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FarmBox Fresh: 6/12/2013

14 Jun

I haven’t posted FarmBox picture recently, and since they started offering new items, I wanted to make sure to give an update!  They now are offering items like oats, lentils, peas, raisins, and other items from their sister company, One Degree Organic Foods.  Plus, they provided us with a copy of a new magazine, Edible Baja, which is all about food and drink in southern AZ.  It’s a really neat magazine!

FarmBox Fresh: 6/12/2013

 

So, this week you can see I got the following:

1 Bread – Sprouted Spelt (1.0 loaf)
1 Lettuce – Green Leaf (1.0 head)
1 Zucchini (1.0 each)
1 Squash – Yellow Straightneck (1.0 each)
1 Radish (1.0 bunch)
1 Carrots (1.0 bunch)
1 PantryItems: Rolled Oats Organic (1.0 bag)
1 PantryItems: Raisins Organic (1.0 bag)

Total: $23.50

The carrots and radishes have been great snacks, and I’ve been on a salad kick lately, so the green leaf lettuce is perfect for salads for lunch.  I think I will be making oatmeal raisin cookies with the oats and the raisins, that is, if I don’t eat all the raisins first!  Still love getting fresh food from them, and happy to hear that they are partnering with farms with the same quality values as them to be able to provide more for us who participate in the program.  Looking forward to them offering peaches again soon from a local grower, last year they were amazing!

FarmBox Fresh: 3/27/2013

29 Mar

I know I haven’t done this in a while, even though I still get a Farm Box weekly.  But, this week, I was very excited about my box, so I just wanted to share!

Sunizona Family Farms FarmBox 3/27/2013

 

This week, I did a Custom box and picked:

– Spouted Spelt bread: our favorite sandwich bread, very light and very tasty
– Seedless hothouse cucumber: making refrigerator pickles
– Green beans: My 4-year-old and 6-year-old LOVE green beans and can’t get seem enough of them right now!
– Beets: Making pickled beets and using the water from boiling them to color Easter eggs, hoping it works!
– Radishes: Kids and husband love them!
– Green leaf lettuce: Great for salads for me for lunch

And last, but not least, the item I was most excited about…

PEAS!

Sunizona Family Farms peas

 

We love peas, but they are usually so expensive or hard to find at the store, and they never seem to make it into the Bountiful Baskets rotation.  So, I was very excited to see them available through Sunizona.  And, they are delicious!  We will probably eat these raw.

FarmBox Fresh: 9/19/2012

21 Sep

I picked some new things this week!  Here is what I got:

I got okra (thank you Gayle for sharing!), garlic, red leaf lettuce, green beans, zucchini, lemon cucumber, ugly duckling potatoes (not the prettiest potatoes, but still edible), kid size pumpkin, red & yellow cocktail tomato mix, Special Spelt bread, and red cocktail tomatoes. The pumpkin I will bake and puree at some point for my favorite fall pumpkin recipes.  We’ve been munching on the tomatoes.  The spelt bread was one he hadn’t tried yet, and it was great.  Very light, fluffy, moist bread.  They do any amazing job with their bread!  Now, it’s time to work on what to get for next week!

 

Note: I order a custom box and choose what I want in my box from their Web Store.  There may be variances in availability on different pick up days.

 

FarmBox Fresh: 9/12/2012

13 Sep

This week I went a little smaller with my box, I’ve been a little overwhelmed with fresh produce, so I have been trying to cut back to get a little break from all the food prep.  So, here is what I picked this week:

 

I got a bunch of carrots with greens, a blackberry apple pie, premium Italian basil, micro parsley, 2 lbs apples for juicing, a big ol’ beef tomato, and green beans.

This week, I decided it was time to try the pie.  I’ve heard good things about it from other participants here, and they were right!  It’s very good pie.  It’s not very big, but it’s worth it!  I’m very excited to have green beans again, they are really good, especially cooked with garlic.  I did make some apple pear juice with my juice extractor earlier this week that was a big hit with the kids, so they are excited to have more apples for juice.  I still have leeks, so I will use some parsley for more Potato Leek Soup.  I know I had a plan for the basil, but that’s escaping my mind at the moment, so if nothing else, I will make pesto!

 

Note: I order a custom box and choose what I want in my box from their Web Store.  There may be variances in availability on different pick up days.

FarmBox Fresh: 9/5/2012

6 Sep

This week, I was excited to have 14 other people get FarmBoxes!  Slowly keeps growing here!

