What’s In Your Box? Week 7

 

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Did you guys happen to see those few drops of rain we got today?? It sure wasn’t a ton, but we will most definitely take it ! I love fun, perfect summer weathered weekend plans just as much as any other Michigander, but I was most definitely praying for rain today. There are seeds to be germinated and tomatoes to ripen…..slightly cooler weather and a little bit of rain could actually do us all good….don’t you agree? (ps…I wrote this on Sunday…we could definitely use more rain! )

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I apologize for the last minute details here. We are excited to be entering in our 2nd leg of the season as it is technically divided into 3, 6-week seasons for shorter shareholders. So if it’s your first week receiving produce, then Welcome! Those of you who just signed up for first season, thank you so much for supporting us and for being part of the farm! It’s been a joy to serve you….I know a few of you will be back for Season 3.

We also have about 7 more reasons to be slightly preoccupied this week…..4 new baby goats were born Sunday along with 3 kittens! Can you say “baby Boom??” Ironically , Jordan is out of town this week so the kids and I were on our own. All I’m going to say is that “there’s a first time for everything” lol….and milking a goat was one of them.

I wanted to wait until I harvested a decent amount today to have a list for you this week. Boxes this week will be all across the board as a few items are still slowly coming along.

Here are the staples you can look forward to in your boxes this week:

Curly Kale

Lacinato Kale

Lemon Basil

Potatoes

Summer Squash

Zucchini

Cucumber

Chives

This is the first week we wont have a salad mix or head lettuce to choose from . This heat has made it impossible to keep salad greens from bolting and/or germinating to start a new crop. Bear with us we’ve got more on the horizon.

Cabbage (full shares only)

other items you may see in the boxes include:

a few sweet/hot peppers & tomatoes are popping up as well as we are also finishing up broccoli and cauliflower until fall plantings

kohlrabi

cupcake squash

golden egg squash

beans (finishing up a shorter than expected heirloom variety and a new crop will be ready next week so hopefully more beans for week 8)

 

 

Since most of the produce is a repeat from weeks past…especially if you are a new member for these 6 weeks…please look back to the previous recipes in Weeks 1-6 blog posts:) I have worked my way through quite a few of them and definitely found a few keepers.

I do, however want to share a couple that will hopefully be useful for the multiple types of summer squash we have ….crookneck, spineless, golden egg & cupcake

Roasted Summer Squash

Roasted Summer Squash

Herb and Cheddar Squash Bread

Herb and Cheddar Squash Quick Bread Recipe on gracefullittlehoneybee.com

Cheesy Zucchini Breadsticks

Cheesy Zucchini Breadsticks

Summer Vegetable Stew

Summer Vegetable Stew is delicious, with tomatoes, zucchini, carrots and more. Fresh flavors perfect for a weeknight summer meal when the garden is overflowing.

 

See you All Tomorrow ! Have a great night everyone:)

~Janine, The Farmer’s Wife

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What’s In Your Box? Week 6

 

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Hello Friends! I hope you’ve a great 4th of July holiday! It feels as though we’ve been given 2 weekends to celebrate, and I am definitely not complaining. This Michigan summer weather has been so beautiful, in fact, Annabelle and I have already had to treat the green in our blonde hair because we’ve been spending so much time in the pool . On the farming end of things….rain could be nice….but we don’t like to pray for that too loudly around people who think we just want to rain on their parade.

We want to send our love and congratulations to the Feyen Family, members of the CSA. They welcomed a new baby girl into their family on July 5. Congratulations guys! What a sweet blessing.

It’s hard to believe we are already on our 6th week of the CSA shares this summer! This means that if you signed up for Season 1, this is your last week of produce…unless you decide to continue for the season, of course. If you are traveling and want some time off…we would love to welcome you back Season 3 if that works better for you too. Season 2 shareholders, your first pickup or delivery will be on Tuesday, July 17th. I will email you all details on this in the upcoming week.

