Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Things Are Hiding In All That Green

Lots of good winter veggies in the box.

2020 CSA Sign-Ups have been sent in an email to current members.  If you are interested please email

Sunday, December 1, 2019

One More Box This Year

The days are really getting shorter and it is getting really dark really fast.  Winter is coming.

From the newsletter...John and Anna and their family want you all to know just how thankful they are for your support of the CSA.  They are very excited that they have been able to grow organic produce for you.

For the produce boxes for next week there should be lettuce, kale, garlic, potatoes, butternut squash, and turnips.  Unfortunately, they would have any more sweet potatoes this fall.  They lost about all that was in the fields and also the ones that were drying. They think the problem was because it was way to wet in the summer.  They tried to find other organic farmers in the area that could provide them to you but it looks like everyone had a bad year.

This pick up will be the last one of the year.  John now has all the fields planted in cover crops to prevent erosion and improve the soil over the winter.  They are already planning for next year.

If you have any questions or want to know more about the CSA please email Rue (the Englisher that helps with communications and some growing produce) and he can get you the answers.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

This Week and Next

This is a pic of last week's box.

This week's box should contain garlic, kale, winter squash, cabbage or lettuce, and probably sweet potatoes.  They were hoping to have enough sweet potatoes for the fall boxes but it was so wet in the summer and again in the fall that they couldn't mature like they should.  John has been looking for some other organic farmers but as of yet hasn't been able to locate any.  

A few members have been asking when the last delivery date is for the year...the week of December 3.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

The Weather Is Causing Some Changes In Delivery

The Tuesday boxes this week will be delivered on Monday.  You can expect to have purple cabbage, white squash, kale, potatoes and maybe some peppers and salad greens.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Still Great Boxes

I wonder what I will make out of this great looking and smelling vegetables?

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Overflowing With Delicious Vegetables

Fall vegetables are going strong.  Let's hope the weather holds out a little longer.  There have only been small amounts of frost damage.

Rue hopes to be emailing the 2020 CSA Sign-Ups out soon so look for those in your inbox.  If you are new to the CSA just email him at:

 and he will be glad to send you the info.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Swiss Chard Yummmmmm

Potatoes, Joi Choi, Swiss chard, peppers, fall squash, and lettuce in this week's box.  You will be getting peppers every week because they are susceptible to frost.

John has been busy plowing and planting cover crops like buckwheat to help ass nutrients, control erosion and prepare the fields for next spring.  The fields are looking good right now and they are hoping for another rain this week to help finish the leafy greens before the temps get too low.

Just A Reminder

Please breakdown your boxes when you return them to the host house.  It keep the porches clean and it helps when Rue picks them up to pack them in his van to return them to the farm.

It only takes a few minutes to help out.


Tuesday, October 8, 2019

What Is Hiding In This Weeks Box?

Do I see a little pumpkin in there?  Sure looks like it but it is not.  It is actually an orange winter squash. You can use them like you would a pumpkin in pumpkin pie or butternut squash.  They are really nice bakes with butter and brown sugar or maple syrup on them.  But they are also good with no sweetener on them.

Check out the recipe for Chunky Tomato Soup in the blog post below.  With the chilly days we are having I thought it might hit the spot.

Recipe Of The Week: Chunky Tomato Soup

Chunky Tomato Soup

1 1/2 cups peeled, seeded, and finely chopped tomatoes
2 teaspoons of sugar
1/4 cup of butter
1/4 cup of chopped onions
3/4 cup of salt
3 cups of milk

Bring tomatoes and sugar to a boil: simmer 10-15 minutes.  Meanwhile, heat butter and saute butter for 5 minutes.  Blend in flour, then slowly add milk while stirring.  Cook and stir until thickened.  Add hot tomatoes,, stirring constantly. 
Variation: Process tomatoes in a blender before heating or use tomato juice.  Delete flour for a thinner tomato soup.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Good-Bye Summer, Hello Fall

Fall colors in a box this week.

Be sure to check out the recipe of the week.  You have just about all the ingredients in the box this week for it.

Just a sure to break down your boxes and place them neatly on the CSA host family's porch or driveway.  It makes for a cleaner environment for the homeowner and it helps Rue when he is transporting them back to the farm for John and Anna.

