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October 2016 CSA Wrap-Up

Our fall CSA was, yet again, gorgeous and plentiful. As the weather gets cooler, I love seeing the variety of vegetables change, yet the amount is amazing. The farm does an awesome job of offering lots of variety for it’s members.

Week 17: corn, green leaf lettuce, acorn squash, onions, kale, turnips, broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes, fennel

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Week 18: sweet potatoes, arugula, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, celery, radish, beets, butternut squash, acorn squash

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Week 19: potatoes, sweet potatoes, arugula, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, radish, turnip, red leaf lettuce, butternut squash, brussels sprouts

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Week 20: celery root, kale, arugula, radish, broccoli, cauliflower, red leaf lettuce, acorn squash, sweet potatoes

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Well, this concludes another amazing CSA season. I will admit that while the veggies were delicious and beautiful from our new CSA location, but we missed our former CSA, Wilson Farm in Lexington, tremendously! There are many things I missed: the convenience of the full market right there, the already put together basket which made for easy pick-up, and the friendly smiles from all of the staff each week. We will see what next year brings and what CSA we will choose. Stay tuned!

💚 Jenny

 

 

September 2016 CSA Wrap-Up

Is it already that time of the year? Yes it is, fall is here. 🍁 The CSA season may be winding down, but we’re still going strong during the final weeks of our CSA during September and October. This month we had lots of corn and tomatoes, and started to see our share of onions, potatoes, carrots and celery. Nothing says soup season like fresh onions, celery and carrots from the farm. It’s like the CSA Gods are talking to me telling me I need to make soup – any kind of soup as long as it begins with onions, celery and carrots. 😉

Week 13: Corn, Tomatoes, Kale, Beets or Delicata Squash, Green Beans, Summer Squash, Yellow Peppers, Onions, Carmen Peppers, Kolhrabi, Sweet Potatoes, Hot Peppers

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Week 14: Corn, Tomatoes, Kale, Carrots, Celery, Swiss Chard, Daikon Radish, Yellow Peppers, Onions, Carmen Peppers, Garlic, Leeks, Lettuce, Lunchbox Peppers

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Week 15: Corn, Tomatoes, Kale, Chard, Beets, Red Onion, Carmen Peppers, Other Peppers, Acorn Squash, Potatoes, Garlic, Lettuce, Hot Peppers

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Week 16: Corn, Acorn Squash, Herbs, Lettuce, Peppers, Red Onion ,Kale or Chard, Broccoli, Potatoes, Fennel, Celery, Radishes, Hot Peppers

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What kinds of beautiful things are you cooking up during this gorgeous fall season?

Until next time,

💚 Jenny

August 2016 CSA Wrap-Up

What a beautiful month we had this August! I hope you enjoyed the warm summer days and the cool nights as much as we did. We soaked in every bit August, one of our favorite months! ☀️ We did a bit of traveling this month, so we didn’t have too many new recipes in the works.

I am sad to report that our own garden, at our new house, was an epic failure. Unfortunately, there has been a water ban in the town throughout most of the summer which didn’t help, but we planted in a rather shady part of the yard, and it showed. We hardly got any of our own crops this year which was a utter disappointment to all of us since we are so used to an abundance of tomatoes and zucchini, just to name a few. Here’s to hoping for a better growing season next year! We will try again for sure!

Week 8

green leaf lettuce, swiss chard, zucchini, summer squash, corn, radish, tomato, cherry tomatoes, green pepper, new potatoes, watermelon

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Week 9

green leaf lettuce, swiss chard, corn, tomato, cherry tomatoes, green pepper, jalepeño pepper, new potatoes, cantaloupe, onion, basil

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Week 10

heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cantaloupe, zucchini, Italian eggplant, potatoes, green peppers, green leaf lettuce, garlic, hot peppers, sage

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Week 11

corn, green beans, plum tomatoes, slicing tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, orange, red and yellow peppers, green peppers, potatoes, red onions, kale, poblano peppers, jalapeño peppers

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Week 12

corn, tomatoes, swiss chard, summer squash, green leaf lettuce, green beans, delicata squash, eggplant, red and yellow peppers, walla walla onions, celery, hot peppers, potatoes

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Recipes this month:

  • We made many turkey burgers with zucchini, which is basically my zucchini popper recipe, just make them into burgers instead so we can grill them!
  • Tuna Salad with basil and celery
  • More salads and smoothies made with kale and swiss chard of course, just like in July.

