What’s In your Box? August 31

Hello there! I am so sorry it’s been a bit….this totally slipped my mind last week. I hope you all enjoyed your “surprise boxes” last Wednesday:)

Looking ahead for the week…here’s what you can expect in your share:

Zucchini

Summer Squash

Butternut, Buttercup or Spaghetti Squash

Tomatoes

Peppers

Eggplant

Romaine Lettuce

Swiss Chard

Possibly Leeks and/or Pie Pumpkins

 

As expected….after a few weeks of rather heavy boxes, they will begin to lighten up as the season comes to an end. Given that they are full of squash they are actually quite heavy, but the amounts will be less. The goal for last pick up date is September 28th….October 5th if we are lucky since we do have some later crops planted that aren’t quite ready yet due to the replant after our flooding situation.

If you are interested in canning tomatoes…we do have some available in half bushels…just let me know before Wednesday if you’d like some. They are $7 per half.

I realize that the fall brings a whole new level of busy for all of us. If you have a hard time making it to a pick up, please let me know. I am also wondering your thoughts on switching the pick up time to 3:30-6:00 since most shares are picked up around that time anyway. Please let me know your thoughts ! Thanks so much…hope you all have a great day:)

Also…I want to hear what you did with your rutabagas last week?

 

What´s In your Box? August 17th

Hi Everyone! Looking forward to another harvest pick up at the farm:) The kids and I had a blast checking out the silly gourds showing up in the garden already…thanks to the hot summer, pumpkins and gourds are already starting to ripen !?  yikes. Deacon thought this one looked like a snack so he threw it on his grandma´s porch so it scared her when she got home. All Boy!
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Here´s what you can look forward to this week….

Zucchini

Butternut Squash

Spaghetti Squash

Peppers

Tomatoes

A few Pie Pumpkins!? (thanks to the HOT summer)

Cucumbers

Sweet Corn (hoping we have a decent amount)

Potatoes

Eggplant

Romaine Lettuce

Onions

Tomatillos

And who knows…maybe a few surprises here and there….´tis the season! I know there are some radishes, beets, herbs…

Recipes

Maple Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash

Butternut Squash Chili

Roasted Vegetables

Have a great Tuesday! See you tomorrow:)

 

 

TUESDAY pick up this Week:)

I am looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow, TUESDAY August 9th:) Pick up is still 3:30-6:30 . This week we are featuring veggies from a family friend…the same as we did last year:) Tomatillos are ready in Amando and Esmeralda´s garden and they are so excited to share them with you all! I am including a delicious Salsa Verde recipe you can use them in .

What´s in your box August 9th?

Tomatoes

Tomatillos

Peppers a plenty

Cabbage

Potatoes

Eggplant

Radishes

Summer Squash

Zucchini

Spaghetti Squash

Greens of some sort….I think the romaine is ready

Sugar Snap Peas

Herbs

Onions

Pretty sure on Potatoes again this week as well:)

Here are some fun recipes to try:

Tomatillo Ranch Chicken

Avocado Tomatillo Salsa

Spicy Tomatillo Chip Dip

Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas

 

See you tomorrow!

 

What´s In Your Box? August 3rd

Happy last day of July ! Is it really happy? I´m not so sure about that.

We spent some time in the garden tonight looking at what we will have ready for the week and things are starting to pop! Greens are dying back due to the mid summer heat…but I am working on a fall crop as we speak. The crazy heat the past couple of weeks has slowed tomatoes down, but sped our more fall-ish items up…..such as squash! You will all have at least 1 spaghetti squash in your box this week…and probably the following week or 2 while we wait for buttercup and butternut to catch up.

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So what can you expect in your box this week?

spaghetti squash

eggplant

tomatoes

sugar/snow snap peas

 kale / swiss chard / collards (1 or 2 of these)

onions

cucumbers

beets

cilantro

basil

potatoes

zucchini

full shares : cabbage

radishes

Gourds are already starting to pop up in some places as well….looking forward to seeing the assortment late summer!

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Here are some fun recipe ideas to try this week:

A Fun Way to Cook your Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash Burrito Bowl

Chicken ¨No Noodle¨ Soup

Garlic Roasted Potatoes

Bacon Tomato Cucumber Salad

See you all Wednesday!

What´s In Your Box? July 27

Last week of July!? Here we are:) Hope you are all enjoying this hot summer weather!

We spent some time this week catching up on some much needed weeding in the garden and scoping things to see how they are bouncing back from the flood earlier in the spring. We have TONS of spaghetti squash that should actually be ready in a couple of weeks. Fortunately, a decent amount of what we thought we lost due to disease is bouncing back at the Hudsonville farm, but raccoons have really done a number on things. We, unfortunately lost this entire crop of sweet corn:/ I planted it in 3 increments so the second hasn´t tassled yet…so hopefully with the acres and acres of other corn around our sweet corn, it will slow them down now that all of the field corn has gone to tassle as well. Fingers crossed.

