CSA Week 12

It is the second to last week that we will get to see each of you until the next CSA! But the weather is beautiful outside, the birds think it is Spring, and we can take joy in that before the snow/rain begins to fall 🙂 We can’t wait to see all of you on Thursday from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm at the pickup location at Cook Field. Next week, December 7th, we will be having a pickup as well of any crops that we have left in storage or in the ground. Please bring your boxes back that day so that we can get all of them into storage! See you all Thursday!

In this week’s cropbox…

  • Potatoes
  • Leeks
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Radishes
  • Turnips
  • Squash
  • Kale
  • Onions
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach

The full shares will have larger portions of these foods as well as the opportunity to pick any other available crops up at pickup.

Also, we will be selling our Institute for Food salsa at the CSA pick up:  $6.00 per jar/$50.00 per case of 12 jars.  It’s made from farm tomatoes, peppers and onions with a recipe from our own CSA member Lora McCargish–great stocking stuffer.  All proceeds go to support the Institute for Food Farm.





Pineapple, Banana, and Kale Smoothie

If you don’t know what to do with all of the kale that we are giving you, put it into a smoothie! This recipe, in the link below, calls for peanut butter, but for some people that may be overwhelming compared to the pineapple and could turn out kinda weird. I would skip the peanut butter, but for you daredevils out there give it a try and let me know what you think!


Mashed Potato Pancakes

To fill up your tummy at the breakfast table, however, have some of these hearty mashed potato pancakes. You can make these pancakes without mashed potatoes as well, but this way you can get rid of any leftover Thanksgiving taters and use any extra that you need that you find in your CSA box this week 🙂 If you have ever gone to Patterson’s they have potato pancakes there, so bring Patterson’s into your home this Sunday morning so that you don’t have to wait in that beautiful line that we all love!



Winter Shredded Cabbage Salad

I love shredded cabbage summer salads so why not try a winter one?!? I have never heard of baking a salad, but with most of the recipes I pick, I am encouraging you all to test the known-limits of the cookery world 🙂


Potato, Leek, and Bacon Chowder

On the side of warm things for lunch, give this potato and soup chowder a shot! It has bacon so it can’t not be amazing. Because bacon is amazing. Unless you are a vegetarian, or you just don’t like bacon. Then it is neutral hahaha



Leek and Spinach Chicken with Pan Roasted Roots and Veggies

I love pan sheet roasted vegetables and with this recipe, you can make a really easy recipe that will last your family the entire week! And it is a lovely addition of color to the table. This recipe calls for a sweet potato, but if you do not want to go out and have another thing on your list to buy, then substitute it with your squash. Anything other than spaghetti squash will work really well! Also if you want to throw the potatoes and radishes onto the pan, do that! They will compliment the array of roots and veggies really well. And finally, if you have any beets hiding somewhere throw those on the sheet too. Roasted beets with balsamic are AMAZING!

Orange Ginger Turmeric Roasted Root Vegetables

I had to google what a leek was hahaha and I was shocked to see how big those suckers are! I thought they were like green onions until I saw them in person! They blew my mind. Anywho… leeks, spinach, chicken, all in a wine sauce. ‘Nuff said. Cook it. Eat it. Love it.


Fun Thanksgiving Leftover Idea

Wrapped Shredded Turkey with a Side of Cranberry and Dijon Puree

This recipe does not call for anything in your CSA box, but I know that we always have bowls of leftover cranberry sauce since my dad is the only one who eats them, but with this recipe, even I would eat cranberries! Use this recipe as an appetizer when you have friends and family over this weekend since the weather will be so beautiful.


That’s all that I have for you all this week! Take advantage of the beautiful weather this week! Go on a run, do some yard work, play with the kids in a leaf pile, build a fort to watch a late night movie, or make a picnic and take it to Hueston Woods! Whatever it is, do it with the ones you love 🙂

Happy and Healthy Eating,


CSA Week 11

T-minus 1 week to Turkey Day! Since we will not be seeing all of your lovely faces next week due to Thanksgiving, we put in extra yummies for this week’s CSA. Enjoy the holiday, give your family a lot of hugs, and eat tons of food! See you all at pickup, Thursday, Nov. 16th, from 3:30-5:30 at Cook Field!