Here is what I chose this week in my custom box:

 

This week, I chose radishes, the big ol’ beef tomato, Bartlett pears, green leaf lettuce, green chile peppers, Gala apples, Khorasan sandwich bread, baguette, and rhubarb.  I’m really looking forward to making something with the rhubarb, pie or a crisp, maybe with strawberries.  My girls are loving the pears and apples, and will devour the radishes.  I used the bread and tomato with some cheese for a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich.  The baguette is really good as well, I might spray with olive oil, rub with garlic, and broil it.  Or, just eat it, it’s great like the rest of their bread.

 

Note: I order a custom box and choose what I want in my box from their Web Store.  There may be variances in availability on different pick up days.

FarmBox Fresh: 8/22 and 8/29

30 Aug

I realized I never did post last week, so, I waited until I got yesterday’s box so I could just post them together.

Here is what I got last week:

Watermelon, red potatoes, Gala apples, a lemon cucumber, green leaf lettuce, zucchini, green beans, 1 pound vine ripened tomatoes, and coconut macaroons.  All of this was $28.75.  Coconut macaroons are one of my favorites, and these 3 got eaten in no time!  I made garlic green beans with the green beans, my daughter took sliced lemon cucumber to lunch one day.  The tomatoes I used to make a  tomato mushroom pasta sauce, and the zucchini made Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins.  The head of lettuce made a couple of great lunch salads for me.

Here is what I got this week:

 

I got 2 head of lettuce (yes, I love to make salads!), green beans, big ol’ beef tomato (GREAT addition to grilled cheese or perfect for BLTs), 1 pound red vine ripened tomatoes, white potatoes, dinner rolls, Gala apples, and Barlett pears (apples and pears are from Briggs and Eggers orchard, which is also organic).   One daughter had a pear, the other an apple in their lunches today.  I put the dinner rolls in the freezer, we’ll have those soon, but I didn’t want them to get moldy.  Excited to make green beans again, and the white potatoes are great boiled in salt as a side with dinner.

 

Note: I order a custom box and choose what I want in my box from their Web Store.  There may be variances in availability on different pick up days.

 

Basket and FarmBox Breakdown: 8/4/2012

10 Aug

I have been trying to get this written all week!  We took an end of summer “staycation” to a resort in Tucson at the end of last week into the weekend, and then we had to get ready for our big start of school this week, part-time preschool and full day kindergarten for my two darlings.  It’s been just a little busy here lately!  However, the wonderful thing about our “staycation”, was that there was a Sunizona Familiy Farms FarmBox pick up and a Bountiful Baskets site, each within 10 minutes from the resort.  How awesome that both these programs are flexible enough that I can pick up in other locations so I don’t have to miss out on my produce!

Friday afternoon was the pick up for my FarmBox.  I got some of our favorites and tried a few new things this week.

 

This week, I got 1 bunch carrots, 1 seedless cucumber (to make Refrigerator Pickles), 1 bag white potatoes, 1 Big Ol’ Beef  tomato, 1 zucchini, 1 head garlic, 1 6 pack burger buns (these were amazing!), 1 Sprouted Khorasan Plus bread, and 1 head green leaf lettuce.  This cost me $27.25.  I love how fresh this all tastes!  I am so excited that the FarmBox program is now delivering a little closer to me, and I’m still working toward bringing it to my city!

I kept things simple for Bountiful Baskets on Saturday, just getting a regular basket and honey whole wheat bread.  It was neat to get to see another site and how they run things.  Here is what was in the baskets:

 

I got cherries, plums, a Galia melon, bananas, blueberries, Romaine lettuce, cabbage, red potatoes, mangoes,  and peaches.

 

Note: The type and amount of food may vary from another basket because of geographic location and because of variances in how case ends are distributed once everything is distributed evenly.

Grocery Store Grabs: 4/28/2013

28 Apr

Like the title?  I was trying to keep with my other titles like Basket Breakdown, Farmer’s Market Finds and FarmBox Fresh since I’m hoping to keep this up for at least a few weeks, maybe months.  We’ll see.  I haven’t gotten as much written lately as I would like, but life is busy and so it goes.

Anyway, I am way behind on the grocery sale cycle this week and finally got to at least Fry’s to get my weekly produce.  I took both my girls, which is breaking the number 1 rule of bargain shopping – never take the family.  Why?  My kids think the produce section is like a candy store, and want everything.  And, I have a hard time saying no to fresh produce!  But, with the goal of $15-$20, we didn’t go over too badly.  We did get a great variety of produce, though!

