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Eat Your Veggies! Robert Treat Farm CSA Weeks 8 – 10

Ready for 3 weeks for delicious veggies and good eats?!  I missed out on week 8 since I was in California which is a bummer since it was full off beets, corn and local blueberries. Well Disneyland and the Games more than made up for it 🙂  


Week 9 brought some new items and bunch of things I couldn’t eat like squash and cukes. I took home Yukon Potatoes, Lettuce, Broccoli and Purple Scallions.  




Keira grabbed up the rest, along with some white pickling cukes which is apparently sweeter than the more traditional green variety.  And then she made pickles…YUM!





Man I really wish I could eat those…I LOVE pickles!  I hate that cucumbers hate me.  Can’t wait to hear how they turn out.

Week 10 has been my favorite week so far.  Not only did we get the a bounty of summer’s best, but it was also a fruit week!  




This basket was HUGE!  There were 8 ears of corn that I split with Keira and a huge bag of plums that we split as well. On top of that I took home the carrots, eggplant, cherry tomatoes and some of the other fruit.


In our weekly email, there was a recipe suggestion for carrot top pesto.  Hmmmmm.  I’ve always just discarded carrot tops so this sounded like an interesting use for them.  I adapted the recipe a bit and was actually surprised at how good it turned out!  Here’s the recipe with a few changes:

Carrot Top Pesto
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
12 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
12 min
  1. 2 cups lightly packed carrot tops that have been rinsed well and patted dry (discard the thicker bottom parts of the greens)
  2. 1 garlic clove, chopped
  3. 8-10 basil leaves
  4. 3 tablespoons walnuts, toasted
  5. 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  6. 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  7. ground black pepper and kosher salt to taste
  8. 1/4 cup water
  9. 1/4 - 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  1. Place all ingredients except for the olive oil and water into your food processor and pulse until you get a coarse paste. Slowly drizzle the water into the processor, then do the same with the olive oil as you pulse the pesto until you get the consistency of a coarse puree.
  1. The amount of olive oil will vary based on the consistency you want.
Adapted from Sarah McGovern (RAD Living)
Adapted from Sarah McGovern (RAD Living)
RAD Living
I was surprised at how great this is.  Who knew?!?  I mixed the pesto with the tomatoes I had and some mozzarella for a delicious salad!


Oh that delicious plate of BBQ up there?  The tomato pesto salad went great with a pork butt that I smoked and a cole slaw I made with the carrots, scallions and kohlrabi I had on hand along with some cabbage I picked up at the farm.  Can summer never end??

What goodies have you made lately?

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Eat Your Veggies! Robert Treat Farm CSA Week 4

I still haven’t made it through all the cabbage from last week…it’s insane!  However I’ve made some rather delicious slaws that I’ve mixed with shredded carrots, the garlic scapes, and an apple cider/citrus dressing.  Super good with fish tacos and grilled chicken…yum!


Keira got much more creative with her cabbage and mixed it with pineapples, mangos, carrots and a strawberry vinaigrette.  She let it sit overnight and voila!  This looked super good.


She also sauteed up her white turnips with some onions, garlic and zucchini for a tasty side dish.  I love seeing how she is using all the ingredients so differently than I would…helps me to think outside of the box a little!


Somehow we are already in week four.  It’s exciting because we’re now starting to get things other than greens (YAY!) and the farmstand is now open to fill in the gaps.  Here’s what we got this week.



I took home the purple kohlrabi, red chard and purple beets.  Judging by the colors, I am clearly sick of greens 😉  I also picked up some asparagus, tomatoes and peas from the farmstand.



Keira got the cauliflower, carrots, asparagus and swapped the green leaf lettuce for some red chard.


After getting our goodies, we walked around the Woodmont Farmers Market for a bit.  It was PACKED!  It’s so cool to see the community come out an support local businesses and farms.  I was intrigued by a new vendor, Nutty Bunny.  This is a non-dairy frozen dessert that looked a whole lot like ice cream.  After tasting two of the flavors, Double Chocolate Crunch and Vanilla, I was sold!  This stuff is delicious and actually not all that bad for you.  The vanilla is made from cashews, coconut milk, maple syrup, almonds, coconut oil, filtered water, pure vanilla extract, sea salt, and vanilla beans…that’s it!  Needless to say, I went home with a pint.


I went home in the BEST mood!  This is by far my favorite time of year when the air is warm and all the food we eat is from down the street…just can’t get better than that! Til next week!

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June Pop Shop Market – Fairfield, CT

What do you get when you combine the first warm day of the year with local artisans and food vendors??  Did you just say a seriously rad day?  Yeah, that’s what I would say too 🙂


I first heard of Pop Shop around Christmastime but for some reason or another I could never make any of them. Finally in early June I recruited a friend of mine to go with me to the one in Fairfield and it exceeded both of our expectations.  The day before we had actually gone to a local church bazaar/open-air market that was about 3 times the size, but we hardly saw anything we were interested in.  Like most of these type of events, the items found there were very “crafty” and not really my thing.  However, Pop Shop is the complete opposite!


