Summer CSA — Week 12

Wow! Three posts in one night — last one, promise!

I’ve gotten pretty lazy lately, in that I have been copying and pasting what Trevor has published from the Fresh Fork website — yeah, I’m not going to stop now, Trevor does such a better job than I do…

Here is what Trevor had to say;

Week 12 Summer CSA Package

Fresh harvest of oats, red russian kale, melons, blackberries, bratwursts, and more

Summer CSA – Week 12

What was available this week changed about 10 times! The cool weather has slowed quite a few things down (thankfully) and I’ve had to adjust this week’s bag a little.

Anyhow, I just got back from a few of the farms. The kale is looking really nice this week. It has a few holes in it from some hail that showed up this past Sunday in Homerville, but other than that it looks very nice. The grapes for the large customers are ultra sweet and burst in your mouth. We’ll have more of these coming on over the next month so we’ll try to spread them out further.

I’m most excited this week about beans and cherry tomatoes. A few weeks ago I discovered something quite tasty. I took a hot skillet, added a few tablespoons of olive oil, and tossed in some cherry tomatoes (cut in half). I cooked them until they started to stick some and brown up. I then added some blanched green beans and continued to toss them until they started to brown some. I hit them with a few pinches of salt and served them hot. Wow were they good!

Also, this week we have some tasty fruit. This week and next week will be the last big weeks for blackberries, so we’ll rotate blackberries and cantaloupes (depending on which route you are on). We also have some red fortune plums coming in a little early. I was expecting them next week, but some need to be picked now. So half of the group will get plums this week and the other half next week. I’ll factor that into the budget for the next two weeks so in two weeks.

Finally, one of the centerpieces this week is our rolled oats. These organic rolled oats are grown and harvested in Holmes County by horse drawn reapers, similar to what we saw at the Threshing Day event earlier this month. The oats are cleaned (dehulled) and cracked (rolled) at Stutzman grains. These oats are an “untoasted” oat. That simply means that the oats haven’t been roasted before packaging. Many companies roast their oats to kill off bugs that may be living in the oats and extend the shelf life. The bad part about that is that roasting them kills off the good enzymes and nutrients that we want to ingest! Like any whole grain, oats are most nutritious when eaten soon after cracking. These oats were just rolled this week so enjoy the freshness and nutrients packed in these little guys!


This week the large share is a little light on variety in anticipation of a special treat next week. Stay tuned…

Small CSA Share

  • 1 bag of oats, 1.5 lbs
  • 1 bunch red russian kale
  • Either 1 bag (approx 1 lb) mixed sweet and hot baby peppers or 2 ct zucchini/squash
  • 1 lb beans
  • 1 bunch French Breakfast radishes
  • 1 pint blackberries or 1 cantaloupe
  • 1-2 Candy onions, depending on size
  • 2 green peppers
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 package (1.25 lbs) green onion bratwursts, made from Berkshire pork
  • I also bought some breakfast patties and veggie burgers 🙂

Large CSA Share Small contents above plus:

  • 1 piece grassfed swiss cheese from Heritage Grass Farms (12 oz)
  • 2.5 lbs San Marzano roma tomatoes
  • 1 bunch carrots with tops
  • 1-2 cucumbers depending on size

Vegetarian Share

  • In Place of sausage
  • 1 bunch “vitamin” greens
  • 1 lb grapes, mostly a seedless variety called reliance
  • 1 head broccoli
  • 2 count red italian frier peppers (sweet stuffing style pepper)

Vegan Share

  • Small contents, items below in replacement of beef.
  • Same as Vegetarian

Trevor’s descriptions are so much better than mine! lol

I also finally put those cabbage rolls together. This was one of the first meals I made in which I sort of made it up as I went along. Everything except for the brown rice came from Fresh Fork.

  • Ground Beef
  • Brown Rice
  • Blaze Gourmet – Raspberry Chipotle Salsa
  • Onions
  • Green Peppers
  • Cabbage
  • Hot Peppers

Yep – even stuffed me some hot peppers 🙂 Turned out fantastic! Just add some pasta sauce (which I will be making on my own this time as well) and I now have ready made dinners for several days. With the kids going back to school and our already busy schedule, I figured I have to buckle down myself and get some good dinners fixed in advance!

What are some of your favorite, make ahead dinners?


Eleven? Already???

The other day was pretty big around our house — Jeremy turned 11!  Unbelievable how quickly time is passing.  This kid is getting so big, he is changing right before my eyes!  This year for his birthday he wanted to take some friends to the Lake County Captains baseball game.  So I picked up tickets for the game, along with meal tickets for him and four of his friends and so Emily wasn’t stuck with a bunch of boys I got her tickets and let her invite a friend to hang out with — add that up?  Yes.  Me and SEVEN kids!!!  What a night!