We are starting to see so many colors in the garden this time of year…and our first tomatoes are starting to turn! We are about a week out until harvest on the cherry and small varieties…I can’t wait!

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Now for the good stuff….what’s gonna be in your box this week?

summer squash

zucchini

green beans

onion

basil

head lettuce

salad mix

rosemary

cucumbers

some boxes may include: sweet and/or hot peppers, broccoli, cauliflower , bok choy

 

RECIPES IDEAS:

If you follow us on Instagram, I shared this week how we like to use our zucchini for breakfast. This Zucchini Bread Oatmeal from Oh She Glows is so good!

Roasted Summer Squash with Garlic, Feta Cheese and Basil

Roasted Summer Squash with Garlic, Feta Cheese, and Basil [found on KalynsKitchen.com]

Summer Squash Pizza

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Zucchini Lasagna without the Pasta

Basil Chive Cucumber Corn Salad

Basil Chive Cucumber & Corn Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #cucumber #corn #basil #salad #recipe

Strawberry Cucumber Salad with Honey Balsamic Dressing

(made this today…it was delicious!)

Looking forward to seeing you all this week! We are still waiting on more baby goats here on the farm…still just the 2….maybe by Tuesday!? We shall See!

Thank you, again, for supporting your local farmer.

~Janine, The Farmer’s Wife

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What’s In Your Box? Week 5

Hi Everyone! Hope this blog post finds you cool and comfortable sitting in the water or perhaps in the A/C on this toasty Sunday.(update … it’s Tuesday today !)  We are looking forward to the beautiful week ahead celebrating our country’s independence.

We added a couple of  exciting additions to the farm this weekend ! Peanut, Deacon’s Nigerian dwarf goat, gave birth to twins Saturday night . Pecan and Pistachio are doing great and adjusting to life here with the rest of our crazy clan . If you are heading here  to pick up your boxes feel free to visit them down below our front yard in the outdoor pen … we are trying to keep them cool and separate from the other mommas that are in the barn very  close to delivering their own babes.

Your boxes for the week should be much more consistent as our summer crops are becoming ready to harvest. A few staples you’ll find in each box this week include:

garden sage

chives

green beans (full shares only this week.. should be plenty for all next week !)

salad mix

zucchini

kale

potatoes

 

other items you’ll find include: pickles, broccoli, cauliflower, head lettuce

along with:

snap peas, collards, wheat grass and swiss chard we are cleaning up this week as well

 

Here are a few recipes for you to try !

Roasted Potatoes with Sage and Garlic

Sauteed Carrots with Sage

Sautéed Carrots with Sage

Pan Fried Potatoes and Green Beans

Pan Fried Potatoes and Green Beans Recipe

Baked Parmesan Zucchini

Baked Parmesan Garlic Zucchini Recipe

Zucchini Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Zucchini Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies | Cooking Classy

Zucchini, Cheddar Cheese Chive Buttermilk Quick Bread

Kale and Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Kale and Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette - words cannot describe how good this salad is. This bright and fresh kale salad is a great way to start loving kale.

Kale Quinoa Strawberry Salad

Kale Quinoa Strawberry Salad Recipe

I hope you all have a safe and fun  4th of July holiday! We are so thankful for the freedom we have here in the United States, freedom that we know is not free. Blessings to you all!

 

Until next time,

Janine, The Farmers

Week 4 Recipe Ideas

Hey All! Thanks for being patient with me this week. Hopefully you’ve been able to find a few things to do with your produce this week….someone shared a delicious roast with radishes mixed in this week….looked amazing! I love seeing those pictures!

I thought I’d share just a few recipes this week to help with the greens/salads we’ve been blessed to continue to get a good harvest from.  Also, as a few people have asked…..I wanted to let you of a good resource on our website that helps with handling some of your produce when you get it home… you can find it here: Storage and Cooking Tips

hopefully that helps a bit:)

How to Grill Romaine Lettuce…Step by Step Guide

Simple Italian Grilled Romaine Lettuce Salad {5 minute recipe}

Grilled Romaine with Creamy Lemon Dressing

Char grilled romaine hearts, tangy dressing, crispy bacon, and nutty parmesan cheese. You've got to give this Grilled Romaine Lettuce with Creamy Lemon Dressing a try!

