Portland Farm Share: Helsing Junction Farms

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It’s May, so that means we’re counting down the days until our Helsing Junction Farms organic farm share starts. The start of our farm share feels like the start of summer and a clean slate for healthy eating. 20 weeks of joy that always starts with sweet strawberries, cherries, pretty pink radishes, turnips, bok choy, and tender lettuces and ends with delicious winter squash, pears, beets, and more yummy greens. It’s such a dream! All our beautiful, organic produce for 4 and a half months comes from Annie and Sue’s amazing 42 acre farm. They are two inspiring, hardworking ladies who have been at it for over 25 years and employ a lot of women in their team. It always feels great to support women in agriculture and, for me, it feels especially so during the current political climate.

A SWEET DEAL: Get $20 off your Helsing Junction Farms order with code: HONEY17

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WHAT WE’RE GETTING FOR 2017:
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 of being very enthusiastic and 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. This year, we are adding the fantastic Flower Share back into our week, and we are giving the Canning Share and the Storage Share a whirl on top. I’m really interested in doing some big batches of pickled veggies and this three part Canning Share even includes the pickling dill and garlic, recipes, and instructions! So nice. The Storage Share is exciting because it comes near the end of the farm share season in week #17 and it will be nice to have a bunch of root veggies, squash, and apples leading into darker fall days and that time before the holidays start to ramp up. READ ABOUT SHARES.

SOME FAVORITE MEALS:
Last year we made a lot of delicious things with our farm shares — we had the Medium Share, the Fruit Share, and the Handcrafted Cheese Share. Aside from making simple yummy daily meals, there were some standouts: the roasted cherry rose ice cream, the roasted lavender peach ice cream, a few watermelon cucumber basil feta salads, the huge green bean radicchio herb and feta salads, many 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.

SHARE OPTIONS: MINI SHARE (1-2 people) • MEDIUM SHARE (2-3 people) • LARGE SHARE (3-4 people) • HEALING SHARE (2-3 people, no nightshades) • CHEF SHARE (for restaurants) • PALEO SHARE (low-glycemic index) • JUICE SHARE (for juicers!) • FLOWER SHARE (so beautiful!) • BULK SHARE (strawbs, basil, potatoes) • STORAGE SHARE (winter squash, root veggies, potatoes, apples) • CANNING SHARE (green beans, beets, cukes, dill, garlic) • FRUIT SHARE (magic) • SAUERKRAUT SHARE (raw w/probiotics) • YOGURT SHARE (from happy cows) • HANDCRAFTED CHEESE SHARE (sheep, goat, cow) • MORE INFO

HOW WE ROLL:
If you have been wanting to sign up for a farm share, I really encourage you to do it. This is the best farm farm we’ve ever supported because of the options, the care to detail, the quality, the communication, the people, and the variety in every box. It takes a combination of meal planning and spontaneity to find your rhythm, but it’s fun and inspires you to look at more recipes (the massive Helsing Junction Farms recipe database will be up on the new site soon!!) and to get creative while eating fresh, organic, healthy food. I definitely feel healthier, have more energy, and lose a few pounds that I need to shed, but feel like 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, and delicious extras from Sue and Annie’s farm buddies. SEE SHARE OPTIONS + SIGN UP. Don’t forget to use the $20 off code (HONEY17)!

Feel free to ask me any questions! I recommend following the ladies at @helsingfarmcsa on Instagram and HelsingFarmCSA on Facebook. It’s really nice to see their planting progress, farm fun, 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.

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Friday!

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HAPPY FRIDAY! I’m running around like crazy trying to get the house ready for our niece’s Spring Break stay while taking care of our new puppy. I’m hoping to get do some baking and treat making with my little helpers. Also, crossing fingers that the weather plays nice for outdoor fun. Have a fantastic weekend! See you next week! xo Jen

➔ SOME VERY LOVELY LINKS…

♥ I’d like to try this lip stain in both cheery colors. (30% OFF: HAPPYSPRING)

♥ Using my favorite face mask a lot this week to wash away my winter lizard skin.

♥ Love this circle barrette in pink lucite and galactica tortoise. (30% OFF: HAPPYSPRING)

♥ A sweet blush peach sunglasses case. (30% OFF: HAPPYSPRING)

♥ I’m such a sucker for little stars. (30% OFF: HAPPYSPRING)

♥ I’m pretty obsessed with this handmade linen double-breasted oversized coat.