Pop Shop has very unique, modern vendors.  Many feature antiques and repurposed items like these super cool lights from Stonehill Design.  I really loved the phone!


The market was partly indoors and partly inside a large warehouse next to the Fairfield Theater Company, which was nice since it was out of the sun and a bit roomier.


It was hard to not buy ALL THE THINGS.  There was beautiful jewelry, hand crafted signs and locally made soaps and lotions.  The one thing I settled on were these super cool Swedish Dishcloths from Three Bluebirds.  They are eco-friendly, very durable and come in a ton of fun designs!  I went with my favorite flower, Lily of the Valley, and of course some black cats 🙂



Pop Shop is unique that it also features many local food artisans as well!  There were food trucks from The Local Meatball, The Buzz Truck and Bodega Taco Bar who hosted a Barcar with margaritas…win! 


Today’s Balls…HA!



What a wonderful way to spend all your money an afternoon!  I love supporting local businesses (especially now that I am one!) and finding out new things about the area.  For example, I wasn’t aware there was a cheese shop in Fairfield…we all need more cheese in our lives!  The next Pop Shop Market will be in Fairfield again on July 5th as part of the town’s 375th anniversary.  I’ve already got it on my calendar to check out!  

Get out there this summer and check out some of the local events in your area.  You’ll never know what you’ll find and what new things you’re learn about your town!  Do you have fun open-air markets in your area?

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Daylight Savings Time, You Arrived JUST In Time

For the past 4 months I have been in complete hibernation mode.  I hate the cold, the short days, the snow…basically all things winter.  I prefer to spend the winter months like this… 


Every year seems to get worse and it’s becoming pretty clear that I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, appropriately named SAD.  My motivation to do everything begins to diminish…exercise, cooking, staying awake, you know all the things you do to function as a human.  My health goes downhill, my energy is gone…it’s bad.  So the arrival of Daylight Savings Time this past weekend was exactly what I needed!

Yesterday, it was like a switch had been flipped.  Even with only 5 hours of sleep, I woke up energized and inspired.  I could feel my motivation coming back and all of my ideas that I have just pushed to the wayside these past few months were starting to take shape in my head.  When I left work, it was still light out!  I forgot how wonderful that is!  I went to Ikea, then to the grocery store, and when I got home…I did a load of laundry and I grilled!  It was about 45 degrees out, still light and damn it I was grilling some chicken.  I didn’t even care that there was still snow on the ground…


Maybe all of this comes from my birthday being on the first day of spring.  The light and the warm just make me feel SO. MUCH. BETTER!  I was really starting to derail there…not good!  I am so looking forward to the spring and summer months.  Not only will this be great for my mental well being, but physically I will put so much more effort into my training.  BRING IT!

Mmmmmmmm….grilled meats….


Do you suffer from SAD?  What is your favorite season?

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Yoga with Cats and the Infinite AppleTV Photo

It is HOT here in Connecticut.  The heat index was 103 in New Haven when I got home, so the sled pushes that were scheduled at CFM tonight were not happening in my book.  Instead, I decided to come home and do some yoga.  My legs were still sore from Monday’s lunge steps (those things are no joke!) and the stretching was definitely needed.

Let's do this!

Let’s do this!

So here’s my problem with doing yoga at home.  Cats.  I LOVE my cats…they are basically my children and anyone who has met them knows they are spoiled rotten.  But this doesn’t come in handy when you’re trying to relax and get some yoga in!  Cleo and Neala find it fascinating when I’m on the floor.  They feel the need to walk through my legs, roll around, you name it!  

Oh hi Mom, can I do yoga with you?

Oh hi Mom, can I do yoga with you?

Yeah it makes getting into Warrior II or cobra pose a little awkward when there is a cat on your mat…

Just chillin'

Just chillin’

Cleo also joined us for yoga, but it took a lot out of him and he took a nap right quick…complete with drool.



When I’m doing yoga at home I use the Yoda Studio app on my phone.  It’s pretty cool because you can either customize your practice or use one of their pre-defined classes. The instructions are very clear and easy to follow.


I’ve made a few of my own classes and also used some ove the pre-made ones and each time I’ve followed them on the small screen of my phone.  Well tonight I noticed that I could watch it on my Apple TV…say what?!?  Apparently there is a mirroring feature on AirPlay so I could view the entire practice on my TV…awesome!


But here’s the cooler thing about mirroring with your phone… infinite photos!  

And it goes on and on and on and on...

And it goes on and on and on and on…

Yes, I’m a nerd and I got a total kick out of this!  I finished my yoga class on the much bigger screen and now I’m super psyched about being able to have this option.  So even though I didn’t get my usual kick ass Thursday CrossFit workout in, I had a night of balance and fun with my cats.   Honestly, it doesn’t get much better than that 🙂 

How do you change up your exercise routine in extreme heat?  Do your cats love yoga like mine do? 

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