What delicious recipes did you cook up this month with your veggies? Keep up the good work!

Until next time,

💚 Jenny

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?

Wellness Check-in ~ Spring Edition

Happy Spring everyone! Hope this message finds everyone doing well and enjoying this spring weather.  Finally the sun is shining, the days are getting longer, and weather is getting warmer. Yay! Smiles all around. 🙂

Here’s a message I sent to teachers at my school as a wrap-up to our year-long wellness initiative:

I have thoroughly enjoyed being your monthly dose of wellness reminders, but have you? Would you like to see this initiative continue? I will be sending out a short survey to get your input. Keep an eye out for that!

Some things we have been up to lately:

  • Running & Walking Outside
  • Ragnar Relay Race
  • Yoga
  • Barre
  • Barre Teacher Training
  • Strength Training
  • Red Sox games
  • Gatherings with friends and family

What else have you been up to take care of yourselves? Stop by or send me a message.

Now is the best time of year to start thinking about YOU again… Longer days, warmer weather, more activities and social gatherings outside. Remember that YOU matter and in order to take care of everyone in your life, you have to take care of YOU.

My favorite time of the year is coming – the availability fresh and local vegetables and fruit from a wide range of farmers markets and local farms. If you follow me on social media, you know how much we love gardening, but we love our local farm just as much! Try to take advantage of the local vegetables and fruit right around us this season. We really are very fortunate to have so many farms and farmers markets in our area. Many of the farms have activities for kids and families and events on the weekends during the spring, summer and early fall months. If you’re interested in having a weekly share of fresh veggies, consider joining a CSA and support one of our local farms. Whatever you choose, take advantage of the seasonal fruits and veggies and try to choose real, local, properly raised, whenever possible. Here is a great site to look up local farms, farmers markets and CSAs. http://www.localharvest.org/boston-ma

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Just a reminder that you are invited to a Nutrition and Wellness talk this Friday, May 20th at 1:45 as an end of the year wrap-up to our wellness initiative. Please feel free to stop by for some goodies and interesting conversations. I am looking forward to it! 

Now, get outside and get some Vitamin D from that beautiful spring sunshine! ☀️

Be well ~

🙂 Jenny

October 2015 CSA Wrap-Up

Happy Fall Everyone! This fall has been absolutely beautiful in terms of weather and another awesome CSA month. I do love the fall season, the weather, the apples, the pumpkins 🎃, but was especially sad to say goodbye to the summer sunshine and time outdoors. This October we did our share of apple picking and farm visiting, so we’ve been trying to get outdoors as much as possible in our free time, but it’s still hard to be inside all day… I seriously wish I could suck the sunshine into me when I’m inside so much – which is why I’ve been religiously taking my vitamin D (the sunshine vitamin). ☀️

Fall recipes are in full effect over here at the Murphy home. We have made our share of roasted everything: brussel sprouts, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and even eggplant. Every Sunday we have a big Sunday dinner that usually involves a lot of roasting yumminess. Who’s coming over for dinner? In celebration of Halloween this past weekend, we made our very first pot roast. My mom would be so proud! <3

We had an abundance of apples once again this fall so of course I made a fair share of apple cake, apple-cinnamon muffins, apple crisp, and pumpkin carrot muffins. I cannot take complete credit for all of the recipes, but will be sure to post about the apple and pumpkin recipes that I loved and will make again. Paleo baking is generally challenging for me, and I consider myself a pretty good baker, but the combination of grain-free flours and eggs sometimes yield a very moist bread, muffin or cake. I’ll keep on trying until I get it right! Apple crisp is always delicious and comes out perfectly, so we make that a few times. 🍎

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Okay, here we go, let’s review this amazing fall month’s harvest of CSA-awesomeness.