♥ This linen sundress in creamy peach, thin blue stripe, and black, please.

♥ This wood rose linen dress looks comfy and romantic. Pockets!

♥ This trench dress is super cute — even the dusty lilac version. (30% OFF: HAPPYSPRING)

♥ A peach linen wrap skirt would be cute over a bodysuit.

♥ This loose linen top is such a good shape! Total closet staple.

♥ I’d love to have this versatile little striped top. ($25 OFF: springlove)

♥ The color and tailoring on this linen utility shirt are beautiful. ($25 OFF: springlove)

♥ These organic cotton squiggly pjs are adorable. (56% OFF)

♥ And all these linen pajamas that I talked about yesterday!

♥ Pretty into these blush coral snakeskin print flats. (30% OFF: HAPPYSPRING)

♥ Blurg. I love these fancy blush sneakers.

♥ These blush suede sneakers and the pewter leather ones are so good.

♥ Is it weird that I’m kind of loving these velcro sneakers?

♥ It’s a no on these rainbow platform sneakers, but I can’t stop staring.

♥ I love this little gold rimmed tray to display current favorite jewelry or makeup.

♥ Debbie’s awesome art prints that benefit our democracy and the ACLU.

♥ I magically have all the ingredients, so this chocolate olive oil cake is happening!

♥ Yessss — this linen apron is so pretty in sea green, pastel blue, and melange grey.

♥ These are some good tips for plant care — I’ve been a bad plant mom lately.

♥ If you want to start growing English roses — this is an amazing selection.

♥ I’m looking forward to this Masterpiece show about the Brontë sisters!

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PHOTOS: Jean Shrimpton by Cecil Beaton for Vogue, 1964.

Lovely Things #5

Hello! Behold — the Lovely Things #5 post — FINALLY! I’m not really finding a cohesive thread through this edition, but maybe it’s seashell colors, statement pieces, and dreamy states of mind. And bookends? Well, whatever it is — here are a bunch of wonderful things that have caught my eye lately. Find more Lovely Things roundups right HERE.

An ice cream pink jumpsuit that’s coming out this spring from Steven Alan. ♥
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A simple shell pink cotton sundress with pockets. Love the back!
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Still eyeing that lovely striped top with the cool sleeves and neckline. Also available HERE.
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This whole look is stunning, but I especially love that linen duster.
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I’m not typically a purple person, but I’m really feeling this lilac balloon-sleeved cardigan.
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This washed linen caftan is beautiful in both black and ivory.
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This new turquoise and diamond jewelry collaboration is a wonderful sight to behold.
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I’m really enjoying this pleated cream dress and the whole knit dress and skirt comeback
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I think I might be having a bookend moment — this marble ceramic bookend is stunning.
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This cool matte vase caught my eye because of its shape and because it can hold branches.
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Love the little Botticelli-inspired Venus embroidery on this shirt!
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I like this lady’s style and her beautiful living room.
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I kind of want everyone to wear these amazing marigold sunglasses this summer.
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Yep. A lot of us have citrus and flowers on the brain right now.
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All these new sculptural hair adornments make me so happy!
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These cute studs are making me want to get my ears pierced a second time!
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These seamless brass beauties are perfect hoops to have.
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Eeeeee! The drawings on this French tarot card set are captivating.
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You don’t think it’s possible to fall in love with bookends until it happens.
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Like a walk in the clouds — these dishes are just soooo dreamy!
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I’ve been really into cinnamon rolls lately, so I think I’ll try this recipe (and add cardamom!).
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I’d be pleased as punch to spend all summer days lounging in this English tea shed.
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Hank by Henry’s Coconut Tamari Rice + Crispy Kale

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Here’s a yummy recipe from Allison at Hank by Henry! Allison and Ed are a Portland design duo making beautiful chopsticks crafted in pairs from untreated hardwoods. After sanding, oiling, and finishing with beeswax, they are painted by hand with amazing little Hank by Henry signature details. All the colors of wood and painted patterns all feel super special individually and all seem to go so well together. I personally think these make a dreamy gift on their own, but they’d also be sweet paired with sushi making tools or a special ramen bowl. Check out Allison’s recipe below for some kitchen inspiration! More HERE.