B-day party!!

It really wasn’t that bad.  The kids are at the age in which we go to the ballpark, I sit down and watch the game and tell them to check in every 3 innings.  They had a blast!

Kids on the field — smiling ear to ear!

Between games (it was a double header) we had cake 🙂

I think he’s up to something….

And I was right… The boys are also at the age where they are taking more of an interest in girls.  In between games they also “had” to do this..

Eastlake gymnastics team performed — see the boys getting close to the field on the right…

They were too funny when they came back.  “Dude, she waved to me!”, “Did you see the one girl who did the flip?  She kept looking at me!”  Bahahahahahah or do I really mean boohoo hooo hooo hooo!!  They are getting too old!

Happy Birthday buddy.  I love you very much 🙂

Racking up the miles…

This is one of the many reasons I bike and run….

Where we live is absolutely amazing. I could run in the woods, bike along the lake shore and then head out for a night in the city – all in the same day.

With all my races coming up I had to start increasing my mileage. This past weekend I rode my bike to the park to meet up with the “boys” from Achilles Running Store in Mentor. I am on their “race team” and this is the only place that I’ll buy shoes at. They have an amazing staff there and an awesome selection. If you are local, check them out. If you aren’t check out their website – they also have a store in Erie PA.

Anyways — I thought these guys were really nice. Saturday morning, tho? I think they tried to KILL me! HOLY crap – it was a struggle to keep up with them. Remember, I.AM.NOT.FAST! Check out this data. Most of the data points are sub 8. Thankfully for the hills, in which I almost always walk, slowed us down and let me catch my breath!

After this crazy fast (although doesn’t seem that way by our average pace) run, I decided to take the long way home and ended up turning an 8.3 mile ride into a 20.9 mile ride — man I love riding my bike!

Part of the bike path at North Chagrin

I got home and was spent! But the day wasn’t over yet – my buddy Doug was having a fish fry with some friends and family and invited me over. It was amazing. Nothing like fresh Lake Erie perch and fresh-cut french fries capped off with some Summer Shandys! Good thing I ran and biked because I earned all those calories I ate!

Bobbing for fries anyone?

While at Doug’s we tried to plan out a run the next day.  Unfortunately we weren’t able to come up with one that would work for us both. I ended up running with some other of our friends – Eric, Tapatha, and Charlie. We planned on running 20 but ended up cutting it short to 19.  Other than not fueling properly for this run and being stung several times by something – this run was SWEET 🙂  Running in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park is phenomenal! (enter photosplash :))

Love the tree roots growing out of the ledges

Love this place

Charlie and Eric

Camel Humps

Top of first hill — looking at second

Charlie and Tapatha – on their way up

Now it’s time for some real work to begin.  After running BR100, I really haven’t been on any kind of training program for my upcoming races (Yo Momma’s 100 miler next month, Running with Scissors – Double Marathon; end of Octorober, Bill’s Bad Ass 50k; Mid November, Winter Run for Regis 50k; mid-January 2013, then finally my plans to run the entire 1444miles of the Buckeye Trail for charity- Rush for a Cause, during the year of 2013.  That ends today.  I printed the 100 mile training program and am jumping in where I should be, time to get back to 75 mile weeks!

Lastly — planning for my charity run has also begun and I have received many emails from people who want to join my team.  More to follow on this shortly — Hold on, this ride is gonna rock!

Summer CSA Goodness

We are currently on week 11 of our summer CSA program with The Fresh Fork Market CSA.  I love this time of the year and I love being able to buy extras off the back of the truck.

This time I thought I would include and excerpt from the newsletter we receive from Trevor (owner).  Love the way he describes everything (and I got lazy :))

Summer CSA Week 11


Week 11 Summer CSA Package

Posted by on 8:33 am, Aug 14, 2012 in Bag Contents | 5 comments

Grassfed Ground Beef, Peaches, Heirloom Tomatoes, Red Skin Potatoes, Sweet Corn, and more


We’ve got a big bag this week! Lots of goodies going in it. We’ll start by having one of my favorite roasting potatoes, the Red Norland red-skinned potato. These potatoes are coming from one of my first growers, Jonas Hershberger, in West Salem, OH. Jonas, without the internet or a phone, somehow found me before I even got started in 2008. He introduced me to a few of his neighbors and started my first grower cluster in the greater Lodi/Homerville settlement (Amish community). For the last 4 years my favorite product from Jonas has been his potatoes, which he has gladly expanded production on each year. This year his family (kids I’ve watched grow up cleaning potatoes) will harvest, clean, and pack nearly 8 tons of potatoes!

