Pick Up Time Update

Good Morning, and Happy Tuesday!

After hearing feedback from many of you, it sounds like the new Tuesday share pick up time will be from 4:30-6:30 each week. Looking forward to seeing you guys today:)

I have been a little flustered with battling what I thought was a woodchuck… but now I believe deer that have been eating our Romaine Lettuce :/ I headed out to the farm late last night to take a peek at how things were looking since I saw them last on Sunday, and to my dismay, a LOT of the heads have been munched on. I put up a 4 1/2 foot mesh fence last week…but apparently these are some pretty tall deer!? There are quite a few non eaten heads left, but a few of you might get a head with some bite marks out of it this week….I apologize:( With such a large garden space…its tricky to keep them away, but we are working on a plan to save the rest of the lettuce. Any advice from you guys??

I realize that most of you have probably used your radishes by now, but we will have another larger batch in the next 3-4 weeks, so I wanted to share a simple recipe with you. After hearing some of you say you don’t like them since they were hot and/or spicy, I thought I’d try these out:)

Roasted Radishes

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Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Trim stems and roots off radishes, and cut them in half. After placing them in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil, garlic salt, and pepper to taste. Stir until all radishes are coated and place them cut side down on a large, dark baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes, give them a stir, and bake an additional 10 minutes until golden. These radishes are savory and delicious….my kids even enjoyed them!

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The snap peas are in full swing this week! Here is a link to a Copy Cat recipe for the all famous PF Chang’s garlic snap peas.

Have a great day everyone!

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Thank You!

Wow! What a difference a couple of days makes….from warm and sunny on Tuesday to extreme downpour on Thursday…thanks Michigan for keeping us on our toes.

Thank you all for a successful first week of share pick ups! I hope you are all happy with the produce you received. The first few weeks are full of excitement and anticipation, but there’s always a fear that there won’t be a ton to offer as we are still approaching the more seasonal ¨harvest.¨ If you haven’t like The Farmers Wife CSA on Facebook yet, please do so! There have been many of you sharing your recipes on how you’ve been using your veggies….and I love it! What a great way to share with others how we can fit more of this farm fresh produce into our diets. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Welp….as some of you plan on your grocery lists for next week, I wanted to give you a heads up of what you may expect:

Some Kale (cleaning up the first crop), Romaine Lettuce, Sugar Snap Peas, Cucumbers, Green Beans, Collards, Some Spinach (if the weather stays cool), Basil

I picked some Romaine before heading home, because of course, you have to taste test it to make sure it’s ready….and lets be honest…I haven’t made it to the grocery store this week.

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Left Top to Bottom: Thursday shares, A baby watermelon!!, How the garden looked after the crazy rainstorm Monday

Right Top to Bottom: Peas starting to come on strong, found a turnip in the radishes:), beautiful collards

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Since life has been a little busy with us moving next week and all, I’ve been having to make some quick and easy meals. Here is my favorite concoction of the week!

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Coconut milk (canned )
Almond milk … I use a little of each until Desired consistency
Frozen pineapple
A little bit of unsweetened coconut
Strawberries
Basil leaves
Blend it up and enjoy !
(sorry, I don’t measure things exactly very often:)

I had a great time chatting with you all this week! See you next Tuesday and Thursday:)

What to Expect

Good Morning!

I cannot wait for our first share pick up next week Tuesday and Thursday!! Stay tuned for an email confirming your pick up date and exact location directions:)  I know some of you are ready to start meal planning for next week, so I wanted to give you a heads up as to what will be in your first, early summer share box. Lots of greens this time of year, but the kale is looking amazing!!

Basil, Collards, Sugar Snap Peas, Kale, Spinach, Onions, Possibly Radishes and Romaine Lettuce

If you buy lettuce in those clear containers (think Earthbound Organic) , you might want to start saving those. They are a great way to transport your greens. Otherwise, arm yourselves with grocery bags to pick up the produce. Your share will be placed in either a half bushel or full bushel box. From there, you will transport the produce to your own bags to bring home.

Here are some pics of how things are growing lately….Check out those brussel sprouts!!

Below : top left: Basil, top right: Cilantro, Bottom Left: Brussels Sprouts with Tomatoes in the background, Bottom Right: Redeemed Romaine lettuce from our gopher friend:)

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That’s about it for now…but in the meantime, check out this delicious kale chip tutorial as they will be abundant next week!!

How to Make Kale Chips 

Bug Off!

This week I wanted to share with you some of the practices I’ve been using in the garden to help with unwanted pests that are starting to show up. With a natural method in mind ….let’s just say my kitchen got a little stinky mixing up quite the concoction.

