CSA Week 16 – August 18, 2012 and Supper Ideas

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This is a picture of Emmy (our in-house quality control supervisor), she gave the carrots her approval so in the CSA they went! 🙂

As we prepared our CSA’s today, I realized I forgot to take a picture of Saturday’s CSA. This is also a good time to remind everyone that every CSA is not the same. We pick until we reach right over the $20.00 mark. Tuesday’s CSA might be a little different than Saturday’s depending on what the garden’s producing. This week, everyone received okra, tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers. We also added some Certified Organic Fruit; nectarines, grapes, and oranges.

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Here’s part of the crew (Danny and Alyssa) taking a watermelon break!

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Emmy, Timmy, and Abby decided the tree fort was a better place for their snack since our new puppy, Samson, loves fruit.

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A snack tray of sliced cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers, and whole tomatoes and peppers. I put this out while I’m making Supper.

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Thin sliced Armenian and Lemon Cucumbers

Serve these cukes all week long as a before dinner snack or instead of chips as a side.

Here’s a few dinner ideas for those busy seasons of life. For us, we are trying to get the garden caught up before we start school in September. I love school. Anyway, so we are eating easy this week. Since we eat what we grow I thought I’d share a few of our meals for the week. Feel free to leave a comment and share your ideas.

First, cut up some of your veggies in a tray or on a plate, like the above picture.

1) Chicken wraps –  I put some chicken breast in the crockpot (no seasonings) on low all day. You can even put them in frozen if you forgot to thaw them out. Then set out whole wheat tortillas, sliced chicken, shredded cheese, and your veggie tray. We also like kale or romaine and Alyssa’s ranch. Our children love the cucumbers (like chips) dipped in ranch. Remember, raw food is so good for you!

2) Chicken or Steak Fajitas – Again, put the meat in the crockpot and season for fajitas. In a second crockpot, put double the amount of pinto beans to feed your family and season. (If you need recipes, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll post them.) Then right before dinner saute peppers and onions. Yum!

3)When the crockpot full of beans cools, put it in the fridge. The next day pull it out and make sure there’s enough water to cover the beans. Heat on low all day and mash with a potato masher for bean burritos. Add cheese, salsa, sour cream, and tomatoes. You can add corn for a great side.

4) If you have any veggies left over, you can make a stirfry. Cook some brown rice – remember it takes 45 minutes not 15 like white. Saute some chicken or steak strips in a little olive oil. Add Braggs Liquid Aminos (found at health food stores – Our Guthrie Health Food Store is amazing!) to keep it from sticking and add flavor. Add veggies, carrots, kale, peppers, onions, okra whatever. 🙂 Cut veggies diagonally for a new look.

Hopefully, some of these ideas will bless you, as all of our customers bless us.

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Samson (our new pup) is making life an adventure. He likes to drag things all over the property. He pulled a plastic bag of bolts out of the shed and left it by the garden. So funny! If you leave it on the porch, it’s his. He perfers flip-flops over boots. Many of us have lost our summer shoes and I lost my best pair of garden gloves. I suppose I’ll learn to put my things up. 🙂

Life is an adventure! Enjoy it because life is short and death is certain. Love your husbands (wifes), children, and the LORD most of all! God is good, so very good!

Remember as you begin homeschool this year – Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you.

All for Him,

Cynthia (for the Flock)

 

 

 

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CSA Week 15 – August 11, 2012

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Can anyone say stuffed bell peppers? That’s what we’re having for dinner. 🙂
This week our CSA Customers received lots of sweet bell peppers, a mess of okra,  cucumbers (Armenian, poinsette, and lemon ), and tomatoes. Remember you can easily freeze peppers, okra, and tomatoes. See post on freezing produce under recipes. Freezing summer produce is a great way to add lots of vitamins to winter meals. Yes, Gil does foliar feed our garden (and yours) with organic minerals. Speaking of the garden, today we planted carrots, turnips, radishes, and beets. Last night we weeded the sweet potatoes, they are looking great. Also, lemon cucumbers are great on sandwiches. Cucumbers are also great and healthy stuffed with tuna or chicken salad. Remember you have to peel the poinsettes this time of year due to the heat but the lemons and Armenians don’t seem to mind the heat as much so you can eat their skin.

All for Him, Cynthia

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CSA Week 14 – August 5, 2012

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This week our CSA Customers received a cantaloupe, okra, Armenian, poinsette and lemon cucumbers, tomatoes (big and cherry mix) and a pepper assortment.

We are learning that the CSA’s differ day to day. So some people will get a watermelon and some will get a cantaloupe or you may get different peppers. We pick the garden the morning of CSA pick up and then divide it between customers that day.

Here’s a copy of a letter that went out to our customers this week.