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Coconut Tamari Rice and Crispy Kale with Seared Salmon or Tofu
Serves 4

This recipe is really all about the sauce. Mellow coconut oil and salty soy tamari get a kick from the tangy Sriracha. It will keep in your fridge for up to 3 weeks and you can use it on just about everything. Around our house we eat it on leftover veggies, salad greens, sweet potatoes and black lentils. One night we even got crazy and drizzled it over popcorn sprinkled with furikake.

Our version here used pan-seared wild caught local salmon, but you could easily replace with any other protein like tofu, tempeh, seitan, or chicken.

Ingredients:
1 cup white rice, uncooked
2 cups water
1 bunch lacinato kale, ribs removed and torn into small pieces
1/2 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 salmon fillets, 14oz tofu, or other protein

For the Sauce
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
1 tablespoon Sriracha

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Preheat oven to 400° F.

1. Rinse rice, drain and pick out stony pieces. Place in a saucepan or rice cooker with water. Steam until done.

2. Using a mason jar or lidded container, combine coconut oil, sesame oil, tamari, and Sriracha. Shake vigorously to emulsify.

3. Place kale in a wide mixing bowl. Drizzle with a tablespoon of sauce and sprinkle with shredded coconut. Toss to coat. Spread a thin layer on a baking sheet and bake until crispy 10-15min. Watch these carefully so they don’t burn!

4. Using a clean paper towel, pat down the salmon or tofu to remove excess water and sprinkle with sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a heavy-bottom skillet over medium high heat. Place tofu or salmon skin-side down. When your protein is cooked halfway through, carefully flip to other side and finish for another minute. Remove from heat and place over steaming rice.

5. Remove kale from oven and let cool. Serve over your protein and finish with one more drizzle of sauce. Pair with your favorite sake, a sauvignon blanc or a crisp beer and enjoy!

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Monday!

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Happy Halloween, everyone! Time got away from me on Friday (so much going on with our sweet pup Zelda these days) and I wasn’t able to get my regular link roundup post together for you, so I am doing a Monday! post. How is it Halloween already!? Madness! I’m looking forward to seeing people randomly out and about in costume today — and ALL the littles. I hope your day is full of horrors — in a good way — and that your week is full of anything but. xo Jen

➔ SOME VERY LOVELY LINKS…

GIVEAWAY: Opals! Sapphires! YESSS… enter my stunning RMG jewelry giveaway!

♥ Oh, these opal earrings and this little ring. SWOON! (20% off: HONEYKENNEDY)

♥ Still crushing hard on this gorgeous coat — a good investment piece. (free shipping)

♥ This natural linen plaid dress would also be cute with skinny jeans.

♥ So would this perfect black organic cotton shirt. ($25 off + free shipping: october)

♥ This cozy forest shadow vest looks so good with the brass zipper. (30% off:SALETREAT)

♥ I’ve never used the brand, but I’m thinking about trying this foundation.

♥ I just restocked my favorite gentle makeup remover — love it.

♥ I got this pretty lipgloss in #4 and #5 — so pretty and bright worn sheer.

♥ I like the look of this dazzling triton cream eyeshadow.

♥ This slinky, silky powder pink chemise looks heavenly.

♥ A simple bateau black velvet dress — lovely for holiday parties!

♥ Aaannnnd… so is this velvet bateau with elegant silk trim.

♥ Oh, and the glam tulip sleeves on this black silk dress.

♥ Oh, hello. So romantic — these transatlantic blue velvet shoes.

♥ These black suede beauties are pretty dreamy as well.

♥ My friend got these adorable EF shoes — the grey suede is way cuter in person.

♥ I’m thinking about pulling the trigger on these black penny loafers, too.

♥ Oh, WOAH. Those sweet black slides for almost $200 off. (EXTRA 50% off: sale50s)

♥ Love this monstera leather zip pouch — $205 off! (EXTRA 50% off: sale50s)

♥ SO. MANY. GOOD. BAGS. (big sample sale)

♥ YES!! Such a good deal on pom pom baskets! (EXTRA 50% off: sale50s)

♥ A chocolate zucchini cake with bittersweet chocolate sweet potato frosting? YES x 1,000.

♥ You can also sign my up for an olive oil ricotta cake with plums!

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