Our Last Week….. 10/2

Good evening everyone! Here we are…..OCTOBER! What a gorgeous weekend we had to ring in a new month. I cannot even believe it;  tomorrow this is our last week of the CSA shares for the year! Jordan and I spent the day with our kids doing what we love to do on Sunday afternoons…..play around in the garden.  It has been a blast watching this space transform over the season; from a snow covered construction site to a flourishing space that was able to grow over half of our produce the season. Those of you that have been part of the CSA for a while have known that we’ve bounced around a bit with field locations and what a blessing it has been to have so much of our produce be right at home, with the rest being grown at our greenhouse locations in Hudsonville. We are thankful.

With tomorrow being the last day of deliveries, with a few pick ups on Tuesday…I just wanted to go over a couple of things before we part for the winter.

  • It would be so very helpful to me if you could keep your box from last week, as well as the final box delivered to your house to reduce the amount of boxes I will have to haul around and recycle/dispose of myself. (thank you)
  • If you have any outstanding balances for tomatoes or eggs, let me know what works best for you to settle up for the season:)

 

I want to make sure I take a moment to let you all know how incredibly thankful I am for ALL of you! Your kindness and support are more than I could ask for, and you make my “job” so enjoyable. It is my goal to continue to grow and learn through all that we do, and I appreciate your understanding and input as we go through the season. Thank you for considering our program and for jumping on board. Thank you for caring and being a part of the farm in which you get your food…even the crazy stuff you’ve never tried before! If I can share my heart with you, Jordan and I just had a discussion late last night about the CSA. I have a slew of ideas and dreams and sometimes have a hard navigating my way through real life situations and/or expectations. There are times where I wonder what people think about what we are trying to do with our farm, the community we are hoping to create, and if it even matters, especially when I hear feedback on what we’re doing from people that don’t quite get it.  Jordan simply asked me if I felt that 1 family benefitted from something we were doing, and I immediately felt a burst of excitement and confidence in my heart. I thought about what I had seen in some of our families this summer; kids that tried things they never have before and realizing they LOVE certain vegetables; parents taking the plunge to try new recipes in efforts to create a healthier lifestyle; togetherness with a community of like-minded people……all of those things affirmed the reason we are here….the reason I do what I do. Did you guys know that our farm also sponsors 2 amazing families in the area? You have all been blessed to be a blessing just by investing and being part of our farm! THANK YOU…..from the bottom of our hearts.

Ok…now that you know probably way too much about what goes on in my head….here’s what this week’s box is looking like:)

I’m calling this box: the GLEAN Box. Originally the plan was to have this be the last week of boxing up items, followed by a week of whoever wanted to come glean from the garden, however….the heat wave and drought last week sent us over the top. Especially now with these cooler nights,  things have drastically slowed down, leaving us to glean all that we have for tomorrow’s shares. Here are a few staples you will find in your box…with a few mix and/or match items thrown in:)

Butternut Squash

Onions

Leeks

Zucchini

Lettuce

Dill

Beets

Turnips

Peppers

Eggplant

Peas or Beans

Kale

Given that produce may not be super consistent throughout , I don’t have any awesome recipes for you this week. I hope you have enjoyed those and that they have given you inspiration to try a different way to prepare the vegetables you find in your box.

I am looking forward to seeing/serving you this week and look forward to being in touch with you in the future. Stay tuned to your email for an end of the season questionnaire as well as some exciting news for next year. Have a great week everyone!!! It’s been an absolute pleasure working for you:)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s In Your Box? 9/27

Hey y’all! Here we are….feels like we are closing out the summer again after the weather we’ve been having! Totally mixed feelings on it over here…..but either way….it is what it is, and there isn’t much any of us can do about it…so ON WITH LIFE:) Thanks so much for understanding our day off on Monday….just wasn’t sure how to keep everything fresh throughout the day….looking into fixing that for next season! So happy we made it into October this year….even with the crazy pattern of weather we had this summer!

Well…here’s what you can look forward to this week:)

Acorn Squash

Summer Squash

Zucchini

Broccoli (some….we had an amazing crop but it did NOT like this hot weather)

Onions

Beets

Turnips

Peppers

Tomatoes

Eggplant

Kohlrabi

Salad Mix

Swiss Chard

Rosemary

Cilantro

Peas (full shares)

Green Beans

Bok Choy

Joi Choi

Curly Kale

Lacinato Kale

Radishes

 

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:)

Roasted Acorn Squash with rosemary

Roasted apple and Acorn Squash Soup

Roasted Garlic Parmesan Summer Squash, Zucchini & Tomatoes

Baked Squash Chips

Summer Squash Risotto

Roasted Eggplant Dip

Roasted Kohlrabi

Sea Salt & Vinegar Kohlrabi Chips

Kohlrabi Salad with Cilantro and Lime

 

Have a great rest of the week!

 

 

 

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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:)

Kohlrabi

Leeks

Onions

Tomatoes

Tomatillos

Peppers

Eggplant

Bok Choy

Joi Choi

Lacinato Kale

Curly Kale

Radishes

Salad Mix

Sweet Potatoes

Broccoli

Butternut Squash

Acorn Squash

Parsley

Basil

Cilantro

 

And here are a few recipe ideas 🙂

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)

Tomatillos

Eggplant (multiple varieties)

Chinese Cabbage (2 varieties)

Kale

Beets (Red and Yellow)

Turnips (may only be in full shares)

Leeks

Radishes

Parsley

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

WATERMELONS!

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 🙂 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

Kohlrabi

Tomatoes (cherry, grape, roma & larger sizes)

Green Peppers

Hot Peppers

Yellow Sweet Banana Peppers

Summer Squash

Zucchini

Curly Kale

Eggplant (4 different varieties throughout)

Beans

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

Beans

Kohlrabi

Leeks

Basil

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

Zucchini

Cucumbers

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

zucchini

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

basil

dill

kale

salad greens

cabbage

jalapenos

banana peppers

bell peppers

heirloom tomatoes

roma tomatoes

onions

green beans

tomatillos

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:)