Summer

July 2016 CSA Wrap-Up

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Hey friends! Happy summer!! We had another great CSA month this July! Lots of zucchini, summer squash, scallions and onions this month. We also got our share of pickling cucumbers, which are a big hit around here, especially paired with hummus. Yum!

Week 4: beets, spring onions, scallions, zucchini, yellow squash, romaine lettuce, red leaf lettuce, thyme, kalecsa week 4aWeek 5: kale, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, lettuce, misome, new potatoes, onions, pickling cucumbers, scallions, squash

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Week 6: cucumbers, green beans, eggplant, romaine lettuce, misome, new potatoes, onions, pickling cucumbers, tomatoes, summer squash, zucchini

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Week 7: green leaf lettuce, cabbage, onions, garlic, eggplant, corn, radish, tomato, green pepper, jalapeño, basil

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Recipes this month:

Salads: We had lots of salads this month, just like June. With the combination of swiss chard, green leaf and red leaf lettuce, you are bound to have a delicious salad every time!

Grilled Summer Squash: We also had our share of grilled zucchini and summer squash. Such a simple way to eat squash during grilling season: slice, grill, and sprinkle with a little extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper.

Smoothies: Summer in New England always calls for smoothies! We always have on hand fresh greens, fresh or frozen berries, avocado and coconut milk to some yummy delicious-ness. Everyone here loves them!

Homemade Strawberry Banana “Ice Cream”

We had a whole bunch of bananas that got too ripe too fast this month so I cut them up and froze them on parchment paper lined cookie sheets. Then I transferred them to a ziploc bag for later use. I took out the strawberry + coconut milk cubes that I froze from our strawberry picking in June, combined it with frozen banana and a splash of almond milk in the Vitamix, and it made the most delicious strawberry banana frozen treat!

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What kinds of goodies have you been making with your farm fresh veggies and fruit?

Until next time,

💚 Jenny

June 2016 CSA Wrap-Up

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We had a great start to the CSA season filled with lots of lettuces, beets and sugar snap peas, among many other beautiful vegetables. Swiss chard has got to be my all time favorite. During CSA season I eat it at almost every meal! No joke!

This year we are trying a new farm since we moved, so it’s been a little different routine and a little farther than we’re used to, but the vegetables are all awesome and plentiful.

The first week in June we picked up my cousin’s CSA share for him, so we got a little sneak preview of the upcoming awesome-ness in our own share: mixed greens, swiss chard, radishes, white radishes, spring onions, dill, broccoli and spinach.

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Week 1: bok choy, broccoli, garlic scapes, swiss chard, kohlrabi, radishes, escarole, green leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce

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Week 2: garlic scapes, scallions, kohlrabi, broccoli, swiss chard, escarole, sugar snap peas, green leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce

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Week 3: red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce, beets, sugar snap peas, fennel, scallions, kohlrabi, kale, swiss chard, parsley, strawberries

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June is also a fabulous month for strawberry picking and all the strawberries, yum! We took a little adventure to Sunshine Farm in Sherborn, MA and picked a whole bunch of strawberries. We had strawberries for days!! I made a variety of smoothies, strawberry lemonade gummies, and strawberry + coconut milk pops. They were gone too fast to make strawberry shortcake with coconut whipped cream – that was next on the list.

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What delicious recipes have you been making with your CSA and/or seasonal, farm-fresh veggies?

August 2015 CSA Wrap-Up

We are very sad to say goodbye to August. It was a beautiful month. We had lots of fun, outdoor time with the kiddos, lots of relaxing and enjoying the beautiful weather, our garden was abundantly flourishing so many veggies, and our CSA was awesome as usual.

