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.
ZUCCHINI BAKE
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!

What´s in Your Box? July 6

Happy 4th of July ! Hope you are all enjoying the long holiday weekend:) We are so blessed to live in a country where we are FREE.

Well….this morning I said goodbye to my husband at 5 am…sending him out the door with a pack of his favorite LARA bars and practically a whole pot of coffee….knowing that I won´t be seeing much of him until October. Ok…that´s being dramatic…but really…today is the first day of zucchini picking season!! Like clockwork, the 4th of July has always been the kickoff to harvesting in the fields…time to reap the harvest of the last 6 weeks of hard work preparing the fields for round 1 of planting. So you know what that means??? Better start busting out those zucchini and summer squash recipes because you´ll be seeing plenty of it over the summer.

What will be in your box this week?

Kohlrabi

Kale

Lettuce

Peas/Beans

Radishes

Swiss Chard

Basil

Cilantro

Dill

Zucchini

Some tomatoes and peppers

 

July is bringing some more color to our boxes…and I´m loving it ! Here are a few ideas for what to do with your produce this week

Baked Kohlrabi Fries with Tzatziki Sauce

Dreamy Dill Dip

Kohlrabi and Zucchini Fritters with Sriracha Mayo

Kohlrabi Salad with Cilantro and Lime

Sun-Dried Tomato Mediterranean Zucchini Noodle Salad

Zucchini Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

What´s in your box? 6/29 …and an update

Good Morning! Looking forward to another beautiful summer week. The weather has been incredible lately. It has been great so encouraging to see so much growth at the farm this week, looking forward to bringing some COLOR to your boxes real soon!This week is still looking pretty green,  (which is all good too!) but there will be a few new items to look forward to….such as KOHLRABI! Ever tried it?

What to do with your Kohlarbi:

Trim off the leaves to cook separately and store the thick skinned bulbs in the vegetable crisper of your refrigerator. They will keep well for at least 3 weeks to cook up as you need them. Many enjoy kohlrabi sliced up raw best of all, but you may use both leaves and bulbs as cooked vegetables too. The leaves make a wonderful greens. Cut out and discard the stems, then drop the leaves into a pot of boiling salted water. Cook until just tender, about 3 to 4 minutes. Then heat some olive oil in a skillet, add garlic or chopped onion and sauté until fragrant and softened. Toss in the kohlrabi leaves and cook a few minutes more. Finish with a squeeze of fresh lemon. Peel and slice kohlrabi bulbs raw for snacks, just like you would slice up an apple. Thin slices make crispy sweet dip holders or can be used instead of crackers for creamy spreads. Slices are great to add to green salads instead of cucumbers. You’ll find shredded raw kohlrabi makes especially mild, sweet coleslaw, and you can also make kohlrabi pickles. Can´t wait for you to try these!

Here´s what to plan for this week:

Romaine Lettuce

Looseleaf Lettuce

Kale

Kohlrabi

Swiss Chard

Radishes

Parsley

Green Beans or Peas

Here are some fun recipes to try:

Grilled Tomato, Mozzarella Swiss Chard Wraps

Leafy Greens and How to Cook Them

Sweet Potato and Swiss Chard Saute

Parsley Potatoes

Parsley Garlic Sauce & A Bites

 

UPDATE ON THE FARM:

I spoke with some of you last week about some issues we were running into with the new site for the garden beds. The soil was tested and prepped before the season since we knew we were working with some rather thick clay and the pH and all was set to go! There have been a few hiccups, however that I wanted to just give you a heads up on so you know exactly where your goods are coming from. With the 2 major rainfalls we had in the last couple of weeks…we have suffered some pretty intense flooding.(ugh yes….and even with raised beds!)  A ditch has been dug to relieve the problem but we lost a decent amount of plant material in the process. …This was all last week Monday. We spent Monday and Tuesday trying to dry things out and shift some things around, but basically had to take ¨one in the chin¨ and just plant more seeds in the garden to try to make up for the loss later in the season. Another issue we are noticing, is that certain families of produce are not loving this location. All leafy greens, corn and cruciferous vegetable are THRIVING ….which is incredible to see. The more ¨Normal¨ produce is feeling some stress…such as: Tomatoes, Eggplant, Peppers…..anything with a vine such as pumpkins, watermelon, cucumbers. We are hopeful that what is in the ground at the main field will grow out of the funk they are in and produce a crop near mid summer….but just in case…we´ve added another location of plants for the CSA. Last week my parents, many of you have met my mom at the pick up location, tilled up an area and prepped a planting space at their home in Middleville when they heard this issues I was having. Thank God for parents who you are always able to call….even when you are 30 years old:) I was able to transplant many of the new plugs I had just planted for ¨round 2¨ produce this summer and we are hoping to see them take root and thrive at the new location. My parents also own a retail greenhouse where my mom grows a large variety of organic seedlings for sale and thankfully she had an amazing selection left that I could get from her to give a little jumpstart to production season rather then starting from seed again. I don´t tell you these things to freak you out in any way, however, as a CSA family, I feel like it´s important that your know. Wednesday morning harvest will start over in Middleville with what we have ready there, and end up in the farm in Hudsonville and the pick up will always remain the same. And if I can be completely honest….Lord willing…we should have an incredible BUMPER CROP with the massive amounts of produce we have planted to assure produce this summer:)

If you have any further questions…please ask away ! Looking forward to seeing you all on Wednesday!

 

 

 

What´s Inside Your Box? June 22

Happy Monday, all!

Hereś what to plan for in your box this week:)

Collards

Spinach

Sugar Snap Peas

Black Magic Kale

Curly Leafed Kale

Broccoli and/or Chinese Cabbage

Radishes

Yes…a lot of greens this week. But summertime colorful produce is-a-coming!

I shared this on Facebook last night…but used my peas and chinese cabbage as a great side dish to an easy weeknight meal. Just sauteed in oil and garlic for a few minutes until tender.

Perfect if you also bought eggs this week!

Crustless Kale Quiche

21 Ways to Enjoy Kale

Roasted Radishes

Roasted Radishes and Brussels Sprouts Salad

One Skillet Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables

 

See you all Wednesday between 3:30 – 6:30 !

 

 

 

What´s in your Box? June 15

Good morning!

Perfect morning rain today:) We might feel different picking tomorrow in a thunderstorm…but hey…worse things could happen…and RAIN IS A GOOD THING:)

So what´s in your box this week?

Collards, Kale, Snap Peas, Basil, Radishes, Chinese Cabbage (Joi Choi)

full shares will have the start of Green Beans

The beginning of the season tends to be lighter than average and more on the leafy side of things. Please don´t be discouraged…I PROMISE YOU…as the season ramps up…God willing…there will be plenty of goodness in your boxes.

I will post a sign on Chicago Drive and 56th for the CSA and another one in front of the house. (it´s my inlaws house for pick up)  See me at the big red barn under the first service door:) Just a reminder…you´ll want some bags/containers/laundry basket for your produce and to bring a check/cash for any additional things you may have purchased such as bread and/or eggs. Cannot wait to see you all!!! (I´ll probably be the one in the mickey mouse poncho:)

Here are a few recipes I have gathered for you to try. No personal testimony of one this week from me…but I look forward to seeing/hearing what you all whip up!

30 Minute Kale Chicken Soup

What to do with all of your Basil this season

Breakfast Hash (I eat this every week)

Collard Greens

Grilled Ginger Sesame Chopped Chicken Salad