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CSA Week 4

Posted 6/20/2016 9:25pm by Sara Creech.

Happy Monday!  This last week has been filled with lots of children, laughter, new growth, and lots and lots of rain. While there have been lots of challenges and hard times as well on the farm this week, I am reminded how centering and peaceful the farm can be and hope you will find this as well...you haven't been here yet? I think it is time to plan a farm picnic!  

Saturday July 23rd from 4-7pm we are going to have our first CSA member farm picnic, complete with a few fun dishes with produce from around the farm. Have a recipe you are excited about sharing? Go ahead and bring it, or a dessert from home to add to the main courses provided here. All you need is a chair and some farm shoes to check out the animals and plants! If you have any questions, call Sara at (765) 336-1154

We have a few new items for your baskets this week in addition to some oldies but goodies!

  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Cabbage
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Carrots
  • Zucchini/ Summer Squash
  • A small sweet surprise!

When I was thinking about a good recipe for this week, I realized that a lot of these items are great for juicing or making smoothies. I don't know about you but sometimes I am a little lazy about eating my vegetables...not that I don't like them, but sometime it can be a lot of work to make a dish featuring each vegetable. One of the tricks I learned when first trying vegetables was to blend them into smoothies- I tried everything at first. Some things work well...others not so much. I can tell you that broccoli works in a fruit smoothie but let it sit for more than a few minutes and it will be the consistency of a thick jello- not very appetizing. Add whole garlic or onion and your sinuses will be cleared for days ;) I personally love to keep frozen bananas on hand to help give the chill and flavor without the added bulk of ice to my veggie smoothies.  Here is a nice beginner recipe I use from the VitaMix website: https://www.vitamix.com/How-to-Create-Your-Custom-Green-Smoothie

Mix and match to create your favorite drink!

Sometimes you reach for your blender and discover that the fruits and vegetables in your refrigerator don’t quite match the ingredients of the green smoothie recipe that you had in mind. We’ve created a mix and match guide to help you blend the fruits and vegetables you have on hand and create your own custom green smoothie

How to Create Your Custom Green Smoothie:

  1. Choose one item from Column A, two from Column B, and one from Column C. 
  2. Place all your ingredients in the Vitamix machine, liquid first, then soft ingredients, then firmer ones.
  3. Add one cup of ice last.
  4. Secure the lid and select Variable 1.
  5. Turn machine on and slowly increase to your machine’s highest speed.
  6. Blend for 45 seconds or until smooth.
  7. Drink and enjoy.

Column A (Choose 1 Item)

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1/2 head of romaine
  • 1 romaine heart
  • 3/4 cup raw broccoli
  • 1 small head of Bibb or Boston lettuce

Column B (Choose 2 Items)

  • 1 cup grapes
  • 1 apple
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 1 cup melon, peeled
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1 cup berries
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, peeled or unpeeled
  • 1 kiwi, peeled
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 cup peaches
  • 1 cup mango, peeled
  • 1/2 cup papaya, peeled
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 pear

Column C (Choose 1 Item)

  • 1 cup soy milk (plain or vanilla)
  • 1 cup yogurt (flavored or plain)
  • 1 cup fruit juice
  • 1 cup water
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