington DC and her husband David will use that as a pretext to give me a good public drubbing. I assume my only defense as a farmer who spends a great time alone in the solitude of the agrarian version of Nature, should I get a chance to speak, will be to immediately launch into levels of obscenity normally reserved by urbanized men to only be used in those first few seconds after whacking their thumb with a hammer while doing a household carpentry project they didn’t really want to be involved in.

Just the same, whether the person with the censor bleeper works fast enough or not, the program should provide a lot of well punctuated information on how, and how not to source truly fresh and truly local foods in the DC-area.

Please tune in!

-Farmer Allan Balliett
Fresh and Local CSA
A Biodynamic Farm
Serving Foods that Delight and Heal
to the DC Metro Community


YES, we have shares available for 2014

About Foodie and the Beast

From fine dining to irresistible junk foods, top chefs to up-and-comers you haven’t heard of (yet!), foie gras, fish fingers, and much more, no sip of wine, no morsel of food or food gossip goes untouched, as David and Nycci Nellis give you the inside dish on the hottest restaurants and bistros, the freshest ingredients and the finest tipples on the scene.
Nycci is found and editor of the TheListAreYouOnIt.com, the DC area’s premier food and wine events website. She and David have cooked up this lively – and sometimes edgy – food and wine variety show catering to in-the-know “foodies” and to those (like David) whose appetites run more toward Ruffles than truffles.

Look for engrossing segments on the newest restaurants, restaurant promotions, the latest chef moves and tips from guests about everything from new ingredients to the worlds of fine wines, spirits and brews. Listeners of all food faiths will enjoy taking sides in David and Nycci’s playful “food fights” – call it, “Foodie and the Beast” – and polar views on what really makes the best in food and drink.

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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Enjoy this video lecture about the threat of the brown marmorated stink bug, referred by some as the ‘2011 Locust Plague’.


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Biodynamics with Allan Balliett

Farmer Allan discusses Biodynamics with Steve Patterson on the CHOICE CONVERSATIONS program.

Biodynamics with Allan Balliett

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