This week’s shares include:

  • Spinach
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Green Onions
  • Arugula
  • Garlic
  • Winter Squash
  • Kale
  • Rutabaga
  • Lettuce

Full shares will have larger portions and will also be able to take any additional goodies at the pickup sight

For any of the below recipes, the list can be found here or follow the links underneath each description for that particular recipehttps://www.pinterest.com/instituteforfood/csa-week-11/



Sausage and Kale Spaghetti Squash Frittata

The only suggestion that I have for this recipe is to let the spaghetti squash dry before you make the recipe. The squash has a lot of stored up juices and that can dilute the recipe or make the fritatta lose its shape. Try taking a paper towel and patting the squash dry. Also fun fact, to make the spaghetti squash you can microwave the squash face down resting on the ridge of a bowl with water in it. Let it microwave for 12 minutes and then the spaghetti will strand into the noodles you are hoping for 🙂


Pineapple Kale Smoothie

If you want to be really fancy, put the smoothie in a bowl and take some cut bananas, kiwi, and pomegranate seeds on top with a couple walnuts and chia seeds! Smoothie bowls are my new favorite foods.



Autumn Arugula Salad

I just had this today for lunch! I skipped out on the avocado because I was too lazy to cut on up haha but you can use all of the greens that you are getting this week in your box for this salad. It is really pretty looking and either your coworkers or the kids at the lunch table will be so jealous!



Stuffed Acorn Squash with Maple Roasted Beets and Carrots and Mashed Rutabaga 


This was my extravagant dinner last week and I am still enjoying every morsel of the leftovers! FYI rutabaga take FOREVER to boil so if you want to even make these for Thanksgiving dinner, make sure you give at least an hour for them to soften. And hold off on putting the potatoes in to boil with them otherwise they will just disintegrate. If you run out of acorn squash, any winter squash will work. I used acorn, butternut, and delicato.



Maple Roasted Beets and Carrots


Brown Sugar Delicato Squash

If you tried the turnip puff and it was successful for you as a dessert I need to talk to you and get pointers because that recipe bewildered me haha but these two recipes should be much more straightforward as desserts. These delicato squash rings are perfect to throw in a ziploc bag and eat in the middle of the day when you are craving something sweet and the vending machine is too daunting to approach. Once again, use any winter squash that you can find. Any will work with this recipe!


Oatmeal Butternut Squash Cookies

I am so pumped for these! They look delicious! Let me know what you think of them if you get hte chance to try cooking them!


That’s all that we have for you all this week but happy start of the holiday season. Now go stuff your faces with food and play lots of backyard football. be with family, build a fire, enjoy the day, and be happy!

Happy and Healthy Eating,


CSA Week 10!

Happy week 10 of the CSA! I am getting really excited for Turkey Day which seems right around the corner so I was a little inspired in some of the recipes for this week *cough cough* check out the dessert this week. We hope to see you all Thursday from 3:30-5:30 at Cook Field for the pickup and dropping off of last week’s boxes. Now grab a cup of hot chocolate as you read this wonderful blog about creative and cool things to do with vegetables!

Half Share and Full Share Crops (Full shares have larger portions and also free-for-all at the pickup site)

  • Broccoli
  • Turnips
  • Radishes
  • Swiss Chard
  • Kale
  • Lettuce

Onto the recipes! For any that may peak your interest, follow this link!



