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What is a new potato?

Well, it feels like it has taken a LONG time to get here, but summer has arrived and we have finally have the temperatures to match!

We started harvesting new potatoes a couple weeks ago.  These potatoes are a favorite for many of our customers.  Wonder why we call them “new” potatoes?  The potatoes are dug while the plants are still green.

The skins on the new potatoes have not had a chance to cure and are extremely tender.  The potatoes are also very creamy.  It is important to note that because the skins are so sensitive, they need to be stored in a bag/container in the fridge.

Here is a picture of harvesting new potatoes.  They are dug with the potato digger then picked up by hand.

The cool/wet weather has set some of the crops back, but we have new produce popping up every week.  Some of the new things include:

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Zucchini
  • Green, Yellow & Purple Beans
  • New Potatoes

Strawberries are looking great.  We also have lots of asparagus, radishes, sweet onions, greens, tomatoes & peas.

Plan a trip to the markets this weekend and stock up on all the fixings you need for you 4th of July parties.  Wondering where you can find us?  Here is a market schedule.

Thank you so much for your support & we look forward to seeing you soon!

–          The Visser Family

Strawberries are ready!

Have you heard?  Michigan strawberries are ready!

They look beautiful, smell amazing, and taste even better.

The season always goes by quickly, so make sure you stop by the farm or markets some time in the next few weeks to pick up a quart or flat!

We love to add them to our salads and eat them fresh right out of the field.

Strawberry shortcake is also a favorite.  Here is our favorite shortcake recipe.  We enjoy it a couple times each season topped with fresh berries.

What is your favorite way to enjoy strawberries?

Your Canning & Freezing Guide

As we move into the summer season it is time to start thinking about preserving the summer harvest for those cold winter months!

Here is our canning & freezing guide to make sure you don’t miss out on preserving any of your favorites.

Despite the cold/rainy weather the crops we have in the fields are looking great!  We are harvesting lots of greens, rhubarb, green onions & spring sweet onions.  Tomatoes and cucumbers from the greenhouse.

Coming soon…sugar snap peas, new potatoes, broccoli and strawberries.

All of the summer markets are open now!  You can find our market schedule HERE.

We look forward to seeing you soon. Thank you for supporting our farm!

Our Favorite Rhubarb Crisp

Rhubarb season is here and this easy rhubarb apple crisp is a favorite in our house.

Rhubarb Apple Filling
  • 3.5 cups rhubarb chopped
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 2 apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Topping
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Combine all of the filling ingredients together in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Pour into a 9 x 9 glass baking dish and set aside.
  • Combine the topping ingredients and mix thoroughly. Crumble evenly over the filling.
  • Bake for 35 minutes.

We hope that you enjoy this spring favorite just as much as we do! 🙂

The outdoor markets are OPEN!!

The outdoor markets are opening this week and we are SO EXCITED!

We have been counting down (literally) to the opening day of the outdoor farmers market and it has finally arrived!

Here is our market schedule for this summer:

  • Muskegon Farmers Market:  Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday | 7am – 2pm.
  • Kalamazoo Farmers Market:  Saturday | 7am – 2pm.
  • Trufant Market:  Thursday | 7am – 12pm.
  • Crisp Country Acres Farm Store:  Monday – Saturday | 8am – 6pm.

Wondering what to expect to find on our market tables?  Here are just a few of the highlights:

  • Salad Mix
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Salad Cucumbers
  • Rhubarb
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Swiss Chard
  • Potatoes (tons of varieties!)
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Onions
  • Leek
  • Parsnips
  • Hanging flower baskets
  • Meats
  • Eggs
  • & so much more!

Come on out to the markets, enjoy some family fun and pick up your groceries for the week as well!

Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Bring the farm to your table and change the way you eat.

Knowing what to feed your family is hard.  Getting your kids to eat healthy food can be tough.  We understand and are here to help! Sign up HERE.

Our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program encourages you to get to know your farmer and know where your food is coming from.

  • Enjoy real food that tastes AMAZING!  We often hear that our food tastes so much better than food from the grocery store.
  • Try new foods & new recipes.
  • Eat more produce – You will eat what is in your fridge!
  • Support a local farm & your community

We have 2 options available!

 

You Choose – Farmstand CSA

Do you want to be able to pick out your own produce? Are you going to be gone quite a bit, but still want to join a CSA? Our Farmstand CSA is for you!

  • Come to any of our market locations
  • Come when works for you.
  • You choose your share from everything we have available
  • Bring home healthy local food & support a family farm.
  • Pick up at the Muskegon Farmers Market, Kalamazoo Farmers Market & our farm store.

Find out more HERE.  Receive a free baby bear of honey when signing up for your farmstand CSA by March 27.

 

Weekly Produce Baskets – Traditional CSA

Do you want to incorporate more high quality produce into your families diets?  These presorted boxes will have a variety of veggies and fruit for you and your family to enjoy each week.

  • Encourage you to eat more produce.
  • Try new produce you otherwise might not have tried.
  • Try new recipes.
  • Pre-packaged for quick & convenient pick up.
  • Pick up at our farm store.

Find out more HERE. Sign up by March 27 and receive $5.00 your full summer produce share (weekly boxes).

Any questions please feel free to email lindsey@crispcountryacres.com.  We look forward to a summer full of delicious food!

Looking for a CSA with flexibility?