Garlicky Kale Salad

Garlicky Kale Salad

Tuscan Kale with Caramelized Onions and Red Vinegar

What to do with Lemon Basil : A lemonade Recipe

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We are so looking forward to cucumbers, green beans and summer squash on the horizon….how about you??

 

Just a reminder…delivery and pick up will be happening Tuesday, July 2…let me know if you’ll be gone for the holidays:) Thanks so much!

 

Hope you all have a great day!

Janine, The Farmers Wife

What’s In Your Box? Week 3

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Hey all! Hope you all are having a great week! I loved seeing a large number of you on Tuesday….thank you for your support for our farm. The garden garden is really coming to life now and there are more colors popping up everywhere! It’s the time of year where new varieties of produce are slowly ripening and getting ready to harvest…but not everything is ready all at once yet. Therefore, boxes may not look identical this week.  Here’s a look at your week #3 staples…..

sugar snap peas

kale

swiss chard

salad greens

basil

green onions/ bunching onions

radishes

parsley

cabbage leaves  (we are finishing up the plants this week)

new potatoes

*new potatoes have thin, wispy skins and a crisp, waxy texture. They are young potatoes and  are known to keep their shape once cooked and cut.  They are also sweeter because their sugar has not yet converted to starch. Since they are potatoes that are dug up slightly early, they are not for storage since their skin hasn’t hardened off, but fresh cooking  instead.

A labeled pictured of your box will be sent out shortly to help identify everything as well:) 

***other produce ripening in the garden: broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, green peppers, cabbage so you may start to see these making an appearance in your boxes

Here are a few recipe ideas for you this week:)

Buttery Parsley Potatoes

The Best Buttery Parsley Potatoes | #easy #recipe #boiled foodiecrush.com

Basil Garlic Aoili

Basil Garlic Aioli sauce made from scratch

Sea Salt and Garlic Kale Chips

No fail, crispy kale chips every time! Sea Salt and Garlic Kale Chips recipe from thebusybaker.ca

Lemon and Basil Baked Salmon

Basil & lemon baked salmon in foil is a healthy salmon recipe to make that is low-carb, Paleo and a gluten-free dinner option for the whole family.. This seafood recipe is a quick meal full of omega-3s and healthy fats.

 

 

I love seeing what you guys make each week! Thanks so much for sharing….please keep the recipes coming !!

Looking forward to seeing some of you today! Make it a great one, friends!

Stay tuned for a picture of your box later today:)

 

 

 

 

 

10 Fun Facts from the Garden

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Hey y’all! It’s Friday….that means another blog post. I hope you are all having a great start to your summer! Hard to believe the summer solstice is right around the corner.

I love talking garden talk with people. Not because I’m an expert or even come close to knowing it all…but because you always seem to learn something new when talking all things plants. Tricks people have learned from their grandfathers….new varieties of produce that grow easily….what NOT to do. It’s just fun. Farming/gardening is so awesome because it’s something that remains nostalgic while welcoming new practices along the way. There are some memories and tricks that are simply classic and need not ever to be changed….such as an heirloom variety of tomatoes passed down from generations, and there are also new techniques to simply make the job easier. Who doesn’t want a little more ease in their day? No shame in that, my friends.