This week’s other feature product is grassfed ground beef. I know many of you opted to buy some the last couple weeks from the back of the truck, so you know already how good it is (which we’ll have extra for sale again this week). The benefits of 100% grassfed are many. First, it is the only “all natural” diet for bovine. Cattle are ruminants, which mean they have a multi-chambered stomach that allows them to break down cellulose (plant based fiber) and unlock the nutrients they need for life. Cattle can live 100% off of grass and therefore should.

This also has benefits to the consumer. The meat is higher in nutrients and minerals, has a healthy dose of CLAs and Omega 3 fatty acids, and is a good source of protein. This lean ground beef is also just plain tasty.

The odd-ball ingredient this week is fennel. Don’t worry, Parker is working hard on some recipes and uses for you which we’ll share later in the week.

Small CSA Share

  • 3# bag red norland potatoes
  • 1/2 dozen sweet corn
  • 1 bunch leeks (may be 1 leek depending on size)
  • 1 bulb fennel
  • Approx 1.5 lbs heirloom tomatoes
  • 2 oz basil
  • Approx 2 lbs slicing tomatoes
  • 1 lb grassfed ground beef
  • Approx 2 lbs peaches
  • 1-2 eggplant, depending on size

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it or not, but there are three different subscriptions.  I have the small share.  There also is a large share and a vegetarian share – You could visit their website and check them out.

One of this weekend’s dinner didn’t go over so well (with me either).  I grilled up eggplant, peppers, zucchini, and corn.  Everything was really good and the kids enjoyed it – except the eggplant.  I don’t blame them, for some reason  wasn’t a fan of it this time either.  Oh, well next time I’ll try it a bit differently.

Love grilling

Looked decent enough

Corn and zucchini went over well

Eggplant — yeah. Not so much!

Any suggestions for cooking eggplant?? 🙂






Let the craziness begin — again.

Overall stats for this weekend?  63.58 miles covered, 5,509 calories burned

It is time to start ramping up my mileage again. It is only 6 short weeks until my next 100 mile race and then one month later my double marathon.  However I just might have to add one more.  My good friend, Doug, who has completed a Half Ironman, the Cleveland Marathon, and a 50k, among other 5’ks, 10k’s, and half marathons, is planning to run the Portage Lakes Tri in September and then following that up the next week with the Runnnig with Scissors Double Marathon (can you say badass??).  Anyways, Doug has been trying to convince me that I need to do another triathlon —- I.AM.CAVING.  So I guess I’m going to have to start adding swimming back into my training regimen.  Have I mentioned before that I SUCK at swimming and open water swimming (Portage Lakes Tri) scares the HELL out of me??.  It does.

It is “only” a sprint tri so as far as the running and biking goes, I think I’ve got that covered.  I rode 15.x miles Friday night, ran 10.8miles Saturday morning, rode 23.49 miles Saturday afternoon and then ran 13.8 miles Sunday morning.  I just need to get a wetsuit (for buoyancy reasons – because I sink like a rock!) and get my butt back into the water.  With my next 100miler, which is quickly approaching, followed the next month by uhh.. the Portage Lakes Tri, then the following weekend the Running with Scissors Double marathon.  I feel like I should be following some sort of training program, but I’m not.  I think I will have to download one this week and jump into it for these last few weeks.

One of the coolest things about running/training/living where I do is I could spend the morning running deep in the wooded trails and then finish my afternoon riding miles and miles along the lakefront – all with spots to stop and enjoy my surroundings.  NE Ohio IS a fabulous place to live!

In usual fashion – I like to take pictures while embarking on our little “adventures” and like to share 🙂

4 miles into our normal run at North Chagrin reservation

I thought this was a cool picture.   I was actually trying to capture the steam coming off some of my friends, but the sunshine created a cool effect I thought.

Later that same morning, lake front 🙂 on beautiful Lake Erie

The next Day Doug and  I hit the Buckeye Trail (1,444miles, 2,324 km) worth of trails encircling Ohio.  More on these trails later.

Buckeye Trail – follow the blue blazes

This section of the trail is mostly roads, but worked out perfectly since Doug is currently training for the Columbus Marathon.

Love the scenery

While this section maybe mostly roads, it does not lack in scenery!

Breakfast pizza, anyone??

This is one of the many reasons I love to run, to burn calories so I could eat!!  After our AM run we went to a place called Burgers-n-Beer for breakfast.  This Breakfast Pizza was s0 flipping good.  Three eggs, peppers, onions, sausage, smothered with cheese and hot sauce, all atop a soft crust, coupled with a Summer Shandy?  Yes please.

