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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

 

 

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

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?

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

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?

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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.

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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.

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Braden & the CSA

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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.

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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.

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