Recipe of The Week: Green Bean Potato Pancakes

Green Bean Potato Pancakes

1 1/2 cup of finely diced green beans
2 cups of grated potatoes
1/4 cup of chopped onions
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
1/8 teaspoon of pepper

Combine ingredients and fry in vegetable oil or q miture of butter and oil.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

September Crops Are Beautiful

The boxes seem to be overflowing with fresh veggies!  I love the smell when you first open the box. 

This month you can expect to find tomatoes, peppers, onions, potatoes, possibly sweet corn, melons, sweet snacking peppers, and green beans.  There is one more planting of corn coming in a few weeks.  John is not sure that the last planting of melons will make it.  The cooler night really slows the growth of melons and tomatoes down.  There will be more beans coming, just not sure f the date yet.  Fall crops have been planted are looking really good.  Hoping this beautiful weather holds out this week.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Lots Of Boxes On The Front Porch Today

The weather has been a little more refreshing in the last few days.  Which everyone seems to be thankful for.
There are a lot of chores on the farm with weeding, picking vegetables and cleaning all the vegetables.  They are starting to put seeds in potting soil in the greenhouse for the fall vegetables.  With all the work there is to do they manage to take a little time off to go fishing.  From what I hear they are pretty good fishermen and women.
See that sweet little melon in the is called a  sugar cube melon.  And the peppers are called lunchbox peppers.

Enjoy the vegetables and the cooler weather.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Good Looking Greens

Can you smell the goodness?

Recipe Of The Week: Oven Fried Broccoli

Oven Fried Broccoli

1 1/2 cups of sour cream
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1 bunch broccoli cut into florets with 1-inch stems
1/2 cups of crushed cornflakes

Stir together sour cream, Worcestershire and garlic salt.  Dip broccoli into sour cream mixture, then roll into crushed cornflakes to coat.  Place on a greased baking sheet.  Bake at 400 degrees approximately 20 minutes.  Serve warm

Monday, June 17, 2019

Recipe Of The Week: Chard Salad

Chard Salad

1 pound of coarsely chopped chard
1/2 c thinly sliced celery
1/2 c thinly sliced radishes
1/4 c sliced onions
1/4 c olive oil
1/4 c lemon juice
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/4 tsp celery seed
salt and pepper to taste

Steam chard 3-5 minutes: drain.  Rinse under cold water to cool.  Drain well. Combine chard, celery, radishes, and onions and toss.  Put remaining ingredients in a jar with a lid and shake well.  Pour over salad.  Toss to coat.  Season to taste and serve.

Something A Different This Year

The CSA is growing and that means that John and Anna have acquired more responsibilities.  Those responsibilities will take up precious time.  So they have decided that they will only send out one Newsletter month instead of weekly and that will be sent to members of the CSA through email by Rue and Susan, the Englishers that also help with the CSA.  There will be no paper copy in your boxes like years before.  I think it is a win, win for everyone!

Newsletter From Rue

 For your produce boxes this week (June 18th), John and Anna expect to have lettuce, onions, Swiss chard, kale and possibly, Chinese cabbage, regular cabbage, green garlic or garlic scapes. Green beans should be ready in the next few weeks. We are hoping it doesn’t get too wet for them. The sweet corn plants at the farm are looking great as are the tomato plants. We are really close to sold out of summer shares so if you don’t have one and are wanting to get one please let us know.

Recipe Of The Week: Fresh Asparagus Omelet

Fresh Asparagus Omelet 

1 T of butter
6 eggs, beaten
1/4 c milk
1 T olive oil
8 stalks of asparagus cut into 1/2 inch pieces
salt and pepper as desired
1/4 c of chopped onion
1/2 c shredded swiss cheese

In a non-stick skillet, heat butter and oil over medium heat.  Add asparagus and onion and cook for five minutes or until tender.  In a bowl combine eggs, milk, salt, and pepper.  Beat egg mixture with a fork just until bubbles start to appear.  Pour over asparagus mixture.  Cook until eggs are set on top: lift edges with a spatula to allow the uncooked eggs to run under the cooked eggs.  When the eggs are fully cooked top with cheese and cut into wedges.

I Have Been A Slacker

I seem to be apologizing a lot lately.  My life is not my own and there are a million things pulling me in a million different directions.  I have managed to get pictures of each box from the beginning of the season.  I will share those and then get on to the boxes in June.

As you can see, each week the boxes are getting more filled.  The first few boxes are always a little smaller until the garden really starts to produce.