Here’s a recap of the month:

Week 9: pickle cucumber, Tuscan kale, zucchini squash, wax beans, romano beans, eggplant, basil, wild blueberries

Recipes: smoothies, salads, blueberry muffins

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Week 10: peaches, cucumbers, radish, zucchini, wax beans, Tuscan kale, red leaf lettuce, baby arugula, green pepper + fish share: tuna (excuse the photography this week – it was pouring and we were on our way out of town!) csa week 10-3

Week 11: chinese eggplant, green beans, zucchini, tomatoes, Tuscan kale, basil, baby spinach, red leaf lettuce, gold beets

Recipes: tomato + cucumber salads, green smoothies, chicken & zucchini poppers

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Week 12: tomatoes, corn, green pepper, zucchini, green leaf lettuce, summer squash, muskmelon, pickle cucumber, beets, wax beans + fish share: cod

Recipes: tomato + cucumber salads, beet + daikon salad, grilled cod with green leaf lettuce salad + tomatoes csa week 12-2

August is a big month for tomatoes and zucchini in our own garden. The tomatoes grew so tall this year and yielded a huge amount of tomatoes. Just this month we have made and canned three batches of salsa – that’s 30 pounds of tomatoes in salsa! We also made one batch of sauce with another 10 pounds of tomatoes. We grow primarily Roma tomatoes and they are perfect for both of these recipes. Zucchini has been quite plentiful as well. We have made zucchini poppers (chicken + zucchini meatballs, recipe coming I promise) every week this month. We have also made zucchini noodles or zoodles, and we have given a lot away to our friends!

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What do you make with tomatoes this time of year?

Until next time…

xoxo

Jenny

July 2015 CSA Wrap-Up

Hi everyone! Another awesome month of our CSA. Who can deny the awesome-ness of getting fresh, local veggies, fruit and fish every week in your house? No one! This month we enjoyed a lot of beets, scallions, onions, corn, zucchini and lettuces.

Week 5: beets, red leaf lettuce, Tuscan kale, wax beans, baby arugula, salad onions, blueberries

Recipes: many, many salads & smoothies

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Week 6: swiss chard (in love), Boston lettuce (my new favorite), cucumber, zucchini squash, daikon, beets, red onions, corn, NJ tomato

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Fish: swordfish

Recipes: Daikon + beet salad – this was surprisingly delicious and so easy. I am not a beet person, unfortunately. I have tried my best to make them in a variety of ways but I just don’t love them. I made beet chips last summer and those were delicious, but just okay. I will keep trying though.

I think this salad might be a winner. I peeled and cut the beets and daikon in julienne strips, added a homemade mustard vinaigrette and chilled. I will have to post the recipe separately. It was very good!

Week 7: Athena melon, romano beans, red leaf lettuce, zucchini squash, basil, NJ tomatoes, scallions, corn, carrots, cucumber

Recipes: grilled zucchini, zucchini fritters, basil + tomato stacks, smoothies and salads

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Week 8: eggplant, scallions, green beans, basil, summer squash, zucchini, baby arugula, garlic, red leaf lettuce

Fish: sole

Recipes: Grilled shrimp over spaghetti squash and red leaf lettuce salad, smoothies with carrot greens and swiss chard

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Our own garden is producing some pretty amazing results this month as well. I mean, look at it, it’s so beautiful! I posted a couple weeks ago for all of our local friends to come on buy and pick up some goodies. Every friend I visit these days gets some goodies from the garden. Lucky!

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We picked almost 30 zucchini over the course of 2 weeks!

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Our basil was absolutely stunning as well. I started giving lots away and also picking it for us to use. But really, who can use that much basil in one month? I decided to try a new method of preserving the basil this year. I picked a whole bunch of the leaves, divided them up between my large ice cube trays, filled with water and froze. The idea is that when I need to use it throughout the year, I’ll just grab a cube, leave it out to thaw, dry off and chop as usual. We shall see how this method works. I have frozen basil in past summers flat in a Ziploc bag, equally as easy.

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What kinds of local produce are you enjoying this summer?

