Best NW Farm Share: Helsing Junction Farms

YAY! We’re about 3 weeks out from our Helsing Junction Farms organic farm share and there are still spots available this year for you to nab! The start of our farm share with these ladies always feels like the official start of summer and a clean slate for committing to (mostly) healthy eating. 20 weeks of joy that always starts with sweet berries, cherries, pretty pink radishes, turnips, bok choy, and tender lettuces and ends with delicious winter squash, pears, beets, and more yummy greens. At this point, I can’t imagine summer and fall without all these gorgeous veggies, fruits, lovely jars, and cheese loveliness available from the other farms they partner with. All our beautiful, organic produce for 4 and a half months comes from Annie and Sue’s amazing NW farm. It feels REALLY good to support these hardworking women in agriculture who employ a lot of other ladies to work their 42 acres. Annie and Sue have been at it for over 26 years and they are inspiring, kind-hearted, mindful, inclusive, and I’m so proud to spread the word about what they do. MORE INFO.

A SWEET DEAL:
Get $10 off your share with: Healthy2018 when you sign up for HELSING JUNCTION 2018!

DELIVERY: PORTLANDVANCOUVERSEATTLETACOMAOLYMPIAMORE LOCATIONS
You can get your share delivered to your door for a little extra or just use a pickup location.

WHAT WE’RE GETTING FOR 2018:
We are a household of 2 people who like to eat out at least a couple times a week, so we could probably be very happy with the Mini Share from Helsing Junction Farms. However, we also love to eat piles of veggies, cook big batches of meals to freeze, and I am known around our house for being particularly enthusiastic (read: greedy) about fruit, so we get the Medium Share and the Fruit Share. The Medium Share is substantial for 2 people and is meant for 2 to 3 people. I’m kind of overwhelmed with my own flower garden situation this year, but I am still thinking about adding the lovely Flower Share and the insanely wonderful Mushroom Share — so tempting. I’m also considering adding the Cheese Share because it’s exciting to have these yummy creations in the fridge for quick snacks with fruit. We get home delivery! READ ABOUT SHARES.

SHARE OPTIONS: MINI SHARE (1-2 people) • MEDIUM SHARE (2-3 people) • LARGE SHARE (3-4 people) • HEALING SHARE (2-3 people, no nightshades) • PALEO SHARE (2-3 people low-glycemic index) • SNACK SHARE (1-2 people — berries, peas radishes, heirloom apples, melon, cherry tomatoes, sweet peppers, and more) • CHEF SHAREJUICING SHARE (8 weeks) • FLOWER SHARE (14 weeks — so beautiful!) • FRUIT SHARE (15 weeks of magic) • SAUERKRAUT SHARE (raw w/probiotics) • YOGURT SHARE (9 deliveries — from happy cows) • HANDCRAFTED CHEESE SHARE (8 deliveries) • MUSHROOM SHARE (18 weeks) • BULK SHARE (3 distributions) • STORAGE SHARECANNING SHARE (3 distributions) • MORE INFO

HOW WE ROLL:
If you have been wanting to sign up for a farm share, I highly recommend you do! Helsing Junction Farms is hands down the best CSA we’ve ever supported. The quality, options, integrity, the care, communication, people, and the variety in every box, is unparalleled. With a combination of meal planning and spontaneity — you’ll find your rhythm. It’s fun and inspires you to look at more recipes and to get creative while eating fresh, organic, healthy food (that massive Helsing Junction Farms recipe database helps!). I definitely feel healthier, have more energy, and lose a few pounds that I need to shed, but I’m eating yummy stuff ALL DAY LONG. We’ve had farms in the past that gave us unrealistic quantities of things we liked, but could never finish before they were gone. We eat everything in our farm share from HJF and always have the option of putting our share on hold up to twice a year if we know we are going to be out of town or too busy to get through our box (you get a double share at a later date of your choice). There are also opportunities throughout the summer and fall to purchase bulk shares of fruits (jam!) and veggies (pickling!), and delicious extras from Sue and Annie’s farm buddies. SEE SHARE OPTIONS + SIGN UP.

GIFT A FARM SHARE:
Gifting Helsing Junction Farms CSA shares would be such a sweet wedding gift or way to support a loved one who wants to eat healthier. You can purchase shares for the whole season or by the month or by early summer, mid summer, and late summer. Also, once you have a farm share, you can schedule an order for an extra veggie share box for one week if you want to give someone a really awesome birthday gift or housewarming present! You also have the ability to donate community shares if you want to share the organic veggie love with people in need. More HERE.