So today, I just wanted to highlight a few fun facts from the garden that you might find interesting. Maybe at your next summer cookout you can bust out all the fun garden talk and you’ll be the coolest plant nerd at the party (cool and nerd can go together, right? )

Fun Fact 1:

Basil is a great companion plant to tomatoes. Why? It helps ward of those pesky tomato hornworms and is also known to bring out and/or improve the delicious flavor of your tomatoes! source

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Fun Fact 2:

As I look and see the vegetable garden starting to flower, I can’t even fathom this…..For bees to make a pound of honey, they must tap 2 million flowers! source

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Fun Fact 3:

Bell peppers have double the amount of vitamin C than citrus fruits. source

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Fun Fact 4:

A tablespoon of soil has more living organisms in it than all the people on Earth. source

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Fun Fact 5:

When a virus changed the color of tulips in Holland in 1637, people believed that a new type of plant had been discovered—which, in turn, led to a full-blown tulip craze. During this time, one of the prices for a single bulb included a load of grain, 1,000 pounds of cheese, 12 sheep, 10 oxen, 5 pigs, 4 barrels of beer, 2 tubs of butter, 2 hogsheads of wine, a suit of clothes, and a silver cup. Can you even believe it?? source

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Fun Fact 6:

Several studies have been done with respect to the effects of music on plant growth. Many of these experiments show the plants actually growing away from rock and roll music, almost as if they are trying to escape the sound. That’s craziness to me. source

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Fun Fact 7:

World Naked Gardening Day is celebrated on the first Saturday in May. It aims to promote harmony and peace with nature……gives a new visual to “tiptoe through the tulips.” ……Mark those 2019 calendars! 😉 source

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Fun Fact 8:

Radishes were payed as “wages” to the ancient Egyptians as they built the pyramids. source

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Fun Fact 9:

If you ever have seeds from a previous year and you wondering if they are even worth planting ….you can test the germination by planting them on a wet paper towel to see how they do first.  Save time and space in the garden  source

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Fun Fact 10:

Rumor has it that if you make a mistake with pen, you can erase it with the outside of a cucumber!? A great functional snack.  source

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Welp, there you have it. Now you can be the coolest person at the party spouting your fun gardening knowledge…or maybe just learned something new. The moral of the story is….Never stop learning. Ask questions. Talk to others…and have fun!

Cheers to the weekend, friends!

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What’s In Your Box? Week 2

Good Morning ! I hope you’ve all had fun sorting through your boxes from the first week. Thanks for being patient with me while I was working out the kinks of delivery and fulfilling orders . Always a whirlwind of a week…and so much fun!

 

As I’ve mentioned before…the season always starts out heavy on the greens, and yes, the boxes are lighter than the rest of the season. We were so excited to start a week earlier than normal this year, too….even with the crazy Michigan spring we experienced. Those of you who have been with us know this won’t be the case as the season progresses. Our new 1/2 bushel boxes may pose a challenge with fitting all the goods in..so don’t be surprised if the boxes make a switch later in the season.

I will be sending out an email with pictures of each item in your box at harvest time as well, hopefully this will help with identifying all of the items in your box. Here’s what you can look forward to for week 2!

Collards

Wheat Grass (your own growing pot)

Snap Peas

Mint

Michihili Cabbage leaves

Head Lettuce

Green Onions

Radishes

We are also offering a flower bouquet option this season! We are teaming up with Casey Grysen, owner of Bella’s Blooms who has offered to create bouquets on a weekly basis to whoever would like to order one. Her current bouquet would look similar to these and are $8 each. Please email Casey by Sunday night before delivery to put in your order at    grysen.casey@gmail.com.

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Alright ! Let’s look a few recipe options to try this week:)

Garlic Roasted Radishes

Garlic Roasted Radishes on a white plate

I found this fun blog that has a great explanation on how to cook your michihili cabbage leaves

Sauteed Collard Greens

Sauteed Collard Greens. Leafy cruciferous greens are the healthiest thing for you!

Sugar Snap Pea and Mushroom Sautee

 

Sugar Snap Pea and Mushroom Sauté

Mint Smoothie Ideas : Mint Chocolate Chip

11. Mint Chocolate Chip #greatist http://greatist.com/eat/simple-smoothie-recipes

And how fun are these herbal ice cubes???

How to Juice Wheat Grass without a Juicer

Alright! Looks like a fun lineup for week 2:)

Hope you all have a great weekend!!!

~Janine, The Farmer’s Wife