Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Last Week Of Summer Share

This will be the last week for those that don't have a Fall Share or an All Season Share. Fall Shares and All Season Shares run for 10 weeks.  The weather has been so dry but today it has been gently raining most of the day.  It is a little muggy but we need the rain.  I can just hear the crops making a big sigh.  John has been having to irrigate the plants with the pond water.  Anna says that John is getting the hi-tunnel ready so it can be filled with winter density lettuce plants.  I have no clue what that means so I am going to make a trip to the farm mid October to see what it is.

Recipe Of The Week: Pecan Pie

Pecan Pie

3 eggs
1 1/2 cups of maple syrup
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/4 teaspoon of salt
2 Tablespoons of butter
1 cup of chopped pecans
1 Tablespoons of spelt flour
(pie shell)

Beat eggs. Add maple syrup and the rest of the ingredients.  Pour into unbaked pie shell and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until done.

*Maple syrup is make by boiling down the sap collected from sugar maple trees.  It is rich in minerals that the tree pulled up from deep inside the earth.  It has an excellent flavor that blends well with many foods.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Green Beans Galore

John and Anna seem to love the fall.  I an sure that working on the farm at the everyday tasks that must be done are easier when the weather is cooler.  They are seeing signs of all all around the farm...it is getting a bit cooler, leaves are changing color, and the geese are honking as they fly over.

If you will notice there is a large bag of green beans.  The beans are coming on in abundance.  Turnips are new to John and Anna.  We eat them whenever my father-in-law is in toen.  One of his favorites.

Blessings to everyone from John and Anna

Recipe Of The Week: Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

2 1/4 cups of whole wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
1/2 teaspoons of salt
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon of cloves
1/2 cup of oil
3 beaten eggs
1/4 cup of honey
1 cup of pumpkin
1 cup of milk or water

Mix together and fry.  Serve with applesauce or maple syrup.

I'm Back On Track

Hopefully all the computer problems are a thing of the past.  I sure hope so.  When I can't post I feel like I am letting you all and the Zook's down.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Issues, Issues, Issues

I'm having issues with downloading and saving photos so you will just need to trust me in telling you what is in the boxes this week.

Potatoes, tomatoes, green and yellow peppers, beets, green beans, kale and hot peppers

Recipe Of The Week: Grilled Three Cheese Potatoes

Grilled Three Cheese Potatoes

6 large potatoes, sliced in 1/4 inches thick
1/3 cup of Parmesan cheese
1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1/4 cup of butter cubed
1 to 2 teaspoons of seasoned salt
2 medium onions chopped
1 cup of cheddar cheese divided
1 pound of bacon cooked and crumbled
1 Tablespoon of minced chives, fresh or dried
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper

Divide the potatoes evenly on to two pieces of 18 inch square that have been sprayed with cooking spray.sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and half of the cheddar and mozzarella cheese.  Top with the rest of the ingredients.  Bring opposite ends of foil over filling and fold over several times, sealing it tightly.  Then fold unsealed ends together and crimp tightly.  Grill over medium heat 35-40 minutes until potatoes are tender.  Remove from grill and open ends carefully and sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Cantaloupe As Big As My Head

It must have been really hot on the farm at the time of the latest newsletter writing...short and sweet.  It is hot and the tomatoes love this weather.  There is an abundance now.  Green beans are blooming all over and in a few weeks we will be finding them in our boxes.  Then she closes by saying enjoy the heat because winter is coming.

Recipe Of The Week: Whole Wheat Pancakes

Whole Wheat Pancakes

2 eggs
1 1/2 cups of buttermilk
4 Tablespoons of oil
1 1/2 cups of wheat flour
1 teaspoon of salt
2 Tablespoons of sweetener
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda

Mix add ingredients and cook in a buttered skillet.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015


My mouth is watering for some salsa.  Looks like I have just about everything I need in this box!
Anna says that school is starting at the community school and the children seem excited about it. 
We probably won't be getting any cucumbers this share.  They just didn't produce.  John and Anna apologize for that.
I got a letter from Lizzie this week and a not from Anna in my box announcing the addition to a 6 pound three ounce baby boy into the Andy Hershberger family.  Born the beginning of August.  This name is Thomas and the kids are so excited to have another baby in the house.  Lizzie only had five hours of labor.  Wow!  They both are doing well.  I think I just might need to be serious about making a trip to MO.  But first I better get on that baby quilt.

Recipe Of The Week: Protein Snack Balls

Protein Snack Balls

2/3 cup of honey
1 cup of peanut butter or other nut butter
1/2 cup of melted coconut oil
3 1/2 cups of oatmeal
1/4 cup of cocoa powder or carob powder
1/2 cup of hemp or chia seeds
1/2 cup of sunflower seeds (optional)
1/2 cup of raisins, chocolate chips or coconut

Mix peanut butter, honey and oil.  Add the rest of the ingredients.  Form into balls and enjoy!