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 … 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) Sauté meat, remove from pan. Use same pan to sauté 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, ‘Cupcake’ combines patty-pan’s rich, sweet flavor and zucchini’s 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



What’s In Your Box? July 10/11

Good Morning! What a crazy couple of days it has been ….I sure hope this finds you all safe and well after those intense storms early Friday morning. We are so thankful for our safety through it all. Some of our crops were damaged at different locations on our farms, Grand Haven area especially, but we count our blessings that things weren’t worse. I hope you all have or are getting your power back on soon as well!

Here’s what you can look for in your boxes this week:

Purple/White Kohlrabi



Broccoli and/or cauliflower

Swiss Chard


Turnips (lots of these)





some tomatoes, peppers, eggplant are starting to pop up here and there …and green beans, summer squash, cucumbers, onions, potatoes are getting so close too!!


I Love seeing people share recipes via email/ social media…please continue to do that! It’s encouraging and inspiring to see what other people are doing with their produce, especially if its new to some of us.

How to Cook Turnips and their Greens

Roasted Turnips with Parmesan

Mashed Turnips with Bacon and Chives

Kale Turnip and Turkey Sausage Soup

Fancy Shmancy Herb Roasted Root Vegetables

Beet and Turnip Gratin

Creamed Kohlrabi and Spinach


Hope you all have fun with a new variety this week! I am so thankful for each and every one of you:) Have a great Sunday !

What’s In Your Box? July 5

Hi Everyone! Hope you are having a great holiday weekend:) Looking forward to a plentiful delivery/pickup for you all this week….our summer harvest is just starting to ramp up.  Here’s a list of what you should see in your boxes on Wednesday:

Collards (this is the end of this crop until fall…I know some of you are saying, Halleluiah)

Swiss Chard (last of this until fall as well)


Broccoli and/or Cabbage

Purple Kohlrabi

Mustard/ Mizuna/ Spinach/ Salad Mix


Possibly Zucchini this week:)


Tomatoes, Eggplant, Peppers, Green Beans and Cucumbers are right on the horizon….looking forward to new flavors and colors the next few weeks!


I’ve been on a huge chopped salad kick lately and with all of the Kale we still have available, I thought I’d throw a few recipes here for you to try.

Chopped Kale Power Salad

Favorite Detox Salad

Chopped Mexican Kale Salad

Mashed cauliflower and kohlrabi

Enjoy the rest of your weekend…..God Bless America!!