What’s In Your Box? Sept 18

Good Morning! What a warm and beautiful weekend we had! I just wanted to thank those of you who came out to the dinner at our house last week…..it was such a fun night! We hope you enjoyed your time and went home with full, satisfied stomachs. To those of you who couldn’t attend….we missed you! We hope to continue doing dinners for the CSA members and other events so hopefully another time will work out. Next year I will have to look into the date a little better.

The list of produce available this week is long! It is encouraging to still have so much to share, however, there may not be enough of each and every thing to put it in every box. Some shares may have broccoli this week, for example, while others have sweet potatoes. But I will do my best today to keep them equal. Since its so dark even as I type, deliveries may be a little later today since there’s plenty to clean and pack.

Here’s what you can look for this week:)








Bok Choy

Joi Choi

Lacinato Kale

Curly Kale


Salad Mix

Sweet Potatoes


Butternut Squash

Acorn Squash





And here are a few recipe ideas ūüôā

Roasted Radishes with Onion

Joi Choi Stir Fry

Baby Bok Choy Salad

Parmesan Kale Grilled Cheese

simple lemon kale salad

Caramelized Onion Apple Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash

Have a fantastic Monday Everyone!


What’s In Your Box?? Wednesday Sept 5

Hey all ! Alright ….here’s the updated list for what you’ll find in your box tomorrow after looking through the gardens a little better today. I am super excited to have scored a fun “not so little” addition to your share this week:)

Summer Squash

Sweet Corn (a couple of ears)

Tomatoes (mainly romas, some heirloom varieties and cherries)

Peppers (Green bell, Hot Peppers of all sorts)


Eggplant (multiple varieties)

Chinese Cabbage (2 varieties)


Beets (Red and Yellow)

Turnips (may only be in full shares)




Beans (They just keep coming ….so I picked them)


My sister in law grew a large amount of watermelons and actually has them coming out of her ears so I purchased them for a stellar deal.¬†Since we are on our first year in the new garden¬†and learning how to utilize our space, this is something that¬†I have missed growing this year.¬†She uses the same growing practices as I do so they are pesticide free. ¬†The ones I am including in your box were picked last week so they are ripe NOW. She said to eat them sooner than later…..and most of them are seeded. I hope you enjoy them!

Here are some recipes for you to try:)

Wondering what the white eggplant looking thing is?? Here’s a few tips to help ūüôā How to Cook a Small White Eggplant

Stuffed Mini Eggplant¬†(includes parsley, cherry tomatoes…doesn’t need to be vegan)

Summer Squash Corn Chowder

Fresh Corn and Summer Squash Tacos uses a ton of great ingredients!

Chipotle Lime Radish Salad

3 great recipes right here!









What’s In Your Box? 8/27

Hello Again! I think it’s safe to say that summer break is officially over, isn’t it? What a crazy, fun summer it has been….seems like way too fast, yet it’s only natural to us Michiganders to begin to crave all the goodness that fall brings each year. We are looking forward to a solid end to our CSA season as we anticipate at least 6 more weeks of produce…..can I get a Whoop Whoop?? Every year it is my goal to extend the season just as long as the weather allows and this year is shaping up to be the longest season yet.

What can you look forward to this week? Welp…..here it is:

Golden Beets


Tomatoes (cherry, grape, roma & larger sizes)

Green Peppers

Hot Peppers

Yellow Sweet Banana Peppers

Summer Squash


Curly Kale

Eggplant (4 different varieties throughout)


Swiss Chard

Chinese Cabbage Leaves

Some turnips (full shares)


We are looking forward to a large crop of sweet potatoes and winter squash coming more heavily soon as well! Wishing you all a blessed Week !


What’s In Your Box? August 21

Hello All! What a fun little Monday it’s been with all the hype about the Solar Eclipse…pretty cool stuff. We just sat outside in the shade to feel the “darkness” since we didn’t snag any snazzy glasses…but the television had some pretty cool coverage as well! Hope you are all have already received or will soon be finding your boxes on your doorstep. It was a beautiful morning for harvest! I apologize I didn’t get the list to you sooner…but here’s what you will find:

Red Potatoes





Green or Purple bell peppers

Poblano Peppers (Dark Green Waxy)

Serrano Peppers (Long green)

Cubanelle and/or Jalapeno Peppers (they look very similar…both HOT)

Sweet Banana Peppers

Roma Tomatoes

Mixed Cherry Tomatoes

Eggplants : multiple varieties

Summer Squash



1 of the Following: Spaghetti Squash or Butternut or Acorn or Pie Pumpkins (2-3)

Kale (Just a friendly reminder to wash it thoroughly….I have seen a few worm friends )

Full Shares: Joi Choi Leaves


And with that…..here are some recipe ideas for the week:)

Stuffed Poblano Peppers

White Chicken Chili with Poblano Peppers

Tomatillo Poblano White Beans (Instapot and Stovetop Directions)

Green Poblano Rice

Kale and Leek Pesto Pasta with Tofu (Could use Chicken)

Roasted Eggplant Dip

Tomato, Eggplant Zucchini Bake with Garlic and Parmesan

I know it’s back to school for some, and soon to be for others. I hope you all enjoy this last little bit of summer and I hope¬†to see some of you out at the Hudsonville Fair this week!¬† Enjoy the day:)


Sincerely, Janine

The Farmer’s Wife




What’s in Your Box? August 7th

Good’s¬†Morning!! It’s a beautiful (maybe a little wet) ¬†day for harvest:) I hope you’re looking forward to another big box this week. Here’s what will be going out today…..

