Our last 2 CSA Shares

Our CSA season is done for the year…. we got lots of great produce and some produce we didn’t end up using but at least what we did use we know where it came from! I think Joe will be especially happy to have the season finished since I worked the majority of Saturday’s and made it to the first one or two pickups and then I got the last pickup this week on Wednesday… otherwise he had to go get them all by himself and I’m the one who wanted to sign up for it! I’m not sure if we will sign up again next year or not.  This was our third year and it’s always good but some things we just don’t use and I don’t know about Joe but some things i just plain don’t like… like kohlrabi and greens that taste bitter and I think I learned this year that I don’t love celeriac either, although I will eat them all they just wouldn’t be my first choice in the grocery store!  So we’ll see but I might try to grow a small garden again, close to the house where I can keep it maintained and grow things I know we will eat.

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This share included:

  • Tomatos
  • Carrots
  • Cabbage
  • Brussels sprout tops
  • Radish
  • Celeriac
  • Potatoes
  • Leeks (although Joe and I thought/think they were really green onions)
  • Rutabaga

 

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This share included:

  • A pumpkin
  • Tomatos
  • Basil
  • Mixed greens
  • Lettuce
  • Rutabaga
  • Lots of carrots
  • Beets
  • Several types of radish
  • Celeriac
  • Radish
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Green onions
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CSA Share #5/Trail Cam Baby Buck

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Our newest CSA share includes:

  • Tomatoes
  • Radicchio
  • Lettuce
  • Cucumber
  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Purple striped beans
  • Kohlrabi’
  • Radishes
  • Carrots
  • Onions

(Pineapple not included!)

This evening Joe is actually making us homemade pizza with some of the basil.  I will try to get a photo of that since I’ve been bad about getting pictures but he has been feeding us very well!  A few days ago he made us homemade pork egg rolls and homemade fried rice, and Saturday night he made us boiled potatoes and crab legs (I love crab legs!), and another night we had scallops… which aren’t always my favourite but they were good, even I ate them…and lots of other tasty food in the past few weeks that I haven’t shared.  I think the pizza tonight will be good too… it looks good so far!

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In other news, last week there was some poop outside that we didn’t know where it came from.  I thought it was maybe a bear, but in looking online tonight with Joe…we kind of think it was maybe just raccoon… which is pretty lame.  But I put my trail cam out the other night just in case I got some good pictures and I think I will put it back out tonight in a different spot to see if I get anything different.

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This time all there was was a little young buck with baby size horns on his head wandering around in the grass near Buddy’s grave (the tuft of grass in the middle there) and our fire pit/fire wood pile.  It was actually around 9:15 this morning since my camera is a bit off (I fixed it now so next time it will be good)… not sure what he was doing wandering in the middle of the day but it looks like he had a nice time.

 

CSA Share #4

Our cooler than normal summer weather is over now and the last few days it has been super hot! As in 90’s and very humid!  I worked all weekend so at least I was in air conditioning most of the time and we have ac in our bedroom too.  Joe had to go downstate (a long 10 hour drive) for a bachelor party for one of his friends… he went down Saturday and came home Sunday and got only a few hours of sleep inbetween.  Plus he didn’t have ac in the car so it was an extra hot and long trip for him! We were glad to have him home last night, and I’m pretty sure he was glad to have ac in our bedroom at least to sit in for awhile!

Saturday, since I worked, our CSA people were super kind and brought my share to work so I didn’t have to try and run and grab it last minute during my lunch.  They drive past my work anyways on their way home so it wasn’t too far out of their way, but it was still really nice of them to offer! Normally Joe has to pick it up when I work but since he was gone this weekend he couldn’t!

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This week our share included:

  • Lettuce
  • Potatoes
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Yellow Squash
  • Zucchini
  • Cucumbers
  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Another herb but I’m not sure what it is yet 🙂
  • Kohlrabi

This is one of the nicest shares so far I think… it has tons of normal vegetables in it and not just greens! Even though it is already roasting hot today I think I might try to make and freeze some zucchini bread because I’m not sure that we will eat 4 large zucchini otherwise… maybe a couple of them we could stir-fry or something (Joe just bought a new wok I’ll have to show you when he tries it out!) but otherwise we have a lot of it so bread or muffins might be in order!  If I do it this morning maybe the house will cool off a bit before Joe gets home later!

I even debated buying more fans for the house yesterday so we could have some and the cats could have one upstairs and a new small one for the rabbit (he is so hot! and his fan from last year isn’t working right and doesn’t blow air) but everybody is all entirely sold out of fans.  This weekend was also the weekend all the Michigan Tech students came back up to school and all the freshmen moved in…. and as you can imagine, the dorms with several thousand people in them, can get very, very hot! So all the fans went very fast!  I should remind myself of this when they get more fans in stock and buy several when they go on clearance just to have, especially since next year we’ll have a baby who wants a fan or two as well!

Other than possible zucchini bread today I’m just hanging out here at home, doing chores and keeping cool.  I have some white paint to patch still and if I’m feeling ambitious this afternoon I’m going to try to trim everybody’s nails and give the dog a bath too since she is starting to smell a bit funny. 🙂 Joe had to go right back to work today of course, and hopefully he can work in his air conditioned office, otherwise if he has to go work in some of the other buildings he is without ac and he has to wear long pants and shoes and will be even more hot there than I will be here at home!  It might be an early night to go read in the air conditioning later!