Grocery Store Grabs: 4/28/20131 head of Romaine lettuce at $0.99/ea = $0.99
1 bunch celery at $1.29/ea = $1.29
1 bunch organic carrots at $1.49/ea = $1.49
1.20 lb broccoli at $0.99/lb = $1.19
2.23 lb cauliflower at $1.29/lb = $2.88
2 artichokes at $1/ea = $2
1 cucumber (AZ grown, EuroFresh Farms) at $0.99/ea = $0.99
1 bunch radishes at $0.59/ea = $0.59
1.16 lb of Roma tomatoes (6 tomatoes) at $0.99/lb = $1.15
2.07 lb red seedless grapes at $2.49/lb = $5.15
1 personal seedless watermelon at $1.25/ea = $1.25
1 cantaloupe at $1.99/ea = $1.99
2.53 lb of bananas (8 bananas) at $0.57/lb = $1.44
2.03 lb red delicious apples (6 apples) at $0.99/lb = $2.01
2.15 lb navel oranges (4 oranges) at $0.99/lb = $2.13

Total: $26.54, $27 after tax

The grapes and cauliflower are what made us go over.  However, my older daughter was upset that I was hesitant, so I bought them anyway.  Without those 2 items, I would have been at $18.51, $18.83 after tax.  I also picked up some more shredded and sliced cheese at $1.88 and $1.99 per package, respectively.

Other produce sales from the Fry’s ad include, 1 lb baby carrots at $0.99/ea, iceberg, red or green leaf lettuce at $0.99/ea, asparagus at $2.99/lb, 1 lb strawberries, 8 oz blackberries, or 8 oz blueberries at $2.50/ea, 1 lb organic strawberries at $2.99/ea, and organic 5-9 oz salad blends at $2.99/ea.  I haven’t been to Safeway, but from their ad, they have 1 lb strawberries at $0.99/ea, red delicious or Gala apples at $0.99/lb, sweet white corn at $0.50/ea, red or black seedless grapes at $2.99/lb, red, orange, or yellow peppers at $1.25/ea, red or ataulfo mangoes at $1/ea, red or russet potatoes at $0.99/lb, Hass avocados at $1/ea, red seedless watermelon, locally grown 1 lb bag of baby-cut carrots at $1.50/ea, locally grown tomatoes on the vine at $1.99/lb, and locally grown 1 lb bag mini Persian cucumbers at $1.99/ea.  I may have to make a stop at Safeway to pick up a few of the produce deals there.

Pesto Salmon

3 Nov

When I decided to make salmon for tonight’s dinner, I was thinking I would do it how I normally do, rubbed with olive oil and lemon pepper seasoning, then cooked on the George Foreman grill.  However, I was hoping to maybe come up with something a little different to try.  As I was going through the fridge, I found a jar of pesto I had prepared last week, using some fresh basil from someone’s garden and basil from a Sunizona FarmBox.  I’ve used pesto when baking chicken before, why not on salmon?  Turned out great, and I made mashed potatoes (red potatoes with the skins on), steamed asparagus, and cheddar garlic biscuits.

Pesto Salmon

Pesto Salmon

What you need:

4 4-oz fillets of salmon
1 cup Pesto, store-bought, Spinach-Basil, or Kale
Lemon

How to make it:

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Line a baking dish with foil.  Spray with non-stick cooking spray.  Arrange salmon fillets in dish, skin side down.  Spread pesto on top of each fillet.

Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until salmon easily flakes with a fork.

Refrigerator Dill Pickles

30 Apr

Recently, I’ve been able to get fresh dill in my Sunizona Family FarmBox.  Cucumbers have also been available through them, and on sale at the grocery store.  My husband and kids love pickles, and while I had made sweet Refrigerator Pickles before, my older daughter has decided she isn’t real fond of sweet pickles.  So, I decided to try dill pickles.  I am not a pickle fan at all, but I do really like these!

Refrigerator Dill Pickles

 

Refrigerator Dill Pickles

What you need:

2 pounds cucumbers, washed and cut in slices or quarters
1 1/2 cups white vinegar
2 cups hot water
1 tablespoon sugar
4 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons mustard seeds
1 cup chopped fresh dill
4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed

How to make it:

Make the brine by dissolving the sugar and salt in hot water.  Mix in white vinegar.

Divide the cucumbers, mustard seeds, fresh dill, and garlic between 2 quart size jars.  Shake or stir slightly to get the mixture evenly through the jars.

Pour brine into both jars, making sure the cucumbers are fully submerged.  Tightly cover with lids and place in refrigerator.  Allow to sit for 48 hours, and keep stored in the refrigerator.

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