Week 17: broccoli, swiss chard, baby spinach, red cubanelle pepper, golden beets, bosc pears, red leaf lettuce

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Week 18: spencer apples/bocs pears, orange cauliflower, broccolini, parsley, red leaf lettuce, spinach, green peppers, carrots, beets

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Week 19: romano beans, green leaf lettuce, broccoli florets, pullet eggs, escarole, kale, festival squash, macintosh apples, green peppers

Recipes: apple-cinnamon muffins, pumpkin carrot muffins

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Week 20: butterkin squash, broccoli florets, red cabbage, escarole, green pepper, grape tomatoes, spinach, empire apples, cilantro

Recipes: roasted and mashed butterkin squash, raw sauerkraut, apple crisp

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We got the biggest red cabbage I have ever seen in my life the last week of the CSA and my real food/paleo brain thought, raw sauerkraut, you have to make it! And so I did – cooking adventure… here I come! It definitely took some muscle work to salt and squeeze the water out of the cabbage to begin the fermenting process so I’m praying it is delicious and worth it. It is still fermenting in our pantry as I write this post. I will definitely have post my cabbage to sauerkraut making experience including a taste test and the results of my experiment when it is completely done. It seriously feels like an experiment because it’s sitting in the dark in the pantry and I check on it every two days.

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What kinds of recipes have you been making this fall? Anything you look forward to making around this time of the year? Please share!

Until next time…

xoxo

Jenny

September 2015 CSA Wrap-Up

Hi friends! Well, we started off September feeling like summer and we’re wrapped up September feeling like fall. While I do truly love the fall season, I was a little sad to say goodbye to summer this year. I really enjoyed time with my boys, and truly do cherish each moment as they are growing way too fast right before my very eyes. We had so much fun together at the park, at the pool, at the farm, at the beach, and just playing – they love to play. I also love the sunshine and the excessive Vitamin D. sunny I try to get as much as I can while staying safe in the sun. It is truly the happy vitamin for sure!

September came and went as usual. We all transitioned well back to school, while still missing our summer relaxation mode. Thankfully, we were able to enjoy the gorgeous weather and enjoyed some peach picking, which was new for us this year, and of course our annual apple picking tradition. We can’t have September go by without some Macouns – our favorites! apple

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Our own garden was still producing a few lovely veggies like butternut squash and eggplant. My friends at school have been enjoying my random deliveries of eggplant. 😉

This month’s CSA was great as usual. We got our share of lettuces, beets, and all different kinds of apples, which Braden absolutely loves. He sees an apple sitting on the counter and has to eat it right away. We were sad to see the fish share come to an end. That always happens in September. It was such a treat to have fresh, local fish every other week.

One vegetable I had never tried was the butterkin squash. It was delicious. It looked like a cross between a butternut squash and a pumpkin. It was bright orange on the inside. I roasted it with a butternut squash from our garden, then pureed it with some grass-fed butter and cinnamon, and enjoyed it for a few dinners!

Week 13: artisan tomatoes, paula red apples, peaches, broccoli crowns, cubanelle pepper, red leaf lettuce, corn, beets, swiss chard, lima beans, basil

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Week 14: Boston lettuce, baby arugula, tomatoes, beets, romano beans, grape tomatoes, broccoli, orange cauliflower, radish

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Week 15: shell beans, swiss chard, acorn squash, carrots, green leaf lettuce, corn, beets, McIntosh apples csa week 15-2  

Week 16: Tuscan kale, corn, butterkin squash, red leaf lettuce, orange cauliflower, golden beets, gala apples, green cabbage

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What delicious things have you been making as we delve into this lovely fall season?

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

Chicken & Zucchini Poppers

With the abundance of zucchini that is currently happening in our garden this very moment, I have been searching for zucchini recipes, and not necessarily treats like breads or muffins. Last summer I made savory zucchini cups, which were similar to zucchini fritters except baked in a muffin tin. They were good, but not out of this world. I wanted to incorporate the zucchini into a meatball in some way and created this delicious recipe. They are so quick and easy to make and the kids love them!

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Chicken & Zucchini Poppers

Yields: 20 meatballs

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground chicken or turkey
  • 2 cups zucchini (shredded)
  • ½ cup cilantro (chopped)
  • 2 scallions (chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • cooking oil (olive oil, coconut oil, ghee)

Directions:

  1. Add ground chicken or turkey, shredded zucchini, cilantro, scallions, salt and pepper to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Mix well with hands.
  3. Form into bite-size balls and place on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake at 400º for 20 minutes. Turn once halfway through baking time.
  5. These can also be cooked in a skillet on the stovetop with a little olive oil, coconut oil or ghee.
  6. Serve as an appetizer, snack, or for dinner atop some spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles.

Have you made anything awesome with zucchini this season?

xoxo

Jenny