Broccoli, Sausage, and Egg Radish Hash or Broccoli Cheddar Breakfast Quesadilla

I feel like I truly broke the status quo of what foods should be eaten when this week. Who the heck eats broccoli for breakfast?!? I do is the answer. As of a couple of days ago when I was told that we were harvesting broccoli and I could not think of any lunch or dinner ideas that made me happy. Too bad I could not find a dessert haha that would’ve been weird. But whether it is a late start to the morning and you decide to go all out for brunch or you are rushing to catch the bus, these two recipes have your back. The ingredients for the hash can be reused in the quesadilla so prep a little extra to freeze and use in a quesadilla. Also these recipes call for potatoes, but I encourage you to use radishes! Lower carbs 🙂


Salmon Street Tacos topped with Radishes and Avocado Crema; side of Salata od Rotkvica (radish salad)

or the classic Broccoli Cheddar Soup (But add Radishes)


I LOVE STREET TACOS! Ever since going to the PNW (Pacific Northwest) I can not get enough of artisan street tacos. The fish there is unbelievable, it is on the level of freshness that the vegetables you all receive from our farms are on. That fresh. Its great. Buy a plane ticket. Go to Seattle. Just for some fish. Anywho, this street taco is actually incredibly easy to make and delicious! The crema you can use greek yogurt too if you want to avoid calories. And if you have read any of the previous blog posts you have probably seen that I have a preference for anything Balkan so when I stumbled upon the radish salad recipe I had to throw it up here. And its a little language lesson!


Mason Jar Cornbread Bean Burger with Kale

Broccoli for breakfast, Croatian for lunch, and mason jar burgers for dinner? Maybe I’m just sleep deprived, but I find this layout to be hilarious hahaha I hope you can bask in the same chuckles I am currently displaying as I write this. But this mason jar recipe looks awesome! And some sautéed kale underneath a yummy bean burger… and with cornbread buns?!? How could a Friday night get any better. Toss in some turnip fries too on the side! Here is a link 🙂 http://allrecipes.com/recipe/163062/crispy-turnip-fries/


Turnip Puff

I told you that I was traversing new territory this week, and maybe some of you have seen this before, but I would never in my existence thought to make a dessert puff out of turnips!!! The creativity in the world nowadays continues to astound me. I am hoping to make this in the near future, but if you get to it first, let me know if you truly can make a root into a dessert. That would be so cool!

Alas we come to the end of our journey together this week, but until next time!

Happy and Healthy Eating,

CSA Week 9 Pickup!

Hello CSA members! Gosh, I hope that you are all enjoying this weather as much as we are! Ian, Stephanie, and Charles really appreciate the nice cool breeze on the farm 🙂

Anywho, here is the list of crops for this week! Half share and full share have the same items. Full shares will include larger portions and the opportunity to pick up extras at the collection site.

We hope to see you all Thursday from 3:30-5:30 pm at Cook Field!

  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Bunch of Lettuce
  • Bok Choy
  • Kale
  • Braising Mix
  • Thyme

For any of the following recipes here is the link where they can be found!



Kale and Mushroom Egg Bowls

These muffin puffs are perfect to make one night where you have a little bit of extra time and then you can just pop them into your refrigerator and you will have an easy, quick, and delicious breakfast when you are in a rush through your morning routine. What else is also nice is that you can toss in any extra produce that you may have from previous CSA weeks! Peppers, onions, tomatoes; they would all taste very well in this recipe. Vary the meats too if you do not have sausage, I like to fry some hard salami and then chop that up and toss it in. Your options are limitless!


Kalamata Tuna Salad or Pear Balsamic Salad


With the hype of salad wraps I wondered if somehow there could be a bok choi wrap… turns out that there is and it is amazing! Throw some tuna salad, chicken salad, or even macaroni salad into a leaf of bok choi and feel healthy and happy while munching. For a more classic lunch look at the salad and give it a try!


Braised Thyme Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots. Creamed Braising Greens


What a hearty meal for the cold nights we have been having. The creamy braised greens remind me of a green bean casserole on Thanksgiving day. And who doesn’t love the perfect trio: chicken, potatoes, and carrots. Top it off with some fresh thyme that will also be in your CSA box!

Also, if you are like me and always find yourself with extra herbs, whether that be the thyme, parsley, or any other spice that CSA has put into your boxes, there is a solution to just throwing out the extra! Try drying out the fresh herbs and keeping them for future recipes. Below is a quick and easy instruction set for learning how to do this.


I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween and spoiled some of this week’s dinners with the fruits of labor in trick-or-treating! Have a great weekend everyone and happy November!

Happy and Healthy Eating,