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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


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


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


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


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

Until next time,

💚 Jenny

A Few of Our Favorite Fall Things

Fall has turned into my favorite season… Apples, pumpkins, changing colors on the trees, awesome weather, awesome outfits, what’s not to love? I love apple picking, apple recipes, apple sauce, apple cake, apple muffins… anything with apples and cinnamon is just YUM! Don’t you agree?


We went apple picking twice this fall and both visits we picked our faves, Macintosh and Macoun. The boys had fun picking apples, climbing in the trees, running through the orchards, and going for hayrides. At one farm we even saw some animals and played on the playground. And of course, a visit to the orchard isn’t complete without apple cider donuts and fresh apple cider. 😉


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On our second apple picking adventure, it was like summer outside! It was the last weekend in September and Carlson Orchards (my fave) still had some raspberries to pick. I had fun trying to get one little tiny pint filled.

picking raspberries

Every year I make apple sauce the night we get home from apple picking. It’s a Murphy household must. Everyone eats it with their dinner, but I think I love it the most. <3 Close second would be Braden. 😉

For years, I have been making apple cake. Since paleo baking is not really my strong suit, I really wanted to try some of my favorite apple recipes paleo-fied. Is that a word? I tried apple cake and apple muffins, and I was extremely pleased with the results. I will post the recipes in a separate post, I promise!

Pumpkin picking was of course on the list of fall fun. Brendan decided that in addition to the pumpkins we grew in our garden, we need a gigantic one to carve for Halloween.


Braden & the CSA

pumpkin picking


We also have taken our fall trip to Drumlin Farm (the first of many I’m sure). We have a Mass Audobon membership and go to Drumlin quite a few times throughout the year. It’s a fun trip to walk around the beautiful grounds and visit some animal friends. This day we visited we were just in time for grooming the pony, Midnight, Brendan’s favorite friend at the farm. Here they are digging in the garden.

drumlin fall

Do you guys love fall too? What fall traditions do you have?

Stay tuned for my apple and pumpkin recipes and experiments. Always a fun experience to try something new in the kitchen.

green_heart Jenny

A Few of My Favorite Fall Things

I already posted about how much I am loving fall this year…  I wanted to share some of my favorite fall things with everyone. 🙂

Favorite Fall Item #1 ~ Macoun Apples and Apple Picking: Apple picking at least once during the fall season has become a yearly tradition for us. Usually when the Macoun apples from the first apple picking trip are all eaten and used for baking, we head out one more time to pick up a new bag of deliciously fresh, seasonal and local apples from a farm nearby.

Side note: I did make another attempt this season at my favorite treat, apple cake, in a gluten-free format.  The taste was delicious, but the consistency was a little crumbly for my liking, and I’m way too hard on myself to post the recipe until I find something that comes out awesome.

macoun apples

If you didn’t already know, I love Trader Joe’s. We go there weekly, at least, and have some TJ staples in our house at all times. This time of the year everything at Trader Joe’s is PUMPKIN.  Yesssss and Yummmm!!!

Favorite Fall Item #2 ~ Pumpkin Spice Rooibos Herbal Tea: One look at this and I had to have it. Pumpkin and rooibos in one little satchel, yes please!  Mmmmmmmmm, so good.

Pumpkin Spice Rooibos

Favorite Fall Item #3 ~ Harvest Blend Herbal Tea: I was going on and on about how much I loved the Pumpkin Spice Rooibos and my friend Angela mentioned this deliciousness that she shared with her mom. She promptly brought me a box the next day and I was instantly hooked. I have since purchased four more boxes, because as we all know, it’s seasonal, so once it’s gone, it’s GONE until next fall!

Harvest Blend

Favorite Fall Item #4 ~ Anything I can make in my crock pot: Please welcome this amazing soup/stoup to my recipe collection – Quinoa and Kale Minnestrone Soup/Stew.  The ingredients looked delicious when I saw the recipe, then I made it and was beyond my expectations.  Recipe coming soon…

Quinoa Kale Minnestrone

Favorite Fall Item #5 ~ Pumpkins, of course: How could I not love pumpkins, especially ones grown in our very own garden, by my cutie son Brendan. <3  Check him out… so proud!


Fall is the Best

macoun apples

Fall is seriously turning into my favorite season. I love the weather. I love the cooler days but still sunny and beautiful. I love the leaves changing. I love the weekend events: apple picking, pumpkin picking, baking with all of fall’s awesome fruits and veggies (we made banana bread this weekend), and playground and farm visits with the kids.

This weekend we made our annual apple picking trip. Everyone always asks where we go, and every year we keep going back to the same place because it’s NEVER busy, the apples are delicious and it’s beautiful.  We drive out to Carlson Orchards in Harvard, MA just to get our favorite apples, Macoun.  We had another beautiful day this year with tons of apples, cider donuts and apple cider of course. Brendan loves picking the “gigantic” ones and we love eating them too while we’re walking through the orchard.  He always finishes up his apple picking adventures with a cider donut and some apple cider. Yum!

Now onto what we can make with our apples.  We already made homemade apple sauce.  Brendan and Braden enjoyed some of that awesome-ness.  We will make one, or possibly two, apple cakes and maybe even an apple crisp (or apple crist as Brendan says it’s called.) 🙂

Stay tuned for those delicious recipes, I will be sure to share my gluten-free apple recipes when I make them.