Until next time!

xoxo

Jenny

June 2015 CSA Wrap-Up

Hi friends and happy summer! We are finally on summer vacation after a very long school year. Our last day was Friday, June 26th! Brendan and I celebrated after his last baseball game on Saturday with our first trip to Dairy Joy. Brendan was glad to get a chocolate soft serve with chocolate sprinkles and whipped cream. I, of course, still on my Whole60, had cherries. 😉

Another CSA season from Wilson Farm is upon us, and per usual, we are super excited for our weekly pick-ups. Who can blame us? Fresh veggies + supporting our local farm every week = total awesome-ness. We are also participating in the fish share again this year and get freshly caught fish every other week. So far this month, we have had lots of lettuce, beets, and radishes, and we can’t forget the amazing local strawberries too. Every meal we include some form of beautiful greens, such as spinach, swiss chard, escarole and kale, sometimes sautéed in a little coconut oil, sometimes raw, both ways equally delicious.

Week 1: baby spinach, red leaf lettuce, radish, zucchini, golden zucchini, beets, rhubarb, swiss chard heart, blueberries

  • Recipes: sautéed swiss chard, steamed & grilled zucchini, lots of salads

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Week 2: english peas, escarole, red leaf lettuce, radish, kohlrabi, summer squash, garlic scapes, baby kale, baby spinach, baby arugula

  • Fish Share: haddock

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Week 3: escarole, radish, summer squash, kale, garlic scapes, baby spinach, beets, strawberries

  • Recipes: garlic scape pesto, grilled squash, green smoothies with kale, lots of salads

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Week 4: beets, maine tomatoes, Tuscan kale, cucumber, baby spinach, strawberries, zucchini, red leaf lettuce

Fish Share: Salmon

Recipes: grilled zucchini, sautéed Tuscan kale, tomato & basil salad, grilled salmon over sautéed swiss chard, green smoothies with kale & spinach, lots of salads

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What do you love most about in-season, fresh and local veggies?

Until next time!

xoxo
Jenny

July 2014 CSA Wrap-Up

We’ve had a great month of CSA fun so far! Like I said in a past post, each week I look forward to Tuesdays, because I know I get to pick up the CSA and it’s always so fun seeing what we’ll have to try out for the week. We also participate in the fish share and get fresh fish every other week throughout the season.

CSA Week 4 + fish (salmon): strawberries, baby spinach, romaine, summer squash, zucchini, beets, swiss chard, cucumbers

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CSA Week 5: beets, swiss chard, green leaf lettuce, pickle cucumbers, basil, green pepper, blueberries

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CSA Week 6 + fish (swordfish): red leaf lettuce, carrots, basil parsley, scallions, cucumber zucchini, tomato, blueberries

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CSA Week 7: red leaf lettuce, baby arugula, green beans, scallions, zucchini, cucumber, tomato, melon (I think we were missing some items this week because I checked their website and it listed corn, and a few other things! I also did not pick up this week, please excuse the picture 😉 )

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CSA Week 8: athena melon, wax beans, green leaf lettuce, cucumbers, zucchini, summer squash, tomato, basil, scallions, corn, eggplant

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We also have a ton of squash coming from our own garden. I keep posting pictures on Instagram hoping someone will come on by and pick some up. Our neighbors have had their share, that’s for sure!

What have I been making with all of this squash you ask? I have made plenty of grilled zucchini and summer squash, which is delicious. We cut it in big chunks, put them on skewers, sprinkle with a little salt, pepper, coconut oil and grill. Yum! I have also made zucchini noodles a few times. Last week we tried zucchini fritters using this recipe from Stupid Easy Paleo. They were just okay, seemed like they were missing something… I might try these Zucchini Fritter Cups from Juli at PaleOMG next time. Next up is zucchini bread. Stay tuned for that one!

