What’s In Your Box? Week 8



Hi Friends! Hope this blog finds you all well and rested after a somewhat soggy weekend. We are definitely not complaining over here! On my run this morning, it was as if  the corn and soybeans around me were breathing a sigh of relief; standing proud and tall after the weight of heat and drought had been lifted off their shoulders. If you were praying against me for NO RAIN, due to a fun event or something, I apologize…..I hope we can look past our differences 🙂

I am looking forward to seeing the new growth in the garden this week after the much needed natural moisture in the ground. Although we irrigate the best we can…nothing beats a good ‘ole rain from the heavens.

A few new varieties have been popping up in the garden so I am looking forward to adding as many of those to boxes as I can this week. Keep your eyes peeled for white as well as round lemon cucumbers. We are also starting to harvest eggplant and some of the red and green cabbages that have been taking their sweet time in the garden.


So what can you expect this week?


The Staples:

cucumbers ( some variety whether it be green, white or lemon)

summer squash ( crookneck, cupcake and/or golden egg)


lemon thyme


joi choi (we did our best on this one…I’ve cut it back multiple times and attempted to treat…. but there are still a few bug bites….my apologies, but hey….that’s organic farming)


head lettuce



Other items rounding out boxes this week will include:


red potatoes

peppers (sweet and hot)

green beans



cabbage (red or green)



Trust me…it’s so hard not having each box the same to help with recipes and whatnot …but produce has just been all over the board as far as ripening goes this season


Also….with it being pepper season and all….I wanted to include a few visuals to help with identifying what you might be looking at in your box each week. I will do my best to label the types of peppers going out each week and let you know whether they are hot or mild….but there are just a wide variety out there this year.

Hopefully these pictures will help with the major differences.



Image result for guide to peppers


Here are a few fun recipes to try with your produce this week:)

Zucchini Enchilada Casserole

Lemon Thyme Chicken and Zucchini

Lemon-Thyme Chicken & Zucchini is your light & simple dinner for two! Herbed and tangy chicken with a side of flavorful zucchini - made in just 15 minutes! | strawmarysmith.com

Oregano Chicken Mediterranean Zoodle Bowl


Cucumber Hummus

Cucumber Hummus Recipe with Dill - Vegan Family Recipes

Julia Child’s Eggplant Pizzas

Julia Child's Eggplant Pizzas found on KalynsKitchen.com


From a fellow share holder this week…..she said it was so good!!!

Loaded Chicken Enchilada Zucchini Boats

Loaded Chicken Enchilada Zucchini Boats - Skip enchilada wraps and use zucchini instead!! Easy, healthier and there's so much FLAVOR between juicy chicken drenched in enchilada sauce, corn, peppers, and CHEESE!!

Chinese Greens Stir Fry

Chinese Greens (Yu Choy) Stir Fry Recipe

Welp…that’s all for now. If there’s a little more of something than I expected that I don’t have a recipe for….I’ll be sure to jump back on and include one.

I am so looking forward to another week of harvest! Have a great start to the week everyone!


~Janine, The Farmer’s Wife





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