We picked up week 17 of our Geauga Family Farms CSA today.  Andrew was on vacation, so we were greeted by Sarah.  The set up was a little different, but the pick up was smooth.  We have a nice routine.  We go into the store, get a cart, stop by for a sample of pineapple, buy anything we need (usually yogurt, cheese, bananas or the like), use a reusable bag, get two wooden nickels, let the kids color, get our veggies, and then leave.  It works for us and both Nick and Sally look forward to our CSA pickup at “The Little Whole Foods”.

Today’s box was lighter than the last few.  We didn’t have any melon or squash.  Here’s a group shot:


You might be wondering about the dark wooden background.  We didn’t get a new table.  But, our kitchen table where I usually take the photos looks like this.


I picked up 2 bushels of pears from Eddy’s on Monday. They aren’t quite ripe enough to can. So, our table was out of commission. Nick and Sally had a picnic breakfast today. Nick wants to have one everyday. I don’t think that will happen. They ate raisins, graham crackers and pears. By lunch time, I had put away enough stuff from our vacations that they used the dining room table.  Since that space was clean, I used it to take the CSA photos today also.

Let’s take a closer look at the veggies.

Collards, leaf lettuce


Romaine, bell peppers


Tomatoes, garlic


Poblano peppers, onions


Apples, green beans


Sweet potatoes


I was in Hawaii two weeks ago and I was also out of town most of this past week.  I’m feeling a bit out of the loop on the CSA.  I am glad that this is an easier week.  I’m going to make some stuffed collard wraps with the collards.  The lettuce, bell peppers and probably tomatoes will go in salads.  If we don’t use the tomatoes up, I’ll freeze them.  I have some others frozen and will make sauce or chili with them soon.   I have Stayman (tart) apples from Delaware to use up and will mix these apples with them for sauce.  The green beans will be an easy side dish.  I’ll probably freeze the onions, other peppers and garlic.  For the sweet potatoes, I’ll probably slice them for sweet potato fries.  Everyone in my house likes them and with the cooler temperatures, the oven sounds more appealing these days.

It’s hard to believe that it’s October already!  I’m excited for the upcoming winter CSA season.


Last Tuesday, the kids and I had a date with friends to pick apples in the morning.  The friends had to cancel due to illness.  We made a date with other friends in the afternoon.  They also had to cancel.  Since I had promised the kids that we would go picking.  We went picking at Eddy Fruit Farm.


When you arrive and check in, there is a map on the table that shows what apples are ready, the type of apple and where they are located.  You decide what you want and drive to the correct place.  We were leaving for vacation on Wednesday, so I knew we had to take the apples with us. I planned to make applesauce at my sister’s house and we picked accordingly.  We ended up with early Jonathan, Macoun, and Golden Delicious.



When you are done picking, you put the apples on the scale and they tell you how much you owe.  We picked about 23 pounds.  We paid $20.70.


Then, I saw this sign!


At $20 per bushel, I was very tempted.  But, I couldn’t take pears home since I was leaving on vacation the next morning.  They offered to keep them in their cooler for me.  Sold!  Two bushels of pears were picked up this morning and I’m now working on canning them.


Hi, there! My role here at Life Lyn Style is usually limited to the background, but with Lyn enjoying herself in a tropical paradise, it is up to me (her loving husband) to share what we found in our Geauga Family Farms CSA today. The harvest season is upon us, with the bountiful crop we found in the box today.

First off, here is the group shot. I’ll bet we could measure how big the week’s harvest is by how high we have to hold the camera to take this picture. The camera was pretty close to the ceiling today.


“I’m ready for my closeup,” cried the kale, and I was happy to oblige.

Red Russian kale, bok choy


Garlic, sweet potatoes


Apples (mixed varieties), carrots


Parsley (mix of flat leaf and curly), green beans


Red leaf lettuce, onions


Bell peppers, little peppers (I don’t know yet if they are hot)


Eggplant, yellow squash




Using this up with Lyn away is going to be a challenge. My cooking skills have rusted a bit in recent years, with the grill more my specialty than the stove is. The parsley says “tabouli”, which could use some tomato and onion as well. The kale and bok choy I will saute, with some balsamic vinegar for the kale and some sesame oil for the bok choy. We will surely have some delicious salads as well.

Thanks for visiting! Lyn will be back tomorrow.


Today, we made a spur of the moment trip to Eddy Fruit Farm.  I happened to read on Facebook that they were having pick your own plums and they wouldn’t last long.  I called some friends and we met them at the farm at 4PM.  We never go picking in the afternoon, but today it worked.  The weather was great and Eddy’s is only 15 minutes from our house in Mayfield Heights.  They are the closest farm to our house with pick your own.

They are just south of Wilson Mills Road on Caves Road.  The photo on the left is the corner where you turn and the photo on the right is the entrance to the farm.


Nick and Sally both sampled a plum.  I never saw plums growing before so I enjoyed this picking experience.


