August seasonal meal plans – Meal plans for weeks 31-34 of 2020!
The focus this month is on sourcing fresh, local and organic ingredients for meals. With the pandemic raging, many of us have found foods shopping has lost its joy factor. Over the past few months, I’ve perfected a method of sourcing fresh, local, and organic ingredients for my seasonal meals and I want to share!
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Get it delivered!
Bob and I have decided to get most of our ingredients delivered this year. The primary motivation for opting for delivery services was keeping our health and safety at the forefront of our choices. As the weeks rolled on, we realized we were saving a lot on our food budget by eliminating spontaneous items from our shopping cart.
Ca-ching! Saving money is a real thing as the economy continues to spiral unpredictably this year.
Join a CSA to supplement your garden harvests!
As both of us became increasingly busy this year, we realized we wouldn’t have the time for the kitchen garden that we have in years past. In June, I reached out to my favorite local organic farm and asked them to pro-rate a CSA for the remainder of the year.
A CSA, or farm share program, allows you to buy into the harvests of a specific farm for the entire growing season. You pay up-front and get a weekly share. You can use Local Harvest to find a CSA near you. We are also big fans of the Harvie program that coordinates farm shares with small farmers. when we were actively farming and offering a CSA here at our farm, we worked with both programs.
We joined the farm share program at Red Hawk Rise Organics because they deliver and they are trusted neighbors. Farmer Katie delivers our weekly share of their harvest on Saturday mornings and I spend the day in the kitchen meal planning and working on preserving new items for the pantry.
Here’s what our August share contained week-by-week:
The Week of August 1 Farm Share
I was delighted by the contents of this week’s share. The tomatoes were especially exciting as the deer have been ravaging my tomato garden for week.
Ugh! I got so into my kitchen chores I forgot to take a photo this week. 🙄
- Eggplant (Baba Ganoush is on this week’s menu)
- Okra (Pickled for cocktail garnish and snacking)
- Onion (Also pickled)
- Carrots (Paleo Carrot Cake muffins for the freezer)
- Slicing tomatoes
- Cherry tomatoes
- Chard (Most often served with eggs)
The options for creative and easy seasonal meals are endless. See below for our choices this week. I’d love you to leave a comment with your recommendations for meals using these seasonal ingredients!
Check back each week for an update on our weekly deliveries.
Use Instacart for Your Pantry Staples
Instacart is a safe and affordable way to keep your seasonal kitchen stocked with staples like mayonnaise, tuna fish, and olive oil. In addition to safety and convenience, Instacart is a great way to contribute to the local economy by choosing to have your groceries delivered. If you choose this option, be sure to tip 10-15% to make sure your delivery person is making a living wage.
Bob and I love this service so much, we’d like to invite you to give it a try! Click the link below to get started with a $10 coupon toward your first order.
Butcher Box is Your Best Bet for Sustainable Meat and Seafood
We love our local farmers and support them as often as possible. But, we’ve found that the local supply can be uneven, so we stabilized our meat pantry with a Butcher Box subscription and supplement with local meat products.
Here’s a screenshot of our next box, due to arrive August 5.
We have addons that make the box last the entire month for 2 adults.
Butcher box meats are sustainably sourced and accredited. We appreciate the information provided by the company to document their relationship with small family owned farms.
We’d like to invite you to try a Butcher Box subscription with a $15 coupon off your first month! Click the image below to get started!
Meal Plan for the First Week of August
The first week of August has meals chosen to use up fresh vegetables from July. These meals include the smoothies, potato salad, and the roasted vegetables.
Bob and I have become addicted to smoothies made with Sunwarrior Collagen Protein. The product is clean and tasty and the meals are quick and light. Perfect for hot summer mornings.
Easy-to-follow recipes for the first week of August meal plan
Check back for the addition of each week’s meal plan in August!
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We also gather over email once a week to focus on one specific garden, kitchen, or wellness topic in-depth, with lots of step-by-step how-to’s. The best way to jump into the email conversation is with the Seasonal Living Workbook, you can download it here and explore the seasonal living framework with an email course!
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