And about the Buckeye Trail……
Since not being able to run Iceland in 2013, I have nothing big planned now.  I’ve been throwing around the idea of tackling the entire BT in one year.  With a little planning it is totally doable and who knows, maybe I could pick up some sponsors and turn it into a fund raiser —-  this is gonna be fun!

The Buckeye Trail Overview

CSA, Dinners, and National MS Society

MAN!!! Time is just FLYING! I cannot believe that I am 3 CSA posts behind and there is so much that I want to go over in this post. First things first tho. Fresh Fork Market CSA… you guys are KILLING IT!!!

Summer CSA – Week 8

Week 8 CSA:

  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 6 ears sweet corn
  • 3lbs yukon gold potatoes
  • 1 bunch rainbow swiss chard
  • 1 bunch collard greens
  • 2ct cucumbers
  • 1 1.5lbs herloom tomatoes
  • 1 package chicken bratwurst
  • 1lb yellow wax beans
  • 2ct green peppers

Not that our packages were boring before – far from it, but they are REALLY appealing to me now! With the addition of sweet corn, bratwurst, peppers and potatoes???

Chicken Brat, cabbage, onions, peppers and Gouda cheese

Little kid – big mouth, YUM!

I had cabbage from a prior weeks CSA that I finally got around to chopping up, cooked it with some bacon fat, green peppers and onions and placed it in a bun with the chicken brats… I love making “bad for you fair food” — good 🙂

Then the next night, took the left overs and added them to some noodles. LOVE cabbage and noodles. I also love to use the yogurt we get from FF to top it off with. Yes, plain yogurt in place of sour cream… mmmm mmmm good! 🙂

Cabbage and Noodles

Week 9 CSA

  • 1 whole cantaloupe
  • 1 pint mixed color cherry tomatoes or approx 1.5lbs heirloom tomatoes
  • 2 zucchini
  • 1-2ct eggplant
  • 1 bulb garlic
  • large candy onion
  • 2 oz basil
  • 1 bunch curly kale
  • approx 1.5lbs slicing tomatoes
  • 1lb bulk italian sausage (ground)
  • 1 pnt blackberries (or approx 1.5lbs. peaches)

Summer CSA – Week 9

First thing about this bag — it is about a 20min drive from my house to my pick up location. The blackberries? Never had a chance! 🙂 I left a couple in the container so that I could take a picture. One of the dinners I made from this weeks bag was eggplant parmesan. I’ve never made t before and was excited to try. The kids were a little leery about having egg-plant parmesan for dinner, but once is was all cooked and made up —- 2nds were had! Which brings me to a thought. I have been seriously thinking about portion control with my kids. Is there really any harm in over doing it a bit on eggplant? I know too much of anything is never a good thing, but eggplant?? really??? 🙂

My first ever eggplant parmesan

Week 10 CSA

  • 1 bunch carrots
  • 1 dz eggs
  • 1 piece gouda cheese
  • a handful of hot hungarian peppers
  • approx 2 to 3 green peppers
  • 1 head of cabbage
  • 1 pint mixed color cherry tomatoes
  • 1 lb green filet beans
  • 2 ct cucumbers
  • approx. 1.5lbs peaches
  • in addition to what the normal bag contains, I also purchased from the back of the truck;
  • 1 package of green onion bratwurst
  • 1 package of breakfast patties
  • 1 bag of chips
  • 1 container of raspberry chipotle salsa

Summer CSA – week 10

My plans for this head of cabbage is to turn it into cabbage rolls. It is a BIG head so I plan on making quite a bit and freezing it.

The eggs, cooked over easy, combined with the raspberry chipotle salsa, breakfast patty and all placed on an Everything bagel made for an amazing breakfast sandwich – sorry, no pic. You’ll have to use your imagination! I also grilled up the green onion brats, roasted potatoes, green peppers, onions and zucchini for dinner one night — again, sorry, no pic 😦