While we were there, we picked a few apples.  Akane is the variety that happened to be close by.  They are a somewhat tart variety.


We didn’t pick too many since I still had apples at home to process into applesauce.  After the apples, we checked out the grapes.  The netting is to keep the birds away.  These are sweet reliance grapes.  They are seedless and I think were also past their prime.


The kids were fascinated with the netting and the grapes.


We returned to the market to pay for our bounty.  We also bought a few pears.  We ended up with about 5.5 pounds of plums, 5.5 pounds of apples and 2 pounds of grapes.  At 90 cents a pound, we paid $11.75.  In addition our pears were $6.  It’s hard to turn down your kids when they are begging you for fruit.


I’m thinking I’ll try a batch of jam with the plums.  I’m sure everyone will enjoy eating a few along with the grapes.  I’m mixing these apples in with my applesauce now.  I hope they aren’t too tart since I don’t put sweetener in my sauce.


I suspect we’ll have more apple picking when I return from vacation.  We’ll probably miss concord grapes since they are just coming into season now.  Next time we pick grapes, I need to bring a snippers or scissors, it will be much easier.

I’m off to check on the applesauce!


Today, I had a date with my good friend Theresa to go apple picking.  We made a last minute date yesterday when she heard me say “Honey Crisp”.  We headed out to Patterson Fruit Farm.  Despite the rainy day, we were greeted by two friendly people manning the tent.  There were U-Pick Crest Haven peaches today as well, but we were there for apples.


The apples here are priced on a scale based on how many you pick.  This sign aside, Honey Crisp were advertised at $1.50 a pound.  For reference, honey crisp are the most expensive apple.  They were $2.29 at Giant Eagle today (and they weren’t just picked off a local tree.)


The Honey Crisp apples were just a short walk from our car.  When we saw the water, we were extra glad to have our garden shoes and boots on.  It really wasn’t too bad.  It was just sprinkling when we actually picked and we had about 30 pounds of Honey Crisp apples from just a few trees.



After we Honey Crisp, we headed over to the Gala apples.  This was actually the Buckeye Gala apple.  We quickly picked about 40 pounds and then headed back to the tent to settle up.  Because we had 70 pounds total and a mix of the apples, they were priced at 95 cents a pound.  It worked out great.  If you go with a group of people to pick, you should pay together since that way you get the best overall price.  Patterson’s provides bags for picking and they hold quite a few pounds of apples.


The darker smaller red apples are the Gala and the other larger apple is the Honey Crisp.


After picking, we drove up to the market on Caves Road.  We purchased apple fritters and donuts for the family and headed home.  It was fun, short outing.  Apple picking will last about 5 weeks depending on the farm, weather, crowds, varieties, etc.  We plan to pick a few more times before the season ends.


We picked up our Fresh Fork CSA today.  In addition to our regular “small”, we also picked up the items from our vacation credit.  We were off week 10.

Here’s what we were expecting to receive this week:

Small CSA:

  • 1 yellow doll watermelon
  • 2 ct. eggplant, some mixed colors may be included
  • 1 quart hot Hungarian peppers
  • 1 lb. clover honey
  • 1 medium cantaloupe
  • Approx. 1 lb. heirloom tomatoes (about 1 large or 2 small)
  • 2 summer squash
  • 1 pint mixed baby sweet peppers
  • Quarter Peck Golden Supreme apples (about 5 to 6 apples, very crisp, yellow apple)
  • Approx. 1 lb. slicing tomatoes

Here’s a group shot:


I’m going to make my favorite cole slaw recipe and it uses a couple of apples.  The rest will probably go into my oatmeal and/or be made into a quick applesauce for the kids.  We also got eggplant on Tuesday, so I think I’ll be making a veggie lasagna tomorrow.


I’m not sure about the squash.  If it doesn’t end up in the lasagna, we’ll probably grill it.  All of the tomatoes are going into sauce since I have a stock of them from Tuesday’s CSA as well.


The sweet peppers will get added to my sauce.  I’m never sure what to do with the hot ones.  I don’t like to make things that aren’t kid friendly (and Lyn friendly).


I don’t cook with refined sugar, so we use lots of honey.  I’m excited to try the clover honey that we received.


Yum!  We are certainly enjoying our local melon this year.  I’m curious to try the watermelon since it’s “yellow” and I’m not sure what to expect.


In addition to our share above, we had $25 to spend on items from the on-line store since we were on a planned vacation a couple of weeks back.  I decided on lettuce ($2.75), 2 cantaloupes ($3.60 ea.), 2 packages of Chorizo sausage ($12.40) and 2 quarts of yogurt ($9.90).  The total was $28.65, so I paid Robert $3.65 at the truck.


It was fun to stock up on Chorizo and yogurt since we were out of both.  Neither of my CSAs received lettuce this week, so I was glad to have it as well.  I love the vacation flexibility with Fresh Fork!