Dear CSA Customers,

As the seasons change in Oklahoma and the summer temperatures hit 110 on a regular basis, the garden slows down. We know that and we expect August to be a lean month. So your CSA’s will look different and there might even be a few weeks of no CSA’s. Only the LORD knows with the weather in OK. J But He is faithful and so far the garden is green and producing albeit slowly. As your Farmers, we wanted you to know that we are working hard to ensure a great fall crop. We have planted (not guaranteed) potatoes, green beans, corn, butternut squash, acorn squash, and spaghetti squash. This month our goal is to plant cabbage, beets, collards, turnips, eggplant, and pumpkins. Also, your CSA may contain a lot more of one item then another. Don’t forget you can freeze most produce easily for great nutrition in the winter. The info is on our website and we welcome your calls with any questions. Also, if you want to make pickles or something else, this is a great time to ask us to substitute this or that and we will do our best to make it happen. We are so blessed to be your Farmer. We hope you are blessed with your Safe, Chemical Free produce. As always, let us know of any suggestions.

All for Him, Gil, Cynthia, Dylan, Alyssa, Daniel, Timothy, Abigail, Emily, and Hannah

Also, I forgot to mention that we will also be planting more carrots, kale, romaine, sugar snap peas, radishes, and spinach when the weather cools. 🙂

I have fall fever already!

Here’s a cute picture of siblings that are best friends. It’s hard to believe Sarah Lyn would be right in between Timmy and Abby. We miss her greatly but are thankful for the time we had with her.

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CSA Week 13 – July 28, 2012

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This week our CSA Customers received a muskmelon, okra, green beans, an Armenian and a lemon cucumber, Big Boy and cherry tomatoes, Bell, Banana, and Jalapeno peppers, and a bunch of carrots. Praise God for produce in the heat of the summer!

Blessings, Cynthia (for the Flock)

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CSA Week 12 – July 21, 2012

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This week our CSA Customers received a cantaloupe, okra, green beans, Armenian and lemon cucumbers, big boy, Roma, and cherry tomatoes, and carrots.

Enjoy!

All for Him, Cynthia ( for the flock )

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CSA Week 11 – July 14, 2012

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This week our CSA Customers received a Sugar Baby Watermelon, Okra, Green Beans, Squash, Kale, Cucumbers, Big Boy, Romas, and Cherry/Pear Tomatoes 🙂

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CSA Week 10 – July 7, 2012

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This week our CSA Customers received a muskmelon (cantaloupe ), green beans, new potatoes, okra, cucumbers, squash mix, tomato mix (big boys, romas, cherry – pear mix ), and carrots. Hope everyone enjoyed it!

Yesterday, we planted fall potatoes and green beans. The Bender Family blessed us with Benjamin and Levi for the day. They worked really hard. We are so thankful for the help.

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Here’s Benjamin with the prize potato from our Spring planting (Mr. Potato Head)!

Thank you also to the Sawyer family. They have helped us in our garden more times than I can count, literally! Here’s a picture of our families earlier this year!

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Thank you Sawyers!

All for Him, Cynthia (for the Flock)

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Salsa Recipe

Dear Friends, I realized I only put 5 cloves of garlic on our salsa recipe and it should have been 10 cloves of garlic. Sorry. 🙂

All for Him, Cynthia (for the Flock)

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Salsa Recipe

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Mondays are busy days here on the farm. Here the girls are helping bake bread. We baked 8 loaves of bread to last us the week.

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Alyssa made her famous Ranch Goat Cheese. It is so good on salad. It’s a healthy replacement for dressing as well.

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We made Salsa using fresh ingredients from our farm. I really don’t like to go to the store for anything. We’ve adapted our recipe from Cousin Jim’s and Dorcas Bender’s recipes. They both make great salsa!

12 large tomatoes, quartered

10 cloves of garlic

2 small jalapenos

a bunch of cilantro

2 tsp. salt

one small yellow onion

one small red onion

I add 9 of the tomatoes to the blender one quarter at a time, I add the rest of the ingredients except 3 tomatoes, and the onions to the blender and blend.

I use the food processer to chop the rest of the tomatoes and the onions.

I add it all together, taste test, add any additional ingredients needed.

Makes about 8 cups salsa.

I hope you all enjoy!

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We also canned pizza sauce today. So for dinner, we had pasta with the additional sauce.

All for Him, Cynthia

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CSA Week 9 – June 30, 2012

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This week our CSA customers received a cantaloupe, okra, potatoes, green beans, Roma tomatoes, cherry pear tomato mix, yellow squash and zucchini, cucumbers, big boy tomatoes, and a bunch of carrots. Enjoy!

Our men work so hard both on farm and off! It warms my heart when D, our 16 year old son, comes in after a long day and the first thing he does is scoop up his baby sister.

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He’ll make a great Daddy one day, if the LORD wills he have children. So sweet!

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