Today was our third pick up for the Fresh Fork CSA.  We were expecting the following items.

Small CSA:

  • 1 lb grassfed ground beef
  • 1 qt organic strawberries
  • Approx 1.5 lbs slicing tomatoes
  • 1 head leaf lettuce
  • 1 bag (16 oz) corn chips
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1-2 zucchini
  • 1 bunch field grown spinach (braising greens)
  • 1 half gallon milk

Here is what we received.






Update on last week:  We didn’t blanch any radishes, so we need to use them up.  We haven’t used our eggs or spelt berries yet.  The sausage ended up in a quinoa salad dish.  I’ll be posting that recipe this weekend.  I think everything else was enjoyed.

Here’s our plan of attack for this week:

The strawberries were made into jam this evening.  The milk we’ll enjoy with our cereals.  The spinach is going into a Camembert cheese pasta dish.  Most of the other items will be part of a Mexican themed dinner and I’ll freeze the left over cilantro if needed.  A few of my cubes from last week were used as part of the liquid for quinoa and it was delicious.  I haven’t decided about the zucchini yet.


I didn’t end up with a workout today due to a power outage and flood at the JCC.  Kid Kare is closed tomorrow so the kids and I will need to make other plans

overnight oats (peaches, cashew butter, oats, cinnamon, milk)
Morning Snack
1/2 slice high five at GH
1/2 banana
quinoa salad
green salad
Afternoon Snack
wheat crackers w/Laughing cow wedge
bok choy stir fry w/tofu
Late Snack
cup of milk
high five bread w/new homemade jam
 Posted by at 10:00 PM

Today, I had my first workout with Chelsea since I injured my knee.  My knee is feeling pretty good, but it is definitely going to be a long time before I am jumping in a cardio class or trying a BOSU.  I still am very week with lateral movements.  I warmed up with 30 minutes on a recumbent stationary bicycle.  My RPMs were low, but it felt good with my knee.

Chelsea decided on an upper body circuit workout for me.  Here’ are the details:

  • Push Ups on the smith machine (2 sets, one of 8 and one of 12)
  • Cable Row: 70 lbs (2 sets of 15, weight lowered on the second set)
  • Tricep Rope single arm: 30 lbs (2 sets of 15, weight lowered on the second set)
  • Bicep Curl DB: 15 lbs (standing against the wall, 1 set of 12)
  • Lat Pull: wide and narrow grips- 70 lbs (1 set of 15 of each)
  • Squat/Curl/Stand/Press combo: 10 lb DB’s (2 sets of 15)
  • Pec Fly: 45 lbs (1 set of 15)
  • Incline Chest Press: 30 lbs (2 sets of 12)
  • Crunches (2 sets of 20)
  • Core Ball Alt Leg for ABS (20)

I spent the evening at University Circle with the family.  We walked around, had a picnic and enjoyed the festivities at Wade Oval.  I’m tired tonight and I suspect my upper body might be sore tomorrow.

Next up: cardio tomorrow afternoon.

overnight oats (cashew butter, oats, milk, cinnamon, small apple, 1/2 banana)
salad, chicken, olives, cheese, sauce
Afternoon Snack
quinoa salad (quinoa, salsa, beans, corn, chorizo sausage)
strawberries with a hint of maple sugar
Late Snack
cup of OJ
 Posted by at 9:30 PM

Today was our first pick up for the Geauga Family Farms CSA.  Sometimes we get a “what’s in season this week list”, but usually surprised when we pick up our items for the week.

Here is what we received.


Let’s take a closer look.

2 containers of strawberries (approximately 2 quarts), 3 tomatoes


loaf of wheat bread (that was sampled on the way home), 1/2 dz. eggs


small head of green leaf lettuce, 2 small heads of another variety of leaf lettuce


bok choy, 2 different views


garlic scapes, cucumber


green onions


I’ll be back tomorrow to share our plan of attack for consumption.


Today, we traveled to Ridgeview Farm in Middlefield, Ohio.    From our house in Mayfield Heights, it’s about 45 minutes away.  We made plans to meet up with some friends and our timing worked out well.  We arrived about 9:15am.  We had 2 adults and 5 kids (ages 4 and under) in our group.

I shared a few tips about U-Pick in last Wednesday’s post about West Orchards Farm.


The U-Pick at Ridgeview opened at 8 AM.  Ridgeview also has a store that opens at 9 AM.  The store sells produce and other “country store” items like jams and cheese.  Since the store was open, that’s where we picked up our containers for picking.

