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Who’s Your Farmer?

Recently as I was perusing Facebook a friend shared a post from a local farm here in the Flathead Valley offering full and partial CSA shares. For those of you that don’t know what CSA stands for it’s, Community Supported Agriculture. Most CSA shares are for vegetables and herbs but you can even find CSA’s that contain eggs, milk, flowers and fruits.

Community Supported Agriculture is so cool because it benefits not only you but also your local farmer.

Consumer Benefits:

  • Extremely fresh local produce with high nutrients value
  • Get creative using what’s in season and trying new recipes
  • Use it as an opportunity if you have kids to educate them on new vegetables and where their food comes from
  • Keep your money local

Farmer Benefits:

  • Plan their crop season and volume
  • Provide fresh produce to their local community
  • Consistent cash flow to keep the farm running

Also it’s pretty fun for the Farmer and the Consumer to meet each other too. Things to consider with a CSA is that you assume a shared risk. The shared risk being if the crop season doesn’t do well for whatever reason your CSA share will reflect that. Although things typically don’t go wrong on the farm it is possible. But also when it’s a bumper crop year, you will benefit greatly from that.

CSA shares can vary from farm to farm but the CSA share I invested in is from Lower Valley Farms. Lower Valley Farms is USDA certified organic and they are approximately 7 miles from my house.  They offer full and partial shares for the consumers. I’m the rabbit in the house and really enjoy my veggies more so than anyone else so I felt a full share would be too much, so I opted for a partial share. The share includes 21 weeks of fresh produce and I was able to choose a convenient monthly billing option at $49 a month.  They also offered several pick up locations in the valley along with a nice newsletter with information on your share for that week and the happenings on the farm. All week I’ve been so excited for today to pick up my first share.

See all theses beautiful veggies (Week 1 of 21)

I have never tried Bok Choy before and am very excited to try it. Tonight we are having steak for dinner and I plan to saute’ the Bok Choy with some garlic and olive oil.

I had been contemplating getting a CSA share this year because I have a hard time keeping up with a garden in the summer. We do not have any built-in irrigation and are typically gone playing a lot on the weekends. I also really appreciate the CSA model of connecting the farmer and consumer. I’m so excited that I decided to do it and after today getting my first weeks share I know I made the right decision. I highly recommend you search locally where ever you are located and try to find a CSA.

Today I feel gratitude towards my local farmers (Jay and Mandy) for growing such beautiful healthy produce. Thank you Lower Valley Farms looking forward to the rest of the season.




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How to Clean a Cast Iron Skillet Easily

I have always had a love hate relationship with my cast iron skillet. I love the way food tasted when cooked in cast iron but dread the cleaning process (I actually dread cleaning all dishes). In the past I have always used the boiling hot water and brush trick to try to get the skillet clean but some of my precious seasoning has been removed from scrubbed to hard over the years.

Last week I cooked some delicious pork chop in my  cast iron skillet and due to forgetting to buy a new scrub brush I was forced to do some experimenting. Long story short a few months ago I had attended a Norwex Party at a friends house. I fell in love with their cleaning cloths and products so much that I signed up to be a independent sales consultant for them. It’s been really fun and I have earned lots of free products over the last few months and one of them being a dish cloth. Now when I saw this “dish cloth” for the first time I was thinking in my head how does this really work it has holes in it! I washed it and put it under the sink to figure it out some other time.

Well in desperation the other night I pulled that dish cloth out and cleaned my cast iron skillet with it. I have never cleaned my skillet so quickly and easily in all theses years. Score! Now I’m no cast iron skillet expert and I really need to re season my skillet but I just wanted to share what worked for me. If you are interested in where to purchase a dish cloth or want to learn more about Norwex please check out my personal website


Directions to Clean Cast Iron Skillet: 

  • Boil water
  • Pour boiling water into cast iron skillet (make sure it’s on a safe hot safe surface)
  • Let hot water sit until it’s cooled off (VERY IMPORTANT)
  • Then take a Norwex Dish cloth and clean skillet
  • Rinse, dry and re oil skillet




Disclaimer: I am not a cast iron expert these ideas are what worked for me. I receive a small commission from Norwex for sales made through my website.