Other happenings lately? I’ve been struggling trying to cook the kids healthy dinners before jetting off to football practice. Unfortunately we’ve seen the inside of Subway (most healthy alternative to fast food, no? Just ask Jared) more times than I would like lately. Enter “The Fresh 20“. I COMPLETELY forgot about this subscription! I’ve been receiving the emails, but havent really been paying attention to them and just deleting them.
What it is, is a weekly subscription (I think that I paid for it, so I should probably find out how much I am paying for it) that you sign up for and they email you weekly meal plans. Not only do they have the meal plan, they give detailed recipes, a shopping list and nutritional contents for each meal. Talk about taking the guess work out of meal planning. I pay (at least I think I do) for a “Classic” subscription. There also are Vegan and Gluten Free meal plans. Here is a sample of what receive from them. Classic_August10 Check them out. You will NOT be disappointed.
Last, but NOT least by any stretch of the imagination. When I finished my blog post regarding my BikeMS ride, I posted a link to it on the National BikeMS Facebook page as well as the Bike MS Pedal to the Point Facebook page. Time passed and while I had a few more blog views than normal I thought nothing of it. Heck when published my BR100 race report, by blog views spiked to 98, but the increase this time was very small. Today I received an email from Allison, the Marketing Coordinator for the National MS Society Ohio Buckeye Chapter. She told me that she read my blog and shared it with a couple of her coworkers and that they “loved it”. She invited me to and sent me information about an event they have going on “Locavore“. This sounds like it is right up my alley. It is a tasting and pairing event on Friday, September 7 at Windows on the River! Your senses will be indulged as you sample delicious chocolates, pastries, and hors d’oeuvres from local vendors carefully paired together with wine and beer featuring several prominent chefs from Cleveland — I.Love.Food 🙂 So as you could imagine, I am very excited to attend this and meet them. There is a race that I was thinking of participating in that weekend, but I think I am going to have to pass it up and go to this event in it’s place. Tickets for this event can be purchased online here.
Not sure if it coincidental or not, but on any given day my blog usually generates 20-30 page view per day, with an occasional exception. Well… after I received her email, I watched my page view count go up, and up and up! Before I left work for the day it was over 110 and as of the time that I am typing this blog post it is already over 166! Silly that it is these little things that make me happy, huh?

Trying to Manage Time with Rec Football

I cannot believe that I am so far behind with these posts. Our time has been consumed with football, training runs, my Burning River run, BikeMS and did I mention football?? I’ve been so busy with my stuff that I’ve neglected talking about JEmily (as Jeremy and Emily have been affectionately named). Last I left it was with football camp. Since then actual practices have started and they are brutal.

I don’t understand the need for 8yr olds and 10yr olds to practice 4 days a week for 2 hours a day. Are we grooming professional ball players this young? When I played rec league football we practiced once – maybe twice a week and had games on the weekends. This is nuts. I get off work at 4:00, pick up the kids, and we are home around 4:30. This gives me an hour and 5 minutes to try and get a healthy dinner in them, let them rest their bellies for a few minutes, put on their football gear and head out to the fields. Then they practice until 8:00 have a “quick” team meeting till 8:15ish then we are home around 8:30. Now this gives us enough time to get them showered, a quick, healthy snack before bed, brush their teeth and hit the hay. Craziness.

However – watching them play football makes my heart smile.

Emily seems to be loving playing and is just eating up the attention she is getting from the coaches and other parents for being the only girl in the league.

Emily’s Pipilong Stocking football fashion sense.

When she first takes off her helmet I like to tease her — my little mini Palomalu 🙂

Don’t let her good looks mislead you. She is a BEAST on the field! Currently playing guard and knocking the boys on their asses! The coach gives out an orange practice jersey at the end of
each practice to the most outstanding player of the day. The kids have to wear it the next day so another kid can earn it. Emily got it on Monday, and then again on Tuesday. The coach approached me and said that he has never given it to the same player two days in a row – but Emily was out hitting the boys too much to not give it to her again 🙂

I kind of feel bad because it seems that I may gloat a little too much about Emily playing. As expected tho, Jeremy is doing an outstanding job as well. He has his work cut out for him as he is one of the smaller kids on his team. He is currently positioned as a tight end and couldn’t be happier about it!

Jman, putting the block on

One hard working little man

He is so excited about all the responsibilities he has as tight end. If you could just hear him talk about it. I love listening to all the enjoyment and enthusiasm he has for the game. I could just sit there and listen for hours on end at how practice went and how he did this and a friend of his did that….
I couldn’t be more proud.

School will be starting soon, and they will be practicing “only” three days a week vs. four so I did have to warn them; you get a “c” that’s a warning, either bring it up or football will have to suffer. We will see what happens. They both understand that school is more important. This will be a big year for Jeremy. He is going into 6th grade and attending middle school. He is also taking all accelerated classes so instead of normal 6th grade classes he has 7th grade Math, 7th grade Science, and 7th grade Language Arts – keep him(us) in your prayers, we may need it!!! Lol. Ok. Burning River post done, BikeMS post done, football post caught up, now — I owe a CSA post with three packages and some dinner attempts 🙂

I cannot WAIT for games to begin!!

What do you think, too many practices for too long for kids?