Summertime Eats! or: How to feed people in constant motion.
Whoever said that summer was full of lazy carefree days, did not have a farm.
Summertime on the farm is chock full of activity! Summertime brings about 600 extra chickens to feed and water, gardens to weed, veggies to harvest, hay to mow, ted, rake, bale, stack, barns to clean, hay to chop, more eggs to wash, more everything.
Sunset doesn't bring the end of the day on the farm, it's then that we try to squeeze in dinner and then Wayne is off to do milking chores and I try to catch up on emails and plan the team's lists for the following day.
This dinner situation is what planted the seed for our entire concept. We've lived here at the farm for five years now, and Wayne grew up across the street. This house was rented by a cousin when we were in the market for our own house and we ended up buying 12 miles away. Twelve miles doesn't sound awful....until you do three round trips in a day. When dinner during the winter is always at midnight and there could be days on end that the boys didn't even see Wayne. In these summer months when we could all be at the farm, we still had to eat. In the days of $4 gas (and a huge mortgage on a small house bought in 06) we would often go to Stewart's or Malta for lunches/dinners quick. I remember the night we seeded down the piece behind the house, and we were eating Chinese food in the truck at 10:30. The irony was somewhat overwhelming. Not that the family that opened the Chinese place wasn't lovely, it's just that here we are growing food and we're too busy to make our own.
Our summertime food hacks:
1. Don't sweat it.
Kids run in and out all summer. The older has jobs to do now, the younger balances between working and wandering over to the neighbors to play & go swimming. They've made it this far without starving, they'll probably survive without three perfect meals and two perfect Pinterest worthy cruise ship inspired pineapple creature snacks.
2. Stock the simple!
Success is 90% preparation! Stock the fridge and snack shelf with easy meals, cut veggies, cheese sticks, snack bags of crackers and yogurts that you can feel good knowing they are eating well, even on the fly. Favorites here include Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins (anyone else forget about the bananas once they get home?), pints of Battenkill whole milk, small containers of blueberries, raspberries, mini parfaits, energy bites and dry cereals.
3. Time is for toucans.
I actually know almost zero about toucans, but I've learned that wondering "what meal time" it is just puts high expectations on the meal:) If we have half an hour at 2:30, then by golly lets throw some of our pre-made burgers or chicken breast on the grill. Sometimes the farmer will take a BBQ Mac & Cheese to the microwave and he and George will eat that for lunch. Generally, then he's set for the rest of the day. The more quick options prepped in your fridge, the higher the likelihood that you can make a meal whenever you see the whole clan at once or at least those present will be carried on for the rest of the day:)
4. Call in reinforcements.
We're all in this together. Either coordinate a bulk prep day with your nearest and dearest, buckle down and do it solo, or pour yourself a glass of wine and choose your family's favorite entrees, veggies and easy meal kits at GorskysFarm.com and let us deliver it right to your door for easy throwi....uh feeding time at the zoo:)
5. 47 days.
Just gonna leave that there.
As my high school history teacher Mr A said "this, too, shall pass." :)
- Katie Gorsky