summer squash


fennel bulb/ fennel fronds See How to Cut A Fennel Bulb Here




salad greens



banana peppers

bell peppers

heirloom tomatoes

roma tomatoes


green beans


some eggplants and cucumbers


I have loved the recipes that you guy have been sharing with me, and love hearing the different ways you’re incorporating this produce in your kitchen. Here’s a few more ideas for the week:

Garlic Herb Roasted Tomatoes

One Sheet Pan Herb Crusted Salmon and Veggies

Heirloom Tomato Pesto Pan Pizza

The Best Tomato Basil Soup

Tomatillo Turkey Chili

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Turmeric Roasted Fennel, Chickpeas and Kale Salad

Parmesan Tomato Zucchini Bake

You probably noticed I threw in some bigger “bread” zucchinis this week. I know you guys get a lot of it…sometimes its nice to just shred a¬†bunch up and have it on hands to throw into a bread or muffins:)


The Colors of Your Summer Box

Good morning! Is it really true we are at the end of the month already?? Lately I’ve been feeling that time is a thief but I am so thankful for the memories and fun we’ve been able to pack into this summer so far:) You may have noticed a few more colors in your boxes this week….we are on the brink of a tomato explosion over here.

I am also so excited to share that plans are in the works for a CSA dinner in September. I wanted to have a night where you all could meet each other and enjoy some farm to table dishes made by someone else where you can just sit and enjoy! Stay tuned for details to come.

Here’s what you can look forward to in your box this week

Eggplant (Little Fingers & Blanca white)

Tomatoes ( multiple varieties )

Green Beans


Sweet Peppers

Hot Peppers


Salad Greens






Summer Squash


I hope you’ve been finding some fun ways to use your produce. Whether it be simple or fancy, eating it is all matters:) The Koop family are members of the CSA and Suzanne has been awesome at sharing ideas and recipes with me …..here are a few she has made in the past couple of weeks with her share.

Dijon Green Bean Potato Salad

Red skin Potatos-washed and quartered (I used what was in last weeks box and added some purple and red skins to it)
-Red onion- minced
-Green beans-ends trimmed and washed, cut into 1″ pieces
-2 T Parsley-washed and chopped
-Red wine vinegar
-Dijon mustard
-Olive oil
-Salt & pepper-to taste

1) Put potatoes in pan, cover with water, add salt. Boil until done. Remove potatoes from water, reserving water for beans.
2) Cool potatoes in bowl, add chopped onion.
3) Add beans to potato water and cook for a few minutes. The beans should be crunchy.  Remove beans and blanch. (Fill bowl with ice water. Put beans in water to cool). Drain. Add to potatoes.
4) Mix olive oil, red wine vinegar and mustard. Add parsley.  Pour over potato & bean mixture. Stir to combine.
5) Salt & pepper to taste.

Pasta with Veggies

1 box pasta- I used veggie rotini- cook according to package directions.
1-2 zucchini sliced
1-2 summer squash sliced
1-kohlrabi peeled and sliced thin and in small pieces
1-eggplant washed and thinly sliced into quarters
2-4 cloves garlic chopped
Fresh basil- washed and chopped
Fresh Rosemary-washed and chopped
Fresh Thyme-washed and chopped
1-2 lbs. Kielbasa, smoked turkey sausage or meat of your choice- sliced thin and halved
1 jar spaghetti sauce (I used Prego Heart healthy)

1) Make pasta according g to package directions. Drain.
2) Saut√© meat, remove from pan. Use same pan to saut√© veggies, add olive oil and garlic, cook for 1 min. over medium heat, don’t let it get brown. Add veggies. Cook til done.
3) Add meat back into pan with veggies. Add fresh herbs and spaghetti sauce. Cook over low-med. heat until sauce is heated through.
4) Add pasta to veggie/meat pan. Stir to combine.
5) Add salt & pepper to taste.
6) Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.

If you make anything throughout the week that you and/or your family just loves….please share it!!

Here are a few more ideas for your week:)

Summer Squash and Zucchini Quinoa Salad

Roasted Garlic-Parmesan Summer Veggies: Zucchini, Summer Squash, Tomatoes

Pesto Stuffed Little Fingers Eggplant (scroll down the page to find recipe)

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Tomatillo Ranch Chicken

Rosemary Lemon Zucchini Bread


Have a great week everyone!!!!







What’s In Your Box? July 17/18

Hey all! My apologies….I am so sorry I did not get this to you sooner!¬† Let me take a minute and explain what you may have found in your boxes today.



Cabbage (full shares)

Salad Greens (full shares)


Onions: Red

Green Peppers/ Banana Peppers/ Jalapenos








Summer Squash

Cupcake Squash : this looks like a little green pumpkin, its a fast growing squash, similar to a zucchini, but resembles a winter squash.¬† Shaped like a cupcake,¬† somewhat sweet, somewhat savory. Go-to squash for roasting, slicing, grilling, boiling, and stuffing, ‚ÄėCupcake‚Äô combines patty-pan‚Äôs rich, sweet flavor and zucchini‚Äôs soft skin. Unfortunately the crop was in a wet spot and didn’t do fantastic, that is why there were so few in your boxes, I am hoping to try them again.


We are in an early summer/ mid summer transition point in our season. Some new varieties are making their way into your boxes, but not an over abundance of them yet. Therefore, it is hard to say specifically what you’ll have and how much of it at this time. I hope you guys have some fun with your boxes this week….if you are unsure of what to do with it all….roast a bunch together and throw in onions and rosemary. …or even better, let us all know what you make with it on Facebook or email….love hearing your ideas!

Hope you all have a fantastic week:)

~Janine Dekker, The Farmer’s Wife