Meet the intruders: Cucumber Beetles

IMG_3022In a matter of a week…these bad boys can really destroy an entire crop, so when I saw them I began researching what to do to get rid of them fast! I blended up a mixture of containing mostly garlic and hot peppers…while I thought the smell was delicious at first….garlic seemed to be trapped in every nook in my house for a week!

On an evening this week I headed out to the garden to try it out.

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Tiny bottle for a not very tiny job, I know:)

It rained about 8 hours after I sprayed so I was a little worried it didn’t work, but to my pleasant surprise, I only spotted 2 beetles left in the entire row that I simply picked off. Here’s to hoping a weekly spray of this stuff will help keep those bugs away!!

Trying something new…..Collard Wraps

Good Evening!

About a week ago I posted a picture of the collard wraps I made for dinner. Finally, I have the recipe and some tips on how to use your collards when you receive them in you first box in a couple of weeks.

Let me just start out with this…..here’s the picture of what I was thinking of making with the collards I purchased earlier in the week.

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(I will post the link to the recipe for this picture at the end of the post) But when you live in a house with 4 other people…it’s hard to keep track of all of the necessary ingredients you had planned on to make a certain recipe;) So when I realized there were no strawberries or cucumbers in the house, these ‘no recipe’ Ginger Chicken and Vegetable Collard Wraps were born.

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Heres the best recipe I can come up with …

Ginger Chicken and Vegetable Collard Wraps

Ingredients:

1. Rinse your collards and soak them in a 9×13 pan of warm water or your sink to give them some flexibility for rolling

Note: These leaves were quite flimsy, but I read that if the central stem is quite woody, you can run your knife along the stem slicing it down essentially in half lengthwise to soften the rigidity

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2. While the leaves are soaking, saute a couple of chicken breasts in coconut oil on the stove. While cooking, I add some pepper and a few shreds of ginger over the chicken (a few shakes of dry, ground ginger of a tsp of paste would work as well)

3. In another pan, I found all of the vegetables that I could find in my kitchen to blend together. My concoction included onions, mushrooms,  and green and red peppers. You may use olive oil if you prefer, but I love the taste of coconut oil with this gingery dish. I like to use ginger paste when working with veggies since I feel like it evenly coats them as they cook to really soak in the flavor. I saute the veggies covered, to speed up the process. About a minute or 2 before the vegetables are done, I cut my chicken breasts into small pieces and add them to the vegetables to blend all of the flavors together.

4. Since the collard leaves are quite large, you can get away with 1 leaf per wrap with a pretty generous helping of chicken and vegetables. I used about 3/4 of a cup in each. They don’t have to be pretty, just place the mixture toward one end of the leaf and roll, tucking the sides in as you go. I cut them in half and added a few more veggies between the wraps to complete the dish.

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Enjoy with some rice on the side! Hope you love these as much as I did! Looking forward to actually using our own collards and not having to buy them!!

Stay tuned for a post on what your first pick up will look like at the farm:)

Blessings to you….have a great night!

Here is the link for the original recipe I was going to try…. http://thehealthyfoodie.com/collard-wraps/

It’s Harvest Month!!

Hi Everyone!!

I hope this post finds you well!? Happy first of June to you all. I can hardly believe it. Wrapping up the school year and jumping head first into the next planned thing; summer is here!

Well you know what June means….it’s harvest month!! With the cooler start to spring, and extremely wet conditions, we are looking at the first share pick up to be the week of June 22nd.  What should you expect  in that first basket?? Kale, Collard Greens, Sugar Snap Peas, Spinach, possibly radishes and maybe some beets. These crops are well on their way..with the potential of a few onions as well…we shall see! I have been playing around with some recipes to start trying out some of the veggies you will be getting to help you meal plan for the week. I will post later in the week the ¨chicken collard wraps¨  I am going to make.

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Despite the wet conditions and not being able to start everything on time, we had our first ¨natural hindrance” occur this past week. A big fat gopher found has been feasting on our Romaine Lettuce:( Thankfully, Romaine is a lettuce that can bounce back….however, its rather unsightly at the moment. I planted another batch as soon as I saw this…and we are working on creating a barrier for the garden to keep our furry friends away.

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What else has been recently planted?? Pumpkins, tons of tomatoes, watermelon, cilantro, sunflowers, basil, lots of lettuces, potatoes, and round 2 of cabbage, beans and cucumbers….. I cannot wait until summer/fall harvest!

I am looking forward to the next few weeks and finalizing signage and whatnot so you can all find the farm with ease. I can’t wait to chat with you all and to start reaping the rewards of the garden. Have a great evening!!!

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tonight in the garden