Sunday, October 3, 2010

Menu Plan (Oct 4) and Farmer's Market

I visited the farmer's market on Saturday and was pleasantly surprised at some of the wonderful things I found. There was a wonderful "no spray" lettuce farmer there with an amazing array of lettuces. Its been a long time since we've had lettuce from the farmer's market. We are enjoying the red leaf and green leaf lettuces so much. I also found some cooking pumpkins, some "no spray" butternut squash and some sweet potatoes in addition to our beef order (we are getting several this fall to carry us through until spring/ early summer when there will be more available).

Our beef order comes with each cut individually wrapped in butcher paper and the hamburger is wrapped up in one pound portions. Each time we get slightly different cuts and different amounts of hamburger. This order had a few t-bones, a few sirloins, two roasts, some ribs and lots of hamburger (what we use most). We also got soup bones.

This is the cooler I bring it home in. Each order is somewhere between 25 & 30 pounds. It takes us between three and four months to finish off one order.

We are going to use some of the local food we have in the freezer, as well as the farmer's market finds for our menu this week. As usual, I will put the local items in bold.

Breakfast (with repeats):

*Oatmeal with coconut oil, pecans, honey and blueberries
*Eggs and grits with cut up fruit
*Fruit smoothies made with homemade yogurt, blueberries, peaches and bananas
*Homemade granola with pecans, honey, butter, coconut oil, pepitas and dried bananas

Lunches:

*Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and applesauce
*Peanut butter sandwiches and cut up fruit
*Green Salad with feta cheese, walnuts, pecans, kalamata olives
*Leftovers

Snacks:

*Pumpkin bread or muffins (eggs are from our hens)
*Smoothies (blueberries, peaches)
*Apple slices
*Pears
*Cheese cubes
*Oatmeal cookies
*homemade bread and honey butter

Dinner:

*French Onion Soup (beef stock from soup bones - also will include small amount of beef; the dog was THRILLED with his jackpot when I gave him the bones earlier) with grilled cheese sandwiches and a green salad

*Roasted Chicken, sweet potatoes (probably just cooked in some butter - so yummy!!), green salad

*Dinner Salad with leftover roasted chicken, pecans, cheese, boiled eggs, cucumbers, carrots and some homemade bread

*Cheese Burgers with caramelized onions, green salad, mashed butternut squash

*Soup (not sure what kind, but I'm leaning towards Italian Black Eyed Pea Soup) and homemade biscuits

*Pizza with leftovers (some of which will be local) and maybe caramelized onions and black olives as toppings and a green salad

*Crustless Quiche (eggs) to use up any veggies that need to be eaten before they go bad and a green salad (if we still have lettuce or if ours is ready to begin using).

Our hens are consistently laying 7 eggs a day now (1 blue/ green, 1 dark brown and white speckled and 5 light brown). That means we are getting about 4 dozen a week - plenty for us to use and enough to share with our neighbors, too :) Earlier, when dh and I were out feeding/ watering the chickens and collecting the eggs, a katydid flew at me and I jumped/ screamed (eek!!) and dh laughed (because it was really funny). My response? To begin crying - so out of character for me. I am obviously experiencing some sort of pregnancy hormone thing. I am now entering my third trimester (time is flying for me this time) and I think we are having a really big boy - check out that profile:


To me, I look much farther along than just 6 months, lol. I think I better get to work with farm projects, Christmas shopping and freezer cooking!! It will be here before I know it.

I will be submitting this to Menu Plan Monday at OrgJunkie.

5 comments:

motherhen68 said...

How fun that you get different cuts of meat in your order. It really keeps things fresh and keeps you on your toes trying to plan around what you're going to get. I find that trying to plan my menus ahead of going to the market is not nearly as much fun as coming up with something on the fly.

Sorry that your hormones are whacked. Sometimes at the time of the month, anything will set me off. I guarantee you, every Sunday in October I will be crying because Fatima has a procession after Mass with Our Lady and they sing the Fatima Farewell song. It's the same song they sing at the end of each day at the shrine in Portugal. Something about this song sets me off EACH AND EVERY TIME. You'd think after 3 years of it, I'd be over myself, but no. Of course, the boys think it's great fun to watch me tear up. Grr.

I'm going to do a Sept harvest tally later today.

The Book Lady Online said...

Paula,

I cry almost every week at Mass, beautiful music or not, lol. If we get a chance to be in Lafayette during October, I'd love to try to attend Mass at Fatima just to see the procession. It sounds beautiful. Is it at all Masses or just certain ones?

motherhen68 said...

Lori, I believe they do the procession at all the Masses in Oct and in May (May being the beginning of the appriations concluding in Oct).

Sometimes, the weirdest things strike me and cause me to cry. Like routine prayers we say, something will just jump out and I'll tear up. Crazy!

Alea said...

You don't look big to me! I looked like I was going to have triplets when I was 6 months along with Andrew.

You really have the best farmer's market!

The Book Lady Online said...

Paula, me, too. So crazy!!

Alea, you are too sweet. I look at pictures of then end of my pregnancy with my Andrew and it looks like I have a watermelon inside my maternity shirt, lol. I know I am headed for that this time, too.