This year, the price for U-Pick was $1.49 per pound.  The strawberry field was in the back of the farm, which required a tractor ride.  The farm had a 6 pound minimum for each adult who rode the tractor.  We had the option to walk, but it was far, muddy and we had kids with us. We waited about 20 minutes for the tractor and then rode to the field.  The kids LOVED the ride.  I brought the BOB jogging stroller for Sally and I was glad to have it.  It was easy to load on the tractor and was great to have to hold Sally when she was tired.  It also gives me a place for my camera, diaper bag, water bottles, and other necessities.

Here’s a view of the farm and a photo of Nick, Sally and me on the tractor.


Here’s a photo of Sally and Nick.


We ended up picking until we heard the next tractor come back.  I didn’t time it.  My only concern was to make sure I met the minimum since I didn’t want to get charged for 6 pounds and take home 5.  We took the tractor ride back to our car and paid for our berries.  I ended up with 7.5 pounds.

We used the port-a-jon, loaded up and headed home.  We ended up leaving around 11:30 AM.

Once we got home, I packaged up the berries.  The containers on the right went into our fridge.  The larger container (about 4 pounds) on the right went to my friend Shayna’s house.


Ridgeview Farm 5488 Kinsman Rd (SR 87) Middlefield, OH 44062 (440) 693-4000

overnight oats (cashew butter, apple, cinnamon, oats, milk)
Morning Snack
handful of nuts
cottage cheese
Afternoon Snack
handful of nuts
BBQ tofu sandwich
Late Snack
1 T cashew butter
 Posted by at 9:30 PM

I was bummed when I woke up and my knee still hurt.  I hope it gets better quickly, since I was doing so well.  I knew that the spinning class was out of the question.  I had already planned to meet Shayna (who recently broke her foot) at 10 am  (when 1/2 of spin class would have been over).  We ended up meeting just before 9:30am.  We sat in the new lounge area of the fitness center.

We ended up spending an hour and a half talking, laughing and smiling.  It was so nice to have adult conversation without kids interrupting and to spend time with a good friend.

I ended up doing a few of my PT exercises and showering before I picked up my kids from Kid Kare.  It was time well spent.  Exercise is good for physical and mental health.  Conversation with friends is also excellent for mental health.

Next up:  strawberry picking at a new farm in the morning, workout and CSA pick up after nap time.

 Posted by at 9:15 PM
overnight oats (cashew butter, oats, cinnamon, apple, milk)
Morning Snack
few nuts
whole wheat linguine with chunky tomato bechamel sauce
mashed potatoes
radish top soup
Late Snack
2 muffins
 Posted by at 9:00 PM

Today was an especially busy day.  The kids and I went to church to volunteer for a bit.  Then, we headed to the J.  I have had a kink in my shoulder and a headache everyday this week.  I’m not sure if it is a lack of sleep or water, stress, or something else.  Today, I treated myself to a 15 minute chair massage.  It felt great.  I didn’t get a headache today, but I still have the kink.  I also managed to do 15 minutes on the elliptical.  We got to the J later than normal, so I didn’t have time for much more.  On my way to the showers, I ran into friends.  We chatted and showering didn’t happen while I was there.  The Kid Kare was really busy and short handed.  The kids still had a great time.

After lunch, I needed to go to the store.  So, I decided to ride my bike.  The store is only 2 miles away, but round trip, that’s 4 miles and 20 minutes of extra activity.  The only problem is that my knee hurts again.  I don’t think I twisted wrong or anything that I recall, but it’s been really sore all afternoon.  I was planning to spin in the morning (1/2 class), but now I think I’ll be doing PT exercises instead.  I don’t have time for too much more rehab.  It’s summer time and there is too much to enjoy!

Right before dinner, the neighbors started getting a new lawn.  Someone in the family has a landscaping business so I suppose that Sunday afternoon is one of the only “downtimes” for them.

Nick and Sally were glued to the window taking it all in.  It was the best entertainment ever.  A bob cat and a dump truck were both involved and we didn’t have to leave the house.  We can’t wait to see them put the lawn in.


I spent the rest of the day cooking and cleaning.  I’ve been trying quite a few new recipes out.  I’ll be doing more recipe posts soon.  I feel like we can eat yummy leftovers for the next few meals.

Next up: more knee rehab at the J.

 Posted by at 9:51 PM