➔ FOLLOW THE HELSING JUNCTION FARM CREW + WEEKLY SHARES:
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Feel free to ask me any questions! I recommend following these rad ladies at @helsingfarmcsa on Instagram and HelsingFarmCSA on Facebook. It’s really nice to see and hear about their planting progress, fun at the farm, upcoming music events, and yummy harvests. Also, once you sign up for a share, you get newsletter updates regularly and emails letting you know what will be in your box that week.

And, don’t forget this discount code: Get $10 off your CSA share with code: Healthy2018 when you sign up for 2018! JOIN HERE

SOME FAVORITE MEALS:
We always make a lot of delicious things with our farm shares and add a few special offers throughout the season to use for canning and root veggie storage. You also have the opportunity to add yummy individual items from their partner farms that become available throughout the summer and fall. Aside from making simple, delicious daily meals, there have been standouts: roasted cherry rose ice cream, roasted lavender peach ice cream, watermelon cucumber basil feta salads, the huge green bean radicchio herb and feta salads, snacks of perfect radishes and french butter, ricotta toast with berries or sugar snap peas, whole roasted fava beans, grilled halloumi with berries and herbs, slicing open a bright yellow melon to find sweet blush pink fruit inside, easy and impressive cast iron pan frittatas, veggie pizzas on the grill, roasted maple delicata squash rings, apple and pear crisps, grilled lavender jack cheese sandwiches, pureed cauliflower pear soup, and pear cardamom muffins to name a few. I just found a chocolate beet brownies recipe in the massive Helsing Junction Recipe Index, so that will be happening when we get our beets later this year! MORE RECIPES.

PHOTOS: Mostly from our home and some beautiful farm shots from HJF!

Friday!

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HAPPY FALL! I turned on the heat for the first time yesterday and nature has finally brought us some heavy rains in the NW. Fall will always be my favorite, but it is a bittersweet farewell to roses and stone fruit and long nights. I’m so happy cuddled up on the sofa with big cups of fancy tea (Earl Grey with lavender and rose!!) from my friend Jenna. I was blindsided this week when I woke up with a horrible cold and high fever on Monday morning and haven’t been able to get all my posts together this week. I’m looking forward to a mellow weekend of rest and visiting with friends in town. Have a cozy one, friends! See you next week! xo Jen

➔ SOME VERY LOVELY LINKS…

♥ It’s officially fall, so I’m alternating wearing Dark Wave and Valens.

♥ Oooh, nice. A hard to find vintage Levi’s jacket in cream with gold stitches.

♥ I’m officially obsessed with this moonstone ring in both the sterling and the gold.

♥ The shape of this sterling silver bangle is so beautiful! (15% off: HONEYLOVE)

♥ Kiersten’s limited edition brass talon cuff bracelet is gorgeous.

♥ I really love these brass hairpins and kind of want another one to wear 2 at a time.

♥ So sweet! These little starry night pouches are lovely.

♥ This elegant black lingerie set is hot hot hot.

♥ I’m perusing this whole section for ideas for my husband’s Christmas gift in advance.

♥ These tall black totem candles are so striking and beautiful grouped together in a room.

♥ I think I’m going to make these Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies this weekend! YUM.

➔ A SWEET DEAL

♥ Get 15% off all the dreamy ORU jewels with code HONEYLOVE now thru 9/22.

♥ Get 30% off the Markham Ring by Rebecca Mir Grady w/ SEPTEMBERRING thru 9/30.

♥ Rebecca’s sale section has so many beautiful closet staples in it right now!

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➔ I HEART PDX

♥ See my big I HEART PDX roundup for wonderful things going on around town!

PHOTO: Audrey Hepburn wearing a simple black shift dress and a stack of upper arm cuffs.

Friday!

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Hi, friends. It’s been an awful week (year?) and we still have so many people in harm’s way with hurricanes, floods, fires, and horrible rightwing politics. I know so many people are feeling scared and emotionally depleted from everything going on and I am with you. Keep holding on to positive thoughts for the future and your compassion for those who are struggling even more. Big hugs to everyone! I hope you find some joy this weekend and find ways to help — it’s really the only cure for the doldrums created by both political and natural storms. You’re all in my thoughts. xo Jen

➔ SOME VERY LOVELY LINKS

♥ Yes. This totally makes my black heart happy.

♥ This good smelling hair potion tames the beast when it gets frizzy.

♥ ALL these new earrings, please.

♥ I’m loving these earrings in both sterling and bronze.

♥ Love these simple circle bobby pins.

♥ A classic simple pin that adds a little visual interest on your lapel or collar.

♥ I love this perfect way to store and display your necklaces.