Our farmstand CSA is perfect for you if…

  • You want to pick up at our farmers market locations.
  • You want to be able to pick out your share.
  • You need flexibility on when you pick up your share.
  • You want to feed your family local, healthy food & save money at the same time!

Find out all of the details in this VIDEO.  We talk about customers most frequently asked questions and show you exactly how it works.

Ready to sign up?  Click here for a summer full of great food!

How to eat lots of fruits & veggies this summer!

Life is so busy.  With so much going on it is sometimes easier to just run through the drive thru, but it does not have to be this way!

Imagine sitting down to a family meal with a table of healthy vegetables and locally raised meats. Your fridge fully stocked with tasty food that your whole family loves.

We are here to make this dream a reality for you!  Our CSA program is helping people enjoy good, healthy food every week.

What is CSA?

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.

The CSA model has many different forms, but I think it comes down these things:

  • Support local farms & their local community
  • Know where your food is coming from.
  • Know who is growing your food.
  • Know that what they are feeding their families is safe.

How to do you know if a CSA is right for you? 

Ask yourself these questions:

Do you enjoy eating GOOD TASTING food?  Hint: Those “baby carrots” that you get in the store do not taste like carrots.  We grow carrots that are taste like candy.  Juicy tomatoes that are full of flavor.  Green beans that are so good, you will eat them all raw before you even get a chance to cook them.  We raise variety of over 50 crops that will keep your family happy!

Do you want to improve your families health?  What kind of food do you have in your fridge?   Fill it up with good food that is full of good nutrients that will result in better health for you and your family.

Do you enjoy cooking? If you want to spend more time cooking meals for your family, CSA is for you.  Members enjoy the fun of meal planning and the whole family enjoys trying out new recipes.

Do you want to know where your food is coming from?  We have been seeing a lot of recalls lately.  With the CSA you will know where your food is coming from and you won’t need to worry if it is safe.

Do you like to support your local economy?  When you support our farm you support our family and our team’s families.  You keep your money in our community.

If you answered yes to any of these questions, we have a CSA that is just right for you!

2 CSA options are available. 

Option # 1 – Traditional CSA:

What is the traditional CSA?  It is a pre-sorted box of produce that you pick up at our farm each week.

Are you willing to try new things? Our traditional CSA includes 7 – 10 different seasonal items each week.  Members are encouraged to try new foods and new recipes!

Do you not want to think about what you are going to eat each week? The traditional boxes are presorted so you won’t need to think about what produce you want to get for the week.  Members LOVE the surprise and meal planning with what is included.

Do you want to encourage your family to eat more healthy food?  This CSA will do it!  You will get a box of food each week and members enjoy the challenge of using it all up before picking up the next box.  You will get creative with fruits and veggies for your main meals, but also snacks.

Sign up for the weekly produce box.

Option # 2 – Farm Stand CSA:

What is the farmstand CSA?  Members choose their share from everything we have available!  Stop by any of our market locations (Kalamazoo, Muskegon & farm store) and shop with your pre-paid card.  Members will receive 7% of their share price added to their farmstand card.  So, if you purchase a $400 share you will receive $428 to spend!

Do you need flexibility for when you pick up your share?  If you have a busy schedule our farmstand CSA is for you.  You have the flexibility to come to any of our market locations when ever works for you.  Members enjoy stopping by and using their grocery list to pick out what they need.

Do you want to be able to pick out food everyone in your family likes?  Members can choose their share from everything we have available!  That includes a wide variety of produce, meat, eggs and more.  This share is for the members that have picky eaters in the house.

Do you often shop at our market locations?  This CSA is a great way to save money and is super convenient! Members receive 7% of their share price added on to their farmstand credit.  Pick out what ever you would like and check out using your farmstand card.

Sign up for the farmstand CSA.

More questions?  Please feel free to email lindsey@crispcountryacres.com

Ready to enjoy healthy good tasting food?  Sign up HERE.

We can’t wait to help you feed your family good, healthy food this summer!

Ohh, I almost forgot!  We have a specials going on now! Sign up by March 15 and receive $5.00 your full summer produce share.  Or receive a free baby bear of honey when signing up for your farmstand CSA.  Sign up TODAY and get ready for some tasty food!

Warm up with the Veggie Stew!

Wow, what a week it has been! Definitely one that we will remember.

The kids have snow day # 6 tomorrow.  We are all getting restless and I think that the kids are even ready to go back to school.

We have been enjoying warm comfort food the last few days.  I wanted to share one of our favorites:

Veggie Stew

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 c. flour
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1 ½ lb boneless stew beef, cut in 1 inch cubes
  • 2 T. oil
  • 3 cup water
  • 5 medium carrots, peeled and quartered
  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 1/2 celery root
  • ¼ c. water

Directions:

Combine flour, salt and pepper, coat meat with seasoned flour.  Save remaining flour.  Brown meat in oil in a large kettle.  Add water and cover.  Simmer for 1 hour until meat is tender.  Add carrots, potatoes, onions and celery.  Return to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 25 minutes.  Blend ¼ c. water wth remaining flour.  Add to stew, stirring gently; cook until thickened.

This soup is sure to warm up the whole family!

Ready to get out of the house?  Plan a trip to the farmers markets on Saturday.  We will have everything you need to make this soup along with fresh greens and cherry tomatoes if you are craving a spring salad.  Ground beef will be on sale this Saturday, 8lbs for $38.00.

Have a great weekend, stay warm!