CSA Season!

29 Apr

Yup, it’s here again, CSA season!  Just one of the many things about the summer months that excites me beyond words.  For those of you who don’t know, CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.  Basically, if there is a farm in your area that functions as a CSA, you can buy a share, which means the farm uses your money to grow crops and you get to eat those crops.  If it’s a good year, you’ll have fresh produce coming out your ears, but it it’s a bad year, your share won’t be as big, because you share between many families.  So it’s like growing all your own crops, but you don’t have to work for it, and your money goes to support local farmers.  We are lucky enough to have a heritage farm in Grinnell.  A heritage farm is one that’s been in the same family for at least 150 years, so it’s kind of a big deal.  This farm actually has 2 CSAs running from it, and we’ve been fortunate to be a part of each.  This year we went with the Compass Plant CSA.  Our shares don’t officially start until May 10th, but as a thank-you they delivered a share to our door early.  In our early share was a bag of romaine lettuce, a smaller baggie of some sort of green, two bulbs of garlic, and a carton of farm fresh eggs.  Now, if you don’t know from personal experience, please visit your local Farmer’s Market ASAP, but I will tell you that fresh eggs are absolutely divine.  Also, they come in all sorts of fun colors depending on the type of chicken who laid them.  This particular CSA sells their eggs for a buck fifty for a carton, but I never dreamed we would get some for free.  It seems the season has begun with a bang, and promises to be a wonderful one.

So, in anticipation, and in celebration of these scrumptious treats we will be receiving every Tuesday, I am going to begin writing once a week about meals planned around our CSA share.  It’s local, it’s seasonal, and it’s fan-fucking-tastic.  To kick things off, I made a quiche out of the wonderful eggs we got this week.

Farm Fresh Quiche:

Saute in butter, oil, whatever you fancy:

1 bulb of hardneck garlic chopped

1/2 cup of greens (any green you have laying around will do)

1 10 oz package frozen spinach (if using fresh, use at least 1 C)

Whisk together:

5 eggs

1/4 C soy milk

1/4 C cheddar cheese

1/4 C gouda cheese

salt, pepper, and herbs (I used dried sage and frozen basil)

Place in the bottom of a greased pie pan:

1 pie crust (I use this one from SimplyRecipes, it makes enough for one pie and then an extra ball to freeze, or you could purchase one, I suppose)

Place the sauteed mixture in the crust, spread egg mixture on top.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until the egg has set (If you stick a knife in and it comes out clean, you’re ready to eat!)

We enjoyed this quiche with a salad of the CSA romaine lettuce.

Guten Appetit!

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One Response to “CSA Season!”

  1. aurora May 1, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

    Yum!! I love the idea of a weekly recipe featuring your CSA goodies, great idea. And nice photo, you look like a hip Betty Crocker ;->

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