♥ This sweater coat seems like a good closet staple in both colors.

♥ This moon and stars sweatshirt is super cute.

♥ I feel like some of you out there could really work this floral look.

♥ This simple black dress has pockets and is so versatile.

♥ I hope she never stops making my gateway drug silk shirt — a forever fave.

♥ I’m in love with these cute cognac oxfords.

♥ I’m feeling these grey suede faux fur pompom flats.

♥ I’m still thinking about these pretty velvet shoes.

♥ Oh, hello. This brass bar cart is very lovely.

♥ I’m thinking this box would be good to store the essential oils I use in my diffuser.

♥ I’d like these stools in mint, black, dusty pink, and yellow.

♥ When you find out that the colors you’ve been feeling are a thing.

♥ YAAASSSS QUEEN. This interview with designer Ilse Crawford is awesome.

♥ I’m really looking forward to this film by the Mulleavy sisters.

➔ A SWEET DEAL

♥ Take 15% off at Charming the Moon with code: LBRDAY thru 9/10.

♥ Get 40% off at Gap with code FORYOU thru 9/10.

♥ Get free worldwide shipping on all Elizabeth Suzann orders. No code needed!

♥ Get free shipping at Tiro Tiro on all U.S. domestic orders.

♥ Get free U.S. shipping at Shop Boswell on orders of $100+

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PHOTOS: 1. Dolores Guinness in Costa Smerelda in Sardinia by Slim Aarons in 1965. Anouk Aimée, actress, 1967.

Lovely Things #9

Lookie here! It’s another Lovely Things post in less than one month. I almost made my Cool Summer Drink Recipes post a Lovely Things roundup, but decided I’ll keep these posts more varied for things that I feature. I think the common threads in #9 are gold, mint, and dipping a toe into fall with the heat of summer still at your back. Find more LOVELY THINGS.

I love this whole look — especially the sunglasses and the jumpsuit.
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This light quartz pink denim jumpsuit is super cute. (Free US ship: USAFREE)
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Love these pressed flower DIY tips. These are so beautiful hanging on the wall!
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I made this golden beet turmeric hummus and it was SO GOOD.
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Oh, my. Her second book looks so very lovely!
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I’m feeling this 1985 Madonna shot by Andy Schwartz during Desperately Seeking Susan.
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I’m totally obsessed with this new fragrance. It smells like old French church.
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Ummm… cardamom toothpaste? Don’t mind if I do!
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I cannot tell you how much I’d like to try this fancy rose mouthwash!
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I’m so charmed by these dusty mint floral pillowcases.
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I’ll take these linen pillowcases in dirty pink and all the other hues, please.
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I love these handmade metallic moon leather pouches.
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This beautiful linen coat has been on my mind for fall – in navy, natural, and black.
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This whole look with the perfect linen vest and silk jumpsuit is amazing.
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Beautiful gold foil leather GG pumps! And these.
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I’m planting these dreamy washed silk-hued fleurs from seed this year.
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Who can resist stars and champagne? Not moi.
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Cool Summer Drink Recipes

If you’ve been following me @honeykennedy on instagram this summer, you know that I’ve been doing a lot of cooking, baking, pickling, and syrup making this year and really making the most of our amazing farm share from Helsing Junction Farms and all the herbs, roses, berries, and tomatoes I’m growing in our garden. I recently made my own Ginger Vanilla Thyme Simple Syrup to add to soda water, cocktails, and other quick, happy-making recipes. I also made Lavender Rose Mint Simple Syrup that I’ve been enjoying over fruit and yogurt several times a week. I love simple drinks made with fresh and interesting flavor combos, so I put together a little roundup with some cocktails and mocktails that have sparked my interest lately. Have fun and feel free to ask me about making simple syrups!

Rhubarb Mint Mojito
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Watermelon Basil Fizz
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Spiked Strawberry Lemonade
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Cherry Vanilla Maple Shrub
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Rhubarb & Rosewater Syrup
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Ginger Rhubarb Bee’s Knees
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Sparkling Thyme Rosé
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Blood Orange Gin Sparkler
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White Peach Maple Soda
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Palma Rosa Cocktail
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Pink Grapefruit Gin Slush
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Lavender Kumquat Shrub
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Golden Raspberry Lillet Cocktail
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Persimmon Tangerine Vanilla Ginger Turmeric Smoothie
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Lemon Anise Slush
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Pineapple Coconut Water
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Elderflower & Coriander Vodka
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Tarragon Soda
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Matcha Ginger Affogato
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Love Potion #09: Rose Elixir
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Strawberry Almond Milk
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Dragonfruit Vodka Tonic
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