21  Dec
Winter is Here

Hi everyone,

Today is officially the first day of winter, but here in MN we’ve been having winter for quite some time. The snow is piled high and familiar landmarks are no longer in sight after the plows made their way through the streets.

Winter brings different foods to our table… comfort foods. Lots of hearty soups, such as my recent recipe post for Squash and Italian Sausage soup, chilis, stews, and casseroles are the fare. I try to use as many local and organic ingredients as are available and the budget allows. Having the CSA does give us the opportunity to easily have more of both options. What is important to remember is to make those dishes healthy eating.

I am not cooking the Christmas dinner this year and am looking forward to being horribly spoiled by a wonderful grandma’s meal. I will contribute by bringing dessert, but she will present a feast to enjoy. I will be with people that I love dearly and that is what counts.

With the holidays looming large, I want to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas or a Happy Holiday celebration. Take time to appreciate your surroundings and carry Thanksgiving into Christmas.

Wishing you the best and take care,

Judy

Posted by admin, filed under CSA - Community Supported Agriculture, Healthy Food, Local Food Connections, Local Food Resources. Date: December 21, 2010, 10:19 am | Comments Off on Winter is Here

Hi everyone,

I’ve been away from my blog for too long! In October, I was in the Lakewinds Chanhassen store (our local co-op). There was a gal with a table display that was a bouquet of fresh vegetables. She was offering fresh carrots as a sample. I love to taste new foods and I thought – carrots, what is so different about them. They were fantastic – sweet and crisp crunchy. She was providing information on a winter CSA, which was totally new to me. I spoke to my husband about it that evening. Their deadline was drawing near for closing sign-ups. We decided we had to try it. We are so glad we did!

Featherstone Farm is located in Rushford, MN, which is about an hour away from the Twin Cities. We pick up a box every other week at the Lakewinds store. It is an easy deal for us to do so and we have been so impressed with the quality, quantity and taste of the produce. Here is a picture from their website of the first box of the season…. wow!

Box from Featherstone Farm

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Posted by admin, filed under CSA - Community Supported Agriculture, Healthy Food, Local Food Connections, Local Food Resources. Date: December 4, 2010, 1:11 pm | Comments Off on Our Winter CSA Adventure

Hi everyone,
It is April and dealing with a winter and short growing season will never be familiar to me. With that said, Chuck and I are SO looking forward to our visit each week to our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) – Crazy Daisy Farm.

This is our 3rd year and we can’t imagine not having those baskets of wonderfulness each week from late June through October. I remember the first year we signed up for a CSA share that it took me some time to locate a CSA that offered half-shares and was still available and that was in April. We made it under the wire and now, in addition to the wonderful produce, we enjoy a friendship with a great family. Bonus!
Crazy Daisy CSA Basket
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Posted by admin, filed under CSA - Community Supported Agriculture, Local Food Connections. Date: April 12, 2010, 3:43 pm | 2 Comments »

29  Aug
Zucchini Overload

Hi everyone,

It is summer and that means zucchini. I enjoy zucchini and summer squash, but sometimes I want to try something new and different.

This week, I will post a few different ideas to use the bountiful crop that summer brings.
Squash Blossom - Where it all starts
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Posted by admin, filed under CSA - Community Supported Agriculture, Local Food Recipes, Vegetables. Date: August 29, 2009, 12:38 pm | Comments Off on Zucchini Overload

Nothing like a summer trip to the Farmer’s Market or a basket from your CSA to get you cooking. I remembered a recipe in Prevention and personalized it a bit with all of the goodies in the fridge that I needed to use. Soup doesn’t need to be a cold weather dish. A lighter soup is refreshing because it isn’t heavy food to eat.

Fresh from the Market

Fresh from the Market


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Posted by admin, filed under At the Farmer's Market, CSA - Community Supported Agriculture, Local Food Recipes. Date: August 8, 2009, 4:50 pm | Comments Off on Farmer’s Market Vegetable Soup

Hi everyone,

Finally, we are pulling back the blanket of a chilly, snowy winter and looking forward to seeing the new apparel that Mother Nature will give her tree and flower children this year.

I think we all need spring badly this year. Our country is in economic chaos, our people are stressed and we need to find some joy and warmth in our lives. Spring just might be able to help warm us all up just a bit.

And this post couldn’t be more appropriate for Earth Day 2009.

 Fresh Peppers

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Posted by admin, filed under CSA - Community Supported Agriculture, Local Food Connections, Locavore. Date: April 22, 2009, 5:59 pm | 1 Comment »

 

Hi everyone,

Some sense of the end of a gloomy winter came last week with the arrival of our Crazy Daisy CSA brochure for 2009.

Crazy Daisy's Daisy

Crazy Daisy's Daisy

They are some wonderful new adventures in veggies for us this year and I am so ready for that fresh bounty every week. We are also working on their first cookbook and I hope to have it ready for the 2009 members to have some great new ideas.
 

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Posted by admin, filed under CSA - Community Supported Agriculture. Date: February 18, 2009, 5:04 pm | 3 Comments »

Happy New Year!

We are almost halfway through January of the New Year and I am wondering how many of you are already losing that resolve to make major changes in your life?

This past summer I was involved in a writing intensive with an wonderful supportive and talented group of women and a great coach, Suzanne Lieurance (The Working Writer’s Coach). Last week, she had a reunion call with our group to discuss our writing goals for 2009. After the call, I reviewed my goals based on the discussion, but also thought about them in a different light. Now I am applying that philosophy to my life, not just my writing.
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Posted by admin, filed under CSA - Community Supported Agriculture, Healthy Food, Local Food Connections, Local Food Resources. Date: January 12, 2009, 6:17 pm | 1 Comment »

Hi everyone,

What a difference a week makes – this week – warm, sunny, and breezy with a huge basket of food from our CSA, Crazy Daisy Farms.

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Posted by admin, filed under CSA - Community Supported Agriculture, Local Food Connections. Date: September 21, 2008, 4:54 pm | 2 Comments »

 

 

Hi everyone,

Well, it appears that fall is early in Minnesota. The temps outside at 4:00ish yesterday were mid 60’s, clouds off and on, and a hint of a cool wind. The crops are changing again as Mother Nature plays her tricks.

Our basket was still filled with wonderful foods we will enjoy this next week. The tomatoes are gorgeous. Last week I made a wonderful sauce with all of the tomatoes I had in the house, plus some shredded zucchini. It will make a delightful sauce for lasagna.
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Posted by admin, filed under CSA - Community Supported Agriculture, Local Food Connections. Date: September 12, 2008, 11:44 am | Comments Off on Week 11 – Is It Summer or Fall in Minnesota?

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