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Kitchen Tip: I figured out last summer that July is a big month for squash, as you can see, lettuces and scallions. We eat salads like crazy, so the lettuces are pretty easy to deal with. But I remember during our first CSA season thinking, what in the world am I going to do with all of these scallions? Who uses this many scallions each week? Well, the second year I got a little smarter! After two weeks of huge bunches of scallions, I chopped them and put them in freezer bags for use all year long. They freeze great, stay bright green and are ready to use. They are especially convenient when making chili or any kind of soup or stew – you just throw them in frozen!

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Awesome Summer Dinner: This dinner is really simple, really fast and easy, I promise! Grilled chicken thighs with zucchini noodles and salad topped with cucumber and avocado salad.

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For the chicken: marinate about an hour before grilling with olive oil, coconut aminos, salt and pepper)

For the zucchini noodles: after creating the noodles using a mandoline (what I have) or a spiralizer (what I want!) steam them in a shallow pan for about 5 minutes. Drain the excess water in a collander and then put back in the pan on medium heat. Season with salt, pepper, lemon juice, and a little olive oil or butter and serve warm.

Cucumber + Avocado Salad

    • 1 cucumber, diced
    • 1 avocado, diced
    • 1 carrot, diced
    • 1/2 – 1 cup fresh basil, chopped
    • salt and pepper, to taste

Chop the veggies and mix everything together. Chill for at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator to allow the flavors to come together. Serve alone or on top of a green salad – no need for dressing!

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Another recipe I made this month was Basil Avocado Pesto. Have you tried anything new this month with seasonal ingredients?

Until next time…

green_heart Jenny

June 2014 CSA Wrap-Up

The first three weeks of our Wilson Farm CSA season is well underway and each week has been awesome, let me tell you! Our pickup is on Tuesdays. We alI get excited when Tuesday arrives knowing we are going to take ride to the farm for our pickup. I know, such a dork.

Here’s what we’ve gotten so far…

Week 1: giant bag of baby spinach, arugula, beets, radishes, cucumber, yellow squash, zucchini

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Week 2: peas, beets, radishes, arugula, kholrabi, garlic scapes, basil, red leaf lettuce, boston lettuce, rainbow swiss chard (my fave)

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Week 3: sugar snap peas, beets, romaine lettuce, tuscan kale, zucchini, pickle cukes, kholrabi, garlic scapes, radish

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This week  I was excited to pick up some local strawberries, which I knew they would have. I could barely control myself when I got home – they were so delicious. Braden agreed and quickly jumped in his chair to join in on the strawberry yumminess.

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The beet greens this week are so beautiful. Last night I chopped them up and sautéed them with a little coconut oil and had them with my eggs this morning. I also tried boiling them, slicing them and serving them with a little olive oil.

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CSA season is so awesome because most nights, my dinner plate looks so beautiful. This is such a simple weeknight dinner, but it’s so pretty! Arugula topped with radishes and lemon juice and a grass-fed bison burger.

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I am looking forward to many more weeks of awesome-ness from our CSA. Stay tuned.

What seasonal food do you love this time of the year?

<3 Jenny

CSA Season Is Coming

On Saturday, I signed our family up for another CSA season at Wilson Farms in Lexington, MA. We are so excited to start another 5 months of local, fresh and seasonal veggies and fish. This season will be our third season with membership to the Wilson Farms CSA. It is such a pleasure each week to visit the farm for our share pickup and talk to our kids about local food and how we’re helping the farm by being members of the CSA. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. There are so many benefits to helping out the community and local farms with our membership. To learn more about the Wilson Farms CSA, check out their website.

breakfast Can you even deal with how pretty this breakfast is? It’s really simple: scrambled eggs, avocado and sautéed rainbow swiss chard, but so delicious! I am inspired to cook swiss chard when I have it at home. Since we visited Wilson’s to sign up for the CSA, I got most of our produce there this week. Yum! Swiss chard was one of those things I never bought and never ate, until I got it one week in our CSA pickup. I now get it almost every other week and add it to my roundup of recipes regularly because I love it so much!

Is there something seasonal that you’re looking forward to as the weather warms up?