Zenger Farms CSA – Week 5

Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief.
Do justly, now.
Love mercy, now.
Walk humbly now.
You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.

~ passed along by our CSA – Zenger Farms

July 5th CSA Pick-up at Zenger Farms

  • Red Leaf Lettuce
  • Fava Beans
  • Rainbow Chard
  • Purple, Yellow and Green Beans
  • Torpedo Onions
  • Cucumbers
  • Red Radishes
  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Dill
  • Summer Squash
  • Broccoli
  • Bob’s: Hulled millet

What we did with it….

Salad (lettuce, cucumbers, summer squash) to accompany smoked turkey

Smoked turkey risotto with Fava Beans

Fresh dill pickled cucumbers


Rudy-like Cream Corn

On vacation last spring, DH and I went to Rudy’s for barbecue.  We got a sampler of all kinds of delicious things and a side of creamed corn.  My only other experience with cream corn was when my mother was “stocking up” in the 70’s and accidentally got a case of canned cream corn – nasty!.  Rudy’s cream corn was absolutely delicious and I could have eaten it at every meal for the entire week – to hell with the meat – bring on the corn.



  • 5 ears fresh sweet corn
  • 8 oz cream cheese, cut into squares
  • 1/2 C cream
  • 1/4 C butter
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1/4 t salt


  1. Shuck the corn and cut the kernels off.  Use a butter knife to scrape the ‘milk’ from the cobs.
  2. Combine ingredients in the bowl of a crock pot and cook on low for 4 hours.

Dehydrating Summer – Kale and Squash

We’re not huge fans of kale or greens around the Backyard Farm, we get a huge bunch in every CSA delivery and the stuff seems to stay fresh forever.  I still can’t do much since the knee surgery so I decided to clean out the refrigerator and preserve some of the produce.  I thought I’d make some Green Powder for smoothies.  All I did was rinse and dry the greens, remove the center rib and slice into ribbons.  After everything dries, I’m going to grind it up and run it through a sieve.  It should be good in smoothies or perhaps added to soups this winter.

Trays 1 & 2 are Lacinato Kale

Trays 3 & 4 are Russian Red Kale

Tray 5 is Mustard Greens

Tray 6 is another experiment – Tromboncino Zucchetta chips with a little olive oil and salt

Summertime – Week 3 – Closets

  • July 1 – Declutter shoes and bags
  • July 2 – Declutter coats and jackets
  • July 3 – Declutter clothes in drawers
  • July 4 – Declutter hanging clothes
  • July 5 – Declutter shelves in closets
  • July 6 – Declutter winter accessories
  • July 7 – Declutter second closet

Summer Field Trip – Nola Doughnuts

la’ssant doughnuts and beignets

At Nola Doughnuts in Lake Oswego,  the la’ssant doughnuts are made with dough similar to croissant dough which is made using a three-day process. They also make some lovely beignets, light and fluffy , mine came with a delicious side of Marionberry preserves.


Zenger Farms CSA – Week 4

June 28st CSA Pick-up at Zenger Farms

  • Green Speckled Lettuce
  • Fava Beans
  • Red Beets
  • Russian Red Kale
  • Pircicaba Broccoli
  • Tromboncino Zucchetta
  • Zucchini
  • Carrots
  • Red Radishes
  • Hakurei Turnips
  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Greek Basil
  • Blueberries
  • Bob’s: Black Turtle Beans

What we did with it…..