Deer are loving our Middleville location…especially one variety of eggplant. It´s crazy! They have quite the picky preference. Tomatoes are looking great …should have an overabundance next week!

What can you plan on for this week?

Cilantro

Jalapenos

Sweet Peppers

Bell Peppers

Small Onions

Eggplant

Tomatoes

Zucchini

Beets

Possibly some radishes

Green Beans or Peas

Cabbage for full shares

Cucumbers

Here are your recipe ideas for the week:) Unfortunately the link feature appears to be down …I´ve tried this blog post 3 days in a row now:/ but possibly you can type these names in? I´ll try again tomorrow:)

Beet and Blueberry Bruschetta (With all the Michigan blueberries ripe right now!)

Goat Cheese, Roasted Beet and Arugula Sandwich

Chocolate Beet Cake with Avocado Frosting

Cheesy Sausage Stuffed Peppers

Banana Pepper and Bacon Hot Dip

Cilantro Jalapeno Pesto

Tomato Eggplant Zucchini Bake with Garlic and Parmesan

Sheet Pan Eggplant

Eggplant Pizza

Zucchini Turkey Popper Meatballs

See you today, 3:30-6:30 !

This Week, July 20

And here we are….nearing the end of July ! Crazytown. I wanted to take a minute to thank you all for a fun season so far. It´s been a season of growth and challenges for the business and me as a grower, and I appreciate all of you so. We wouldn´t be here without you!

A couple of things…..

Second installment of payment for those of you who only paid half at the beginning of the season is due August 10. If you owe half of your 1/2 share amount, it´s $125, and if you owe 1/2 of your full share amount, it´s $200. You may pay in cash or check (made out to The Farmers Wife CSA), or pay again on our  WEBSITE using PayPal. Thank so much!

 

RECIPES!  I didn´t add any last week, and am excited to share 2 tried and true, taste-tested recipes from others this week. 2 fun ways to use up that zucchini this week:)

 

These Sesame Zoodles are SO super easy...can be whipped up in minutes and are low carb! Perfect for lunch or a light dinner!:

COLD SESAME ZUCCHINI NOODLES
submitted by: Sarah Hoezee….our baker at Family Time Bakery:) 
I T soy sauce (low sodium pref)
1 1/2 t rice vinegar
1 1/2 t powdered peanut butter/peanut flour
1 t sesame oil
half a packet of natural no-cal sweetener
1/4 t crushed garlic
1/4 t ground ginger
10 oz zucchini
1 t sesame seeds
2 T chopped scallions
crushed red pepper flakes, optional
In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, rice vinegar, powdered peanut butter, sesame oil, sweetener, garlic, and ginger.  Whisk until combined.
Using a spiral vegetable slicer, cut zucchini into spaghetti like noodles.  Roughly chop for shorter noodles.
Place zucchini noodles in a medium bowl.  Add sauce, and toss to coat.  Cover and refridgerate until chilled, at least 15 minutes.
Give a stir and top with scallions and sesame seeds.
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submitted by: My mom…aka ¨Momma Sue¨
(the face you see helping me each week at the farm) 

this recipe is requested every year during fair week by mom´s neighboring campers. She chooses to leave out the tomatoes. 

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What´s in Your Box this Week?  July 20 

Peas or Beans

Cherry Tomatoes

Lettuce

Zucchini

Arugula (full shares)

Herbs

Summer Squash

Some Beets or Radishes

Peppers

One last thing…. I have a baby shower for my sister in law on Wednesday evening that I am hoping to make….therefore I will be leaving the farm a bit early. Produce will be there until the usual time..but after I leave I will just set it out front of the door. If  you can come earlier than 5:45-6, that would be great but if not, no worries! Thank you:)

What´s In Your Box ? July 13

Hi Everyone! Looking forward to another week at the farm:)

I am bummed I missed a bunch of you last week because I had some serious work to do in the garden that had been getting pushed back for too long. Glad you could connect with my mom, though:) She´s been a lifesaver this season.

What a beautiful rain we got today! It was perfect. I irrigated all day Sunday unsure of what the weather would bring this week so after the downpour today, I had to quick check things out to make sure we weren´t under water again. So far so good! This heat is bringing on some new items for the week. What can you plan for in your box this week!?

Peas

Beans

Swiss Chard

Peppers

Cherry Tomatoes

Cabbage

Basil

Cilantro

Dill

Collards

Radishes

Since it is the start to some new crops and the end to some others….there may be some things that are in some boxes and not others. We try to do our best to make things even as possible , but at the same rate, want to make sure your given an ample amount of something to actually make something with it or have it with a meal . If a box is short on one thing, we make sure to fill it with another. Thank you for understanding!

Here are a few pics  I snapped tonight in the weedy garden 🙂

 

So excited that the first batch of sweet corn is getting close and that the pumpkins and squash are coming around at our original location!! Looking like a fall bumper crop with all that we have put in:)

Have a great week everyone!