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!!



What’s In Your Box? June 26/27

Good Morning ! Hope you all have had a fabulous week:) Hard to believe June is already coming to a close. I had a member of the farm remind me of the Fourth of July yesterday and I was actually shocked to realize how close that is! With that being said….I was thinking that I would still harvest July 3 as usual, but realized many of you may be out of town enjoying the holiday, therefore, produce delivery for the week of July 2-8 will be on WEDNESDAY, JULY 5.  If you will be out of town or need to make different arrangements to pick up your share…please let me know and we can figure it out accordingly.  Thanks so much !

I hope you are all making use of your greens. I realize your boxes have been full of them, but I am so grateful for such great crops this time of year before the “regulars” start ripening. I encourage you to try something new this week or even freeze some of your extras and toss them into smoothies later!

Here’s a twist on the basic tuna wrap I shared the recipe for a few weeks back. Rachel DeYoung is a foodie friend of mine and fellow shareholder at the farm and literally makes you WANT to eat your healthy greens. She made a  tuna bok choy wrap and topped it with chickpeas, roasted in olive oil, garlic, onion powder and sea salt, then topped it with hot sauce…YUM! Thanks for the awesome idea Rach!

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Here’s what you can look forward to next week with your share!


Collards (just 2 more weeks of these)

Bok choy and/or Tat soi (last week!)

Swiss Chard

Lettuce Mix (last week of this blend)





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Garlic Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

Oven Baked Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Parsley

Healthy Black Bean Jalapeno Popper Egg Rolls

Jalapeno Lime Chicken Marinade

No Fail Sea Salt and Garlic Kale Chips


Thankful for all of you! Have a great weekend:)









What’s In Your Box? June 19/20

Good Morning ! I don’t know about you guys but we’ve been having a rain dance marathon over here …and hopefully the Good Lord blesses us with some serious moisture soon.  So, the jitters of week 1 drop off/pick up have passed, and it was so good to reconnect with many of you again! Thank you so much for being patient while I work out the delivery end of the farm this year.

So, what can you plan on in your box next week?


Broccoli Raab


Kale (Fizz Kale and Blue Curled Kale)

Swiss Chard


Herbs (Fennel)

Tat Soi and/or Bok Choy

Peas (snow/sugar snap)

Also, I have eggs for sale for $3 / dozen on a first come-first serve basis. Our chickens are fed organic and are considered free range . Just shoot me an email if you’d like them added to your order this week.

I hope you are enjoying the recipes from last week! So far I have made, the strawberry basil chicken, chicken sausage, sweet potato and kale hash, and  strawberry smashed avocado toast (over Ezekial toast with hemp seeds sprinkled on top). We are planning on Tuna Wraps for lunch a day this week with either the Collards or Bok Choy leaves and I bought the extra ingredients for kale brownies…I cannot wait to try!

Here are some recipe ideas for this week

Kale and Kohlrabi Salad

Roasted Radishes and Broccoli Raab

French Breakfast Radishes on Toast

Roasted Radishes (my favorite way to eat them)

Kale Smoothie

Sauteed Tatsoi

So, which recipes are you going to try next week? Hope you are all having a great one so far ! And if you could….keep on dancin’ for that rain, sound good?

Talk Soon,

Janine, the Farmer’s Wife



What’s in Your box? June 12/13

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Good morning ! Hope this blog post finds you all well on this Wednesday morning:) Looks like we have some warm weather on the horizon…just in time for summer break to officially begin…woohoo! We are so excited to begin our deliveries on Monday, I am working on a route as we speak. If you haven’t sent your address to please do so, so that I can make sure I have you covered. Just a reminder, to those partaking in delivery, a cooler in a shady spot is highly recommended if you will not be home. The weather looks to be hitting 90 degrees Monday and I want you to come home to fresh vegetables rather than sad ones. I plan to deliver in the afternoon.

If you plan to pick up Monday or Tuesday, please let me know what time you are thinking so I can make arrangements for your produce as well:)

Here we go!! Here is your list for next week….

swiss chard

2 varieties of kale




snap peas (snow & sugar)

Chinese cabbage Bok Choi

Chinese cabbage Tat Soi


Here are a few recipe ideas to try

Sweet Potato and Kale Hash (we eat this regularly)

Lemon Pepper Chicken Sausage & Kale Stirfry  (calls for lacinato kale, any kale works)

Kale Brownies

Strawberry Swiss Chard Smoothie

Strawberry Basil Chicken

Strawberry Basil Smashed Avocado Toast

20 minute Tat Soi stir fry

Bok Choy Tuna Wraps

Paula Deen’s Quick Collard Greens

…..and as always… please share any other recipes you make on our Facebook page ! It’s always fun seeing taste tested recipes and what works great for other people in the CSA. Have a great week! See you soon!

~Janine, the Farmer’s Wife